American Idol Results Recap: Luh, Actually

american-idol-top-10-results-recap-bottom-3Nobody ever said life was fair.” That’s a lesson I learned early on from the 1981 camp/horror classic Mommie Dearest, and a lesson that was brutally reiterated during tonight’s installment of American Idol.

Halfway through the results telecast, three of the most lovely and talented graduates ever to emerge from The House That Kelly Clarkson Built — Season 8’s Allison Iraheta, Season 10’s Pia Toscano and Season 11’s Jessica Sanchez — engaged in a few seconds of beautiful harmony to kick off… brace for it… judge Jennifer Lopez’s rendition of… of… I don’t wannt type this… please don’t make me type this… ugh it’s my job to type this… “I Luh Ya Papi.”

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I’m not even going to bother reviewing Jenny From the Block’s performance. I’ll just let the “Random Pop-Music Cliché Generator” spit out a few phrases: Bedazzled Daisy Dukes. Backing Track. Soul-Destroying Lyrics. Death of the English Language. Squatting.

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Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. used his “tastemaker” status to champion so-so New Orleans act Royal Teeth, while the show’s producers continue to ignore really terrific new music from the likes of Ms. Iraheta’s band Halo Circus, Ms. Toscano’s new duo, Melinda Doolittle, Skylar Laine, Lee Dewyze (recently featured on The Walking Dead), Elise Testone, Didi Benami and many, many more.

I know, I know, I’m a broken record of the same complaints week after week, season after season. And nobody ever said life was fair.

On that note, let me get to results. Because sometimes, results are all an Idoloonie has left to hold onto.

Sent to Safety (in No Particular Order)
Jessica Meuse
Malaya Watson
Alex Preston
Caleb Johnson
C.J. Harris
Jena Irene
Sam Woolf

Bottom 3 Vote-Getters
Dexter Roberts
Majesty Rose
M.K. Nobilette

Rescued From Jeopardy First
Majesty Rose

Rescued From Jeopardy Second
Dexter Roberts

Lowest Vote-Getter
M.K. Nobilette

“Save-Me Song”
M.K. poured quite a bit of passion into John Legend’s “All of Me,” but despite the judges’ “deep talking” faces and chit-chat, you knew they weren’t gonna use it. I mean, the producers chose to show M.K. asking bandleader Rickey Minor for the opening line to her song — not exactly a ringing endorsement for her readiness to take Candice Freakin’ Glover’s crown and sash. But hey, as exit performances go, this one was solid — a good reminder that while M.K. may have some growing to do, there could be some real musical success at the end of the road.

And with that, I turn it over to you…

What did you think of Season 13 Top 10 results night? Did the right contestant get the boot? If not, who should’ve been cut? And how did you feel seeing/hearing J.Lo on the Idol stage? What about the fact that Allison, Pia and Jessica were backing her? 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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382 Comments
  1. Danny says:

    I think the bottom 3 were the right ones. MK was the right one to leave. I felt bad for her at the end though, right before she sang. She seemed so lost. I’m glad they didn’t use the save though. Saving her would just delay the inevitable.

    I didn’t get the peanut joke that Caleb was talking about. What was that about? Also, I FF thru Lopez’ performance. Did she actually do it live or was this another lie?

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Danny. Jeez, that was heartbreaking, but it had to be done. She’ll learn a lot on tour and has a bright future if she so chooses.

    • 'A' is Alive says:

      Mostly live, which was a recognizable change. She still had a backing track to back her up (like a lot of artist today) but she sang the song live. Plus, like listed above, some good harmonies between her, Allison Iraheta (Season 8), Pia Toscano (Season 10) and Jessica Sanchez (Season 11).

      • Danny says:

        @A- thanks. And nice name change. I won’t have my head up my……… nevermind… my jokes never work.

      • Tom22 says:

        I really liked JLO’s song and performance and I’ve never been a huge fan of her earlier music (actually thats not fair at all .. I enjoyed plenty of nights out dancing at after hours clubs 25 years ago to her music ! her artistry is in making people want to move to her music .. moving people to dance is truly a musical gift and I’m sure she had an immense hand in creating the recordings with their energy beyond the singing part which is only one aspect of the music)

        JLO seems to embrace music as it changes.. whoever thought to bring on the past idols was great.. I love seeing past idols on the show. There is lots to love about Idol.. just wish they were doing more on the key teaching, guiding and arranging to make super contestant performances…but there is lots of improvement in the show other ways…(but lol, without great contestant numbers its a pretty big hole)

        I really liked the band that Harry picked.. I’m going to look up their album and see how the rest of the tracks are.

        It was a fun show for me tonight.. loved Caleb’s imitation of Randy… I liked the stories of the judges first albums.

        I guess with the good feeling I’ll keep from harping on Harry… although, got some new ammo (he saved himself with that band pick!)

        • SallyinChicago says:

          JLo really needs to grow up don’t you think?

          • deedee says:

            Yes. She gorgeous and not old-old or anything, but she is definitely too old to be playing a teenager onstage. Time to ditch the junior high school gear and wear some grownup sexy clothes, and sing some grownup sexy songs.

          • Ed says:

            I couldn’t bear to watch her doing her choreo when she spread her legs whide open in the middle of the song.

            The camera angle was just NOT flattering.

            Her and Madonna just need to stop that.

            The harmonies? Kinda off…. Is it just me?

            And MK. Sort of tragic to watch. Her persona? Sullen and hunchy. It’s tough to watch. Plus the Bieber look and mannerisms just kill it for me. Henceforth I want to watch more. Such a defeated look.

            In post idol interviews, she went to a performing arts school? Don’t they address these issues?

      • MamaLis says:

        Um… what made you think she was singing “mostly live?” Because by my assessment, the beginning harmonies were live, her ad-lib in the middle was live, and then rest was TRACK.

        At least that’s what it looked like to me, which is why I ask.

        • Tom22 says:

          well, it would be sort of silly to sing and dance at the same time and do a lesser job at both, wouldn’t it? The dancing was live.. i don’t think it was a hologram. Its a live show, she danced live, she sung parts live and pre-recorded the part dancing? Makes good sense to me…unless you don’t like dancing? Its a variety show.. I like some dancing. JLO isn’t an amateur singing contestant and even though she showed she can sing in harmony (that was nice encouragement to the contestants) she should do her art the way she does it.. she creates dance music with some vocals as part of her art of motivating people to enjoy themselves and dance.. how her voice sounds in its theatrical qualities is as important as sustaining a note or something.

      • The Other Leah says:

        I feel like Jlo has really stepped up her game (singing) since becoming a judge on Idol. Perhaps a wee bit of insecurity, or a desire to have a relevant opinion? She’s improved a lot over the past few years.

    • You think Majesty deserved to be in the Bottom 3 over CJ?

      • Danny says:

        @Andrew- Yea. Based on her gasping for air when she sings. I know he’s off key a lot, but his body language indicates he’s trying his hardest out there. He also comes across as very likeable, not that Majesty isn’t. It doesn’t appear she’s putting in the effort that he is though. So based on that yea, I’d rather have CJ stick around for a few more weeks than Majesty. It’s not like I think he should win, just that I’d rather her go before he does.

        • The Beach says:

          Gotta disagree with ya on this one, buddy. Just because someone is “trying his hardest” and is “very likable” is not a reason for him/her to remain in the competition when most of their performances have been subpar. There are a lot of likable contestants who are trying very, very hard and are performing better than CJ and Majesty is one of those.

        • Richard says:

          I just watched back all the performances and Majesty no where near deserved to be bottom three. She was flawless. So what if she breathed a little bit? Her vocals were spot on. Here’s the thing: I watch this show to see if there is anyone’s music I would buy after its over. Majesty is the only one this season whose album I would buy. She had me from the moment she sang Violet Hill. Sure, she had two not great weeks but I believe in her as an artist more than anyone else.

          • Ben says:

            I’m more generous in terms of those I could see myself buying albums from – and ultimately it will depend on how good the albums are. But I agree that Majesty is a contender for my dollars, and CJ is not.

          • A says:

            Yes I agree – I bought Wake Me up and listened to it in the car and thought I could listen to an entire CD of Majesty l like this – she was fabulous!. There is a quality to her voice that is just pleasing. No screeching no yelling. I just want to listen. I think she’s incredibly likable. CJ is as well, but I don’t want to buy a CD, sorry. I wish they would have picked Ben ( the other Ben I think his name was) over him. There were several changes to this top 13 that I would have made tho. Well about 4 minimum.

        • Richard says:

          And…CJ was not good. Harry was spot on.

        • Ben says:

          Her gasping for air has been way overblown. I read comments on it before listening to her performance, and thought really? I mean, I still didn’t feel her performance was amazing (even though I then had her third in my view, in a not very amazing night). But the breathyniss certainly was nowhere near as painful as CJ being SOOO out of tune. CJ is incredibly likable, but Majesty also is a likable person. And I can never believe anyone who says ‘it doesn’t seem like someone is putting in the effort’. Come on, you gotta know every single one of them is putting everything they can into it.

          I think it is reasonable to argue that Majesty should have come in fourth to bottom today. Arguing she should have come third to bottom under CJ? There just is no world in which that makes any sense.

          • Danny says:

            Hi Ben- I dunno boss. That gasping was pretty noticeable. I went back and listened to some of AI again. With CJ upon first listen I had thought he was pretty good. Pretty good meaning just below good, not just above it. Like a C or so grade. After listening to it again ok, I’ll fess up maybe pretty bad, like a D. Sometimes ya get a different take when ya listen to a song the 2nd time. A good example of that was Jessica a few weeks ago. After the 2nd listen I upgraded her quite a bit.

            When I said CJ was likeable, I added that it’s not that Majesty isn’t. I just like CJ a little more. I guess it’s different criteria for what our ears can take. I’d rather listen to CJ for a few more weeks than Majesty. They’re both the low hanging fruit. They both need to step up their game or else be in danger of going home. I don’t want to see either one of them overstay their welcome. I like them both as people so I don’t want them to get into that Sanjaya/Tim/Lazaro ridicule area.

            Ironic because both were among my front runners coming into the live shows. Now I see them both as 7/8/9th place finishers.

      • MAB says:

        I am shocked Majesty was in the bottom 3 instead of CJ. He has been very inconsistent and I think Majesty did a whole lot better than him last night. I am not saying she was terrific but he was awful.

