Two weeks, two "Idol" contestants unexpectedly facing elimination. Unfortunately for Colton Dixon, he had the misfortune of earning the distinction the week after the judges' one and only save was used, thereby becoming no more than the seventh-place finisher of season eleven.
The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while others may be in fact stuck in times of yore.
For the second night in a row, Blake Shelton felt a ridiculous amount of pressure to make a split-second decision that would affect the lives of his singers. He hemmed and hawed and made a call that the audience inside the Burbank soundstage loudly supported. "It pisses me off," Shelton said after Tuesday's elimination round of "The Voice." "It was down to the wire and I hadn't had time to process what's in front of me. I had pressure on me."
Continuing a habit of toying with their rules as they progress through a season, two singers were sent home Monday from "The Voice" in an "instant elimination" at the conclusion of the two-hour show. Two more will be sent packing tonight. See who Christina and Blake let go.
With the talented crop of singers that is "American Idol"'s top seven, one had to think the judges could have been considering using their one and only save from elimination Thursday night (Apr. 12). But one may never have guessed they'd show their hand so early.
The night "American Idol" contestants sing modern songs is always an intriguing episode because, hey, the music's relevant for once! But other times, there's that awkward moment when half the singers pick a modern song no one knows. Such was Wednesday night. Sigh.
Adam Levine made an astute comment toward the end of Tuesday's elimination edition of "The Voice," interrupting his fellow judges just as Cee Lo Green was about to decide which singer he would choose to allow to continue. "Why did it take this long for you to sing like this," he asked of Tony Vincent, Cheesa and Erin Martin, chastising them for holding back on delivering emotionally resonant performances.
The 10,000 hour theory gets frequently quoted when aging rock fans aim to point out that today's music lacks character, skill, instrumental chops -- you name it. The theory contends that to excel at anything, 10,000 hours need to be invested in practice and/or research before someone is ready for the spotlights, a notion born out by Juliet Simms on Monday's edition of "The Voice."
The voters showed they weren't quite over pop star Gavin DeGraw and pro partner Karina Smirnoff on Tuesday night's "Dancing With the Stars" elimination round. Soap star Jack Wagner and partner were eliminated instead.
"The show feels bigger." That was host Carson Daly's assessment of season 2 of NBC's "The Voice" when Billboard caught up with him and other stars of the show on the red carpet Tuesday night. Looking radiant in red, coach Christina Aguilera sounded similarly positive, especially about the new twist that was introduced at the live elimination show (which claimed two of her singers).