On Thursday, May 17th, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips learned that they would advance to the Top 2 Performance Finale.
When taking into consideration the performances during this week’s Top 3 Performance Show, it was a bit of a shocker to hear that Jessica would advance.
Both Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips received consistently positive reviews throughout the evening, leaving poor little Jessica confused and bewildered.
It’s no wonder she gasped when host Ryan Seacrest revealed that she was advancing to the Top 2 Finale. I think everyone did.
However, truth be told, she was a strong contender from Day One. American Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe made absolutely certain that she was not pimped or hyped in any way. They learned their lesson last year with Top 2 Finalist, Lauren Alaina.
Except for the drama fest over her Top 7 save, the judges’ critiques re Jessica’s performances changed from week to week. They had a bit of an ambivalent nature toward her, as did record producer Jimmy Iovine.
Was this Idol’s strategy this year? Oh ya – you betcha! Nicely played, again, American Idol!
And to Phillip Phillips – here’s hoping that his health is stable and allows him to get through next week’s showcase with no difficulty. He sounded so very good last week – imagine how much better he will sound on tour once his health issues are properly addressed and treated. Stay strong, Phillip!
So, after all is said and done, are your happy with this Final Two? Throw me a crumb or two in the comments section, but remember to be respectful to all the singers and their fan-base.