      • Temperance says:

        Heck no. CJ was *terrible* – and I love CJ and his bluesy-thing. Majesty might not have been top 3, but she was close.

      • deedee says:

        @Andrew Rogers – I was just coming here to write that. CJ was a thousand times worse than Majesty this week. The chronic sharpness of his singing was driving me crazy. CJ is always just on the verge of being good, but he always manages to miss the mark. Last week was the only time he hit the bulls-eye, but I’m beginning to think that was the anomaly.

      • A says:

        No NO NO and NO. Could not figure that one out. Majesty did a beautiful job. This time people were not voting on singing.

      • Jackie says:

        Why is CJ compared to Majesty when he was not even near the bottom !

        There is much potential, and he does stand out!, along with Sam! Everyone else sounds the same !
        In my humble opinion!
        It’s the votes, everyone!

        • addie says:

          CJ was great last week, but this week was truly awful, and I just don’t see him having what it takes. Majesty had issues last week, but had a solid performance this week, much better than CJ, or Malaya for that matter. Don’t understand why she ended up in the bottom 3; wasn’t deserved.

    • LB says:

      The peanut joke was brought up last night. Caleb was talking about how the contestants have been doing practical jokes on each other. One of the jokes was to put peanuts in Alex’s shoes or underwear or some such place (can’t remember where exactly) because Alex is allergic to peanuts.

      • Danny says:

        @LB- Got it and thanks. I vaguely recall that now that ya brought it up. I didn’t think it was offensive though.

        • Terry says:

          My friend’s son is deathly allergic to peanuts, so I can see how they wouldn’t find it funny.

          • Danny says:

            @Terry- That’s a fair statement. I’m also allergic to peanuts. Not deathly, but more than a rash type thing. They’ll make me big time sick. Cashews and a few other assorted nuts have the same effect. I guess while I didn’t find it offensive, I can see where others would.

        • deedee says:

          I’m wondering if the producers told him to do some damage control on the air. They don’t need lawsuits because some kid watched the show and got the idea to put peanuts in an allergic classmate’s gym shorts.

      • Foxfire says:

        Apparently the people with peanut allergies were highly offended by this “joke” and flooded the station with calls of complaint. Caleb also said he put super glue on the toilet seat and Dexter got stuck but nobody complained about that one.

        • BobL says:

          Peanut allergies are a very serious thing. They can be life-threatening in some cases.. And putting super glue on a toilet seat is not a practical joke. If Caleb ever did that to me I would put my fist through some of the teeth on that ugly, smug mug of his.

          • Foxfire says:

            Of course they are serious and that is why Caleb so humbly apologized.
            About the superglue prank, what if Dexter had ripped off something while trying to get unstuck? He would be singing soprano next week.

          • claudia says:

            The super glue was a joke. Dexter said that didn’t really happen.

      • Eric S says:

        I still don’t get why he had to apologize for that. Stupidest thing I have heard in a while on the show. Some people say that Alex was upset about it. God I hope not. Friends bust each other’s balls. That is what you do.

        • Foxfire says:

          I get Caleb’s frat boy humor but I guess a lot of people thought he was being insensitive to peanut allergy sufferers. *shrug.

          • Terry says:

            IDK, I think it depends on the severity of the allergy. If you accidentally eat something that has been in contact with peanuts and get a little rash, that’s one thing, but if you accidentally eat something that has been in contact with peanuts and end up near death in the ICU, that’s quite another. I can see why parent’s of young children with severe allergies to peanuts wouldn’t find that funny. You wouldn’t want kids at school copying the frat boy humor if it was your child with the allergy, would you?

          • Foxfire says:

            Well no, but I didn’t think Caleb was being serious either. I sincerely hope nobody was tempted to copy that prank in real life. You just never know I guess.

          • AlyB says:

            It’s serious because exposing someone with severe reactions could potentially kill someone. No joke. The superglue thing was beyond the pale too. Caleb lost my votes this week. Frankly I now think he’s kind of a jerk. What he did wasn’t funny, it showed a cruel streak. There’s a huge difference between a harmless prank and doing things that could actually hurt someone. That he doesn’t seem to know the difference and finds it amusing says a lot about him.

          • Isn’t Caleb a bit old for “frat humor”?

          • LeahKittyS says:

            He’s 22, even if he doesn’t look it. If he were in college he’d be a senior, or maybe still a junior depending on when his birthday is.

        • Ben says:

          @Eric – Caleb is currently competing in a popularity competition – its far more likely it was some Tweets or something he was thinking of than Alex being offended.

        • Julie Anderson says:

          Alex’s own dad tweeted immediately after the joke that he loved how they were teasing each other. I highly doubt Alex was offended. I did read angry tweets directed at AI immediately after the joke from mothers of children with peanut allergies.

      • Jac says:

        The joke about peanut allergies was offensive as its termed a disability as it impairs the quality of life. Exposure to peanuts if allergic can result in an anaphylactic reaction too often resulting in death. Majority of the population don’t know the severity of peanut allergies – it would be like making fun if someone because they were physically disabled. It’s no joke. I’m glad he said what he did, it provided an excellent opportunity for discussion.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Did you just say that peanut allergies are a disability? Oh sweet Jesus. I’m allergic to shellfish. Should I get a handicapped placard for my car?

          • Temperance says:

            Peanut allergy is not a ‘disability’. Geesh.

          • To Angie and Temperance: Legally, severe food allergies may be considered a disability under the federal Americans with Disability Act per a 2009 amendment. In a document related to its settlement with a college in Massachusetts in December 2012 but announced in January 2013, the Department of Justice stated:

            1. Is a food allergy considered a disability under the ADA?

            A: It depends. A disability as defined by the ADA is a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as eating. Major life activities also include major bodily functions, such as the functions of the gastrointestinal system. Some individuals with food allergies have a disability as defined by the ADA, particularly those with more significant or severe responses to certain foods. This would include individuals with celiac disease and others who have autoimmune responses to certain foods, the symptoms of which may include difficulty swallowing and breathing, asthma, or anaphylactic shock.

            At least one state court (Iowa Court of Appeals) has similarly concluded that food allergies can be considered a disability under that state’s Civil Rights Act relying in part on the the 2009 amendment to the federal ADA.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Sweet Baby Jesus, this country is going to Hell in a handbasket. I’m allergic to bell peppers and kiwi fruit. This is ridiculous.

          • ChrissieK says:

            OK, you made me laugh out loud!!!

          • The Beach says:

            I’m allergic to bee/wasp stings…swell up like a basketball. Now gimme my SSDI !!!

          • Jac says:

            Anaphylactic food allergies yes they are deemed a disability. If your shellfish allergy impairs your mobility, yes you probably need a placard for your car.

        • Elizabeth says:

          If Alex were so allergic to peanuts that he’d die if he got near them, the other contestants and everyone on AI would have known that. That is no laughing matter and I can’t believe that Caleb, or anyone else, would joke about something like that. I took Caleb’s remarks as juvenile pranks. It didn’t make me think either more or less of him.

    • marie says:

      The way I saw it, JLo sang the opening of the “song” live, along with a very wonderful Allison/Pia/Jessica blend; once she began “dancing,” she was lip-synching (and not particularly well).

      • Terry says:

        Can’t for the life of me understand why the producers of this show, a LIVE singing competition, completely tarnish it’s integrity by letting someone who can’t sing live perform on it. It’s nonsensical, and they’re paying her to “sing” that dreadful song which makes it even more offensive.

    • MariMari says:

      I would have put CJ in the bottom instead of Majesty – based on last night performances. His was a pitchy mess.

    • Joe says:

      How CJ was not in the bottom 3 with arguably one of the worst ever performances in Idol history is ASTOUNDING. MK deserved to go, but Dexter and Majesty not getting more votes than him is mind boggling. And if you honestly think because Majesty “gasped” a few times but sang perfectly on key while CJ defined caterwauling on live TV, I feel badly for you. I don’t have a horse in this race and seeing someone rationalize horrid live singing over someone who did an okay job is just the height of lunacy. CJ has had one passable live performance. One. The rest have been abysmal.

    • SallyinChicago says:

      MK seems not to have any “gusto” and therefore wouldn’t become a “star”, something the judges keep saying they want.
      As for Jlo– when is she going to grow up? Cher and Madonna are the only ones I can think of that can pull that “Peter Pan” forever act.

    • Kim R says:

      I was really surprised that CJ didn’t at least end up in the bottom 3. His sang his entire song in the wrong key. It was painful to the ears!

    • claudia says:

      No, it wasn’t live & it was horrible.

    • sandi says:

      Did you notice MK’s body language, it spoke volumes! She was acting like a spoiled brat. I am glad she is gone.

      • ChrissieK says:

        Sandi…absolutely agree. She never like joined in…I’ve noticed when the cameras settle on the “lounge” the others are laughing and clapping and singing along and she just wasn’t on it at all. Sourpuss was all I could think about her and that a star doesn’t make.

    • Alienate says:

      I believe Caleb apologized for the “peanut” joke because people with severe peanut allergies can die from exposure to peanuts. They prolly got numerous complaints from mommies with allergic kids and no sense of humor.

  2. Danny says:

    btw/ what’s Didi Benami up too? Did she put something out? I just googled her and nothing new showed up.

    • Mytake says:

      Click the link Michael provided and it will take you to her new song Trouble. I went to all the links and then delved deeper with some of the singers/bands and really liked a lot of it.
      ~
      Michael is so right! Why would the Idol producers start this new segment of showing up and coming singers/bands based on people we have no clue who they are (even if some of them are halfway decent) when they have 12 seasons of singers we know, love and have rooted for in the past. And who are ALSO trying to get some or more exposure for their post idol careers. I would far rather watch Alison’s new band or Didi sing her new song or have Melinda up on that stage blowing our minds than any of the “semi” alright groups we’ve seen so far based on the judges picks.
      ~
      Of course the big problem with someone like Melinda coming back to idol, the producers know that once we were reminded of what superior singing really sounds like, we’d all stop watching this years crop of pretenders

      • Timmah says:

        I’m a bit disappointed that Uncle PB doesn’t seem to get this. Instead he’s doing the same thing that Nigel did, booking these acts that the core audience has never heard of in an attempt to woo younger viewers, who aren’t going to tune in anyway.

        • Stormy says:

          I’d rather they booked Imagine Dragons or Band of Skulls. But alt rock is my thing.

