American Idol Top 10 Girls Recap: I'm Sorry, Mr. Jackson, Are You for Real? [Updated]

american-idol-season-13-top-10-girls-performance-recap-majesty-malaya-mkI’ve always been a sucker for an inspirational, never-give-up, success-in-spite-of-insurmountable-odds story arc: The Little Engine That Could. Seabiscuit. Fantasia’s “I Believe.”

But for the love of all that’s holy, how is the caked-on gravy that is Randy Jackson still clinging to the American Idol platter on its 13th cycle through the reality TV dishwasher?

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The Artist Formerly Known as ‘The Other Judge’ assumed his new role as in-house mentor tonight, and the results were, um, well… why don’t I just quote some of Randy’s “specific,” “actionable” advice: “You’ve gotta give it your all. And you’ve gotta give your best performance.” Dude misprounounced at least one singer’s name, didn’t offer a single smidge of advice about song choice or arrangement and acted as if he’d never watched a single second of performance footage of any of the women who sat in front of him.

Honestly, Idol probably had to slash its budget and cut the guy who sorts J.Lo’s M&Ms by color just to get The Dawg’s input? No me gusta!

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Even more distressing was the fact that the show cut one-third of Season 13’s Top 15 girls — before they’d sung a single note — based in large part on footage of Randy’s pre-season workshop (which, mercifully, was heavy on footage of glowing, talented Idol grads Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry). Ryan also noted that contestants’ dress rehearsals played a part in the decision. And — I’m just gonna assume it was all Randy’s fault — five really promising vocalists (Kenzie Hall, Austin Wolfe, Andrina Brogden, Jillian Jensen and Brandy Neelly) were all slashed in favor of the a couple women who’d given no prior indication of being ready for primetime singing stardom. (Spoiler: Their names respectively rhyme with Pia Buh-Bye and Larry Hell Cellars.)

A funny thing happened, though, on the way to creating a dramatic “Rush Week” forum. None of the 10 women who would eventually sing for America’s vote knew in advance of the live show whether or not she’d actually get a chance to take the stage. One at a time, the judges would introduce a singer, ask her to run through a backstage gauntlet, grab the mic and perform her ditty.

And as J.Lo astutely noted, the long run to the stage, the adrenaline and fear of the last-second announcements and the inability to fully prepare for a major television debut resulted in an evening of uneven, tentative, out-of-tune performances. In other words, reality TV drama was the night’s big winner; but lost in the contrived setup was the feeling that we were looking at multiple legitimate contenders to own a piece of The House That Kelly Clarkson Built.

That may not be a fair assessment of the Top 10 women’s skills, but it’s cast a pall over exec producer Per Blankens’ otherwise sparkly Idol reboot. Let’s hope Top 13 performance night allows the Season 13 lineup the full opportunity to look (and sound) like future Fantasias and Candices and Adams and Daughtrys, yes?

With that said, let’s jump to letter grades for tonight’s performances:

Majesty Rose: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” — Grade: B+ | The gap in her tooth! The glorious hair! The dancing eyes! The little pops of range and power percolating throughout her acoustic take on Pharrell’s glistenining electronic jam! Majesty may not have delivered the most spotless semifinal performance in Idol history, but it may have been one of the most effervescent. And dagnabit, she actually went uptempo, to boot!

Kristen O’Connor: Adele’s “Turning Tables” — Grade: B- |  There wasn’t a whole lot wrong, per se, with Kristen’s pitch or tone or delivery — save for the few instances where she fell out of time with the band (good catch by J.Lo!). The problem, though, is that with her visible nerves and vacant smile, Kristen didn’t really capture the emotional heft that Adele brings to the complex ballad. The end product was like a postcard of a painting from a museum: The shapes and colors were there, but at a 99 cent price point, you couldn’t exactly swap it out for the original.

Briana Oakley: Demi Lovato’s “Warrior” — Grade: C+ | I loved Briana’s Hollywood Week performances — so much so that I had her ranked at No. 3 in my pre-live shows countdown. But not only did her choice of “Warrior” highlight some of the more strident aspects of her vocal tone, she also delivered it with all the confidence of a giraffe trying to navigate an Olympic luge course. Granted, I don’t think the background vocalists were helping Briana’s cause — every time their voices met, the blend was as natural as current Bachelor Juan Pablo at a Gay Pride parade — but Harry’s “fine job” critique was about the kindest way you could describe Briana’s downfall.

Jena Irene Asciutto: The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” — Grade: B- | A couple hours after the fact, and I’m still not sure how to sum up my feelings about Jena’s performance. J.Lo was spot-on that there was “a nice, sulty quality” to the vocals,  and yet while I appreciated some of Jena’s dramatic flourishes, the whole just didn’t feel equal to the sum of the parts. Maybe it was the arrangement, which seemed to stack verse on top of verse without giving Jena any room to play with the melody or build the drama or find some quieter spaces to let the song breathe. And maybe (just maybe) the whole number was pitched just a wee bit high for Jena’s instrument. When it’s all said and done, though, I still believe that She Whose Name Was Repeatedly Mispronounced by Randy proved she’s got a big enough range, a unique enough tone and enough natural charisma that she deserves a spot in the Season 13 Top 13.

Bria Anai: Melanie Fiona’s “Wrong Side of a Love Song” — Grade: D+ | Gack! Girlfriend definitely put the “wrong” in “Wrong Side of a Love Song,” a ballad I was unfamiliar with prior to the show, and certainly never wish to hear again. Keith tried to be gentle when he said Bria “overshot the runway,” but isn’t that just another way of calling the performance a plane crash? The tragic part of the wreckage is that Bria (whose mom hilariously describes her style as “an appropriate Rihanna”) showed glimmers of spunk and vocal ability, but clearly needs a few more years to be ready for the big stage. If she’d been left in the Holding Room of the Damned, it might’ve been the best thing ever to happen to her musical aspirations.

Marrialle Sellars: Katy Perry’s “Roar”– Grade: D- | Would Alanis Morissette describe it as “ironic” that Marrialle mostly gasped and mewled her way through a song called “Roar”? Perhaps. But a more accurate description of Marrialle’s performance might be “catastrophic,” with a questionable grasp of tempo and a lower register that fell away from her like it had dropped through an unexpected trap door at center stage. The worry is that Uncle Per has invested so much time and backstory into contestant voted Most Ready to Star in Her Own Teen Vogue Fashion Spread that he’ll instruct one of the judges to award her the Wild Card. But if girlfriend didn’t know enough to break out the acoustic guitar and break down Katy Perry’s into something that could unearth the allegedly pleasant parts of her range, how can anyone be confident that she’ll be any better by this time next week?

Jessica Meuse: Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” — Grade: B | For a gal who comes off kinda brassy and brash and hard-charging, Jessica sure picked a low key (or as my hubby described it, “completely unchallenging”!) country-blues ballad for her introduction to the voting public. But as Keith noted, the pink-haired one-woman band is a believable storyteller — one with a really unique tone — even when her facial expression doesn’t totally match the material she’s singing. And so while this wasn’t exactly the slam-dunk she probably needed to overcome the “drama queen” edit she’s gotten the last few weeks, I can’t help but feel like the season will be more interesting if there’s still a place for her in it.

Emily Piriz: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ “Paris (Ooh La La)” — Grade: C | Some folks on Twitter called it “slut shaming” when Harry pointedly asked Emily about the lyrics of his possible least-favorite song, and whether “that’s really what you want to sing?” But I wasn’t bothered in the least by his query — and here’s why: Yes, Emily probably ranked No. 3 or 4 tonight in terms of staying on pitch, but there wasn’t an ounce of believable sexuality coursing through her performance. It was all H&M dressing room poses and scrunched up faces and faux vocal grit without any real rock sensibility. For a song that begins with the query, “you’ve got me down on the floor/ So what’d ya bring me down here for?” Emily’s performance was never in any real danger of hitting the carpet. And at this stage of the competition, it’s not just about knowing your vocals, but your inner voice as well. I’m not saying I have a problem with innocence (or any variation on said theme): Just don’t put sexy on the menu if you haven’t perfected the recipe.

MK Nobilette: John Legend’s “All of Me” — Grade: B+ | What MK lacked tonight in technique — and yes, there were a few nervous pitch fumbles and a couple glitches in her phrasing — she made up for with a palpable passion and a lovely, lilting tone. Granted, her openly sobbing family and friends probably increased the emotional effectiveness of the performance by 10 percent. But her delivery of the lines “Love your curves and all your edges/ All your perfect imperfections” really hit me square in the gut, so much so that I won’t even dock MK points for being the first singer of Season 13 to activate those bloody heinous SwayBots(™).

Malaya Watson: Ray Charles’ “Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)” — Grade: B | The opening few lines of Malaya’s performance were pitched so low that it rendered her barely audible, but so what? On a night marked by tentativeness, misguidedness and future night terrors, Malaya at least proved willing to get a little crazy, boom out some notes with abandon and throw her whole body into the task at hand. The end result didn’t exactly transform me from the skeptic who ranked her No. 15 (out of 15 girls) in my pre-Live Show countdown into a full-fledged fan, but with a little more experience and a little more nuance, she could be an acutal contender (for, like, fifth place).

Oh, and in other news Ben Briley beat Neco Starr for the No. 15 slot among the dudes. (Can you imagine if the judges elect to cut him anyhow? #thisisreal)

And with that, I turn it over to you.

What did you think of the Top 10 women? Who were your faves? Which pre-performance cuts made you most upset? Take our polls below, then sound off in the comments!

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    • -I’m let down/upset by this whole thing. I think a whole night should have been us seeing the Top 30 during the workshop, working with the coaches, working with the mentors, seeing how they decided to pick the song they did, because some of the song choices tonight were terrible. Even a 30 minute special Idol episode would have worked.
      -Then we would be able to understand what happened and why Bria and Marrialle made it and not Kenzie or Jillian or Brandy etc. I know we got to see parts of the workshop that featured the girls that made the Top 10 but we didn’t get to see a second of the other 5 during this supposed “boot camp”. What happened to them? If you’re gonna do a boot camp and bring on Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry let’s see them in action for more than 15 seconds at a time.
      -On another note, MK, Majesty and Jena were my favorites for the night.

      • JM says:

        I agree. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the ‘boot camp’. What’s the point of having one if we don’t get to see it?

        • david says:

          I agree completely. They should have had this boot camp round, then made cuts prior to the final 20 performing. It’s pretty brutal and pointless to have 5 extra contestants that go through everything just to be told on live tv sorry you aren’t good enough. It didn’t even make for good tv. Plus I really think they need to eliminate the gender separation on the show too. Just put the best 20 out there and let people vote on it. Common sense kind of says that there are probably some males better than some females or some females better than some males. To me it’s just contestants getting cut because they aren’t the right gender.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        100% agree. The “entire” night should have been “inside the workshop.” I was worried about Majesty going first until I saw the hot mess that followed. I hope she still makes it in spite of going first.

