Look at this picture. Are the American Idol judges and host, Ryan Seacrest, looking into the eyes of a future superstar?
Only time will tell but, here in the MCL community, a viewer recently shared a very interesting perspective on why Jessica Sanchez received the lowest number of votes this past week during the Top 7 American Idol Results Show.
I personally feel that Jessica embodies many of the fine qualities that endeared us to Season 7 Runner-Up, David Archuleta. Her voice is prodigious, her performing style refined and professional, brimming with confidence yet totally different from her shy, unassuming persona off-stage.
Here is Chad’s timely and insightful analysis of Jessica Sanchez’s road on American Idol, as well as some other excellent ideas about the workings of this crazy show we love to hate.
And, FYI, he runs TheXFactorForums.Com, an excellent resource site for, you know, that other show we love to hate.
I have been a fan of Idol (Canada/US/Australia), The X Factor (UK/France/Australia) and The Voice, since most of the shows began. I felt the desire to write in my thoughts, due to some of the great conversation I’ve noticed online over the entire Jessica Sanchez issue. I actually find it quite funny, to be honest.
Why people would be so shocked that she was in the B3, comes as a surprise to me. If we look at the history of Idol, many of the big-voiced torch singers on the show never made the finales; Jennifer Hudson, Melinda DooLittle, Pia Toscano, just to name a few. I’m actually more surprised it took this long for it to actually happen to her. Jessica is a great singer, don’t get me wrong – I love her voice – have since she first auditioned, but, she’s about as charismatic as a wet dish towel, her song choices have been “unique”, to put it kindly, and especially the song she sang on Wednesday night. I’ve questioned why Jimmy didn’t actually step in and ‘86’ that song, in favor of something more contemporary and well heard. Jessica, whenever asked by Ryan what she would like the audience to know about her, she always responds with “I’ve worked hard all my life.” Well big deal, you’re 16, you’ve worked hard, what does that really mean? I work hard as well, but that’s not “who I am”.
Embarrassingly enough, I’m one of “those” people that keeps track of the popularity of the Idol contestants on Youtube, iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, and, in the public forums. I actually run an X Factor Forum myself, and it’s always interesting reading the members comments. With that in mind, there are two names that are continually the Top 2 names, since the show began; Colton and Jessica. If you go on iTunes, it’s all about Colton, as well as Twitter and Youtube. Jessica as well, but, this in itself is one of the issues for Jessica. Much (not all) of her fan base online are from the Philippines. It’s definitely not a bad thing, and Philippino’s are very passionate about rallying around their stars and showing support, which in itself, is wonderful, except for one thing; they can’t vote. It’s great that they are viewing her Youtube video’s and signing on to her Twitter Account, but in the U.S. world of American Idol and the votes, it’s not a position of strength.
Jessica was B3, and that isn’t a shock, because it’s actually showing where the votes actually go, and how they’re going. Colton and Phillip have yet to be in the B3, and Colton probably won’t even see it. The major problem with this show right now is the judging, or lack thereof, from JLo and Steven. I like them both, don’t get me wrong, but they are lousy coaches. They have no clue how to cultivate talent – all they know how to do is promote ego. I find it ironic that the three contestant’s that the judges have given standing ovations to, consistently, were the 3 in the bottom. There’s a reason for that. Because of the judges – they’ve peaked. We don’t like to be told how to vote, when to vote, and who to vote for. We make our own choices, and when the judges are continually shoving Joshua down our throats, Jessica, and lately, Elise, it polarizes their votes.
Another thing is connection with the audience. As I said above, Jessica fails to do that. There’s no real feeling or sensuality in her performances – even when she looks into the camera, it’s a vacant stare, but then, on the other hand, there’s Colton. Colton looks into the camera, and whether you like him or not, you’re looking back and you know he’s owning what he’s singing – it’s in his eyes. Colton has affect. Every song he sings, he touches distinctly. Every week, more than any other contestant, he improves, and, he is yet to have his “peak “ moment. Same can be said for Skylar. Colton chooses the right songs, he says the right things, and he knows how Idol works. Truth be known, he’s probably the top in votes, with Phillip coming in somewhere behind, and Skylar is probably closer behind. This is the difference though, where Colton seems to grow each week and his fan base grows each week, Phillip seems to be going the opposite direction. J Lo’s reaction on Thursday when Ryan explained how has never had a standing ovation before, was priceless. I’ll place a wager. He gets one. Next week.
The way they’ve treated Hollie, is almost evil. This is a girl that has a great voice as well, and I think, more of what it takes to connect with an audience, if given the right coaching, than Jessica does. I also found it completely unprofessional and absolutely nasty, the way Jimmy compared her to Jessica on results night. Again, no wonder she wasn’t in the B3 – America came to her defense.
Of all the performers in the Top 7 right now, when you listen to their studio versions – each one of Colton’s songs could be on the radio right now, as is, and be a hit. Also, when you hear it – you know it’s Colton Dixon. Same with Skylar. They both have a distinct sound that they own. Steven gets that about Colton, and has from Day one.
For what it’s worth, I was never a huge Colton fan. I’ve always gone for the more classical sound with singers – the Josh Groban, David Archuleta , Rhydian, Joe McElderry, Theo Tams, types, to name a few. More adult contemporary. But a few weeks ago, I sat back, and I really watched his performance when he was singing during Stevie Wonder week, and I was awed by him. Then, his duets with Skylar, although not perfect, the two of them kill it each time, and, give the boy credit for taking on country, which, as Randy would say, is completely out of his “wheelhouse”. He’s proving what Randy has always said – if you can sing, you can sing the phone-book. Well, I think Colton probably could, and it would be a hit. His performance on Wednesday night was not only beautiful to watch, he sounded beautiful, and the studio-version is first rate.
It will be interesting to see how the next few weeks play out.
MCL EDITORIAL COMMENT Yes, this show has taken on a different tone now. A certain loss of innocence has ensued because of the brouhaha over Jessica’s save. We have all become frightfully jaded and suspicious of the show’s proceedings, gaining a glimpse into the machinations behind this show.