        • deedee says:

          @ Timmah – When did Nigel do that? Nigel was connected to the show like his baby. He knew all the contestants and often gave them a chance in the results shows. I don’t recall him bringing in unknowns as musical guests — only established acts and former idols.
          .
          And since I haven’t said it yet on this thread: Per Blankens is killing this show for me. (Don’t worry, if you miss this PSA, I’ll be repeating it in every thread from now until the final confetti shower … unless “Uncle PB” decides to replace that too, with balloons, or a swirling light show, or a flock of doves or something). :(

          • Timmah says:

            Nigel used more established acts, yes, but they were mostly unknown to Idol’s core audience. There aren’t many 50 year olds that can name a Flo Rida hit.

          • deedee says:

            Well, yeah, but Flo Rida is on mainstream radio and even if you don’t know his name or the name of his songs, they are played everywhere and are familiar to most ears. I just don’t see the logic of the “tastemaker” segment, whereas I can fully get behind bringing in younger well-established acts who have mainstream success – even if the “older” demo isn’t necessarily buying that music.

      • Danny says:

        @Mytake- Thank you. I totally missed that link. Now if I could just get the video to play. Grrrr. It’s totally black. I read the story about it though. I’ll see if I can get it from another source.

      • JM says:

        Doesn’t AI have contracts with these singers and would make money if we bought their music? Doesn’t make sense that they wouldn’t showcase them.

        • Mark says:

          No, they don’t. A few of them get deals with 19 Entertainment, but most of them get dropped when their first albums don’t chart. Sometimes the album isn’t even released.

          • Elizabeth says:

            Even if AI doesn’t make money off of them, showcasing former contestants strengthens the brand.

          • Mark says:

            I’m not so sure. Showcasing the successes–Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and to a lesser extent Adam Lambert, Philip Philips and a few others–certainly reinforces the story they are trying to sell that AI produces stars. But does it really help them sell the show when they bring back viewer favorites who are struggling in obscurity? Contestants who have failed to chart, have been dropped by their labels and are still hoping to get signed? I think it’s mere fan service–it rewards some of the long time viewers, but it doesn’t help sell the show to a broader audience.

  3. I totally agree. MK’s elimination was far from shocking, she had been in the Bottom 3 or 2 every week since Top 13 began, other than last week. It was a little shocking that both Keith and Jennifer really wanted to save her so much, given that there are some people that have done far better than her that could use the Save if necessary. I would love for CJ to have been in the Bottom 3 tonight over Majesty, but I guess she just couldn’t come fully back from being close to being eliminated last week. I think Dexter being Bottom 2 was exactly where he should be. He needs to step it up or he’ll be gone soon.

    • Danny says:

      Someone yesterday made a point of the low hanging fruit. Dexter and Majesty should be the next ones to go unless they pick it up. Then CJ, then Sam. I guess the order could be disputed, but those seem to be the low hanging fruit.

      • Lynn says:

        That was my comment and I think you have it just right. Those are the most vulnerable contestants and whoever goes earliest or has a dull or bad performance is getting the hook. Of course, next week is “pretend you’re Mick Jagger” week, so Sam and Majesty are better candidates.The only band I see Sam fronting is N-Sync 2014.

        • Stormy says:

          The band I see Sam fronting is The Stone Canyon Band. Since Sam thinks he’s Rick Nelson, he should sing Garden Party. Majesty would do OK with Sugarland’s “Baby Girl”.

      • Foxfire says:

        I hope being in the bottom 3 will motivate Dexter to stop playing it so safe and try not to do another karaoke performance next week.

        • Danny says:

          @Fox- I don’t think there’s really anything correctable in a week or 2 that Dexter can do. His personality is that of a nice enough guy, but he’s listless a lot of times.

          • Foxfire says:

            Miracles can happen Danny :). I would like to see Dexter set the stage on fire and be the 2nd coming of Elvis Presley next week, but maybe I’m an eternal optimist.

          • Stormy says:

            ITA. His apparent lack of energy makes me think “If he doesn’t care, why should I?”. He needs to come out swinging with a really bombastic performance. Maybe Georgia Satellites “Don’t Hand Me No Lines” or Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?”.

      • Laura says:

        Totally disagree about sam I can see him in the top 3!

        • LeahKittyS says:

          As much trouble as Majesty’s had recently, I still predict that the Top 6 will be her, Jessica, Jena, Alex, Caleb, and Sam. Maybe Malaya could break the wall, but she has to continue the growth arc if she’s gonna do that.

          • Mary says:

            I think Malaya are taking votes away from Majesty. She is showing improvement, which AI audience likes, and Majesty is going in the wrong direction. Yes she can turn it around, but she has to knock it out of the park to do that. Can she, with her fear of leaving, I’m not so sure.

          • AlyB says:

            I completely agree with that top 6 list. Majesty can do this but she desperately needs a vocal coach to break some of her bad habits. The things that are leading to her shaky performances are fixable.

          • addie says:

            Majesty’s a much better choice for the top than Malaya. She’s got better tone, more creativity, and a more diverse range than Malaya. I don’t understand why the judges keep praising Malaya so extensively week after week; her performances don’t merit the praise they throw at her.

      • April says:

        I agree with the “low hanging fruit” in no particular order. As much as I like MKz voice, she’s boring on stage. I think she’s a good recording artist and a good role model, but not Idol material.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I agree CJ should have been in the bottom too. I think people are underestimating how likable that dude is – and that goes a long way on this here show. He’ll be gone soon though. I guess I can understand why America didn’t feel Majesty completely rebounded – but dang, I’m not sure she could sing much better. Her magic from the first 2 weeks is definitely gone though, and I’m not sure what she must do to get it back… Hm…

      • Danny says:

        @Teeny- it’s not her singing on the output (not sure of the term). It’s when she breathes in. It’s like she’s gasping for air. That’s distracting. Basically her songs are nice voice followed by gasping for air followed by nice voice and so on.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Danny. I heard someone say this last night so I re-listened and I totally hear that breathing thing – I guess I am just not bothered by it. Wow dude, good ears?! I would have never noticed that… I think I was bothered more by how uncomfortable she looked. That was a first.

          • AlyB says:

            That audible intake of breath is distracting at first and downright annoying by the end of the song. It pulls the listener out of the moment and I think that even if it just registeres subconsciously, it kills the flow. The vocal coaches have to help her break that habit immediately. She has to breathe from her diaphragm instead of a shallow upper chest breath and practice lowering her tongue to open her airway without having to open her mouth wide. If she can’t master that by next week she needs to pull back from the mic or cheat turn her face right before she takes a breath. I’m kind of surprised no one worked with her on that. I like Majesty a lot. She just needs a little technical help to really shine because the voice is there.

        • Dianne C says:

          I think Majesty’s nerves have gotten to her. She looked scared on Wed., hard for me to even talk when in a similar mode so maybe it’s affecting her breath? Hope she overcomes it.

    • Mark says:

      It would have made no sense whatsoever to save MK. She may be great kid with a sweet voice, but saving her would have just delayed the inevitable. IMO, the save should only be used on someone who has a genuine shot at winning. A person who has landed in the bottom three in three of the first four weeks, and who never looks comfortable on stage has no chance of winning. At this point it’s a little too early to predict the finalists, but based on the first four live shows and the judge’s feedback, I would guess that only Alex, Caleb, and possibly Jena or Majesty would get saved–and Majesty’s chances are tenuous. This could change over the next two to three weeks, but right now that is where things seem to be headed. And for the record, I don’t think Jena has earned a save, either, but they seem to love her. She’s what Randy would call “current.”

  4. Erika says:

    How does someone as memorable as Majesty or as country as Dexter not get as many votes as sorta-acoustic-sorta-country-but-mostly-invisible CJ?

    • Danny says:

      I’m not saying the guy is great, but CJ was better than those 2 IMO. Majesty has this habit of sounding like she’s gasping for air when she sings. Dexter walks around aimlessly. CJ at least has some personality. Dexter being in the bottom 2 gave me hope that country fans aren’t putting up their guy no matter how bad he is.

      • Joe says:

        You’re everything that’s wrong with the voting public when you vote for disturbingly bad singing because you like personality. It’s the bad old days on Idol again. Huzzah.

        • Stormy says:

          This is only my opinion based on talking to friends and co-workers. CJ is getting the votes because he is the only black male. Those disposed to vote on ethnicity must choose or split their votes between Majesty and Malaya for the girls, but CJ has no counterpart. I’m not saying this is fact, just the way people around me are voting.

        • Danny says:

          @Joe- I didn’t vote for either of them. The topic was which one would ya rather have around for awhile. Between those 2 I’d say CJ. That doesn’t mean I voted for the guy though.

    • Foxfire says:

      I thought CJ would be in trouble after last nights badly out of tune performance. I don’t get it either. I’m glad they didn’t use the save tonight on MK, they may need to use it on Majesty pretty soon. Can’t understand why she isn’t getting the votes since she was predicted to win by many.

      • Mary says:

        I personally don’t think they should use the save on her. She has been in the bottom two weeks in a row. The save should be for someone like Alex, Jessica or even Jena. They show the most potential in my eyes.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I think Dexter picked a song that was *too* popular [45 million view on Youtube blah blah...] – it really only showed how mediocre he is as a country singer. Keith and Harry keep telling him he has to find a way to distinguish himself – he actually needs to do that *now.* I don’t know what happened to Majesty?? But CJ is likable and this show has always been a popularity contest as well as a singing show.

    • David says:

      sympathy votes maybe? his fans new he was in danger so they rallied.

  5. OhMy says:

    The Lost Season

    • Gailer says:

      Spot on! This season is a total mess.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      It is definitely a weird one. Honestly, I think I am only watching for the judging panel…

    • Kaba says:

      I feel sorry for the actual formidable talent that is going to be disregarded because so many people never impress.

    • Owen says:

      I will always argue, no matter how this season turns out, that Season Nine (though I dearly loved Crystal Bowersox) and Season Twelve (despite the perfection of Candice Glover) are worse seasons as the whole of the Top 12/13 go.

      • OhMy says:

        Can’t argue entirely, but your Bowersox example leads me away from you on that season. I will give you last year.

        • Tom22 says:

          You’re certainly entitled to your preferences but I would definitely put Crystal on my personal top ten favorite idols ever list . _favorite_ we’ll all enjoy some more than others. The tone of her voice and her interpretations of what songs meant to her really touched me.

      • Ben says:

        Completely agree, and I continue to think that anyone who keeps suggesting this is the worst season didn’t watch the first 4, which were all essentially terrible beyond the top 5 or 6.

