American Idol Results Recap: Girls, Interrupted

_MB18201-2Wait a second: When exactly did Fox start airing episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Thursday nights?

OK, yeah, I know I just got done watching the American Idol Top 12 results telecast, but Harry Connick Jr. threw so much damn shade at “tastemaker”/”mentor” Randy Jackson, I momentarily mistook him for a giant oak, mmmkay?

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Seriously, though, as the newest member of Idol‘s judging panel was asked to defend his tough Wednesday-night critiques of Season 13’s Top 12 contestants, he made an important distinction: It’s not his job to be a mentor — although if he were, he’d be at the hotel every day ’til 5am helping these kids transform themselves into the superstars they’re supposed to be. If you read between the lines, you could hear the not-so-subtle question: “And what in the heck is Randy Jackson doing all day to lead the Idoloonie Nation to believe we could be on the precipice of one of Idol‘s worst seasons ever?”

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I dunno. When you think about the Dawg’s performance over the last 13 seasons, rehearsal feedback like “Go big or go home!” and “More! Sell it!” seems downright pointed and specific, no?

_MB17548Anyhow…let’s get back to the business at hand. We had Phillip Phillips doing a little dance and unveiling his rollicking new single “Raging Fire.” We had Randy introducing us to an Irish band whose angsty blandness had my hubby predicting they’d be a CW staple before the end of the TV season. And we had a second consecutive week featuring an all-female Bottom 3 — a trend that isn’t really all that troubling when you consider that none of the at-risk contestants this season could be accused of slaying it the night prior.

But let’s jump right to results, shall we?

Sent To Safety (in no particular order)
Ben Briley
Sam Woolf
Jessica Meuse
Dexter Roberts
Majesty Rose
Alex Preston
Caleb Johnson
C.J. Harris
Malaya Watson

Bottom 3 Vote-Getters
Emily Piriz
Jena Irene
M.K. Nobilette

Sent to Safety First
Jena Irene

Sent to Safety Second
M.K. Nobilette

Emily Piriz

Emily performed a rendition of Grace Potter’s “Stars” as her “Save Me” song, but unlike her Hollywood Week version, this one was not delivered at the piano — and underscored Emily’s problems with intonation when she’s not in full-on belting mode.

J.Lo tried her best to convince us she had a problem with the end result, but Harry made it clear: The “Save” was not in play, and Emily was out.

Next Week
The theme is “Soundtrack to our Lives,” with contestants covering hits from the movies. Thursday’s results show will feature performances by Harry Connick Jr. himself (with Randy Jackson on bass) and singer/songwriter Mali Music (even though it’s worth noting sensational Season 6 grad Melinda Doolittle has never been asked to return to the show that made her famous. Hrmmm).

A few other notes…

* The intro segment of the Top 12 contestants singing little bits of Phillip Phillips’ “Home” made me wonder if — somewhere behind the scenes — Idol’s powers that be are working on finding a song of similarly high quality for the Season 13 champ. And if that’s not the case, then WHY THE HELL NOT?

* I loved Jessica’s philosophical view of the judges’ brutal criticism of her “White Flag” cover: “The lightbulb wasn’t perfected in a day and Edison didn’t give up.”

* For those who didn’t like Harry’s subtle dig at Randy, remember the latter started it by suggesting the neophyte judge was being tough only because he had “a little indigestion.” Ugh.

* That said, when Harry says things like Season 13’s crop is the most talented since Season 1, it exposes that the New Orleans jazzman has zero grasp of Idol history. Sure, Kelly and Tamyra were great, but as a whole, the Season 1 finalists proved nowhere near the performance level of Seasons 8, 10, 7, 11, etc, etc, etc…

And with that, I turn it over to you…

What did you think of Season 13 Top 12 results night? Did the right contestant get the boot? If not, who should’ve been cut? And how did you feel seeing/hearing @Phillips back on the Idol stage? What about Kodaline? Sound off in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Danny says:

    I’d say Emily was a good choice to go home. I think the bottom 2 were the right 2. I thought Jena did ok last night.

    As for the show itself, I do think the judges set the tone for people being so down on it. I watched it again, and while there were no “wow” performances, I didn’t think it was as brutal as people made it out to be. Had they praised Jena, Malaya, Jessica, any of them really, I think most of the people viewing would have followed their lead.
    I don’t see where people think this is worse than last year. Jessica and Caleb last week were better than anything last year. So yea, the show last night wasn’t great, but still ahead of last years pace. At least the contestants aren’t all sleepy ballad singers. I’m not saying anyone this year will be in my all time favs (Bo, Carrie, Allison, Siobhan, Haley), but the season is early.

    Season 11 until the top 9 I thought was brutal. Then from top 9 to top 4 pretty much all the songs were pretty well done. That became my favorite season. So I’m still pretty high on this year. Yea last night wasn’t the best, but I still have faith that there will be some pretty good contestants from this season.

    • Max says:

      We can agree to disagree, but need I remind you of Candice Glover’s Love Song.

      • Danny says:

        Hey Max- no problems disagreeing w/ me. I realize my opinions aren’t written in a stone template for everyone to worship. Candice didn’t do it for me in terms of wow. I thought she was good, as were Janelle and Angela. I would not have given any standing ovations last year had I been a judge. The fake confetti one that Candice got from Mariah was predetermined.

        This is bad, but was Love Song the one she got the confetti shower too? If so, I thought that one was ok, but nothing that outstanding.

      • Mary says:

        I think it depends on your musical preference. Candice Love song was good but her style is not my cup of tea. I agree with Danny of all the season I think last year and season 9 might tie for the worst ever. I think it is still to early to say this is a wash.

        • Max says:

          Honestly, Candice wasn’t my cup of tea either, but I have to acknowledge that performance was (at least almost) perfection.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          Janelle doing You Keep Me Hanging On, Angie doing the Jesse J song, there has been nothing even remotely close to that this year, at least not yet. I like Harry, but seriously, the fans of Idol are not stupid, for him to say that this is the most talent since season one is ludicrous. By this time in every season we have seen some kind of break through performance that had people talking. No need to even go through the list, but there are no David Cooks, Adam Lamberts, or Crystal Bowersox’s in this group, not even close.And speaking of last year, how about Amber taking an obscure Beatle song from Sargent Pepper,”She’s Leaving Home, and absolutely killing it. I hope it gets better, but so far, I think this is a very weak group. I watch Sam and Malaya perform and I can’t believe that somehow, with all those thousands of auditions, these two were in the top 13.Ugh!

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Amber’s Beatles song last year was a sleeper hit. Totally agree. I forced my friends to listen and relisten. They finally agreed with me that it was genius. Or maybe they were just saying that to get me to shut up. Then when “Lately” came along… wow. What a voice. I think I’ll have to relisten to all her performances now.

          • Danny says:

            @Bob- I enjoyed Janelle’s quite a bit. She was my #1 last year and I felt it was her that had the most good performances. I’m simply saying I liked Jessica last week more than anything Janelle did.

            I’m not comparing this year to the all time greats. Where you’ve got David, Adam, and Crystal on your list, I’ve got Bo, Carrie, Allison, Siobhan, and Haley. I wouldn’t put anyone this year among my all time favorites. No one from last year can compare to that All Timers either.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          Yeah but season 9 had Crystal, and based on her alone it makes it a better season than this one.

          • Danny says:

            To add to your list, I’d say Siobhan and I also liked Didi. I’ve got Siobhan in my top 5 all time favs and Crystal is in the next group. So while I still think Season 9 is down the list some in terms of overall talent, there were certainly some gems in it. I’m not hating on Season 9 like a lot do. It had my all time favorite song (Paint it Black), my all time favorite voice- not saying she was a great singer, but I loved Didi’s voice. And it had 2 of my top 10-12 all time Idols. Plus, in a demented way I enjoyed how Tim drove the judges batty. It wasn’t that I like bad singing, but I enjoyed that no matter how they tried to rip the guy he always kept a great attitude and a smile.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            @ Danny, Yes I really liked Didi in season 9 that year as well, too bad that was the year they were systematically getting rid of girls one after another and she didn’t get to stick around too long, and Siobhan, had a remarkable voice, I thought she was inconsistent, but on the nights that she was good, she was amazing, all season long I thought it should have been Siobhan and Crystal in the final. Haley was absolutely my favorite of season 10, without a doubt.

          • TiaGata says:

            I never liked Crystal that much, as a matter of fact I think season 9 was a total let down after seasons 8 contestants.

            As a matter of fact I quit watching season 9 in about the top 5 because I just didn’t like anyone enough to even care who won.

            To each his own though. You are definitely entitled to your favorites, I sure as heck have mine!

          • Sugar says:

            Just have to weight in here and say I always thought Siobhan was over rated. Never liked her – at all. What is she doing nowadays, anyway? I loved Bo Bice too, but obviously Carrie was the right winner that year. I am disappointed Bo kind of disappeared, but I think I read somewhere he got sick shortly after the season?

        • karen says:

          Last season was one of the best in Idol history. Kree, Candice, Angie, Devon, and Janelle were awesome. Kree is the real deal. Candice is an incredible vocalist.

      • tealeaves says:

        But Candice’s Love Song was the week of Top 6. And IMO it was the best performance of the season. I think we need to give this season until well past top 12 night before we point out there it had not topped the best performance of last season.

        • Max says:

          I’m not criticizing this season, and I am hoping to hear an incredible performance like that one. I was defending last season.

          • tealeaves says:

            Ah. I do think Love Song was great. And Janelle had a great performance just about a week before she left. I wish she would have been bolder earlier in the season.
            Overall, though, I think last season was a snooze fest. So far I really love this season. I don’t think anyone has had a ‘moment’ in the past 2 weeks, but most seasons only have 1 or 2 ‘moments’ all year.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          We had already had “blow the roof off the top of the building” type performances by this point of last season. The top 10 girls night had Kree singing Stronger and Amber singing My Funny Valentine. There has not been anything even remotely close to the level of those 2 performances this year. And we can ignore Love Song because that one was in a stratosphere of its own.

          • bob says:

            don’t forget krees up to the mountain, candices ordinary people, angies you set me free…these season is one of the worst ever I am sorry

          • Miss Dany says:

            Kree was a consistent performer, but she never had a standout performance either. Amber’s MFV was not as good as Melinda Doolittle. It’s not even in the top 10. Only Candice had any standout performances. I can think of several this year who can win.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Miss Dany – See comment below. Kree had Keith Urban in tears with her standout performances. And she had more than 1 of those.
            And Amber had multiple standout performances. MFV, Lately, Moment Like This, etc.
            Name one performance this year that equals or exceeds the vocals from any of the songs I just mentioned. I haven’t heard one that even comes close.

