Idol finale, finally!

I didn't get a chance to post about last night's show.  If you want to know what happened, check out the recaps on wapo.com and ew.com.

As for tonight, the show opens with the 10 cast-offs--all in white-- performing Bruno Mars' "Runaway.'  It's a great and lively performance.  Poor Joshua lost his footing trying to get up from a split.  Almost landed on his face, but managed to maintain.  Oopsie daisy!  There were some dancers on stage who I think were from SYTYCD.  The cameras never got in close enough for me to see their faces, but I'm pretty sure I saw Ade and Brandon.

Now we've got an hour and 45 minutes to kill before we get the results.


A blogging trifecta! Idol elimination night

This is my 3rd post of the day.  That has to be a record.  Only 3 more episodes of Idol left.  Tonight we'll learn who the Top 2 are.  Since I often fast forward through the endless banter on the show, I missed Ryan's announcement last night that next week's shows will be Tuesday and Wednesday instead of Weds/Thurs.  This puts a cramp in my schedule because I have plans Tuesday, but I'll make it work.

On to tonight's proceedings.  Performing tonight are Adam Lambert (yay!) and Lisa Marie Presley (eh).  The kids do a group performance of The Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life," except they really do Earth, Wind & Fire's version of it with the huge blaring horn section.  They sound great tonight and do a good job with it.  They actually got PP to wear a white shirt.  Amazing.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Okay, okay.  Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and read this out of sheer curiosity.  Also, I was reminiscing with a friend of mine about how we used to swipe her mom's romance books when we were 11 or 12 years old and read all the sex scenes.  If we heard anyone coming, we'd hide the book under the mattress.  I told my friend that we should read this together, so it'd be like the good ole days.

The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

The Grace of Silence: A Family MemoirThe Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. As I read it, I couldn't help but see similarities in the story of Michele Norris' parents and my own grandparents. Her parents were the first black family to move into their neighborhood in Minnesota. Immediately houses went up for sale and "white flight" was on. Her parents were then determined to ensure that the white families who stayed in the neighborhood would not have any complaints about their Black neighbors. She says, "The Norris family led by example. Not only was the snow always shoveled; cars were sparkling clean, and children were well-mannered and well-dressed." Her parents dressed up when they ran errands, and at home, her father "let his flowers do the talking." He took great pride in his garden.


Who will make it to the finale??

Top 3 night on Idol.  I can see any of the three--Jessica, Phillip, or Joshua--winning the whole thing, and have no idea who will be the Top 2.  It all comes down to tonight.

They each will perform three songs...first will be songs chosen by the judges, next will be songs chosen by the contestants, and last will be songs chosen by Jimmy.

Josh is up first.  Randy picked Etta James' "I'd Rather Be Blind."  Perfect song choice for him.  He does a great job.  Another standing O from le judges.  Steven said "This is another Joshua moment."  Jen & Randy loved it too.  Funny enough, the first commercial after Josh's performance featured the same song.

The judges selected "My All" by Mariah Carey for Jessica's first song.  Ahh...from Mariah's Butterfly album.  That album got me through a bad breakup years ago.  I listened to it nonstop for at least a month.  ANYWAY....Jessica is shaky in the low register.  It's not a great performance.  My sister and were chatting on Facebook and she wrote, "are the judges setting her up to fail? i think it was a really hard song to sing. some parts it was really good and other parts a bit shaky. actually, now i realize why they chose that song....so randy could drop mariah's name. why yes, of course."  But then, Randy says it was absolutely beautiful.  Really, Randy??  Jen said she did it beautifully too.  What are they hearing that I'm not?  I can't wait to hear Jimmy's opinion on this tomorrow.  Steven called it "over the top."

For Phillip the judges select "Beggin'" by Madcon. ??  Who's Madcon?  I'm getting too old.  I really like the song, and PP does a good job, but not really different than anything else he's done.  He really did sound like Dave Matthews toward the end.  Judges loved it, but no standing O.  Judges loved it though.

For round two, the contestants chose the songs themselves.  But first, we get a little taste of Josh's visit home to Louisiana.  Cute.  He sold out the local arena for the first time ever.

For his second performance, Josh sings "Imagine" by John Lennon.  Aw...I get teary just hearing the title of the song.  That song & those lyrics just that effect.  He does a really nice job with it.  Beautiful.  Steven summed it up with "You are that good...Damn."  Jen said it was a pulled-back and controlled performance & "it's a beautiful, beautiful thing."   Josh says he picked it because of the message it delivers.  Randy said it's important that he carries that with him--truly connecting with the songs he sings.

Jessica goes home via helicopter to San Diego.  Great boo-yah moment for her--she said she was the dork and didn't have a lot of friends, and now there are thousands of people there to see her.

