Idol Results Recap: Can't Look at the Stars

american-idol-top-11-results-recap-Is there anything more stomach-churning than Ryan Seacrest kicking off an American Idol results telecast with a comment like, “Tonight’s outcome may surprise a few people”?

OK, yeah, maybe the threat of a live, un-Auto-Tuned performance by Britney Spears or Katy Perry — or a half-hour segment called “The Wit and ‘Wisdom’ of Randy Jackson” — might cause more severe nausea, but in terms of results, The Host Who Really Should Have an Emmy by Now might as well have instructed us to have something soft yet firm that could be hurled at our TV screens by the end of the hour.

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Immediately, I started wondering if Harry, J.Lo and Keith were getting ready to use their sole Judges’ Save for Season 13. After all, results shows switch to a merciful 30-minute format once Chris Meloni’s new sitcom premieres March 27. And what better way to create some needed water-cooler buzz than by rescuing an early fave from missing the 2014 Summer Tour (which is limited to the Top 10 finishers)?

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And indeed, after a fine medley by judge Harry Connick Jr (being seductive/mumbly on “One Fine Thing,” then sitting at the piano for “Come By Me” and reenforcing the concept of “hardcore bangage” first coined by Haley Reinhart) and an intriguing showing by tastemaker J.Lo’s pick, Mali Music, it looked like #ShockBoot might be appearing in the lower left corner of our screens.

On that note, let’s get to this week’s results, shall we?

Sent to Safety (in No Particular Order)
Caleb Johnson
C.J. Harris
Dexter Roberts
Malaya Watson
M.K. Nobilette
Jessica Meuse
Alex Preston
Jena Irene

Bottom 3 Vote-Getters
Ben Briley
Majesty Rose
Sam Woolf
(Hey, two out of my three predictions from last night came true!)

Rescued From Jeopardy First
Sam Woolf

Rescued From Jeopardy Second
Majesty Rose

Lowest Vote-Getter
Ben Briley

“Save-Me Song”
Ben offered up a reasonably good (but by no means electrifying) cover of Grace Potter’s “Stars,” and when one of his ad-libs zigged where it really should’ve zagged, you knew he wasn’t getting a life preserver. Keith took the mic and noted the judges hadn’t seen enough “artistic growth,” and Ben’s elimination was sealed.

Now, there are 10. And the Top 10 performance theme: Top 10 songs from 2010 to the present. (Innnnnnnteresting!) The results show — on which Season 6’s Melinda Doolittle has never been invited to perform! — will feature Jennifer Lopez singing “I Luh Ya Papi” (NOT a typo) and pop-rock band Royal Teeth performing “Wild.”

With that, I turn it over to you…

What did you think of Season 13 Top 11 results night? Did the right contestant get the boot? If not, who should’ve been cut? And how did you feel seeing/hearing Harry on the Idol stage? What about Mali Music? 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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437 Comments
  1. Ben says:

    It is good to know that we appear to be in a new voting world on idol where being the worst three performers of the night can actually put you in the bottom 3. Ben was a performer that I had quite enjoyed up to this week. But I can’t feel sorry for him that he went home, because on the night it was a deserved outcome (and I’ve felt this way every week this season). I think this is a positive thing for idol.

    • Danny says:

      Dang Ben- I didn’t see your post when I wrote mine. We’re on the same page w/ this one.

      • Dresdin says:

        I’m still in shock that these are the best 10 singers that American Idol could come up with.

        • I think thats unfair , this is in some ways one of the strongest crops of singers to reach the top 10 in years ,
          as for the bottom 3 it just reinforces the belief that its important to build on who you are as an artist when doing Idol , but if you go off on significant tangents your number can easily come up ,

          what is also important to note is that there were no real weak singers this week with the exception of MK , but she has a pretty solid and growing fan base to help her at least for the moment

        • Kevin says:

          Shows what happens when you have 10 good singers and one terrible mentor

          • Joseph A says:

            Agree , I am shocked at some of the songs, covers, and perfornances , the Kids need someone that can help take their style to the next level instead of remaking them into something fail ,

        • Zack Quinti says:

          I think your #5-10 may be stronger in the past, but thier is no strong #1-3. So on average a better top 10, but not anyONE great.

          • AlyB says:

            I do actually like a lot more of these singers than our usual top ten. It is still early in the game and I think we had some really good performances this week, specifically from Caleb, Jena and CJ. There are others in the mix like Jessica and Majesty that are more than capable of bringing some magic to that stage. I love them both. Alex is gifted though I’m not particularly drawn in by his performances and Sam, for all his seeming shyness, truly does have a beautiful voice. He just has to shake the blahs out of his stage show and add some flavor to his vocal delivery. MK gave a beautiful performance this week. Dexter and Malaya may not be top tier in my estimation but they can certainly deliver some fun. There’s a lot of potential there. I’m kind of glad there aren’t clear cut front runners yet. When that happens, you feel like you’re just sitting through everyone else to get to them and that gets old. I was worried after last week. I feel good about this season after this week. It seems there are some people here that threw in the towel before the live shows even started and are just going to moan about this season week after week. It’s early, they’re good and anything could happen. To me, that makes for the most exciting season we’ve had on this show in a long time.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I totally agree, Ben. America got it right, for the most part. I also find it interesting that it is clear this really is anybody’s game, by that, I mean I never thought I’d see Sam in the bottom 3, and yet, there he was – and with good reason. This could get interesting….

      • Owen says:

        Sam AND Majesty!! Remember, when the live shows began they were thought of as the front runners!

        • Danny says:

          @Owen- I was one of the people that had them as 2 of my front runners in terms of talent. Jena and Malaya I rooted for because they’re from near me, though I didn’t think either had much of a chance to win. Both Sam and Majesty have been disappointing thus far. Jena on the other hand, is kicking some serious tail. IMO only Caleb is ahead of her at this point in the competition.

          • MariMari says:

            They are “near me” too, Danny! Where?

          • Danny says:

            Mari- I’m in Royal Oak.

          • MariMari says:

            Danny – north of Rochester. I love Jena. Malaya is improving.

          • Danny says:

            Mari- I pass your house every time I go to my folks. Agree w/ ya on Malaya and also a comment ya made below that ya thought Alex and Jessica were pretty good last night. I’m glad there’s some AI fans still in Michigan. It sorta bummed me out to see articles on them in the Freep, but no comments from anyone.

          • MariMari says:

            Where are your folks? We’re Addison Twp. near Lakeville Lake.

          • Flicker says:

            I love it that there are no clear front runners this season! It keeps everyone on their toes. They HAVE to take risks, and keep getting better, try new things. Caleb is the most consistent, but clearly not a front runner. I also love how people on this blog and friendly and positive, regardless of what we all think! Peace out :)

          • Danny says:

            @Mari- They’re in Grand Blanc. I guess I don’t pass your house then. I was thinking you were just off I-75. I know where Lakeville Lake is though. Back in the 80s a friend of mine had an apartment on Lakeville Road there. Not sure if the place is still there or not. It was a 1 story apartment unit that had maybe 10-12 units in it. This is totally from memory, but I’m thinking it was near Hosner Road. I know it was just a bit east of that trailer park.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Owen. I know. Right?!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            That’s just it: there is no frontrunner this year. No one is coated in teflon like Scotty or Phillip. No one is a lock for anything. Everyone is vulnerable. Everything is subject to change. One rift in someone’s performance can shake up the entire leader board. And I love it.

          • Ben says:

            @Leah – one thing to remember for now though. While anyone can win, I don’t think anyone can go home. A handful of contestants would likely still be a lock for having the save used on them at this stage. But maybe I’m even wrong about that. Prehaps the nature of this season means judges can now use even the save based on the merits of the save me performance.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            The person who gets the Save never wins, and only Jessica Sanchez even made the finale. I disregard the Save for this reason. It may lead to a shock boot (save Casey and lose Pia, save Jessica and lose Colton), but that’s just the nature of the game.

          • Dennis Rodman says:

            There’s no way in hell Colton would have deserved a save over Jessica. There are millions of douchey, religious emo kids with nasally voices out there.

    • 100%. Ben deserved to go home after last night. Majesty and Sam being Bottom 3 and 2 was pretty shocking. I wouldn’t have guessed it, but I am glad that the 75 million votes through calling, texting, online and any other social media ensured that bad performances are judged properly and not just judged on if someone is ‘cute’ or if they had a good performance another week. The judges judged Majesty and Sam on their past, not their present, the viewers judged them on what they did last night. And I am behind that for sure.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        “The judges judged Majesty and Sam on their past, not their present,” – This.

      • The Beach says:

        I thought it was interesting that JLo said after watching the performances on TV that America basically got it right. I guess that’s as close as we’re gonna get to her saying the judges were wrong to praise Majesty’s performance…but I’ll take it.

        • Foxfire says:

          Annie Barrett the Idol recapper at EW predicted Majesty to win this year so I’m sure she was doubly shocked when Majesty was bottom 3. I missed the performances Tuesday night and just saw the brief playback of them last night so I’m still a little shocked at the bottom 3 myself.

        • Shel says:

          JLo’s comment made me wonder two things: Who was the one other person who she thought could have been in the bottom 3, and did she really watch it again or just read all the recaps and message boards? lol

          I think Dexter coulda/shoulda been in the bottom as well. I would have been fine if he went home-I like his voice but it just seems karaoke to me. I think Majesty had the worst performance of the night and should have gone home. She hasn’t been that impressive in other weeks either.

          I hope the judges’ softball treatment of Majesty isn’t the first inkling of judge favoritism. They have been so good so far.

          I think if it was Sam or Majesty, they might have used the save. But given the reason they gave Ben, maybe not. IMO that critique could have been used on any of the bottom 3.

          Lastly, I don’t think Ben should have gone home this week. He actually tried something different and should have gotten points for that at least. (From the voting public; I don’t think the judges shoulda saved him.). They shoulda found a different reason why, tho. The growth thing was BS, considering the judges comments we got to see again in his flashback.

    • Name This Tune says:

      It was the right bottom 3. This should be a wake up call for Majesty and Sam. Up your game and don’t come back next week with lackadaisical performances.

      • The Beach says:

        I didn’t want either Majesty or Sam to go home but I thought it was a well-deserved slap upside the head for the early front runners.

        • Zack Quinti says:

          Sam is showing no creativity, so he is quickly falling behind. Majesty missed this week but at least the girl is showing some of her artistic choices each week.

          • Stormy says:

            IMO Sam is room temperature milk. There is no there there. He’s not really cute, has no discernible personality and a mediocre voice. Not that there are any real barn burners on this year’s roster, but he needs to go soon.

          • Foxfire says:

            Stormy I don’t get Sam’s appeal either. Too bad there isn’t a teeny-bopper here to tell us what the Sam popularity is all about as frankly, I’m curious how this bland kid makes little hearts go pitty pat.

          • justsaying says:

            artistic choices? how is picking the most popular song with kids from a very popular animated movie an artistic choice? it was sung by a female, she’s a female. there was nothing inspired about it all. it’s a perfect example of “i like this song, i’m going to sing it” instead of thinking how it fit with her voice and her idol journey. I mean I love the Little Mermaid, but I wouldn’t sing Part of Your World for a singing competition. add in that she couldn’t hit the low notes to start the song. Whose idea was that?

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      I agree Ben, for once it seems like the voting has actually been performance based. My personal choice to go home would have been Sam, but you’re absolutely right about the bottom 3 deserving to be there. Hopefully it continues this way.

    • Collin says:

      I don’t understand your assertion that the worst performance of the week should always go home. If I really like a contestant over 3 weeks and they blow it on the fourth; I’ll still vote for them. At this point, it would take a few weeks for me to give up on someone I really liked. Also you are assuming that everyone shares your taste.

      I don’t think there’s any reason to think that this seasons voting is any different than in past seasons. There are always weeks where the voting gets turned upside down because people vote more for the contestants who seem vulnerable. Tonight’s result looked to me like Jena, Malaya, and MK’s fans rallied to protect them while Majesty and Sam’s fans got lazy. Next week Sam and Majesty will not be in the bottom 3 because their fans will rally.

      The contestants performances over many weeks, their ability to connect with viewers, and the occasional “fluke” week, will determine the final outcome.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Up-vote! I voted for Majesty because she’s shown me how awesome she can be. Everyone is allowed a bad week. The other two I voted for were Jessica and M.K., because I felt like they needed it. I also really like Alex, Caleb, Sam, but thought they were locks. I might throw some votes their way next week, because tonight showed that no one is a lock.

        • Zack Quinti says:

          Poor Jessica, I don’t see why the judges are being so hard on her, it’s not like her name is Haley.

