Caleb Johnson’s producer-enhanced rock-god moment. Malaya Watson’s “Runaway” meltdown. Jessica Meuse’s unexpected song choice. And an opening 45 minutes punctuated by mumbled lyrics, botched notes and possibly malfunctioning in-ear monitors.
These were the headlines from American Idol Top 13 performance night — along with the continued rise of Majesty Rose and Alex Preston — and on this week’s Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I take a deep dive into all of the above.
Not only that, but we also dish the fact that exec producer Per Blankens skipped showing us contestants’ mentoring sessions in favor of a pre-judgment by Randy Jackson; debate the meaning of Harry Connick Jr.’s complaint about Alex’s “inward” performance; and wonder what went wrong for M.K. Nobilette.
Plus, Melinda and I pick our favorite auditioners from Week 1 of The Voice‘s sixth season — while also pondering the question “How much of a pre-existing fanbase is too much of a pre-existing fanbase?”
So press play below for the full Reality Check experience, then hit the comments and share your thoughts about your Idol and Voice faves. And for all my reality TV news, interviews, ezxlusives and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!