American Idol Top 9 Results Recap: 30 Rocks!

MB1_6098But wait, I barely had time to finish my glass of sauv blanc!

Yes, folks, American Idol cut its results-show telecast to 30 minutes, but fret not. Even in a leaner, meaner format, we still had time for Harry Connick Jr. to brutally interrupt the Homespun Wisdom of Our Lady of Lopez, the Top 9 contestants to offer meaningless (and probably producer-directed) chit-chat over Wednesday-night dinner and Randy Jackson to throw a threadbare cliché (“the cream is starting to rise to the top!”) into his 17 seconds of screentime. (Spoiler alert: That’s still too much!)

Janelle Monae — an artist I love, it’s worth noting — was shoehorned into the half hour to perform a so-so song from the conspicuously placed sponsor, Rio 2. And yet Idol grads like Elise Testone, Aloha Mi’Sho, Melinda Doolittle, Matt Giraud, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Kellie Pickler have yet to strut their stuff on the results-show stage this season.

[Insert irked side-eye here.]

Let’s get to the results, shall we?

Sent to Safety (in No Particular Order)
Jena Irene
Malaya Watson
Alex Preston
Jessica Meuse
Caleb Johnson
Dexter Roberts

Bottom 3 Vote-Getters
C.J. Harris
Majesty Rose
Sam Woolf

Lowest Vote-Getter
Majesty Rose

“Save-Me Song”
Majesty delivered a slightly unhinged, very wobbly rendition of “Happy” that landed somewhere on the intersection of I Don’t Belong Here! and I’ve Got to Get Out of This Place! The performance itself didn’t warrant a save, but I kinda wanted the judges to use it anyhow, considering Majesty — even in her lowest moments — is more interesting than C.J., Dexter, and Sam (all of whom have fallen into tiresome, predictable and not terribly satisfying patterns over the last few weeks).

But nope, despite what Keith called “the hardest deliberation” at the judges’ table this season, the vote was not unanimous, and Majesty was sent packing.

The woman should’ve sung “Fast Car” when she had the chance!

And with that, I turn it over to you…

What did you think of Season 13 Top 9 results night? Did the right contestant get the boot? If not, who should’ve been cut? And how did you feel sabout Janelle Monae in the performance slot instead of an Idol graduate? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Dexter not being in the Bottom 3 after being the same old same old predictable Dexter is absurd. Majesty should have stayed at least a couple of weeks more over Dexter. If I wanted to watch someone sing karaoke I would go to our local bar. CJ just keeps getting told he is out of tune week after week, and then doesn’t try to fix it. Sam never connects to his lyrics. These 3 guys have a lot of flaws, more than I think Majesty had, but if the people didn’t connect then they didn’t connect to her. It’s a shame.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Totally agree with your critiques. Too bad CJ couldn’t go first, and Dexter? Really?

      • The Beach says:

        No kidding! Who keeps voting for CJ ???

        • Jase says:

          Worse yet, who keeps voting for Dexter? I always forget he’s on the show. CJ and Sam are both terrible, but Dexter is terrible AND forgettable.

          • kcostell says:

            Dexter sings a genre of music that is both widely despised by online bloggers and wildly popular among actual listeners. Is it any surprise he’s lasting longer than the online reviewers would have wanted him to?

          • RRM says:

            who dafuq keeps voting for that mediocre Karaoke king? irked me when JLo said something along the lines that the bottom 3 were correct grrrr…Dexter is smart though he’s using those big country anthems to save his ass and I’ll be damned if someone higher up gets booted while he stays with his piggy smug

          • rwfblog says:

            I don’t think anyone is denying country music is popular. Dexter just isn’t very good at it.

          • Flicker says:

            I am upset about last night’s results. And I am disappointed with some of the comments here. No matter what you might think of Majesty and her singing (and I know many of you here are not fans) – she was a LOT better on the last performance alone AND over her entire body of work – than CJ, Dexter, and Sam. I cannot believe some of the comments here suggesting she has no humility and mocking her personality. Really, you really know a person from clips of a reality show and from twitter? You get that from her trying to keep positive and upbeat when she’s down? Of course we are all anonymous here, maybe this blog is filled with jealous 12 year old girls who bully others at school because they wear something different or they don’t like a flower in someone’s hair. No guy ever gets the harsh and (sorry but also bitchy) treatment women or girls do. You may not like someone’s music or voice (that’s why so many types of music find fans – people like different things!), but why so much hate because you are not a fan. Instead be a fan of what you do like! Majesty was not the best, she was in the middle of the pack, but she did not deserve to be voted off last night, and she CERTAINLY does not deserve the kind of treatment she is getting here. Critique of what a person DOES (which is why I come to this blog) is very different from hateful comments about the PERSON.

          • thriller says:

            Oh my, I couldn’t agree more? Who does keep voting Dexter back every week? And CJ? Who still can’t sing on key? Majesty was so much better than either of those 2 guys. What a disappointment.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Maybe some people are voting for him because he’s the only black guy in the bunch. I don’t necessarily believe that, but it’s a possibility.

          • Rachel says:


          • LeahKittyS says:

            What? Sorry if that came off as racist. Like I said, I don’t really think that’s the explanation. It was just a passing thought. One can entertain a thought without accepting it.

          • Mary says:

            There is absolutely no need whatsoever for you to bring up the possibility that being a minority of any type is an issue, unless……..

            “Psychological projection is the act or technique of defending yourself against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in yourself while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may accuse other people of being rude.”

            Shall we go though all the performers and discuss whether people vote for or do not vote for someone who may be overweight, gay, unattractive etc. etc.

            I can not think of one positive element that would justify your comment. What is your motive?

            I can only conclude that you have personal issues which bubble up and compel you to instigate negative thoughts.

            Am I wrong?

          • LeahKittyS says:

            None of that is true. I heard someone else suggest it on another board and am passing it along to see who agrees with it.

          • Danny says:

            @Mary- Oh for Christ sakes. Someone brings up a point that actually is a possibility and you get all politically correct over it. If I’m not mistaken you’re also one of the ones who wants people to not talk about certain subjects. This isn’t your board to make the rules. You’re always free to leave if you have such a low opinion of the posters on here.

            The fact is people will vote for people based on reasons other than how well they sing. It can be because they’re male/female, where they’re from, gay, straight, guitar, spiked hair, love their clothes, a whole slew of reasons. And yes, there are people who will vote for someone because they’re black.

            Bringing that point up doesn’t make someone racist or project some half cocked motive like you suggest.

            Get a grip and quit whining.

          • Jimmy Bobby says:

            Hey. I hear you. People don’t want to admit race could be a factor. Could be the blacks are voting for him just because he’s a black dude. On the other hand, how do you explain Majesty? Oh, I heard that Malaya is getting the Filipino votes. Even Jessica Sanchez supports Malaya. Oh the other hand… just from those Facebook supporters photos… don’t really see many blacks. I don’t think American Idol is on their too watch list…. haha!

          • Becky says:

            Alabama votes for Alabama
            CJ, Dexter, Jess are from Alabama.
            One will be cut soon. And then the other two will stay for a lot longer.
            Honestly should have Taylor Hicks or Ruebwn Studdard have won.
            Alabama votes for Alabama

          • seattlejohn449 says:

            maybe some folks are voting for him because he is the sexiest contestant on that stage…a hot-looking man with a great personality and just an all-around nice, decent guy who occasionally connects with a good song

          • LeahKittyS says:

            @seattlejohn449 There’s also that. Just because I don’t find him particularly attractive doesn’t mean there isn’t a crowd who does.

          • justsaying says:

            Jimmy Bobby. Who uses the term “the blacks” anymore? In this country, if you say something like that, it comes across as the definite possibility of you being racist for good reason. You say it like a skin color turns someone into an “other”. Someone who is so different than you as to be likened to a different species. If I hear anyone say the “anything”, I question they’re perspective and motives. People are people. Most americans I know are not defined by their skin color, religion, etc. It’s part of the fabric of their personality, not the sum of all their parts. Just a little PSA for those of you who might not have a very diverse friend base. (and i feel sorry for those of you in that situation that don’t seem to understand that people who don’t look like you or have your exact same background might have more in common with you than those that do). I DO think some people tend to vote for people based on genre of music that they like and where they are from/personality type.

          • Ben says:

            Nothing worse than people attacking others for raising demographics as being possible. Leah is almost certainly completely right that this is a factor in CJ staying around.

            The most racist people around – the far right – frequently use the term ‘racism’ when demographics are brought out. They use it to prevent people addressing the root causes of why minorities often register worse when looking at things like standards of education, access to justice and healthcare etc. They use it to say that being equal means that people can’t be targeted on the basis of race for being provided with social help which will go towards achieving parity etc. They attack the whole idea that it can be ok to target people for benefits on the basis of the colour of their skin because that is how we can move towards a world where people genuinely are equal.

            I’m not saying people can never use demographics and be racist. I’m only saying that everyone should be very careful before bringing out the ‘racist’ card against people raising demographics a factor in the cause of an event.

          • syb says:

            I think the opposite is more likely true given the demographics of the Idol audience. We’ve had what, 1 black guy win, and 2 make it to third place. Historically this show isn’t particularly good to black men as contestants.

          • Tom22 says:

            @leah i have a couple big issues that I thnk you and others might take into account before posts like yours.
            First, if you’re going to claim the right that talking about voting demographics are not an assault on an individual class you are best served by including such assertion within a broader discussion of demographics .. had you had a short paragraph talking about WGWG syndrome, voter bias towards country, vote splitting between types of genres of contestants, voter dislike of “liberated women” from big cities, possible backlash against contestants showing off sexy legs (or male voters casting votes based on those legs).. the one demographic comment on race would have be within a context of a discussion about demographics.

            Second: you must understand the notion of a veiled insult and how hateful things like “she’s smart for a woman” are. Smart for a woman is a clear statment that “women are stupider than men”
            Third, the way the question is phrased is rude and insulting in ways unrelated to race
            3A) it insults the singers ability in a blunt way with the unstated assumptions that “it is a fact that the singer sucks, hence people must be voting for reasons other than his talent” .
            You are entitled to say “I do not like this singer” or ” I do not understand what people in this singer”. Some people do say “this singer is terrible” which from your other posts here, I think you would agree is a rude way for someone to state their opinion

            3B) it insults the opinions of others who may like CJ as if no one could like him

            3C) IMPORTANT > it is a direct assault on people who like CJ implying that they voted for “crooked” reasons unrelated to his singing ability. Even if the question was phrased “a portion of his voters”.. or “he gets a few extra votes” that still attacks some voters as the question as phrased did not even say “identify with him personally” etc.

            Fourth, Like the my first objection questioning the defense “just want to talk about demographics” without talking about other demographics, the assertion is blind to the history of racial tensions of the past, accentuates a difference that we are overcoming in this nation, especially among young people who are increasingly mixed race, or have expectations of mixed race being the norm among much of the country.

            > that forth point, >ignorance of the harm of such questions when used half haphazardlypurposely broader discussion< with all attempts to be polite and thoughtful in the related phrasing etc.. There is still a place for such specific demographic analysis but less and less of a place .. in 40 years, if we do not perpetuate differences, we will hopefully be discussing such things similar to discussing the differences between blondes and redheads.

            I think you're better than that leah and please try to consider what I tried to explain and take the care to bring up such questions, if you still feel you must, with the care you use in your long creative writing posts.

        • GG says:

          I thought that CJ was awesome in the beginning. CJ is starting to crack now that Harry will not get off of his back.

    • Becky says:

      Majesty did not translate well with the viewers when she did that odd performance. She comes off as a better than thou person. Not humble, and people wanted her gone.

      • Davey says:

        So wrong. I never thought of Majesty as lacking humility.

        • The issue with Majesty was that she was not ready for the big stage yet , and that translated into badly sung songs , for Sam its effecting him with looking like a deer looking into the lights of an incoming car ,
          Both should have waited at least a year before trying to do Idol

          • Akash says:

            MOST of these people aren’t ready for the big stage. Sam, CJ and Dexter are just terrible vocalists, Malaya is mediocre, and Jessica and Alex are talented (especially Jessica) but lack stage presence. Only Caleb and Jena are ready for this jelly, and it’s obvious they’re going to be the Final 2.