          • Tommyo2000 says:

            Tghere is nothing wrong with being hard on a contestant as long as it doesnt cross over to mean, or its a personal dislike …. Haley actually grew and gained from the fire that was directed at her … Amber comes to mind as someone that needed a decent amount of “hard” feedback, I think she would have been a much better performer … frankly majesty might benefit with her brush with danger ….

          • Stormy says:

            This is only my opinion: Jessica seems disillusioned with the Idol process. The judges have been harsh, the band messed up her song and she may be worldly enough to pick up on the backstage manipulations. The way she marched straight faced past Ryan when he called her safe tells me she’s getting fed up. She is my favorite, so I hope things straighten out soon.

          • Foxfire says:

            Jessica is my favorite female contestant as well and I can’t understand why the band always messes up when it’s her time to perform. Jessica just seems so down to earth with no artifice that she couldn’t pretend to hug and kiss her competitors when she was safe if she’s not really that close to them. Caleb and Jessica would make a cute couple.

      • MC says:

        It’s much easier to “rally” for someone when he/she just gave one of his/her best performances.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        people rallied around Jena because she was great, probably the best performance of the night. I think your argument would have merit for during a season where someone had really performed well for multiple weeks and then had one slip up, but other than Caleb, I don’t think you can say any one of this other performers has been consistent week after week, therefore they are all kind of walking a tightrope where one bad performance, could, and probably should land them in the bottom 3. Jena worked her way out of the bottom with a great performance, I don’t think fans rallying around her had anything to do with it.

      • Ben says:

        @Collin – I didn’t assert that at all. I’m just saying its good for idol that the results are performance based. I’d sooner see the worst performance go home than the best performance. The fact Majesty didn’t go home, when she was clearly the worst performance last night, is a good thing (she would have had the save anyway). But the fact she made the bottom three and was in danger, and got a good scare, is a good thing.

        • Collin says:

          This post is a good example of what I’m talking about.

          “Up-vote! I voted for Majesty because she’s shown me how awesome she can be. Everyone is allowed a bad week. The other two I voted for were Jessica and M.K., because I felt like they needed it. I also really like Alex, Caleb, Sam, but thought they were locks. I might throw some votes their way next week, because tonight showed that no one is a lock.
          Comment by LeahKittyS – March 13, 2014 08:24 PM PDT”

          LeahKittyS voted for her favorite but also voted for Jessica and MK because she felt that they needed it. She didn’t vote for Sam because she thought he was a lock. That’s what a lot of people will do when they are allowed to vote for multiple contestants. All those sympathy votes add up as do the over confident non voting. It happens every season and sometimes a front runner goes home.

          I think that most people pick their favorites early on and stick with them until they are eliminated.

          FWIW I disagree that Majesty was the worst of the night I would put her at about 5th.

          • MamaLis says:

            +1
            SO true, Collin!

          • Ben says:

            You can disagree, but I’m only speaking about the overall consensus of the population. I’m saying now that the VOTING reflects peoples ACTUAL opinions. How can that not be a good thing? It does also mean that if someone is consistently performing best and has a bum day, they probably won’t hit the bottom 3, because peoples opinion probably will be to like that performance anyway (out of loyalty). But there are no contestants this year who are, based on the consensus (not my personal opinion) clearly at the front of the pack every week.

          • To Collin: You said –

            LeahKittyS voted for her favorite but also voted for Jessica and MK because she felt that they needed it. She didn’t vote for Sam because she thought he was a lock. That’s what a lot of people will do when they are allowed to vote for multiple contestants. All those sympathy votes add up as do the over confident non voting.

            I can agree with this part of your analysis. Personally, I voted for the first time this week and, using the Google voting function, gave 50 votes to Jena (who I thought was amazing during her performance) and Jessica (whose tone I like but was afraid she might be in danger). I didn’t vote for anyone else, even those I thought were OK, because I didn’t want to dilute my votes. Where I disagree, however, is where you said:

            It happens every season and sometimes a front runner goes home.

            I think the new voting system/limits make it easier to give votes to performers for the purpose of protecting them and puts casual voters on more equal footing with hardcore voters by making it easier to max vote.

          • Tom22 says:

            I’m inclined to vote on potential to create great performances in the future(personal opinion obviously) more than a performance on a given night.
            .
            To a large extent that is just selfish desire to see the most enjoyable shows but I think it also rewards on merit as I do base my decisions based on what I’ve seen. I also think it is rational to have the spots go to the people who will make the best entertainment within the context.
            .
            One example might be Caroline Pennel on last season of the Voice. She is a great singer and song writer. If you liked her style I urge you guys to go buy her EP… which I did early in the season. I stopped voting for her at one point though due to a combination of more recent mediocre performances but had I thought she’d recover a groove on the show I would have still voted for her. I came to the personal conclusion that the big stage was not the place for her to do what she did best and really didn’t want to see her flounder when others seemed to thrive in that sort of live environment with a larger band and bright lit stage etc.. Her sharing of thoughts on the world ring so interestingly complex and lifting in her own material but felt so strained in too many covers..even some with songs she said she loved.
            .
            If you liked her but haven’t spent the $ to buy her EP and support artists.. shame on you. (unless you’re out of work and spend no money on treats for yourself) Point.. based on merit I saw as a performer she’d have been quite high, but that didn’t mean I thought she should go on in an environment that wasn’t a place she would strive in.
            .
            I will also refrain from voting for someone who might have had the best performance of the night but really hadn’t shown me as much as others over time. That happens more as the field narrows. Things like comments they make and/or level of difficulty or shared blame with producers etc leading to poor song choice for my favorites will influence who I’d most want to see as the season went on. Josh Logan (again last season on the voice) did what I considered the best version of “Man in the Mirror” I’ve ever heard. That had as much to do with my (Tom22) personal taste as anything… I can see some people liking Michael Jackson more… but not me. The song has excellent lyrics that I really appreciated more with Joshs voice and most particularly with and Extraordinary arrangement and accompaniment by The Voice band on that number. I’m sure that Josh had some influence on the arrangement as the band will probably design according to what they believe a singer can “get”.. how facile they are with chord changes … whether or not their voice is strong enough to keep the melody going without the band or back-ups assisting with the melody or whether , due to the skills of a performer, they are free to arrange to highlight the strong voice and fill out the complexity of the rhythms and vibe because of the performers skills. Still… I’d give a lot of credit in that instance to a tremendous arrangement and top tier grace and tone of the actual musicians playing it.
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            So, in that instance, even if I thought Josh had one of the best performances that night (and actually that was a super night…but I’ll usually cast votes for all the best performances) due to his struggles in the past and … very particularly his response both in the clips and live to the judges comments about how great he was when he restrained his runs….his eyes and omission of strong agreement led me to believe that he’d go back to over doing performances. So.. I didn’t’ vote for him even though I thought his performance was super and I bought the performance from itunes and still listen to it to this day.
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            Guess that was a longer explanation than probably anyone actually read. gyst if you skipped to here: Past performances, and future hopes have more to do with my votes than how someone did on the night at hand. I also think that it is especially important to take into consideration things like a song choice by a third party tripping a contestant up on a given night or a performer maybe .. getting a bit lucky in ways I didn’t think would be repeatable.

      • Ben says:

        Plus I’m not sure how you say ‘I’m assuming everyone shares my taste’. Did I not just say Ben was one of my favourites? Majesty IS my favourite. I would have voted for the both of them. But overall, popular opinion about the strength of the performances reflected the results, and that is good for the health of idol.

        • Ben says:

          In fact I’d go a step further and say that my post didn’t in ANY way reflect my tastes. They reflected the fact that I follow polling closely across a number of websites and felt I had a good grip on who people as a collective were saying were the weakest three.

          • Tom22 says:

            I understand your points Ben and I don’t think some people are quite understanding that you mostly agree with them considering more than the night at hand when casting their personal notes. I don’t want to put words in your mouth but … to help others understand, I might rephrase what I think you’re saying as:
            .
            . “While one night isn’t the whole story, one night is part of the story. Seeing that viewers votes had a strong relation to the quality of last nights performances gives me a lot of hope that voters were thinking of singing/performance quality in general more than other factors not related to performing. Judges spin, regional/political identity, or a good looking boy didn’t carry the vote last night. We can’t know how different viewers weighed the three’s past performances or how much viewers voted according to “seeing growth” like the judges , but at least it showed they didn’t vote on cosmetic issues.”

      • tealeaves says:

        +1

    • Foxfire says:

      I guess Ben should never have taken off his lucky baseball cap.

    • tealeaves says:

      I don’t think Ben was the worst of the night. I don’t think Majesty was the second worst of the night. If you consider the past few weeks I don’t think either of them deserved to be in jeopardy of being sent home.

      • Danny says:

        @Tea- that’s always been the $64,000 question. Do ya base it on the one night or on their whole body of work over the season? All in all, I think the bottom 3 has been pretty accurate. Maybe I’d make a minor change here or there, but overall I think the right ones have went home and the right ones have been in the bottom 3.

        • tealeaves says:

          Honestly, i always think the bottom 3 makes sense. Sometimes I think someone is there because the judges were too tough on them, or they had just only one off night, or there was vote splitting. But I always see a logic to it. Even when Daughtry got booted there was a logic to it because he had an off week and probably had voter complacency because he had been previously ahead in the votes.
          As for the $64,000 question, I like to see contestants saved by their body of work. Several bad weeks in a row can and should tank someone. But I want them to take risks. i think we all benefit when they take risks. One risky night that sends someone home is unfortunate for me. All of the bottom 3 this week had not been in the bottom before. I think the judges/producers protect contestant after they have been in the bottom by putting them later in the night and over praising them. But if the result is that someone goes home for 1 bad night, is that really better?

          • marie says:

            I agree, tealeaves. It doesn’t make sense to me when someone asserts that one should vote solely on the current night’s performance. The contest doesn’t start anew every week, and it’s unfair, I think, to penalize someone on the basis of a single off-night, which can happen to anyone. Several poor performances over several weeks, yes, that should put a contestant in jeopardy. But not just one.

          • To tealeaves: You favor judging the contestants by their entire body of work, not just one week’s performance. My question is, what about early in the competition? What “body of work” are you considering? I have a hard time giving someone credit for auditions or Hollywood rounds because we rarely see enough to make an informed judgment. While we might see an entire performance for someone, another person we may only see a snippet of multiple performances. How can you form an informed opinion about that contestant’s talent, or how he/she compares to other contestants. The live shows are really our first opportunity to hear extended performances by everyone. So how do we make the first cut? We’ve had three performances: is now the first time to make cuts?

          • Name This Tune says:

            You get one save. Once it is gone, the person at the bottom goes home, regardless. Save someone like Majesty or Sam now, who have both underperformed more than one time, then you lose the ability to save someone else later who truly has an off night. Do you want to use the save now on Majesty or later for someone like Alex or Jena?

          • tealeaves says:

            @Keven, we have had Rush Week, top 13, top 12, and top 11. So there are at least 4 performances from each contestant. If someone has been ok at best so far, I would rather see them go home than someone who had their worst night this week. The “body of work” does become more important as the season goes on. The more good to great performances someone has, the more unfortunate it is if one bad week sends them home. A lot of good contestants get to the point where you realize they are doing about the same thing every week. I’d always rather see them go home than someone who takes a risk that doesn’t pay off but might give us something great next week
            Personally, I always vote for contestants that I want to see again. Sometimes that is because they had a great night and I will vote for them even if I never had before. Sometimes that means I vote for someone that has been one of my favorites but had an off nights. Every year there are contestants that I stop voting for at some point because while I think they are very good at what they do, I feel they have stalled in the competition, and I wish them well but I decide others are more deserving of my votes.

      • MamaLis says:

        Really? Who was worse than Ben? I thought that “Benny” performance was like a Vegas lounge act. And by “Vegas Lounge Act,” I mean the Vegas Holiday Inn located two blocks down from the Strip.

        Beyond Ben, I concur. I personally thought Dexter could easily have occupied Bottom Chair #2. He completely phoned-in that performance last night. He got REALLY lucky.

        • tealeaves says:

          I 100% agree that Dexter phoned in that performance. For me, that was the worst because he wasn’t trying anything new or stretching the boundaries, he was just phoning it in. And he was not even in the bottom.

          • Mary says:

            Honestly he won’t be. I think Dexter has got a large fan base and the demographics for Idol likes the shucks down home guy. Like Harry said he is playing the game well. I would of prefer Dexter to go home or even Sam before Ben, but in all honestly none of them were my favorite.

          • MamaLis says:

            I know, WTH, right Tea?
            As far as Harry telling Dex he was playing the game well, I’ve had moments where I’ve actually thought the Judges themselves were “playing the game.”

            For instance, historically we know that Viewers tend to revolt to both “Over” and “Under” praise. Voting has been swayed in big ways over the years when Judges have pandered to certain contestants or on the flip side, bullied other ones. Something tells me the Judges are onto that, and in some instances, they’re measuring their words carefully.

