Originally Posted by skyehill
Vienna was never a single, but it's definitely one of his biggest hits among fans and at his live shows. I hated Elise's version of it. Not many of the singers appeared to connect with the lyrics of any of the songs.
My two favorites are Hollie and Phillip. Phillip was the best of the night, but Hollie struggled with the verses. She was still better than most everyone else.
Heejun is Sanjaya, I guess. He's just a joke now. His performance reminded me of something out of the movie Good Morning Vietnam when Robin Williams would go into a bar and a little asian guy was singing English music with a big accent. Just awful.
It sounds like you are saying that "Vienna" is actually better known than "Everybody Has a Dream," which makes Iovine's harping on the obscurity of "Vienna" even more ridiculous considering he is not shown saying one contrary word to Jessica Sanchez about the obscurity of "Everybody Has a Dream."
Elise is the best singer on the show. Her performance of "Vienna" might not have met the standards of the Billy Joel version, but I think it worked. Unfortunately for Elise, she is on the wrong show. She should have tried out for X Factor or The Voice or even America's Got Talent instead. She is not American Idol material according to what we have seen that the voters like.
Hollie sucked all the soul out of the song. She is just doing karaoke out there.
Unlike Holllie, who failed miserably singing a very well known song, Jessica sang a song none of the voters would know. I suspect this was her intention, since she probably thought this would allow her to do her usual over-singing of a song without having to compare to the original. It didn't work for me. She doesn't connect with the song and she doesn't connect with the audience. Oh, and Diddy told her exactly what was wrong with her singing...criticism that she completely ignored.
The other singers aren't really worth commenting on. Typical American Idol fodder.
This Billy Joel edition of the show took us back to how the show used to be-a limited number of songs to choose from, and an unlikelihood that any of the contestants have already practiced one of the songs a hundred times before.