          • Miss Dany says:

            I never liked Amber. MFV wasn’t even half as good as Melinda Doolittle. She did ok with the Beatles song but that’s about it. I thought MK’s John Legend song was standout, Jena’s original song was stand out, as well as The Scientist was stand out, Jessica’s “Crow and the Butterfly” was standout. So far!

        • Miss Dany says:

          The contestants this year are much more talented and diverse. So I think there is still time for a lot of great performances. Don’t we remember last year, they all sang ballads and only ballads. There wasn’t a lot of great performances coming from Candice or Kree(who wasn’t great but consistent)

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I think the criticism of too many ballads last year is fair, but I’ll take a ton of ballads sung by amazingly talented vocalists over whatever you want to call this year’s alternative to that is. I’m not even sure how I would classify this year. “Bad” probably isn’t nice but it’s not far from the truth. Howzabout I keep it positive and say “the year of unrealized potential.” There. Look at me being all “the glass is half full.”

          • karen says:

            So so wrong… Kree is an amazing talent. Wynonna Judd calls her “the next generation of greatness.”

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Danny. “Had they praised Jena, Malaya, Jessica, any of them really, I think most of the people viewing would have followed their lead.” Do you really want the judges to praise female singers when they don’t perform well just because they have a vagina? I really hope they are never that condescending.

      “Jessica and Caleb last week were better than anything last year.” Candace and Kree could sing them both under the table with little effort. As far as technique, Candace and Kree were pretty flawless.

      I do agree that the contestants are picking better songs this season, though they haven’t delivered them consistently well. I am happy this is not a ballad-fest, but the quality of the singing needs to reach the next level and pronto.

      • Danny says:

        @Teeny- Those were just the 3 names who came to the top of my head. It wasn’t meant as a girl thing. So no, I don’t want em praised just because they’re female. I thought Jena did decent and Jessica did better than the judges comments. Not as good as last week, but not brutal either.

        On Candice and Kree- technically they were good singers. I liked them, but they’re not among my all time favorites. In most seasons, each would be like my 6th or 7th favorite, that kind of thing. They just never did it for me. Most of their songs were sleepy.
        People are already getting on Caleb for doing the same thing over and over. He’s only sang 3 times live. Candice and Kree did the same thing over and over for the whole season. IMO they were good, but not great. I’m not saying Caleb is great, but I like him more than anyone from last year. Same thing w/ Jessica. And if Alex or Majesty would ever get back to what I liked about them, I’d add them to the list too. CJ and Ben also have a chance to be ahead of anyone from last year in my book. Yea they need to improve, but last year isn’t hard to top.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Danny. My bad. I totally misinterpreted what you were saying about the girls. I think I’m gonna just forget last week. The song selection this year is superior (and by that, I mean current and maybe I would even plunk down money for). I would definitely buy Jessica’s song from last week. I think I feel the judges frustration from last night though, especially when it comes to Majesty, Alex, and Jessica. They are just so much better than their performances.

          • Danny says:

            @Teeny- Awwww shucks, we’re sorta back to agreeing. Can’t we even have 1 lil fight? I felt the same way about Alex and Majesty. They were 2 of my early favs. So there’s something in there I like about em. They just haven’t shown it in the live rounds.

      • TiaGata says:

        I concur!!!

    • karen says:

      Oh Pleeze,,, last year was one of the best Idol seasons ever. Kree, Candice, Angie, Janelle, Deven could run circles around this group. Kree is an amazing singer. Wynonna Judd called her “the next generation of greatness.” Candice Glover slays everything she sings. What are you talking about?? Jessica and Caleb are dime a dozen club singers. They need to step up their game and distinguish themselves.

      • J says:

        Yeah, last season was so great it gave us the worst selling winner ever and a runner-up who can’t even get a record deal. People obviously forget how crappy some seasons were. Last season was a complete snoozefest with the contestants seriously lacking in charisma and offering up an endless parade of boring ballads. This season has MUCH better contestants, but the producers and judges have set a very negative tone which has affected perspectives.

        • OhMy says:

          No one has set a negative tone more than the contestants.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            Exactly, quit blaming it on the producers and the judges, although you can blame the judges for picking this mediocre group in the first place.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          ” This season has MUCH better contestants [compared to last year].”

          No. Just no. Take almost anything Amber or Kree or Burnell or Candice sang last year and compare it vocally to any of this year’s finalists. Maybe you’re right that they lacked charisma, but this year’s group lacks talent. And from what I can tell, this year’s group also lack charisma! So it’s a double whammy!

          • LB says:

            I agree about the double whammy. However, the songs being sung this season are so much more current that I actually prefer it to last year. I also like the fact that there are more musicians this season. Everything seems more creative, and we have a nice break from excessive power ballads.

          • Miss Dany says:

            The only performance I remember from Burnell is Mym Chereim Amourm! LOL He could not sing. This year we have a lot of diverse vocal talent who sing more than boring overdone ballads.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            “The only performance I remember from Burnell is Mym Chereim Amourm! LOL He could not sing.”

            No. Just no. Dude sings better than almost anyone currently in the top 100 charts. I don’t really even know what else to say. You’ve rendered me speechless. I do agree with LB though about having more current songs. That was a change we should have had eons ago.

          • Miss Dany says:

            I can’t remember anything Burnell sang. He really didn’t stand out in any way. Sorry, to me he just wasn’t that great. I prefer the contestants this year to him. CJ is far superiour soul singer to Burnell in every way. He is much more soulful and I can at least remember a performance.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Miss Dany – Whatever works for you. Preferences are preferences. I guess the reason I’m so passionate about this is that I used to love this show and am so sad to see what happened to it this year.
            As a musician myself, I can assure you that the sound that Burnell produces is multiple leagues above CJ. It’s like comparing a pee wee league football team to the Seattle Seahawks. But if CJ speaks to you, then so be it. I’m glad someone likes him! And he wouldn’t be the worst in the top 100 if he ever charts so long as Katy Perry still has a pulse.

        • ben says:

          Completely agree J.

      • Miss Dany says:

        Kree was ok. She was consistent, but she never had a stand out performance. Angie was inconsistent. Candice was the only one that had a few standout moments. I’m sorry, but this group is so much better than last year. They all sang boring, overdone ballads the entire season, especially Candice. But it’s obvious that last year sucked. Nobody but Candice got a record deal!

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Kree’s Stronger and Here Comes Goodbye were pretty stand out in my estimation. Both of them had the country music expert of sorts on the judging panel fighting back tears.

          Also, no one got a record deal because Idol is becoming less and less relevant. Every year is a new low in ratings. Between Idol, X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice, the talent pool in Idol’s sweet spot of late teens / early 20s is totally picked over right now. Like trying to find an undiscovered super model at a club in Hollywood. Anyone worth having is already represented!

          • Miss Dany says:

            Those were good performances, but she sounded the same every week to week. She was just consistently good, not amazingly good.

      • Woodmeister says:

        Given that we’ve only two weeks of live performances this year, it’s kinda to be comparing this years crop of contestants to last year’s. I can’t remember who sang what in week 2 last year and if there were any real standouts at that particular time other than the women seemed to be the stronger singers.

        • Kayk says:

          I’m glad to see this comment. I’ve been thinking that it’s still very early in the season and that there’s still a learning curve and time left for growth to be made…some will rise to the occasion and some won’t, but there’s still time for them to hit their groove!!!

    • Gailer says:

      I think last year’s was worse too.

      • Syb says:

        Certainly not on the basis of singing on key. I’ll give you it lacked diversity. The guys were pretty much terrible, but while I believe these contestants can sing, they can’t sing under pressure, and for the most part, the song choices, while “current” are karaoke material, boring and derivative.

        • Julie says:

          I didn’t watch last year, but wanted to compare it for myself. On YouTube The earliest show I could find was from the top ten. A lot of them sang out of tune including Candice. What I thought was the best was some guy named Vellez or something, but they criticized him. Overall I thought it was better than this year’s so far, but I think….hope we’ll be surprised. I love Alex, and really like Majesty and Jessica too.

          I do think the band and the sound mixing is very off. Either they need to fix it or have everyone practice more with the band and earpieces. Sure Ricky Minor rocked the Rush, but does he know the more modern styles well enough?

    • tealeaves says:

      @Danny I think the worst thing about last night is that several of the best singers sang early and got luke warm responses. The judges had nowhere to go from there. Then later on Sam sang beautifully and they were not over the moon about that either. It makes me nervous for the judging.this season.

      • Danny says:

        @Tea- Yea, I was thinking about the judging too. The people said they wanted harsher criticisms. AI gave it to us. Now that we’ve got it, there’s a sense they’re going overboard. I guess we all want them to judge like we (as in us personally) would judge.

        I thought I was going to really like Harry. I still think he’s better than anything in the last few seasons, but he lost something w/ me when he said Best Season since Season 1 + complimented Lopez’ singing. It’s not that I disagree w/ him on those (I do) but more that I think he doesn’t really believe what he just said.

    • Tess says:

      I totally agree with you about how the judges set the tone. While it’s great that the judges are giving constructive criticism and want to help the contestants improve, when they don’t find something positive to say the audience gets the impression that no one is any good. Watching P2 on stage tonight made me think how far he’s come since his season and how different things may have been his season had Harry and Keith been there giving constant constructive criticism about intonation and such instead of Steven “that was beautiful” Tyler and Randy “in it to win it” Jackson. Right now those kids are confused by not just what they’re being told but what they hear the judges say to other contestants and just a little reassurance mixed into those pointers would do a world of good for their future performances.
      Every season takes some time to build – usually somewhere between top 10 and top 7 is when it starts to click because lesser contestants get knocked off and the good ones start to get more comfortable with the show’s format and the stage and the audience, et al. We’re just less patient now as viewers because other shows are out there to divert our attention. These kids are young and even the most experienced ones are still pretty green – we need to let them grow over the weeks, we can’t expect them to be seasoned performers on the outset. P2 wasn’t nearly as good season 11 as he was tonight (and I’m not a fan of his, but I can admit his performance was pretty good tonight and a vast improvement on his Idol days).

