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stevie nicks 123 EDWARDS AVENUE, SUITE 456 ã PINK HILL, NORTH CAROLINA 28572 PHONE: 252.123.4567 ã FAX: 252.123.4568 YOU@WHATEVER.COM ã ATOZ PRESS American Idol: Stevie Nicks coaches and the top nine shine (+video) American Idol: Most of the remaining nine contestants had their best performances ever, with guidance from Stevie Nicks. They delivered passionate performances that kept the American Idol audience and the judges on their feet. The American Idol format may
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     American Idol: Stevie Nicks coaches and the top nine shine(+video) American Idol: Most of the remaining ninecontestants had their best performances ever, withguidance from Stevie Nicks. They deliveredpassionate performances that kept the AmericanIdol audience and the judges on their feet. The American Idol format may be getting tired, the judges irrelevant, and the iconic hostmay be jumping ship at the end of the season. But after the performances of the finalnine on Wednesday night, American Idol proved that despite its flaws, this show can stillfind and cultivate amazing talent.Randy Jackson knew, in his heart of hearts, that if he kept repeating, season after season,that this was the best season EVER  – one of these times he would be right. OnWednesday night Randy Jackson was finally right. stevie nicks     A   T   O   Z   P   R   E   S   S    1   2   3   E   D   W   A   R   D   S    A   V   E   N   U   E ,   S   U   I   T   E   4   5   6   ã    P   I   N   K   H   I   L   L ,   N   O   R   T   H   C   A   R   O   L   I   N   A   2   8   5   7   2   P   H   O   N   E  :   2   5   2  .   1   2   3 .   4   5   6   7   ã   F   A   X  :    2   5   2 .   1   2   3 .   4   5   6   8    Y   O   U   @   W   H   A   T   E   V   E   R .   C   O   M   ã     h   t   t   p  :    /    /   w   w   w .   a   t   o   z   p   r   e   s   s .   c   o   m   Even the American idol contestants who were bad were only bad in comparison to great  – and there was greatness on the stage more than once. Not surprisingly, the premiereof the season's trio of trios did not quite make it into the stratosphere of greatness,although they are a vast improvement over the larger group performances. Perhaps thebest of the three, and no  – it's not just because Phillip Phillips was in the group  – wasprobably the compilation of songs by Fleetwood Mac by Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, andPhil.RECOMMENDED: Are you a real American Idol fan? Take the quizLater, Jessica Sanchez, Skylar Laine, and Hollie Cavanagh's performance of Madonnasongs fulfilled its intended purpose  – to pass the excess time left by the ever dwindlingtalent pool. Finally, Heejun Han, Joshua Ledet, and Deandre Brackensick made thestrongest argument for a 90-minute show (instead of 2 hours) when they performed aMichael Jackson tribute.But thankfully, these trios were flanked by individual performances and therefore were abit easier to endure. Kind of like when you wrap a dog's medicine in bologna - maskingthe offensive portion with meaty flavors. Speaking of meaty goodness - let's recap theperformances of the best season ever, dog!Colton Dixon: Colton made claims a few weeks ago that American Idol advised him totone down his religious rhetoric. So this week, Colton chose to sing his favorite worship song, Lifehouse's Everything, and performed the rock band's song with all the fervor of a preacher, falling to his knees. Afterward, he was near tears when he told Ryan Seacrestthat my God is my everything. Hmmm, apparently the tone-it-down suggestion got asmuch traction with Colton as Tommy Hilfiger's suggestion last week that he change hishair. What Colton's performance lacked in melody and range it made up for in passion.BSkylar Laine: Following Colton must not have been easy for Skylar but she took to thestage with the same fire in her belly that she's demonstrated since week one with herperformance of Miranda Lambert's, Gunpowder and Lead. But the fire, that was soexciting earlier in the season, is burning a little less bright as the weeks wear on. Just as   the decision by other performers to sing ballads week after week gets old, so too do thecountry-infused anthems that Skylar delivers each week. Yes Skylar, we know you havespunk, we know you love country. Time to show the audience something we haven'tseem from you. How about some vulnerability and softness? B-Heejun Han: It