        • Even if America doesn’t put her in, and I think they will, I can’t imagine the judges not picking her as the Wildcard. Going first usually isn’t great, but because there was such a let down afterwords it was good that she was there and was memorable for it.

      • tom22 says:

        MS comments about them being rushed and less composed because of the announcement-then sing format pinpointed an error ai makes time and again . We are an audience listening to a musical show. Any poor performance makes the show worse. Any mediocre performance makes the show worse. Any song picked for any reason other than giving us the most enjoyable performance makes the show worse. …. pick 20 contestants where they are indifferent to who wins then spend each week coming up with ways to make them all look great and sound great and have us enjoy each show for what it was in itself even if we never watch the next week to find out which ones other viewer s voted for… it that hard for them to grasp .. a music show needs great music to be a great show

        • tealeaves says:


        • Owen says:

          Look, we have to give the producers credit for trying something different. It was a big mistake to wratch up the nerves to that point, after tonight, this will never happen again. But they tried something different. So it didn’t work. Maybe they should have anticipated it, but they didn’t.

          My favorite Top 30 (or whatever) breaking down format was Kris and Adam’s year, that put them into groups performing each night.

          • rockgolf says:

            No we don’t! They pulled this “only some of you get to sing” in previous seasons, but in that case they called out each contestant and dragged out the judges decision. In both cases enough time was wasted that all 15 singers could have performed. They sing for 90 secs each in a 2-hour show – there’s time if you trim the stuff no one is tuning in to see. (I’m talking to YOU, non-denominational spiritual advisors!)

      • Adrian says:

        I totally agree, the contestants made it through Hollywood week and get cut without getting a chance to PERFORM? And out of the 10 girls that did, only 1 lived up to it? It was the worst start of an American Idol season I have ever seen, not to mention the Voice starts next week. After the first night of American idol I may not even watch it this season, it was RIDICULOUS……

    • Listerine says:

      Same here…. I was sure she was in like flynn. Kristen and Bria over KENZIE. NOOO :(

    • tewence says:

      i’m actually surprised she made it this far in the competition….she would’ve gotten crushed in the live rounds.

    • Sieves says:





    • T Fan says:

      Wow! A.I. needs “non denominational spiritual advisers” ??? What’s next? judges forcing their morality on unsuspecting contestants by trying to slut-shame them ??? Somebody, please sing “Love For Sale.” That should drive Harry & his “spiritual” posse to the mad house. Maybe then we can get back to what a secular talent show should be about — talent.

  2. Kristi says:

    If the judges actually listened to dress rehearsal like Ryan said, how did Maurielle make it into the top 10??? That was truly awful and unpleasant sounding.
    The whole song sounded like it was pitched far too low. She completely copped out on all the high notes too.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Marielle peaked in her audition. I think everything that followed has been subpar and going downhill fast. I think we have now reached rock bottom with her – and I am hoping her last live performance.

      • Wallid Ismail at Pepe Beach says:

        You are right about peaking, but I dont think we are even close to the low. I dont get from her a vibe that she knows how bad she was, like she’s just so completely suffused with self confidence and singing energy that Marielle will keep doing worse and getting praised by 2/3rds of the judges like a champion, and then having Harry’s criticism flood her with sympathy votes. She’ll read that as “Great! They love me! Go harder next week!”

        I see her being around for a while, and being terrible.

        • Jon says:

          She reminds me of Lil Rouds from season 8. Pimped out way too early. Not that great. Bombed in the live shows, but stayed till top 7.

        • Owen says:

          How and WHY would this poor girl know how “bad” she is. She has been displayed as the Idol winner from her very first audition. And I be she’s smart enough to know, at least a part of her knows, that she isn’t up to it. What do you think she should do? Quit? The girl was chosen, she didn’t choose herself. Don’t be so freakin’ mean.

      • The Beach says:

        Agree, Teeny. After her Wrecking Ball performance in Hollywood she shouldn’t have been in the Top 30 to begin with. Last night just solidified that.

      • Sieves says:

        It finally hit me: Marielle is like a black Miley Cyrus.

        • Kiwi says:

          I thought that from the moment she auditioned. Everything about her right? Voice, looks…. She IS Miley! It’s distracted me ever since – especially when she performed ‘Wrecking Ball’

        • BobL says:

          That’s completely crazy. Say what you will about Miley, but she is about a thousand times the singer that Marrialle is. Marrialle didn’t even really sing; she talked her way through that number. And it is definitely true that she doesn’t realize how bad she is. Did you look at her expression during and after Harry was giving her–very spot-on–criticism? It didn’t look like any of it was registering in the slightest. She is all confidence and glitz but no substance. If she’s a wildcard, I may call it quits this season. Just God-awful.

          • Kiwi says:

            I agree that Miley is a better singer than Marrialle, but listen to her speaking, her facial expressions, and (on her better performances) her singing tone… So Miley-esque.

    • Leah Hoffman says:

      Maurielle is getting through on looks and attitude. If you combined Miley Cyrus and Rhianna the outcome would look (and sound) like this girl! She’s “current” and the producers are hoping that a current looking contestant (who cares what she sounds like, pop music isn’t about vocals these days) then it will bring cred to the AI franchise.

      • Mark says:

        Who needs talent? Just lose weight, dress nice, and auto-tune. Randy’s workshop in one sentence.

      • justsaying says:

        LOL! I too called out that she was Miley+Rihanna. And that’s so not a good thing. Also great comment from Slezak about Emily. When will these contestants understand that they’re not playing dress up pop star in their bedrooms anymore? The difference between doing karaoke and being a believable star is that you sing from the heart and it rings true. You tell a story with the song and with your voice. Harry was completely right to ask her if she wanted to sing those words. She seemed stuck on the fact that one part of the song had a message that she could interpret as right for her, instead of realizing the song is only strong when sung AS INTENDED. I think this is something that songwriters understand a bit better and why people who play/write have done better in the past. They understand finding meaning in a song because they write personal ones. They understand instrumentation and musicality and not trying to sing something exactly the way the original sang it because 9/10 you will fall short. Oh. And if you fall short on a Miley or Katy song, you need another career. Stat.

        • Daezy says:

          I feel bad for Marrielle because she’s trying to sing pop when she should obviously be singing rock. Think about it; that deep voice would be great singing anything else other than the uptempo, soprano-loving pop music.

          Or she could sing something by Lorde. If you gave her the right arrangement, then she’d kill it with Lorde.

  3. Jim says:


    • darcy's evil twin says:

      ^this. But when Jessica Muese sang Luke Bryant’s “Drink a Beer” I knew Brandy was toast.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Oh, that’s interesting. Really? Why? Just curious on your thoughts…

      • ben says:

        Funny how that happens, isn’t it. Going in to the night, I thought Brandy was one of the top 10 girls because no one was competing in the same space as her.

        • Kevin Babbles says:

          They have 3 (and with Ben, maybe 4 – they can’t cut him after we voted for him, right?) country guys they want to go through this season, so they probably decided they don’t need a country female.

          • ben says:

            Are you counting CJ? I’m not so convinced Casey gets in (or maybe, even, gets to sing). Dexter and Ben, though, will definitely both get to sing, and I feel as though CJ will too.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Except for Jessica!

      • scooby says:

        It was news to me that Jessica was going country. I assumed she was more rock. I guess Bonnie Raitt is a good model though–Jessica does have the right tone for country-rock. It comes naturally to her. Might she be too rough looking with the pink hair, etc for the country audience to love her? I don’t know if she’s got tattoos but they’ll just figure she does. Usually it doesn’t go well on Idol. I guess Jena wants that pure rocker girl space? (It sure isn’t gonna be Emily Piriz) There are gonna be mostly country guys and barely country girls. I felt like Simon would’ve called Emily out on trying to be all tough rocker chick vocally–saying she’s a kitten trying to be a tiger. She picked a song dripping with sex and says she’s not thinking about that when she’s doing her performance? I feel like she’s gonna be one of those love or hate performances tonight.

        • Lauren says:

          Emily gave a total poser performance that wasn’t believable for one second, but the fact she wasn’t completely boring landed her in my Top 5 by default.

        • seattlejohn449 says:

          Jessica took me agreeably by surprise with her pure country tone & displaying a welcome maturity the tweens don’t have…& even though Jena’s arrangement needed dynamics & a build up to an awesome finish that didn’t happen, her voice & going against the grain really stood out…I’m really intrigued by the thought of them both moving forward (as well as showstoppers Majesty & Malaya)…(pss: why wasn’t Randy privy to access to the wardrobe department & stylists during boot-camp?)

      • deedee says:

        I think Jessica is yet another Idol contestant who gets overrated early on. She’s ok, but there’s something I find off-putting about her presence. The other one I don’t get is MK. Again – also an ok singer, but no charm or star quality. I’d take Brandy Neelly over either one of them.

    • darcy the slutty twin says:

      Me too! I love Brandy! I hope it was just a big joke and she actually made it straight to the top 10! MK won me over just a little bit with her All of Me song choice. I love that song. Randy Jackson is disgusting.

  4. Danny says:

    Ruh roooooh. I didn’t care for the format in the least. Ya have a bunch of people nervous and jittery if they’re even going to get to perform, and when they got to the stage it showed. 2 of my favs, Majesty and Jena, did terrible.
    I did like that Jena at least did something different, but Siobhan slayed that song a few years ago. IMO that’s the best song ever on Idol, even over anything Haley did. Jena didn’t do herself any favors in comparison.
    Jessica was the first singer I enjoyed, but the judges panned her. I’m glad she got to sing at least, but I kinda get the feeling that she’s going to be this years designated punching bag for however long she lasts.
    I also noticed Jessica’s body language when she was sitting on the sofa. She didn’t really welcome Emily once she was done singing. She had her arms crossed and seemed distant when Malaya was singing. I may be reading too much into it, but I’m wondering if the other girls like her.
    I wasn’t on the MK train before this, but I feel she won the night hands down. My favs coming in were Majesty, Jena, Jessica, and Malaya. MK beat all 4 of them combined.
    Off the singers but related to the show I thought the mentoring was rather mundane. Sorry to Chris and Adam, but they didn’t really add anything IMO. Randy didn’t either, but I didn’t expect anything out of him. I also could do without seeing the makeup artists, the movement coach, and those types of people. They add nothing to the show.
    Harry and Keith I thought were decent. I liked their comments (except for Jessica). They’re miles ahead of Randy, Nicki, Mariah, and JLo. Unfortunately we’ve got another season of JLo and her fakeness. Just like the 2 years she was here before, she was ok when they can edit her, but brutal and annoying when she’s live. At least she’s better than Nikki. I guess that’s a step up.
    Even with today’s show being a little off, I think this year is miles better than last year. I think it was the format that had so many nervous that caused them to not sing very well. I feel once they know they’re on it’ll get a lot better. As much as I can’t stand Lopez, I’ll tip my hat to her for bringing this up.
    For what its worth, I expect bigger things from whoever goes through. Once they settle in and the nerves aren’t so jittery, I think the talent is there.