      • Danny says:

        wow Tess “That was beautiful”

        • Danny says:

          my comment to Tess left out I was saying it in my best Steven Tyler voice (but the sentiment was sincere, great post). I put that part in the two arrows in case it doesn’t show up again.

      • The Beach says:

        What I find irritating and yet laughable at the same time is the way JLo, with her terrible acting, throws Harry under the bus every time when a contestant isn’t saved. Give it up, girl…it ain’t working!

    • Miss Dany says:

      This season is better than last season for sure! Last year, everyone sang overdone ballads. Kree was consistent, but never had a standout. Angie was good but inconsistent. I like everyone this year almost. There was only 2 or 3 who could win last year. I think almost anybody could win this year.

    • Syb says:

      If you think the contestants this season sing better than those last season it’s because you don’t like female vocalists as much as guys with guitars. I like some of the contestants this year, but for the most part this group sings anywhere from poorly to uneven with flashes of competent. The exceptions who don’t miss a lot of notes are so one note stylistically that they are already boring me. It is shaping up to be the worst season ever, and I had high hopes at the start. Maybe they’ll improve, but not if Randy is really their chief coach and mentor.

    • antzline says:

      All of yah, what need is there to compare these art-makers? Can’t yah just give some constructive criticisms for the sake of improvement? Can’t yah appreciate ALL these talents & their unique musical perspective?
      Cup of tea? Don’t limit yourself to such constricted view. The world is meant to be diverse & united. Face it, whether you like it or not. Michael Slezak, look at what you’ve done.

    • Var says:

      Season 7 was by far the best. There were the 2 Davids, Brooke White, Jason Castro, Carly Smithson, and Michael Johns. What season matched this depth of talent?

      • Gailer says:

        Totally agree! Season 7 was my favorite. I actually went to see the tour that summer. Embarrassing in hindsight, but I did go. 😄

      • tealeaves says:

        +1 about season 7. David Cook was and is fantastic. He’s one of the best contestants the show has ever had. He had many moments, including Billie Jean, Hello, Always Be My Baby, and Music of the Night. Yet at the same time, he had plenty of competition. I think everyone who made the top 12 had at least 1 really good performance. Most nights, everyone was at least good.

    • Var says:

      Season 7 was the best.: the two Davids, Carly Smithson, Brooke White, Jason Castro, and Michael Johns. What season matched this depth of talent?

    • r says:

      Good points.

  2. This is quickly turning into a boy’s or as some may call it a ‘sausage show.’ Not one male has been in the Bottom 3, let alone had a fear that they were going home. I think Emily had a tough night, I think MK has been a let down, and sure Jena wasn’t outstanding, but there’s no reason that CJ shouldn’t have been at least Bottom 3 yet, or Dexter, Ben or any of the guys. Other than really Caleb, all of the guys haven’t lived up to certain expectations.

    • Name That Tune says:

      Be prepared for 5 straight girls to exit before the first guy goes. And based on last night’s performances, it is the right decision.
      And I wouldn’t call it a sausage issue. It’s about age, maturity, and growing your performance skills.
      Guys: Only Sam is under the age of 20
      Girls: Under the age of 20 – Jena, Emily, Malaya. MK turns 21 in 2014.
      Do you see a trend here?

      • Holly says:

        Very good point. When casting the show, I wish the judges would choose more developed contestants more often. Not that someone of real talent should be turned away just because they are young, but if it comes down to two performers who are equally compelling, the more mature performer is usually much more fun to watch.

        • Name That Tune says:

          I think if you watch enough of these talent shows, you realize that talent and learning how to perform can be done at a younger age, but it’s rare. You have to master a lot of things. And when I look at the ages of the guys they are 23 and 24 years old. Only Majesty and Jessica are close to that. And they are both clearly the best girls on the show this season.

        • Montavilla says:

          It’s always been that way on the show, though. Candice Glover is the oldest female winner, at 23. Jordin was 17, Fantasia was 19, Kelly was 20, and Carrie was 21.
          Until Scotty won, the youngest male winners were 23 (Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze), and the oldest male winner was 29 (Taylor Hicks). Scotty and Philip were the two youngest, at 17 and 21. Both David Cook and Ruben Studdard were 25 when they won.

      • james says:

        BUT Kristen, the oldest girl, was the first one sent packing.

        • Olympic Hell says:

          Kristen was not voted in by the public. She was the judges choice. CJ and Jena were also selected by the judges but Jena is younger than CJ. And CJ has a distinct advantage over Jena – he hail from the South.

    • Owen says:

      But honestly…none of the boys really have given worse performances than the girls. Now, I don’t think Jena should have bee there tonight, But she was sent to the lounge quickly. But let’s face it, the two girls who America has voted out were the correct two we all seem to have wanted gone the most.

      • Mary says:

        I beg to differ, last week CJ and Dexter both were bad. Emily could sing her delivery was bad but if this was truly about singing talent those two guys should be gone first. We all know girls are never given a pass for poor performances but the guys could take a dumb on stage and its okay.

      • MamaLis says:

        I have to agree with you Owen. I think CJ could EASILY have gone home and likely WILL go home soon. But comparing CJ’s overall capacity and (albeit) short body of work with Emily (Last week: eek! This week: Talent competition) and MK (Deer in headlights, Deer in headlights) – this was a decision that had nothing to do with “sausages” and everything to do with #8 and #9.

        • Danny says:

          @Mama- If I remember it fight, CJ was #1 on the voting for the 2nd set of 6. I think he’ll be around for awhile. He’s from a small town in Alabama, which supports it’s contestants. Others are from Alabama too, so I think they’ll all be pretty safe for awhile.

          • MamaLis says:

            Ahh… That could be very, very true Danny. Had not thought of that, indeed.

          • The Beach says:

            But that silly voting survey was misleading. Majesty had just finished singing and was shown as 6 out of 6. Well, of course she was. People hadn’t had a chance to vote yet. I’ll bet when it was all over, CJ was no where near #1, nor should he be. AI is trying to modernize and jump on the social media bandwagon but that is certainly not the way to do it.

          • JMacI thought P2 seemed like he was high last night. says:

            Danny, how do you know what Alabama does? LOL

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Dexter was absolutely horrible last week and Ben sang Folsom Prison like he needed to rush through the song so he could go take a leak. CJ has been totally off key every single week and Sam has a dull voice and zero charisma. Other than Caleb anyone one of the boys could have and probably should have landed in the bottom 3 at least one of the two weeks.

    • danin says:

      Very good point.

    • Danny says:

      I don’t see it as a boy/girl thing. I think for the most part the right ones have been in the bottom 3. MK should go home next week unless she drastically improves. After that I think we’ll have a mix of guys/gals in the bottom.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Hm… I’m not ready to get on this train. It would be easier to buy this argument if *any* of the bottom 3 performed to even half their potential. After last night, I am not really convinced either sex has a shoe-in for the Top 3. I don’t vote by gender. I also don’t care if other people do. I just want people to sing well when it’s their turn… and the bottom 3 just didn’t. I agree that any of the rest could have replaced the bottom 3 based on last night – maybe not Dexter though…

      • Danny says:

        I think you’re right on 2 of the 3, but I thought Jena was decent last night. I’m guessing the vote at anytime is to help those that go first, but I still think going first is the worst spot. I think she was hindered some by that.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Danny. I think the problem is that I know how great Jena can be. Her voice is crazy amazing. I don’t know why she’s singing under her capabilities, but I can’t vote for her based on performances from weeks ago. I want to her to do well. Heck, I want them all to do well, if only to redeem themselves from last night. It would suck to have a national platform and not give at least one amazing performance to feel good about…

          • Thardy says:

            I agree they all have to do better or the show is dead. I also think Harry is in trouble of doing a Nikki M taking all the attention from the contestant. He acts like he is saving the show or giving it integrity. J Lo does not like it that was the look she gave.

          • The Beach says:

            Well, actually, he is giving the show integrity.

    • Jeremiah says:

      I actually thought that Dexter and Ben gave two of the best performances last night – their personal bests so far! And I feel that CJ was, at the very least, better than MK and Emily.

  3. Clement says:

    We’re gonna see a female slaughter, aren’t we?

    • albean99 says:

      I’m worried about that. I thought both Jena and Emily did better than at least 3 of the guys – Ben, CJ, & Alex. I actually thought Ben was the worst of the bunch with MK not too far behind. Jena’s one of my favorites so hope she can get the votes next week.

  4. rowan says:

    I genuinely thought MK would have a stronger fan base, I guess? I thought the right people were in the bottom. Jean kind of seems like a sour puss.

    • MamaLis says:

      I don’t know that I’d go that far… but something about her is not pulling in the votes, in spite of a great voice!

      • Jaszy says:

        She seems stuck-up. I really think that’s what it is that’s turning people off. Jena really has the best voice in the competition, but it doesn’t just take that obviously. She can really sing, but her personality or the way she comes off needs a little work. Prime example of her being stuck-up, a couple of weeks ago, when we had that montage of people saying her name wrong and she kept correcting them, this was when she made it to the top 15 girls. She just had an attitude about her that she might seem as if she’s above everyone. I really want to like her so bad and she is absolutely STUNNING! but her personality needs work….a lot of work.

        Meanwhile, Jessica needs to up everything and then she’ll win. I LUV her!

        • Mary says:

          This is what I meant in my other post. Girls are nick picked to death. I think she is shy but no way do I think she is stuck up. You felt like she had an attitude I felt she was frustrated, I mean my God how many times does one have to keep saying my name is Jena. I am with you on Jessica. My top so far.

      • MarySNJ says:

        I’m not surprised the Jena was in the B3 and I don’t actually think she has a great voice. Or maybe I should say, if she would actually sing in her real voice I think she could have a great voice, but instead she tries to use vocal…tricks (don’t know the technical term) to sound Lorde-ish or something, where she uses an odd accent and swallows her consonants. Go back and listen to her wild card performance and you’ll see what I mean about her accent. I think it comes across as very affected and not authenetic.

        I think it’s because Jena’s thinking so hard about how to use her vocal tricks in her performances, that she goes off-pitch and gets behind the beat when she can’t control the arrangement, because it doesn’t come naturally to her. It’s not so noticable when she sings her own songs because she can control the pace and work her arrangement around her vocal tricks.

