American Idol Top 6 Performance Recap: Wanna Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah… Yahoo It! [Updated]

010924Jennifer Lopez making stank face and whipping her hair back and forth. A bored teenage girl with a “Sam Woolf” sign coming to life once a camera gets thrust in her face. Randy Jackson sitting on a couch, compiling his grocery list.

These are not the images that lead to true American Idol Moments (™) — or as Goosies From the (Seven-Figure) Block calls ‘em, “moments-moments” — but inexplicably, they’ve become the visual focus of executive producer Per Blankens and his Season 13 team. “Pay no attention to the six kids singing their hearts out! We’re paying mid-six-figures for Keith and J.Lo’s hair and makeup, and we’re going to get our money’s worth, dammit!”

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That’s a shame, really. Because tonight, on Idol‘s Top 6 performance telecast, two-thirds of the season’s much-maligned contestants refused to bring their grandma’s stuffing to the Thanksgiving table (metaphorically speaking), carried genuine feeling and artistry to the stage and earned the right to bask in a little uninterrupted camera time. In other words, they were damn good as they navigated a dual theme of country/rock.

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But look, I like to think of TVLine as a safe place for the Idoloonie Nation, a forum where we can tear away the husks of Harry Connick Jr.’s neediness and the silk of special guest Grumpy Cat’s fur, then chow down on the delicious sweet corn served up by Caleb, Jessica, Jena and Alex. (Oh, did I already reveal my cards and let you know I am expecting — no, demanding — a C.J.-Sam Bottom 2 come Thursday? Whoops!) The table is set, so let’s jump right to my letter grades for tonight’s performances:

ROCK SONGS
Jena Irene: Heart’s “Barracuda” — Grade: A | Can I admit I was a little anxious on Jena’s behalf tonight? I mean, bad enough that she got the tough show-opening slot (for the second time in three weeks), but then having to work her way through the deadly obstacle course of Ann Wilson’s vocal template? Yikes, it’s probably an easier job being the Idol stylist who has to tell J.Lo that the show’s run out of body glitter. Turns out, though, my fretting was for naught. Right from the opening verse, Jena gorgeously handled the rapid-fire wordplay, the piercing high notes and even the shifting rhythms of Heart’s classic rock anthem — all while infusing it with her trademark husky tone and playing beautifully with the band. She was, to sum things up in one word, stupendous. The judges, however, started muttering complaints about Jena looking tense and needing to “release” a bit more, but I think maybe it was just a case of them being programmed to always find some fault with the first two numbers of every episode.

Sam Woolf: Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” — Grade: C+ | Oh Idol producers, just because you instruct every camera operator in the studio to film Sam in extreme closeup, and just because you keep jabbing those soulless girls in the front row with 100-volt prods so they’ll scream like they’re at a One Direction concert, doesn’t mean Sam is ever going to embrace the “heartthrob” label you keep foisting on him. So just cut it out already! But let’s talk music, shall we? As always, Sam showcased a scratchy-sweet tone and solid grasp of pitch. But on the flip side, except for that intense glory note near the end, I didn’t feel like Sam had read and reread the lyrics, lived in them till they fit as comfortably as an old t-shirt, and then delievered them with the kind of conviction that made you feel his only purpose in life was to convey the message of the song. That shortcoming is most likely a product of Sam’s youth and inexpeirence, but as Keith noted, it’s probably not going to be solved before the competition is over — especially if he winds up going home as a fifth-place finisher next week. (Yeah, that’s my subtle way of saying Sam has in no way proven himself to be Top 4 material. Somewhere, Allison Iraheta, Chris Daughtry, Jason Castro, LaKisha Jones, James Durbin and Amber Holcomb are nodding their heads in agreement.)

C.J. Harris: The Guess Who’s “American Woman” — Grade: D+ | I appreciated Keith’s advice that perhaps a nasty-lothario anthem wasn’t the best choice for kind and gentle C.J. But the problems on this performance ran deeper than lyrical connection. For starters, C.J.’s pitch was as bumpy as an airplane with the fasten-seatbelt signs illuminated (resulting in yet another “intonation” lecture from Prof. Connick.) And then there was the lack of propulsion in C.J.’s delivery; the band was rocking hard, but C.J.’s vocal had all the driving force of a Matchbox car being pushed out into Freeway traffic. Is it too cruel for me to say I hope the lyrics “I gotta go/ Bye-bye” prove to be prophetic? Actually, don’t answer that.