        • Becky says:

          My Facebook group that religiously watches and critiques this show feels differently. They thought her talent didn’t match the better than though attitude and they celebrated her elimination. They can’t stand Dexter either or CJ. But for different reasons.

          • Jessica says:

            If she had that kind of attitude she wouldn’t be talking about how low her self esteem and confidence has been this whole time and being in the bottom 3 the first time wouldn’t have shaken her so much.

          • Luke says:

            I see no holier-than-thou thing with Majesty. People used to call Haley stuck up too. Please. In fact, I’ll miss Majesty because I liked her personality more than her voice. Now, Jess is the one who comes off superior to her surroundings IMHO. That was evident in the post-audition group rounds – continues now by her reaction to critiques. On twitter she said – after fans stroked her bruised ego – “I’ve got to remember it’s just a reality show” as if the judges assessment of her is not important or inaccurate. I bet we will hear an earful from her when she is with Slezak.

      • Kaba says:

        I’m pretty sure she went home because she dropped the ball, not because of her holier-than-thou personality that she doesn’t have…at all.

        • Stormy says:

          After that sing for your life performance I’m wondering if Majesty should be anywhere near a “reality” show. She was absolutely twitterpated. It’s all unicorns and rainbows in her little world.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            It most definitely is all unicorns and rainbows to her. And that’s part of what I loved about her. She is delightful on Twitter.

          • Kaba says:

            Yeah, she’s nuts. I would look at her twitter and she would practically announce when she’s reading the negative crap she’d get.
            Seriously, she needed to stop reading those asap. I’m more than certain that was her problem. She can’t handle the public yet and that trickled into her performances.

        • Erin says:

          At first, Majesty seemed to be unaware that she was in a competition and was rocking it, doing her own thing and had such an easy confidence. Once she found herself in the bottom 3 it was like the reality set in that she actually could get voted off and she couldn’t competently sing anymore. She needed to NAIL Shake it Off and didn’t. They should have saved her, tho. I mean if not her then who??

      • Temperance says:

        Um, no. That’s just silly talk.

      • Ben says:

        This is the first time I’ve heard anyone suggest Majesty lacked humility. It was quite clear that her biggest challenge was overcoming the fact she is introverted, and the introverted ones (Jess Meuse is another) are usually the ones who are most self-deprecating and feel the least like they are entitled to be there.

      • deedee says:

        Where do people get this “not humble” stuff from? I saw no arrogance or haughtiness in Majesty at all. And besides, why is humility always more important than talent, stage-presence, charisma, and star quality with a big chunk of the Idol audience? It’s bizarre to me.

        • marie says:

          Yes and yes, deedee.

        • Ben says:

          I never know why people jusge people based on supposed ‘arrogance’ – especially given its a trait that most people seem to be completely unable to discern.

        • karyn says:

          If anything, she’d be criticized by the judge’s for not believing she could win and people here are accusing her of not being humble enough?! That’s crap.

        • seattlejohn449 says:

          I thought self-confidence and belief in one’s self is crucial to being able to put yourself out there in front of millions of people as a person and performer (especially since most contestants have bare-bones performing histories to begin with)…is this what naysayers are referring to as arrogance? personally I think Majesty was delightful as a person and performer and don’t get why voters weren’t connecting with her

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Majesty? Arrogant? Are we watching the same show?

      • TD says:

        Wrong. If anything, Majesty was too humble about her talent.

      • A says:

        Majesty never came off as anything other than sweet. She’s not holier than thou. WHAT?

      • S. says:

        You and people like you are the ones being holier than thou. Hope you like irony. There’s a faction of people somehow deluded into thinking she’s arrogant and they’ve been going around dropping that baffling gem of a thought on message boards. She’s a soft spoken young woman who teaches pre-school kids. You’re projecting or something. Her family’s probably talked to her about how there aren’t a lot of great role models in music (which gets thrown up every time people see Miley or Rihanna even though they’ve said they don’t want to be role models) and she’s just repeating what she was taught to people wanting soundbites for their produced pieces. So if she dares to want to set a good example, she’s arrogant? So people want role models but not ones that TRY to be role models? How does that even make sense? Some people just carry poisonous attitudes. Go write your book The Accidental Role Model about someone who’s somehow more humble than young woman who’s spent the last 3 weeks experiencing insecurity on a national stage.

      • karyn says:

        I really disagree with this. She seemed very genuinely sweet to me, she just didn’t know what type of music she wants to make and never really garnered much of a fan base as a result. She was also all over the place vocally in some of her performances but she clearly has a beautiful voice with the right material. She lasted as long as she did b/c people remember her gorgeous Violet Hill and b/c she’s sweet. I’m not crushed that she’s out but like Slezak, I kind of wanted them to use the save just so she could go out in 6th place or so, which is where I would rank her.

      • justsaying says:

        i never understand these kinds of posts. Better than thou? How? Not humble? How? Methinks people who write comments like this, especially about a girl like Majesty who just seems extremely upbeat and positive (and who wouldn’t want that for their kid’s preschool teacher) are PROJECTING some kind of insecurity of their own. I mean, do you have some kind of cookie cutter way that you think someone should speak/act in order to be what you call “humble”? If so, pray tell. Really think about do you have a reason to back up what you say or is it just a “feeling” that you have. If it’s just a feeling, chances are it’s your own bias and not necessarily what this girl who you don’t know thinks/feels/does. You just don’t like her? Fine. But don’t speak for the rest of us and don’t speak for her. Your comment speaks more about you than anyone else, including her.

      • syb says:

        OMG where in the world did you get that from? My problem with her was her singing. Everything else about her was adorable. She seems vivacious, sweet, starry eyed, gracious and she’s really beautiful. I won’t say where i think that’s coming from, but people who might use the word “uppity” springs to mind.

    • deedee says:

      Completely agree with all your points. Majesty, although heavily flawed, was still one of the more interesting and charming contestants up there. She definitely was Top 5 material out of this crop.

      • Temperance says:


        • billnyc says:

          Majesty was not the best singer in the competition but she would def be one of two or three contestants who I would want to go see or buy an album from. Her presence transcended whatever flaws were in her singing and performances. I am 100% sure that with some practice, more (humble) confidence, and good people around her she can work out wherever she fell short.

      • Mark says:

        Top 5 except for the whole being able to sing consistently thing. I >loved< her at the beginning. And this week, stopped voting for her.

        • Ansa says:

          Majesty was my favorite and was excited when I heard she was singing let it go….I love singing that song myself…that is until she actually sang it. After that performance, she just couldn’t recover. She does not have the temperament to stay in this show. Too bad I still really like her as a person. I feel bad about this season…they really have a great panel, the production feels fresh…but without the ringers Nigel et al usually brings…the talent is just really bad this year. The best ones here, Jena and Caleb would just be In the middle of the pack in most season and the rest….amateur hour.

          • claudia says:

            I agreed with everything you said until the middle of the pack comment. IMO Caleb & Jena could have stood their own with a more talented group. The minute I heard Jena sing her original song I thought that someone should sign & promote this girl RIGHT NOW. And I see Caleb having a career like Daughtry now that he’s gotten a little exposure.

          • Dave says:

            I agree with you entirely. Poor Majesty got swallowed up by the whole thing. She went in with a quiet confidence, but leaves completely shaken. It’s almost tragic.

        • deedee says:

          @Mark, I guess what I meant was that despite the inconsistency and despite her seeming to crumble from “Let it Go” onward, I would rather see her every week than someone like karaoke Dexter or lackluster Sam. Majesty just needed some good coaching about song choice and playing to her strengths, and she could have provided us with a redemption arc story. The others don’t have this potential because they’ve always been boring, and have never demonstrated flashes of greatness.

          • MamaLis says:

            ^^^ Hollah! Think about it, am I to believe for one SECOND that Sir-Dudes-A-Lot Randy possesses the perspicacity to realize Majesty required some emotional/self-esteem mentoring OR the capacity to deliver it??? Hell no!!

            She was far more special than a CJ or Dexter or Sam yet she was seemingly left to self implode because no one was able to spend an extra couple hours with her to say, “Here’s how you deal with the “drama” of all this, Majesty.”

            And I agree with an earlier poster. If not her on the “Save,” then who?

          • tvlover44 says:

            @MamaLis – word to your entire post (and bonus points for using the word ‘perspicacity’ – love it!). another point someone should’ve pointed out to majesty – to sing songs that don’t require belting, as she did in the earlier rounds. however, it is clear that the upset she feels at having been in the bottom has affected her singing, because her two performances of ‘happy’ – in one of the performance shows and then as her save-me song this week – could not have been more different in queality. wish her all the best, though!

    • Temperance says:

      Yup. Dexter, CJ, and Sam should have gone long before anyone else was even considered.

    • LizzieB says:

      Now I’m really mad at Sam for being the evil tween fandom’s spawn this season. I’m more furious that he gets a pass after every freakin’ wasted week of what he calls “this is me giving it my best shot” than I am furious about the fact that pitchy Cj and Dexter who? persist on the show. At least the voters know who they want gone though. It just seems like it’s taking forever to get rid of these people and now we lose Majesty along the way. What I hate is the fact that they seem to be ignoring the rest of their fellow contestants’ attempts to better themselves and challenge themselves each week. This is why I’m mostly angry at Sam. It’s like he doesn’t know how to listen and to heed advice. Can’t blame the kid for being a kid I guess..or can we?

      You’re better off at UC Berkeley, Sam. I heard you got in for this fall.
      The fan that got away

      • rio says:

        I’m still holding out hope for Sam. He’s clearly working to improve his delivery, and he’s just about the only contestant who consistently and reliably sings in tune.

        It’s funny. His shyness draws some people in at the same time it’s alienating others.
        To me, it’s simply his youth.

        • karen says:

          I like Sam. He’s authentic. If he can take it to the next level, he could really do well.

          • MamaLis says:

            That’s true.
            But he can’t.
            So he won’t.

            (Hey, I thought Sam might take “it” in the beginning. But literally, I think he’s at the EXACT same performance level as when he walked in the door @ auditions. Maybe a bit more frightened.)

      • kaki says:

        He got into Berklee School of Music in Boston…. not UC Berkley

      • jga94 says:

        What I hate is the fact that they seem to be ignoring the rest of their fellow contestants’ attempts to better themselves and challenge themselves each week. This is why I’m mostly angry at Sam..

        Hmmm…how do you know he is not trying his best…when they said that he should try to loosen up and hinted that maybe it was because of the tempo of the songs he chooses….he sang Come Together….and he was obviously uncomfortable with that….where did that get him…..

        Still….he tries another fast uptempo song….in which he was better….the Fun. song…..does that not seem like he was trying to “better” himself?

        And why pick on him…..CJ always sings out of tune….Sam never sings out of tune…..Dexter never goes out of his “I have to pick songs that will pander to voters” …..I appreciate being introduced to Babylon or to Blind Pilot…..isn’t that taking a risk?Singing songs that aren’t very popular?

        I feel that Sam—is presenting who he is—-he’s not trying to be someone he’s not…..

        I don’t think Sam will win….but I think he deserves to be there and last as long as the audience allows him to…..without people concluding that it’s only because of the tween votes or because of he looks….he never resort to using his “looks” to pander for votes….otherwise, he would be all batting his eyelashes and looking smotheringly into the cameras…he never does that….

        maybe there are just people like me who like the type of singing he presents….I like all his song choices and I think he has the most beautiful tone among the boys…..and anyone who loves Ed Sheeran is okay with me……

        • McJagger says:

          Sure, Sam hasn’t “pandered” his looks like, say, Haley Scarnato. But the past has shown cute, nice boys just have to show up and not take too many missteps to get the votes.

          • tealeaves says:

            I disagree. Sam has a great voice and is very talented. That’s why he gets votes. Even then, he has been in the bottom twice already.

      • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

        Yeah, I agree. Boy needs to go to college. Get a bit of life lived.

    • I thought Dexter was really good Wednesday night. I love that Boondocks song. I thought he was better than Majesty or Sam.

      • karyn says:

        I don’t think anyone is saying Dexter’s performances are unpleasant. They just are karaoke performances that a million others could do just as well. You can’t build a career out of performing other people’s songs exactly as they did it. I think Sam is only slightly better than Dexter, but they are both protected in the voting b/c they have a clear well-defined fan base that, as in past seasons, has rallied around one contestant (the tweens for the cute boy and the country folk for the country boy).

        • tealeaves says:

          They have both been in the bottom. How does that lead to the conclusion they are being protected in the voting?

  2. Danny says:

    I like the half hour show better. I would have had Dexter in the Bottom 3, but no mega beefs. I didn’t like Janelle Monet in the least. Not that she’s a bad singer, but I don’t care for shows that have 50 dancers on stage with them.

    I noticed that when Jessica’s name was announced, Harry didn’t clap. Lopez clapped, but it took her a second to get started. Only Keith gave a legit applause for her making it. Harry’s got this look of “what the heck are you clapping at?”

    I didn’t like Lopez’ fake tears at Ryan’s question. It’s not like any of the 3 up there can honestly say they didn’t belong. They were all pretty good last night, but it’s not like there’s anyone getting boned big time by being in the bottom 3. I’m glad the save wasn’t used. Majesty’s been in the bottom way to much to use the save on her.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Nope. There was no big time boing there. She needs to work a little on her confidence and technique. Oh well… I’m kinda of indifferent.

      • Max says:

        Indifferent is the perfect word to describe Majesty in her last couple of weeks. It’s disappointing that she never delivered the incredible performance I thought she would based on the early rounds.
        Though Dexter, CJ, and Sam are certainly more boring and duller.

    • If CJ or Dexter are the next to go would they really save one of them? I feel like after not using the Save all of last season that they(the producers) are super antsy to use it. I am really surprised they didn’t use it on Majesty. But the writing was on the wall. The Save should be used on someone that has never been in the Bottom 3, and could have possibly been there by accident. Sam, CJ and Dexter have all been Bottom 3 or 2 and don’t deserve the save at this point. If someone like Jessica, Jena, Malaya, Caleb or Alex were the one to go I would agree, anyone but those 5 and I say no way.

    • Ben says:

      I’ve been wanting to see the return of half hour results shows since they stopped doing them. Generally speaking, I stopped watching the hour long shows many years ago and just looked who went home on the internet.

      • Danny says:

        @Ben- What seasons were 30 minute results shows? I started watching in Season 4. From what I remember they’ve always been an hour long.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Results shows were half an hour until Top 10 week during Season 6. They’ve been an hour ever since.

          • Danny says:

            Yowza- I’m getting old. I watched 4 and 5 and recall them being an hour long.

          • Danny says:

            But I’m not getting so old that I’ll ever forget those great performances by Sanjaya.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            LOL Up-vote! But he wasn’t that bad on tour. That was the first year I went.

          • Ben says:

            Sanjaya was never really ‘that’ bad. Actually, Idol has had very few make the top 12 who were ‘that’ bad. It’s just that he is a cultural touchstone, I guess, for someone completely out of their depth who goes too far on Idol. (personally, I think Sanjaya was better than Lazaro… and Lazaro went a spot further.)

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Cultural touchstone, indeed. My boyfriend who doesn’t watch Idol still knew the story of Sanjaya because it was all over the Internet. And of all former finalists, who would you say was “that” bad?

          • Danny says:

            For what it’s worth, I did think he was terrible. I liked him as a person though. I’m never hating on anyone unless it’s personality based. I haven’t disliked an Idol contestant since that Waterbug guy kicked that kid out of the group in Season 10. I also didn’t like the guy who wouldn’t let Scott in his group. So I’m never anti any contestant simply because they sing bad.
            I did like Sanjaya on British Invasion Week. That was one of my favorite episodes ever. I liked every performance that week. Other than that, Sanjaya was tough on the ears.

          • Mikko says:

            I would say, that of all the former contestants, there can be found contestant worse than Sanjaya, and that is Jim Verraros from season 1. With these search words one can find from YouTube his performance in the live shows and judges response to it: Jim Verraros – Easy – Top 10 – AI1 – Motown

            This was the first year of AI, and Simon was really angry, that when they had quite a great amount of talented people among top 30, that according to him a couple of 10 finalists got to the final “because of the sympathy votes”, and he was “worried because the aim of the show was to discover talented star”, and he felt that the show was going towards the “lame” direction and he fought strongly against that. His attitude resulted nearly him being kicked out of America, because people did not like his attitude at first (and for sure he was using unnecessarily harsh words sometimes).

          • justsaying says:

            Wow, Mikko. Yeah, that was pretty bad for a finalist. I also went and listened to his initial audition and it was tons better than his tv performance. I for one hope that some of my early performance videos never come out. God forbid I had to be judged on one bad performance. That’s the downside to trying to “make it” on one of these reality shows. In real life, you can perfect your craft over years, have a bad night one night and do your best gig ever on the next and it doesn’t affect your career. Go on AI, though, and your crappy performance will live on in the internets forever!.

        • Ben says:

          I’m glad Leah could answer, cos I honestly wouldn’t have been sure!

    • Tee says:

      I don’t think Harry clapped for any of them when they were saved. Jessica wasn’t the only one. JLo’s face when Dexter was saved was priceless though.

      • Danny says:

        Watching it again as I type this. (Yeesh, to into this)- Though ya can only see the back of his head, he smiled when Jena was safe. He turned a bit so ya could see the smile. Malaya ya couldn’t tell. With Alex……… ok, you’re right. Same reaction with Alex as with Jessica. Calab he has a big smile. Dexter got the same reaction as the rest, except for Caleb.

        So nice catch on your part. I didn’t really pay attention until I saw the contrast of his reaction to Jessica and Caleb. Caleb and Jena got smiles out of the guy. He didn’t clap for anyone.

        • Luke says:

          Harry said on the show that we weren’t likely to see him clap. As a judge, he has decided on certain personal standards. I appreciate that about him

          • karyn says:

            I also really like that Harry is trying so hard to follow some judge’s ethical rules. I think he’s the holdout each week on using the save (although I also think the other two wouldn’t vote in favor of saving MK, et al. if hey didn’t know Harry would veto it). I think he’s determined to save the save for someone who shows real musicality and originality (and that really means Alex, Jena and possibly Jess – though I think he goes back and forth on her, and possibly Caleb who is very good but not especially original). In particular, I think Harry is determined not to use the save on someone b/c they are really likeable.

          • A says:

            @Karyn But those haven’t been in the bottom which makes me a little ill. Love Harry, but I hate to see the save go to waste. I really think Majesty deserved it. Would have loved to have seen her audition song next week – we would have seen the Majesty that the judges and those of us rooting for her loved.

        • Julie Anderson says:

          Ha, I watched too, and he did smile and nod his head when Alex was called. I took it as a “I’m glad America got that right.”

  3. Mike says:

    I was time for you to go Majesty, sorry. Would have preferred CJ or Dexter..

  4. Jo Ann says:

    I like 30 minutes much better! I liked Majesty, but her performances last night and last week were bad. She was in the bottom 3 enough times, so using the save would make no sense.

    • Erin says:

      The only thing I miss is the exit package. I like seeing what they looked like when they auditioned and acting silly and happy in happier times. It’s sweet. They really should find the 30 seconds to keep that in.

      • deedee says:

        Another fine “innovation” by Per Blankens? First, he removed the traditional boot song (which gives former idols a chance for exposure), and now he ditches the journey reel altogether. Uncle PB doesn’t have a feel for this show and its culture. He’s an impostor.

  5. Kaba says:

    It sucks that Majesty is gone, but it made sense considering the amount of times she’s been in the bottom 3…in a row.
    It’s just so infuriating to watch her crumble and still manage to bring more life to the stage than CJ and Dexter, and they’re still going on to next week.
    Seriously, CJ and Dexter are the absolute dead weight of the show now and if one of them isn’t gone next week..or God forbid they get saved…just great. G-r-e-a-t.
    Seriously…if Cj or Dexter gets the same I’ll hope AI gets a sudden axe on next season (even though they’ve already been confirmed for one).

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      “CJ and Dexter are the absolute dead weight of the show ” – yes, and Sam.

      • Kaba says:

        See, Sam has room to improve.
        I don’t care how much Dexter and CJ improve they’re still unreasonably boring no matter how you look at it.
        Sam has the ability to still impress. Dexter will never leave his wheelhouse and will continue to apologize for it and get saved as a result.
        CJ just shouldn’t have been in the top 30 to start, how does one sing a song out of tune every week and still stay on the show?

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Kaba. Those are good points and I agree. Sam “can” do it. I wonder if he has enough time to get to where he needs to be in the next 2 weeks or just to outlast CJ/Dexter’s fan bases – that are clearly voting, even though 1 is dreadful and the other mediocre. I might tape it until they are both “off” the show.

        • The Beach says:

          This is true. Sam may need a jolt out of his comfort zone but at least he rarely misses a note where CJ rarely hits one.

        • Ansa says:

          I agree…Sam does have a lovely voice…it’s just his expression when he sings. Cj can be good….but he has such a problem staying on pitch….it’s painful to watch. Dexter…forgettable, but he is competent at what he does.

          • Stormy says:

            I’m having trouble getting past how much Sam reminds me of Sweets on Bones, They have the same dentition. By the same token Caleb reminds me of Timothy Spall who played Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films and Nathaniel in Enchanted [a younger version of course].

        • karyn says:

          I agree that Sam could still turn things around. He’s at least vocally strong and consistent. He’s just got to come out of his shell and develop some originality. Alex also is quiet and shy but he is so original that you want to listen to him anyway. I definitely don’t feel that way now about Sam but he’s got the goods to make it.

          • Foxfire says:

            If Sam could bring the swagger he could probably win this year. Philip Philips could bring it to his performances even when he was half dead from kidney problems.

      • Tom22 says:

        I bought CJ’s studio recording and really loved it today. I didn’t’ vote last night because I couldn’t really pick who to favor over who … I enjoyed Dexter’s performance in a “pleasant enough” way but after listening to the studio I bough that one too (its sill just pleasant but I suddenly switched to loving the idol band after they went to a tight clean rhythm section.. and probably just switched to something I personally love.
        CJ’s was really really good the more I listened to it….yes it was largely largely the arrangement and band musicians who made it extraordinary but they built it around a cadence he was comfortable with and the natural mood of his particular grit in his voice. Masterful job on their part but, there are a lot of covers of that song and I couldn’t imagine any of the others singing it the way it was built for Caleb… Adele was much slower, no gospel choir coming in… Cool ? sure.. upbeat tempot and with a bluesy plaintive feel at the same time? no.. which is a really cool place that I haven’t heard too much of and want to hear more of.
        And got to say it one more time .. that Led Zeppelin number was insane… it was truly a ban number with Caleb doing every bit of his part, hitting all the notes with ease an passion without being over-dramatic or stepping on an absolutely incredible band performance that leaves me hearing that bass still a half hour later.. the visceral feeling of the weight and relentless tide of it was something.. you got to listen to it at high volumes like you’d listen to zeppelin.. if people can’t hear your headphones from 50 feet away you’ve got it too quiet.. Ever been to a 70s rock concert ? you can’t hear your friend next to you if they yell (ok i didn’t have my headphones quite that loud but can’t listen to it like you would someone talking)

        It wasn’t just Minor.. the drummer(s) and others.. and who is that Guitar player? he is really insane on all 5 the songs i downloaded.. doesn’t over step or grand-stand (well everyone needs to go all out at times in Dazed and Confused.. but it was never speed diddling…..and so tied to the other guys…. anyone know his name?

        • Shawn says:

          The usual Guitar player is Paul Jackson Jr. Did not notice if that was him or not.