        I would really like to hear Jena sing in her own voice. I think she’s probably got a strong theatrical voice, more than a pop voice which is why she’s trying to change it.

  5. Adam Reinaldy says:

    At this point, we can see MK, Malaya, and Jena being eliminated in a row.

  6. Jobless says:

    Emily wasn’t the worst contestant left but her terrible song choice last night doomed her. Pretty indifferent to her departure.

  7. MAB says:

    I thought Phillips was outstanding. Love his new single and it just flew up the iTunes chart.
    I would have rather see MK go home. Though I don’t think Emily did that well last night. When she tries to be sexy is when she really fails. Though she is very attractive she looks like a kid dressing in her mothers clothes singing in front of the mirror.

    • MamaLis says:

      I thought Phil was great too, MAB!

      I loved the little dancy-jiggy-footwork he was doing. It was so damn cute. It was also great to see considering most of the season he was on, he would introvertedly stand and play. He’s a quirky kinda performer, but in a good way. And it’s always great to see former contestants finally come out of their shell. =)

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Hey MAB, I know you are a huge PP fan. During his season I admit I was pulling for Jessica more than PP, but I have to tell you, his song tonight, his band, the arrangement, and the way he delivered it, blew me away. He is fantastic, I loved every minute of his performance tonight and love that new song. My opinion , that may have been the best performance I have ever seen by an ex idol on the show. I wonder how Harry felt after saying this season has the best talent since season 1 and then having PP perform. Oops Harry, might want to reconsider.

      • MAB says:

        I thought the same thing. TBH Phillips was not my favorite till about mid season. I purchased all the studios that year and played them constantly and Phillips was the one I enjoyed the most. One of the reasons why I really like him is also because of who he is as a person. I was impressed that he always stayed true to himself and later I found out he was really sick but he never used it as an excuse to gain pity votes. I admire him a lot and it is an added bonus that I really live his music.

  8. Linderella says:

    I was surprised Emily was in the the bottom three and disappointed she went home. I really thought Malaya or Jena would go home. There’s always next week.

  9. Owen says:

    What do we say about Harry? We love him for talking the truth to the contestants. We love him for justifiably dressin’ down Randy. We love him for his technical prowess and being able to verbalize it so well. Then he says (and I honestly believe he believes this) that this is the best group of contestants in Idol History since Season One. He didn’t say they were potentially the best, he declared them the best. Now, it’s all subjective (I personally don’t think the Season One singers were the best grouping Idol has ever had) but the man seems to be a truth teller. And (mostly) correct about everything else. So maybe his statement gave me hope, that if Harry thinks they’re great…well, maybe they are?

    • Danny says:

      Out of curiosity, how would you rate the seasons? My fav was 11, the worst was 12.

      • Owen says:

        I loved Fantasia and Kelly, but not their collective seasons so much. I’m a big Season Eight Fan. And Season Ten and Eleven bringin’ up the rear of my Top 3.

      • danin says:

        5 is my favorite.Fell in love w/Elliot Yamin’s voice and story. Strong competitir’s too.Plus,I think it was the original “shock boot”. Season 1 was pretty good, 2 was good for the Clay/Reuben showdown.3 had some very very strong women singers. 4 Robot Carrie&Charasmatic Bo. Lakisha/Melinda was refreshing in season 6, 7 we had the Davids. 8 Adam Lambert pumped some energy into the show. Aside from Crystal I don’t remember much about 9..oh how dreadful Lee’s voice wa sounding toward the end. 10 Scotty thanks. 11..i didn’t like PP.I thought he was derivative. 12..had some strong belters and I fell in love w/Amber’sMy Funny Valentine&wanted her to match that andshe just chose or someone chosr crappy songs mostly afterwards.

        • Nick says:

          “Five” was my favorite too. Chris and Elliot were my picks for top two. I enjoyed the other singers during that memorable season, as well. They had great personalities (some of them were real characters), and this made it fun to watch. Kelly and Taylor were entertaining in that regard. Katherine looked beautiful each week, which certainly did not hurt. Even the singers, who were cut before the top ten, were entertaining. The chosen singers represented a wide array of genres and styles. There was something for everybody. Compare that season to this season. Enough said. :-)

      • Name That Tune says:

        Keep in mind there’s a difference between singing and performing. Last year was totally a singing competition – much like Season 6. I like singers, but I also like performers, so I enjoyed last season. Season 10 had some good talent, but if you aren’t a country fan, it was kind of dull. Season 11 was better, but the best singer didn’t win. Season 9 was a mess and Season 8 had some remarkable performers. Season 7 brought us David Cook. I can’t speak about anything before season 6 since I wasn’t watching back then, but I believe the show was oriented more towards singing and less focused on performing. The things I’ve seen on YouTube kind of imply that.

      • Mary says:

        My top season were 1 and 8. Actually I think 8 was my all time favorite. Never really enjoyed any season after that. Harry was blowing smoke up everyone’s A.. to justify why these were the top 13.
        One thing I will say about Him, he has a healthy ego.

      • Nick says:

        I enjoyed most of the seasons, with the fifth one at the top of my list. I was NOT as enthusiastic with a few of them. Strangely enough, my least liked seasons’ numbers were all divisible by three. There were some superb singers (like Candace) during those seasons, though.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        My favorite seasons were 5, 8, and 11. Those were the only ones where, despite some shocking eliminations, I didn’t feel like anybody outstayed their welcome and it was hard for me to predict the winner. I didn’t watch Seasons 1-4, but I hear that 2 and 3 were somewhat low points. I didn’t hate 9 and 12 as much as everyone else; they each had their bothersome features, but the high points (Crystal and Lee’s best performances in 9, the Top 5 women in 12) made up for it.

      • Ryan P says:

        For me, best to worst overall seasons:


    • Danny says:

      Oh, on the Harry thing- I’m not so sure about the honest thing. He praised JLo for her singing of Saturday in the Park. If he was being honest he would have told her to stick to auto tune. I 100% agree on the Since season 1 comment. Add in the compliment to Lopez’ singing and while I think the guy is mostly honest, there’s some BS in the guy too.

      • Owen says:

        He didn’t praise her singing, he complemented that she remembered, found and sang in the exact key the original “Saturday in the Park” was performed in. Which actually is a talent.

        • Danny says:

          @Owen- Oops, my bad then. I didn’t remember it that way. Apparently her memory is better than mine. Though I still doubt her singing is, and I can’t sing.

      • MamaLis says:

        Plus, being “totally honest” with the contestants is a WAY different ballgame than telling your Diva SuperStar co-worker that her singing sucks. I wouldn’t call that BS, I would call that “savvy politics.” ;) He wants to enjoy the season, after all. And if I’m not being cynical, it looks like he genuinely likes her.

      • Eurydice says:

        He didn’t praise her. He said that she sang in the same key as the original song. At the most he was praising her memory, not her voice.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I was with Harry until he said that bit of nonsense that we/he knows is just not true. Right now, half of them are teetering around/have reached a Lazaro-level of dreckitude and the other half have Kree/Candace potential, but are *miles and miles* away from getting there. Last night was rough though. I am willing to forget he said that though, just as I am willing to forget last night actually happened. Weird. Just weird.

      • marie says:

        I agree that it was very strange that Harry said this is the best group since Season One, but I don’t see that any of the current contestants are anywhere near as lousy as Lazaro. In fact, thanks for reminding me of him; he was so awful, it gives me a little hope for these kids in comparison.

    • MAB says:

      I re-watched last nights show and it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. I just came home from babysitting my grand kids for 4 days and I was super tired and did not feel well. Looking at it the second time after all the comments gave me a different perspective.

    • MamaLis says:

      You know what, Owen, we do love him for all those things!
      I mean, he’s so succinctly articulate in communicating his thoughts – I really love that. I really liked his message too: I have a limited amount of time to deliver the most I possibly can to help you grow. (Serious paraphrasing, there.)

      Regarding the “best season ever.” I think we just let it be because it is subjective and perhaps he really believes it. He might see things that we haven’t been privy to. He’s additionally vested in the group and I believe he genuinely cares about them. He’s got a very fatherly quality about him. Perhaps it’s his way of stating immense optimism amid what is also the most pointed “judging” since the shows early days.

      I just loved the Randy shade and that he didn’t let him speak. Oh yaaaa.

      • The Beach says:

        I loved it. You’d think that after last season he would realize how big of a fool he comes off as when he tries to correct or get into a debate with Harry Connick, Jr on anything musical. But that enormous ego of his just won’t let him shut up.

  10. Rex Master says:

    No Austin and Kenzie, and now Kristen and Emily gone. Why are the hot girls always eliminated early. I’m starting to hate this show.

    • Jason says:

      Yean usually the really preety girls get voted out early like Kaitlynn and Lily! No relaly sexy girl will ever win!!

    • The Superficial Man says:

      I am totally in agreement with you ! I always pull for the attractive girls but they do have to be able to sing well. I was disappointed with Kristen going home last week but I understood from a talent standpoint. However I felt Emily showed so much more potential than Kristen last week with the “Glitter ” song by Pink. When she decided to sing a JLo song this week I thought ” ooh , bad song choice ” but I still thought she would be safe based on last week’s great performance. I am guessing here but I have always felt that many more women than man vote, and for some reason it seems many women don’t like voting for other women. I remember my mother telling me years ago that ” women don’t like to see other women do well “. Now I know that is a generalization and obviously is nowhere close to 100 % true but the way the votes fall on this show makes me think.

      Over the past few years I have read many different Idol message boards on various sites and many people will bash a female contestant’s personality or perceived personality ( for example “female contestant A looks like a bitch ) but I RARELY read about someone criticizing a male contestants personality. I am fine with people criticizing either a male of female Idol contestant with regards to how well they sing that night or song choice- but like i said- the guy contestants seem to be immune to criticism when it comes to personality. Dexter , Ben and CJ do nothing for me but their baseball hat -wearing selves will be around for weeks to come. I am astounded that CJ wasn’t in the bottom 3 at least one of these past two weeks .

      Your average male singer on Idol is thought of as a “down to earth” kind of person but I think a lot of viewers don’t think of the lady singers in that same manner

      I wanted Emily to make at least 10th place so she would make the tour- but even that chance is gone now. I also think Kenzie Hall and Austin Wolfe are attractive and could really sing- other favs of mine from year’s past are Brooke White, Siobhan Magnus, Didi Benami , Pia Toscano and Hollie Cavanagh. I know they are much maligned by many but I rooted for them each week even though I knew deep down they had no chance of winning.

