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  • The Farr Side: ‘American Idol’ season shaping up well

  • "American Idol” is still going strong. Season 11 could be one of the best seasons yet, if not the best.


     

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  • "American Idol” is still going strong. Season 11 could be one of the best seasons yet, if not the best. That’s only if the contestants keep performing like they have been.
    Two weeks ago was the best episode I think I have seen yet. There wasn’t a bad performance the entire night.
    Facebook was all abuzz from the finalists’ performances, particularly those of Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and this season's darkhorse, Elise Testone.
    By the time you read this, we’ll know the top 6, or if judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler agree to use a “save,” available only once, and only before the top-5 round.
    I’m not surprised the save hasn’t been used yet. I’ve agreed with who’s already been sent home, including DeAndre Brackensick. But Lopez was the only judge willing to try to save him.
    Brackensick was good at what he could do, but I believe his downfall was with connecting to the audience. The falsetto can be awesome if done well, but also requires the right songs.
    When will contestants learn that song selection is the most important aspect of getting people to call in for you, especially when the majority of voters are younger viewers? That’s not to say the older demographic (myself included) doesn’t appreciate hearing the classics, but we’re also not die-hard voters.
    Colton Dixon and Hollie Cavanaugh also could potentially fall prey to song selection problems. I see major potential in both, but sometimes their choices seem awkward.
    I do believe the “save” would have been used for contestants like Phil Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Joshua Ledet and maybe even Elise Tostone. Testone revived her hopes after a rendition of Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” She totally rocked the “Idol” stage like no other female rocker had before.
    Phillips is one to watch. I could see him winning, but I sort of hope he doesn’t. He could even get a record deal even without winning. It might allow him to do his own thing and not be limited to an “Idol” contract.
    Chris Daughtry didn’t win, but his success on the show was evident with most record labels.
    Ledet and Sanchez should be the final two standing. Both have awed me week after week. Last week’s duet for Aretha Franklins’ and George Michael’s “I Knew You Were Waiting” was spectacular.
    I love the song anyhow, but these two just were amazing.
    Who do you think should be in the finale?
    David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.
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