      • Mark says:

        The performances should matter. A contestant should be able to crawl out of the bottom (like MK did) by having an improved performance, and when that happens someone else is going to slide into that slot. Who should slide? Whoever performed the worst. The pressure is on to produce a winning performance every week. Otherwise, there would be a tendency to phone it in every few weeks. I think America vot this one right. Those were three of the four worst performances on my ballot.

      • chris says:

        I do think Ben was the worst of the night. I think his going home was a combination of that and his being one of two male country singers. I also wasn’t wild about the tone of his voice.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I think there were three male country singers – Ben, CJ, and Dexter.

        • Foxfire says:

          True, the country music vote is split 3 ways among the men and one of them was bound to fall soon in the process. With each departure of a country singer the less dilution of votes there will be. Ben’s fans will now start voting for Dexter or CJ or both and it might be harder for them to be eliminated now. I used my 3 super votes for Ben, Dexter and Jessica figuring my other favorite,Caleb would be safe.

    • leah says:

      I think limiting the # of votes per person is one of the best things idol has ever done.

    • trf says:

      Too Little Too Late – I really don’t see any standout performers this season. Amateur Hour or Kareoke Night just doesn’t hold my interest this season. I knew the show was in trouble when I was anticipating HCJ reactions more than the performances. Been watching since season 8 and I’m comfortable dropping this show this season. Be checking back in with reality check every week, but that’s it for a.i. for me.

      • tealeaves says:

        I don’t get the Karaoke reference. Most of these contestants are musicians and songwriters who have automatically changed up everything they have done. Even the ones who have not been shown to be songwriters still have their own styles and have changed everything they have performed. Of the 10 left I would say Dexter is the one and only who could be said to be Karaoke.

  2. Danny says:

    I think for the most part the voting has been spot on. I don’t mean just this week, but all the weeks. I’ve pretty much agreed with the bottom 3 every time. Any disagreement I might have would be minor. I vote every week now, where as before I hadn’t voted since Season 10. Props to the new voting system.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I love the new voting system. Generally, it is easy to understand why America has voted who is in the bottom 3 *and why* – and who gets ousted. It is also clear there is no frontrunner, that I can see from the weekly results …

      • Danny says:

        @Teeny- Yea I’m loving the no clear cut frontrunner. At the moment I’d say Caleb is #1, but it’s not like he’s got it in the bag. I’ve actually got Jena 2nd, and that’s not a Michigan bias thing. I still think Majesty has time to recover, but she better start getting it in gear.

      • will says:

        I just wish it was like that because everyone was so good, rather than the current state of affairs.

  3. Timmah says:

    Ryan was right, those results were shocking… America got it right for once!

    • Danny says:

      @Timmah- This year I think it’s been pretty spot on all season. I’m liking the new voting system.

      • Timmah says:

        Sort of. I don’t agree that MK should have been in the bottom 3 in previous weeks, for example. I do agree that the new voting system seems to be doing a much better job of things though.

        • Ben says:

          That might be a personal preference thing. I really like MK, so so pleased she wasn’t in the bottom 3 this week because I feared she would be despite delivering a great performance. But despite this, I did feel as though her last two performances were poor song choices and not the best performances from her, so I felt that they did deserve a bottom 3 placing (although in each case I did not think they deserved elimination).

    • valenciaburt98 says:

      I guess the teeny-boppers didn’t show up and vote for Sam last night. Kind of surprised, I thought he would sail into the final 4 even though I don’t understand his appeal.

      • Stormy says:

        Based on word of mouth from the young females in my sphere, Sam is not very appealing or cute. One of my nieces said that “If you said hello to him, he’d be stuck for an answer”. He seems like a dork to them.

        • Foxfire says:

          Good to know what’s going on in the young female mind and sounds like they have good taste. Sam is going to have to bring the swagger soon if he wants the little hearts going all aflutter over him. Guess the Florida and Michigan voters are keeping him in the game. He’s really going to have to exhibit some sort of charisma if he plans on having a music career.

    • MamaLis says:

      Do you really think so, @ Timmah? Yes on Ben. 100%.

      But Sam…? Maybe. I believe the fact that he went first AND delivered a lackluster performance probably made his female fan-base a bit “lazy” last night.

      Majesty? Maybe it was one of the weakest. But I think she, too, has a strong fan-base who last night thought, “Oh…. she’ll be fine.”

      I happen to think Dexter TOTALLY snuck through and deserved one of those chairs. Maybe his notes weren’t “off,” but his performance was like …. “Welcome back, Dexter, and thanks for singing at Autumn Fest!” It was just unremarkable in every way.

      Just watch where Idol places Sam in the line-up next week! If he’s near the end, Idol had the crud scared out of them this week!! LoL (I don’t think they planned on losing Sam early in the game!)

      • Becky says:

        Autumnfest? Lol!
        He was horrible. He just stands up there and phones it in every week. No chances. Ben has a fabulous personality. But Benny and the Jets just was not electrifying. He should of done something subtle, subdued. But Dexter either needs to step it up or GO.
        My fav was CJ

  4. Jim says:

    shocked by Sam being in the bottom 3, but so happy Jena is safe and going on tour! i expect big things from her next week

    • Danny says:

      @Jim- I thought he belonged there. Out of curiosity who would you have had there instead? (trying again and hoping post ends up under Jim’s comment instead of below)

      • Yes yes yes says:

        limited voting will result to this.. i actually want sam to be in the bottom (but definitely not going home) so he’ll know how it feels. will sure make him edgier, hopefully he brings it next week. already seeing the pimp spot for him during the billboards week. genuinely like the guy. great voice. BUTTAH tone as keith said, but he needs to perform better. Go dig those john mayer/eric hutcherson.ron pope songs!

        would have preferred if dexter was in the bottom 3.seriously bothered that he will advance very deep along with cj (cj was amazing this week though, welcome to american idol btw cj!!) but cj was a wild card pick, so logic tells me = dexter has a wider scope of voters than cj. that for me is bad…

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Jim. I was a little shocked too only b/c in the past adorable boys like him tend to last for a while on this show. But I guess people actually are voting on performance value this season. Who knew? And how nice :)

      • Tusk says:

        There is also a possibility of a Beatles’ fan backlash. That had to be one of the most listless performances of “Come Together” ever performed on TV

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Tusk. Totally agree. It’s also clear he had no idea what the song meant or how it was meant to be performed. All in all the right result for me.

          • MC says:

            Exactly. I pulled up Jordan Corey’s cover of “Come Together” on YouTube. It’s not flawless, but it gets much closer to the true spirit of the song. I deliberately pulled up Jordan because she is a relative unknown and was about 18 or 19 when she recorded her version of the song. It’s the first time that I have listened to her music. When you cover a song, you have to do it justice. You can’t just go through the motions, even if it’s music for “old folks.”

          • The Beach says:

            To be perfectly honest, I have no idea either what the song means :-)

          • Stormy says:

            @The Beach As I understand it, each verse is a commentary on one of the Beatles and the chorus details the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi counseling them to get past their differences. They were burned out, George wanted to leave the band. It was similar to Bon Jovi when they finished the New Jersey Tour. They were tired of being The Beatles and were bickering. They changed things up and went a whole new direction with Sgt. Pepper to great acclaim.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Thanks, Stormy – but I still don’t know what it means, LOL. Maybe it means, “Hey, you ingrates from Liverpool that are rich, famous, and talented – quitcherbi*****g and get to work on another album”. :-)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Hey, MC, who are you calling “old”, exactly? ;-)

        • Danny says:

          @Tusk- Yea, it was def. listless. But most hard core Beatles fans are so old they’re watching AI on a black and white tv and more concerned with whiplash than backlash.

          • Lana says:

            Oh Danny that hurt and usually I like your musings however I did see the Beatles on Ed that night in 64 so now I’m feeling old and my neck hurts from shaking my head after Sam did his bit last night. Your right, whiplash it is.

          • Danny says:

            @Lana- Whoops. Sorry about that. I’ll never intentionally insult anyone from the board here. That’s usually reserved for millionaire judges/mentors.

          • ctz says:

            Wow, that was rude…

          • The Beach says:

            Stepping on quite a few toes there, Danny!

          • Kayk says:

            OUCH, Danny! Somewhere back in your heritage were your relatives who experienced the Beatles in real time. Please don’t insult them or me! We may be in our 60s but we can love and appreciate Idol too! :) But thanks for the apology that came later. :)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Good grief, Danny – really? I haven’t owned a black and white TV since the Carter administration. Get with the program you young whippersnapper! And don’t dis us – we got to see all the cool bands. We could see five bands in one concert for about $12 so eat your heart out.

          • Templar says:

            Well Danny, I never saw the Beatles, but I saw the Stones, saw Queen 5 Xs, [three Xs with Freddie Mercury, once with Paul Rogers and once with Adam Lambert], saw Hendrix & Joplin, the Beach Boys and most of the greats. Been a fan of Bon Jovi since day one and I think I know music. That doesn’t stop me from liking Band of Skulls or many other more recent artists. Age doesn’t make us passe’, it gives us greater depth.

          • marie says:

            Late though it may be, I need to add my own “Ouch” here. Danny, many contributors to this board are what you might feel is “old,” myself definitely included. I too had the pleasure of watching that first Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan. I’ve had time in the 50 years since to listen to so much wonderful music; when you get to this age, hopefully you’ll appreciate the beauty and true value of the depth and experience that come with age. Thank you for the apology, though.

  5. Marta says:

    I would have prefered Dexter or CJ to go before him, but it was time for a fella to go. I’m actively rooting for each of the remaining girls, and I just can’t say that for the boys.

    • Danny says:

      Dexter and CJ will probably get a jump in votes by him leaving. Three guys who are similar can only last so long. Of those 3 I’d have CJ on top, the other 2 were pretty average.

      • Tom22 says:

        I actually see a lot of potential in Dexter and I’m more a blues fan than a country fan (which should tilt me cj’s way slightly as he does a bluesier kind of country). I’m not judging by full past performances but glimmers of a special sort of ironies he points out musically within the lyrics.

        Definitely an open race and either is capable of doing something special.. if you asked me three weeks ago I’d have expected something really raw and special from CJ.. I suppose it is all a matter of choices of songs they have and how many types of songs they really can mesh with.. but CJ has talked like he really felt great about the songs he got and they were only ok.

        I’m a easy mark for gospel stuff.. either Dexter or CJ could pull off some gospel sort of country. I’m actually thinking about Gaither Gospel music for either.. I don’t really think of CJ as the randy “take it to church” type of gospel but more the type of Gospel that Elvis Presley liked to sing. (certainly music of the same root) . I like lots of different types of music and don’t mind either “get down on the floor” or “we count on him”. .. I like emotions where people don’t mince words too much and share intimate parts of their lives.

    • Ben says:

      I agree Marta. In particular I think Dexter and CJ have both been weaker than Ben over the course of the season – just not this week, when it happened to matter. I would have been quite happy with Sam going as well (I wouldn’t have wanted to see Caleb or Alex go, though).

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I generally prefer CJ to Dexter, but not by much… CJ is just so likable, but he only accidentally hits notes/sings well, if that – and well, Dexter is just nothing special, as far as country singers go. He’s not even trying to excel. Very average.

      • The Beach says:

        I think Ben is more talented and is definitely a better musician than either CJ or Dexter.

      • Shel says:

        Dexter worries me. I felt he had a lot of promise during Hollywood Week, but it has been pretty karaoke since then. So, why the worry? Like Michael, I thought he might end up in the bottom 3 since it seemed like a nothing-special performance to me. Now, I am thinking Harry might be right: He keeps picking great songs, he may just coast through. Don’t forget the power of the country vote!

  6. Owen says:

    How great is it that America actually voted performance, not fan base. Wow.

    • I’m ridiculously excited that Sam Woolf isn’t invincible.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        This!! And yes, yes, and yes.

      • Gailer says:

        I’m ridiculously worried some others weren’t in the bottom 3 along with those 3. Lol

      • deedee says:

        Haha, did you think he was? Sam was one who I could never remember after a performance night. More shocking to me that Majesty is not invincible! I really thought her fanbase was big enough to pull her through a bad week.

        • Kayk says:

          I like Majesty best when she’s singing the softer parts and not trying to belt it out. The last 2 performances I thought she had issues with that, but I was surprised the judges never criticized her…their ears are better tuned than mine I guess!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Yeah, she tried too had. But at least for the final glory note, she knew to switch to her head voice because her chest voice cracked last week when she tried to hit the same note (high E flat.)

  7. Danny says:

    @Jim- I thought he belonged there. Out of curiosity who would you have had there instead?