      There have been 12 winners on this show and the two most successful by far are both women- Kelly ( 2002 ) and Carrie who won NINE long years ago ( 2005 ) !! You think the producers would try to push a commercial sounding woman to win ( I am another in the Candice Glover/Kree Harrison do nothing for me camp ) but someone like Ben Briley or Dexter has a better chance to win than Majesty or Jessica Meuse- who I both really enjoy a lot. Thanks for listening to my rant everyone !

      p.s.- yes I do have a lot of male Am. Idol singers I have really liked over the years- David Cook, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Michael Johns ( I always thought he was underrated ) etc. I really liked Casey Thrasher from this season – I thought the snippet they showed of him in Hollywood singing the George Jones song “He Stopped Loving her Today” was outstanding !!

      • Name That Tune says:

        The voting demo is Southern adult females over the age of 35. Consider what that means. Idol is in its 13th season – so some of these women were in their early 20’s back in the Kelly Clarkson era. Idol continues to lose viewers and the voting demo is aging. But it doesn’t change the fact that the voters are voting for what they are comfortable with. We went through 5 straight seasons where it was the cutest white guy with blue eyes on the show. But that only accounts for half of the results. These Southern women are voting for what feels comfortable to them. And that is Southerners. Regardless of gender or music style. If you look at the bottom four last night, you have all the answers you need.
        When it comes to commercial success, the most successful Idols have been women – in the following order
        Carrie Underwood
        Kelly Clarkson
        Jennifer Hudson
        Jordan Sparks
        followed by:
        Chris Daughtry
        David Cook
        Adam Lambert.
        Chris is nearly as successful as Jordin, but after that, there is a big drop. I think it is too soon to tell where Candice Glover will end up. But chances are good that she will join the other 4 women over time.
        A quick look at the music industry in general tells you that when a woman succeeds, she really succeeds. Our judging panel has 2 men and one woman. JLo has a net worth 9 times that of Harry and Keith and she is being paid 3.5 times what they are. Mariah has been very public about the fact that she was paid in the same neighborhood as JLo (and has stated she wouldn’t have done Idol for less than 12 million dollars). Over on the Voice, both Xtina and Shikira are paid double what the guys make.
        So yes, guys do better with the female voters, but a guy with a guitar is pretty common in the music industry. There is really nothing special about them.

    • BillyBob says:

      Because most voters are tween & teen girls and cougar moms. That’s why all the WGWG are safe and sound and the girls are dropping like flies. Sam can just stand and fart for 2 minutes and still be in like flynn. LOL!

  11. Khs says:

    I’ve literally been singing “Come on, come on..” and the rest of Raging Fire since the show ended. So good to see goofy Phillip and his goofier dance moves on the Idol stage again! Thrilled MK was spared another week and really hoping she can amaze us next week. Who the heck is voting for CJ?!?

  12. Mary says:

    Adam Levine famous works America Sucks. No way should Jena have been in the bottom three. MK should of been the one gone. Voters demo has not changed what so ever. Really not one guy in the bottom three. Sorry Michael I agree with Randy, Harry was way to harsh last night. It is one thing to critique a performance however to beat it with a mallet is uncalled for. Lets be real there is no way Harry would be there till 5 in the morning helping these kids. I hope Majesty never ends in the bottom three because quite honestly I don’t think she could handle it. We might see a breakdown on stage, if she was that emotional when they critique her what will happen if America doesn’t vote her through. I have a strange feeling we might end up with God forbid Dexter as a winner. I actually liked the irish band more than PP song. Last year will alway be the worst year ever for AI. These guys can sing however they are young and green and I get the feeling Harry and America are looking for perfection which is never what AI was about. Rant over, I am just glad Jessica was safe.

    • MamaLis says:

      Majesty was SO sweet with her little shy hands over her face. She’s something special. I don’t think so, though. I truly believe she’s in it for a LONG time……

      And Dexter…… .I want to believe America gets it right, or at least close to right. IMO that puts Dexter as a consistent “5/6” type of performer.

      And Harry… I think he has a lot of integrity. I think he’s exceptionally smart. These two attributes alone are A-Okay by me!!!!! His explanation tonight re: delivering the most concise, meaningful feedback within the 2 minutes each night he has to do it – made TOTAL sense.

      Think about it, if these contestants were left to the devices of Randy (alone) and Randy’s limited vocabulary (“Go big!” “Sell it!”), God forbid, they’d SINK!!!!

      • Mary says:

        I am not saying Harry doesn’t give good advice but the way he presents it is cruel. I have no problem telling Jessica she was sharp but to keep going at it even after commercial break for me was overkill. Keith gives positives and negatives and if you listen he is knowledgeable in what he says. Look Randy is not my favorite but all you see is snippets you cannot blame him for the contestants bombing on stage. The problem is these contestants are young and they are thrust into the spotlight. They have people behind the stage, not just Randy throwing things at them and then the judges comments, half of them probably don’t know which end is up.

    • mshepnj says:

      PP has really grown on me since his season. He seems much more engaged doing his own thing than he did in the middle weeks during his Idol journey and he’s grown a lot as a performer. Well, of course he would have to. Good to see his success and I like his music. I also really like Kodaline.

      I don’t always agree with Harry’s critiques at a personal level (I agree that passion can overcome imperfection) but I do think he’s sincerely trying to be helpful. Unlike Simon who was all about packaging and promotion, Harry is all about the music. That’s the difference, and his critiques are useful to those who want to listen. “Harsh” or not, I think he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to the AI judging panel.

      I agree that Dexter probably went from fodder to front runner in one week. Alabama takes voiting for American Idol as seriously as they take their college football rivalries and boasts two Idol winners and two runners up. Dexter seems like a genuinely nice guy but I think he’s completely generic and he needs to enunciate. If he outlasts my favorites, I think I’ll call it quits.

  13. Owen says:

    Do you think the absence of “theme nights” is hurting the kids? I know a lot of people hate them, but maybe they were there for a reason. And I mean real theme nights. Basically these last two weeks it’s been “Sing What You Want”. But having the contestants do Country or Disco or Broadway, it forces them into a situation where they can’t hide behind their individual styles and performance tics. Where they might show us (and themselves) a different side. Forcing them to rearrange a song they would never have thought to sing and sprinkle it with their own flavor, filter it through their own technique?

    • Danny says:

      No. Generally I think they do better when they can sing what they want. Someone had a comment yesterday that I hadn’t thought about, but agree with. The comment was that they’re talking to Ryan right before they go on stage. They need to be given a few minutes to think about their performance.

      Plus, last night was just one bad night. It just happened to come early in the season. Even Season 11, which I thought was the best of them all, had some bad nights.

    • karen says:

      Agree 100 percent. Some of these contestants, like Jessica and Ben, are recycling their set lists from their bar gigs.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Owen. Now, that’s an interesting theory. I do wonder. Maybe pushing them a bit out of their comfort zone wouldn’t hurt. It’s hard to know. I am hoping last night was an anomaly.

    • Nick says:

      I couldn’t agree more with you, Owen. The past two weeks’ “themes” were way too general. I enjoyed real theme nights, like Beatles songs and Rolling Stones songs, in past seasons. It was interesting to see how the contestants would interpret the songs. Perhaps next week’s tribute to songs from movies will be more enjoyable. So far, most of the performers have been comparatively lackluster. Something definitely is missing, and I think that better theme nights might serve as a way to add some lost spice to the performances. That’s assuming that regular production and technical fiascoes aren’t to blame. I read that there were some sound issues, and I often thought that the staff should “jazz up” the numbers to make them more entertaining to viewers.

      • Jason says:

        No the problem is Randy!! He doesn’t know how to produce the kids! When Jimmy was doing it! He pushed them to do different songs! Remember Jimmy Iovine produced some of the best albums of all time. He knows how to get the best out of Talent. Randy isn’t doing anything and Harry called him out on it!!

      • Woodmeister says:

        Anyone remember Superstar where they tried to find a singer for a band (INXS one year and some unnamed “super group” the next)? I remember that on that show, on at least a couple of occasions, the contestants were given a list of songs equal to the number of singers.. 9 people, 9 songs..etc. and the contestants had to fight for the song they wanted. I wonder if that might work for an episode of Idol. The songs could be picked by the judges. Just a thought.

    • marie says:

      Not many in Idol history have really been able to take a song from a given genre and transform it into something totally different a la Adam’s jaw-dropping Ring of Fire. Not to mention that most likely the majority of these kids may have singing talent but not necessarily a knack for arranging – a completely different skill – or the musical imagination to be able to think up an innovative way to present a given song. While I think those are desirable and valuable talents for a musician to possess, strictly speaking, this is a signing competition, and so all these kids really need to do is sing well; anything else is welcome gravy.
      And I for one never liked forcing contestants to sing material they would never consider actually performing for a hypothetical audience. What’s the point? As I said, not everyone has the ability to say, Well, I’ll never sing country music, so let me take Ring of Fire and sing it like a rock song. Why take someone “out of their comfort zone” just for its own sake? To me that serves no useful purpose and just makes for a lot of possible “deer in the headlights” moments.

      • marie says:

        Forgot to add, next week’s “Songs from the Movies” theme is kind of a brilliant choice, in that it seems to provide a more structured theme than those of the past two weeks, while really, you can find movie songs in just about any genre, so it really comes down to another very accommodating and open guideline where the contestants can find a song that suits them. Plus so far it looks like the producers are willing to pay royalties on more than just the limited song lists of past seasons, so I’m sure the singers will be able to find songs they like.
        What remains is for them to sing them well.

        • The Beach says:

          Well, I guess that means one more endless rendition of “Take a Look at Me Now” :0

          • Mark says:

            This will be the first real test of Randy’s promise to dissuade contestants from doing overdone songs. I’m betting he fails.

