American Idol

American Idol Season 11 Top 4 Results Recap

Last night the Top Four put their performances forward for all to enjoy, hoping to get your vote and make it to the next level. The Top 3 will get to go home, to parades and cheers, not the sad walk home in fourth place. In fact, the show starts with some of the home town visits of the past, with Carrie, Lee, Kris, Adam, Elliott Yamin, Haley, Scotty and Lauren often overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection of the folks who stayed at home, voting for their hometown hero. With their efforts, those people truly helped them make the Idols dreams come true. But for tonight, will there be a surprise elimination, or will the expected become history? Only time will tell.

American Idol Season 11 Top 4
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Clockwise from top: The Top Four; David Cook; and Jennifer Lopez.

Crusty is out front, following the video of the hometown visits. The studio audience is cheering loudly. He introduces the Top Four, who come out to sing the Mamas & the Papas huge hit, “California Dreamin’.”

After the Ford music video, we move to the results. Phillip is up first, and we are reminded of his performances. Jimmy Iovine loved it, only to be topped by his second performance. We learn that there were nearly 70 million votes cast, and we won’t learn the results quite yet. Hollie is up next, and how the judges loved the first song, but not the second. Jimmy I liked it, but was not fond of the second. He felt she did not have what it takes to sing the song, and, in fact, crashed and burned. Hollie is sent back to the couch, for results that will be revealed later. Season 7 winner David Cook is on hand to sing his latest single, “The Last Song I’ll Write For You.”

The song was released just today, and it is a special performance. The song has David’s signature all over it, sounding like him. He does a great job performing it. You can purchase the single on iTunes and Amazon.

After a commercial break, it is time to look back at Joshua‘s performances. Jimmy I wasn’t fond of the first performance, but he loved the second, thought it was Joshua’s best of the season, especially when he was singing/speaking in tongues.He is sent back to the couch, and it is time to review Jessica‘s night. While Jimmy I didn’t love the first song, finding it more impersonation than artistic expression, he thought she murdered the second, nailing every aspect she could. He loved it, and dropped a great review from Tommy Mattola, who thinks she is the real deal. Jessica is sent back to the couch with the others, the results to be learned later in the program. But first we get to hear/watch Jennifer Lopez perform the hit song by her and Pitbull, “Dance Again.”

Now, watching the shirtless hunks dance with her might be fun, but the ‘enhanced’ vocals were rather amusing to me, coming from the judge of this live singing competition. But we got to see her post-Marc Anthony boytoy, Casper Smart. Well, if you enjoyed that recording, you can purchase the studio recording on iTunes and Amazon.

After a break, we hear that Steven is very impressed with Phillip, and how far he has come on his Idol journey. Jennifer is brought to tears by her memory of Hollie’s audition, and the tough and lovely journey she has taken. Randy is so glad they turned Joshua away on his first trip, and he came back an even better performer. And when asked about the trick Jessica uses, according to Jimmy, Jennifer asks if he meant the trick of really great singing… Well, Crusty takes control again, and jumps to the results. We learn that Jessica is through to the Top Three, as is Joshua. But who will join them? We will learn that, after the break. That is when we learn that the it is Hollie ending her Idol journey, and Phillip is in the Top Three.

Hollie Cavanagh

It is no surprise, she sings “The Climb” as her exit song. There is a messy beginning of the song, when she pops in at the wrong time, but the band regroups, and soon she is hugging the remaining three. We see Joshua in tears, and soon she is shaking the hands of the judges. That just might have been one of the best sing-offs ever. Perfect song for not winning, and she was quite composed hugging everyone. Way to go out, Hollie.

