american idol season 13

american idol season 13

Thursday, May 31, 2012

American Idol 11: Top 25 Performances

I'm back to wrap up the American idol season 11 which was the best season of american idol. its time for me to dish out my favorite performances of the season. After a season jam packed with so many good performances it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just 10 or 15 so instead i picked the top 25 performances of the season and i will try my best not to include too many Jessica performances haha shes had so many. I am in no way an expert and this list was really hard to rank i even had to leave out a few performances that i enjoyed. feel free to leave a comment!


25. Edge Of Glory - Erika Van Pelt

This was Erikas wild card performance and she nailed it. i could feel how badly she wanted to get that wild card spot and for that it made my list. Before this performance every one was talking about how much they liked Erika and i for one couldn't see why. i didn't like her during Hollywood week but she changed my mind with this one.

24. U Got It Bad - Phillip Phillips

When a white boy does an rnb song with his guitar, America just eats that up and so did i. one of Phillips sexiest performances and also this is what i enjoyed about Phillip is that he can take a song from any genre and make it his own. I also liked the fact that he recognized each band member right after the performance was finished. 

23. You Pulled Me Through - Joshua Ledet

Surprisingly i did not see this performance make anybodies list but it will make mines. when Joshua sang this Jennifer Hudson song he declared himself a front runner and he showed America how talented he was. i literally felt a tear drop fall out of my eyes while watching this performance.

22. We've Got Tonight - Phillip Phillips

Could you have imagined Phillip getting intimate with the crowd but without his guitar? i couldnt either but when jimmy chose this song for Phillip he knew exactly what he was doing. this performance melted so many young hearts throughout America haha and with this song he secured his spot in the finale.

21. Sweet Dreams - Jessica Sanchez

The first of many performances from Jessica to make this list. I had said before that Jessica is the next beyonce and she proved me right with this performance. the vocals were restrained and terrific and even though those red doors were a little distracting she pulled it off great. I don't think she got enough credit for slowing down the arrangement but hey she isn't a guy so of course the judges wouldn't care.

20. Everybody Has A Dream - Jessica Sanchez

Jessica's most underrated performance this season. it wasn't beyonce or Whitney or a dream girls song but she sang the crap out of this billy Joel single that Ive never heard before. the lyrics say "everybody has a dream and this is my dream" and she sure as hell sang like her dream was to be on that idol stage. 

19. Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You - Skylar Laine

Ok no surprise that i wasn't a big Skylar fan but when she sang this song i almost changed my mind about her..almost. she sounded current, vocally good, and i felt like she sang it better than the original. What i liked about this performance is that i felt like i was watching a skylar laine concert. 

18. This Woman's Work - Deandre Brackensick

Ok Ok this want a live performance and we only got to hear like a minute of it but i LOVED it, i had to put it in. his falsetto gave me chills and also his chest voice sounded good too. this was the point in the competition where i thought Deandre was going to be a real contender for the title but unfortunately he flopped as soon as he hit the live shows. 

17. One & Only - Elise Testone

Just like Erika, everyone was talking about Elise, and i hated her up until the top 25 when she sang one & only. she sounded raspy and gritty and she was playing the piano. this was hands down my favorite female performance of the night. i became a fan of hers right after this.

16. Stuttering - Jessica Sanchez

The one that got Jessica "eliminated" made the list. i don't understand why the audience didn't vote after this freakin amazing vocal performance. this was the first time she showed us this softer side and the things she did with her voice were just wow. I cant forget how she almost missed the piano when sitting back down, how embarrassing would that have been if she didn't catch herself haha.

15. You Are So Beautiful - Jessica Sanchez

Every time a girl performs laying down on the stage it always turns out to be a beautiful moment (fantasia, Katherine mcphee). this was Jessica's most vulnerable and subtle performance and she sounded amazing. This show cased that Jessica wasn't just a singing machine and that she could connect with a song.

14. Bleeding Love - Hollie Cavanagh 

One of Hollie best vocals of the season, i know Leona Lewis sang the heck out of this song but Hollie did just as good. the staging was beautiful but yet so simple. the vocals were flawless and that big note she hit was genius. After this performance i really thought she had a chance to go all the way. 

13. I Will Always Love You - Jessica Sanchez

Arguably one of the highlight performances of this season. a tribute to the late Whitney Houston and it was a stunning moment. even though she came off a little bit too practiced it didn't even matter because her pitch was perfect and the the entire vocal was phenomenal and only 16 years old!