        • MC says:

          The first three seasons were bad, but I don’t think they were quite as depressing as this one. I’d rather watch a couple of excellent singers (e.g., a Kelly, a Clay or a Latoya) perform week after week than watch a whole slate of thoroughly mediocre people bore me. That’s just me, though.
          I have to disagree about season four. I saw every episode and thought that most of the top ten was very talented. Bo and Carrie by themselves were a hundred times better than anyone from this season. People greatly anticipated those performances (from Bo and Carrie) every week. This season the fans are simply hoping the singers don’t embarrass themselves on each show.

          • Ben says:

            Bo and Carrie were good… and Anwar was decent. And the rest was horrible. Sorry. Anthony Fedorov at 4? Scott Savol at 5? Not a good season.

            And I’d rather watch 10 pretty good performances than 2 great ones. I can’t get behind the idea of judging a season based on one or two singers only, but I get that some people may feel that way. I guess that’s why some people disagree with me that season 12 was awful, just because Candice was phenomenal.

          • MC says:

            @Ben – Thank you for your reply. I have to confess that I don’t watch these singing shows for “pretty good” performances. I am always looking for something great and that (and only that) is what will bring me back each week. Are you saying there have been plenty of pretty good performances this season? I think that, even using the rather feeble “pretty good” standard, very few performances from this season have met that standard. There have been some horrendous covers and mediocrity (or “pretty good”) seems to be the very most we will ever get from this group. Going back to season four, Vonzell Solomon was considered to be a top flight vocalist. Am I the only one with that opinion? No, almost everyone who watched and/or blogged the show shared that view. Nadia Turner was also outstanding. Simon praised both of them frequently. I have no doubt they would blow away anyone from this year’s group. Constantine Maroulis was consistently good and eventually moved onto Broadway after the show. He can definitely carry a tune. He’s improved since AI, but he was always good. Anwar delivered some phenomenal vocals and he was much better than anyone from this season. He was certainly much more than “decent.” Nikko Smith and Anthony Fedorov almost always delivered competent vocals, at least on par with anything from this season. Scott Savol was mostly terrible and Jessica Sierra was decent, but forgettable. I think 99% of people would watch a show that featured Bo and Carrie singing their butts off every week (along with six other “pretty good” or better singers)
            compared to this season that rarely, if ever, features any outstanding performances and includes several embarrassing ones (not just a few from Scott Savol). Once again, people loved to watch AI in season four. It was never a chore and it definitely seems like a chore this season.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            But are there 10 pretty good ones? I only watched four of them, and two were bloody awful. I think that would be a valid argument if the season didn’t have so many trainwrecks, but I fail to see how your argument holds for this season in particular. I’d say that was more true the season Phil Phillips won.

          • tealeaves says:

            @Angie_overrated, the first 2 of the 10 were both deservedly in the bottom 3. One of them went home. So if you only watched the first 4, you watched 2 of the worst of the night.

      • Joe says:

        Season 9 was the worst hands down. This is running neck and neck with it. Only Jena and Alex can possibly save it.

      • MamaLis says:

        I’m going to completely agree with you on Season 9, Owen. And IF you’re “caveating” the perfection of Candice …hmmmm…. given they completely botched the male talent and the lunacy of the judging, you might have a series point on last year.

        BTW.. if anyone is still in this room. What is the “voting scandal” that was associated with Seasons 2, 4, 5 and 9 on Idol?

        • tealeaves says:

          @MamaLis I am intrigued! I don’t know about any ‘voting scandals’ for those season.
          For season 2, the finale was close. I think there were reports that the phone lines were jammed for Clay and that is why he lost by a small margin after leading in the votes all season. I don;t know if there were other voting scandals for that season. For the others, I don’t know what the scandals might be.

        • I know in season 4 there was a mess up with the numbers on the screen so they had a “do-over” night around top 11 where they replayed the performances with correct numbers.

    • Temperance says:

      Frankly, I like it much better than any of the Simon Cowell years. He ruins everything.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      It seems like every year someone posts “This is the worst season EVER”. Personally I hated the season Carrie Underwood won. to each his own, I suppose. It’s worth watching this year to see the judging.

  6. Kaba says:

    Sucks MK had to leave, I liked her and think next weeks theme would have been perfection for her, but this was more than inevitable.
    Oh well, this week kind of thoroughly turned me off from idol for whatever reason so I probably won’t really be watching with any interest any longer.
    I’m just rooting for Malaya, Caleb, and Alex at this point.

    • Name This Tune says:

      I am with you. I didn’t watch tonight just checked online to see who left. Just not entertained and it feels like we’re just slowly watching the show die.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Like a terminally ill family member. You want to show support, but it’s just so sad. Wow, that was dark. lol
        I haven’t given up hope for season 14 especially if Harry sticks around.

    • Stormy says:

      How would next week’s theme be perfection for her? Her voice is so weak she couldn’t sing over a harp. Fronting a band would lose her completely.

  7. Mike says:

    I LUH YA SLEZAK!

  8. Natalie says:

    I really enjoyed MK week after week, I feel soothed by her voice and enjoyed her performances immensely. I thought she had a cool style and was adorable. Had I been a judge I would have saved her though she might have been sent home soon after because of her bottom 3 history. But Jessica also had a week where she got the least amount of votes. So… I will eagerly await any music she may produce. Great voice, nice personality, cutie.

  9. Richard says:

    M.K. needed to go home after performance last night and once she gets over to the couches she stands and kept her arms crossed. She was sulking if she can’t take the judges feedback tjen she didn’t need to be in the competition.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yeah, opening sulking or coming off as entitled/arrogant doesn’t really play well with Idol voters… [I'll say "most" of the time.]

      • Foxfire says:

        I’m glad I missed the first hour of the show last night if MK was behaving like a spoiled child. I’m really surprised she would behave in such an immature manner. Maybe she was just upset with herself and not the judges critique?

        • Renee says:

          I think it’s more likely she was upset with herself – she was trying to do everything they want, including working the crowd, and just lost her place in the song. That moment derailed the rest of the performance. Though honestly Harry had a point even before she stumbled – if you’re going to karaoke Pink – you need to be as good as Pink and MK really wasn’t.

          • Foxfire says:

            What a shame….maybe MK needed another year or 2 to practice before making it onto the show? Who knows, with more time and experience she can try for out for The Voice since she gained so many fans from Idol.

          • marie says:

            I agree, Renee, I got “upset,” not “arrogant.”

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Foxfire. To be fair, I don’t think she knew she was coming off that way, and the judges didn’t mince words at all with her and that’s gotta be hard. The judges are doing this thing this season – where if they are mystified/hate your performance – they keep throwing shade long after your performance is over …. Personally, I only like to be told “I suck” once. Call me old-fashioned :)

          • Foxfire says:

            True, I’ve noticed Jessica Meuse being close to tears a time or two after a rough critique by the judges. I do hate to see them eviscerated like that and I can understand them being upset about it.

          • Blank Slate says:

            Absolutely. Ryan inartfully if unintentionally (or perhaps intentionally) said “Well we got off to a slow start” making MK feel as wanted as a dead cockroach in one’s soup.

            I really felt her sadness in her final song tonight. I hope she finds success in life. She has talent. May it blossom from this day forward!

    • Mytake says:

      My problem with MK last night was the snippet they show after the performance backstage. She said she disagreed with Harry and she thought it was one of her best performances!! My Gawd! She lost the lyrics and wandered aimlessly on the stage and didn’t seem to know how to pull it back together for over half the dang song! If she considers that was one of her best performances then there was no hope of her actually improving because she’s completely delusional on what truly constitutes a “good” performance.

      • McJagger says:

        They showed the whole clip on the results show. She actually said it was a good performance until she messed up. I don’t think the producers/director did her any favors with the cutaways they showed in the live rounds

      • Mary says:

        In all fairness she was not ready for this competition. She made the tour and hopefully she can learn and grow, if she so chooses, and perfect her craft. If this is her passion, MK has to find a way to get over her fear and shine. AI was not the place to do it. I give her credit for trying out but she has to have more confidence in herself or she will never succeed.

    • Miss Fabulous says:

      I’m glad someone else noticed that, Richard. Personally I don’t know how she even got to Hollywood week or in the words of my 10 yr old ….”how did she even get a golden ticket….she’s horrible”. Lol …anyway I have watched the ways she acts when she is on the couch or after a performance ….she never claps for her other idol performers and she constantly just sits there with her arms folded with a pout on, all the other singers support her when she performs but she just sits there it’s as if she’s mad that the other performers are getting good reviews. And do the judges feel the need to keep saying how “good” she looks every week because that is all that they can come up with. I don’t even think she should be going on tour, Emily should still be on there and she should be going. At least she can sing! I know we are glad MK is gone, now she can go sulk n pout at home where she belongs from day one of auditions! Bring back Simon, that’s when they casted real talent and auditions were FUN and the show was great!

  10. Marta says:

    So apparently CJ has people? (Who vote harder than Dexter’s people??) Who knew??

  11. Lynn says:

    I think what made the difference for CJ, although Dexter was square on the bottom in the poll here, was that both Keith and Jennifer said he sang the song perfectly in rehearsals and Harry said that if he disciplined himself, his “intonation” problem would be fixed. You can’t really fix boring and predictable, well, I guess technically you can, but Dexter seems way too low key for this competition. CJ comes across as wanting to deliver a great performance and Dexter doesn’t seem to be able to communicate that as well.

    • Danny says:

      @Lynn- I hadn’t thought of that, but good point. CJ’s body language is that he’s trying as hard as he can. Dexter’s is more like he’s going grocery shopping.

      • Foxfire says:

        If Dexter happens to have any charisma whatsoever next week is the time to start showing it.
        The karaoke performances have to stop or he’s a goner sooner rather than later. What does it take to get this kid excited about being on Idol?

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        This!!! Besides, being totally likable – he is always gracious and happy and smiling *and* just looks like he is trying as hard as he possibly can. Dexter? I really don’t know if he cares.

        • Foxfire says:

          I think Dexter is a “live in the moment” kind of guy. He’s just having the time of his life and doesn’t seem to be terribly ambitious about making it big in Nashville after the show. Whatever happens will happen and he will be happy. Whether training dogs or making a hit record Dexter will be satisfied either way. He’s not a terribly complicated guy. Now Caleb has a fire in his belly and is another story.

