“I don’t think either one of them appreciably stepped up their game,” says Gold Derby senior editor Susan Wloszczyna when reacting to the recent ousting of Dimitrius Graham and Uche on Season 17 of “American Idol.” She adds, “Dimitrius looked miserable! When you perform, you need to assume an emotion that is pleasant.” Wloszczyna joins fellow senior editor Marcus James Dixon and contributor Denton Davidson to discuss the recently revealed Top 8, the upcoming Queen music theme and whether or not judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have assembled the best group of contestants ever.
“Have you guys ever heard this ‘Goofy’ song before?” Dixon asks about Uche’s decision to sing “I 2 I” from “A Goofy Movie.” “He’s in the mentor session with Rebel [Wilson]; she had never heard it,” Dixon continues. “Then each one [of the judges] mentions they have never heard the song. And his reaction is just like, ‘Gasp! How could you have never heard of it? It’s such a good song!’ I think he made a huge mistake.” Davidson agrees it was a poor choice, but believes Uche had bigger problems than that. “I think the band really drowned him out more than anyone else,” he says. “I couldn’t hear him very well compared to the other singers.”
When speculating on who has the best and worse chance of pulling off the music of Queen next week, Wloszczyna predicts Madison VanDenburg will have a strong showing. “You have to have range,” she says. Davidson gives his opinion, stating, “I think Alyssa [Raghu] is going to struggle. Voices like Laci [Kaye Booth] and Alejandro [Aranda] don’t fit the genre, but I think they’ll just change the arrangement to make it work for them.” Davidson and Dixon both agree Alyssa and Wade Cota could be the next to go home. “Lionel has already compared Jeremiah [Lloyd Harmon] to Freddie Mercury, so he’s got some pressure on him,” says Davidson, to which Wloszczyna responds, “That is ridiculous!”
Dixon mentions that many people feel this crop of contestants is the best group of finalists ever, to which he adds, “I think they could be right! What do you guys think?” Davidson bluntly responds, “No. I don’t think so.” He continues, “My favorite season was when the divas were all there and it was Fantasia, LaToya London and Jennifer Hudson all going at it week after week.” Wloszczyna chimes in that one of her favorite seasons included Scotty McReery and Haley Reinhart.
For the panel’s full thoughts on those contestants as well as Walker Burroughs and Laine Hardy, watch the fun video above.
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