        • Tom22 says:

          btw I might have toned down a bit of my praise to more like “excellent” instead of “extrodinary” if I had an edit button … .. used “masterful” way too loosely in one place too.. kinda leaning a bit too hard the other way even though I’d stand by “excellent”

    • Name That Tune says:

      Two words for CJ and Dexter
      And there’s an excellent chance they will both survive next week.
      With Sam the likely victim.
      Started with 7 girls.
      We have only got a few left – Jena, Jessica, Malaya (Gone – Kristen, MK, Majesty, Emily)
      And all of those geetar strumming guys sittin’ fat and happy on that stage.

      • Lynn says:

        I had a nightmare premonition of Dexter being in the top 5. The way things are shaping up it definitely could happen, especially with the theme next week.

        • Kaba says:

          I could throw up if that happens…

          • Stormy says:

            IMO it’s all about the demographics. Malaya will probably get Majesty’s votes now. Dexter gets the redneck vote [no offense]. CJ is the only male of color and there hasn’t been a black male winner since Ruben eleven years ago. Tweens [at least the ones in my circle] think Sam is a drip and their votes are going to Jena and Alex. Urban white people over 40 are voting for Jessica and Caleb. I’m not sure any of these groups are voting on musical ability, more of a support your local gunfighter mind set. As stated, this is only my opinion.

      • Danny says:

        @Name- Yea, but Majesty’s from NC, which has had an AI winner. So far I’m ok with who’s left. I may have had a slightly different choice, but overall I think the voters have gotten it right. I don’t think this year is so much a guy/gal thing. It might turn out that way. Up until now though I think it’s pretty much the right contestant has went home.

        • Name That Tune says:

          Two more words
          and in Dexter’s case, Alabama

          • Danny says:

            Actually, I think they’re both from Alabama. So is Jess. I can understand their passion though. The good people of Alabama need something to cheer for the 364 days a year that Alabama/Auburn don’t play.

          • Name That Tune says:

            @ Danny

            You are right. All three are from Alabama, although Jessica was born in Texas.
            How about an all Alabama finale?

          • Danny says:

            @Name- An all Alabama finale? Lord have mercy. Jessica would be a good choice though. I don’t expect her to make it however. Something tells me they’re going to get harsh on her once the other 2 from Bama are out. Harry not being remotely happy with her being safe gave me a strange feeling.

          • Name That Tune says:

            I give that better odds than an all Michigan finale. Which would be the strangest and coolest thing in Idol history

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Still not crazy about Malaya, but I would love to see Jena there. With either Alex, Caleb, or Jessica. But two of those three if we can’t have Jena.

          • Danny says:

            @Name- Being from Michigan that’s my hope. Those are the 2 I’m rooting for. I think Caleb’s the best of the bunch right now, but I’ve got Jena a legit #2, not just a Michigan bias. Malaya is a touch behind IMO, but she’s improving by leaps and bounds.
            To be clear on my rooting, I wouldn’t want Malaya in the top 2 if I don’t think she belongs there. My hope is she’ll keep improving enough to legitimately belong in the top 2. I think she at least belongs in the competition. Back a few weeks ago I thought she was in over her head. So I’m loving her improvement.

        • Stormy says:

          Aren’t Fantasia and Scotty both from NC? And though he didn’t win, so is Clay.

      • tealeaves says:

        Dexter and CJ have both been in the bottom 3. Dexter last week and CJ this week.

      • Nedsdag says:

        This will continue as long as they don’t strand from their comfort zone. I think Sam will not be the only victim. It wouldn’t surprise me if Dexter outlasts Alex because of the Southern vote and the fact that New England contestants do not win.

      • MamaLis says:

        Kaba, I was TOTALLY thinking the same thing!
        The fact that Dexter wasn’t in the Bottom 3 was stunning!!!!
        The fact that CJ didn’t go home was stunning!!

        Which made me fully believe that Sam is next to go.

  6. Teeny Bikini says:

    Wow, America. Um…okay. What can I say? If you don’t like her, thats’s fine. But there is no way that CJ should still be there. He hasn’t hit one note since he’s been there. I don’t think they should have used the save either. It was time to go. I will miss her though… Next to go… Sam, CJ, Dexter. I don’t care what order.

    I love the 30 minute format.

    • Danny says:

      @Teeny- I’ll give ya that maybe there were worse singers. We’re kind of talking about the 6th-9th place finishers though. None of the ones being mentioned are among the best. When ya think about it, how often does the right person win the show?
      I’d be more animated if CJ or Dexter took out a frontrunner. I can see where people think Majesty should be in over Dexter. Think of it this way though, who’s more likely to take out Caleb (or Jena or Alex or whoever your fav is)? It’s almost like the NCAA tournament. If you’re the 2 seed, you want the 12 seed beating the 7 seed so you’re more likely to win that next game.
      Majesty would be more likely to upset the apple cart later on than Dexter will. So I’m ok that she’s gone now.
      ps: the above post is to be wiped out if Dexter actually tops Caleb, Alex, et all. In that case I’m flipping my lid.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Good points. When they didn’t use the save – I was glad it was still available for Caleb and/or Alex – who must and have earned their spots in the top 4, IMO (which really doesn’t mean much, assure you :) )

    • Mary says:

      I agree with the next to go, but I care about the order , out of tune C.J. needs to go first. I can handle deer in the headlight who can sing Sam and dull and boring Dexter but my ears cannot stand to many weeks of C.J.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        @Mary. LOL. I think I am partially tuning CJ out at this point… He has entered Lazaro-country for me, except Lazaro hit a note every now and then.

      • Danny says:

        @Mary, as long as those 3 go next I’m fine. My order to leave would be Dexter, CJ, Sam. I’m not too concerned about the order though. Of those 3, I think Sam’s the most likely to pull an upset of one of the top singers.

    • The Beach says:

      If I remember correctly, when the save is used then two are eliminated the following week. Is that still the rules of the game?

      • LeahKittyS says:

        In the past, yes, but not this time. Like last year, there is an extra week built into the schedule. So if the Save gets used, only one will go home the following week.

        • Danny says:

          @Leah+ Beach- What slays me about having an extra week built in is why didn’t they use it back when the top 30 were still around? Then if they use a save, have 2 go home the next week. Or if they don’t use it, the show goes on naturally.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            The whole schedule and elimination structure is a cluster-screw this year. I think the producers have been making it up as they go along. Previous seasons may have been repetitive but at least they were smooth as they were consistent.

  7. Alexander says:

    Aloha Mischeaux? You mean that so-so girl who didn’t make the Top 12 (or even the Top 16) way back in Season 4? Yeah, I’m thinking she won’t be asked back.

    • M says:

      You say so-so, everyone else says “robbed” and “shafted” and “what the hell? WHY?”

      • LG says:

        I have watched this show every season, and I didn’t remember Aloha probably because…oh yeah, she did not make the top 12. Maybe if she has a hit she will be invited back.

  8. princey says:

    The only reason I watch Idol this season is because of Majesty Rose. I guess I should be packing my bags as well and head over to The Voice.

    • farah says:

      Same for me. Majesty is so refreshing and her voice so smooth.
      I find Alex boring, i never feel anything when he’s singing; Caleb is fun to watch and to listen to, but i probably won’t buy anything from him. The others, for me, are forgettable.
      Jena I’m beginning to like: before last week, her voice got to my nerves, I don’t know why. So maybe, maybe, I will hang around a little longer for her.
      If only CJ hit his notes…

    • CandaceTX says:


  9. Alexander says:

    People like Dexter, C.J., and especially Sam have the voice to be a recording artist, but lack the charisma to be a star. Malaya has the charisma but is inconsistent vocally. Majesty, on the other hand, had that charisma, and the voice too, but she just didn’t pick the right songs. Caleb, Jena, Majesty, and possibly Alex and Jessica, I think have superstar potential.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Too bad America didn’t click with her. She’s really got talent and is very current.

      • AlyB says:

        I agree that it’s a shame she didn’t get any further but the fault for that lies squarely on her shoulders. She is current and interesting but she kept trying to use that quirky, breathy lovely voice to pull off songs that seriously required diva pipes. She may have loved those songs but they did not suit her voice. That’s why America didn’t click with her. I would have liked CJ or Dexter to go first so that she had a few more weeks to deliver something more in her vocal wheelhouse but I’m not surprised or too upset that she wasn’t saved. She’s so young she may still find her place in the business. She needs a few more years to discover what works best for her.

        • danin says:

          AlyB, how right you are! What the heck happened to the totally composed and poised Majesty we saw sing for the first in front of Harry,Jlo &Keith.She sang a song that was from her center.Se must have got intimidated by the big voices and kind of betrayed herself. What a shame.

      • Timmah says:

        Being current is generally the kiss of death on this show. She’d be better off on The Voice where the average viewer is much younger.

    • Danny says:

      @Alexander- I used to predict the who would have a great career thing. I’ve been wrong so often it makes my head spin. Bo Bice, Blake Lewis, a few of em from Season 7, Allison, Siobhan, Haley.I hope your picks turn out better than mine.

      • Temperance says:

        Haley’s career is doing quite well, actually.

        • Danny says:

          @Temperance- She’s still the Idol I google the most. Yeesh, just last week I asked about Didi because Michael had mentioned her in the post. Someone said to click on the link, so I did. From there a few more clicks and I was reading a whole season 10 blog on Haley. Some 30 pages, like 900 posts and I read every one of them. It took the better part of 2 days to finish it. It was fun to kind of relive her journey. From people barely noticing her to her improvement to the boning of the judges to what they thought her future would be. It was really neat to go down memory lane of Season 10 again.

          She’s the reason I got Itunes. Since lost all my songs, but still. When I google her there never seems to be any updates on her though. What’s she up too?

          • Danny says:

            Meant to add: If Deedee sees this post, there was a Deedee2 who posted on that blog about Haley a few years ago. Was that you by any chance? I’m already forgetting the name of it, Grassy Knoll maybe? Occasionally I’d see a post and someone would say “that should be posted in another section.”

          • deedee says:

            Hey, Danny. Yeah, that was me over at the other place. I don’t remember posting much on the Haley thread, even though she was my favourite that year.

          • Danny says:

            Hi Deedee- Yea, for you posting it was once every few days maybe. I was reading like 6 months of posts over the course of 2 days. So it was probably a case your name popping up a fair amount in my eyes where as you didn’t post a whole lot. Even then it wasn’t like you dominated the blog. I just recognized the name and was wondering if it was you.

  10. Davey says:

    I don’t know if Malaya and Majesty are getting the same voters but Majesty is so much more interesting to me than Malaya, who I thought should never have been put through this year in the first place.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Oh, I agree. I thought she needed another 2 years to refine her craft. Interesting how she surpassed Majesty in the popularity contest though? It’s literally like the switched places. I also think Majesty is more current and I can’t figure out where Malaya would fit in the marketplace. R&B? Gospel? What?

  11. Davey says:

    I know people dislike Sam here but Dexter was much worse than Sam last night.

    • Lynn says:

      I don’t think Dexter was worse than Sam last night. Sam is a much better vocalist, hands down, but both are equally boring. Difference is, Dexter stays true to his country roots and makes no apologizes for his choice. That’s what is getting him votes. “I’m proud to be country, driving my tractor, and I ain’t changing for nobody, no ma’am.” I’m not a fan of him musically, but he’s playing it very smart. Sam has never connected emotionally to any song he has ever sung.

      • kate'shomesick says:

        NOT true…Babylon and his own song Hollywood week were fabulous.

        • Lynn says:

          OK, I’ll check out the videos. Hopefully I’m wrong about the kid. I would certainly like to be because here he is, a good-looking young man, plays the guitar, unbelievably stellar voice, but no personality, no presence since top 13. There doesn’t seem to be any spark. It’s kinda frustrating to watch.

          • Amy says:

            Lynn, sadly I agree. And it is frustrating to watch. He was my pick for the season, based on his original, and audition. I thought he had it all…great tone, voice, look…but then he sort of fell flat, and is frustratingly and seemingly emotionless when he sings. And I’m really sorry to have to say that…because if he could record…I still buy his music, based just on how good he sounds to me.