was obvious that Heejun knew he looked a gift horse in the mouth lastweek with his almost disrespectful antics. This week, he was on a quest for redemptionand surprisingly, Jimmy Iovine was rather quick to grant it after listening to Heejun'srehearsal of A Song for You, by Donny Hathaway. The past couple of weeks of foolishness had erased the memory of the smoky depths of Heejun's voice, and hearing itagain reminded viewers how he became a finalist in the first place. It would seem thatPhillip might have given Heejun some of his advice: It should be about the music first. BHollie Cavanagh: Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks earned her mentor's seat next to Jimmywhen she immediately zeroed in on what has been Hollie's weakness from the start:believability. In a poignant moment, Stevie explained how her mother had passed twomonths ago and said she wanted to hear the same level of emotion from Hollie'srendition of Carrie Underwood's, Jesus Take the Wheel. The advice struck a chord withHollie who came out and delivered her most moving, believable performance to date.JLo appreciated Hollie's emotion, Steven Tyler and Randy disagreed, saying that Holliewas pitchy and should have chosen another song. BDeandre Brackensick: Deandre chose, Sometimes I Cry, by Eric Benet. The lyrics twereeasy to identify with by the time he finished whining out the song in a falsetto that isreminiscent of nails on a chalkboard. Apparently nails on a chalkboard sound infinitelymore appealing when heard in person (a theory I have been attempting to test but oneobviously needs to possess a great deal more clout to score Idol tickets) since the judgesgave Deandre the first standing ovation of the night. CJessica Sanchez: Up until this week, Jessica's talent was always begrudgingly accepted inthis blog. While there was no denying Jessica had the vocal abilities of an angel, her songchoices vacillated between predictable and ill-advised. When she announced that shewas a long-time Beyonce fan and began singing a slowed-down version of SweetDreams, something clicked. Suddenly Jessica had the edge that she had been sorelylacking. The song, imbued with an almost haunting lull, was even better than the srcinal.A   Phil Phillips: Stevie should be the next American Idol judge. Heck, she should be the nextAmerican president! Her appreciation of both Phillip's talent and devastatingly goodlooks prove that she has impeccable judgement. But just when you think there may be arival for Phillip's affections, Stevie signed an autograph and spelled Phillip's name wrong.(Dear Phillip-with-two- L's, please note that I, who write your name multiple times aweek, always spell your name correctly. I always remind myself that the extra L standsfor love. <3 ) Phillip sang Still Raining by Jonny Lang and brought his some-kind-of-wonderful to the song. Here's hoping that Phillip can bring another kind of wonderfuleventually: Predictability can be a dangerous thing, even if you're predictably great. A-Joshua Ledet: When Joshua chose Mariah Carey's version of Without You, theexpectations were set very high. To pull it off he had to bring both perfect pitch and anemotional connection that would make you believe that the words meant something tohim. Joshua pulled out his gospel gusto toward the end of the song, which helped todrive home the emotional aspect. But despite the judges standing ovation andunfettered adoration, he did hit a few flat notes in the early portion of the song andfailed to reach the heights of some of the other contestants. BElise Testone: American Idol saved the best for last on Wednesday night. Surprised? Youshouldn't be. Despite being woefully under-appreciated, Elise has always had thepotential to do really great things and that's exactly what she did with Led Zepplin's Whole Lotta Love. As Stevie pointed out, Led Zepplin is not easy to sing but one wouldnever guess that after hearing and seeing Elise's performance on Wednesday. Not onlydid Elise hit every single note with perfect pitch and conviction, she completely ownedthe stage. A+Well, there you have it, a recap of one of American Idol's best nights  – at least in terms of standing ovations from the judges. Five in total . . . and three of them actually deservedit! You might be asking yourself who in the world could be in the bottom three after sucha strong showing? Well, you've come to the right place.Predictions:
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