    • MariMari says:

      I thought Sam would be the WGWG winner for sure. His performance last night was not bad. It was fine/okay. I think he was there not for only being fine but for singing first. There were other just fine performances last night (MK, Alex imo, Jess imo, CJ, Dexter) and they were safe. Right now Jena is my favorite.

      • Gailer says:

        I was wondering if the judges were going to save him. What does everyone think? I think yes.

        • MariMari says:

          I was thinking they would use it for either Sam or Majesty.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          I think the only one out of that bottom 3 they would have saved would have been Majesty. It has to be unanimous, Harry would have voted Sam in just because he is pretty. J LO for sure would have.

  8. Ben was actually my favourite just because he was interesting, had plenty of personality and had a really cool, soulful voice. I was secretly hoping that Majesty or Sam would be cut and they’d be force to use the save and send all 11 on tour. Alas…

    • Foxfire says:

      I hear you Andrew, I thought Ben had a great voice and could go far in the competition – he reminded me of Willie Nelson.

    • Amie says:

      I was hoping Dexter would sneak into the B3 and it would be him. I like Sam and Majesty, so in this B3, I’m afraid Ben was it, even if he’s been cool before.

      • leahbh says:

        That would have been awesome. I don’t like him or jessica at all. after those 2, i don’t like “gina”. ;)

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Wow, so many Leah names on here now. I think the one who just went by “Leah” is now going by “The Other Leah” to distinguish herself. Maybe I should go back to my original username, IdolFlash-7-9-35. LOL does anybody remember the Idol Prediction Game over at EW during Season 8? That’s who I was on there.

          • Pan says:

            Is 7-9-35 your birth date? Yowza, you’re OLD!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Absolutely not! It was my gym locker combination in high school! I stopped using that name when I graduated high school! I have mentioned several times on here that I am in college now. I was born in 1994, if you’d like to know.

  9. Wesley says:

    Correct bottom 3 and correct elimination. He wasn’t REALLY going to bring anything to the competition anyway.

  10. MariMari says:

    Majesty was a favorite of mine from the audition rounds. That being said, I think she needs to stick to the quirky/Janelle Monae – style, and give up the glory notes, where she tends to go way sharp.

    • Owen says:

      Well, thank God she was at least in the Bottom Three, cause if she solely listened to her feedback last night, she might have thought she did pretty good and tried it again!

      • MariMari says:

        The problem is they (Randy no-nothing Jackson) will probably continue to “mentor” Majesty to “go for it!” and she may continue to feel she needs to give us glory notes. Sigh.

        • deedee says:

          I’m afraid Majesty doesn’t have a good sense of her limitations. She said that song (Let It Go) was written for her. If she understood her talent, she would have made the song fit her, not her fit the song. I sincerely hope someone (Michael Orland maybe?) gives her some solid coaching so she doesn’t veer way off her lane again. Know your strengths, Maj!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Next week, according to Brian Mansfield of USA Today’s Idol Chatter, the studio recordings return. Maybe Michael will be more hands-on with the contestants and their arrangements then.

          • MamaLis says:

            Oh my gosh, Dee, you’re right! I forgot she said that!

            There’s something about members of this group that seems very immature/wet behind the ears and thus far — no one is helping them!!! Ya… let’s seriously hope someone pulls Majesty aside and mentors her a bit. (And no I don’t mean Dufus the Dawg)

          • leftcoastl says:

            So rightly put, deedee.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I hope this bottom 3 placement is a wake up call for her. We’ll see…

  11. David H says:

    1) No surprise about the results.
    2) HCJ was in high form tonight. That second song was new to me. I’m already looking for it on Amazon.
    3) MaliMusic was good except for that Yah-Yah business.

  12. Adam Fachry says:

    Lol @ people disagreeing with Sezak’s predictions yesterday in which he said Sam would be in the bottom three. I remember one of them even willing to bet 1 million dollars. So jealous of your accidental wealth right now, Slezak.

  13. analythinker says:

    So it’s between Dexter and CJ now… (in terms of who will go first, next -if it’s not a girl-). Unless Sam or Alex mess it up. I don’t think Caleb’s going anywhere anytime soon.

    • Danny says:

      @A- (getting it right this time)- I think Caleb’s a solid #1 at the moment. I guess things like this are always opinion, but I’d think most would agree he’s at the top.

      • analythinker says:

        I think (hope) so! And Majesty in the bottom 3 proves that Americans are not lemmings (whoever said this yesterday probably jinxed it :D sorry I can’t remember your name!), at least not anymore.

    • Woodmeister says:

      I have a feeling that Dexter is going to be a lot like Scotty McCreery in that he is not going to veer off the musical path he has chosen for himself. I think he will sing songs he’s real comfortable with and he won’t be great but he won’t suck either, and he’ll fly under the radar a lot. I don’t think he will win but I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere soon.

      • Mary says:

        I wouldn’t be so sure that he won’t win. The demographics like those good old country boys. I hope he won’t my top are Jena and Jessica, but you never know. Caleb is good but in all honestly I cannot picture what type of music he would make.

  14. Kaba says:

    WAKEUP CALL MAJESTY ROSE:
    Don’t belt out long notes ever again please.

    For once the voting reflects the performance quality. Good

  15. Davey says:

    Ben is so much more interesting and talented than Dexter it isn’t funny. Jessica was bad last night so who says fan bases weren’t voting last night. Sorry so many hate a singer who was more consistent than several left on the show.

    • Foxfire says:

      I was surprised that HC Jr. said the band was off last night after Jessica’s performance, but glad he didn’t blame her for the band’s failings.

  16. CTZ says:

    Sad for Ben but not really surprised. I have no idea who could win this year and that makes it kind of exciting!

    • Ben says:

      I agree, and also I’d add to that no idea of who will leave from week to week. Instead of rooting for them on Thursday, I’m rooting for them on Wednesday instead, since it seems that their success on Wednesday is actually relevant.

  17. Jase says:

    THANK GOD Jessica Meuse hasn’t been in the bottom three yet this season despite J-Lo giving her the Haley Reinhart treatment (remember at this point, Haley was often in the Bottom Three). This is the worst group of talent the show has ever produced and it’s likely to go down as the worst season ever (the ratings are bearing that out, it lost its demo to SURVIVOR for the first time ever last night), but Jessica and Jena are clearly the best of this lackluster bunch, and if there’s any justice in Idol world, they’ll both make it to the finale.

    • Danny says:

      I agree w/ the part about the treatment Jess is getting. I don’t agree that this year is the worst ever. Take a look at last year for that. The ratings took the big hit last year. From 20 million to like 12 or so. This year is more along the lines of not good enough to get the people back, but not the reason for the fall.
      ….
      I don’t think it’s close to the best season. I just don’t think it’s the worst either.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        @Danny. Perhaps the “alleged” Jess-treatment is keeping her out of the bottom 3. I am not saying she’s not talented… Then again, she could just have a solid fan base.

        • Danny says:

          @Teeny- I’m not a full fledged Jess fan. I noticed when she was safe, she just walked back to the couch rather than hugging people. There are little things that I don’t care for about her. I also noticed she didn’t get the funny skits from her cast mates. So a part of me wonders if she’s bringing any of it on herself.
          Ya may be right in that people are voting for her because they think she’s getting the shaft. Ben brought that very thing up about you know who last night. I’ll concede that the treatment she got raised her some in my eyes. Maybe subliminally the same thing is happening with Jessica this year.
          I’m rooting for Jena, Malaya, Majesty, and Caleb over Jessica. I think Caleb and Jena are ahead of her. While I want Malaya and Majesty to do better, I don’t want them beating her because of unfair treatment. Hopefully the rambling I just did makes some sense.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            @Danny. LOL, Danny. You make sense. ” I noticed when she was safe, she just walked back to the couch rather than hugging people.” I noticed that too. Jessica might want to try to pretend that she is approachable/likable at some point. It couldn’t hurt. I still love her voice (when it’s “on” though…) It’s funny. I started out rooting for certain people, but now I am just rooting for the best/most consistent/entertaining singer. My votes literally have changed every week (except for Caleb – he just happens to be the most consistent though…) I love when the race is close. Fun stuff.

          • Jaszy says:

            Actually, her skit was the funniest to me. I love Jess. I agree that she does need to work on her personality and not come off as cold. I really don’t think she is. I truly believe that Jessica is a little shy and uncomfortable around so many people.
            With that being said, I AM OVER THE MOON that she made it without being in the bottom. She needs to take this and run with it, the fact that people love her enough to keep her out of the bottom three. She needs to appreciate that and give better performances not just for her fans’ sake but for her sake as well. I want her to succeed. She has all the potential in the world, she just needs to believe….that’s the main thing with her. Please, Jessica, BELIEVE in yourself. Don’t rest on your laurels, don’t get too comfortable singing songs you’ve sang in bars already. Please, challenge yourself and blow us out of the water!
            Ha! I’m writing this as if she’s going to read this!
            But still, JESSICA’s voice is clearly in the top 3 of the best voices of this season! This girl is an extremely good singer. Ughhhh!!!!!! She needs to give more effort. NOW IS THE TIME!
            #JMEUSEallTheWay

          • The Other Leah says:

            I think Jessica’s impression of MK was the funniest of all of them, “hella fisherman’s wharf! Hella sea lions (they’re so cute)” That had me laughing the next day!

          • Mytake says:

            I really like Jessica but I too noticed she didn’t hug the others when she was pronounced safe. So I paid particular attention to the other contestants when they were declared safe and surprisingly Many of them just walk away without hugging or even looking at the ones still standing there so it’s definitely not just Jessica that does that. But in her case it really stood out and if you look again it seems that it may be due to how it’s shot? It just strikes me weird that several noticed Jess doing it but haven’t seemed to notice over the weeks and last night that many others also do it.

          • leahbh says:

            I think she feels entitled. Like, “I’ve been playing clubs forever, I don’t have to work as hard as the other contestants, I just have to go out there and do what i always do”, which is not good enough for idol. I just don’t like her personality, or what I’ve seen of it. and I thought she was terrible this week. I usually can’t even listen to her whole songs, I FF through them. Same for dexter, but I pretty much hate country music so…. I was never gonna be his fan. I think there are hundreds of singers just like him in nashville right now.

          • Leticia Prado says:

            Guys, I think the whole not hugging and celebrating might be a part of production changes. If you have the patience for it, rewatch the other two result nights and you will see that:
            Top 13 – *Dexter* hugged MK, Majesty and Sam. *Kristen* hugged Emily and took a hug from Caleb.
            Top 12 – CJ hugged Caleb, Malaya hugged MK and that was it.
            Top 11 – Caleb hugged Dexter, CJ and jumped up and down with Ryan. Dexter and CJ hugged each other. Alex hugged Sam and Jena, who also hugged each other.

            aaaand that was it! Not much hugging going on…

            (yeah, I rewatched it)

          • tealeaves says:

            Jessica is my favorite right now. I LOVED her audition performance of Blue Eyed Lie, which is her own song. i loved her performance of Crow and the Butterfly. That might be my favorite performance of the past few weeks. I loved her performance of white Flag, though I understand there were problems with it. Personality wise, I think she has said that her fans. . . because they are mostly her family. I think she is a naturally shy person who will take time to warm up to people on a personal level.

          • Jaszy says:

            Right! This is exactly what I’m saying. A lot of people mistake her shyness for coldness and not wanting to be around people or talk to them. Jessica is shy. Even if she’s played dozens of clubs back at home, she is still shy and slightly uncomfortable around people. But I believe she can work on that. And I hope she does because I don’t want her going home any time soon or at all. I do believe she can win this show. I’m just anxiously waiting for the moment where she will give it her all and perform like there’s nobody watching. To me, she has the most potential to be great.
            Love Jessica Meuse. Meuse fans, PLEASE VOTE FOR HER!

          • tealeaves says:

            ugh. That should have said, “I think she has said that she hangs out with her fans…because they are mostly her family.

        • Leticia Prado says:

          Or people really disliked Stephanie’s mom.

      • Ben says:

        Not close to the worst either. I think its neatly mid-pack.

      • Jase says:

        Please. For all it’s other flaws, last season produced Candice and Kree who were better than ANYONE in the competition this year and who — even at this early stage — had given us a few memorable performances. No, this season is clearly the worst.

        • Adam Fachry says:

          I have to agree with you. It’s neck and neck with season 9 as the worst season ever, though I’d choose the latter (for only one reason: Crystal Freakin’ Bowersox). I haven’t witnessed one ‘moment’ so far from this season even though last night had few good performances, and almost all of the contestants have been inconsistent.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            I realized my wording was sort of off. What I meant was, season 9 is better than this season because of Crystal Bowersox whose consistency was admirable. But that’s not saying much, given how that season was also filled with disastrous contestants.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            I am one of the few who think season 9 was underrated, of course Crystal being my favorite idol of all time has something to do with that. But also, on her good weeks Soibhan Magnus was excellent, and Casey James was and apparently still is a really good artist. Also from what I understand, even Lee Dweyze has been making some good music and has a good new record out. And if I recall two of the really talented indie type females were eliminated the week before the final 12. Last year was worse than season 9 based strictly on the 5 horrific guys that made the final 10.