          • deedee says:

            For some reason I thought Dexter was the guy who mopped floors in a convenience store, not a dog trainer. Who’s the store clerk guy, then?

          • tealeaves says:

            @deedee the store clerk disappeared early on! He was one of my favorite auditions. I don’t think we ever even heard from him in Hollywood.

          • deedee says:

            Thanks, tealeaves!

        • N0S4A2 says:

          I’ve always wondered what people mean when they put “THIS” in their comments. Is this an acronym for something? Can someone enlighten me? :)

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I’d argue that “boring and predictable” as you call them are FAR FAR FAR easier fixes than not being able to sing in pitch. How someone sings a song in rehearsal is entirely irrelevant. Can you imagine the scores of basketball games if we could count all the 3-pointers you hit in practice? Yeah, it doesn’t work that way.

      • Ben says:

        I don’t think so, because the people singing in this competition are already musical. singing in pitch should be an easy fix, its not like they are tone deaf. Overcoming ‘boring and predictable’ is often about changing a persons most deep seated fears, their ingrained personality, or their musical limitations.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Dunno about that. Even with all the rounds of eliminations, they still get some duds, sometimes deep into the finals. Didn’t Lazaro place 6th last year? A performance that off pitch indicates his ear is bad, especially since he had his guitar with him. If he had a good ear like some of his fans are claiming, that would have come out while he was playing the guitar because he’d hear that his pitch was outside of the chord he was playing. People with good ears don’t make mistakes like that. And it wasn’t just one phrase, it was almost the entirety of the song.

        • The Beach says:

          I totally disagree. Singing in pitch is in no way an easy fix. Stage presence, breath control (Majesty) and such are correctable with vocal training and with coaching. If someone consistently sings sharp or off pitch it is more an innate thing and is much harder to fix, if at all. You either have an “ear” or you don’t…or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about and neither do others. Maybe a voice major or vocal coach could weigh in on the subject.

          • The Beach says:

            Wow, Angie_O…while I was writing my post you came along and said basically the same thing :-)

          • Lynn says:

            Don’t argue with me, argue with Harry, that’s what he said. My point was that it would seem harder to get people to pay attention to when your nature is laid back than it is to correct an “intonation issue” when people already like and support you.

          • justsaying says:

            sometimes it’s hard to hear if you’re on the write note with the band playing and how the PA system is set up. Without good monitors, it’s easy to sing on the wrong note. that includes the earpiece. it can be distracting. that being said. he’s had a few weeks to practice at it now, and if he still can’t figure out how to hear the pitch right, then it might be more than just a technical issue. he stated before that he’s always had a problem singing sharp. Most men tend to sing sharp and women to sing flat. There are tricks to get over that, but mostly it’s just practice, practice, practice. But you’ve got to be able to hear when you are doing it or all that practice is for naught. yes, im a singer who has had training…

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Really? Women tend to sing flat and men sharp? I’ve got a masters degree in vocal performance and have NEVER heard that. Not to say it’s not true, but I’ve never heard it. My experience is that most folks, men and women, tend to go flat (not sharp) when they fall off pitch. Can you recommend something I can read to prove your point, because if that’s true, I’d like to understand why that’s the case. I’m suspicious that it is true, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

      • The Beach says:

        Exactly!

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Beach, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… any fan of Kree is a fan of mine. A man or woman of remarkable taste is what you are. :)

      • deedee says:

        I agree that it’s hard to fix pitch if your ear isn’t naturally sensitive to it. But with someone like CJ, it seems to be more a problem with hearing himself during performances. Boring and predictable, I’d say, are much harder to address than something technical.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          I guess what I’m trying to say is you can sing on pitch, or you can’t. There is nothing that’s going to happen in a week or two that will get you technically ready to sing in tune if you can’t already, whereas there’s a whole lot that one can do in a week or two if the criticism is that you don’t command a stage.

          • Lynn says:

            My understanding (from both Jennifer and Keith comments about his “perfect” performance in rehearsals) was that it was the pressure of performing live that caused him to sing out of tune, sing sharp and that’s why Harry stressed the discipline and Jennifer stressed the practice, so that when he got on stage with the record light on, he would have all that to fall back on. It’s easier to discipline yourself than to get a new personality.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Lynn, as someone who gets paid to sing, I strongly disagree, but we can agree to disagree on this point.

  12. DAG says:

    Royal Teeth su-ucked! Please, you’ll have more people tune in if we can hear new music from our favorites from past seasons.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Okay, I thought it was just me. That was truly awful.

      • BobL says:

        Completely agree. God, they were awful. Maybe Harry is sleeping with that co-lead redhead, ’cause I can’t believe he honestly thinks that music is any good.

        • Foxfire says:

          I had to mute them. Guess they were having a bad night.

        • Tori Ellen says:

          They’re fun live, but the vocals were definitely off. Musically they’re a bit derivative of a few 80’s bands, but the studio version of the song is a pretty good pop tune. With that said, the song was released at 2 years ago. For better or worse, the visual performance matters in a live setting. Finally, let’s not forget that pre-autotune most pop/rock stars of the 80’s hit bum notes. Madonna either didn’t sing or tuned down close to an octave on some tours. U2’s Bono was frequently out of key in the 80’s (especially the first half). Duran Duran’s vocalist had issues too.

          All that aside, there are better bands from South LA, but this band does seem to have potential, so I can see why Harry picked them.

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        I rather listen to a dentist drilling a tooth than Royal Teeth….

        • LeahKittyS says:

          And you have an incredible voice, so you should know what good music sounds like. Lovely job at the Oscars, by the way.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Ditto… it sucked doggie dong.

    • Thea says:

      The mix was definitely off, but what I could here of the male lead was just not good. We’ll still probably hear them on a CW show soon.

    • Tom22 says:

      I loved them ! I thoroughly enjoyed their performance ! Guess there are different tastes for different people.. I’d really hope for more like them.

    • Bonnie A. says:

      They had to do a lot of jumping, have a multi-colored light show behind them and drop confetti to make up for the horrible music! That was just a terrible performance, musically.

  13. Wait did you just acknowledge Lee DeWyze’s existence? World imploding in 3… 2…

    • Owen says:

      Lee DeWyze has had two major network shows showcase songs he’s recorded (and I believe written). “Heart of Dixie” and “Walking Dead”. If Lee DeWyze, who sang off key and was the worst WGWG ever to win (or even be a finalist) on Idol, can have a career, any one of these kids can have a career. As Katy Perry, Rhianna and countless others have demonstrated, auto tune in the studio (and now pretty much on the concert stage) can mask a lot of flaws. I’m not sure if Lee has developed any charisma yet, but maybe that can be learned as well…

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Ouch. That’s a little harsh, don’t you think? Lee’s not as bad as everybody says. I acknowledge him as well this week, in the newest chapter of “Treasure of the Twelve Kingdoms.”

        • justsaying says:

          Treasure of the Twelve Kingdoms? My god, you’re writing American Idol fanfic? Please someone get this girl a life. STAT! seriously, if you want to be a writer and this is your attempt at practicing, there are so many other subjects you could tackle. And I mean it about getting a life. It will make your writing fuller and, i don’t know… interesting? What you have done is the equivalent of writing the saga of your belly lint….

          • LeahKittyS says:

            That’s a little rude, don’t you think? I have Asperger’s Syndrome and American Idol is one of my points of interest (for a lot of Aspies it’s trains.) I have been writing these stories since I was 13. In addition to these comment section tidbits, I have a full-scale musical for each of the 12 seasons, and I’m making another one this year. I have no intention of publishing them, but I have a sizable following on Deviant Art. And if you knew me at all you would see I have a lot of non-Idol related stories in the works. Don’t judge a girl for her creative outlets.

          • SmellyBelly says:

            the saga of your belly lint… LOL

      • Suzi says:

        I’ve seen Lee many times, and he always sings on key and his shows are a lot of fun. He’s a good songwriter, and like most good artists, I think he eats, breathes and sleeps music. He’s a tireless worker at his craft and great to his fans. I’ll be the first to admit he did sing off key sometimes during the competition his season on Idol, but it seems to be an issue on the show…I suppose attributable to nerves and the band?
        And, yes, it is nice to see Mr. Slezak include his name with other idols .

      • Jeremiah says:

        Thank you LeahKittyS and Suzi for defending Lee. Yes, he was off key a lot on the show, but he was also clearly nervous. Any problems that he had are in the past now. His new album and “Blackbird Song” are incredible, and he deserves the recent success that he’s been having. I haven’t gotten the chance to see him in concert yet, but am going to in a few days, and I’m really looking forward to it!

        • LeahKittyS says:

          I saw him on the American Idols Live! Tour back in 2010. He was really good then, so he should be even better now.

  14. Becky says:

    I love CJ’s voice. And he is super humble. Likable. Majesty is not humble. Or has not been. Many people wanted her to have a wake up call. She has had some super performances. Her confidence was shaken. And Dexter has done nothing but coast. He almost went home. And would of if MK had done a different song.

    • Kaba says:

      Don’t see how Majesty has not been humble…

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        I’ll second this.

      • Foxfire says:

        A lot of people thought Majesty could win Idol this year and I suppose she is shocked to be in the bottom 3 after hearing this. She seems pretty shocked about it to me.
        Maybe they need a longer boot camp next year to work out all the kinks. So many of the contestants just don’t seem ready to jump right into the big arena and live shows.

        • Adele Dazeem says:

          Majesty is severely traumatized… it showed this week. I could see the fear when she sang. She may never recover after being in the bottom for 2 straight weeks.

          • Stormy says:

            She was overconfident in the beginning and has gotten a dose of reality. She aint all that. She acts like a 6 year old who has been praised all of her life and just got thrust into a place where everyone doesn’t dote on her. Wake up call!

          • MamaLis says:

            I seriously wouldn’t assess Majesty as being like a 6 year old, used to being doted upon. I don’t know her background, but I think she’s from a VERY simple means. She seems very pure to me. Her reactions could just be her first exposure to … a VERY different life and experience.

            Sometimes there are people that operate from pure joy and instinct. Then.. they meet their first exposure to criticism and “reality” and empirical measure of their talents. That “moment” can be very disarming. One is used to “pulling” from instinct and emotion and suddenly, Boom! You have to think about it! That person is suddenly like, “What am I doing?”

            The strong get better. Others… it’s too much.

            I TRULY hope Majesty can realign herself and get her confidence back because I think she really does have some “magic” inside of her.

