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Posted on 01/18/2012 11:41:39 AM PST by silent_jonny
You’re such a jerk! And thanks for reading this!
One Last Standing Ovation: Why Joshua Ledet Came Just Shy of ‘American Idol’ Glory
Though Jessica Sanchez is certainly one of the most vocally talented contestants American Idol has seen, viewers were surprised when she took the spot in the final 2 many of us had assumed would go to Joshua Ledet. He has consistently delivered, and brought the judges to their feet more than any other contestant this season. So why was he eliminated? I have 5 guesses.
1. Over-Ovation. Joshua Ledet received over 15 standing ovations from the judges this season. That is just far too much exercise for a reality TV panel of judges devoted to one contestant. Many theorize that the over-hyping of Joshua led to his eventual demise. We don’t mind being encouraged to vote one way or another by experts, but it’s another thing entirely when a contestant is being shoved down our throats. He is amazing, yes, but the constant praise became rather grating and turned some of us against the judge favorite.
2. Relevancy. Joshua is a soul singer, and someone who can sing a lot of classics will typically do well in the competition that throws various themes and genres at the contestants week after week. But now we’re at the point in American Idol where viewers will ask themselves who will be the most relevant as a pop star or a modern artist, and Joshua wasn’t always delivering song choices that proved his ability to make it as a current artist. His more energetic, modern covers didn’t stand out the way his take on old soul hits did.
3. Audience. Joshua became my personal favorite after Skylar Laine was eliminated, but he has been a favorite of my parents for much longer. Do my parents vote? No. They either read the recaps here, or watch a recorded episode much later in the week. It’s possible that Joshua’s audience, likely an older audience who likes the aforementioned classics, isn’t a voting audience. Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez may be more accessible to the target demographic, who are the ones picking up their phones and voting online.
4. “Imagine.” Ugh, this song. It just didn’t suit Joshua, and though he managed to sneak it into the middle of the triple play program, it stood out as a sore thumb. Jimmy Iovine mentioned in his critiques that Joshua didn’t really have a moment in the Top 3 episode, and he needs one every week to stay in this. He didn’t have a moment, and Phillip certainly did. I’m not sure Jessica had a moment either, but she also didn’t choose such a crummy, over-performed song for herself.
5. Ice Cream Every Day. Joshua’s personality was a little more subdued and shy, but his performing personality was big and, at times, almost too strong. I’m going to use the old trope about having ice cream every day. People, generally, love ice cream, but parents and other annoying people are always telling us that we wouldn’t love it if we had to eat ice cream every day. We would also get very fat. Anyway, Joshua performing dramatic, gospel-y, emotionally wrought performances every week for 12 weeks in a row, could have spoiled us on him a little. At first we were like, “wow! Mint chip is the best!” But after 12 weeks we’re all, “I hate mint chip. It’s too shouty and I have to fast-forward through it.” I don’t know, it’s not my strongest theory, but maybe we soured on him at just the wrong time.
Some where are they now?
Justin Guarini Will Star in Muny Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The singing actor will star in The Muny’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which runs July 23-29. The production will mark Guarini’s Muny debut.
“I’m thrilled to be playing the role of Joseph,” Guarini said in a statement. “Being able to do it in front of 11,000 people every night, outside and under the stars, is truly magical. I’m honored to be part of the history and tradition of The Muny.”
Justin Guarini, a contestant on the first season of the reality show “American Idol,” has been seen on Broadway in American Idiot and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Last year, he starred as Roger in Surflight’s production of Rent.
Guarini will also offer a solo concert, From American Idol to Broadway, March 2 at 8 PM at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY. The Landmark on Main Street is located at 232 Main Street. For more information and tickets, visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.
American Idol’s Colton Dixon says that he was upset with Jimmy Iovine for comparing him to Phillip Phillips.
Why the Idol judges’ save won’t help Jessica win
“We were both pretty upset the way he presented it,” Dixon tells TVGuide.com. “I remember walking in and [Jimmy] said, ‘All right, let’s cut the B.S. It’s you or Phillip.’ We get that it’s a TV show, but at the same time [we were] still shocked at how far they’ll go to create some drama.”
How does American Idol’s DeAndre deal with all that hair?
In the video below, the Tennessee native shares his shock at getting eliminated after never being in the bottom three, why he didn’t like how the judges practically forced him to audition and whether or not he’ll keep his signature Mohawk-like ‘do.
I thought for sure you hadn’t read mine!
Oh I read them, I just have never before seen anyone’s posts on this forum to simultaneously contain such pomposity and ignorance.
I'm sorry I posted number 10,000. If I had known you really wanted it that bad I would have stepped away from the keyboard.
Diamond’s got nice color to it. He needs a haircut. HIs face is too long for that hair but maybe he’s on bway.
See you next year :)
Responding to your post to big and lil
Thats great news if it means you will be hosting a thread next season.
Barry out, you hosting AI thread 2013 can be a great year.....
Is the tween birth rate down? A retooling for an older audience who likes faster music and less screaming just might work..... : )
Don’t know, but can observe that tweens act like infants in some cases.
No logic for actions, just pure emotions, and no reflection on consequences of behavior.
Being in the older generation we are surprised how many of us there are that appreciate music of all styles , when we an understand it, and it’s based on
the persons ability.
Not some gyrating dancers, overblown production, or audio enhancements that make up for the lack of talent.
Have a nice break till the next season. Will be looking for your next you tube
I have 5 guesses.
Very good observations. Agree with your analysis
That was from that article, but I thought it was a pretty accurate article. The judges hurt Joshua with all that fawning over him. Best singer in 50 years? please.
Best singer in 50 years? please.
I’m convinced they don’t think about what they say.
Just blurt it out , and hope it makes sense, or sticks......
I may watch X Factor but have no idea when it starts. America's Got Talent was in St. Pete, Fl this weekend auditioning.
Maybe there are too many talent shows and not enough viewers to go around.
I hate voting but I voted for P2 cuz I can only imagine what he's really capable of when he's not in severe pain.
See you next AI.
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