          • Danny says:

            @Bob- I’m kind of with ya on Season 9. I do think it was bad, but it had Siobhan (all time top 2 or 3), Crystal (all time top 10 or so), and Didi. Didi maybe wasn’t the best singer, but her voice drove me nuts- in a good way. I also liked Tim. Not that I enjoy bad singing, but I did like how no matter how much the judges drilled the guy he kept smiling and kept a positive attitude. Watching the judges be so perplexed at how he kept surviving always got a grin out of us.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I saw something about Tim on MJ’s Big Blog today. He is now 24 years old, married, and his wife is having a baby. He was my age when he was on the show. I feel old. I’m 20; I should not feel old. But really, I’ve been feeling old for as long as there have been contestants on this show who are younger than me. And this year there are so many. Help!

          • marie says:

            @LeahKittyS: You feel “old” at 20? Let me tell you something: it DOES get better. I’ve discovered that life really does “begin at 40,” as the expression goes. When I turned 30, I was really down, because I REALLY felt old: I was too damn young to realize I was really still VERY young! All I knew was that I wasn’t in my 20s any longer and so I felt decrepit. As I’ve aged, though, I’ve come to recognize all the good things that come with age: a whole hell of a lot more comfort with and knowledge of one’s self, along with an ability to “live and let live” and to better distinguish the significant from the unimportant, being just the beginning of it. I’m now 62. I wouldn’t go back to being 20 if my fairy godmother showed up right now. Every age has something to offer, though; I know that sometimes it’s not easy, but try to enjoy your youth while you have it, while knowing that even better times of life are in store.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            LOL I don’t really feel old, Marie. It was a joke. Believe ne, I am taking advantage of my youth in every way possible.

          • marie says:

            I’m glad to hear that, LeahKittyS! :-)

        • Ben says:

          People who say this season is ‘clearly’ the worst have faulty memories or simply haven’t been watching long.

          But in any event, I’d rather watch 10 relatively good performances each week than 2 phenomenal ones, 4 quite good ones and 4 very very dull ones. Plus, both seasons which only had top 10s (1 and 12) are for me far inferior ro every season with a top 12 and 13 – even if season 12 gave us great Candice performances each week, it gave us 2 or 3 performances fewer of her than we should have had and would have had if they hadn’t made the mindless decision to go to top 10.

          • Jase says:

            Except it WASN’T 10 relatively good performances. Caleb, Jena and Jessica were relatively good and the rest were varying degrees of suck. And it’s pretty much been that way every week.

          • Ben says:

            That’s a matter of opinion. Which is why something can’t be ‘clearly’ the worst. But really I think people saying its clearly the worst are a lot younger than me and don’t remember the early seasons clearly.

        • Danny says:

          Candice and Kree didn’t do anything for me. Decent enough singers, but they weren’t my favs last year. Janelle was. Candice and Angela were a real close 2/3. I wasn’t buying into any of those pre-planned standing O’s last year. There were only 2 good shows last year. Orianthi week and if I remember it correctly, top 5 week. This year there’s already been 2 good shows, yesterday and 2 weeks ago.

        • chris says:

          What Not To Sing compiles ratings for every performance and right now this season is second from last with season 1 being the worst. Last season is the fourth highest rated. I didn’t watch the first season so have no way to judge it but I would have picked the Lee Dewyze year as the next worst but instead the stats show it was the Jordin Sparks year. So far, Caleb is the only singer to pull of an almost wow performance. I hope he continues to surprise us.

          • tealeaves says:

            “Last season is the fourth highest rated. ”
            Honestly, that just tells me that the rating system is seriously flawed. Last season was almost unbearable. I stuck with it because I love the show and I want to follow it. Plus I particularly liked Candice, Janelle and a couple others. But I can.not.imagine ever rewatching that season. It was a chore. Half a dozen good performances does not make for a good season.

          • chris says:

            I’m not sure tealeaves got my point. The ratings I’m talking about are those given by bloggers/critics that the What Not To sing people survey. It has nothing to do with how many people watch. Last season had many more than a half dozen good performances in the opinion of many people although I’ll admit not too many of them post on this site.

          • tealeaves says:

            @chris, did “last season have many more than half a dozen good performances” BEFORE top 10 week? It did not. You are not comparing fairly.
            Also, you are pointing out the problem with the What Not to Sing rankings between seasons. Last season was a dismal season overall. So every time there was a good performance, it got a ton of attention and was easily claimed to be the BEST of the the night and maybe of the season. That does not make the season better than others where there would be 2 or 3 or more performances a week that would have different critics claiming they were the best of the week and maybe the season. Those 2 or 3 or more performances from other seasons stand up to almost anything from last season. They just had to share the limelight with all the other great performances of the night and of the season.

          • tealeaves says:

            Someone elsewhere in this comments section mentions that it is helpful for us to give more specifics to support our opinions. To help the conversation, let me list some examples. To me, seasons 5 and 7 are prime examples of seasons where there were a number good to great performances almost every week. I would have those ranked as the top 2.
            David Cook had performances like Hello, Eleanor Rigby, Billie Jean, Always Be My Baby, Music of the Night, and The World I Know. He had many other great performances too. The week he won he sold almost 1 million singles in 1 week and set a couple Billboard records. Season 12 does not stack up.
            David Archuleta was a true contender and had notable performances like Imagine and Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me. He’s a contestant who really always had a good performance and spot-on vocals.
            Syesha was in the bottom 3 many times but then pulled out some great performances toward the end like One Rock N Roll Too Many, and Neil Diamond’s Hello.
            Jason Castro had some really great performances with songs like Hallelujah and Over the Rainbow. He ran into trouble later in the season with missed lyrics and poor song choices, but he was a good contestant and a real contender for much of the season.
            Brooke White had some great performances like Let It Be, You’re So Vain, and Every Breath You Take. She had a couple bad performances where she tried to go up beat and pick up the tempo, which did not work for her at all. Plus she had some missed lyrics at the end of her run. But other than that she was a great season long contestant.
            Michael Johns had stand out performances like It’s All Wrong but It’s All Right, and We Are The Champions. Even his Dream On performance that sent him home, was felt to be a solid performance. He had sung first of the night and his was a ‘shock’ elimination.
            Even the contestants I did not mention all had at least one good performance. In short, you did not have a season where several or most performances fell flat most weeks. You didn’t have just 1 or 2 contestants who stood out as the clear front runners from the beginning. Instead, you had a number of good-to-great performances every week and only a few train wrecks all season.
            I would say season 5 is similar to season 7 in this manor.
            .
            Seasons 8, 10, and 11, similarly had a large number of good contestants with several good performances each. For me, I had trouble with those 3 seasons with the judges mercilessly pushing contestants that I felt were among the most forgettable while also dogging contestants that I thought were among the best. But, still, every episode had a high number of good performances.
            .
            Season 12 for me, (and I think for a lot of people), had just over a handful of good performances all season. They became more memorable because they were generally performed during nights were there were only 1 or 2 particularly good performances. Other seasons would have 7 or more good-to-great performances a night with at most 1 train wreck a week.
            .
            Season 4 also had some notably good performances and as I recall not a lot of train wrecks. I did not see season 2 but apparently there were a high number of notable performances esp from Clay and Reuben.
            .
            Season 13 has not even hit top 10 yet. So it remains to be seen what happens from here on out. (It’s still possible season 13 will suffer season 9’s fate with the judges nit picking the performances of some of the most interesting contestants, like Siobhan, while saying nothing too critical to the completely forgettable performances from others who then stay much too long in the competition.)

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Not quite. The numbers keep falling. For the first time ever, Idol lost to Survivor in the key demo. I think you’re grasping at straws trying to blame this year’s mess on last year’s folks. We’re down 20% year over year! How is that last year’s fault!?!? And we keep going down!

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Aw, Angie, you got a song stuck in my head! “We’re going down, down, in an earlier round, and Sugar, we’re going down swinging…”

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            :) Who are you rooting for this year? I said early on I wanted Jena. I might get back into this show if she goes deep into the game.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Jena has a great voice, but the loud, powerful thing I get from her isn’t my first choice (mostly because I can’t hit those notes). I like Jessica because she reminds me of Stevie Nicks (with killer hair to boot), and Alex because his music is my style (and he went to my school). Caleb is really cool, and M.K.’s voice makes me feel good when she uses it right. I still like Majesty and Sam despite their falls from grace. I think they can pick it back up, though. But Jess and Alex are my top 2 right now.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Aww, having trouble with your top notes? Have you been finding the support in your abdomen? When I was starting out, I didn’t have my top yet either cuz I didn’t know how to lean on the ab support. If you don’t have a teacher right now, google what I’m talking about to get more info cuz that’s usually the problem.
            I like Caleb too. Not really my preferred style of music, but I can’t deny that the boy can sing.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I’m not having trouble with my top notes, it’s just that my top note is a high C. I tend to crack if I go for anything above a high D. I was an alto for four years in choir, and that is where I am most comfortable. Tried soprano once, it didn’t go well. I can go down as far as a low F, or E if I try hard enough.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            You’ve got more notes up there, I promise. Even the contraltos can get up to an F. Just keep at it!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Well, I actually can go up to a high G, but I have to switch to my head voice, what I call my “soft voice” to do it. I was referring to my chest voice, what I call my “hard voice,” which has to stop around high C.

        • Danny says:

          @Angie- Last year was down 40%, from like 20 million to 12. I’m not saying this year is great. I’m saying it as in it’s not good enough to bring back viewers, but it’s not as bad as last year. I’m at least enjoying this season. Last year was miserable.

          • Jase says:

            @Danny, you’re in the minority. Not only do the ratings back me up but also all the other blogs and websites that used to follow the show week to week (for example, Grantland) aren’t even bothering this year. The show has just lost something and I don’t know if it can recover. Ironically Survivor — 14 years after its premiere — is enjoying an upswing.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Danny, I have no idea where you’re getting your numbers. I’m looking at the Nielsen ratings right now for each night Idol was aired, and the lowest any performance night had was 16.8 million in viewership, and that was well into the season when we had the catastrophes known as Nicki Garbaj, Mariah Scarey, and Lazaro. The decline was pretty bad last year, but it’s markedly worse this year.

          • Danny says:

            Jase- right, but the season that lost it was last year. Season 11 was great. So Season 12 wasn’t facing any backlash. Last year is the year that so many said “I’m done with Idol.” They’re not reporting on it this year because of what happened last year. This year isn’t good enough to get the masses back. I’m not disputing that. It’s not the reason people abandoned the show though. That distinction goes to last year.
            Every year since Season 7 lost a few viewers. It was last year when they left in massive amounts though.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            “right, but the season that lost it was last year.”

            That’s not what the numbers say, Danny. I appreciate that you’re running with a hypothesis, but you need to be able to back it up with ratings figures, which you can’t because the data runs contrary to what you’re arguing.

          • Danny says:

            @Angie- last years final 2 had 12.11 million viewers according to what I’m looking at. Wiki’s American Idol. They got their info from TV by the Numbers. The final show had 14 million. Before that, top 3 and 2nd top 4 had a touch over 11 million. Before that the first top 4 had 12.5 million.
            The most viewed show last year was the first audition, with 17.93 million.
            I gave the 20 million to 12 comment off the top of my head. It was more like 18 to 11. The idea is the same though. The mass exodus of viewers occurred last year. This year isn’t so great the people are coming back. Once people leave something, it’s tough to get them to return. This year isn’t the reason people are leaving. It’s just not good enough to get them back.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Your numbers are still wrong, Danny. Check a different source.

            “The Wednesday episode averaged 19.811 million while the Thursday episode averaged 18.332 million.”

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Sorry, Danny. My last post was incorrect. that was season 11 that I pasted. Here is the season 12 data.

            The Wednesday episodes had an average viewer number of 15.04 million with a 4.6 rating in the 18/49 demo, while the Thursday episodes had an average viewer number of 14.64 million and a 4.3 in 18/49 demo.[63] The average figure represents a drop 23% from the previous year.