    • Buddy you haven’t got a clue about this show. The mentors were the best part of tonight’s show and my twitter feed is proof. Did u even think that maybe producers cut a lot out of mentoring? No you just want to complain about everything. Is there anything you like? Harry was an ASS and was disrespectful to Emily but I guess you like that kind of behavior. Take a hike.

      • Danny says:

        Emily was useless up there. She was terrible. If Randy’s mentoring was the epic moment of the show for you, maybe it’s not me who doesn’t have a clue.

      • Jules says:

        It’s kind of funny that you get on someone else for their opinion and say that they’re wrong in that opinion and your “twitter feed is proof”. Your twitter feed is only proof of one thing, YOUR opinion!!

      • Wallid Ismail at Pepe Beach says:

        Everyone knows that if they can rouse ol’ shady3492342 to anger that they’ve made an incisive, cogent point.

        Good to see you again for another season shady, hopefully you can keep it coherent through to the finals. We’ll call this week a bye week since eveyone had those ‘first live show jitters’

        See you tomorrow!

      • deedee says:

        Emily faked her way through that performance and it showed. I totally didn’t buy her as a “rock chick” and neither did Harry.

        • justsaying says:

          Yeah. she was a girl playing dress up. You don’t change a songs meaning to suit you. She’d made up some whole story in her head about empowerment (oh. miley, you’ve ruined a generation of young women) that was NOT IN THE SONG. So it just came off as a little girl singing an inappropriate song. BTW, Miley is the queen of not being ready to sell sexy but trying way too hard. You’ve got to give her and her handlers credit though. once they realized noone was buying and that she was a “joke”, they embraced it and hence Miley has a huge album and tour. Even though i’ve seen a pic of her in the tour fingering herself like a porn star. But she’s all about being Miley and empowerment. Because being a porn star joke is empowering. World take note. Back to Emily, though, if she could have gotten down dirty Xtina style then it would have been fine. But for this pretty wholesome looking chick, no. just. no.

      • waid says:

        Your agenda is so transparent. Do you need to be so rude to others while promoting it? Speaking of just complaining….

      • The Beach says:

        Harry an ass? If that’s the case, he’s the kind of knowledgeable, musical genius ass this show has needed for a long time.

    • trimaran12 says:

      What we saw of Chris and Adam was great. Complain that the show didn’t show more of them because I bet they both had great moments on the cutting room floor.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I agree. My favorite part of the show was their advice. It was a great idea to bring them in. Let’s hope some other successful Idols are willing to come on in the future.

        • Danny says:

          I liked the idea of brining them in. That’s not what I didn’t care for. It just didn’t come off very well. “Stay true to yourself” isn’t exactly riveting mentoring. Add in Randy, the stylists, the movement people and I just didn’t think it added anything.

          • trimaran12 says:

            I’ll have to review their comments but I don’t think “stay true to yourself” was the pinnacle of their advice. I remember Adam discussing the dynamics with Emily, the contestant who sang the Grace Potter song. I bet many more helpful moments like this were lost to the black hole of editing.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Agree. Chris and Adam gave really insightful comments. I thought they actually were the best part of this hot mess of a show tonight. Too bad a lot of contestants didn’t take their advice.

      • Danny says:

        Trimaran- That’s a fair point. I was looking forward to see what they’d bring to the show. Someone who’s been through what the current contestants are going through. It didn’t happen though. At least what we got to see. I was hoping they’d share their experiences, what their thought processes were, that kind of thing.

        I’m not hating on Chris and Adam here. I’m simply saying I was hoping for more than a few run of the mill comments from them. I was hoping for more insight.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Danny, I agree. I would have liked to have seen more insight and reflection on their experiences.

        • waid says:

          Agreed. Most of it must have not made the editing cut. A couple of longer segments of their actual advice and input would have been better than all the short clips of something the editor thought was funny like waving hands or lack of hair jokes.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      This: “I wasn’t on the MK train before this, but I feel she won the night hands down. ” 100%. I agree with your review. I am no JLo fan but I thought she made some good points tonight. The judges were miles better than last year. Nerves really took over tonight though… That was rough.

      • OhMy says:

        MK was only ok tonight — started off fine and then went flat. But, might have just been nerves.
        I did like that judges overall gave critique and not just “you looked great, you’re great” comments.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          I think what I liked about MK – even there were some definite flat notes – is that she actually connected to a song and emoted the “appropriate” emotion. It was driving me crazy that people kept smiling during sad songs. Not appropriate. And just weird. I found her performance moving. Can’t really say that for anyone else tonight.

      • Sieves says:

        JLo always makes pertinent points. She’s also very articulate. She may not be the best singer but she knows how to perform and she consistently empathizes with the contestants, which makes her comments very insightful. I don’t understand why people seem to dislike her, really.

      • JJ says:

        How could the judges NOT be better than last year??!!

    • ben says:

      @Danny – Jess has had body language like that all season. It’s body language that says ‘I’m in this for myself, and I really don’t care about anyone else’. It’s not going to wash with America long term, and I definitely can’t see her surviving. I have her getting voted through this week, but only by default. I’d say 7th or 8th is her ceiling unless she starts coming across as likable. (That is possible. Haley was in bottom 2s and 3s early and was coming across to many as unlikable, but I don’t think she was anywhere near in as much trouble in that respect as Jess is).

      • ben says:

        Also, forget shadylady – you wrote a very inciteful post. The only bit I disagree with is that I’ve always felt J-Lo is a very genuine judge live (which is why we can’t get her to be very tough on those shows). But I’ve always been in the minority on that one.

      • JM says:

        Actually I think JLo was right when she said that Jessica puts on this ‘tough’ front, but is really vulnerable inside. I know a lot of insecure people who put up this wall or a ‘I don’t need anyone’ attitude to protect themselves.

        • ben says:

          Yes, I’m sure she is. Unfortunately, it won’t play in the voting stakes. As it didn’t for other great ‘unlikable’ singers in the past (Khaya on last years X Factor, for instance). For whatever reason, people are very quick to judge on that front and seem to simply not understand insecurity, introversion etc.

          • Name That Tune says:

            You keep calling Jessica “unlikeable”. She doesn’t come across as unlikeable. Vulnerable and wanting to put out the best product.
            If you are going back to group night, there is going to be conflict if you are trying for a higher standard. she most certainly could have just played along and let that kid sing melody with her instead of harmony. That would have made her more “likeable” in your book, but it wouldn’t have improved the performance.
            All it would have done is lead that kid to getting cut (which it did) and she would have moved on anyway. Because these 3 judges are musically smart enough to have figured it out.
            Frankly, I like her quite a bit, and in a weak field, she stands out as one of the best singers there.

      • deedee says:

        I never understood that critique of Haley. She was always smiley and a little feisty, and imo – totally likeable! Jessica looks sour/angry all the time. Don’t really understand why so many people find her appealing. I agree – she’ll get to 7th or 8th max.

        • Mary says:

          I wouldn’t say sour/angry but reserved. This is a singing competition and she is one of the best for me. I thing Jlo stated it very well, unfortunately most people will not look past the stupid edit she received in Hollywood.

        • The Beach says:

          I’m with you deedee. I liked Haley’s sassy attitude from the very beginning. I found it a refreshing change from the “please love me” or “I’ve had such a hard life” demeanor of some others (Gokey, anyone?)

    • Josh says:

      I really don’t think Jennifer got the “mean girl” edit, I think it’s just who she is. It’s as Melinda said. If this stuff keeps happening to you maybe it’s YOU. The fact that her face rest on ‘angry’ and she just looks unpleasant…I just get a very not friendly vibe from her that has nothing to do with the edit.

    • Bootsaz says:

      Happy to hear your comments about Siobhan’s “Paint It Black” – was hoping that Michael would compare them. Siobhan & Haley have been my two favorite singers since I started watching it. They were both thrown under the bus by the judges. I do notice that whomever the judges praise or destroy the voting public seems to accept that and go along with it. I am always happy when I see that others have enjoyed pure talent whenever we get it regardless of how scripted the judging is. Although I know personal taste does also figure in, both of those girls stood out by a mile.

      • Mark says:

        No, no, no. Everybody likes to compare current performances to versions of songs done in prior years, but there is no useful point to that exercise. Does it matter if Jena’s version was better or worse than Siobhan’s? Not at all. All that matters is whether it was better than five other girls performing last night. Always harkening back to contestant X’s version from top Y week in season Z is an exercise in futility that obscures perception of the current season–which, by the way, is the only season that matters. Let go of the past. Live in the now. No matter how much you may have preferred that previous performance, I can assure you that person is not walking onto the stage Thursday night. (And for the record, I thought Siobhan crushed Jena–it wasn’t even close). See, now I’m doing it. Help!

  5. Jobless says:

    I don’t take to the message boards to complain very often but I was incredible disappointed and upset at how they handled things tonight. There’s no reason those 5 girls couldn’t have been afforded an opportunity to sing.

  6. Kaba says:

    You gave Marrialle a D?
    You’re a good one. I turned off my TV 30 seconds in. She’s complete and utter [insert expletive].
    This is such a sickening format. Especially considering not enough girls proved worthy of being top 10 tonight.
    Kristen made me want to throw rocks
    Bria made me want to jump off the highest point in my city
    MARRIALLE was so bad…I just can’t. I STILL have a headache.
    Meanwhile we lose out of 5 girls who possibly could have been 5 standout performances. Did they ever consider that? And it wouldn’t have been hard to be a standout tonight considering majority of them were so, so SOOO underwhelming tonight.
    Seriously…we missed out on Jillian, Brandy, Kenzie, Andrina, and Austin Wolfe for those 3?

    • 100% I am just puzzled at all of it. What made the judges/producers think that Marialle and Bria were far superior than Jillian, or Kenzie, Brandy, Andrina or Austin. What went into their thinking? We didn’t get to see that. Also, why couldn’t we see 13 girls perform tonight? Why 10? Next week we will be seeing 13 in a 2 hour show, so that means they are able to squeeze in that many people in that amount of time. No reason we couldn’t see 2 or 3 more. I know it’s dramatic, but tonight there were some brutal performances, maybe those other girls would have slayed it, we will never know.

      • Danny says:

        Exactly. To expand on your comment a bit, there’s no reason they couldn’t have all 15 sing. They gave each singer about a minute and a half. That’s 22 minutes right there. Then add in the format of it. The format made em all anxious before they sang.

        The only counterpoint I’d have is with the format that Idol had tonight, I think the odds are any of the other 5 would have been just as bad. It wasn’t the ideal set up for getting the best out of a singer.

      • Kaba says:

        utterly terrible formatting. Terrible formatting. The rush week is a good idea in theory…but this “slash 5 singers” crap ruined it. Not to mention all it did was make everyone perform so weakly thanks to nerves they barely left any sort of impression on the audience..
        I saw the songs the 5 girls would have sang. I’ve WATCHED Jillian perform the song she had picked, she would’ve been infinitely better than Bria, Kristen, and certainly Marrialle.
        This is obnoxious to say the least.

