Queen songs send Elise Testone home
Elise Testone, easily the most comfortable contestant with the demands of Queen's catalogue, performed "I Want It All" from Queen's The Miracle album. With tambourine in hand, she commanded the audience through a lesser-known track. Where other contestants looked a bit uncomfortable singing out of their comfort zone -- Hollie Cavanagh, here's looking at you -- Testone made singing this Queen track look like child's play. Testone also sang Jimi Hendrix's "Bold As Love."
Phillip Phillips's "Fat Bottomed Girls" was good, but he was off at points. His singing face often made him look like he was in pain, and maybe he was -- it's always difficult to tell with Phillips. He looked much more comfortable with guitar in hand for his second song, "The Stone," by the Dave Matthews Band. Perhaps the only criticism for "The Stone" is that Phillips sounded too much like Dave Matthews, as if he were a tribute band.
Hollie Cavanagh took on "Save Me" and came off too uncomfortable. As much as she didn't believe in herself or the song, we didn't believe her either, and that's what ultimately will drive her to the bottom three again. However, she did redeem herself with an age-appropriate version of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb." It was clear Cavanagh believed in herself this time: Just look at the way she dances at the end of her performance.
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