          • MAB says:

            You are forgetting one thing. The drop happened right at the premier of Idol this season. Many people vowed that they were giving up on Idol after last season. I have several friends who dropped away and never returned. To be honest I would have been ones of them if it wasn’t for Harry becoming a judge. The whole thing was a mess. Judges, contestants, manipulation. It was painful.
            To me I don ‘t care what the ratings say because last year was the worse season of Idol I can remember. It was such a turn off that only the pure loyal fans stuck it out. You keep saying how great the talent was but though some of the girls had nice voices they were so boring. Candace is the lowest selling of a winner ever. She sang on idol a couple of weeks ago and did not make much advance on iTunes. Why do you think that is? Because she just does not connect with the audience. Not many was moved to buy her album. Phillip sang the week after and his numbers jumped from something like 48 to 6 on the chart. Why because he is a performer and moved the audience. Last year we had lousy contestants and lousy judges. At least this year we have decent judges. It is just a shame that the damage last year was so devastating it may have really killed the show for good. You can throw all the numbers with the ratings you want but you are not going to prove to me or most people that last year was better than this year because that is to me totally laughable.

          • Danny says:

            I know we can’t post links in here. Here’s a different source, which backs up the #’s I posted above. Below isn’t my words, it’s copy/pasted from a 2nd source-
            ……………….
            According to Nielsen Co. figures Friday, Candice Glover’s victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.3 million viewers. That’s a 33 percent drop from the year before, when 21.5 million viewers saw Phillip Phillips claim the “Idol” crown. That represented the show’s previous record low finale audience.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            You can post some links in here. I posted a link to my Deviant Art page once, and people have linked YouTube videos a couple times. Just don’t link to a shopping or advertisement page.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Ah, you’re just comparing the finales. I was looking at average performance nights. When you compare the average performance nights and compare the year over year percentage drop, this year is far worse. It’s a whole lot more than 20% drop we saw last year.
            But I still think your theory is flawed. If what you were saying was correct, we wouldn’t be seeing viewership continuing to trend down. All the viewers lost under your theory would not have showed up to begin with.

          • Danny says:

            @Angie- One thing I think we’re both doing wrong is pushing opinions. If you feel this year is the worst, I’m fine w/ that. It’s fun to debate, but in the end does it matter? I know I just let it slide out in a general comment that “it’s better than last year” and then someone will come and defend last year.
            IMO last year is what ruined the show. If ya don’t feel that way, that’s ok. For all I know you think last year was better than Season 11. That’s ok if ya do. I feel Janelle, Candice, and Amber were rightfully cut from Season 11 because I don’t think any of them would have been in my top 7 that year.
            I don’t dislike Janelle. I thought she was a sweet girl and I wish her well. I just felt she was the best out of an average lot. At least she didn’t join the sleepy ballad canoe and tried to mix it up some. Everyone else was basically boring. The judging was terrible except for Keith. That probably contributed some to me thinking the performance was bad. Even if they sang well, which I don’t think they did very often, it was then followed by brutal judging that put a damper on the whole thing. They had those orchestras behind them which added to the snoozefest.
            This year I’m enjoying the show. I’m sorry that you’re not. To me there’s already been maybe 8 or 9 performances better than anything I saw last year. If you feel differently, that’s ok. I guess the misery I was feeling last year is what you’re feeling this year.
            I hope ya find a show ya enjoy. The Voice might be more your speed. Either way, I can feel your pain about this year. I was feeling it last year. Good luck to ya.

          • MAB says:

            Totally agree with everything you said Danny. To each his own. It is all opinions and everyone has different likes and dislikes.

          • Danny says:

            @Angie- No, the 2nd link was comparing finals because that’s something I looked up right quick to double check my #s. The final #s matched so I took it to mean that the rest of my #s were accurate.
            Here’s the link to my #s- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idol_(season_12)

          • tealeaves says:

            @Angie I think you are looking at an average for the entire season. That averages in the early episodes which started high. If we are looking at trends that might not be the most meaningful statistic. The early ratings would be based on the previous season and the hype about the judges.

          • Ben says:

            @angie – I dunno where you are getting your numbers from, but in the ratings last year Idol went from a 6.0 to a 2.9 at its nadir. That’s over a 50% drop. This year has dropped from about a 4 to a 2.2, which is nearly as bad, but not as bad. It’s pointless arguing one season or the other is better based on the ratings. “Average ratings over the season” in particular is a completely useless metric for determining how a show performed over the course of its run – its quite clear last years ratings were inflated by starting out with a number of strong weeks, whereas if you look at the episode by episode ratings this season had no such early honeymoon – two or three episodes tops. But I guess overall what I’m saying is, I dunno why people are arguing about ratings. They have never been a good metric about whether anything is good, otherwise two and a half men wouldn’t still be getting the ratings it is getting.

            (Oh, and by the way, losing to survivor is fine with me. Survivor has been on a four season tear in terms of putting together quality telly).

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Yes, guys. I’m looking at the raw data and looking at the average and the trends for the last several seasons. The steady drop this season should be terrifying if I were a producer, but in all fairness last season was tragic as well on that front. Last season also had the chaos of the judge’s table. Bottom line is the show is going down the toilet. I’m not sure even if the contestants were Rihanna versus Nelly versus Kelly Rowland versus the Dixie Chicks etc. for season 14 because it looks like it’s more a game of stopping the bleeding. This season is not doing the trick either, and my point in all of this was to say it’s not fair to blame what’s happening this season on last season. The Voice is stealing viewers, the genre itself is getting old, and this year’s group of contestants is far from the strongest.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            And Ben, yes, Survivor has been on a tear! I’m surprised after all these years that I still care to tune in. I’m all about Brawn this year! But I honestly never thought I’d see the day where an episode 3 of a Survivor season edged out an Idol live performance night. That’s nuts. Totally nuts.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            MAB, I’m also not alone when I say that many find it laughable that anyone from the current season would stand a chance vocally against Burnell, Candice, Amber or Kree. Subjective, I know, but just as you’re having a hard time understanding my preferences, I’m speechlessly baffled how anyone could try to argue what you’re arguing. You say tomato and I’ll say tomahto. :)

          • MAB says:

            Angie_Overrated. I am not only comparing talent. I am talking about the whole package. More than the talent hurting last season was the whole thing with the judges and the manipulation of the producers. Especially the manipulation. It just was so obvious in their attempt to have a girl winner. If Candace would have won any other season I think she would have done better. The whole thing was a mess and people just had enough. There have been other seasons that the talent is not stellar but has there been a season where the whole thing was in the toilet like season 12.
            BTW, the Voice is also going down in ratings. People are just getting burned out on these shows. Also The Voice has never had the ratings that idol has produced in its prime.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            I can do my own Nielsen rating here at work. I work in a very large hospital and come into contact with multiples of people each day, in my office and around the building. It used to be that I could talk to and discuss AI with several people per day following performance and then results night, and it was fun to debate and discuss. Starting sometime around season 10 the number of people watching and willing to discuss started to dwindle, and now last year and this year, sadly, it’s just me. I am the only one still watching. Not scientific, but telling, people who used to watch the show religiously have stopped watching.

          • MAB says:

            Same here Bob, I am a lone survivor. It is getting harder and harder to hold on to the life raft.

          • Tom22 says:

            @ all of you. I appreciate all of your opinions and the more detailed the opinions, the more I like reading them, even if I disagree. I’m sure that people can take my comments as trying to claim I know better but I do really try hard to qualify my opinions. Sometimes the extra words it takes to qualify comments as opinions takes too many words(which I do anyway).
            .
            Anyway… I think it is great that people share their opinions but I certainly prefer … “I thought his/her voice wasn’t up to the high notes at the end” or ” the song’s viewpoint sounded like an unnatural fit for his spirit” instead of. “That was terrible” . Sometimes it might be more irritating to read a specific you disagree with BUTI’d rather be irritated and have something to chew on than just hear things like “bad” .
            .
            I mean, why have a discussion without discussion?. I’d hope that given the context of this forum we know that people are sharing their thoughts, not trying to force others to think like they do.

        • Mary says:

          I thinks some of it can be attributed to last year. The hiring of Nicki – whom I like – but many refused to even give her a chance and would not watch. Then the manipulation to have a girl winner at any cost, and man it was at any cost. AI lost several viewers that quite frankly never came back. Yes there would of been a drop, unavoidable due to the age of the show, but I don’t think it would be this steep. These contestants are good but I don’t think we will get a water cooler moment to draw some in.

    • ctz says:

      This is not the worst season. You are judging it early in the season. Once we get down to the top five, you might think totally different! I agree there is a lot of “raw” talent, but it will be fun to watch the contestants grow and develop. There is no front runner, there are not “plants”, it is everyone’s ball game to crash and burn or rise to the top. I find that very appealing!

      • Foxfire says:

        I agree ctz, it’s a little too early to say this is the worst season ever and the contestants usually improve dramatically as the season progresses and they get over their nerves.

  18. nathalie says:

    WELL DONE AMERICA YAY LET THE POINTLESS PIMPING OF THE GIRLS BEGAIN UGH REALLY NEVER GOING HAPPEN MOST OF THE GIRLS SUCK BIG TIME INCLUDING THIS SITES FAVE Majesty.

  19. MAB says:

    I would have preferred Dexter to be the one to go out of the country trio because I liked Ben’s personality and he was fun. He did not do well with his save song so I knew he would not be saved. All in all I am not unhappy with the results and delighted that it was not another girl.

    • twnkltoze says:

      I highly doubt they’ll even use their save. Nobody has deserved it so far and if they don’t start improving the judges will never use it. IMO the only one that comes close as far as being consistently good is Alex. The save is really useless. If somebody is in the B3, it simply means the voters are not impressed enough to keep them around. Getting the save only guarantees them one or two at the most more nights. Get rid of the save!!

      • MariMari says:

        Haha – I have liked Alex all along, but thought his Kris Allen song last night was just meh. ;)

      • Ben says:

        Why get rid of it? What harm does it do? In season 11 it saved Jess Sanchez at top 7 and took her to the finals.

        • marie says:

          The save contributes an element of drama and suspense to the results show broadcasts; I can see why the new producers chose to retain this artifact of the former production.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          I like the save, but I hate the notion of making a contestant sing for the save. The judges know before the performance if they really want to use it or not, and having one of these kids try to perform well under that kind of pressure is ludicrous. Just let the judges discuss it and decide.

          • marie says:

            I would agree with you about not making the contestants sing for the save, bobsaccamanna, as many of the kids under that kind of pressure are unable to give their best performance, but it think that’s unlikely. We’ve seen that despite several improvements to the show, the new producers are as committed to adding what they think is drama/suspense to the show as the former ones (the ridiculous immediate bus rides back to either the hotel or the airport upon arrival in Hollywood; the cruelty of having the kids sit backstage on a live show without knowing whether or not they’ll get a chance to sing, etc.). TPTB think it’s dramatic to have them “sing for their life,” so we’re stuck with it.

          • marie says:

            (Oh phooey, I’m repeating myself, LOL. Didn’t even remember I’d posted almost the same thing already.)

      • The Other Leah says:

        Alex? What about Caleb?

    • danin says:

      totally agree

  20. Yes yes yes says:

    Ben deserves to be on the tour too. Shocked (because American VOTED properly). Guess we have a competition then.

  21. The worst people on any given night are in the Bottom 3 the next night. The new voting system is working!

  22. Gailer says:

    They all could have been in the bottom 3 except Caleb.

