After the American Idol 2012 results show last Thursday, it is down to the final two contestants. If you have not seen result show from Thursday night you might want to stop reading. The stage is now set for what could be a really interesting final two showdown on Wednesday night. Both contestants have had some big hits and misses on the live shows. However you feel about either contestant there is no doubting that both performers are unique strong singers. So let’s look back at some highlights from the final two contestants’ American Idol 2012 journey.
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The final two are Philip Philips and Jessica Sanchez. As many predicted Joshua Ledet went home last Thursday. Here are some highlights from Philip Philips and Jessica Sanchez’s American Idol 2012 journey:
I think Philip Philips really showed his vocal strengths and performance power in two of his performances this season. The first was singing “U Got It Bad” by Usher during the top seven redux show.
What made this performance memorable is he turned a R&B song into a Smooth Jazz number. It is not unusual for an American Idol contestant to take a pop song and really change up the melody. This season not many contestants dared to do what contestants like Adam Lambert, Blake Lewis, and David Cook became famous for doing, so Philip’s different version of “U Got It Bad” brought a new life to the show.
Not only did Philip Philips change up the song but he gave a really good vocal performance. It was very different from Usher’s version and that made it original and captivating.
My second favorite performance of his was when he sang Bob Seger‘s “We’ve Got Tonight” during the final three performance show.
Philip had sang songs that showcased his performance skills, instead of simple ballads most of the American Idol 2012 season. It was a riveting departure from his norm to hear him sing that song. Not only did he sing vocally mesmerizing, hitting all the notes, singing on key, and showing his vocal range, but he managed to create an emotional connection with the audience. I think something his performances lacked until this one.
Jessica Sanchez became one of the front-runners to win when she sang her amazing version of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Whitney Houston’a voice represents a power that only a few attempt to challenge, and even less match her skills. Jessica Sanchez managed a vocally perfect rendition of the song, without creating a copycat version of Ms. Houston. Jessica’s outfits sometime receive criticism for not being age appropriate, but in her “I Will Always Love You” performance the styling, dress, and lighting kept a simple elegance that let the vocals shine above everything else.
My second favorite performance of her was from top nine week; she sang “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce.
That song has always been a personal favorite of mine, and I prefer the stripped down acoustic versions of it. Jessica changed the arrangement of the song a little and did a very theatrical performance. It felt like watching a scene from a Broadway musical. It completely impressed me.
Philip Philips and Jessica Sanchez have many amazing American Idol 2012 live show performances. Some more of their memorable moments happened before they became household names. Jessica has a lot of great youtube covers. She channels Beyonce again in her cover of ”Love On Top.”
Jessica Sanchez shows her youth and talent by hitting every note, but keeping her performance playful. On American Idol 2012 it often seems like she’s so concerned about hitting all the notes perfectly that she forgets to enjoy herself. This piece shows she can do both.
Philip Philips immediately captured the American Idol 2012 judges and America’s attention in his first audition. He sang “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.
In this audition, he shows his interesting voice, vocal range, and the singer-songwriter appeal by doing guitar versions of these songs.
These are my favorite highlights from Jessica Sanchez and Philip Philips, let us know yours in the comment box.
Based on these performances who do you think has the best chance of winning? What was your favorite Philip Philips performance of the season? What was your favorite Jessica Sanchez performance of the season? What was your favorite American Idol 2012 performance of any contestant, thus far?
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