          • deedee says:

            I agree, MamaLis. Majesty does have some magic in her and I hope she can recover from this two-week setback. I never saw her as being “overconfident”, just confident and full of joy. I find that so charming! She’s not a perfect performer and her voice is rather weak, BUT of the whole group this season, she’s the only one who interests me beyond the competition. C’mon, Maj – get your mojo back!

      • justsaying says:

        Transference. People superimpose whatever personality they choose onto these kids and see what they want to see- whether that’s likability and humility, or cockiness and a spoiled nature.

        • addie says:

          THIS. It makes me nuts that people vote on their own biased view of the kid’s likability instead of sticking to performance, and that they impose judgments on little snippets of edited views of these contestants.

        • HTGR says:

          Yeah that goes on big time with these shows. A shame, but oh well. The production has also been known to help such things along as well. When they started going totally overboard with that the show started slowly going downhill.

    • lla says:

      what? CJ seems like a sweetheart–but so does Majesty

    • Alice says:

      You love his voice, but honestly, how long could you listen to songs sung as out of tune as his was last night.? Are we back to voting on personality as in previous years?. He belonged in the bottom two tonight.

  15. Elena says:

    I don’t even have words to describe Jennifer Lopez’s performance. She’s a grown woman, for Gods sake. She’s a mother. It amazes me that she tries so hard to keep up her “classy” persona off stage, then on stage she’s pure trash.

    • MC says:

      This new song is ridiculously awful…even a much younger singer probably couldn’t pull it off.

      • Holly says:

        It was appalling all the way around. Having J. Lo backed up by 3 incredible vocalists (Allison, Pia and Jessica) is like having 3 Cinderellas victimized by 1 evil stepmother.

      • Terry says:

        Agreed, embarrassingly bad. I can’t believe they’re paying Jho $17.5 million to assault viewers with that garbage!

        • marie says:

          Happily, she IS earning her keep as a judge this season, though. Agree that the “song” was junk.

        • marie says:

          For the record, JLo, whose “performance” and “song” were indeed as silly/dreadful as usual, is neither “pushing 50″ nor “a woman in her 50s,” as commented here; a Google inquiry reveals her date of birth as 7/29/69, making her 44.

          • deedee says:

            Even 34 is on the border of too old to be singing a song like that in a getup like that. It’s time for Jen to hang up the high-tops and short-shorts.

    • Mytake says:

      You mean her classy off stage persona like when she’s a judge? Lol. There ain’t nothin classy about wearing skirts so short that we can see if she waxed before coming to the show. Some of those sway bots need to take some pics as she walks by and send them to her so she can maybe see how ridiculous those outfits are and how little they cover. I had to laugh tonight when she went to sit in her chair at the start of the show. Usually we women hold the edges of a skirt if it’s on the short side when we sit to keep it from riding up. Tonight JLo’s made the action to do that then realized there WAS no material to hold so she just removed her hands since there literally was no material to grasp lol!

  16. LeahKittyS says:

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

    (Scene: the island of Solumager. The ten remaining adventures continue through the jungle. C.J. trips over a rock and falls. Dexter helps him up.)
    Dexter: You okay?
    C.J.: Yeah. It’s just dark. All these trees are blocking the sun.
    M.K.: Well, how are we going to find the next mark?
    Alex: (holding the map) You mean the brown bear? It’s right there.
    (He points, and the others see see the carving of a bear outlined in brown. They find the gate in the dark and enter into the kingdom.)
    Majesty: (digging through the bag) Where is this place, in a cave? (Finds a flashlight and turns it on. The others feel their way around.)
    Sam: Why is it so dark here?
    Majesty: I don’t know, but here’s the beacon tower. (Using the flashlight) “Here stands the beacon of the kingdom of Nigore, domain of King Leon and Queen Crystal.”
    Alex: Ah, yes, the spirits of the earth, the perfect pair, stability and energy. My personal favorites.
    Jena: Pass me the flashlight. (Takes the flashlight and holds it up to the map) “One king’s curse is another king’s treasure, just one touch can bring power or pleasure.”
    Jessica: And here we go again with the riddles. Let’s think. One king’s curse…
    Jena: Just one touch…king…touch…of course! King Midas! Everything he touched turned to gold! The treasure must be something made of gold.
    Sam: Raw. But that doesn’t tell us where to find it.
    Jena: If we’re taking this king thing seriously, I’m guessing it’s in the throne room.
    Majesty: Let’s hope you’re right.
    (They feel their way through the darkness, guided by their beating hearts [Sorry, I’ll stop now, I just love that song!] and find the castle. When they get to the throne room, they search all around, to no avail.)
    Caleb: Well, I’ve looked over and under and around everything. I give up. You guys keep looking and I’ll think–
    Malaya: Caleb, no!
    (He is about to sit down on the throne when Malaya grabs his arm, causing him to jolt up.)
    Caleb: What was that? There was something lumpy under there.
    Malaya: Yeah, it’s the treasure! (Reaches under the cushion and holds something up) Shine the flashlight this way!
    (Majesty points the flashlight at Malaya, and everyone is dazzles as the crystal vial sparkles and shines. There is something gold inside.)
    Jessica: A crystal vial. I wonder whose idea that was.
    Malaya: Nigore’s economy crashed toward the end of the era of the kingdoms, and King Lee was in possession of the last gold coin. He and Queen Crystal kept it safe in here, even from their lords and ladies. You can’t just open the vial, you have to turn it a certain way.
    M.K.: One gold coin? That’s it?
    Alex: Hey, it’s still a piece of history.
    Jena: You’d be surprised what even a little gold can get you. Me, I’d probably just get my nails done.
    Sam: So are we gonna try and open it?
    (Crashes, bangs, and destruction can be heard outside.)
    C.J.: I’ll take that as a no. Looks like our pirate friends have arrived.
    Dexter: Okay, who’s staying? I could use a rest.
    M.K.: No, you’re the strongest one left. The others might need you later on. I’ll stay here.
    Majesty: You know what, guys, maybe nobody should stay. It’ll be tricky getting back to the beacon tower in the dark and avoid the pirates.
    M.K.: No, I’m expendable, and we can’t leave with the treasure. Take the strongest ones and go before it’s too late.
    Jessica: You are not expendable! Don’t ever say that!
    Caleb: Guys! No time! Pirates! Outside! Beacon tower! Now!
    (They flee the palace and sneak over to the beacon tower, being extra careful in the dark. They see M.K. to the top of the tower, the top of which rises above the dense canopy. They leave her with some of the food and fuel and lock the door as they leave. Alex takes out the map.)
    Alex: I can see the light! We should be out of the thick soon!
    TO BE CONTINUED…

  17. Kris says:

    RE: J.Lo’s performance. I mean, come on, that was just embarrassing. She is a mother of 2 who is pushing 50 years old and is dancing around on stage dressed like a 14 year old and spitting “lyrics” that could have been written by my 7 year old niece. Hang up the jersey, JLo.

    • Renee says:

      I wish Harry had been saucy enough to ask her about the lyrics. You know he wanted to. I know Keith would have enjoyed it as well. Watching her eyes swell with alligator tears as she played to the camera was a far better performance than her classic rendition of ‘Luh Ya Papi’

      • The Beach says:

        I love how she always throws it to Harry or Keith to deny the save while pretending she was the vote to save. That’s better acting than she did in Gigli.

    • Terry says:

      I’m disappointed in Allison, Jessica and Pia for being a part of it.

    • Tom22 says:

      Well it could be that my age of 49 helped me enjoy checking out her butt. 49 is the new 29. .. and you don’t need to suddenly lose your youthful joy for things because you have another 30 years under your belt. I enjoyed the music too though ; ) It was up-beat and had a cool mix of rhythm and harmonies to me. She’s not a diva type singer.. she creates music that she leads with her voice and movement… she’s a good actress too… part of the same trade really…. expression of human emotions.

      • MamaLis says:

        You’re right, Tom. JLo is a good actress. The depth and range she displayed just last night while trying to decide if MK should stay was amazing, especially given the fact that MK’s growth arc the last few weeks has looked something like this ________^^___________ and visually watching her has been akin to watching a puppy emote. Which I shouldn’t say, since I actually enjoy watching puppies emote.

        So indeed, the fact that JLo deliberated, cried, pained, strained……. was fantastic.

        [;-0 I kid. ]

    • Mary says:

      Boy people are so judgmental on this blog. She isn’t my favorite by any stretch of the imagination but she is in her early forty’s. The song sucked, but gosh many of ladies would kill to have a body like her’s and be able to dance around like that. This was one of her modest outfits on stage.

  18. Ysabelle says:

    So I’m just watching for the judges now. No breakout contestants (stop trying to make fetch happen Michael/Melinda) though I do like the way Sam glances warily around the stage as he sings – as if a pack of wolves might spring out at any moment. That would be kind of cool come to think of it – though I’d unleash them on Caleb just because that would be more fun.

    Most important: Surrender Jason Averett – return him to us! (I’m crying big fat JLo tears, but the real kind. The vote to save Jason is UNANIMOUS)

    • McJagger says:

      LMAO at your description of Sam’s furtive glances…

    • StillSmiling says:

      I do like the way Sam glances warily around the stage as he sings – as if a pack of wolves might spring out at any moment.

      LOL What a wonderful, smart observation!

  19. darcy's evil twin says:

    OH MY GOODNESS – Mr. Slezak your comments about Jennifer’s performance were priceless!
    .
    That said, I believe I had CJ, Majesty, and MK in the bottom three with MK going home. I believe the voters got it right. Loved her voice but she just couldn’t quite pull it off live.

  20. kate'shomesick says:

    CJ deserved to go home. End of story…

  21. lla says:

    CJ had the worst performance last night and he should have been in the bottom3 instead of Majesty. Don’t get that at all. Glad to see Dexter hitting the stools due to his very mediocre performance. Not surprised MK leaves tonight. She lacks stage presence-and has given quite a few so-so performances. But, she does have a nice tone to her voice.

    Michael–loved your non-review of JLO’s song. It sucks so bad. Why do these types of song sell is beyond me. Allison, Pia & Jessica–singing back up on that crap song for someone who can’t even sing smh

    oh well

  22. Titina says:

    I am ok with the results. It was MK´s time to go, she was not gonna win anyways..So I agree with Harry not using the save.

    BTW am I the only one who notices the sexual tension between JLo & Harry? It´s so there!
    I´ve noticed that at times Jlo gets nervous around him and Harry can´t stop staring at her! lol.
    They should do a romantic movie together in the future.. Now, that would be hot!