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ZarkeMulgore
ZarkeMulgore

What I love about this TOP 3 is their CONVICTION to push their own brand of singing (artistry if you like) down our throats! Either we like it or we don't, they're just gonna who they are (at least for now, before the producers, publicists fix them up)  :)

jbeeeb
jbeeeb

Hollie went off with real class.  She has really come a long way, even this season.  She does need some work, and who knows, maybe the tour will give her a chance to work on some of her skills and emerge as a polished artist.  I liked Hollie, but it was definitely her time in the scheme of things.

takakupo
takakupo

People who keep saying that Hollie isn't ready for a mainstream career may be right, but the implication that somehow the other 3 are is comical at the very least. Each of them need their own special tutelage. Joshua, no matter if he tries albums or broadway, is going to need a lot more training to make him appealing to a wider audience. Jessica is going to need a lot more experience in putting that pinch of life into her performances that she's missing. Philip is going to need the same thing that Hollie will need and that is mentoring by the producers who work in his field. The same people that worked with Celine and Leona Lewis and Christina Aguilera will need to work with Hollie to turn her into an artist. The same people who worked with Kris Allen, Jack Johnson and Cat Power are going to have to help Phil complete his turn into musical artist. 

justMy2Cents
justMy2Cents

Joshua should have been eliminated. All he does is scream everytime he sings. It gets tiring already to watch him do that in his every performance.

Hollie should have sung When I Look At You yesterday instead of Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me. She can pull off a Miley song effortlessly, just like her standing O performance of The Climb.

 

kantaru
kantaru

Where are you know Elise ????? You should be on the TOP 3

Rhyle
Rhyle

And where is that elimination photo theory now???

Rhyle
Rhyle

So where is what you say they are setting up phillip phillips for elimination huh rickey? Lol.. U love making up stories you know..... And take note of this, no matter what u do, he is not going to win.... Who could beat him? Eveeryone! Lol...

sr200179
sr200179

Am I the only one that went "Phew!" then Yay when I realized we have awesome top 3 : woooooooo!

kantaru
kantaru

Wheres that prediction theory? lol... I think the guy who wrote that, seems nowhere to be found .. for sure..

script7
script7

Good Top 3...I want my fav to come in 2nd! Winning is not a good start for the most part...

Wakka Trillo
Wakka Trillo

For all Sake, finally she ended! should be eliminated in early idol days.. Thanks America for this undoubted result! ;p

fds
fds

It's okay, may the best luck for Hollie. Fourteen of her performances already satisfied me, thanks Hollie! Now i'm rooting for between Jessica and Phillip.

Idolwild
Idolwild

She is really sweet! She had to know she was going home and was prepared. She will be OK..

 

Personally, I think it will be a Joshua and P2 finale

fuckhead
fuckhead

Good show.  Proper results.  No one is splitting the vote now.  I expect this will be the order of departure.

Joshua, Jessica.  Phillip won this thing last night with Volcano.  Even I will start speed voting on 2 iPhones next week.  Wee!!!

esqape
esqape

#SignHollieCavanagh

enggul
enggul

Placing 4th after 6 times in the bottom 3 is the newest record to break! Bye Hollie Baby. :)

euirex
euirex

Hollie should still be there!!! Phillip sounds like Joe Croker..And he stays you silly little girls voting for him..He will never win a GRAMMY watch and see... We love you Hollie God Bless

ZarkeMulgore
ZarkeMulgore

Down to the WIRE! All about FAN BASE now! Battle of the FANS, FANATICS, FANTARDS (whatever you call us)! VOTE VOTE VOTE til that IDOL PHONE DIES! :)

kantaru
kantaru

 @Rhyle  its a hoax, why you guys wanting to set fire on trash?

jpad319
jpad319

@GunggangGunis Singers? More like judges' pets? Nothing turns me off more than contestants shoved down my throat. Yuck!

jpad319
jpad319

@WaynoCoaster As good as Volcano was, I can't overlook the fact that his run was marred with poor performances. Say what you want about Joshua or Jessica, but at least, they've been very consistent. That being said, even if I want Jessica to win, they've all been shoved down my throat and I don't like that.

GunggangGunis
GunggangGunis

 @euirex hollie will win a grammy? really? am sure you won't buy her songs, if she'll have any.

kantaru
kantaru

 @Mikhail XO PP was good on his volcano song.... I commend him for that... better than joshua.... Joshua and Hollie should have been on the bottom 2...

jpad319
jpad319

@GunggangGunis @euirex Dude, no need to be a prick and step on her grave. She's got a lot more class than you'll ever have in you lifetime.