American Idol: And Now There Are Six

Joshua Ledet singing Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come on American Idol.

Colton Dixon received the fewest votes on American Idol and was sent home on Thursday’s show. The apparent favorite to win now is Joshua Ledet, the 20-year-old singer from Westlake, Louisiana.

However, we all know to expected the unexpected on American Idol, after Jessica Sanchez was saved by the judges, after receiving the fewest votes a week ago.

Phillip Phillips, Skylar Laine and Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet were safe on Thursday night, with Colton Dixon, Holllie Cavanagh and Elise Testone in the bottom three.

It will be interesting to see which one of the contestants that were safe last night will be in the bottom three last night. I think Phillip Phillips showed he is not just a one-dimensional singer, by singing In The Midnight Hour, which was released by Wilson Pickett 47 years ago in 1965.

Still the highlight of the night for me was when Joshua sang A Change is Gonna Come composed and recorded by Sam Cooke in 1963. Joshua poured so much emotion into the song, that the judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler couldn’t help but give Joshua a standing ovation.

The song has been sung on American Idol many times in the past, but never with the emotion and passion, that Joshua showed while he was singing it. The song is #12 in the Rolling Stone magazine’s 500th Greatest Songs of All-Time.

Elise Testone’s rendition of Let’s Get It On was sang well, but Elise is having problems with the judges, similar to the problems of Haley Reinhart experienced in Season 10. No matter how well she sings, it seems like the judges find fault with her singing, song selection or her emotional connection with the song.

Right now Joshua and Elise are the only contestants, to me that could interest me in buying their album. Before last week’s shocking vote, it looked like Jessica Sanchez was on her way to being the next American Idol. Now all bets are off as we have four girls and two boys remaining in the competition.

Just my opinion, but I think voters should be limited to one vote per voter, which would be fairer to all the contestants. The way it is now a texter that can text fast can vote many times for one contestant, while non-texters or slow texters are at a definite disadvantage.

Hollie is still my favorite should Joshua be voted off the show, but I wouldn’t mind Elise winning since I think she has the passion to be successful in the music industry. Skylar Laine poured every ounce of emotion and energy into her songs on Wednesday night and she seems to be coming on strong now.

This post includes the following poll asking readers who they think will be the next American Idol:




Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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