        • Ted Sutton says:

          I don’t remember Sam’s song from Hollywood week but his Babylon was way short of fabulous.
          You want to hear Babylon sung right listen to David Gray sing it from the LP White Ladder. Now that is fabulous!

          • kate'shomesick says:

            David Gray is definitely one of my favourite musicians…still I think Sam did a pretty fine job with that song…

      • karen says:

        Sam bowled me over with his original song during Hollywood week. He has it in him.

        • Amy says:

          Me too, Karen. I do not understand why no emotion seems to resonate from him, though, now when he sings. And that factor plays a big part. He definitely has the musical chops though. Still like him, and certainly would like to see others, Dexter, CJ (nice as he is and all but..) go before him. I just wish he’d pull some emotion out of himself and share it!

  12. M says:

    If CJ and Dexter aren’t on the plane back home in the next two weeks…
    America is psychotic no matter how bad Majesty may have been at times.
    Btdubs, she was infinitely better than Dexter and CJ last night regardless of her pitch issues.

  13. Timmah says:

    Now can we get the performance nights to be a half hour? There’s only about 20 minutes of actual performance in them.

    • Name That Tune says:


    • Danny says:

      But Timmah- You don’t wanna miss the 45 minutes of commercials. I just start watching the show at 8:30 w/ the DVR. Some start even later. I like to give myself a bit of time to grab a snack and such though. Sometimes I’ll replay a good performance in that time too.

  14. LeahKittyS says:

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

    (Scene: the island of Solumager. The nine remaining adventures continue through the jungle. The sun is bright, and there is a gentle breeze.)
    Majesty: (Goes skipping down the path) Come on, guys!
    Dexter: (As the others try to keep up) Slow down, Maj! The pirates’ ain’t on our tail!
    Majesty: Aww, how can you guys just walk on a beautiful day like this?
    Alex: Well, you’re about to lead us right past the next gate marker.
    Majesty: You mean the black eagle? It’s right here.
    (She points to the carving of an eagle outlined in black just as Alex catches up to her.)
    Alex: All right. Let’s see what this place looks like.
    (They pass through the gate an enter the kingdom. There are many tall buildings in black and other dark colors.)
    Malaya: Well, at least we can see the sun this time.
    Sam: (reading the plaque on the beacon tower) “Here stands the beacon of the kingdom of Sanctul, domain of King Kristopher and the High Lord Adam.” I’ve been waiting for this one. What do you think the treasure is?
    Caleb: Well, we’re about to find out. Alex, pass me the map. (Takes the map) “The king welcomes all with arms open wide, but his treasure suggests there was something to hide.”
    Jessica: Okay, thinking cap time. If the king were welcoming us, where would he meet us?
    Jena: The entrance to the palace?
    Caleb: Mmm, nah. Kris was a people’s person, he didn’t stay in the palace that much. If he were meeting guests I think he’d be right at the gate.
    C.J.: But there was nothing over there.
    Alex: Maybe not outside, but we didn’t look in the gatehouse.
    Caleb: Exactly. I’ll bet good money the treasure’s in there.
    (They go back to the gate and enter the gatehouse. They set to work brushing away cobwebs and dusting off various objects.)
    Majesty: Yuck. Why would King Kris want to hide his treasure in here?
    Jessica: Safe to say it wasn’t this dirty when he did.
    Jena: Hey, guys, I found something!
    (The others come over. C.J. and Dexter lift up the large treasure chest.)
    Malaya: That’s weird. Someone left the key in the lock.
    Jena: (Jiggles the key) It won’t turn…
    (Suddenly the key falls out and the lock opens. Jena removes the lock, and she, Malaya, and Sam open the chest. Jena looks in and pulls out the object wrapped in cloth. She unwraps it to reveal a festive mask.)
    Alex: Okay, in all my reading about the Twelve Monarchs, I never thought King Kristopher would have that on his hands.
    Majesty: It wasn’t originally his. It belonged to the High Lord Adam, when he was a Zodiac performer. It’s an ancient thing, but a lot of people in Sanctul feared him because he reminded them of the days before the kingdoms, the uncivilized people.
    Jena: Well, it wasn’t just that. A lot of Kris’ people feared Adam because he was gay. But Kris wasn’t afraid, and they’d go out together during their down time. Adam gave him this as a token of their friendship, because it was the most valuable thing he owned.
    Sam: Those two had something really special. Kind of like us. (Puts his arm around Alex)
    Alex: (Smiles at him) You’re lucky Jillian isn’t here.
    Majesty: Well, that’s five treasures and no sign of the pirates! Maybe we can take the mask with us! Let’s go!
    (She goes skipping down the stairs, but then the others cringe when they hear her slip and fall. They rush down the stairs and find her at the door.)
    Jessica: (Helping her up) Are you okay?
    Majesty: I think so… (winces) Ow! But I hurt my ankle. I don’t think it’s broken…
    (A crash and a bang sound from outside.)
    C.J.: Aw, come on! Why now?
    Dexter: Sorry, Maj, it’s looks like we’re gonna have to leave you behind this time.
    Sam: But she’s Harry’s first mate! She was supposed to be our new captain!
    Majesty: It’s okay, Sam. I’ll only slow you down with my foot like this. Give me the mask, I’ll stay in the beacon tower.
    (Sam and Alex help Majesty over to the beacon tower, and the others surround them for protection. They see her to the top, leave her with some of the food and, fuel and lock the door as they leave. Jena takes out the map.)
    Jena: (As they run) Okay, there’s a lot of twists and turns coming up, so look where you’re going!
    Caleb: No need to tell me twice. (Runs into a tree) Ow! (Catches up with the others)

    • Anon says:

      Stop. Please just stop. Nobody enjoys your fanboi fantasies. Go make something out of your life or just off yourself & allow us to rejoice.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Tell that to elizabeth3613431, Danny, My Alter Ego, and everyone who was praising my work every week last year. TV Line says I can do it, and I’m having fun with it, so I stick my virtual tongue out at you haters. At least I never go on mean, nasty rants every single week about certain contestants, like some people on here (you know who I mean).

        • Danny says:

          @Leah- I replied to this guy a few weeks ago. Then it gets turned into a longer argument. So I’ve stopped commenting to him. I get that ya have the urge to say something and I don’t blame ya. Just know that us not saying anything doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy it. It just means we don’t wanna bicker w/ someone on something that should be fun. Saying something to the guy is really a no win proposition.
          I enjoy debates on who’s a better singer, best seasons, that kind of thing. You’re generally talking to someone who LIKES something and is passionate in their point. Talking to whiners like this guy gets me nowhere. See ya elsewhere on this blog.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I know. Sometimes I just can’t help it. Thanks again for having my back. And if there’s anything you like about the installment of the week, this week and in the future, feel free to comment just to let me know you read it.

          • Tom22 says:

            Anyone that doesn’t know how to scroll down past what they’re not interested in… .. .. hmm maybe it is a new disorder for the digital age.. .. … scroll-down-phobia ?

          • Tom22 says:

            oh and keep at it LeahKitty ! The main thing is that you enjoy doing it yourself.. its fun for me to attempt to put my thoughts into words for the discovery of it.. your thoughts take more specific form when you put them into writing but, … its the comments that sort of pull me forward to take that step which makes me think it through.

        • Lana says:

          @LeahKittyS Forget Anon, I love your stories and have fun reading them so keep it coming.

        • Anon says:

          But there in lies your biggest problem. What you call “mean, nasty rants” at least contribute to the discussion at hand. Your fiction doesn’t. That’s why you shouldn’t do it; you’re simply wasting space.

      • marie says:

        “Just go off yourself “? What the hell is wrong with you?
        To Danny below, I guess maybe I am fighting a losing battle here, that’s the nature of feeding a troll, but that was SO offensive, I NEEDED to call this creep on it.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          You know, Marie, I just skimmed over the initial comment and got the negative gist of it, but I did not notice that phrase in there. Some people are just sad. I am always grateful for your support.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Whoa whoa whoa. Just off yourself!?!?!? You do realize you broke the law, right? Begone, you waste of genetic material. And hopefully TVline reports your IP address to your local authorities.

      • Ben says:

        Stop, just stop. Nobody enjoys endless rantings about Leah’s story week after week. Not to mention the fact its bullying.

      • deedee says:

        @Anon, please take your own advice and allow us to rejoice.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Are Alex and Jillian really a couple? Did they meet on Idol? That’s really sweet.

  15. Guilherme Santos says:

    No doubt that Dexter, C.J and Sam are stucked with the same problems each week and are the most boring, so, I should be one of them.
    In other hand, Majesty just didnt made a case for herself to be worthy the safe.. She just got over ambitious during the weeks thinking she could do anything she wish and lost her focus (judges should have called her on the fact that she has limitations, that she could move forward on the competition without trying to belt songs that are out of her league), plus, being on the botton three weeks in a row messed up with her, specially tonight. She could have focused and fight for the save with her audition song for example, but she went all maniac.
    Sad, the potential is there, but Majesty needs alot guidance before she goes sell herself as the artist she could be.

  16. If the Final 5 are Caleb, Jessica, Jena, Alex and Malaya that would be amazing. Malaya has grown on me the past few weeks. So even if it’s Final 4 Caleb, Jessica, Jena and Alex it’d be tough to beat that as one of the better Top 4’s.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      That’s a sweet Top 4. A really interesting one too.

    • Davey says:

      I think Caleb or Alex are winning this thing. And neither is the most exciting choice, though both at least know how to sing. Jena may wind up third.

      If the South keeps voting for CJ and Dexter, there is no accounting for tastes. How is it that The Voice keeps getting better country singers?

      • Stormy says:

        Well, Alex is Jo Dee Messina’s cousin and lived with her in Nashville to learn the music business. So, I’m guessing he’s getting a considerable % of the country vote.

    • Nedsdag says:

      I see a Caleb/Jessica final, simply because they’re both from the South. Alex and Jena are in a disadvantage being from areas that do not vote.

      • Ted Sutton says:

        Nedsdag…I liked Jessica at the beginning. She is not growing on the show however. It may be because she has worked too much and has too many bad habits. I don’t really see her connecting with the material in the way that someone with her experience should. In a good year she would not make the top 5 let alone the final. This is not a good year so she may make the top 5 but the final…never. Caleb, Alex and Jena are far better and more interesting singers than Jessica.

        • Nedsdag says:

          I don’t see either Alex nor Jena winning this. I still stand by what I wrote previously: New England doesn’t support their AI finalists (see Magnus, Siobhan; Miller, Angie). Jena is also from a region which is not Idol friendly.

        • MamaLis says:

          ^^ Totally agree.

  17. brandon says:

    I haven’t said this in 12 years, but I might be done with this season. Majesty was one of the few interesting people left. This sucks. I’ll save the 2.5 hours and catch Jena on YouTube.

  18. Yoki says:

    This was the best possible outcome for Majesty. She now has a better chance at true stardom. Look at JHud.

  19. Tiff says:

    It’s a damn shame they didn’t use the save, because if the next three to go are Sam, Dexter and CJ, I won’t want them to use the save on any of them, either. Majesty is more deserving of it than any of them.

    I’m honestly shocked that CJ hasn’t been ousted yet. Who’s voting for him? Dude is consistently out of tune and boring…

    • Danny says:

      @Tiff- My guess is they’re saving the save for either Alex, Caleb, Jena, or Malaya. Either that or they’ll use it the last week they can. I don’t think they’d use it on Jessica unless she’s the one who goes 2 weeks from now and they can’t use it for the season.

      • Tiff says:

        Yeah, but I just don’t think that any of those three will be in danger in the next two weeks. I really thought Majesty had potential…she just needed a lot more guidance on song choice and performing.

        Oh well. I hope Majesty continues to sing…she would have been in my top three if the pressure hadn’t gotten to her…

        • Mark says:

          Majesty needed to sing better. I really, really loved her at the beginning. Then… not so much. I have no freaking idea why she thought she had a huge voice, but she doesn’t. She was amazing when she didn’t try to be huge and, well, a hot mess when she did….