    • Mark says:

      No. No. No. The tired, recycled, constricting themes were one of the worst aspects of the show over the last five seasons. We really don’t need to hear them singing songs from artists and composers who last hit the charts fifty years ago. We’ve heard those songs already. Is there really an undiscovered 90 second arrangement of “Heard It Through The Grapevine” that we need to hear? Does anyone really want to hear Dexter sing disco? And if he’s just going to do a country arrangement of a disco song, then let him sing a country song that was written for his voice. Have we already forgotten the “Eight Days A Week” fiasco? Is that what you want to hear? Sure, a Candice Glover or David Cook can sometimes rearrange a song and give us something we never heard before, but those performances are rare on this show. Trying to force singers who can barely sing in front of a live audience to create something brilliant out of AI retreads is not good programming. If any of these kids have that kind of talent, it will reveal itself. But trying to force it is a mistake. It makes much more sense for them to sing songs that they are connected to and which reveal where they are going as an artist. Keep the themes general, current, and engaging. Eventually, the cream will rise.

    • syb says:

      Yes, I think the lack of real themes is why they’re so boring this season, and almost everything sounds so karaoke. I’d rather have some trainwrecks than sleepy retreads arranged like the original artist, which is what most of them can’t help but do when picking their personal favorite songs by their favorite artists. The problem with the themes in recent years wasn’t the concept of theme, it was the very limited song lists, the failure to make sure the themes encompassed either songs or styles that were contemporary, and the short amount of time the contestants had to prepare each week. Had those issues been fixed, I doubt so many would complain about themes. As I remember it, the best performances in Idol history have come out of theme nights, as well as some of the worst but most memorable crashes and burns. That’s what gives the show energy. I remember very few outstanding performances from “free choice” nights. And this season is the poster child for that problem.

  14. Ryan says:

    I really liked Emily overall, but I wasn’t shocked to see her go, or to see the save not used. The funniest moment was easily when the judges were discussing the save, and J-Lo blurted “It isn’t unanimous,” followed by Harry trying to create tension and anticipation with the result announcement, even though J-Lo had already said it wasn’t unanimous and revealing inadvertently that the save wasn’t going to be used. Anyway.
    Phillip Phillips was awesome, and as much flak as recent Idol seasons have gotten, he was a reminder that Season 11 was actually pretty awesome, especially when it got less predictable from Top 7 on.

    • Mary says:

      How was it less predictable everyone knew PP was going to win since his audition.

      • Ryan says:

        The Top 7 were all extremely talented, and even though it was still in the midst of the WGWG trend, any of the 7 could have won on popularity. The others in the top group were clearly never going to win, but everyone in the Top 7 were very talented and popular.

    • ben says:

      For me, PP just reminded me of why I really didn’t enjoy him and finally solved for me the mystery of why I like Alex but not PP (which I couldn’t resolve previously).

  15. LeahKittyS says:

    And now, a continuation of “American Idols and the Treasure of the Twelve Kingdoms”

    (Scene: the island of Solumager. The twelve remaining adventures continue through the jungle. It is pouring rain.)
    Malaya: The least somebody could’ve done was brought an umbrella.
    Ben: Oh, relax. A little rain’s not gonna kill you.
    Alex: But we can’t take the map out or it’ll be ruined. How will we know what to look for to find the next kingdom?
    Dexter: A white lion.
    CJ: How do you know?
    Dexter: Because I’m looking right at it.
    (The gang turns and looks where Dexter is facing. A carving of a lion outlined in white stands just off the road.)
    Majesty: Well, I guess this is where we get off, then. Nice work, Dexter.
    (They pass through the thick shrubbery surrounding the gate and enter the kingdom. The rain stops, and a little sun peaks through the clouds. The buildings and even the streets of the kingdom sparkle and shine. The adventurers are amazed.)
    Jena: (reading the plaque on the beacon tower) “Here stands the beacon of the kingdom of Rabiana, domain of King Phillip and his charge, the High Lady Jessica.” What does “charge” mean?
    M.K.: She was just a teenager when they took the throne, too young to be his queen, so he looked after her. She was his charge, and he was her keeper.
    Sam: Well, now that it’s stopped raining, I think it’s safe to take the map out.
    Jessica: (Pulls out the map and reads) It says “The king left his treasure where he would remember what gives Rabiana its shining splendor.”
    Emily: Okay, besides the excess rhyming, I can’t make heads or tails of that.
    Jessica: Think back to the legends. Why are we being blinded all of a sudden? The buildings are shiny because the roofs have all been painted over with…
    Malaya: (Realizing) Platinum! King Phillip left his treasure in the platinum mine!
    Jessica: Exactly. And according to the map, it’s right over…that way.
    (Everybody runs in the direction of the platinum mine. They stay close together as the descend underground.)
    Alex: Man, King Phillip was one smart guy. Nobody would want to come down here.
    Caleb: (Slips) Whoa! (Goes sliding down the rest of the tunnel steps and lands with a thud at the bottom)
    Dexter: You okay?
    Caleb: Yeah, I’m fine.
    Ben: You’re gonna break your neck one of these days!
    Caleb: Maybe, but right now it’s pure platinum in my eyes that’s gonna get me!
    (The others run down to join him. The walls are covered in platinum, illuminated by a single lantern on one wall.)
    M.K.: Whoa. Imagine what you could get for all this…
    Jena: Focus. We gotta find the treasure before… (A clump of dirt flies in her face. She coughs and turns to see Majesty digging underneath the lantern.) What are you doing?
    Majesty: (continues to dig) King Phillip made such a stupid mistake that it’s genius. He hid the treasure in the last place anyone would look. (Stops digging and sets aside the shovel) The obvious spot.
    (She reaches into the hole and pulls out a large book. The others gather around her as she opens it to reveal a large collection of pressed plants, leaves and flowers.)
    CJ: Well Majesty, I guess you’re not the only one who likes to collect flowers.
    Alex: Oh, yeah, I remember now! When they first brought medicines to the Twelve Kingdoms, Phillip didn’t trust them. He wasn’t sure what else was in them.
    Sam: So he kept making his own remedies using the plants that grew around here.
    Majesty: See? I told you they would be useful.
    Ben: Well, that’s two treasures down, ten to go.
    (Suddenly there come the sounds of scuffle from above.)
    Emily: Uh oh, sounds like trouble!
    (They all go back up and peer out of the mine. Sure enough, Black-beard and his crew are searching the place high and low for the treasure.)
    Caleb: What is it about that beacon tower they just don’t like?
    Dexter: I don’t care, as long as we can keep safe inside it.
    Jena: But I don’t want to stay behind! This is so much fun!
    M.K.: Me, either. Those guys scare me like nothing else.
    Emily: Guys, we don’t have time to debate this. I’ll stay behind.
    Alex: Aw, man, really? First we leave the nurse behind, now we gotta leave the cook, too?
    Majesty: We’ll manage. Let’s just go before they see us!
    (They flee the palace and sneak over to the beacon tower, careful to avoid detection by the pirates. They see Emily to the top of the tower, leave her with some of the food and fuel, and lock the door as they leave. takes out the map.)
    Sam: (As they all run) So where to next?
    Caleb: Right side of the palace, then another right from there!

    • Jesús says:

      What the . . . ?

      • LeahKittyS says:

        This is my comment section story. It’s a tradition around here. Started last year, got good reception, decided to give it another go. Feel free to scroll past if you don’t like it.

        • Jesús says:

          On only the American Idol articles? Just curious.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Yes, only on American Idol results night. I could never be interested enough in The Voice to write a story about it. Don’t watch it, don’t plan to.

        • Tessa says:

          “By the way, if anybody clicks on these links and likes what they read, please comment on Deviant Art and not here. I don’t need the complainers accusing me of taking up too much space again!
          Comment by LeahKittyS – March 5, 2014 08:11 PM PST”

          LOL sounds like they’re an absolute hit. Fan fiction clearly belongs on a results recap.

        • dax cadez says:

          I have a close friend who is a psychotherapist who welcomes all people into her life since she knows that we can all learn from each other, however there is one particular type of person that she avidly avoids at all costs……………a control freak!

      • Danny says:

        @Jesus- It’s a nice lil add on to the blog. I think most of us enjoy it. If someone doesn’t, no problem. I just hope they don’t get snarky over it.

        • dax cadez says:

          “@danny, “most of us enjoy it”………that type of conclusion tells a reader all that they might surmise about you…………….in my opinion, when you patronize someone it could be interrupted as condescension and therefore an insult.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Whoa. Really? It was a polite remark. As Freud once said, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

          • Danny says:

            @Dax- No, I was hoping by my post that the people who enjoyed the story could read it and the people who didn’t wouldn’t turn it into a bickering fest. It looks like I didn’t succeed.

    • MAB says:

      Love how you are incorporating past winners into the story. Phillips treasure is platinum for his platinum hits.

  16. :( says:

    season 9 all over again, all four of my favorites gone. (kenzie, austin, kristen, emily) have a feeling majesty and jessica will be the last 2 girls, and mk will be in the bottom 3 every week until she leaves.

  17. J says:

    Phillip Phillips FTW! Wow what a performance! Got the crowd in to the song and the judges. And I was singing along at home.

    I hope the contestants on the side were inspired to see what they can do on stage.

  18. kelly says:

    Loved Phillip Phillips performance

  19. MamaLis says:

    Okay, so did ANYONE notice the JLo “if looks could kill” moment when they finally let Randy cut-in and he was rambling about the indigestion or some nonsense and they quick-cut to JLo and she was SERIOUSLY giving him some Evil Eye!!! It was AWEsome!

    I haven’t seen that look since Kelli Pickler was on and the two had some MAJOR drama going on between them! HA!

    • tealeaves says:

      Yeah, I caught that. I thought it was a reaction to all the focus on Harry. I remember the Kellie Pickler night, too. Similar.

      • Danny says:

        @ Tea- yea, fill us in on Kelly. Was it Kelly vs Randy? Kelly vs JLo (don’t recall them being on the show together). I didn’t catch the “if looks could kill” from JLo part to begin with. So if ya would, fill me in please. Thanks.

        • Danny says:

          oops- just re-read Mama’s post. I see where to find it- indigestion comment from Randy. I recall that, but didn’t see the evil eye. I’m still clueless as to what went on w/ Kelly and who else it involved.

    • Nick says:

      Randy Jackson and Kelly Pickler? I must have forgotten that one. Did they argue about something?

      • tealeaves says:

        I knew exactly what she was talking about. When Kellie Pickler performed on the show a couple years ago, the whole discussion with her after the performance seemed strained between her and JLo. I would add there was an odd banter between JLo and Nikki Minaj, too, a couple years ago after Nikki performed and Nikki suggested maybe she could take over JLo’s judge’s seat the next year. If JLo were a guy, like Simon or Harry, I think we would see regular comments about what a huge ego she has.