    • MC says:

      I actually agree with you 100%. It’s hard for me to believe that Austin, Kenzie, Andrina, etc. weren’t better than some of these girls that were “chosen” for the top ten.

      • Mary says:

        I am hoping they let a couple bad ones in so America will get it right and vote the worthy contestants through. If America puts through Sellar, then there really accounting for taste. The only good performance she had was her audition and for me that wasn’t great.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Couldn’t agree more. When I realized the 5 that were leaving – it was shocking. I wish they just let all 15 sing and let America vote.

    • tealeaves says:

      lol @Kaba

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Watching it now on my DVR. I’m on Marrialle Sellars. Oh dear. I was recently at a karoake bar where some professionals perform but also lots of non-singers, and one of the non-singers last week was way better on the same song. That was rough.
      Poor Bria. I think she’s a great singer but she flopped.
      The five they cut were awesome. I’m so sad.
      Lastly, I hope Briana makes it to the next round. Awesome singer who hasn’t figured out how to perform yet. Easier to teach stage performance than singing. I’m rooting for her.

    • deedee says:

      I’m so with you, Kaba.

  7. Kris says:

    Can the WILD CARD pick be someone who didn’t sing in the top 10 girls? (AKA can they pick someone who didn’t sing tonight?)

    • Kaba says:

      No. The wild card can only be for the girls who sang tonight. So there’s a goooood chance we’ll be stuck with Marrialle even more than ever

      • Kris says:

        …If she makes it through I’m done with this show.

        • Kaba says:

          I didn’t think that (with all the cutthroat decisions being made all season) we’d still somehow end up with someone worse than Lazaro :/

          • ben says:

            Come on now. Definitely worst of the night, and a complete trainwreck, but not worse than the best of Lazaro’s performances.

          • Jeremiah says:

            In fairness to Lazaro, his performance of “Feeling Good” during the top 20 was actually pretty good.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            @Jeremiah Thank you. I was actually a fan of Lazaro’s in the beginning, and he lost me as the bad stuff went down. But that season is over. All 12 seasons are over. I don’t like it when people continue to pick on weak contestants from years ago. It gets old fast.

      • ben says:

        Have they specifically said that?

        • C.I.L.O says:

          Technically, no. But if it’s true that the judges chose the top 10, then why would they use wild card picks on those they didn’t pick to be in the top 10?
          (But let me say that based on tonight, I wish that we could use the wild cards to swap out some of the performances tonight so that Kenzie, Brandy, Austin, Andrina & Jillian could’ve preformed instead).

          • ben says:

            Maybe because I don’t think 5 or 6 of the girls really deserve another shot, so I’d rather see the others given a chance. I’d note it wouldn’t be the first time idol has brought back previously eliminated contestants on the wild card show. I’m still not 100% as to whether the wild card show will actually include additional performances, however.

          • Andie says:

            The judges are supposed to pick 5 on Thursday who didn’t get voted in, have those 5 sing again, and then pick 3.

          • wingsstef says:

            They have picked wild card people from earlier rounds before I believe. I can’t remember which season that was though. I mean what if a person got cut because of a 2 out 3 judges did not like the person? Since certain wildcard picks are sometimes picked by a single judge (they have a judge pick or whatever) it could be possible that someone that did not make the original 10 could be picked., I thought last night was pretty good though. I don’t have a clear favorite yet, but I did vote for a few people last night that I would like to see again.

      • Tess says:

        From what I’ve read, the judges will ask 5 of the top 20 that don’t get voted in to sing again on Thursday and pick 3 of them to go into the final 13. I’m sure Marrialle will be one of those people (since the judges seem to love her) because it’s highly unlikely she gets voted in based on what she’s shown so far; but even if they pick her, if she’s that horrid that no one likes her even if they push her through, she won’t last. The judges/producers can only do so much to save her before America will get rid of her. Frankly though, if she sings again for the wildcard spot and she’s still terrible and they still pick her, it will do major damage to the show because the judges’ credibility would be shot.
        As for tonight’s hot mess of a show, while I’m hard pressed to say I enjoyed any of it, I would think the girls most likely to hear their names called by Ryan on Thursday will be Majesty, Jessica, Emily, MK, and Malaya – not necessarily the ones I’d personally pick mind you, but they seem to be the ones who have had the most positive response online from what I’ve seen thus far.

  8. Lauren says:

    Absolutely ATROCIOUS night and possibly the worst first night in the history of the show! I love the fact that MK blew most of the others away since she gets so much hate everywhere else I look. Emily came off as a total poser but was oddly delightful all the same. I was somewhat disappointed in Majesty and Jessica, but even their B game was better than nearly everyone else and they at least sounded competent. And finally, Malaya was hysterically funny and over-the-top so she’s a keeper. So there is my Top 5: 1. MK 2. Jessica 3. Majesty 4. Emily and 5. Malaya. For the sixth spot I’d go with Jena perhaps for at least being invested in her performance, though the vocals were all over the place. Marialle was flat out horrendous and a waste of a spot. Briana sounded surprisingly awful. Bria… yikes. Kristen was barely OK but pageanty and flat out boring and forgettable all the same.

    • Justin says:

      Worst first night? Oh please with the hyperbole.

    • It was actually pretty average for a semi-finals show. Season 10 and Season 11 were just so good that people forget opening night live shows are usually pretty rocky. Anyone remember that Season 9 opening night where there were 12 guys singing and the only one who was somewhat good was Casey James? Or the season 4 opener where the only guys who made an impression were Bo and Anwar? I’d at least give it another shot before giving up on the season completely.

  9. Pat says:

    Which idiot came up with the format to eliminate a third of the contestants BEFORE they sing? They need to be fired stat. The show was awful. The whole announce-then-sing was a joke that caused a ton of them to be our of breath/out of tune.

    I did enjoy Emily’s vocal the most. I didn’t enjoy Harry slut-shaming her for no apparent reason.

    Awful show. American Idol is dead. I don’t know what this is.

    • Kaba says:

      Hardly slut shaming. It’s just silly watching someone pick a song with lyrics they’re not paying a bit of attention to. It didn’t help she couldn’t actually define what the song was about.

      • Fern says:

        She didn’t want to start talking about sex on live TV! The song has innuendo, but we didn’t have to air it out to embarrass her. I agree with Pat, that was a nasty thing to do. And plenty of 18 year old girls have been “on the floor” before, so there’s no reason to question her “authenticity.”

        • Cher says:

          Actually, SHE chose the song so it was fair game to ask her. After all, she’s a big girl now. Way to go, Harry!!

        • Tess says:

          If she knows what it’s about then she should be able to at least allude to the fact that she is aware of it without having to spell it out. Harry’s point of asking is because a singer needs to know and understand what they are singing about in order to be believable and not just a karaoke/pageant robot that cannot convey the meaning of a song and sell it. Nothing wrong with Harry or anyone else asking if someone understands the lyrics of the song they chose to sing.

        • Yo says:

          I thought she handled herself very well, and responded to Harry in an intelligent and thoughtful way. Often when called out on “mature” or unfortunate lyrics, the singers barely knew what the lyrics were: this girl did.

        • Sieves says:

          Actually, Harry was trying to help her. He was looking out for her by saying “hey girl, are you sure you want to be projecting this image to the world?” He was in daddy mode, and I thought it was actually something that needed to be said. That performance was shameful and not in the sex way. It wasn’t believable at all- it was a girl singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror, thinking she knows what she’s doing but in reality she has no clue. Nice wake up call, Harry.

          Think back to Jennel Garcia on X Factor. That is how you deliver that song. If you can’t put up, then don’t sing it and make yourself look ridiculous.

      • Rebecca Parker says:

        She actually knew a fair bit about the song – she was trying to talk about why Grace Potter wrote it. It’s just hard to be put on the spot on live TV with someone asking you “Do you really want to sing about sex?” We shouldn’t be demonizing sexuality.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          That was my favorite performance of the night and I’m not sure what that says about me.

          • darcy the slutty twin says:

            What it says about you is that you are my twin. Anyway, I think Harry has the hots for Emily.

          • Tarc says:

            What is says is that you like your singers to be at ease on stage and enjoy performing their material well. :)

          • seriously? says:

            mine, too, DET! i actually loved her voice. it takes a lot to get me to enjoy that song because it’s been done to death on singing shows (counting ones from the UK and australia that i also watch). i also liked the jlo pointed out that emily was comfortable performing (especially in comparison to some who came before her). marialle might’ve been comfortable performing, too, but she sure as heck didn’t have the vocals to match.

          • seriously? says:

            oh, and just to add – my favorite part of the whole show was when adam was mentoring emily and demonstrating how to sing those verses and they were singing side by side. i do love me some adam…

        • Robin says:

          I agree, 100%. She clearly knew what the song was about. Harry purposely wanted to embarrass her for choosing to sing about sex. I’ve liked Harry so far, but that was mean.

          • justsaying says:

            No. SHE was not comfortable with sex or at least talking about it in front of mommy and daddy and america. If you can’t do that, it’s not the song for you. Saying it’s about empowerment, etc. waters it down. She was what you call “at ease” with the song because she was not in touch with the song. Which is why it felt flat and talent show/ karaoke. Those of you who are praising this performance are the same ones who praise mediocrity everywhere and you don’t help your loved ones/friends/fave contestants by blowing smoke up their collective arses. You tell the hard truth and it makes them better performers. Being constantly told you were just fine and good does not a great entertainer make. And yes, i’m speaking from experience. I became exponentially better as a performer when it wasnt just mommy saying “you’re amazing” and people actually gave me critiques to work on.

          • Robin says:

            Ummmm… I didn’t like the performance. I just think the problem was with her singing and emoting, not with the actual content of the song.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        This is why I’m starting to get annoyed by Harry. It’s one thing to question a contestant’s understanding of the song they sing, but his suspicion reeks off conservatism. It’s not like Emily is below the age consent either. Even if he’s worried that she’s gonna promote sex to Idol’s tween demographcs unintentionally, it’s not like those 10-16 year old kids would even bother to understand the meaning anyway. On top of that, in reality, those tweens have been listening to songs from singers (Kesha, Rihanna, Pitbull, even Justin Bieber has gotten more and more sexual) who blatantly demonstrate sex in their lyrics.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          In Harry’s defense he has several daughters – three, if I’m not mistaken. I think he’s just acting like a dad.

          • Arden says:

            Acting like a dad, hmm:). Please check out Harry’s daughter Kate singing ‘Lot Like Me’ on Ellen a few years ago. Not only does honesty apparently not begin at home but I think he wrote the song which is full of meaningful lyrics that make Rebecca Black look very good by comparison.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Well okay then! Maybe my sister, darcy the slutty twin, is correct – Harry has the hots for Emily and that’s what’s affecting his critiques. ;-)

      • Tarc says:

        She was fully aware what the song is about, and it was UTTERLY inappropriate for Harry to bring that up again. She should have said, “I chose to do that song again because I decided I wasn’t going to let straight, white males tell me as a woman that I can’t sing about female empowerment.”

