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American Idol – Songs of the Top 5 – Season 11 – iTunes Studio Recordings Review

Here are my reviews for the American Idol 11 Top 5 iTunes Studio Recordings.

I’m a bit tired so I decided to just embrace the Joshua Ledet Saliva School of Music and not fight it anymore. The result was the best we’ve ever heard from him! I also loved a Phillip Phillips track that some may have found awful during his live performance. (His other track was still comparatively dreadful). Some song choices from the girls were just not right this week — mostly exposing their age and lack of maturity (not their fault). As Cee Lo Green would say on The Voice, you can’t sing a child-bearing song if you are not child-bearing.

Just super short reviews this week:

Download: American Idol – Songs of the Top 5 – Season 11

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Hollie Cavanagh – River Deep Mountain High

She sounded very confident here, though I felt that this song just did not fit her. I kept wondering: Why is she singing this? It seemed like a pointless exercise.

Rating: 3/5

Watch Hollie’s live performance

Skylar Laine – Fortunate Son

How many times do I have to write that Skylar is great in the studio? Well, she’s awesome. This is another solid recording from her. I’m not familiar with this song, so this sounded like an original.

Rating: 4/5

Watch Skylar’s live performance

Joshua Ledet – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

I’ve gotten used to the saliva in my headphones. I’m not going to criticize it anymore. This was saliva from start to finish. I’m getting wet.

Rating: 3/5

Watch Joshua’s live performance

Phillip Phillips – The Letter

Phillip recreated this song. He changed the melody and all that. Interesting. I kept wondering if FOX was required to pay extra royalties for this transformative work. It’s like a different song. This is only for the fans.

Rating: 3/5

Watch Phillip’s live performance

Jessica Sanchez – Proud Mary

Another poor song choice from Jessica which exposes her performance deficiencies. However by comparison with the other contestants left on the show (eyes look at Phillip), this was decent to stellar. The end was nice.

Rating: 4/5

Watch Jessica’s live performance

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Hollie Cavanagh – Bleeding Love

This was wonderful. This is her best of the season. Again simple melodies that don’t strain the vocals produce pleasant recordings.

Rating: 4/5

Watch Hollie’s live performance

Skylar Laine – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

Skylar’s accent works on this track. It gives it bit of character. However, just like Jessica, Skylar doesn’t have the emotional maturity to pull this song off the way it should. I kept wishing it would be great, but halfway through I realized it just wasn’t going to happen given that she had zero connection to the lyrics.

Rating: 4/5

Watch Skylar’s live performance

Joshua Ledet – To Love Somebody

I liked that Joshua restrained himself in the beginning then unleashed in the end — just like he should. Great job. His best recording of the season. My ears are now bathing in the slather of Joshua’s saliva and I love it.

Rating: 5/5

Watch Joshua’s live performance

Phillip Phillips – Time of the Season

I love this! Phillip has a sweet voice when he is not doing his affected Batman growling. I love how he sings “who’s your daddy?” I had a smile on my face the whole time while listening to this. I think this is my favorite of his tracks this season. He’s so adorable!

Rating: 4/5

Watch Phillip’s live performance

Jessica Sanchez – You Are So Beautiful

This song works for Jessica really well. Simple lyrics that don’t need a lot to pull off. I just want a bit more though. (Or maybe I don’t because this girl will never move me). But a solid effort.

Rating: 4/5

Watch Jessica’s live performance

Download: American Idol – Songs of the Top 5 – Season 11

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