7. Hollie Cavanagh (Last week's ranking: 7)
I have trouble believing she really avoided the bottom three. She’s been the judges’ punching bag for weeks. The voice is there — so where’s her conviction? Act like you’ve ”gotta have it,” sparkly sprite!
6. Phillip Phillips (Last week's ranking: 5)
I’d love for him to do something down tempo and acoustic, or even take on a female-sung tune (or two) this week. Why not? Kid really needs to shake it up.
5. Elise Testone (Last week's ranking: 6)
I can see her rocking the soul portion of the evening. Hell, the Billboard hit portion too. I’m just not sure she’s popular enough — and the judges certainly seem to be over her.
4. Skylar Laine (Last week's ranking: 4)
I have a gut feeling this won’t be Skylar’s week to shine, but the last two have given her enough momentum. I think she’ll make smart song choices, maybe put an unexpected country twist on a soul hit, and end up safe.
3. Joshua Ledet (Last week's ranking: 3)
There’s no better indicator of Joshua’s ”then and now” versatility than last week’s ”Runaway Baby” dance party. Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown — I wish he could do them all. The supposed bottom-three dweller just needs more votes!
2. Jessica Sanchez (Last week's ranking: 1)
Save or no save, her talent level is undeniable and this week’s ”then and now” theme seems tailor-made for a Jessica comeback. Expect to hear Etta James’ ”I’d Rather Go Blind,” which she already covered masterfully on YouTube.
1. Colton Dixon (Last week's ranking: 2)
He should be creative in rearranging a soul song to sound more modern — I’m not sure a straight copy will be believable coming from him. The Billboard theme is totally in his wheel(life)house and should be a winner. After all, as Steven says, ”Colton hasn’t found his top yet.”