        • Tom22 says:

          +1 … I’d also add that the band didn’t know what the song was about though because it was wooden… and not in the sense of having a woody. The band should have been in a sexual groove itself… sounded like it was phoning it in. That song is bump music after a TD in a large stadium.. the bass, guitar drummer and keys need to exude a reeling expressive abandon themselves.. .

          • Tom22 says:

            Just to add more.. the first few seasons I really had issues with the grove of The Voice band but they made an incredible turn to the better for me this last season . I bought about 9 performances from The Voice show because the arrangement and band was great to go along with great voices… it is a symbiotic thing.. you need a great singer and a great band to have a performance worth listening to over and over and over again. Some of the great band performances were the week singers went home …. Man in the Mirror was awesome but the singer, who did a great job on the song had shown he really didn’t want to take advice to sing it the way it turned out so well (? crazy huh?). I’m just saying that… I do appreciate the bands on these shows when I think they’re great. I think the AI band was superb… truly superb on almost every one of Haley Reinharts idol performances ….and I do think a singer with a great musical understanding helps the band be free to stretch and vice a versa. (going back further, you can see the same with Adam Lambert…well I can name others but I’d start leaving some out with each extra I named)
            I’m not “anti-band” as a whole.. I am “expect the band to be amazing”… just like I expect musicians at any performance I go to to be amazing. Go to any blues club in San Franscisco and you’ll find some incredible musicians.. some who may need to work day jobs, but the bands are tight..and while it is partly a matter of them having worked together for years, other musicians come and sit in… called up from the audience etc….. . The Idol band showed it could be done for years.. the Voice band showed it could be done the first 5 weeks of live rounds in the voice 5.
            Front and center.. the band must know that people are listening to them too and be comfortable if they were to submit their tract to assessment by their peers without any excuse of “it was for a tv reality show”… …that is no excuse for mediocre inspiration level…. or for inadequate preparation.

    • tealeaves says:

      Emily sang that song for her audition and Harry told her at the time it was not a good song choice. Then she gave a great performance in Hollywood and that is the only reason she got into the top 30. So what does she do tonight? She goes back to the bad song choice from her audition. He questioned her because he put her thru based on the excellent Hollywood performance of a very different song. I think it is fare to ask to understand if this is the type of song she wants to sing since this song would not have gotten her into the top 10 girls.
      For me, just the fact that she did the same song a second time is a red flag. Does she not know any other songs?

      • JM says:

        Was she the one who sang it for her audition? I thought it was someone else…

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I thought it was as well.

        • tealeaves says:

          Doh. You are right. I replayed her talking to Randy about this song choice. She doesn’t say she sang it at her audition… She says she saw another audition and Harry had a problem with it. I feel better that at least she did not repeat a song. But I still understand where Harry is coming from.
          I don’t think he is trying to embarrass them. He is trying to impress upon them that they should pay attention to the lyrics of what they sing and that they should pick songs that suit what they want to do in the future.

      • Cher says:

        Agree with this post!

      • deedee says:

        Plus, she faked a rocker chick persona and didn’t sell it.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          deedee – I agree with your comment about “faking the rocker chick persona”; however, vocally it was one of the best performances of the evening, IMO. I liked the arrangement, which, if the edit is to be believed, was Adam’s idea. Emily was very confident. So was Marialle, but she sounded like crap.

          • Name That Tune says:

            I agree with you on her vocals. Which is why she should go through over some of the others. But Harry was right to point out the issue of being able to sell the song. At 18, she may not be a virgin, but she also can’t play the part of a grown woman who is comfortable with her sexuality. She had to practice it in front of mirror, which means she isn’t comfortable enough in her own skin to play the part.
            Harry’s always going to talk to these singers about “do you understand the meaning of the lyrics”. Remember his lessons to Amber last year?
            She will get away with it this week, but as the competition becomes more intense, she will lose people because she doesn’t understand what she is singing about.

    • ben says:

      No apparent reason? It was a bad song choice. A really bad song choice. The judges are there to call that stuff out. People have been moaning for years that the judges won’t do it. Now that they do, its ‘slut-shaming???’ Give me a break.

      But hey, in my view, Kristen and Emily were just as dodgy choices to sing as Bria and Marielle. Every girl who didn’t sing really deserved a shot. I knew they would pick Mariall,e but I really didn’t think they would pick any of the other three.

      • Rebecca Parker says:

        “No apparent reason? It was a bad song choice. A really bad song choice. The judges are there to call that stuff out. People have been moaning for years that the judges won’t do it. Now that they do, its ‘slut-shaming???’ Give me a break.”

        If the reason is that a girl shouldn’t be singing about sex, yes I have an issue with judges talking about song choice. They should be saying “That song was too rock for you” or “that song has been overdone” or “That song was a little bit out of your range.”

        • ben says:

          The judges aren’t there to take a view on social issues. They are there to critique based on image and saleability. They are there to tell you how to win the competition. It’s not about some kind of objective standard of whats lyrically ok. I would be surprised if Emily comes back from that song choice and makes the top 13. She should have listened.

          • Robin says:

            Except Harry is the one who MADE it an issue. Plenty of contestants have sung risque songs before. And really, he doesn’t have a leg to stand on if he’s trying to argue that singing sexy songs won’t help her because that’s just not true in the music business. The vast majority of Top 40 songs are heaped in innuendos.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            “It’s a bad song choice” Well that’s more like a case of one’s cup of tea. But as an argument, it’s fairly weak. Just because you think it’s a bad song choice, doesn’t mean everyone wouldn’t think otherwise.

          • Ben says:

            To some extent, its about ones cup of tea. To some extent, it is not. To some extent, it is about how the person’s persona and performance connect to the lyrics. When all three match, a performance is likely to be much better.

            I don’t think a song about sex is inherently a bad song choice. Others have made good song choices when singing about sex. But there is a disconnect between Emily and the song. It didn’t work. Her vocal performance was good, but the performance didn’t connect. And – even when the song is about sex – its ok to say so without it having to be construed as being anti-the song.

          • Tom22 says:

            Its a great song on a great album. Anything about liking sex is essentially allegorical to liking any indulgence in life… I’d think Harry would understand that songs are allegorical and not meant to be only about what the literal meaning of the words suggests. A song about love for a woman can be about love of live in general. Aspirations for love translate into aspirations of any kind. We only get married once (or twice or three times for Hollywood perhaps) but the appeal of lovesongs , I believe, has to do with a belief that life is more than x’s and o’s and that we will become enamored afresh with new things(other than people) in our lives and pursue those goals and see them slip away etc.. for which alll the songs about love translate to.

            So, the songs about sex…yes I prefer that they don’t get into the x’x and o’s part of sex physiology, that applies to Relishing things. Glorious Relishing of the moment.. whether it is chocolate cake of the thrill of victory.. that heady feeling that is such a wonderful liberation from a system that tries to lock us into 40 set work weeks as well as real restraints from responsibilities where its nice to at least have a flight of fancy of being free from
            …. a song about indulgence gives us(many of us) a moment of freedom if we let our mind flow with it. Yes.. like 85% of songs are about love of a man for a woman even though love for parents and children and friends and religion and country are everybit or more important for most of us as love for significant partner, most songs about reveling in ones desires relate to sex. So, just get over the sex.. think I’m just going to give way and enjoy having all the jelly beans or chocolate cake I can imagine and love every bit of them, when someone is singing “be my baby tonight” . songs about sex are songs about freedom.
            But.. I will say one thing.. The Band was terrible. Yes note for note it was ok. You might say the guitar was ok but without a thick groove from the bass and a feeling of a bass key guitar feeding off each other that was wooden too. The poor girl was fighting a very wooden band on a song that should have been very enjoyable even if no singer opened their mouths.
            Really, I was very unimpressed with the band all night and YES Singers are what are being judged BUT we are WATCHING performances to enjoy them.. every bit of the show needs to be as good as possible (what producer would say.. I’ll do a half ass lead in graphic to commercials etc). This is a music show.. that music needs to be as good as possible. The band was meh at best. This is national TV …. the arrangements , instruments and interaction as a group needs to be of a star level too… else it is second rate… First rate i the very best… second rate is less than the best. I’m not saying they’re third rate.. only second rate. ….which is a failure at this level though. Ray Chew had the bands rhythm so together…..and it might be enough for me to stop watching if the music behind the singers is as stiff and lifeless as it was tonight.
            I will give props to the songs the producers allowed.. they were many fresher songs which could have been much more alive with a band that had time to have worked together enough to naturally just come alive on the bass lines etc.

      • Alice says:

        Yes it was slut shaming. (And especially mean because when he brought up her birthday she clearly thought he was going to say something nice instead of giving her a Bill O’Reilly lecture.) Emily clearly knew what the song was about and given she is so young and was in front of millions on live tv being chastised by a judge and I thought she did a good job of pulling it together and explaining why she chose it. Weirdly, there are a lot of Grace Potter fans in the world who like her songs Also, I could reel off stupid sounding lyrics from Harry’s jazz albums and under that kind of light they’re really not particularly impressive – even Ira Gershwin made fun of his own lyrics. Harry could have questioned her song choice by asking for something that showcased her voice better but the fact that he just doesn’t like rock music isn’t really a good enough reason to call it a bad choice. (‘Should I stay or should I go now? If I stay there will be trouble, if I go it will be double’ explicate the deeper meaning please lol.) However, please do go on with your mansplaining because women never get tired of that.

        • ben says:

          Apologies. No man should ever take his judge role on idol seriously and help an artist make a decision that will help them survive in the competition (at least, I have to assume that is what you are saying).

          The point wasn’t about the song, it was about the combination of the persona Emily brings to the stage combined with he song. And the point was only that it isn’t a winning combination. Some people would, perhaps, rather make a social point and be happy with that – and I have no problem with that. But the judges are there to help you win, and I don’t think they can go in assuming that you’d prefer not to get votes if it means compromise.

          • Tarc says:

            I heard what Harry said twice (and being a Harry fan in general) he was slut shaming her, and it was very inappropriate. It’s pretty appalling to see older men trying to enforce their morality on younger women in this day and age.

          • justsaying says:

            It wasn’t slut shaming (wow what an overused term already.america and new haterism terminology is like a dog with a bone). As others have pointed out ad nauseum, it wasn’t the SONG it was HER SINGING THE SONG. She didn’t work it. She had nice vocals but no connection to the song. Those of you who don’t get it are the same ones who tell the chick with the nice voice at the karaoke bar that she should have a singing career. A nice voice doesn’t do it. Being able to sell the song 100 percent believably does. Unless you’re Miley Cyrus and just decide to make a joke of the whole thing. But she was only able to do that because she came with premade fans from her Hannah Montana days. There was an X factor that Emily didn’t bring which is why people say rock chick “persona” about her performance. The only reason YOU don’t see that is because you’re bringing your bias into the mix.

          • ben says:

            I’ve read what Michael says and – he says it better than I ever could. I’m glad he did.