Jessica sings Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."  She sounds fine, but I don't think it was the right song.  It needs the raspiness and grittiness of Steven's voice.  Elise could do this song.  Aww...Steven stood up for her.  He said, "You took a great song, and made it greater."  Judges loved it.

Phillip goes home to Georgia.  His dad seems so sweet, and it was nice to see PP get emotional for once when he sees his family and the crowds that came out to see him.

PP sings "Disease" by Matchbox 20.  It sounds just like everything else he does.  Not outstanding, but also not bad.  Just right.  Jen didn't feel like it was the "wow" performance.  I have to agree.

Now it's time for Jimmy's picks.

Jimmy chose "No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige for Joshua.  Jimmy selected it because Mary combines the things that Josh has--R&B and the magic of the bringing the church.  And her mentioned her performance of the song on the Grammys where she just brought the church at the end.   And Josh brought it too.  But I think he watched Mary's performance and copied it.  No matter--he still sounded great.  Judges loved it.

Now it's Jessica's last chance.  Jimmy chooses "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5 for her.  Jimmy says he wanted something that appealed to the older audience but still show how young she is.  He looked at what Barry Gordy did with the Jackson 5--this song took them out of the teeny bopper and brought them to an older audience, but yet kept their youth.  This was her best performance tonight.  I just don't know if it's enough to get her to the final 2 based on her previous two performances.  Just like 90% of the performances tonight, Steven called it "over the top."  JLo liked it a lot.  Randy thought it was just okay, but it didn't have a "moment."

Jimmy's choice for PP is "We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seger.  Jimmy looked for a song that would appeal to guys and girls.  And it's got a great melody, so hopefully will stick to it.  I love this song.  PP seems nervous singing it.  He's seated on a stool and keeps rubbing his thigh.  Maybe he just doesn't know what to do with his hand.  There's a string section on stage with him which is nice.   Nice performance.  Randy said PP had a giant moment.  Randy declares he's in it to win it!  Steven said something that got bleeped.  I think he said that PP sang like he didn't give a shit.

Josh was my favorite tonight and I'm torn between PP and Jessica.  I have them as my top two on my pool, but I think Josh will (and should) knock one of them out.  I'm just not sure which, although I'm leaning toward the top two being Josh & PP.  Until tomorrow....


Idol results - from 4 to 3

Once again, I don't have time for full blog. This one is really short and sweet. As predicted, Hollie went home. And after this week's performances, that's how it should have been.

Sorry I don't have time for details!

Gotta run.

That amazing performance - best I've seen on any singing show, ever.

Here's Joshua Ledet's performance of It's a Man's Man's Man's World that I raved about last night. Amazing.

And the 2nd best performance of the night--Jessica Sanchez with "And I Am Telling You."


Top 4 perform on Idol

No time for a long recap tonight, but here's a brief rundown:

Hollie, Jessica, Phillip, and Joshua make up the Top 4.  Tonight they'll first do "California Dreaming" (songs from artists or bands from CA or about CA), then the songs they wish they'd written, or songs that inspire.

Round One - California Dreaming

Phillip is up first with CCR's (Creedence Clearwater Revival) "Have You Ever Seen the Rain."  Aw, this song that reminds me of my dad.  PP sounds good tonight...much better than last week.  I give it a B+.

Hollie does Journey's "Faithfully."  Nice job.  B+.  Randy said she did Steve Perry proud, and Randy would know since he used to play with Journey.  What?  He did?!  Why have I never heard that?  (Yes, I'm being sarcastic.)

Joshua sings "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban and dedicates it to his father.  A fantastic performance with a gospel flair.  Fantastic!  Grade:  A.

Jessica takes on Etta James' "Steal Away."  I think she took Steven's advice to sign the blues to heart.  Judges loved.  I give it a B+.


And the winner of The Voice is....

Well, we'll find out in about an hour.  In the meantime, we get a recap of last night's show.  It's been interesting reading about the controversy with Xtina and Adam today.  I saw a lot of people coming from the same place I was--wanting Xtina to LOSE.  Unfortnately, Chris is caught in the middle of that, but I also saw plenty of people that were voting for him.  We'll see how it all shakes out.

But first, some performances.  Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) is bringing back Jamar Rogers (CeeLo), Pip (Adam), and James Massone (CeeLo) to sing The Jackson Five's "I Want You Back."  James' voice is perfect for this song...he sounds like a 12-year-old Michael Jackson.  Cute performance...they sounded great together.

Flo Rida performs with Juliet Simms.  He starts with "Blow My Whistle,"  and then  Juliet comes out on "Wild One."  Fun.

Chris Mann (Team Xtina)  brings back Lindsey Pavao (Xtina) and Katrina Parker (Adam) to sing "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve.  Great job, but it was clear that Chris was the right person to be in the finale over Lindsey.