      • SheDevil says:

        Jessica’s singing is boring. She’s got a good voice but doesn’t seem to know how to put the emotion into it so you can feel the song. Never any goose bumps from her. From the beginning she’s acted so arrogant and self centered especially during the beginning when they had to form groups. Notice how she never even pretends to be supportive of other contestants. I just find her unlikeable.

        • Honey Barlett says:

          You are so right. As another person, Jim Welker says, “She sounds like a cat who is being castrated and tortured!” Funny, but accurate!

  20. Andrew says:

    Well, Idol is over for me. Majesty has been very unstable, but for god sake: CJ, Dexter, Sam even Jessica have been much less impresive. I just think that Majesty is way too good for this show, but i have no doubt she will make it far. Man, i wish they used the save… Harry sucks.

  21. The Orginal Lemon says:

    I’ve seen Majesty referred to as the female Andrew Garcia, never living up to a great audition. I can see that argument, but the way I see is that she just delivered a very different sound and style than what we saw in the audition. She ignored feedback about belting with her medium light weight voice, and most of all, she never seemed like she really wanted to entertain people. So sad. She really is talented, but never really adapted to the realities of competition.

    • The Beach says:

      It’s kind of interesting to watch things evolve. At the beginning of Top 20 a lot of folks, me included, were ready to hand finale night over to Sam and Majesty. How things change!

      • The Orginal Lemon says:

        I know! Back then we all thought it would be Majesty and Sam.

      • Danny says:

        @Beach- I’m in that boat of people who predicted that. Now I’m wondering where that iceberg came from.

      • marie says:

        Goodness, Beach, I was among those folks too. Hard for me to imagine that now. Majesty, unfortunately, turned put to be a big disappointment. “The female Andrew Garcia” indeed, as Lemon mentions. And I remember that after “Babylon,” I commented that I saw real star potential in Sam; that changed the very next week for me.

  22. Owen says:

    I think Majesty went a little insane there toward the end. And I’m only half kidding. It’s like this dreadful thing she had been so afraid of yet inevitably drawn toward had finally happened and she couldn’t deal with it. Before the song, during the song, after the song, she seemed manic and wide-eyed odd. What did she say there toward the end as the cameras cut away? Poor thing. I’ll miss this girl…but maybe the strain of being on a live TV show where she is judged by a substantially large portion of the American public was a little too much for her. I don’t like to be judged by my minimart cashier. Actually, it’s surprising more Idol contestants don’t crack up. I think now is the time to put those non denominational spiritual advisers to work…

    • Tiff says:

      Can we put Randy to work first? He should have told Majesty to dial it down and that she should never, EVER sing “Let It Go” live. Majesty clearly loves epic songs, and she should have been told that less is more sometimes…but no one told her. I BLAME RANDY.

      (And yes, non-denominational spiritual advisors should have really helped Majesty with her confidence issues…if they were actually working).

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        and I blame Randy for not telling Ben Briley to not do Benny & the Jets or play piano that week…frankly Ben and Majesty were both of my favorites and they went down fast…I totally agree about Let It Go being too huge a song technically and in the public’s affection for Majesty to ever attempt it on IDOL and I wondered why the behind-the-scenes people weren’t cautioning Ben & Majesty against these fatal performing decisions…frankly I’ll be amazed if I last this season much longer

        • Foxfire says:

          Glad to see a fellow Ben fan here SeattleJohn. His early departure was shocking to me because I felt he was more talented than either Dexter or CJ and should have outlasted his country music competition.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Owen. I think she was trying hard not to cry so she overcompensated in the other direction. I appreciate how hard that must of been. Courageous kid. 3 times in the bottom has to be heartbreaking.

      • Stormy says:

        Kid? She’s 22.

      • marie says:

        I agree, Teeny. I didn’t see Majesty as odd / crazy at the end; I think she was just very upset, and who could blame her? Yes, I think she was trying not to cry; that even showed in her vocal performance on her Save song.

        • MamaLis says:

          I don’t think Owen meant anything derogatory at all or that she was literally cuckoo. I believe, too that it was more than just not wanting to cry. I think things were really getting to her.

          I said earlier, there’s no WAY Randy has the capacity to emotionally council someone like Majesty on how to deal with the psychological aspects of the competition!!! I mean, can you just see him? Oblivious!!!! Stupid Dawg!

          In fact, was it the Voice or Idol that way earlier had this married couple that were the “Spiritual Advisors” for the kids? I remember seeing that earlier on but I can remember which show it was. If it was Idol, are they still on the payroll or was it just a Hollywood week thing?

          Anyway, I think Slezak actually summed it up well by calling her emotions the intersection of, “I don’t belong here” and “Get me out of this place!” Except maybe I’d probably call it, “Help me!” and “Get me out of this place!”

      • deedee says:

        @ Teeny, I agree. Majesty was all manic in her “save me” song to cover for an imminent breakdown. It was a hot mess, of course, but heartbreaking nonetheless.

    • KayV says:

      I couldn’t agree more.. It was strange and embarrassing.. Before she started singing she starts ranting “lets do this.. Gimme the mic”… Strikes a Diana Ross pose and them wobbles around stage all breathy.. Only to be followed by a maniacal twirl to Ryan at the end.. Huh? Complete crack up.. What on earth happened to the earthy alternative artist we heard during the auditions.. I’m sorry to say it but that chick has NEVER shown up during the lives.. She deserved the boot.

      • The Orginal Lemon says:

        Sadly, I agree with this. I think she started losing support even during the first live show, and especially during the second live show, when fans, in love with her audition, wondered where the singer they fell in love with went. I for one never liked Happy or Tightrope. I never thought they were right for her voice. I was waiting for her to do Tracy Chapman, Sinead O’Conner…things like that….stuff with emotional imperative and nuance, but it never happened. I think she, unlike a more mature Alex,who also has a lighter voice, got psyched out by the belters, and for some reason thought she could compete with them.

      • J. May says:

        Whatever it was that she said she cultivated within her during her audition was long uprooted by the time she got to Hollywood. It’s too bad, really, but it happens.

    • Owen says:

      And the kicker broke my heart: “Thank you for being my friend, Ryan,”

  23. Ann says:

    Others — looking hard at you Dexter ++ — should have gone first. I will miss Majesty … a couple more weeks she might have turned it around.
    30 minutes is great — even so, the fast forward on the DVR was liberally used.
    And, Majesty didn’t get the ‘look back on your Idol journey’ reel, which kind of stinks. Could have skipped the dinner business or Janelle Monae to leave time for
    that instead.

  24. MAB says:

    I cannot believe that Majesty went before Dexter and CJ. This is the first time I am really upset with the results. Yet, I think Majesty was relieved to be gone from the show. I think the pressure was too much for her.

  25. Tommyo2000 says:

    Not a randy hater, but she desperately needed a mentor, especially when she showed so much fear after her first trip to the bottom 3. It almost seems like she was flailing away in the dark. She needed somebody, (randy), to pull her back in from the black hole she fell into. Sad because she was far more interesting than Sam, dexter, and cj

  26. Mary says:

    I called it yesterday and I knew they wouldn’t save her. In reality she has not lived up to her audition. America was not connecting or they preferred Malaya instead. Personally I wished it was C.J. but I guess More Americans prefer out of tune singers. I am hoping C.J. will be the next one to go. I think the save should be used on a contestant that has been consistent and has a bad week like Caleb, Jena, Jessica. They will use it in top 6 if not before then, won’t go to waste. If C.J. and Dexter and Sam goes in that order, we would have a perfect top 5 and won’t need the safe at all. I hope to God they don’t use it on say C.J. or Dexter.

  27. Denise says:

    Majesty seemed to be swallowed alive by the process. She has the talent and ability but needs to get out of the Idol bubble and regroup. I loved the first time she sang Happy, this was just sad.

    Don’t understand the Dexter hate. He is has not been giving top 3 performances but has been on key (ahm, CJ).

  28. Kimbo says:

    Can Per Blankens wake the hell up and fire Randy?
    Goodness, I’d rather these contestants have no mentor at all rather than be mentored by someone who gets absolutely no blame for the mistakes he gets to witness first-hand before anyone else.
    There have been waaaaaaaay too many inexcusable performances that should not have even been permitted to be performed that he gave the green light to.
    Ben’s hot mess
    MK’s Pink mess
    Majesty’s let it Go
    Majesty’s big nasty wonky note on “Fix You”
    Emiliy Piriz’s…everything
    Kristen O’Connor…period.
    Malaya’s “Runaway Baby”.

    And let’s not get started on all of the top 30.
    Seriously, there are waaaay too many terrible performances that were allowed to happen this season.

    • Mary says:

      I really don’t believe you can blame that on Randy. These contestant chose their songs. If they don’t know who they are as an artist then they shouldn’t be there.

      • Kimbo says:

        There’s a huge difference between knowing who you are as an artist (which isn’t always the case for people who start out in AI, but they get there a lot of times) to just simply giving a terrible performance.
        First and foremost, there were far too many performances that were just vocally terrible, that’s all on whoever allowed them to carry on with these choices considering it’s hard to imagine that they were nailing it prior to the live show episode.
        Connection and artistry can come into effect later, but frankly there were just too many performances that were just vocal terror.
        And Randy is the one who oversees their rehearsal and helps them get to where they need to be, aka, a mentor.
        What’s the point of the mentor if the results are regularly bad?
        But I guess it won’t be a big deal now that the biggest offenders are slowly getting kicked off the show?

        • pat says:

          agree! Randy is useless and a waste of air space!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            When I first started watching the show, I thought her had some good things to say. Then as time went on he got really annoying. Was it like that for anyone else, or did everyone else already think he was annoying?
            It’s funny, I use him as a minor character in 3 of my musical AI stories, and in 2 of them, his character gets killed. That’s how much he bothered me in Seasons 10 and 12 (I left him out of 11).

          • Tom22 says:

            I thought he was an always useless goof ball, and he only got annoying after he felt he had been around long enough to know something . The “dawg pound” was dumb, ,but at least , as long as he didn’t say much more , he was a friendly encouraging presesne … like cheerleaders at a high school football game “go dawgs”.

            (ok. I gotta figure the guy knows something– he looks intelligent enough and certainly has been around the business forever…. I mean, not everyone is great at coming up with intelligent things to say in front of a camera Maybe when you sit down with him he can lucidly run through nuances in record contract provisions or compare chord progressions verbally. May he often picks up a string bass and demonstrates the right way and the wrong way to play different non-bass parts of a song if he can’t demonstrate with singing… .. no one can be as bad as the edit they give him.. can they?)

        • Name That Tune says:

          So let’s start with the casting directors. Because they’re the ones who filtered things down from 75,000 to however many they actually auditioned in the first place. They didn’t get that they were casting for a musical show that requires energetic, charismatic performers.
          Seems like they got it in their heads to cast guitar-playing performers. Left the singers back home.

        • Mary says:

          I believe there are vocal coaches involved in this process. I also believe that some of these contestants did better in rehearsal than on the live stage. Yes, Randy could of tried to sway someone if the song is out of there element, but the band could arrange the music to fit them. Randy is not my favorite person and I do believe he outlived his stay, but you cannot blame him for every screw up the contestant makes, not even logical.

    • pat says:

      @kimbo, you forgot marielle seller’s Roar performance

    • kate'shomesick says:

      Emily’s “Glitter in the air” was beautiful though…unfortunately her interview showed that she doesn’t know what she did wrong after that…

    • Mark says:

      Randy would be fine if they could just make sure that he has no contact whatsoever with the contestants at any time and is kept entirely off camera during every show. In fact, he would be more effective if they assigned him to New York or maybe London for the entire season. That’s how they maximize Randy’s contribution.

  29. Ayelet says:

    This was the first results show I watched this season, and mostly just to see Janelle Monae perform. I get that this is all movie promotion and what not, but I kind of wish she got to sing something off her new album since there are just so many gems on there. I did like the half hour format much better than the usual.

    I’m also pretty upset that they didn’t save Majesty – yeah, she’s far from consistent, but who is this season? I think out of the bunch she may have just been the most unique artist and I’ll miss seeing what she comes up with every week.