        • ben says:

          Oh – and I’m glad you women don’t get tired of the ‘mansplaining’ because men never get tired of the assumption that they are all sexist pigs who want to undermine the female right to sexuality, either.

          • Tarc says:

            Being a white guy about the same age as Harry, I see men do this all the time, so waving your hands like this doesn’t happen *constantly* in the real world isn’t going to convince anyone, certainly not the ladies that are on the wrong end of it.

          • tvlover44 says:

            as a woman about the same age as harry, too, i really appreciate your comments, tarc! and agree wholeheartedly!

          • ben says:

            @Tarc – I don’t honestly think that what happens in the world constantly is relevant to what I’m being accused of. Whats more – we have a problem when, just because that happens all the time in the real world, Harry can’t judge the performance on its merits.

          • ben says:

            Or to be more clear – effectively what was being implied is that Harry, and also myself, could only have had one objection to the song choice – the fact that an 18 year old girl shouldn’t be singing about sex. But actually, for instance, Alex and Sierra singing Blurred Lines on X Factor I found awesome. Because they could sell it. Sierra could sell it. Even Emily herself admitted what the song meant to her was ‘about taking control of HER situation’ – to her she wasn’t even singing about sex, she was singing about her idol journey. Is there any wonder there was a disconnect.

        • Yo says:

          I’m not certain what slut shaming is. Is slut shaming the excuse some female singers use for crude lyrics. They are saying it is feminist????? Horse manure: It is counter-feminist. Do what you want, but don’t dress it up and make it dance for us.

      • Danny says:

        @Ben- I agree. The judges are too nice and people don’t like it. Then when they toughen up it’s no good. The only thing I don’t like is when it seems like the judges always pick one person for criticism. Carly, Haley, Elise, etc. I’m a lil worried about that this year w/ Jessica, but as ya mentioned above (or below, I’m so lost going all over this board back and forth) she might be bringing that on to herself with her attitude.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        And one more thing. Elise sang Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love which is CLEARLY a song about having a WILD SEX. No one’s complaining about it. Is it because she’s old enough to have sex? Don’t be so sanctimonious. Yes, Emily doesn’t possess that raw sexuality, but that doesn’t mean one has to slut-shame her.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Good point, Adam, and I’m sure if we take a look back down Idol Lane we’ll find a whole lotta inappropriate songs. ;-)

        • Danny says:

          @Adam- I have no problems w/ the song choice. There was a girl on X Factor who did that same song and it was hot. I think she was only like 17 too. Maybe even 16. Emily just did a terrible job with the song. Maybe I’m out of the loop, but I’d never heard the term slut shame until I read some of these comments. I didn’t see it as he was slut shaming her. My take on it is she did a terrible job. She tried to pull the sex kitten act and it bombed. I don’t think Harry slut shamed her though.
          Where I agreed with Ben was on this comment: (below paragraph is Ben’s)
          No apparent reason? It was a bad song choice. A really bad song choice. The judges are there to call that stuff out. People have been moaning for years that the judges won’t do it. Now that they do, its ‘slut-shaming???’ Give me a break.
          I think he’s 90% right with that. The exception being when they single out one person for all their harsh critiques.

          • Mark says:

            It wasn’t a bad song choice, it was a bad performance. But there was no mention of the performance at any point in the critique. There was no suggestion that the song was out of her range or too uptempo for her or lacked a decent hook, or anything at all about the song failing to demonstrate her talent. No, his criticism was solely focused on the sexuality of the song (which is far less in your face than many other songs previously heard on this show). That was slut shaming.

    • Mark says:

      I thought Harry was inappropriate and unduly harsh in his criticism of the song, but I was disappointed in the performance. Emily had no edge in her voice. She brought nothing to it.

      • Angela says:

        I think that’s the point Harry was perhaps trying to make with his comments there? That some women can pull off the edgy, sexy, have a bit of experience behind them sort of attitude a song like that would demand better than others, and that maybe she was a bit too young and unconvincing? But I definitely agree the way he asked that was odd-I’d be thrown off trying to figure out an answer to such an on-the-spot question like that, too.
        I do like that the judges are trying to get these women to focus on what the songs they’re singing mean, the attitudes and messages behind them, though. Like Jena and “Paint it Black”. Yes, the song is about darkness (no duh) but she needs to really listen to the lyrics and understand just what kind of darkness it’s dealing with, the pain and tragedy in the story. I love singing along to my favorite songs, too, but if I were going to be in a competition like that, I’d have to use a bit more than “Well, this is my favorite song” as my criteria for why I sing certain music.
        Unfortunately, so many of the women tonight either just picked songs they liked or spent so much time trying to do the “Look how many notes I can hit” (and some hit notes I didn’t think existed…and I don’t mean that as a compliment) thing that way too many female singers obsess over, and forgot about the fact that a big part of what makes music so special is the meaning in it for both the musician and the listener.
        Hopefully, though, as noted, tonight was mostly just first night jitters, and these women will be able to improve as the weeks go on and have some performances that get talked about for all the right reasons.

        • deedee says:

          That’s how I took Harry’s comments, too. She absolutely didn’t sell herself as a sexy, edgy rocker, and Harry was pointing that out. It was not a good song for her. If she was going to pick a song about getting on the floor and shaving the pubes off someone (sorry, I just wanted to say ‘pubes’ :D), then she’d better pull an Adam Lambert “Ring of Fire” performance and convince us that she’s capable of doing the nasty things she’s singing about.

          • Angela says:

            “Pubes” will always be a funny word to say :D. But yeah, exactly-glad to be in agreement on the stuff with Harry.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            LOL, deedee. that was a funny comment. I am guilty – I sang in church and high school choir when I was younger and studied a little music. I tend to look at performances as if they’re singing “Ich Liebe Dich” at state music competition. Vocally Emily’s was a good performance in an evening of breathy, off-key, poorly phrased performances. Did she sell what she was singing? Well, no, but she was confident and I guess sometimes it’s all relative.

        • justsaying says:

          well put, angela. i wish some of these knee jerk reactionaries would pay attention. and that future idol contestants would pay attention as well. it’s the difference between being a singer and being a paid artist. noone wants to pay someone to do something they can hear at the local karaoke bar. Being cute and having a nice back story only takes you so far. In the real world, it’s did you move me, make me feel something with that song? and sadly, last night, none of the girls truly succeeded in that. Some were definitely better than others at at least representing their song. Emily’s was a destined fail from the time she picked the song. And if Randy were a good mentor, he would have stressed that from the beginning. Who thinks Jimmy Iovine would have let her go through with it. someone should have just told her flat out early that she looks like a ridiculous teeny bopper singing into her hairbrush in the mirror early on. and that’s not going to win you this competition. and definitely not going to get you album sales. sure carly rae jepsen had two hit singles, but when she’s gone (please say she already is), will anyone miss her? These contestants need to ask themselves, do they want a career? Or are they happy being one hit wonders? The thing I appreciate about Jess and others who have actually already been plugging away is that they get the difference in that whether they have the goods or not….

    • Bonnie says:

      You are an idiot.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Hm… I think what I like about Harry is he actually requires the singers to think about and understand the words of a song. I really thought his question to her was not about slut-shaming, but considering what kind of artist she wants to be. That seems like a fair question to ask a singer. Further, asking an artist to defend their artistry is just *one* of the things they should be able to do.

      • Danny says:

        Teeny, insightful questions by judges don’t seem like they’re going over very well w/ the Idol viewers eh? If Harry keeps this up people will be screaming for the Return of Randy.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Uh oh. Is he headed for the Dawg house? ;)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            You get a Made Me Laugh. :-)
            I don’t have a problem with Harry’s comments. They are JUDGES, not coaches. it beats the Hell out of amorphous comments like “That was beautiful” and “Baby, I just don’t think that was your best performance”.

          • Jeannie Lanier says:

            To say I was let down by the way the top ten girls were selected is putting it mildly. I fast forwarded through most of the singers who were picked because the quality hurt my ears. Up until this shocking format, I’d been very impressed by the improvements this season. I really like the judges, especially Harry, who is obviously a musical genius. What struck me as glaring was the ten who were chosen were either Latino or Black, except for the girl from Slapout, AL and the lesbian. It had to be based on being politically correct, because the talent was well below par at this stage of the competition. I’m looking forward to watching The Voice, which I can count on not to stage such a shocking unfairness to the contestants.

        • OhMy says:

          Never in a million years will that happen.

      • Robin says:

        I think people just interpreted what he said different ways because they were all speaking in innuendos (because hey, it’s AI and it’s a family show!). To me, when he said “is that really what you want to be singing about?”, it seemed like slut-shaming and not questioning whether she understood the lyrics.

        • deedee says:

          It’s not whether she understood the lyrics. Of course she understood them. Everybody understood them. I think he was asking – is this *you*? Is this what you’re aiming for? Is this the kind of singer you want to be? He obviously didn’t see her as being able to pull off the raunchy attitude that the material required.

          • Mary says:

            Why can’t a singer sing something that is not in her supposed wheel house. I think it took a lot of guts not to stick to the soft songs we have seen her do. I get it Harry does not like the song, so what. Maybe she didn’t pull if off as well as she should have, but lets be real Harry, I am sure she knows what the song is about. I wasn’t upset that Harry did not like the song, which upsets me more is I don’t want him to pigeon hole someone. A true artist sings many types of songs.

          • justsaying says:

            do you people read? if she’d been able to believably pull it off there would have been no issue. the truth is that she didn’t. now i know some of you THINK you want to see a two hour love fest where the judges coddle and cuddle the widdle bitty contestants and buoy them up with nice warm fuzzy comments. But really? You don’t. It wouldn’t be interesting to the audience and it is NOT AT ALL constructive for the contestants. The worst thing for these contestants to hear is that was good. It tells them nothing of what they should be working on. A person who belongs in the industry lets criticism fuel their need to be better. I, for one, think the judges weren’t harsh enough last night. Possibly because they felt the need to justify why they’d picked these instead of the five who didn’t make it.

      • Arden says:

        Everyone seems to be explaining ‘what Harry really meant’. Harry’s certainly old and smug enough to use his words – all he had to ask was why Emily chose that song and what it meant to her. But really he was pissed she didn’t change the song he had decided was too mature for her so he asked if THAT’s what she wants to sing about. (eww girls liking sex!). Well Emily did answer his question, quite well I thought. I have to say I wonder why Harry is always singing about flying to the moon where he can play among the stars, I mean wtf is that even supposed to mean lolol?

        • tvlover44 says:

          yes! not to mention he had her speak the first two lines of the song out loud, in total preparation for a parental-mode dressing down. it was disrespectful and put her into the role of ‘child’ and i didn’t like it one bit.

    • Ayelet says:

      I wasn’t crazy about Emily’s performance (thought the song was a little too big for her and it came off contrived), but I totally agree on the slut-shaming. I don’t know if it’s him or the producers who feel the need to constantly remind us that he’s a dad, but that was just totally uncalled for, especially since I can’t see him criticizing a guy for his lyrics.

