I kind of disagree with that. Although he does not have the "range" and overall quality, he definitely CAN sing very well in his own "style". I think it is that uniqueness that is so captivatingto many. Also, let's face it...definitely it has a LOT to do with the size of your fan base. If they can't sing and maybe come from a city of strong support for "the local", that can help them go a LONG way! I have actually liked Phillip a lot for his diferent style of singing right from the very start. I wouldn't want to listen to him all the time, but then I wouldn't want to listen to the type of singing that Joshua and Jessica are doing either, but I think they should come out the top 2. I did not like Elise much at all. I really did to start with, she had a few good moments, and her voice was definitely unique, but she just fell short on many of the songs/notes. That being said, she did have a couple OUTSTANDING performances!! Colton I think left sooner than he should have for sure, and I was surprised that Hejun lasted as long as he did too. I like them all to start, but after seeing them sing week after week, it's easier to see where they fall short on their talent.
I think the show would be better balanced if the judges had more say in things...if they had a good percentage of the deciding votes each week. BUT, because it is AMERICAN IDOL, the people vote on who they want to be their favorite overall idol, not just based on singing ability, but on the "whole picture". I think that is why I liked Holly so much...she was more the "type" of singer that I personally could listen to, but she needed more experience, and also hit many flat notes. She also had her age and appearance backing her, helping to keep her in there that long. I am so happy and proud of them all!