American Idol's Emily Piriz Talks 'Stars,' Harsh Harry's Shaming and the Decision to Cover J.Lo

Emily Piriz’s run on Season 13 of American Idol was relatively short — but it was also packed with a number of memorable moments, good and bad.

There was her epic Hollywood Week rendition of “Stars.” There was her Top 30 “Rush Week” cover of “Paris (Ooh La La)” followed by a rough critique from Harry Connick Jr. that had some fans accusing him of “slut-shaming” the Florida teen. And, of course, there was her decision to tackle a Jennifer Lopez dance track in her final week on the show.

Tune in from 12:00-12:30pm ET for Reality Check host Michael Slezak’s chat with Emily, where they’ll cover all those topics and more.

And if you don’t get to watch the Q&A live, fret not. You can watch a replay below starting around 12:35!

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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20 Comments
  1. Angela says:

    I don’t think Harry “slut shamed” her (that is an awful term btw), but he was clear he didn’t like that song and Randy even warned her.

    • justsaying says:

      not even that he didn’t like the song. but she’s immature and can’t sell sex. and you can’t change what a song is about just because internally you’ve decided it means something else. you’re not singing internally. you’re singing OUT for an AUDIENCE. And she couldn’t perform that song how it needed to be. It was a horrible choice and the difference between someone who knows who they are as an artist and someone who doesn’t.

    • S. says:

      I agree he wasn’t slut shaming her but I don’t think it was about not liking the song on its face. I think he wouldn’t have minded it as much if someone who could sell it sang “Ooh La La,” but that song drips sex. It’s not some song about chaste female empowerment, and Emily seemed to feel she could just make it about girl power. He asked her about the lyrics and meaning the way he did with Amber Holcomb and like Amber she got flustered and confused about why he was asking. Amber went home that week because the audience saw what Harry did, Emily followed hers up with another bad song choice she couldn’t sell and was sunk. I think she wanted to sing OLL because she just liked the song (which often goes wrong on Idol because many contestants like songs that don’t fit their voice), but was in denial because there’s no way the lyrics could be ignored. Harry’s position was if you’re gonna sing a song like that, know what it means and commit to it. If you’re gonna be that sexual in lyric, you have to not have a disconnect with the physical performance because the audience is gonna think it looks tepid. His point was ‘you’re 18, you might find it difficult to pull this song off right now, wouldn’t you rather try to sing something younger since you are young?’ She shouldn’t have given up that chance to sing age appropriate, youthful material because there’s a limited window for it. Simon’s given the criticism too. Going mature when you’re not mature is a risky proposition. When she sang it again after the last time, I knew she was doomed. Harry gave her a warning, she didn’t listen. Then we get “Let’s Get Loud” which is a high energy dance number, not a vocal showcase, and Emily didn’t have the stage presence to sell it. She’s got a nice voice, but she really doesn’t get how to use it to its advantage and pick the right songs.

      • Mary says:

        Wow. I didn’t see the show but all of that makes complete sense to me. Too bad that it turned into “did Harry slut shame” a singer.

    • Luiz says:

      He totally slut shamed her. Making her repeat the lyrics on national TV to try to make her feel embarassed about the words she was saying??? Did he REALLY need to do that?

  2. Jeremiah says:

    Hmm…this was much better than last week, but it still didn’t work very well. I don’t know if it was just me, but the sound was out of sync and the video had to stop and buffer several times. I’m glad that you took our feedback and had only one of you on camera at a time – it made a big difference! But the editing was really choppy. Personally, I would still prefer the old format, where the interviews are shot and edited beforehand, instead of this “Google hangout” idea.

    The box at the bottom right corner that showed whoever wasn’t on screen was really distracting as well. If nothing else, I would really appreciate it if that was removed for future interviews.

    • Simon says:

      Yeah, I don’t like the whole Skype interview thing unless it’s high quality, the way it is with Melinda. I would be happy just seeing Michael and the contestant sitting in a room talking to each other. (And actually looking at each other, unlike the painfully awkward Kristen interview.)

      On a side note, Everyone needs to go download Elise Testone’s new song “In This Life.” So good!

  3. Karen says:

    Great to have such a long, in-depth interview format, Slezak. Good to hear some more behind the scenes details

  4. LeahKittyS says:

    I don’t like the sound effects on either of them in this video. It sounds like Emily is standing on a stage in a huge empty theater and Michael is in a studio box looking down at her.

  5. justsaying says:

    this is the problem with the younger artists who don’t know who they are as artists. there was no way this was going to be a good performance. it was a good karaoke performance at best. the song is not a song for a vocal competition. there’s nothing to it. jlo is not known for her singing skills but for her dance/performance skills. if you don’t dance your butt off with a huge production number, there is no point to this song. and you shouldn’t pick what the producers are “digging”. They have their own agenda for what they like. She still apparently doesn’t know her own limitations as an artist and the difference between singing a song you “like” versus one that can help you win a competition. Every time these guys go wrong with song choice it’s because they ignore the latter. That’s always been Idol’s achille’s heel. Pick what you can sing well and will get you VOTES. This is a competition, not your open mic night!

  6. PeaceMaker says:

    One of the few contestants who actually seemed less mature in her interview than I expected.

    Usually love Michael’s interview, but this new format is terrible.

  7. Name This Tune says:

    So she is going to walk around believing that her song choices had nothing to do with her early exit. This is what you expect from a child.

    Maybe she can take some time to grow up and learn how to sing and perform grownup songs. Then give The Voice a shot. But she has got some serious growing up to do.

  8. Joe says:

    She didn’t know who she was as an artist. Grace Potter would NEVER cover “Let’s Get Loud”. You want to show the industry who you are? Then know who you are. If she kept pushing herself in the Grace Potter/Pink mode she’d have lasted. The minute she did karaoke J. Lo with dance moves told the entire audience this girl had no clue who she was. If she couldn’t tell the difference between the kind of singer who sings “Stars” and “Let’s Get Loud”, she didn’t belong there.

  9. Sierra1707 says:

    Anyone up for counting how many times she said “like”?

    • My Alter Ego says:

      Could anyone keep up with that count????

    • Trey says:

      Because she is the only young female who uses “like” repetitively. Get a grip and back off an 18 year old kid.

    • GiveHerSomeSlack says:

      Words or sounds such as… like, um, er, and aah are used by all ages and either gender. They sound bad and look rediculous when included in transcribed, verbatim legal depositions.

  10. Fern says:

    Sigh, Michael I get that you don’t agree with the criticisms of Harry, but was it necessary to throw the entire concept of “slut-shaming” under the bus? You’ve never had to deal with it, and many women have.