  10. sdexta says:

    HOW did Brandy Neelly not make the top 10?? I thought she was excellent during Hollywood week and had her pegged as a potential winner. It’s kind of a shame the way they chose it…some of those girls who didn’t make the cut are definitely better than some of the girls who did (*cough* Marrialle a.k.a. Miley Cyrus’ twin). That being said, Malaya is definiltely one of my favorites and hopefully those who make it through won’t be so visibly nervious next week.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I”m also disappointed about Brandy Neelly. glad to see some other folks are!

    • justsaying says:

      Hopefully Marialle will be cut by next week so she can join Miley on the tour. Hey she’s already got a little person doppleganger. Why not a person of a different complexion doppleganger. Sad thing is, I don’t think I’m being sarcastic. I could totally see Miley being stoned, watching idol, being bummed that Marialle doesn’t make it, saying “she looks just like me with a really good tan! i should have her on my tour!” smh.

    • JayNC says:

      Thanks for changing the subject – enough about Harry and Emily!

  11. MAB says:

    I am so disappointed in the top 10 girls. Every year they say the same thing. This is the best talent we ever had. There was no one that I could get really excited about. Maybe Majesty and MK. How the heck did Marielle make it. I just don’t get it.

  12. CGMMJ says:

    Kenzie >>>>> Marrialle
    Jillian >>>> Marrialle
    Austin >>> Marrialle
    Brandy >> Marrialle
    Andrina > Marrialle


  13. Owen says:

    I do love that we have not one but two bubbly black girls performing. And there is nothing I love more than a bubbly black girl! Though of the two, Malaya was the stand out. And Majesty and Jena are everything.

  14. Fern says:

    Michael, your disdain for Randy is shared, but how much more do we need to talk about it? Is that the central part of your recap? Of course he’s still a fool. What about the other judges being incredibly helpful and insightful? What about the seemingly random eliminations? What about the singing?

    • Owen says:

      Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!

    • trimaran12 says:

      This is an outline of his initial feelings about the show, a rough draft, if you like. Michael usually posts a more detailed review later on.

    • ben says:

      Yeah, I’m also over Michael spending so much time focussing on judges/mentors. But he always has, and I guess he always will. Randy even gave one good piece of advice (that was ignored) tonight! One more than usual.

    • Alice says:

      I’m thinking the same thing! I love Michael’s reviews but will we have to hear a rant about Randy in every one the whole season?

  15. darcy's evil twin says:

    Well Mr. Slezak, you called it – you predicted a bloodbath but don’t give up your day job to work for Psychic Hotline when it comes to picking the Top 10.

  16. There should be an all of the above option for worst cut. I have really enjoyed this season so far but this decision to cut people without them getting a chance has taken it all back and made me not want to watch anymore.

  17. C.I.L.O says:

    All I can say is let’s hope tomorrow night goes better than tonight did. That’s all I’ve got for now.

  18. Khs says:

    So disappointed with tonight’s selections and performances! MK gave the only decent almost live show-ready performance. And shockingly, Harry was my least favorite judge tonight. I was actually kind of impressed with j lo’s critiques and enjoyed Keith. Bring on the guys!

    • JM says:

      On a couple of Harry’s comments, I was thinking ‘And your point is????’ Some of them were like outta left field.

    • tealeaves says:

      Harry is the one who told Bria she was shouty, which she was.
      Harry is the one who told Brianna not to fall into the trap of hitting high notes just because the audience immediately reacts to that.
      Harry is the one who asked a couple of them about the meaning of their songs, because he was trying to understand why they chose those particular songs.
      I’m good with Harry’s critiques.

  19. Owen says:

    I know Michael complains about Jessica’s ‘bitch edit” but come on. Its reality TV. As bad as groups/hell night is, there probably isn’t that much drama. The cameras go where the drama is. And somehow Jessica was there twice. It has nothing to do with editing. She came off unwelcoming and unfriendly. No editing can do that. And tonight she came off nearly the same. Plus she has that awful Carly Smithson stink of desperation to her as well.

    • ben says:

      Agree completely and utterly. There is no ‘edit’ about it. Even in her very first audition, she came across as a ‘poor me’ upset at the world kind of person. She simply doesn’t come across as a nice person. Not to say that she isn’t nice, but its her body language which gives the impression, not the editing.

    • Tarc says:

      Actually, she comes off as a woman that’s been beaten up quite a bit by life (and probably a decent selection of men). She’s not ‘unwelcoming and unfriendly’ – she’s just wary.

      • tvlover44 says:

        i agree, tarc. and her original song ‘done’ seemed to reflect what you’re saying – that she’s probably been through the ringer with men in her life. i really liked that song (both the lyrics and the way she sang it with such grit and passion) — hope whatever happens with idol she gets a chance to make that publicly available for folks.

      • Owen says:

        I’m not saying there isn’t a reason why she’s “unwelcoming and unfriendly”. And to your point, one of the exhibits of “wariness” IS being “unwelcoming and unfriendly”.

    • Mary says:

      Spoken like a true Male. She speaks up for herself, she is a B…ch, she keeps her mouth shut it is a pity party. I give her a lot of credit because if that was me, I probably would of floored that Mother. Do I think she is a loner, probably, but man she can sing and correct me if I am wrong that is what this show is about.

      • Owen says:

        Please don’t dilute your point (and its a potent one) by trying to put words in my mouth. I didn’t call her a bitch. I complained at Slezak excusing one of his favorites getting the “bitch edit” as if she did nothing to warrant it. And believe me, if he didn’t like her, he would have jumped on her and agreed she was bad news as fast as anyone on these boards.

      • JayNC says:

        Spoken like a true man-hater.

  20. Josh says:

    I think nerves/anxiety killed a lot of girls as a result of the format. Holy crap though Kristen O’Connor’s tone is to die for.

  21. Gailer says:

    Please I hope the guys are better

  22. LeahKittyS says:

    All my votes are going to Majesty, Jessica, MK, and Malaya. The fifth spot can go to either Emily, Jena, or Briana and I will be happy. Kristen was okay, but forgettable. And I never say that about anyone on this show. I’m surprised you scored her higher than Briana and Emily. I was bummed about Jillian, Brandy, and Kenzie being sent off so abruptly.

    Side note: part 2 of “American Idols and Treasure of the Twelve Kingdoms” is coming a night early. I will have enough information to share it with you tomorrow. Spoiler alert: someone gets killed. But it will be the only contestant death of the season, I promise.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      please kill me off. I’m not sure I can take much more of this.

      • Danny says:

        Darcy, she’ll make you the one with 9 lives. Don’t push your luck.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Nah, I’m not that mean. I don’t include characters from the comment section, but if you want me to make you an island native or a pirate in a rival crew just so you can be put out of your misery, I guess I could arrange that. LOL. Anybody else want off the ship?

          • Danny says:

            btw/ so far you’ve only had 1 chapter. Is that correct? The one I saw I think ya posted 2 days later. I caught it only cuz I came back. Maybe always keep em on TVLine or something so they stay consistent and not mixed in w/ tons of other comments? Maybe ya already do that. I’m not sure. Just saying that when there’s a gazillion comments it’s not easy to find.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Yes, there is only one chapter so far. It’s from Top 30 reveal night. But I’m not sure what you’re asking. TV Line is the only place I post them, and they show up wherever I write them in the timeline. That’s the only way to organize comments on here.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          LOL Danny!

          • Danny says:

            Leah- DOH!! Yea, this is TV Line. I meant the video M&M do the week after. There tends to be a lot less comments on those.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I always post them here because I want people to see them while the elimination is fresh on everyone’s mind. I don’t notice a difference in the number of comments here vs. there.

  23. Bonquisha says:

    How Marrielle and Bria make it and Kenzie,Jillian,and Brandy not make it was an absolute joke.

  24. tealeaves says:

    I expected Brandy, Kenz, and probably Jillian would be in the top 13. Guess not. At least they let Jessica sing.

  25. Marta says:

    I feel for the 5 eliminated girls…they werent even apparent cannon fodder– bad story telling, Idol. Plus I CANNOT imagine what its like to get all prepared and excited, have at least 2 loved ones fly out for the show, tel everyone you know to watch, allll to be told you dont get to perform live on the spot. I know show biz id tough but dammmmn. My heart hurts for them.

  26. Christine says:

    I want to say that based on the critiques they gave I am having a hard time believing they picked the top 10 based on dress rehearsals – they acted like it was the first time they are seeing any part of the performance. Can’t say for sure, but it sure seems that they already had their top 10 picked before any dress rehearsal…. Marialle especially was quite a train wreck!

    • JayNC says:

      I thought the same thing – if they were watching the rehearsals then they should have seen how bad they were going to be. Does that mean the 5 cut girls were even worse? Sadly we will never know!

  27. Davey says:

    Majesty and MK were the only ones I liked listening to and watching tonight. The rest were mediocre. Jena may have a good voice but the song choice was questionable. Same for Emily. I think Malaya is too young and a mess.

  28. Andie says:

    Literally the only thing I can think is that they let Randy pick the top ten. I don’t even understand how they could let Kenzie go.

  29. JM says:

    First, let’s fire the stylists pronto. Each and every girl looked horrible, IMO. Of all of them, Jessica and MK stayed mostly true to themselves, but they could still use some improvement. And please, oh please, can we ban the midriff baring????

    Okay, rant over. On to the next one.

    Yes, the format was terrible. I’m glad that JLo pointed out that the girls really were at a disadvantage, because let’s fact it, they ALL were subpar. In full agreement with Michael–not an ‘A’ in the bunch.

    I really felt for Jessica having to perform with the guitar right after Daughtry said she can’t play and should perform without it. I’m not sure he would have said that had he known they’d play it right before she performed. Daughtry is a nice guy and funny, too (didn’t know that about him).

    I’m guessing Majesty, MK, Jessica and Malaya will go thru. Not sure who the fifth will be.

  30. Saul says:

    Why on Earth waste time with Randy talking about the hair he doesn’t have anymore and other platitudes?
    Come on, Idol! If there is not a contractual obligation to do it, forget him and move on! We could hear another singer – or Adam or Daughtry with the time this idiot got.

  31. Name That Tune says:

    Rather than spend any time on the losers, I’m going to go with who should move forward:
    And the judges will save Malaya and Briana.
    What a group of mediocre singers.

    • ben says:

      Majesty, MK, Jena, Jessica, Malaya. Which happen to also be the top 5 in the poll. The judges will save Briana. The other 4 will go home. 7 guys. And I really thought it HAD to be 7 girls too, and maybe even 8… but thats what happens when you pick all the weak ones to sing.

      • Name That Tune says:

        It could go either way between Emily and Malaya. Have seen others post their top 5 elsewhere and many people have Emily in their top 5.

        • ben says:

          Sure, but I wouldn’t want to be in a popularity contest with Malaya. I think Malaya’s actual level of votes will well exceed her online polling, because its the casual voters who aren’t captured online, and Malaya is their kind of person. I’d be less surprised to see Emily get in at the expense of Jess.

