It was an action-packed evening on American Idol last night. Carrie Underwood performed the title track to her new album, ‘Blown Away,’ while Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler, along with the rest of the America, said goodbye to another contestant.
Skylar Laine was eliminated from the show last night in what was a shock to some. The country singer had been a judge-favorite throughout the entire competition, and was easily one of the most charismatic on-stage. And she can REALLY sing. With Skylar’s elimination, that leaves only four contestants remaining in the show’s 11th season.
Regardless of the results of the show, Ms. Laine is a country superstar in waiting. She’ll be signed to a major label almost as soon as the show’s finale airs, and she will be gracing amphitheatres and arenas nationwide by this time next year alongside some of country music’s biggest names. No offense to the other Idol contestants, but Skylar should have easily made it into at least the top three. Still, this may actually serve to her advantage. After all, now she won’t have to “live up” to any expectations or shape her image and/or musical preferences based on winning the competition. She can be who she wants to be, and that’s a damn good country singer.
Check out the video below of Skylar performing Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder And Lead” from a few weeks ago:
Consequently, it seems as though American Idol’s reign as the country’s reality singing show has come to an end. According to multiple sources and surveys, T.V. viewers feel that the loss of Simon Cowell from a couple of years ago has finally caught up to the show. The current judges aren’t harsh in any form, and they appeal to an older audience.
The Voice, on the other hand, is AI’s biggest competition, and as it just wraps up its second season, appears to be recognized as the country’s top singing competition. With judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and of course, Blake Shelton, NBC’s show is well on its way to replacing American Idol at the top.
The season finale of The Voice airs next Wednesday on NBC. As for American Idol, the top four will compete again next week, with one additional contestant heading home next Thursday.