  20. Tee says:

    Was not sorry to see Emily go home. In fact, I’m singing Ooh la la. Her crack to Jessica at the group meal was pretty passive/aggressive mean girl. *Jessica, they said you sang sharp for the entire song*. Like Jessica needed to hear it again. I love karma when it works the way I think it should. Of all of the girls, I was surprised she was voted into the top 13 to begin with.

  21. NedPepper says:

    Next week needs to be a knockout or it may be time to a fork in this season. Last night was dreadful.

  22. Kamiolet says:

    Anyone notice that the sound was so bad tonight? At least two times when JLo and Randy started talking you couldn’t hear them. I don’t believe the audio engineers this season will be taking home an Emmy! Poor singers don’t stand a chance to get a decent sounding performance!

  23. Name That Tune says:

    Lest we forget – American Idol is the show that loves the South. In 12 previous seasons, 11 winners have hailed from Southern states. No one from the Northeast has ever one and only one winner came from a Western state.
    The first 2 that exited this season were from Florida. While Florida is in the South, many of its residents come from Northern states. .
    Based on tonight’s bottom 3, one is from California, and one is from Michigan. Malaya is also from Michigan.
    Our top 8 performers are from the South. A Southerner will win again.

    • Nick says:

      Maybe it’s more like the South loves “American Idol”. Lee was one of the exceptions to the regional rule. Crystal SHOULD have been the “yankee” to break the Dixie trend, though. YMMV

    • jaded says:

      Like I’ve said in other comments, all the people from the North or Midwest or West might as well just quit right now. The South always wins.

    • Amie says:

      Lee DeWyze was from Chicagoland and Jordin Sparks was from Arizona. Even if we think Missouri is considered the South (which is dicey — it wasn’t part of the Confederacy and is not included in the “Southern United States” by the US Census now), that’s still two winners not from the South. And I’m not buying that David Cook had some Southern states advantage from Kansas City. That just doesn’t work.

      I understand that 9 out of 12 is still a lot, and there definitely seems to be some kind of advantage for Southern contestants. But it’s NOT as overwhelming as 11 out of 12 so let’s not pretend that it is.

      • Name This Tune says:

        If you do a little research, you will learn that the voting demo for Idol is adult females from the South. It is no coincidence that the winners are from Southern states. And 3 of the lowest vote getters last night are from California and Michigan. Throw in Alex, who is from a Northern state and Sam who lives in Florida but is from Michigan and you have a good idea who will be left standing when we get to the top 6.

        • Amie says:

          I was correcting the “11 out of 12 winners are from the South” thing, not talking about last night. It’s not true that 11 of 12 winners are from the south. It is true that 9 of 12 winners are from the south.

          If I were talking about last night, I would point out that the person who went home is from Florida, which WAS part of the Confederacy and IS part of the US South as defined by the census.

          • Name That Tune says:

            David Cook is lumped in with the Southerners because many parts of Missouri are considered to be south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and share the culture with their nearby southern states like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. If he were from St. Louis, the argument could be made that he is Midwestern. But Missouri has a strong Southern heritage, including being one of the slave states.
            So the number is not 9 out of 12. But we should be able to agree on 10 out of 12. This year will make it 11 out of 13. That is not a coincidence.

  24. Luke says:

    Phil Phillips was the story tonight. In my opinion, that was the best performance of any returning Idol, winner or not! And I got to see my favorite contestant, Haley, In person, when she returned to the Idol stage, so this is saying a lot for me. That made me want to buy Phillip’s album!

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Buy it, Luke. You will not be disappointed. I have the Target deluxe edition with bonus tracks, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played it through.

    • bob says:

      free isn’t really that good of a song in the first place if she has sung any other song her return would have been 100% better

      • marie says:

        I agree. “Free” is not a good song. Unfortunately, her album was filled with mediocre songs. She did a couple of post-Idol duets with Casey Abrams – a recording of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and a song on Casey’s own delightful album – which showcased her exceptional talent to much greater effect than the dreck she unwisely agreed (chose?) to sing on her debut album. A shame and a waste.

        • Emma says:

          I disagree with this vehemently. Haley Reinhart’s debut album “Listen Up!” is chalk full of high quality, unique, wonderful songs. I really don’t appreciate you stating that it’s filled with mediocre songs as if that’s a fact. It’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it but to state it like it’s a fact is really annoying. I love every single song on Listen Up!, they are all kinds of retro soul awesomeness. Anyways, beating a dead horse with you so I’ll just say again, different strokes for different folks.

          • Listen Up! is a fantastic album says:

            Actually I have to wonder if marie even listened to Haley’s album at all. To describe it as mediocre is dumbfounding. Absolutely dumbfounding.

          • Joan says:

            I love Haley’s album too, marie calling it dreck is offensive. I don’t particularly care for Casey’s record but you won’t see me in here or anywhere else calling it dreck. smh

          • marie says:

            Come on, anything anyone says here is de facto that person’s opinion! I don’t think it’s necessary to specify that with each post to make sure readers don’t think the person posting believes she or he is stating indisputable “facts.”
            Different strokes indeed, as they say. In fact I have listened to the whole album through – once. I’ve tried several times to listen through again, but never could get very far into it a second time. One person’s “offensive” is another’s “meh,” and I stand by what I say – for me, it’s unfortunately an extremely disappointing album full of mediocre and forgettable songs from a fabulously talented singer whom I wish had had the opportunity of singing better songs for her debut album. You want to take offense at that?

          • Emma says:

            The songs on Listen Up are brilliant IMHO! But hey, if it makes you feel good to call an exemplary piece of art mediocre dreck, then clearly there’s nothing I can do to stop you. I love Listen Up and I still enjoy it as much today as the first time I heard it. I wasn’t the least bit disappointed in what Haley created, in fact I had high expectations and they were exceeded. And yes, I take offense to you giving people a false impression of Haley’s album. But hey, that’s obviously the kind of person you are so carry on, I’m done.

          • Francine says:

            I’m sorry, but what kind of person are YOU, that you cant let someone give a different opinion? Marie is giving her opinion and she’s allowed to. You might not like it but there is no reason to be so rude. Plus I might mention that you called her out for making her opinion seem like fact, while you turn around and do the same. My goodness, not everyone likes the same things or the same music. I really enjoy Haley but wasnt crazy about her album. So what? Life goes on. Enjoy what you enjoy and let others do the same.

          • Gerry says:

            I didn’t think Emma was being rude. Calling something mediocre dreck just because you didn’t care for it, now that’s rude!!! But it’s whatever, some people are just like that. l do echo your sentiment “enjoy what you enjoy and let others do the same”.

        • tealeaves says:

          I really like Haley’s album! I was not sure what to expect from her and I was very happy with it. I’ve always wondered if they did anything to market it to non-Idol consumers who might like that style.

  25. tealeaves says:

    Jena should not have sung first this week. She was a wild card pick just 2 weeks ago. She is far from the worst contestant. In fact I think she is one of the best singers this year. Yet she was vulnerable in terms of a voting base and they put her first out of 12! I think it would have been terrible if she went home this week. Hopefully they will try to protect her next week and put her in the last half of the show.

    • Jason says:

      Doesn’t matter where you sing now because the voting starts immediately. You don’t have to wait until end of show! I never really got the whole “death slot” thing anyway.

      I think it would be interesting though if the performers had to perform in the order of votes gotten with the most votes going last. That would add a bit of excitement to the performance show as you would find out who’s in lead at end. Kind of like the old music countdown shows on mtv. You always wanted to stick around to find out wh’s number one!

      • marie says:

        Good point. Hadn’t thought of that, but yes, the ability to vote immediately for a performance you enjoy would to some degree cancel out the inequity of having to sing early in the show.

    • darcy the slutty twin says:

      Maybe they caught on to her pretentious, affected singing style. Or if voters are like me, they got turned off by being told how to pronounce her name when the fact of the matter is her parents can’t spell.

      • Mike Hollingworth says:

        my,my,my……………….you make me smile big time……………then I get warm all over!

      • marie says:

        DST, yes, I agree; her singing is very affected and you could say pretentious. A turn off for me too. (Don’t even get me started on how she spells her name, LOL.)

      • Mary says:

        You cannot blame Jena because producers and voters has a memory deficiency on how to pronounce it. Some of us remember the first time she said it. Many won’t like her singing style but I actually do.

      • Mike Hollingworth says:

        sluuuuuuuuu, You know that I frequently need your help big time, even on my good days. So, in reference to your thoughts above regarding the Jena/Gina soap opera and her parents spelling choices, when I am writing my next column on Women’s Health and if I was taking spelling advise from Jena/Gina’s parents, would I then spell it…..vajena! Anxiously awaiting your declaration.

    • Name That Tune says:

      I think she is #3 among the girls but she has made some odd song choices that don’t suit her. I thought her performance on Wednesday was not that good.

      She is fighting an uphill battle. She wasn’t voted into the top10 to begin with. She is 17 and I think she would have benefitted from 2 or 3 more years of honing her skills. Because she is not ready for this level of performing.

  26. Cheryl says:

    Seriously, Slezak, you can’t even be bothered to include the Irish band’s name – Kodaline? Some people find that beautiful, not bland. It’s fine if you don’t like it, but they’re damn good, even if it’s not your cup of tea. I mean, I can’t stand the sound of Candace Glover, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize that she does amazing things with her voice. I just don’t happen to like it. I’m just tired of people acting like you’re only a good singer if you do 5,000 runs and practically screech the song out. Beautiful music will win for me over power vocals any day.

    • Alice says:

      That was not beautiful music. That song is. But that performance, good lord. I was cringing the whole time and I’m a fan of theirs

  27. Jason says:

    Yes, I think the problem really is Randy Jackson! His advice to the contestants has not been good. How anyone could have let poor Emily do a Jennifer Lopez song and not put a stop to that is criminal!! Jimmy Iovine would have put the Kaibosh on that ASAP. I miss Jimmy :(

    • BillyBob says:

      Exactly! ‘Let’s Get Loud?’ Might as well sing ‘Gangnam Style’ LOL! What a joke that Randy the clown Jackson is.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Sometimes I imagine Heejun coming back as a guest and singing “Gangnam Style,” and the other Season 11 tour people do the dance with him, sort of recreating the music video on stage.

  28. Jim Dorsey says:

    They’d better do something quickly to turn this season around. This train is on a fast track to nowhere. “I coulda been a contemdah!” Yeah, but you’re not. This is flat-out embarassing..