  30. LeahKittyS says:

    A few thoughts:
    – Well, there goes my prediction for the Top 6. Looks like Malaya has a better chance than I thought. I will miss Majesty, but cannot say she did not deserve to go based on her last few performances. Just keep Alex, Jena and Jessica in the game and I’ll be happy. I also like Caleb but can’t see him winning right now.
    – I have an important exam tomorrow, so thank you half hour results show for leaving me more time to study once I’m done here.
    – I would have liked to hear Majesty reprise “Violet Hill” next week, but oh well. The rest of the bottom-of-the-pack people better prove they deserve to be here more! Looking forward to Alex, Caleb, and Jess performing.

  31. Kelly says:

    Majesty is so adorable and likable, and I agree that she is way more interesting than CJ or Dexter… I just feel like she had no idea what kind of songs to sing or what to do with her voice. When she sang that Feist song in Hollywood…that was the ONLY time she really grabbed me, and that was months ago. Ever since then I feel like she hasn’t realized her potential and it was frustrating to watch. Last night’s performance was pleasant enough because of the energy she brought, and for the song itself, but her singing was all over the place (she was helped along significantly through those choruses by backing vocals, otherwise it would have really been ugly) and I think after the prior two weeks it showed people that she didn’t really know what to do with her voice. I suspect better mentoring could have helped her, but we’ll never know for sure. She had a pleasing lightness to her voice when singing soft and staying in a somewhat lower range. She is not a belter and did not have the range to tackle those Florence or Idina songs and have to belt out high notes.

  32. Joe says:

    I think Sam isn’t doing anything that Alex isn’t. Alex face doesn’t look at all or more expressive than Sam . The only critique Sam ever gets is connection so if he just fakes it next week will he do better. I just don’t get how anyone can connect to it on a deep level if it’s not their song. When he sang his original I felt a real connection. Also the judges tell Jessica, Alex, Malaya, dexter, and CJ so why is he to blame every week for lack of connection I think his only problem is he needs to learn how to play to the camera more because so far I’ve loved his voice.

    • Kelly says:

      I was actually wondering if someone specifically gave him that note this week – to look at the camera. Every other performance his eyes have been darting left and right constantly and it’s so distracting and makes him look terrified. But last night I could feel he was working hard at looking at the camera. It goes a long way toward projecting confidence for the sake of viewers at home.

      I remember early in the season I watched a Youtube video of Sam singing a John Mayer song and there were moments when he looked right at the camera like he’s singing it to someone special, and it was confident…and in those moments I felt like he could really connect emotionally enough and project enough confidence to win. But I haven’t seen it much on the show.

    • Lynn says:

      I thought about that this week as well. Alex doesn’t connect emotionally with the songs he sings either, at least not to me. His vocals are spot on and he isn’t afraid to experiment with melody, arrangement and phrasing, so he’s viewed as quirky and creative, in contrast to Sam who keeps the songs pretty much in line with the original. That’s why I think Alex struggled with Don’t Speak this week. That song requires an emotional investment from the singer rather than just story-telling.

    • Amy says:

      I still love his voice too, Joe. And I’m rooting for him to show something that brings him forward…I just don’t know why lately he seems so “blank” while singing. But he’s got talent for sure, and a voice I’d love to hear more of. I did download his Itunes recording..

  33. nathalie says:

    I dont get the sam hate on this site from where i sit sam hasnt sung a note wrong unlike some people (malyla majesty cj)

    • Mary says:

      It is not hate it is the monotone delivery he does every week. He is a great singer, nobody is denying it but he sounds the same every week. He is unable to draw in the audience. He got accepted into Berkley so he should go and improve on his craft. In a couple years he might be ready for the stage.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        He got accepted to Berklee? I see…yes, a lot of those kids coming from or having the goods to enter such a prestigious music college are generally those who are so adept at techniques, they’re afraid to branch out or be much more spontaneous with their craft. Many ended up being good producers, or anything behind the scenes, but no necessarily in front of it. I’m basing this theory off the musicians’ interviews who attended such educational institutions (e.g.. Annie Clark from St. Vincent, Mackenzie Scott from Torres). They decided to quit college because the curriculum didn’t bode well with what they want to be as artists.

        • Timmah says:

          St. Vincent, now there’s an artist you’re not likely to ever see covered on Idol. Of course, I probably would have said the same about Rush before this season.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            Covering legit indie artists (not those who are deemed indie but actually driven by record label execs, *cough, Foster the People, Mumford and Sons, cough*) is hard for myriad reasons:

            1. The aesthetic is already so elaborate or unmistakably the artist’s own, it almost doesn’t allow for anymore interpretation.
            2. In terms of singing competitions, not a lot of their songs are vocal-oriented, and even if one were to make it otherwise, it would diminish the authenticity
            3. A lot of indie songs are lyrically cryptic. In the hands of inexperienced singers who are struggling to connect, even with obvious lyrics, covering them wouldn’t achieve anything but a pointless attempt at trying out something different/highbrow.

            All in all it would be interesting to see someone performing Rattlesnake, Prince Johnny, Cruel, Cheerleader, The Party, Laughing With a Mouth of Blood, Landmines, which are some of St. Vincent’s more vocally-opened-for-rendition songs, on Idol.

          • Timmah says:

            You make some good points. Even a seemingly straightforward song like Marry Me John has a lot of subtext to it that likely wouldn’t be grasped by your typical Idol contestant.

        • Mary says:

          Sorry about the correct school spelling, it was late last night. I am beginning to think that Sam is not meant to be a stage performer so I think schooling might be to his advantage.

      • Gailer says:

        Interesting…having a daughter the same age going off to college next year, I say to Sam wholeheartedly, go to Berkley! The tour will mess with his fall semester though. Wonder what he will do. Or is there even a tour with this group? I predict low ticket sales.

      • Amy says:

        I’m wondering if the judges will use the save if it’s Sam who gets voted off. They loved him in the beginning, and I think see his musical potential. I know he hasn’t shown the growth they want in the emotional connection, though…and Harry may hold out because of that. Keith loves his voice and Jennifer also I think is rooting for him to improve. But who knows. And whether or not he’s meant to be a performer…I don’t know, doesn’t seem so at this point. But sure love his voice.

    • Honey Barlett says:

      But, he sings in monotone; never sings a song with highs! Can he hit the high note? Plus, he wears so much makeup, he looks like a French whore!

  34. Tess says:

    It actually wasn’t Majesty’s worst performance this week but I think the one that was that first put her in the bottom 3 was what sent her into that weird spiral she couldn’t get out of, resulting in her weirdness with her sing-for-her-life performance. Going into the season I thought all the Majesty love online would’ve meant she was at least destined for top 5 (I know many had her in the final 2 and possibly winning even) so even though she had been faltering in recent weeks, I still thought others would leave before her (like she could’ve been a perpetual bottom feeder ala Syesha Mercado) and I really thought with CJ finally falling into the bottom 3 he’d go since frankly he deserved to more than she did. That said, while I thought the judges might strongly consider using the save on her, I’m glad they held out because she has only been going backwards and in some ways she seemed like she didn’t really want to be there anymore anyway… saving her would’ve only postponed the inevitable. Still a shame she went before CJ, Dexter, and Sam (who I hope all go out in that order over the next three weeks). I’m fine with the idea that the judges not feel like they have to use the save – it really should only be for emergency purposes when someone who had a great night who is a worthy potential winner lacked votes because there was some legit reason to have kept people from voting aside from viewer apathy (like bad weather or power outages or something like that); it shouldn’t be used just for the sake of using it for the sake of the gimmick as has happened in the past.

  35. Evan says:

    This is the most disappointed I’ve ever been in 13 years of watching the show, but for the first time I reserve most of my disappointment for the contestant rather than America.

    Majesty’s appeal was always in the simplicity and vulnerability she brought to the songs she sang in the opening rounds. But every choice she made in the live rounds– even the “good” performances– just lacked that completely. They were fast-paced (“Tightrope”, “Happy”) or went for the big note that they just didn’t require (“Fix You”) or were drowned out by the band (“Wake Me Up”).

    What a waste of the best audition I can ever recall.

  36. darcy's evil twin says:

    Well, that was a bit of a surprise. I thought CJ would go home but clearly the guy has a following.

    • Gailer says:

      I wonder if there is an underground vote for the worst 😉

      • Joe says:

        It’s the only explanation. Pity votes make no sense. He’s really bad at this and should stop. If you can’t sing when the lights are on you may as well quit. CJ reminds me of one of the pitchers in baseball who lose the strike zone and start hitting mascots in the stands with wild pitches. I’m stunned Majesty lost to a guy who can’t sing in tune. CJ is this season’s Lazaro.

        • Tom22 says:

          Go listen to CJ’s studio recording of the song on itunes. I “get” that most fans argue that they should be judged only on their live performances. I’m on the fence with that, but all things being equal, I would definitely give the most credit to people who really killed it live. When I’m comparing people who’ve just been ok on stage for me, I tend to look deeper.
          Media is crossing more and more media – the voting is online now and online allows a lot more than a phone in terms of making it so easy to take a deeper look before you vote. I watch the TV show slightly delayed usually…. a phone call or waiting a bit for my kids to finish their home work gets me to do that. (I really don’t skip all the ads believe it or not…I’ll give them the beneift of the doubt .. some are fun enough and I don’t mind a little break to think about what i’v just seen on the show unless the particular ad starts bothering me).
          As the sound on my TV (and its a good TV and I’ve got a soundbar attached too that doesn’t seem to help much) really isn’t what it is on my headphones that I will eventually listen to music on if I like it, I’ll take the time to listen again from the computer with decent music headphones on before I vote.
          Really, if we’re picking people we think have a shot to continue making music as a career, how they are able to sound in a studio, with the different circumstances there really is a pretty major and legitimate factor. As I look forward to new recordings I might enjoy, the show can offer me a bit more if I think I’m going to get another I want to hear in future episisodes if a contestant sticks around.
          Of course, thats all a matter of taste. But, just wanted to let you know that at least one guy who isn’t a country fan is going to be voting for CJ in the future based on the studio recording he did this week….open mindedly of course…because I do wish Malaya well and Jess well and Calebs song Knocked me dead but I wonder if he can really record music that doesn’t depend equally on a great band (he isn’t even a master guitar player .. only a good front man lead vocal ). I’m open minded…for all of the remaining contestants and it will be a tough decision for me with some of them. Until I heard CJs studio I couldn’t vote for him more than Majesty or Malaya or a few others on the cusp. Dexter is good enough at what he does that I think it is fair that people who are into his type of music vote for him and he brings enough that its not inconceivable that he could make that kind of music.. he’s got a genuine type of charm that he could find a way to get into his music if he had the right songs that weren’t just covers.

          • Foxfire says:

            I agree with you Tom22, CJ rendition of that song was very haunting and gave me chill bumps (not goosies) Surely we’re not the only 2 people here who enjoyed it?

          • joy99 says:

            I voted for CJ too (fewer votes than I gave some of the girls, including Majesty, but more than the other guys), mainly because I love the songs he chooses, even when he’s doing his best to butcher them. :-) That John Mayer song excepted, he’s been digging up absolute gems I’ve never heard before, or haven’t thought about in years. I find I get more enjoyment listening to admittedly weak performances of those songs than I do even from Alex’s high-quality covers of One Direction or Gavin DeGraw (whose songs are just not for me), or from Dexter’s generic karaoke renditions of songs that are (in my opinion) excellent but already overplayed. That won’t be enough to keep me supporting CJ once the field narrows to top five or so (unless, of course, he actually manages to get his pitch issues under control!), but for now I’m enjoying having him around.

          • The Original Lemon says:

            I am also a CJ fan, and always have been. That said, I appreciate the criticism he gets, and don’t necessarily disagree with it. I personally see him as a singing actor, rather than just a singer, so even when he he is off key, I still enjoying watching him. He is able to convey so much emotion through his eyes and expressions …and also through his voice….even if it’s imperfect. I dunno. He just has something. I also love his recording.

