I love that they used the Billy Joel songbook for this week. It was also the first time Tommy Hilfiger gave the contestants his insight on their “look”. Billy Joel has endless, classic songs that everyone knows. A lot of the contestants picked well-known songs, but some picked more subtle ones. Idol brought in Diddy to help Jimmy Iovine mentor the singers. When I heard Diddy was helping, I didn’t understand why him of all people, but in the end, he did a great job. My stand outs from this week were Elise, Phillip, and Colton….yes! Colton!
Elise blew me away with her rendition of “Vienna”. That song is not well known, but since I’m a huge Billy fan, I know it. She really showed her skills and that she is a force to be reckoned with. I voted for her A LOT, so I’m glad she finally wasn’t in the bottom three.
Check out her performance:
Phillip sang “Movin’ Out”….one of the classics. He went against what Tommy Hilfiger said and wore not just ONE gray shirt, but TWO! I love how he sticks to his guns and does what he wants to do. He is following in the footsteps of Dave Matthews, who, as I’m sure you know, wears a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers when he performs. Kudos!
Phillip killin it on the stage:
I don’t usually change my opinion about Idol contestants, but Colton has made me honest. His performance of “Piano Man” was almost as good as Billy Joel’s. The entire performance, from the lights to the RED piano, was stellar.
Here is the star of the night with the red piano:
Now for the not so good:
First and foremost: Erika. She sang “New York State of Mind”, and being that she is from Rhode Island, she was horrible. She didn’t sing Billy’s melody at all, so she made her own bed. Also, I find it very ironic that Tommy Hilfiger encouraged Erika to cut her hair, and the next day she was sent home!! Now she has an ugly hair do and is sitting at home, not on Idol anymore. I’m happy she’s gone! I picked her to go home in my pool! Although she has a good voice, she made too many mistakes and had to say goodbye.
Joshua- I understand and respect that he loves his religion and was brought up in church. However, that doesn’t mean that he needs to bring everyone to church, every time he takes the stage. Billy Joel songs are not intended to be sung the way he sang “She’s Got a Way”.
Skylar- Skylar who? I always forget about her!
Hollie- She is a 40 year old stuck in an 18 year old’s body. Tommy Hilfiger should be ashamed that he let her wear those clothes on stage. She needs to start acting her age or she’s going to go bye-bye sooner than later.
Jessica- She was the only contestant who managed to pick a Billy Joel song no one has ever heard! Nuff said…
Heejun- He was serious up until he made it into the top 10…now he’s a goofball! He sang a terrible version of “My Life”, but has the Vote for the Worst crowd supporting him. He also has a huge fan base in NYC.
And now the worst of the worst, in my opinion, DeAndre. Tommy Hilfiger told him his hair was great. I beg to differ. He needs to chop that lion’s mane off. The way he flips it from side to side as he bops on the stage like a Mickey Mouse Club member makes me sick. He needs to go and SOON! His performances are karaoke and/or bad wedding singer-esque. It’s these times that I wish Simon was still on the show because he would rip DeAndre a new one!
- DeAndre Brackensick Struggles Through Billy Joel Cover (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- American Idol, Season 11: Top 10 Perform (socyberty.com)
- American Idol – I Will Die on This Hilfiger (televisionwithoutpity.com)
- ‘American Idol’: Diddy and Tommy Hilfiger Join for a Night of Billy Joel Tunes (news.yahoo.com)
- American Idol – Top Ten Sing Billy Joel # (evelyngarone.wordpress.com)
- Laura Prudom: ‘American Idol’ Recap: The Top 10 Perform The Songs Of Billy Joel (huffingtonpost.com)
- American Idol Top 10 Do Billy Joel… Who’s Your Fav? (kiss951.cbslocal.com)
- American Idol – Do The Top Ten Slay Billy Joel?! # (evelyngarone.wordpress.com)
- Billy Joel night on American Idol: recap (thestar.com)
- ‘American Idol’ recap: Contestants take on Billy Joel (mercurynews.com)