Queen songs send Elise Testone home
Following a strong showing on Wednesday night by almost all of the Top 6, Elise Testone, one of the best of the Queen-covering bunch, was sent home during last night's results show. She was joined by Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, only the latter of whom belonged there. Nevertheless, someone had to go home, as each contestant offered their best takes on the great Freddie Mercury. What follows is a recap of Wednesday's performances, providing a bit of insight as to how Testone, Laine and Cavanagh ended up receiving the least number of votes.
The top six sing the opening lines of "Fat Bottomed GIrls."
The show on Wednesday began with Roger Taylor and Brian May joining all six contestant to set the expectation bar for the night's performances on the Idol stage with a Queen medley -- "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Another One Bites the Dust" and "We Are the Champions." Even so, early in the show, it was clear which contestants would do well with the rock catalogue: Elise Testone and Skylar Laine. Sadly, America disagreed.
Jessica Sanchez finally showed a hint of personality on stage during her take of "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- but really only a hint. Things got a tad weird when pre-recorded clips of Sanchez were shown on the backdrop as her backing chorus for the song. If you thought Sanchez was ice-cold on stage before, her chorus appeared even more chilly -- creepy, even. For their second songs, contestants sang their personal favorites. Sanchez chose to perform "Dance With My Father."
Skylar Laine followed with "The Show Must Go On," a red-hot performance in which Laine's passion was apparent. Near the end, Laine proved exactly why she's still in the top six, turning into a full-fledged, stage-commanding diva. It helped that her vocals were spot on, too. Laine also performed "Tattoos on This Town" as her personal favorite.
Joshua Ledet took on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." While Ledet stuck to the melody in parts, in others he sounded like he was screaming. While Ledet won't be in the bottom two tonight, it was certainly not his strongest performance this season; it was on-par with his performance of Bruno Mars's "The Runaway Song" weeks ago. For his personal choice, Ledet slowed things down with India.Arie's "Ready for Love." That showing was much stronger.