12. Vienna - Elise Testone

This was during Elise's hot streak in the early rounds of the competition. Ive heard the original and Elise honestly did it so much better (no offense to billy Joel) but those runs she did at the end was something Ive never heard before it almost sounded middle eastern. this performance was so refreshing and it was a vocal master class.

11. Ready For Love - Joshua Ledet

After weeks and weeks of Joshua hollering and screaming in every one of his songs, he scaled it back and restrained himself in his beautiful rendition of ready for love. He showed that not only could he give electrifying performances but that he could connect with the song in an intimate way. by the end he was emotional and so was i haha.

10. Piano Man - Colton Dixon

Colton dixon was in desperate need of a moment and he came very close with piano man. first of all the staging, while copying the idea from the x factor, it was beautiful and just captured the moment. Secondly his vocals werent the best but he sang the song as if it were his own song, singing piano man while playing the piano how perfect is that! i loved every second of it.

9. The Climb - Hollie Cavanagh

One of my favorite moments of the season, Hollies Triumphant comeback. After weeks and weeks of being the judges pinata for criticism, Hollie brought back the very song she sang two years ago to make it to Hollywood. She sang the crap out of this song better than Miley Cyrus and better than Lauren Alaina. But she ended up in the bottom 2 the very next night.

8. Love The Way You Lie - Colton Dixon

My favorite Colton performance. He picked a female song and nailed it showing how current he can actually be. i don't think Ive ever seen a contestant on idol that gave this kind of vibe on stage it just gives you chills. After this performance i was sure he would end up in the top 3 but unfortunately he stumbled the very next week.

7. When A Man Loves A Woman - Joshua Ledet

When i heard he was doing this played out old song i was just like oh lord. But Joshua came out there and gave one heck of a performance! this just made me jump off my seat and say wow (much like Melinda Doolittle did haha). Then he pursed to take off his jacket, who knew Joshua could be sexy? I think its time to retire this song no one will ever sing it the way he did.

6. Home - Phillip Phillips

The triumphant performance that sealed the deal for Phillips victory. Usually the coronation songs suck really bad so i was expecting a total mess from Phillip but when it started i said wow this is actually pretty good, and it turned out to be the best coronation song in American idol history! And when he performed it the second time around after being announced as the winner he just choked up in tears, how can you be mad that won after that?

5. The Prayer - Jessica Sanchez

My favorite Jessica Sanchez performance and the performance that made me tear up the most all season haha. When she sang this in La's Vegas i just said to myself this girl is going to win and i was almost right. it was even better the second time around her voice was soo restrained but she gave us that one big beautiful note. Jennifer Lopez said something after this performance that really pissed me off, but regardless of what Jlo says i loved it.

4. Volcano - Phillip Phillips

For a couple of weeks Phillips performances were just horrible, time of the season, the letter. And i was starting to count him out of the competition. But then he pulled this out of his pocket and delivered his best performance on the show. Ive never heard of volcano and I'm sure most of America hasn't either but it didn't even matter because this performance was just perfect, it was a "Mad World" type of moment. The back up singer and the Cello or whatever it was just made it even more captivating. 

3. And I Am Telling You - Jessica Sanchez

 After this performance i was saying Jennifer Hudson who?? haha but for real Jessica freakin sang the living day lights out of this song i mean i was speechless.I'm sure this is a song she perfected when she was 5 years old and her emotion was on point. if this was her very last performance on the show the outcome of the winner would have been very different. But when she sang this with Jennifer Holliday in the finale, it was the best duet ever on idol EVER!

2. Whole Lotta Love - Elise Testone

Coming in at # 2, Who knew that Elise testone was more of a rocker than colton dixon haha! This performance was just amazing a true rock star performance. I know Adam Lambert sang this but his version was more aggressive, Elise was sexy, and gritty, and just pure magic. with this performance Elise found herself at the top of the pact and honestly at that moment the competition was for her to loose, i guess she didn't like that front runner status. But either way this will go down as one of the best rock performances in idol history.

1. Its A Mans Mans World - Joshua Ledet

And the #1 performance of the season, its a mans mans mans mans mans world. I thought i had seen all that Joshua had to offer but with this performance he literally sounded out of this world. i mean his swagger, the growls, the alien singing, everything about this performance was amazing. This song should just be retired from idol because no one can come close to giving a performance like this ever. The only way to describe watching this is mind blowing!

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