Hall & Oates perform "Rich Girl" with Chris Mann, Jermaine Paul, and Tony Lucca.  I'll definitely be listening to Hall & Oates tomorrow.  Love them!  Jermaine's a backup singer one more time. 

Oh geez.  I just realized the finale is 2 hours long.  Ugh.

Next performance is Naia Kete (Blake), Sera Hill (Xtina), Cheesa (CeeLo), and Kim Yarbrough (Adam) with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition."   They do a great job...Cheesa really stood out. 

Juliet is singing "With a Little Help from My Friends" with Jamar (back again), RaeLynn (Blake) and Erin Willett (Blake).  Hopefully this will be the last time I have to hear RaeLynn's voice.  Erin sounds great.

Lady Antebellum performs "Wanted You More."  By themselves...no accompaniment by contestants. 

Tony Lucca is singing "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac with Jordis Unga (Blake).  He was going to perform it earlier in the season, but he said it was missing the female component.  Now he's happy to sing it with Jordis.  I love her.  I'd buy her music.  They sound great together.

Justin Bieber performs "Boyfriend."

And now, finally, we learn the results.  Carson first reveals the artist in 4th place.  Only a quarter of a prercentage point separates 4th from 3rd place. 

4th place is....Chris Mann  (Here comes Xtina to the stage in her little rhinestone booty shorts which are offensive to me and derogatory toward women.)

3rd place is....Tony Lucca  (wow...I'm kind of surprised.  I thought it would be Jermaine.)  How come Chris got to say a few words, but Tony didn't?!  I'm offended!

And...the winner is.....Jermaine Paul!!!!!!  WOW.....  I thought Juliet had it.   (4 percentage points separated 1st from 2nd place)

Awesome result--he was fantastic last night.  I think he's diverse and will do well. 

He sings us out with "I Believe I Can Fly."  He's almost too overcome to sing.  And he sings with his wife in his arms.  Aww....great stuff. 

And another season is done.  Thanks for reading. 


The Voice finals

It's time for The Voice finals.  Jermaine Paul (Team Blake), Tony Lucca (Team Adam), Chris Mann (Team Christina), and Juliet Simms (Team CeeLo), will be performing to win tonight. The coaches' work is done and tonight America will make the decision.

Each team will face off against each other, and later, each artist will join their contestant for  duet.

First up is Jermaine who sings the hell out of "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly.  Jermaine's in it to win it!  He even got a standing O from the judges.  They all loved it.  And he looked so handsome in his white tux jacket with the open bowtie.  Why is that look so sexy?  I love it.


Who are the final four?

Idol elimination night.  Cold Play & Carrie Underwood will perform.  I'm thinking Phillip might be in trouble this evening, but we shall see.

No group song, and Ryan jumps right to some results.  He calls up Joshua.  Jimmy says Joshua's performance will be hard to be.  "To Love Somebody" is the best performance on Idol this year, according to Jimmy.  He says that he deserves greatness and his production company will do everything they can "not to drop this ball."  Ryan tells us that Joshua is.........................................................safe.  (Yes, the dramatic pause was that long.)


America's Top 5 Perform

I wasn't going to blog about the show tonight because, 1) I'm sort of blogged out with 4 nights of posts every week about The Voice & Idol, and 2) I've got a friend visiting this weekend and need to finish cleaning the downstairs kitchen & bathroom.  But, how can I resist a post when I see that Silvio from The Sopranos is mentoring this week?  Yes, it's Little Steven Van Zandt, all in purple.  He and Jimmy apparently go way back and are great friends.  Jimmy says Steven is the friend that tells him he's wrong the most.

The kids tonight are singing 60's tunes, and then Brit Pop.  Seems like they could have covered those two themes in one pop, but no, they'll each sing twice, plus two group performances.

No time for a full rundown of the show, but here's who sang what:


The Voice eliminations - down to the final 4

Tonight we learn the finalists for this season of The Voice.

As a reminder, America's votes combined with the judges scores will determine who moves on to the finals.

Last years' finalist Dia Frampton performs, "Don't Kick the Chair" with Kid Cudi, who looks like he could be part of the Wayans family.    Dia has the same type of voice that Mathai has, but in Dia it doesn't bother me, for some reason.  Maybe because she doesn't put on a fake accent.  Cute song.  In an interview with Christina Milan I can see she's come out of her shell a bit.

Time for the results for Team Christina.  She split her 100 points evenly between Chris Mann and Lindsey Pavao.  As I mentioned last night, I would have given the edge to Lindsey.  She punked out and left it to America.  After adding America's score (Chris, 54; Lindsey 46) Chris has 104 points, Lindsey has 96.  Chris moves on to the finals.