    • McJagger says:

      MK was never going to win, but she has a beautiful voice and is way more interesting than CJ or Dexter. Sam is too unripe (fruit analogy) for my tastes. I’m not sure, but the Majesty may have no clothes (royalty/fable analogy). Malaya has a great voice and fun youthful energy but I’m not a convert. I would have preferred a few more weeks of MK…

    • Mamatyrone says:

      I see it too! I think they’re having an ‘office’ infatuation. All 3 judges are amazingly attractive, much better than looking at the past judges. Plus, the judging is superb this year. Jennifer is a great judge and you can see why, despite of her limited vocal ability, she had what it took to become a star–drive, ambition, overall musicality (you can’t deny her sense of rhythm) and confidence. A great voice alone doesn’t cut it.

    • deedee says:

      Oh, wow, Titina, I really have not noticed this. Now I will pay attention to catch hints of their secret attraction. Can’t blame JLo — Harry is hot hot hot. I’ve always found him ridiculously sexy & dreamy, so it makes sense that JLo can’t resist his charms. Thanks for planting the seed! Something to hold my attention in this dreary season.

  23. Teeny Bikini says:

    Um… I thought JLo was super fun – sounded pretty good for JLo. Props to her for bringing back some super awesome Idol alumni. She was way better than that ridiculous “band” Harry chose. There I said it. More importantly, Michael – I Luh You Papi [um... spelling?] :)

  24. NedPepper says:

    You know, MK wasn’t great last night, but Dexter and CJ were horrible too. All I know is that they better not save Dexter or CJ if they are going to let MK go.

    • Danny says:

      I think the save will be used if Caleb, Alex, Jena, or Jessica go before Dexter, Majesty, or CJ. Otherwise they’ll use it in week 6, no matter who’s voted out that week.

  25. Steven says:

    It should be illegal for a judge on a live singing show to lip sync. Those former Idols could kill vocals and every week we get unknown pet projects? The song was awful too and the miming at times was so obvious. At least the judges all got to pimp their singles before the results gp to half hour. The talent this year sucks though.. And Harry is starting to give off a huge arrogant ego vibe

  26. J. May says:

    Maybe it’s been said, but the minute or so of interaction with Allsion, Pia and Jessica was better than practically anything I’ve heard this season. It was sublime to hear those harmonies.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Allison, Pia, and Jessica. That…was…awesome!

    • Mamatyrone says:

      Jen with those three gifted singers–she actually showed some vocal skills (even though we know she’s more of a dancer). She was on pitch, she did an upwards glissando at the end. She’s a STAR folks–with her, one angle is the vocals, the rest comes from dance, acting, looks and c’mon–she has personality.

  27. Davey says:

    Why is CJ still on this show? I don’t blame Ben Briley if he thinks the judges threw him under the bus–he never sang off key like CJ.

    Thank goodness Dexter finally is in the bottom 2. So unoriginal and generic.

  28. Lana says:

    I have to admit I cried while MK was singing, even though I don’t disagree with the vote, I really loved her voice. I don’t think she was ready with the performing in front of crowds so this tour might just get her comfortable with it and that may make the difference for her. I don’t understand all the hate for this season as it has been awesome. The singers have been the most diverse group I’ve seen in a while, it has been more enjoyable because they don’t sound the same and they are picking such different songs. Sometimes the song doesn’t come out right, CJ, but no one has made me want to fast forward through their singing, just wince a little. As for JLo I prefer her singing over Katy Perry any day and she sure can move. As a woman who is in her 50’s, if I had Jennifer’s body I would dress just like she does, more power to her and who says because you are a Mother you can’t wear skimpy. She wasn’t acting like a whore or singing a dirty song, in fact there was nothing she should have been ashamed of.

    • Lana's Fave Grandkid says:

      Now, Nana, you know we hid your fly girl shorts for your own good. In Living Color has been off the air a long time. And please stop complaining about our Kesha playlists – she’s not a whore, ok? xoxo, Da Noisy Kidz

      • Lana says:

        I knew I should have given you a longer time out!! I blame this on your Mother. I didn’t say she wasn’t a whore, I don’t know, but she was not acting like a whore in her performance.

    • Mamatyrone says:

      Agree! J Lo looks amazing for her age and I would rock her outfits if I had the body.

    • Jackie says:

      There is a saying; clothes come in sizes , not age- go figure ( no pun intended) !
      Go J Lo!

  29. Davey says:

    I actually enjoyed Royal Teeth a lot though the lead singer didn’t have much charisma.

  30. Alice says:

    Who’s voting for CJ? And why do I keep forgetting Jessica exists? Can’t we send Dexter home to his dawgs and wife in Tennessee? Questions, questions.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Dexter’s not married, as far as I know. Ben is the one who’s married. His wife’s name is Courtney.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      And also, he’s from Alabama. Remember “Roll Tide?”

    • Alice says:

      ah, yes. I have to say dudes with caps, football obsessions, and generic songs about the south tend to blend for me. he must have a truck though, right? or was that ben too? are we sure these are two different guys. no wait, I remember the benny and the jets massacre. so at least dexter has not doing that going for him…

  31. LeahKittyS says:

    It’s upsetting how the mighty do fall. Going into the finals my prediction for Top 4 was Majesty, MK, Alex and Sam. Now one’s been in the Bottom 3 once, one’s been there twice, and one is gone. I’d love for the really talented UNH alum to win, but then everybody’s gonna complain about the WGWG meme all over again. Sigh. I don’t know what to believe anymore.

  32. Nick says:

    When is Mandisa going to be featured??? She has the Christian charts on fire and last year Colton Dixon was on and featured…He has done diddly…

    • Glam Dixie says:

      Mandisa opened her mouth and spewed forth some pretty offensive opinions. I doubt she’ll ever be back on the idol stage.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I heard she has said some homophobic things in the past. Is that what you mean? It’s a shame; she has a great voice. I bought her debut album along with all the debuts from the Season 5 Top 9.

        • Glam Dixie says:

          Yes, the homophobic comments are what I was referring to. I don’t listen to gospel or Christian music so I had no idea she was doing as well as she is.

      • marie says:

        She had better not be. No room for bigots on Idol.

    • Temperance says:

      Ugh, hopefully never. And ‘burning up’ the Christian charts means she never cracked the iTunes Top 200 – hence is irrelevant. I’ll pass on the nutty homophobe, thanks.

  33. GuitarBlue says:

    As someone said after the top 13 performance night – there’s several borderline contestants thrown into “the cast”, and it’s going to take several weeks to get to a real competition. ………………………………………………….

    CJ is hangin’ on because of “likability” yet, now Dexter teeters while 3 girls have all been sent home – as expected…………………. We still have Majesty twice in bottom 3 now, Jena once, Malaya once, Sam once. ……………………………………………

    If they go to bottom 3 chairs again next week, instead of just bottom 2 — that will be 1/3 of the remaining in the bottom 3. .

  34. danin says:

    Bummer. I guess what pisses me off i I have lked CJ’s song choices he’s only well.And one of those was either Holl first audition.Love the potential of his let’s face it he’s a black dude singing w singer song writer stuff which makes unstereotypic.Plus,he’s lovable.Then w baby butch,I’m allowed to say,I’m que myself,and her face and angelic,cowb voice and pretty face break her stereo what do we go with?MK who has voca pretty well on a week to week basis an lectrifying stage presence or CJ who is falling apart week after week.(vocally)

    BTW…ELISE TESTONE was interviewed and sang on WXPN out of philly.I was shocked that this very alternative radio station did this. They would never play AI singets let alone interview the.I know,I requested them to play Elliott Yamin’s song Trainwreck several yrs. ago.They turned up their noses.So good for Elise, the DJ who is one the main ones there wad super impressed.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Elise’s vibe has always come across as alternative to me, regardless of the fact that she’s sung Adele, Lady Gaga, and Alicia Keys during her run on the show. So, I wouldn’t be surprised that she was appreciated in that scene. Did the DJ mention anything about her past participation in Idol though? Now that would be surprising.

    • danin says:

      Is there a way for me to delete my entire above post? I copied&padted it.And boy it didn’t come out right at all.Kinda lije CJ’s performances for these many weeks.

  35. Tim says:

    Is it too much to ask to have this year’s judges and last year’s contestants? Pretty please?

  36. If you can’t sing in tune you should be gone. It should have been CJ!

  37. Lana says:

    Okay gang I just heard on the “Wendy Williams Show” that Jason Aldean left his wife, I knew this, for an American Idol contestant named Brittany( I didn’t turn on the show early enough to get her last name) but I can’t remember who she is and I did not recognize her picture so can anyone give more info on when she was on Idol and any other clue that would help me remember her. I’ve watched AI since season 2.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      She was a Hollywood reject from either Season 10 or Season 11. Sorry, I only commit the finalists to memory. If you don’t make it at least to the semifinals you are nonexistent in my book.

      • Lana says:

        @LeahKittyS Thanks, now I know why I didn’t recognize her. If she didn’t make it past Hollywood week then she is out of my mind. Interesting story you are writing, I’m not sure where you are going but that is part of the fun trying to figure out.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          @Lana Glad to hear you’re liking the story. And the fun thing is, I don’t quite know where it’s going, either. I have the scenes planned out, but I don’t know who’s going to be in them yet. And the final chapter is a total mystery.

      • Mytake says:

        What?? Wait! That isn’t the 16 or 17 yr old is it? If I remember right there was a Brittany that I think got cut before the top 20 (or whatever it was last year) that was really tall and pretty but still in her teens.

    • Tahoe Mike says:

      Brittney Kerr. She was an NBA cheerleader, and very hot. She was on in 2012. Randy and Steven Tyler voted her to Hollywood, over JLo’s objection. (Not Jlo’s first bad choice!)

      • Mary says:

        If I remember correctly she couldn’t sing. JLo was right about not letting her through. It is too bad Randy and Steven didn’t use their big heads to make the decision.

  38. AB says:

    Mr. Sleazak, Thank you for keeping us posted on the latest from the idol alums!!! I watched that episode of The Walking Dead and didn’t realize that was Lee Dewyze. That is a great song! I also really love the video you posted from Alison Iraheta’s band. I think I might like the Spanish version of that song even more.

    I thought the band Harry picked was pretty terrible. I would definitely much prefer if they showcase previous Idols instead, not just the winners, but other idols who are doing interesting things artistically, but are still slightly under the mainstream radar.