  29. Grandma Jane says:

    Who do you think the judges would save if they had to? I think definitely Majesty, and Jessica and Caleb. Probably Dexter and Alex too.
    You know Lee Dwyze was off key a lot, but his Hallelujah on top three night was one of my all time favorites. He was just inconsistant.

    • Jason says:

      AT this point MAjesty, Caleb and Jessica should definitely be the final three. Nobody else has come close to exciting and good singing at the same time. Possibly a country boy could or one of the two folk boys could sneak in but they really haven’t shown any evidence that they could win the whole thing

  30. Julie Ellsworth says:

    It should have been CJ.

  31. Debbie M. says:

    I cannot understand how the voting can start before the contestants even sing. Doesn’t that make it a popularity contest instead of a singing competition?

    • LeahKittyS says:

      What, you mean like it’s been for the past twelve years? Even if the right person wins in the end, there are always shocking eliminations for that very reason.

      • Debbie M. says:

        It wasn’t so glaringly obvious before. Opening the voting at the start of the show is just ridiculous.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Fair enough. Personally I don’t care when the voting starts; I just wait until the end to decide who I really like.

        • The Beach says:

          I’m with Debbie on this one. And showing a tally of votes half way through the show was absurd and unfair to other contestants. Please don’t ever do that again.

    • S. says:

      Well you can’t do unlimited voting now unless you have access to more than just your own phone. If you use up your votes or submit your votes and leave someone off you later decide is great, well that’s your fault. Nothing wrong with starting early now. Diehard fans of certain people are gonna vote for those contestants either way. People who watch the entire show before they decide are still gonna do that.

  32. darcy the slutty twin says:

    The seasons that Michael mentioned – 7, 8, 10 and 11 – were my favorites. There were tons of talent, variety and entertainment in those seasons. Season 8 had to be among the most talent-stacked, with people like Mishavonna, Jesse Langseth and several others not even making it past the semis. 9 was a bit boring, although Crystal Bowersox was fantastic. Last year was the worst in recent memory. None of the contestants were compelling enough for me to watch.

  33. Jane Doe says:

    Forget Kodaline as a CW staple, the amazing song “All I Want” is already going down in history as a great Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack piece from the beginning of season 9 last year. I’m glad they are getting some recognition on the Idol stage, but Randy is not in any way “making” them!

  34. Timmah says:

    I’m so grateful for this recap so I don’t have to sit through this crap. When do they start doing half-hour results shows?

  35. L.B. says:

    Don’t know if this is old news or if I’m the only one: Emily looks like Amanda Peet to me. Wish her well.

  36. Carl says:

    Methinks Harry doth protest too much.

  37. Tahoe Mike says:

    I didn’t like Emily’s song choice, and didn’t think that she did it particularly well. It was a JLo song, and basically a dance song; there is not much in that song to show off a real singers chops, and nothing to connect to emotionally. Someone, perhaps a mentor, should’ve told her. I don’t think she was going to win this season, so I’m ok with her going.
    That said, I think that Malaya should’ve been the one to go. I just haven’t heard her do anything that I liked yet. She’s 16, I’m not going to bash her, I just think she is in over her head.
    I didn’t really see Harry’s comments as being directed at Randy but if they were, I love it.

  38. Terry says:

    Did Harry really say that this season is the most talented since the first one? I’m dumbfounded. Ridiculous! Say goodbye to your credibility dude.

    • Faye says:

      yes, I don’t think he is being objective, Instead, he’s caught up in being invested in the group he had a hand in selecting.

  39. Faye says:

    I am still hopeful for this bunch. Some showed a lot of potential early on. There are some who I like more than others but no one has really broken out of the pack as a major contender yet. No one has had a true breakout moment. .Of course, that’s just my opinion.

    But on a positive note, Phillip’s performance tonight gave me a “wow” moment. So this week wasn’t a total loss.

  40. Country J. says:

    The 5 types of voters that make the big picture: …1. Southern voters that vote for their Southern contestants… 2. Other states that have a contestant in the picture that do rally behind their contestant, but not usually as strongly as the southern states………..3. ..girls and ladies who vote mostly for guys ((70% of the actual voting block?)) …. 4.. Genre voters that prefer hard rock, or country, or easy listening, etc. ….5…..those who prefer to critique and vote for the technical aspect of singing;, range, vibrato, exact pitch, etc. ………..

    …. but there’s still a run-off of “anti-judge’s comments” voters doing a backlash, ……or identity voters who feel ‘ol Joe would fit right in at my Saturday night party.;or this girl is a lot like my daughter or classmates, piano lessons and a good girl ……… .

  41. Simon says:

    I’m starting to see some weird parallels with Season 10. 13th place for the pretty but forgettable wild card pick, 12th place for the pageanty Latina… both from all-female bottom threes. If Alex Preston gets the save next week, then it would start to look REALLY weird. I see him as a Casey Abrams-type contestant, no?

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Oh God, I hope that won’t happen. Because that means, we’d lose one of the top girls afterwards.

      • Simon says:

        To be fair, there’s no clear front runner this year the way Pia was. But it is a definite possibility that a bunch of girls are gonna be eliminated in a row. I really hope we don’t end up with only 2 girls in the top 8 again. If that did happen, it would probably be Majesty and Jessica.

        • tealeaves says:

          I don’t think you understand the definition of front runner. Pia went home 9th.

          • Simon says:

            Obviously she didn’t make it very far. But before she went home, she was perceived as the front-runner because her voice was in a different league from everyone else’s. Otherwise the elimination wouldn’t have been a shock.

          • tealeaves says:

            Nigel said when she was eliminated that it was not that shocking. He said she was never particularly high in the votes. I think the front runners are contestants that are near the top of the votes. Perceived front runners would be contestants where TPTB are pushing them and make it sound like they are crushing the competition even though they are not. I don’t think Pia fits either of those categories. At the time she left, the judges also loved Scotty, Lauren, James, Stephano, and Paul every week.

          • Simon says:

            The point I’m trying to make is that in terms of pure vocal power and ability, Pia was way beyond everyone else, and the only reason she got eliminated was that everyone just assumed she would be safe. That’s also probably the reason she was never very high in the votes. There isn’t anyone this year like that. People are all just voting for their favorites, because everybody seems somewhat vulnerable.

    • Trouty Mouth says:

      I’m seeing a lot of similarities to season 9. Alex is giving me shades of Lee Dewyze, but Alex isn’t Nickelback 2.0 and therefore much more pleasant to listen to.

  42. Adam Fachry says:

    In a season where everything started off with a good, fresh start and promised a bright future for Idol, I find it ironic that the main aspect it went downhill is the contestants. Maybe we shouldn’t have jinxed it in the first place.

  43. darcy's evil twin says:

    I”m a bit surprised Emily went home. I would have bet on Malaya or CJ, but oh well.

  44. Country J. says:

    If it were monopoly; With Emily gone, Sam now owns Florida. Majesty shares North Carolina with Caleb; a very powerful voting state. ……….Jena & Maylaya share Michigan …………Alex Preston has New Hampshire, but not a powerhouse voting area, needing support from the west and pockets of other places that like his voice and delivery style, ……….MK has California – San Francisco, which has not been able to keep her out of bottom 3 twice…………….Ben has claimed Tenn…… while Jessica, Dexter and CJ are all vying for control of Alabama.

    • Jaszy says:

      I’m from Tennessee and I have never voted for Ben and will never vote for him. He doesn’t do it for me at all. Actually, none of the boys do. I don’t particularly fancy country music, with some exceptions (Dixie Chicks, Lori McKenna, Jana Kramer), so those country boys I want to go home. Caleb’s the only boy that I can stand. I’m really rooting for Jessica. Love her. If she were to go home and Jena was still left, then I would vote for Jena. After that, there really is no one else there that I like enough to vote for.

      • Country J. says:

        Ben doesn’t appeal to me either as a singer, probably a great guy, but I would not pay a door fee to hear him sing a set of music.

  45. Scott Adams says:

    Emily looked as good as ever during the results show, however she could not sing in any recognizable key. If anyone tuned in for the first time on Wed to check out AI they would probably think it was the worst show ever on tv. Majesty who is extremely talented and should win picked a snoozer and butchered the end. She is still the best this year. Austin Wolfe and Kenzie should have been chosen for Americas vote. Austin would have come in at #1 or #2.

  46. Chester says:

    The past theme weeks are great to separate good from great singers, looks like this year they wanted an artist/musician/songwriter type to win, that’s why the themes are more flexible to their styles, but the judges criticize how they kept doing the same thing and not singing perfectly! This is season 9 all over again, choosing so so singers and getting mad at them for not singing well, I kinda felt bad for the contestants, they all look confused last night

  47. Country J. says:

    most likely Malaya, Jena and MK will be competing against each other in order to keep a foothold next week.

  48. patsywatsy says:

    Really disappointed with this season and finding myself getting bored during the show which never happens! None of the contestants are connecting, they all seem to be overthinking their performances which comes across as contrived and insincere. Dead behind the eyes springs to mind (especially Alex, talented but switched off). Can’t see how this season can get any better as no power house vocalists to provide the big moments. Such a pity!

  49. marie says:

    LOVED Phil Phillips’s song; immediately picked up my phone and bought it. Now THERE’S a singer whose grasp on pitch is not exactly secure and yet it doesn’t matter a bit. Terrific performance. Kodaline didn’t do it for me. I was a little amazed to hear JLo sing the Chicago song perfectly in its original key, but after a moment, I came to my senses and said to my wife, “They probably Auto-Tuned that.”
    (Cheap joke; probably childish but I couldn’t resist repeating it here. Actually, not everyone can do that, and Harry was right to commend her on that, and so far, her judging this year is much better than in the past .)
    Speaking of Harry, I’m getting the impression that Keith just gets more passionately into music in the moment – watch him grooving on any number of performances during the show – while Harry listens more dispassionately; there’s a place for both at the judges’ table.
    Love the streamlined results shows; don’t miss such fluff as the silly Ford commercials with the contestants at all (this way they don’t have to take time out from practicing to shill for the sponsors).

  50. metintodd says:

    Sorry, don’t agree on Jessica Meuse. She was so off-pitch on Wednesday that it was cringe-inducing. I had to mute the TV. One of the worst performances ever on the Idol stage.