  23. LeahKittyS says:

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

    (Scene: the island of Solumager. The eleven remaining adventures continue through the jungle. The sun is burning bright. Majesty faints. Sam and Ben catch her.)
    Ben: Whoa, careful! Late thing we need is our first mate dying of heat stroke.
    Majesty: I’m fine. I’m just tired. I don’t get it, we haven’t been walking that long.
    Sam: It’s the sun. It’s a killer today. (Wipes sweat off his face)
    M.K> Not to mention we’ve been going up an incline since we left Rabiana.
    Jessica: All right, guys, keep your eyes peeled. The gate to the next kingdom is marked by a–
    Jena: Gray wolf.
    (She points, and the others see the carving of a wolf outlined in gray. They find the gate and enter into the kingdom. There is a spectacular view of the island.)
    C.J.: Whose idea was it to put the kingdom on a mountain?
    Malaya: Hey, at least the next one will be downhill.
    Dexter: (reading the plaque on the beacon tower) “Here stands the beacon of the kingdom of Aquilo, domain of the young King Scott and Queen Lauren.” Aw, yeah, he was my favorite one!
    Alex: You can take pictures later. Right now we have to find the treasure.
    Caleb: (takes out the map and reads) “Kings are kings wherever they roam, but Aquilo’s king always found his way home.”
    Jessica: Well, that might give us a hint as to what the treasure is, but it doesn’t tell us anything about how to find it.
    Caleb: Yes, it does. How would you get home from here?
    Sam: I don’t know. Go back the way we came?
    Caleb: Yeah, but that’s not all. We don’t live on the island. We’d have to go–
    Majesty: Across the water! Of course! There’s a river that runs around here!
    Malaya: (Listens) I can hear it! This way!
    (She runs, and the others follow her until they come to a shaded river.)
    C.J.: Now how does that work? We’re on a mountain and the river’s running straight.
    M.K.: This part is more like a plateau. The mountains continues up that way, but there aren’t any kingdoms up there.
    Dexter: Okay, guys, start looking! Scotty’s treasure’s gotta be around here somewhere.
    Jena: (Giggles) Scotty?
    Dexter: Yeah. Remember? That’s what the lords and ladies of the court called him.
    Alex: And another fun fact, because Scotty and Lauren were both teenagers when they took the throne, the joke around Aquilo was that the next one down the line, Lady Haley, ruled for them. But I don’t think that was the case.
    M.K.: And that’s where the name of our ship comes from, the Queen Haley.
    Sam: That’s raw. (Stubs his toe on something) Ow!
    Majesty: You okay?
    Caleb: He better be okay, he just found the treasure!
    (They gather where Sam is and pull a wooden raft out from under the bushes. It is only large enough to fit one person.)
    Jena: Scotty never forgot where he came from. Some days he would sneak out and ride this raft down the river to the lake town where he grew up. He’d bring along some riches from the palace to share.
    Alex: And nobody tried to stop him, even though most of his court knew. Lauren knew, that’s for sure. She came from the same town.
    C.J.: Well, guys, I say we’re making good progress. How about we head on down the mountain and–
    Malaya: Incoming!
    (The adventurers come away from the river and see the pirates ravaging the square in search of treasure.)
    Jessica: Quick, we have to get this thing to the beacon tower! Who’s staying behind?
    Sam: Not me!
    Majesty: Not me, I’ve come too far for that!
    Ben: What the hell, I’ll stay. Let’s just get out of here!
    (They haul the raft into the square and carry it up the beacon tower.)
    Ben: (Struggling) He could’ve hid a baseball or a recipe for apple pie or something, but no, he had to go and hide a frickin’ raft!
    Dexter: Hey, you’re not the one who had to squeeze it through the door!
    (They leave Ben with some of the food and fuel and lock the door as they leave. Alex takes out the map.)
    Alex: The middle path down the hill will take us to the next kingdom. (Dodges an object carelessly flung by a pirate) Keep running!
    TO BE CONTINUED…

    • dax cadez says:

      I have a truly lucrative idea for you to take advantage of your ah, let me see, um, oh yea “talent” for story telling. Very often a situation arises where someone is hosting a great party and the music/booze/food/stories/laughter/camaraderie/dancing and a general sense of well-being is overflowing but the host is getting real tired, they are all lifetime friends and is in a major panic since he just realized that he is running out of booze/food yet is too embarrassed to tell anyone. So, as a cover, he calls you up, offers you $300 to come to his party right away, you accept and drive as fast as you can to the party, the host brings you into the party and announces, “Hey everybody, Leah is here to read you the next installment to her wonderful adventure story.”

      Twenty-three seconds later the house is empty.

      Leah, I understand my idea has some flaws so I am working very very intensely to ensure perfection.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        I’d have to imagine that there are more productive outlets for you to vent your frustrations over your own pathetic existence compared to this puerile display of unnecessary nastiness towards a perfectly harmless individual. Do you feel bigger now? I bet you do.

      • Mytake says:

        Here’s an idea. Why don’t you use your one working brain cell (all you have left due to having people smack you upside your head for your rudeness) and just scroll past the posts that don’t interest you?

      • Hee hee–I loved Ben’s line “oh, what the hell, I’ll stay”.

  24. Rex Master says:

    So happy that Sam was in the bottom. I was afraid he was going to sail through to the Finale just by being the only cute guy in the competition.

  25. AprilD says:

    Okay fellow Idol fans, I skipped last year’s Idol but what happened to the contestant’s songs being available on iTunes? Do they not do that anymore? Only for top 10 contestants? Only for the winner at the end of season? Help a sister out! Thanks!

    • LeahKittyS says:

      For some reason, recordings are not starting until next week with the Top 10 (according to Brian Mansfield). In past seasons, all Top 10/12/13 finalists have had at least one recorded song, so I don’t understand why the change this year. I actually would have liked a recording by Kristen, Emily, or Ben.

      • marie says:

        Costs money to make those recordings, and those who leave earliest probably don’t sell as much as those who stick around longer and build up fanbases. The new producers most likely have budgetary constraints on their aging/fading show. I think it’s a wise business decision to spend money only recording contestants who can at least recoup some of that money on the summer tour.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Aha! I knew it was a budget issue! Some people were debating about it with me yesterday. Thank you, Marie.

        • Leticia Prado says:

          Yeah, but I do hope some of the songs performed prior to top 10 will find their way into studio recordings. I would love having the whole 4 minutes of the crow and the butterfly by Jessica.

          • AprilD says:

            Thank you!! There was a song I thought I might try to pick up, but now I can’t even remember which song.

  26. Linda says:

    I don’t understand how Malaya wasn’t in the bottom three. I find it painful to listen to her. What am I missing??

    • twnkltoze says:

      Yes, she has had some jarring performances but last night she was by far the best of the bunch.

    • Marta says:

      I agree…. Her personality/enthiusiasm is certainly helping her. Her age shows in
      every performance to me. She is very amateur compared to others who have come before her doing the belting thing a lot better. (aka Candace)

      • leahbh says:

        This is an amateur competition! None of them are REALLY professionals!! Plus, she’s 16! She’ll only get better. I think she is one of the few who really listens to the judges criticisms and tries to do better. The others just do what they always do. I’ve liked her since her audition.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      A) She got the pimp spot. B) She wasn’t horrid, she just wasn’t great. C) She got lucky that there were 3 – maybe 4 – that sung worse than her.

      But I agree – she would have been a much better singer for this show (if it’s still around) in 3 – 4 years.

    • Timmah says:

      Not a fan either. They are pimping her hard for some reason though. I think once a few more of the ho-hum singers are eliminated it’ll become obvious she can’t hang with the rest.

    • Leticia Prado says:

      Whatever it is you are missing, I am missing too.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I am missing it as well! i would have put Malaya after Ben, Majesty, and Sam.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Same here. But some people have a thing for shouting Gospel/R&B singers. I prefer softer, sweeter country vocalists myself. Janelle and Kree did it for me last year. Maybe that’s why I like Jessica so much; she’s the closest thing we have to a country girl this year.

        • BobL says:

          Your key word is “shouting.” No gospel or R&B singer worth anything would ever be described as singing that way. Idol has historically not made the very clear distinction between “shouting” and “righteously belting it out” (for lack of a better way to put it). Jennifer Hudson and Melinda and Candice can belt it out with the best of them and never sound as if they are straining to hit the notes. Their tone is always pleasing and intact. Malaya, to me, always sounds like she is straining or shrieking, or something. And her tone gets very thin when she really goes for it. She’s also quite full of herself and thinks she’s a truly great singer. But, hell, I kind of like that aspect of her. She’s only 16 after all.

        • Tom22 says:

          I am 100% sure that I would have enjoyed those two artists tremendously had they been given far better song choices. The were forced to sing things that “almost” fit them in the eyes of some idiot called Nigel (actually Nigel is pretty smart and clever on somethings but I don’t think he’s an artist or appreciates some subtleties… AND he could get so caught up in his script that he entirely forgot that it is a MUSICAL show… crappy musical performances make a crappy show. Kree s songs were good enough for some of you but they would have been good enough for both you AND me if she had been able to choose what I consider a bit more philosophical types of songs with different sorts of cadences that she prefers. Exact same thing for Jannelle. I really thought both of them had some pretty sublime moments pre-live shows…where they either got lucky that song choices that they had worked for them or that they had more latitude to sing songs not on the suggested list.

      • The Orginal Lemon says:

        Cosign to all above. I am not a Malaya fan.

    • Jessica says:

      I’m not getting it either-her voice isn’t pleasing to my ears.

    • Gailer says:

      She is horrible. Ship her off to Glee!

  27. twnkltoze says:

    Not surprised at the B3 and I’m 3 for 3 when choosing who will be shown the door. Not surprised at all that Majesty was so close to going home. They both gave horrible performances and I’m glad the voters are being honest and realistic this year. Keep it up!! Majesty, there is still time to redeem yourself girlfriend. We know you’ve got “IT.” Please return to the sweet, little flower girl singing whispy folk songs. This is NOT the time to start experimenting.

  28. Adam Fachry says:

    There’s a chance that we wouldn’t have a WGWG winner this year due to the new voting system and tonight was the proof. I won’t hope anything because it might jinx the chance but for once, after many seasons, Idol’s results night wasn’t all that predictable.

  29. Leticia Prado says:

    That was a refreshing bottom 3. Amazing!

  30. Chris says:

    I think that Randy Jackson’s inept mentorship of Ben is what made him have an unauthentic performance last night, because I guess Randy wanted him to have a different identity (even though the judges wants to see contestants “diversify” themselves from time to time)! Randy should have NEVER been made a mentor on Idol this season! He should’ve been fired and gone for good after last season was over!

    • Timmah says:

      The only thing I can figure is that Randy has pictures of Fox executives in bed with a goat.

    • rio says:

      I keep wondering how much dirt he has on the producers. He adds exactly nothing and, worse, he’s a reminder of recent bad seasons. I cannot understand why he was kept.

      • Name This Tune says:

        I will take a guess and say it’s money. The show is still paying Ken and Nigel along with Randy. Can’t be much left in the budget for someone fresh as a mentor.

  31. marie says:

    Enjoyed both live performances tonight a lot more than anything I heard last night, if I’m being honest. Mali Music was the first new-artist performer I’ve enjoyed so far. Looking forward to hearing a performance by Keith some time, and to seeing who Harry will pick as his emerging-artist guest.
    Young Sam, I’m sorry to say, is beginning to get on my nerves. Yes, he’s very young, but it’s that an excuse for being totally without affect? Kid looks so damn morose all the time, and I’m not just talking about when he was in the bottom three. When Harry was performing, the other kids seemed to be at least listening, and some were clearly digging it. Young Sam, on the other hand, stood there completely motionless, with a facial expression that looked like either someone had just told him his puppy had died – or was just totally blank. He’s what, 16, 17? Lighten up a little, kid. He has a lovely voice, but is yet another example of why the minimum age limit should be somewhat older. I’m getting depressed just looking at how miserable the kid looks just about all the time.

    • deedee says:

      Not sure it’s an age thing, Marie. Malaya is very young and totally adorable (regardless of what anyone thinks of her singing), whereas Jessica is one of the older contestants, and she’s as morose as Sam, if not more so. Between, Sam, Jessica, and MK, I sometimes feel like I’m watching a funeral service.

      • deedee says:

        … oh, and I forgot to include Alex in the sullen group. Him too.

      • Misilin says:

        “Watching a funeral service” You’re so funny.

      • marie says:

        Yeah, you have a point, deedee, plus I was a little cranky when I wrote that last night. Now I actuality feel a little foolish/regretful about having ragged on a teenager like that. But I DO wish the kid would loosen up and smile once in a while, just because HE might feel better!

        • deedee says:

          Don’t feel too bad about it, marie. You weren’t really all that harsh with Sam. Nowhere near as harsh as I used to be with teenager Angie last year, lol. The talons came out for her! >:-(

  32. Jake says:

    Ben briley is vastly more interesting than dexter

  33. tealeaves says:

    I think Ben had one off night where he tried to do something different. Now he’s gone. I hope this does not push everyone to stay in their lane from now on. I think Sam and Majesty were in the bottom 3 partly because they both got too much praise from the judges given their performances. This should be a wake up call to both of them. This should also be a wake up call to the judges to stop judging them based on how popular they think they are.

    • Mary says:

      I am hoping they were the bottom three because America knew they were bad performances but part of me think many thought they were okay and threw a few votes to ones they thought needed it most and wanted them to make the tour. I personally would of prefer to keep Ben and let Sam go, but the truth is we have two more country singers so the lost won’t be great.

  34. analythinker says:

    I think Keith said it right last night, they expect diversity from the contestants, but at the same time, it has to be authentic. Along the same line, honest and original as well. Ben’s performance was not. I found myself nodding in agreement.

  35. Laura says:

    I absolutely love Sam’s voice and I think this bottom three will give him a wake up call so he can win this whole show! I believe he can do it! And for everyone saying this season sucks I totally disagree I believe they’re all gaining momentum and will start to gain more confidence!

    • Mary says:

      Sam has a gorgeous voice but my god he is lifeless on that stage. He is not ready for the big time. Any singer that can make CT dull and boring deserves to go. I understand he picked uptempo to show he could do it but really it backfired because clearly he can’t. I don’t think it is lack of confidence as to why he cannot put omph in his performances. I think it is his personality.