          • The Original Lemon says:

            Ugh, that would be enjoy, not enjoying.

  37. Shawn says:

    I would have preferred to see Majesty’s exit video than other filler like Janelle Monae.

  38. Lisa says:

    It’s a shame that Majesty is gone. She had great dimension to her voice. Unfortunately, it did seem like her confidence wasn’t there. On the other hand, CJ and Dexter have the confidence but they seem like they have been 1 trick ponies. It’s sad that I say that, because I really like CJ, I’d just like to see him change it up a bit. Also, I love country, and love Dexter’s voice, but everything he sings comes across as karaoke, with a yell to the audience thrown in. Could he make it in country music…absolutely, but to survive this, he needs to grow. He won’t do that by doing karaoke renditions.

    I’m not surprised that Sam was in the bottom 3. He’s got a good voice, but he’s rather stiff on stage, which is not helping him one bit. Perhaps if I could get by Caleb’s Jack Black meets Meatloaf persona, I’d actually like him. Honestly, he’s the most comfortable on stage, and knows how to bring out his best. Anyway, that’s my take on the bottom 3 plus a few bonuses.

    • Lisa says:

      It took me a while to warm up to Malaya. She needed to reign it in a bit. However, it seems like she has been doing exactly that. In my opinion, she’s actually moved up into my top 5, by her continued growth as an artist.

  39. Khs says:

    I think we witnessed Majesty implode before our eyes. She’s talented but seemed to get worse and worse each week. I don’t think she was meant for reality TV. With that said, I still can’t believe we have to watch CJ and Dexter another week!

    • Stormy says:

      She started to remind me of Butterfly McQueen[Prissy in Gone With The Wind]. It was like she lost touch with reality last night. CJ and Dexter are each carrying the votes for their demographic with no other contestant like them. IMO Sam will go before they do.

  40. nezo says:

    Michael. please have a short segment before you interview with booted off contestants where they can sing a song they wish they were able to perform on idol. please!! like for majesty.. pls ask her to sing “FLAGS” or anything…like violet hilll”… will anyone here approve this idea?? please!!! i also tweeted about this to you mr slezak.

  41. twnkltoze says:

    Damn. Not surprised but my streak of picking the one who gets the boot has finally been broken. Majesty, although fun to watch, lost her mojo the first time she hit the stool of doom. But more importantly she lost herself after Top 12 night when she started experimenting with songs she had no business trying to sing. She just doesn’t have the chops or range. So goodbye your Majesty. We enjoyed you while it lasted. Best of luck!!

  42. sheba says:

    I get the sense that the quieter, “quirky girl” singers on these shows get pressure behind the scenes to give bigger performances once the live shows start, and it often does them in. Caroline Pennell, on season 5 of the Voice, being a good example (though she is a more consistent performer than Majesty). She was an early favorite, but gone in the top 8. Producers and audiences want big voices and an exciting show, so subtlety of phrasing and in the handling of melody are not valued as much. Majesty was also probably at a disadvantage by being an African American whose favorite genres are singer-songwriter and alternative rock rather than R&B and gospel. She doesn’t fit the stereotype, so it was likely harder for her to build a fan base to save her from the bottom when she had an off performance.

    • Mark says:

      I agree 100%.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      That’s really sad that softer, quirky girls wouldn’t be embraced by a bigger audience on these shows. Maybe that’s why they rejected my video audition. I mentioned that I play guitar, and I sang “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. (Look up the original, it’s really pretty.) But if I had made it, I wouldn’t let anything steer me away from that. On the little sleep and little practice time you have during the show, no way would I risk cracking on a high note.

      • Ben says:

        Keep fighting Leah. Truthfully, I don’t think the Idol judges weed out those kind of people. I just think contestants get into that environment and have difficulty filtering the good feedback from the bad.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Thanks for the encouragement. I think what actually happened is that my video got lost in the shuffle. They don’t actually see all the tapes. I couldn’t make the live auditions because I was working and didn’t have a ride.

    • Gailer says:

      ITA I picked Caroline to win that season of The Voice, and Majesty for Idol.

    • Nedsdag says:

      Never has a post rang so true in regards to Majesty. Her problem was the same problem Matthew Schuler had on The Voice. Matthew, like Majesty, was an African American who didn’t fit the stereotype of AA singers, but felt they had to win over AA voters by singing r&b, yet they lost their core fans. Ironically, who’d thought the AA contestant who sings outside of the box and is still in the competition is CJ.

      • Stormy says:

        But he’s the ONLY AA male in the competition. They cut Maurice early on who IMO was a much better candidate for top 13.

    • Ben says:

      @Sheba – such a good point. Majesty had a vibe, and it felt as though she went completely off the course of that vibe. I actually felt she began to recapture it with her Florence performance.

      Majesty has her own stereotype. It’s neosoul. She just went out of that lane too early. Happy and Tightrope were in it. But she ended up in these big songs which just weren’t right for her.

    • Tom22 says:

      To be fair on Caroline .. one of the songs she did pretty poorly was one she sounded pretty enthused about picking and wasn’t the “big song” . “leaving on a jet-plane” and, I really thought it was pretty poor. I did buy Carolines EP with music she wrote herself and it is very good and I enjoy listening to it “the race” . She’s great.. the show just wasn’t going to be the place for her, it was almost hurting my impression.
      I’m not 100% against your thought though.. the nature of it is that they can get pushed into songs that make them do what they can’t. Once or twice Scotty even got pushed too far, with a Kenny Loggins song that was in his general genre for example… same with Lee Dwyze but we won’t go there. It does happen with girls more but not quite exclusively and some of it is probably about songs that look like they’d fit on paper but are just a bit too vocally demanding for their voices
      Someone else above wrote some really good thoughts about the inherenet problem of indie singer songwriters covering others of the same type as the songs by their very nature are written so directly for the particular indie persons voice and sense of being.
      Carolines self written EP , The Race, is great though and being on the show introduced me to it.

  43. Adam Fachry says:

    Majesty is one of those rare contestants that I love but also wouldn’t mind giving some tough love because she’s very underdeveloped. She did stumble a lot, not just once or twice, but there’s still something rootable about her. I do want her to stay longer, but not necessarily win or even crack the top 3.

    I see some of you found her a bit arrogant. Imo, she’s far from arrogant, but she does come off as detached, but not in a underdog-esque way like Jessica. With Majesty, the judges were hardly harsh on her, whereas with Jessica, she’s been criticized by all three of them throughout her run on the show, and this kind of arc resonates better with the public.

    I still have the feeling that even though the disastrous muskeeters consist of CJ, Dexter, and Sam are still around, they will get eliminated before the top five (or at the very least, only one of them would be on the top five).

  44. Adele Dazeem says:

    Majesty lost her vibe after her 1st time on the bottom 3, then everything fell apart for Majesty! She thought “Let It Go” was going to send her to Idol Legend status, but it turned on her… the rest is history. In other words, she choked under pressure.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Just like you at the Oscars, when John Travolta mis-pronounced your name? No one can forget your note during the last “let the storm rage oooonnnn” line. Kidding~

  45. Laura says:

    1) Sam
    2) Caleb
    4) Jessica
    5) Alex
    6) Malaya
    7) dexter
    8) cj

    • Brenda says:

      I sure hope this is NOT how it turns out! Sam winning?

    • Mary says:

      I would be totally shocked if Sam ends up winning. He has been in the bottom 3 twice now, so I don’t see that happening. I would like to see Jena, Jessica, Caleb, Alex, Malaya, Sam, Dexter C.J.

  46. :( says:

    not happy at all, CJ, Dexter, and Sam need to go before things get ugly.

  47. Ben says:

    My feelings – Majesty should not have gone; she wasn’t anywhere near the worst on the night, nor the worst on the season. Dexter, CJ and Sam all ought to have gone before her.

    However, neither should the save have been used. As much as I personally love Majesty (and I hope she finds a producer who puts together a Janelle Monae/CBR style album for her where she can shine) you can’t waste the save on someone who the public isn’t voting for. It needs to be used on someone who is a shock boot. I was rooting for it to be used selfishly, yes – and I think it would have been used two weeks ago. But tonight? I knew from an objective perspective it wouldn’t have been a sensible decision.

    The reality is the cracking down on the voting system may mean there is less need for a save. It still should exist, but the judges shouldn’t commit to using it.

  48. JM says:

    Words can’t express how upset I am. How CJ and Dexter are still there and Majesty isn’t….

  49. nezo says:

    as much as i want Majesty to stay…. it pains me but i think this will help her reassess herself to what kind of artist she really wanted to be something wrong really happened during top 10. she’s been losing this special something that people see in her.. words cant describe it, all i know is something’s missing… the innocence the youthful,soft yet peircing voice.. a music that can lead you somewhere when you listen to it… it’s not just right. i know she might surpise us in weeks to come in idol but the reality is competition might not be for her. and that doesnt mean she’s not talented. i think a couple of months or years is needed to allow that maturity to bloom . i rarely say that ”this contestant will go places” because no matter how talanted an artist is, this industry is so not always for talented… that’s sad. past idols that thought will be SOMEONE someday are kree harrison, didi benami,, elise testone (right materials), haley reinhart is amazing but i am not sure if she can be really BIG.. lee dewyze(and it’s happening now), not candice, not Jessica sanchez, not scotty, not diana degarmo, though she’s phenomenal i don’t know why…. maybe phillip, not angie, not even david cook….but I’m kind of feeling that Majesty has something to make it to the scene… it’s just that she still sends message through her acts that she’s still a kid…. im really hopeful that she can be successful. …. but right now. you need some newspaper and wrapped them around you till you ripe :)

  50. GuitarBlue says:

    IMO – the way the Judges/Producers “cast” the show this year (not unlike many other years), it will take a while to weed-out the the ones who are not really “connecting” with both the general voting public and the Judges. ……….

    This was Majesty’s 3rd and final trip to the bottom 3, and the Judges were not about to “save” her.

    • Name That Tune says:

      That’s what gets me down. We have to weed through at least 8 weeks of dull to substandard performances before we can actually talk about a competition. It’s not really gonna get serious until we’re down to 5 performers.
      You can start to understand why so many people have stopped watching the show.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I don’t disagree, but how does that explain some of the earlier seasons that were positively dreadful? I thought the year Carrie Underwood won was awful and I’ve said before I predicted she wouldn’t do much, LOL.

        • jga94 says:

          I actually remember then that a lot of the bloggers hated Carrie and called her a “bot”…..

          • LG says:

            Carrie was called a bot because she had that Barbie arm thing going on at the time. She has come a long way!

        • Nate says:

          Ya and look how amazing she has done! The second most successful person to be in American idol!

        • MC says:

          I think you meant to say “some of the earlier seasons that, in my opinion, were positively dreadful.” All I can say is pull up “Carrie Bo & Vonzell – United We Stand” on YouTube and concentrate on the last thirty seconds of that clip (just to sample Vonzell’s voice and energy). Then try Nadia Turner on “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.” Carrie & Bo obviously also had some great moments. Opinions may vary on others from that season (such as Constantine Maroulis), but Vonzell, Nadia, Bo and Carrie had plenty to offer imo. Much more than anyone from this season.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            Yeah, season 4 was actually among the good seasons. I would rank it in the middle. Carrie, though very rigid back then, has some of the best vocal chops and great grasp at country music. She also delivered plenty of moments imo. Even the lesser important contestant like Nikko Smith also did consistently well. I do have a problem with how people like Scott Savol and Anthony Clay-Aiken-He-Ain’t Fedorov overstayed their welcome, though.

          • MC says:

            @Adam – Agreed. Also, I didn’t mention that Anwar Robinson was a consistently good and very polished vocalist from season four.

        • Ben says:

          Exactly Darcy. If the drop off in people watching was solely because of the overall quality of contestants, the show would never had been the juggernaut it was after the first 4 years of the show.

          • Name This Tune says:

            Every Idol season has a valley, and season 4 had one too. Right around mid season. Didn’t stay down for long but there was a reason people kept tuning in. I think talent had something to do with it.