      • Lauren says:

        I actually think Emily is going to go through on votes and the judges will have to Wild Card either Briana or Jena in. If that is the case, I hope they go with Jena.

      • Mary says:

        The wild cards should be the top three singers not picked by genre. Why does the Male get the extra spot?? I want Emily in there instead of Malaya. I guess I am the only one, but I was not impressed with her last night. Yes she is bubbly but the singer was just blah for me.

  32. Chris says:

    It was great seeing Adam and Daughtry tonight. Thank goodness Adam kept telling these girls to slow it down! I hope we’ll get to see more of those two. I don’t need to see any more of Randy.

    Happiness is the truth! Yes, Majesty! I LOVE this girl. She is infectious, energetic, and fun! That is they type of show I’d want to go see. Yes mam! Keep it coming.

    I also really enjoyed Jena and agree with everything Keith said. Her singing voice tonight reminded me of a cross between Cher and Linda Perry (from 4 Non Blondes). I laugh at Harry – I get the question but what was funny is instead of one sentence she said “Darkness, in one word”. He didn’t catch her off guard and again I get the question, but sometimes you just want to sing a good song because you can, and because you’re a bad ass. Rock on Jena!

    I hope Jessica will pull through. I know she was caught up in the emotion, and I’m very happy for her. She should take JLo’s advice and just let us in.

    I liked MK’s performance. Her stage presence does leave a lot to be desired although her mom crying her eyeballs out was very moving. Her tone is great but she just almost seems uncomfortable or unable to loosen up – like she can’t “let her hair down”. I don’t know maybe that’s just who she is, but it might hurt her ultimately. I really hope they don’t keep harping on the fact that she’s gay. I don’t care either way and why should it matter? This is a singing competition. Sing MIK sing!

    I’ll admit I don’t get some of the judges choices over the girls that went home, and those choices proved to be questionable to me the who time and confirmed yet again simply from their performance tonight, in my opinion.

    Looking forward to the guys!

  33. Rex Master says:

    The two hottest girls in the competition Kenzie Hall & Austin Wolfe did not make it. DAMN IT! Who am I suppose to cheer for now?

  34. JM says:

    Oh, I just have to mention that I loved Malaya’s ‘fried chicken’ comment. She’s a riot!!

  35. My predictions for top 5: Majesty, Jessica, Jena, Malaya, and MK
    Possible Wildcards: Briana, Emily, or Kristen
    BYE: Bria and Marialle!

  36. Timmah says:

    I guess the new producer hates blondes.

  37. Melissa says:

    This was a baaaad season opener for American Idol. I’m looking forward to the guys tomorrow night. I hope they don’t let us down AND I hope the judges don’t throw out some good ones before they even have a chance (ie CJ and Spencer).

    And, unfortunately, for ratings value, I have a feeling Marrialle is gonna stay. She was HORRIBLE tonight. Ever since her audition, she’s a Miley Cyrus wanna-be. She sings like Miley, talks like her, she even styles her hair and clothes like her. I think we’re all a little tired of Miley. Please AI…don’t keep her.

    • MC says:

      Exactly. Marrialle is desperately trying to be a Miley clone. There were some embarrassing performances from this top ten.

    • Daezy says:

      Except Marrialle doesn’t sell her body to get attention, like Miley. She sells her voice, and she’s trying to be a pop singer, which is just wrong for her. She’s a true alto, and I imagine her voice would coincide better with hard rock, which is not what Idol is looking for.

      Honestly, people only assume she’s just like Miley because she’s got short hair, a round face, and she’s a performer more than a singer, which is incredibly, credibly stupid.

      • MC says:

        You correctly point out that Marrialle is “trying to be a pop singer.” The comparison is apt because Marrialle is doing her best (alto or no alto) to physically and artistically be like Miley. The fact that she might be more a natural fit in rock just underscores how much she wants to be like Miley. The comparison is therefore not stupid, but right on the money.

        • DaezyG says:

          Well, to be fair, I think Miley sounds ten times better singing country. Also, she’s not physically trying to be like Miley. I’m an Indianapolis teen; girls dye their hair willy nilly down here (I know about three to four people who’ve dyed their hair four times this year). I honestly think the hair was a coincidence, and performing in the streets does tend to slim you down (especially when you’ve got here amount of energy), but okay. If you guys think she’s Miley, then there’s no steering you in another direction.

  38. Jo says:

    Well, between the “non-denominational spiritual advisers and Harry’s “daddy mode”, with the token gays thrown in for political correctness, me thinks that this has become American Christian Idol. lol

    Loved seeing Adam and Daughtry as mentors. Actually they were the only interesting part of the show. Adam is looking so fine too! Yum Yum!

  39. Ian says:

    Tonight went far worse than I could ever have imagined. Good Lord. That was like some weird season 3 shiz. So many randos with no chance of winning.

    Now back to being optimistic!

  40. Tammy says:

    I like the judges this year especially now that Randy is gone. He adds nothing as a mentor. I feel so bad for the five girls cut without even getting a chance to sing. This format is complete crap and whoever came up with it is an idiot.MK was my fav tonight. The rest were kinda awful. The show tonight was so boring that I had a hard time keeping focused on it. Hopefully tomorrow night will be better. I think American Idol has run it’s course. Time to let it go. If it doesn’t get better I don’t know if I’ll be tuning in much longer.

    • Mary says:

      I’m not upset with the format, because this is just taking place of part of Hollywood week. I do think it is mean to have them sit there live hoping their name is called. The judges should of just picked the 10 they wanted and then have them sing live. We all know some good ones were going to get away happens every year. I will say that none of the girls are experience enough to sing on the spot like they had to last night, so I think it hinder them. I hope America chose correctly.

  41. Robin says:

    Did Harry’s critique of Emily really rub anyone else the wrong way?

    I doubt he would have said anything to an 18-year-old guy singing about sex.

  42. Cat says:

    Agree with all of that. MK was fantastic! I’m so excited about her!

    Emily’s performance was so uncomfortable — it seemed ill-advised to do that song. Seriously, that’s a really weird song for everyone except Grace Potter.

  43. Kimbo says:

    I really don’t understand what would have been so hard about making this the top 24 rather than the top 30?
    And look! I see 3 girls we could have done without already (Bria, Marrialle, Kristen). There are your top 12 girls right there. They could easily have fit 12 people into the slot. And then this mess with making America supervote for Neco and Ben….someone explain to me why they couldn’t have just made them sing off like they did with Jess Meuse?
    All this did was add waaaaay too unnecessary drama and stress on the contestants. This is why I enjoy “The Voice” so much more. Solid system that doesn’t usually go too wrong or leave you too upset.
    Can we just take the time to have the cannon from the hunger games sound off for the women who were robbed of even the Top 30?
    I’m so annoyed.

  44. Hillary says:

    Tonight made made appreciate Candice Glover more than ever!

  45. David says:

    Well… uhm, I pretty much hated everyone tonight. I’ve heard some terrific performances during the auditions through Hollywood this year, but none of them were tonight. I was bored. No, not bored, frustrated. And I’m really upset we didn’t even get to hear from one third of the contestants, because they couldn’t have been worse than the utter dreck that we did hear. Ugh.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      This +100000000. How could they have possibly been worse? It’s just now possible. I think they had their Top 10 already picked and the rest was some weird way to make the show interesting – that did *not* work.

    • CareBear says:

      Totally agree!!!!

    • tvlover44 says:

      agree, it was such a let down of an episode. and also – did anyone else feel that during most of the performances, the band volume was turned up to eleventy and really drowning out the singer? i kept adjusting my volume to try to hear the voices, which just added to my frustration level.

  46. C.I.L.O says:

    Here are some of my random thoughts of the night:
    1.) The format to me was thought out with good intentions, but it’s execution sucked & definitely affected the flow of the night. Sadly, I’m prepared for more of the same tomorrow night.
    2.) Before tonight, I personally had Brandy & Kenzie in my overall top 10, & Jillian, Andrina, & Austin were in my top 10 ladies. So why the heck do they get cut over the likes of Bria & Marialle? I have no words & I choose to blame everyone on the A.I staff not named Harry, Keith, & Ryan.
    3.) Based on tonight, my top 5 were (in n.p.o) Majesty, Jena, MK, Jessica & Briana, with Malaya as the wildcard. That said, I’m preparing for Marialle (& possibly Bria too) to end up in the overall top 13.
    4.) The judges were good tonight. Randy was better than I thought he’d be, but he wasn’t great. Adam Lambert & Daughtry were good though, so that’s something.
    5.) Non-denominational spiritual advisors?!?!?!? What the hell?!?! I’ve now seen it all.
    Overall, tonight should’ve been better than it was, but questionable selections marred the night. Let’s hope the guys step it up tomorrow.

    • seattlejohn449 says:

      the format was thought out by a ratings-crazed sadist, probably the same person responsible for that cruel bus ride dumping the bodies of clueless rejected singers to the LA airport during Hollywood week…and probably whoever is left on the killing floor after not being voted top 10 or chosen as a wildcard pick will probably get fed on live television to the ravening swaybot hordes in a cross-over ratings stunt with The Walking Dead (emceed by Randy Jackson in some fabulous, fetching skinny jeans that do so much for his figure)

  47. Teeny Bikini says:

    Michael, The only grades you got right – for me – were MK and Majesty. The rest were either low C, Ds and Fs. You definitely neglected to hand out some Fs? Jessica was definitely a D. And I need people to stop smiling during sad songs – disconnection much? It’s just so weird.

    • Lauren says:

      I actually thought Jess sounded better than Majesty tonight but at least we agree on MK. ;)

    • MC says:

      ITA about the grades, but sometimes we forget that bloggers are also there to promote the show. A blogger can’t keep people interested if he/she says (even honestly) that most of the singers were extremely disappointing.

  48. M says:

    First of all, I thought there was definitely a bit of freshness to the show that it really needed.

    On the other hand, the whole “Rush Week”, while good in theory, wasn’t executed well. I think that’s why we got so many (well, nearly all) sub-par performances. In a seamless season so far, I’m hoping this is just a bump in the road. I hope it isn’t downhill from here.

  49. CareBear says:

    I AM SO DISAPPOINTED!!!! What happened to Jillian ??? I truly believe all 3 judges got it WRONG. I am shocked at the picks. Seems they chose personalities rather then true voices. Jillian Jensen is amazing!!! What the heck???I was shocked she was not chosen as the top 10. Judges, I think a few (like 2 maybe 3) of your choices were good ones. Jillian and Kenze should of been chosen in top 10 for sure!!!!!! I am losing faith in the show. I thought it was very distasteful to cute 5 girls and not even allow them to shine ESPECIALLY when so many of the top 10 tanked at their chance. Doesn’t seem fair. You should of allowed us to vote. I feel cheated as a viewer and upset that those 5 girls were cheated. Terrible Terrible opening night.

  50. Rex Master says:

    What the hell is a spiritual advisor?