  36. Allison says:

    So glad to see Jess was not in the bottom 3. I think b/c she’s not a bubbly person (i.e., Malaya, Majesty, Jena) that people think she is snooty or not very nice. I think she’s just a quiet person who is focusing on her music. The first part of her song was fantastic. Along with her, I really like Caleb’s overall skills.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      I follow Jessica on Twitter, and she is actually very friendly and outgoing. Maybe because of the artist she wants to be, that doesn’t come off in her performances. Often times the artists who make the most serious music are the biggest goofballs offstage.

    • Leticia Prado says:

      This about Jessica: when she says she has been doing these songs since forever, it doesn’t help her. Why? Because they were in a different format. How many times have we heard that she is a one-woman band, or an acoustic solo act? So when a full band is put behind her, it kinda throws her off.
      It is exactly what you said: the first part of her song was fantastic. And that is because that is how she is used to perform.
      I think she should either stop saying she knows the songs or do them as she does at her concerts. Or even better (IMHO): drop the guitar and sing with the band.

      • tealeaves says:

        Or drop the band and just perform with her guitar. :)

      • Mamatyrone says:

        Good point. Solo acts like her are not used to performing with others (i.e. the band, or as we saw inGroup Night). It does reveal a deficiency in her overall musicianship, which may explain her apparent coldness when she performs–she’s trying to keep it together in the new stage environment. But she can improve on that as time goes on.

  37. Flutiefan says:

    Ben, based on several weeks worth of performances, was the only interesting thing to me on Idol. Everyone else is pretty bland and interchangeable. Guess I have no one to pull for. NOT Jessica with her goat vibrato. Not MK with her subpar talent and awkward moves. I can’t even tell the young guys apart, the coffeehouse kids. The other girls are kind of melding into one, In my mind. Nobody is a standout vocalist, and that’s what I want for Idol. Caleb has range, but it can be very grating and sound dated.CJ is likeable and with the right choices can go far. I guess they’re the ones to watch for?

  38. Tee says:

    I was happy to see that the bottom 3 tonight was performance based. I was worried about Jessica because of JLo’s comments. I really think JLo does have a *mirror mirror problem* with beautiful talented girls sometimes.

    I do think Jessica is a committed musician but the girl has to step it up in terms of emotion while singing. We know she is passionate about music and usually I can hear the emotion in her voice but her face doesn’t reflect it and I think that is hurting her. I’m not saying she needs to have eye sex with the camera like some contestants have done but she needs to let go just a little bit. And quit telling the audience you have done the song before because then the expectations go way high. I’m rooting for her but she needs to go look at some of Crystal’s performances and see how you can be an original, serious singer/songwriter and still convey some feeling to the audience. Of course, when she isn’t used to singing with a band…and the band screws up…her confidence is going to be shot next time out.

    JLo is giving her the Haley Reinhardt treatment and it is beginning to bug me. Compared to Majesty last night and even MK (who I’m also rooting for), Jessica’s performance was a tour de force

    • Timmah says:

      I agree completely with this. I think Jessica has a showstopping performance in her if she can just let loose. I saw glimpses of it in that rock song she did a couple of weeks ago.

    • COUNTRY J. says:

      @tee “” I really think JLo does have a *mirror mirror problem* “” I have noticed the same thing and if I were a producer, she would never be paid to do the show. Much better celebrity talent is available at a fraction of the price. It’s an inner circle thing with TPTB that put her back in the chair.

      • lol says:

        JLo and Lea Michele should go head to head in a *mirror mirror* off. Both seem to have a problem with attractive and more talented women.

    • Mary says:

      I agree with everything you said about Jessica, but sorry disagree about Jlo giving her the Haley treatment. JLo was right, does she think she can win. If so, Jess has to learn to work that stage. I really think JLo is trying to help her out and if Jess doesn’t come out of her shell unfortunately she won’t last long. I love her voice and would like to see her till the end but it won’t happen if she doesn’t find a way to connect.

      • valenciaburt98 says:

        If it wasn’t for Jessica’s intriguing voice and tone she couldn’t get away with her lifeless performing.  Her eyes are very expressive when performing but she really needs to loosen up.  Hopefully by next week she will start to feel a little more comfortable on stage.

    • davey says:

      Jessica’s performance was lifeless and boring. It was like a dirge.

    • MamaLis says:

      No.. and yes… and no. =)

      Jessica is great, Yes! And yes!, she seriously needs to loosen up and express herself more. The disconnect between her voice and the rest of her body is a real downer.

      Which is why I DONT agree that JLo was hard on her. (Especially to the degree of “HR!”) When JLo asked, “Do you think you can win?” I thought, “Uh oh, here we go.” But JLo actually seemed very affirming to Jessica!

      In fact, I’ve found JLo to be the most tolerable and down-to-earth that I think she’s ever been! It seems like Harry has elevated the mood/tone in general. In turn, JLo has been a better version of herself. At least so far…….

      In closure, if anyone would have told Jessica her performance was “tour de force” – compared to anyone – they would have done her a disservice, because it wasn’t. I think Jess has done deservedly well on the show so far. She’s great! But if she wants to “stay the game” she needs to REALLY step it up. At some point the lack of physicality/evident emotional connection is going to matter, and it’s going to cost her. I hope…. she’ll work that out and improve, before it does!

  39. kate'shomesick says:

    Congrats idol producers – you got what you wanted. The manipulation of viewers is back…and most of them- sorry to be so frank- are too naive to even notice…I could bet you that they practically forced the whole shebang on Ben (“you have to show you’re versatile…this is the perfect song choice…”). A very good friend of mine was n one of those casting shows and won (got into the band). If the producers don’t want you to make it (especially in the earlier stages auf auditions…recalls….and public voting) you’re not making it.

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  41. webly3 says:

    Bennie and the Jets should really just be an American Idol banned song because no one can outdo Haley Reinhart’s version of it a few years ago. I never liked Ben anyways so I’m happy he went. I found him really boring.

  42. Lynn says:

    While I can understand and respect what Idol is trying to do ratings wise by keeping the eliminations in line with the performances, unfortunately, I think it will prove unsuccessful. The voting system now seems fair, but will that draw in viewers? I highly doubt it.I think the real problem for AI is that they haven’t found at least one contestant who really shines or who has had a “wow!” performance. And with everything now riding on the previous night’s performance, the chance for a reprieve is gone.
    This season seems stocked with niche contestants, those who can perform one style of music well.That works if you have a standout, like Scotty McCreery, but I don’t see anyone this season who can match him.I’m not maligning their talent or ability, but no one seems at all compelling. I think the reason Jessica has remained safe with mediocre performances is the judge’s harsh criticism of her. I also thing the reason Majesty ended up bottom 3 tonight was how the judges seemed to baby her by praising a poor performance.But I guess the ratings over the next few weeks will tell the final tale of whether Idol has succeeded with this year’s contestants.

    • Mary says:

      I see what you are saying about a standout performance, but I really think it comes down to who the majority of viewers enjoy the type of music one contestants performs. I give Scotty credit but by no means did I ever find one of his songs on the show a standout. He stayed in his lane and never venture away. I can honestly say there are a couple of contestants this year that I would actually purchase music from them. I haven’t been able to say that since season 8, sorry I did purchase Crystal’s.

      • Lynn says:

        I, personally, did not care for Scotty’s music, either. That said, one cannot argue with his popularity, as evidenced by the show’s ratings for that season and tour success, as well as his individual success at selling records. That’s where I think Idol has gone off track; instead of finding talented singers/musicians who appeal to a broad range of viewers, they’re focusing on specific tastes or preferences. While Crystal Bowersox is an extremely talented musician, she doesn’t have the same appeal to the masses as do Phillip and Scotty. Clearly, neither do Candace and Kree. AI has taken a lot of flak for their shady voting methods, but fixing that won’t help the ratings, I believe, and that’s what a TV show lives and dies by. There is only a roughly 2 million viewer difference from last year’s premier, but I think many viewers who tuned in to watch Harry Connick Jr. were turned off when the show sent home 10 people who never even got a chance to sing. And the ratings reflect this displeasure. Nine million viewers and barely in the top 10 Nielsens.

    • Name This Tune says:

      It’s not drawing in viewers. The show dipped from 9.5 million viewers to 8.8 million last night. Results night is being cut to 30 minutes in 2 weeks. Really they can just do away with it, like DWTS. I don’t need 30 minutes to hear that 8 people are safe and 3 are in jeopardy. Just cut to the chase and announce the eliminated contestant.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        One night a week? I wouldn’t mind that. And something tells me it will come to this before the show is cancelled.

  43. twnkltoze says:

    The biggest, lamest AI tour ever.

  44. NATE says:

    I just want to say as far as mentors go, with Randy in the mix, I am missing Jimmy Iovine. NEVER thought I would say that.

  45. Meat Loaf Jr says:

    Sam or Your Majesty would of been saved by the judges. Ben deserved to go home… he experimented and veered of the country course and FAILED. Dexter stayed on course and was safe and din’t even smelled the bottom of the barrel.

  46. John says:

    When picking their songs, it is a given that, with rare exception, these contestants are not going to measure up to the original artist. What they need to realize is that they must measure up to previous Idol contestants who have sung that particular song. Haley Reinhart killed Benny and the Jets. No one in this group is going to come close to her performance. Why pick that song? By the same token, Crystal Bowersox and her didgeridoo player had a far superior rendition of Come Together, and Crystal and Lee Dewyze’s version of Falling Slowly was head and shoulders above what we heard last night. Two of the people who sang these songs were in the bottom three. They need to take a look back and see what their predecessors have done before they pick a song.

    • COUNTRY J. says:

      Sam performed first, and made a poor song choice. The only way performing first can be anything but a bad position with 11 on-board – is if you set a high bar for the others to reach. It was mostly boring………………………………………

      Ben performed 5th, middle of the pack, and with the shift in style and also a poor song choice, he was lost in the pack for most voters. I also believe it was a shaky vocal compared to most others. There’s little doubt that some of his previous backers pulled-away and voted for some of the others, since he was not even bottom 3 before, and went right out the door……………………………………..

      Majesty performed 6th, middle of the pack again, and it seemed a little theatrical, more than a song you would pick for a competition of singers —- bam – bottom 3!……………. …………….

      Jena at 10th, then Maylaya had the prime 11th spot and both avoided bottom 3. The Position they have in the singing rotation is another factor, maybe small, but the last couple performances are fresher on the mind if they are waiting till it’s over to hit the voting box.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        I don’t think the placement of performance was that responsible for how the contestants ended up being on results night this season. The audiences are allowed to vote immediately once the show started, aren’t they?

        • Mary says:

          Yes, and that is one fault I have with the voting this year. It might not be noticeable yet but when we get down to wire, people will vote due to popularity and not performances. I would like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but it is really not fair to vote without seeing the performances. I guess it won’t matter much because as that stage it will become popularity. With that many votes this early in the game, I will bet that half the people don’t even watch the show.

        • tealeaves says:

          I vote for this show. I don’t vote until the episode is over. Maybe that is partly habit. But for now I still don’t vote until the episode is over. At this point in the competition, I don’t know who I am going to vote for until after the performances. A favorite might be a shoe-in for votes even if they have an off night. But others will lose or gain votes based on the performance and how they stack up to the other performances on the same night.

  47. axiva says:

    “I Luh Ya Papi” ?? oh god

    • Emma says:

      Ugh, even tho I knew this was coming, Jho getting paid $17.5 million and given a platform to promote her cr-p music, it still just makes me sick. It’s absolutely disgusting. Idol deserves every bit of the drastic fall in ratings they have gotten.

  48. Simon says:

    I was pretty shocked to see Sam in the bottom 3, especially since I’ve been predicting him to be the winner. No winner has ever been in the bottom 3 this early in the game, and no runner up has since Diana DeGarmo. But the only contestants this season who haven’t been in the bottom 3 yet are Caleb, Alex, Dexter, and Jessica (CJ doesn’t really count since he was a wild card). Honestly, I can’t picture any of those four in the finale, with the exception of maybe Alex. I think people will start to get sick of Caleb’s shtick soon, even though I did like him this week. Jessica seems to me like she’s going toward an Amy Adams/Gina Glocksen rocker chick trajectory rather than an Allison/Haley one. And don’t even get me started on Dexter…

  49. Jaszy says:

    Jessica should sing any song from Patty Griffin’s “Flaming Red” album. I think “Tony” would suit her voice perfectly. I also thinks it’s in her lane genre wise.
    I also think she would sound amazing sing Orianthi’s “How Do You Sleep.” I love that song! I could picture Jess singing it and killing it.
    What are some songs that you think she could sing and slay (in a good way)?!

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      “I’m Sexy and I Know It”.
      Just Kidding. :-)

      I think Miranda Lambert’s “Fastest Girl in Town” would be a good choice!

  50. Adam Fachry says:

    Dif anyone notice how ubiquitous Emmanuel was this week? He was seen near MK’s parent and CJ’s girlfriend. Lol, get that camera shot, bb!

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