    As for the results, I think MK was the right one to go, even though she did muster up more passion and connection in her exit song than any of her other top 13 performances. Even though I knew it was unlikely I was rooting for the judges to save her because she does have potential.

    CJ seems nice, but I honestly don’t see all the fuss. I would have preferred him in the bottom rather than Majesty. Hope she can bounce back next week.

  39. cueshe says:

    sam wolfe all the way

  40. McJagger says:

    If MK performances of “Perfect” was deserving of the bottom 3, then her performance of “All of Me” was worthy of the save. IMO I would have much rather seen a few more weeks of her performances than CJ, Dexter, or even Sam or Malaya. I think she has way more of an upside as an artist than anyone else this season.

  41. Shaniam says:

    If you’d all allow me, I’d like to put in a good word for Sam. First of all, he’s a singer/SONGWRITER. Not one of the other contestants would be able to surpass him in that category. If you want to be truly successful in the music industry, you should be able to sing AND write. Furthermore, while he might be tentative and shy on stage, his singing is impeccable. I read an interview he had with his local paper and he said, “I’m not really a dancer kind of person.” The interviewer then said, “Most famous singer-songwriters aren’t expected to dance or even do much more than strum the guitar. Look at, say, a young Bob Dylan.” “Or James Taylor!” Woolf said, with unusual enthusiasm, when he mentioned an artist he completely admires. “When he gets up on stage and dances then I’ll try to do it!” It begs the question: why does American Idol feel the need to quash a talented artist’s personality??? I’d love to see Harry or Keith get up there and dance! Let these kids be themselves and stop trying to mold them into what they think “America” wants. Stop criticizing them for being themselves, judges!.

    • Thea says:

      Gotta disagree with you on the fact that none of the other contestants can match Sam’s songwriting capability. Jessica and Jena have both shown that they are more than capable in that department, and you can find further evidence on their YouTube channels. If Sam has a passion about anything on this planet, I’d love for it to come through in a performance. He lacks an intensity required of a sucessful singer/songwriter.

    • Mary says:

      I agree that a singer songwriter does not have to dance on stage, they do have to show personality. Sorry, Sam doesn’t. You cannot be a bump on a log just strumming a guitar. He has no expression what so ever. I am not saying he cannot learn, but really you might as well play a jukebox than to watch him. I have seen Keith in concert, while he does not dance around the stage per say, he has charisma to die for, plus his guitar skills are fantastic. Sam has a beautiful voice, but I would not pay to see him in concert.

  42. twnkltoze says:

    Talk about SHARP or was it FLAT? I’m no musical genius but I think my “ear” is pretty on point. That last high note that JLo murdered was worthy of a few intonation lessons from Harry. At least that part of her performance was LIVE. And Pia, Jessica and Allison sounded great. It was time for MK to leave. I think MKs problem is that she just isn’t comfortable with the Idol makeover. She clearly isn’t comfortable with a feminine wears they are pushing on her such as the makeup, hairdos and clothing. She clearly prefers the butch side of herself more and perhaps makeover affected her emotionally and negatively. She needs to be who she is comfortable being and although the make up enhanced an already beautiful face, it just wasn’t her. Kind of sad because perhaps had she insisted on wearing the ballcap or sticking to her choice of clothing she would have felt free’er to express herself in her songs. Once her persona became more feminine she began to struggle and withdraw. I truly believe her demise had everything to do with her own identity struggles. Tonight, as she returned to her signature ballcap and more male attire, she sang better and with more emotion than she had over the past 3 weeks. I wish her the best and hope she continues to sing in an environment that let’s her be exactly who she wants to be.

  43. Jim Welker says:

    I’ve picked every time the one to go home! But, I FINALLY MISSED THE BOTTOM 3! I had CJ in place of Rose! What a show! Royal Teeth was ROYAL CRAP! Did the male lead singer come from a FRANKENSTEIN picture as the monster? When is that ugly pig Meuse leaving with that horrible voice! Sam can’t sing a high note! Rose can’t hold a high note! Mumbles (DEX) is still around! JLO with those huge legs should play for the Rams! Well, I finally lost one of my FAB 4…Rose, Woolf, Caleb and MK! I picked them from the very start! These 9 are a joke…going nowhere! To a freak show perhaps!

  44. Jover says:

    I think Allison, Pia and Jessica should form a girl group, they sound beautiful :)

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Yes, great idea. name them the American Idolettes…. coming to a city near you. :)

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I would so buy that record, or go see them! It’s funny, in my Season 3 musical story “All About Soul,” the girl group that Fantasia, LaToya, and Jennifer were in is called the Idolettes.

  45. Jim Welker says:

    JLO looked like a big ox lumbering around! She never could sing! Let’s eliminate HER! She stinks!

  46. Jim Welker says:

    This top 9 should join the circus with ug mugs, Alex, Dexter and creepy Meuse leading the way!

  47. Muriel says:

    Sad to see Majesty in the bottom 3 again.. Last week she deserved it but not this week. Was she amazing? No but she was better than bottom 3. There is something about that girl that I really like.

  48. Viajero says:

    While I do think it was past time for MK to go home, I can’t figure out how CJ avoided the bottom 3 He’s had only one half decent performance since the live shows began and his vocals were truly horrible this week. But I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. This show has a long history of keeping likable guys who can’t sing over young girls who can.

  49. Adam Fachry says:

    I don’t understand why JLo keeps trying to make her 40 YO self happen. I actually like her when she’s done more latin music. Her performance at AMAs was reasonably good, and I remember back on season 6 when she mentored the contestants for Latin week, her performance on the results show also showed that she actually has some talent. I do like her attempt at turning the tables around in terms of the content of “I Luh Ya Papi”‘s music video, though. We’ve been shown tons of r&b/hip-hop men objectifying women, to the most disgusting degree even (i.e. Blurred Lines). So why can’t she appreciate good-looking men in a rather blatant way?

    • Adam Fachry says:

      By AMAs, I meant last year’s AMA when she did a tribute to Celia Cruz.

    • Mark says:

      FYI, the Blurred Lines video was 100% the vision of the director, Diane Martel. Robin Thicke’s only input was his initial request that it be done as a white cyc video, i.e., performers in front of a white background. Everything else, including the models, the props, their “dancing”, and their “wardrobe” was selected by Diane Martel. It was her idea to do the nude video, and she initially turned down the job when her request was denied. She didn’t sign on until Robin Thicke relented.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Thank you for clearing this up, Mark. Blurred Lines isn’t my favorite songs but I don’t think it, or its accompanying video, are as evil as everyone says.

        • Adam Fachry says:

          Have you seen the nude one, though? And btw, Diane Martel could’ve been paid to say those things by Robin Thicke’s PR people. Don’t caught up in your naivety. This is Hollywood. Everyone has a price.

          • Mark says:

            Adam my friend, please do your homework before letting your cynicism speak for you. Diane Martel is no one’s stooge.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            She may have directed tons of music videos but that doesn’t mean she’s no one’s scrooge. What evidence could you give that proves her otherwise anyway? Frankly her statement just reeks off an attempt at increasing the song’s hype machine. It was all marketing and pr.

          • Mark says:

            Look, you don’t like the song or the video. No problem. But your repeated defamation of Diane Martel is off-base and unwarranted. It’s based on nothing more than your tin hat conspiracy theory. Diane Martel has directed over 120 videos for artists such as Mariah Carey (8x), Method Man, Redman, Christina Aguilera (Genie In A Bottle and What A Girl Wants), D’Angelo, Prodigy, Kelis, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Fantasia, Jennifer Lopez, Franz Ferdinand, John Legend, Goldfrapp, Beyonce, Ciara, The Killers, The White Stripes, Rick Ross, Robyn, Pussycat Dolls, Fallout Boys, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Pink, Miley Cyrus to name a few. What have you done that makes you more credible than her? She doesn’t need to make up stories to get work. Artists and record labels seek her out. And when she gave that interview to Grantland in July, Blurred Lines had already been on the charts for four months and number one for three weeks. She didn’t need to fuel the hype machine.
            Do you have any facts that back up your theories?

          • Adam Fachry says:

            If you actually paid attention to the public’s response after her statement, you would know that not everyone actually believes what she’s saying. Some of them even suspected that Martel was asked to address the problem because she’s a woman and the director, so she could defend the premise of the video as anti-misogyny without offending anyone whereas Thicke who is obviously a man would only add fuel to the fire. Clearly, judging from your fiery defense, it worked, And yes, the song had ruled the charts everywhere since then, but they didn’t want the controversy to wear out, therefore they need to maintain the whole thing by keeping the debates going. It’s PR 101.

            Also, don’t forget about the fact that Martel’s statement and Thicke’s were not in sync. Thicke wanted to embrace the degrading part because according to his justification, the men involved in the song/video have never gotten the chance to do so. He said something along the line: “We have always been respectful of women so it was fun to try the other side” (source:GQ interview by Stelios Phili) while Martel actually thought of it as some reverse misogyny where the girls may be naked but they’re overpowering the men (source: the Grantland interview). Regarding Thicke’s comment, she even said “that’s crazy. Maybe, he wasn’t thinking when he said that.” (source: the Grantland interview again). That alone reeks off conspiracy. Yes, I don’t have legit facts, but do you actually think you have one bit of facts either? Mentioning the number of works she’s done and the procedures behind the making of a music video are hardly fact. I’m not trying to belittle Martel’s work, in fact, some of her videos have been my favorites. But I’m also allowed to take her words with a grain of salt.

          • Mark says:

            If there was a conspiracy, wouldn’t it make more sense for their statements to be consistent? Bottom line, Martel has over 20 years and 120 videos to her credit for some of the biggest stars in the business. Why would she need to lie about her creative process? Everyone in the business knows who she is and how she works. Her body of work speaks for itself.

  50. Cathy says:

    First of all, JLo’s performance was embarrassing. I actually changed the channel while she performed. I was really looking forward to this season — love the judges and love the fact that they eliminated most of the bad auditions during the audition round. But the contestants just aren’t great. It’s so disappointing. They just aren’t in the same category as Kelly Clarkson, Melinda Doolittle, Crystal Bowersox and Candice Glover. Last year I couldn’t wait to see what Candice was going to do with a song. Just think this year is so disappointing and uninspiring. Plus whatever happened to Paula Hunt. I would have loved to see what she would have done

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