Alex Preston: Neon Trees’ “Animal” — Grade: B- C+ | I wavered back and forth between a B- and a C+ for this performance, but after a second listen, it’s clear the lower grade is warranted. The faster-paced “Animal,” while representing a badly needed departure from Alex’s standard operating mid- to slow-tempo ouevre, didn’t bring out the best in the New Hampshire native’s voice. The opening verse, while a bit nasal, bopped along OK, but by the time Alex reached the bridge, he wound up sounding winded and struggling to sing in tune. And it’s not like he was throwing himself into the physicality of the song with much gusto, either. The judges, though, couched their criticisms with phrases like “a little bit something missing” (J.Lo) and “release a bit more” (Keith) and “you kind of get a pass” (Harry). What’s that, Connick? Oh, yeah, we already knew Alex gets a pass: Dude has been glued to the mic stand all season without any complaint. If Jessica were guilty of the same crime, you guys would have her pilloried in the public square!

Caleb Johnson: The Black Crowes’ “Sting Me” — Grade: A- | Caleb kinda sorta had to be great on the “rock” half of the show, and thankfully he didn’t disappoint (even with a momentarily dropped microphone throwing him off for all of 2.4 seconds). I loved the Season 13 goofball’s interactions with the backup singers during that vampy verse, the hair-whipping abandon he brought to the stage and especially that supersonic howl he used to cap off the performance. Sure, I’d have preferred it if Caleb had been more careful about his diction — was I the only person unable to grasp at least a third of the Black Crowe’s words? — but I also wouldn’t argue too vehemently against J.Lo that the dude had himself a moment.

Jessica Meuse: Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” — Grade: A- | Congratulations to me, I’m a psychic now! That’s because, even before Jess sang a singly, solitary note, I knew exactly the lack of enthusiasm and nitpicky dismissiveness J.Lo would bring to her critique. Oh, you saw it coming, too? Yeah, I guess we all saw it coming the second the cameras cut to #ILuhYa and she was furiously scribbling a note instead of executing her hair-ography. Keith wasn’t much better, really. But at least this week, Harry got it right, telling Jessica she’d proven herself to have “a fantastic voice” and having brought intensity and a “rhythmic delivery” that — if there is any justice left in the Idolsphere — will propel her right into the Top 5. (I dug Jess’ quavery tone on this jam, too, it’s worth noting, as well as the sly, sexy smile she used to punctuate certain lines and phrases. How come nobody made mention of that!?)

COUNTRY SONGS
Sam Woolf: Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” — Grade: B- | Granted, this “first dance at the wedding” favorite was probably two sizes too big (emotionally) for innocent Sam, but I appreciated his decision to tackle a female artist for a change, and to apply a touch of sandpaper to a polished gem of a ballad. It may not have been the deepest musical moment of the night, but it sounded good to my ears. Sure, Harry was right that the performance could’ve used more in the way of dynamics, but J.Lo (shedding a good chunk of her hard-won credibility this week) had nothing much to offer than an ode to Sam’s cuteness. I mean, if all this grown woman is going to act like a 13-year-old grabbing a Tiger Beat at the checkout counter, maybe she should consider exiting the judges’ table and wading into the SwayBot pit from whence she came!

Caleb Johnson: Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” — Grade: A | Keith made a little dig at the end of critiquing — “I can’t wait to hear what country song you do later” — that seemed to indicate a lingering displeasure over Caleb emphasizing the rockier elements of Carrie Underwood’s smash, rather than really wading into a true Nashville moment. I guess I got what he meant, but I didn’t really give a hoot — since I was too busy enjoying the way Caleb dialed the angst and fury of his performance all the way past 11. Personally, I enjoyed “Undo It” even more than “Sting Me,” perhaps because Caleb’s masculine approach brought out a little added menace in the lyrics, or perhaps because Carrie’s melody pushed Caleb’s voice to new and growly heights or perhaps because his ad-libs over the final chorus were so magically on-the-mark. Caleb poured so much of himself into the performance that he broke out sweating and asked to borrow Randy’s fan. (That’s just how he kids! Everyone knows Randy doesn’t have any fans! Badum-bum.)

Alex Preston: Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” — Grade: A- | Like J.Lo, I really enjoyed Alex’s acoustic lullabye arrangement of this sad-timey classic because it took the melody in new directions without ever losing sight of (or respect for) the original. Even the imperfections — the flat conversational opening lines, Alex’s crackly falsetto at the finish — added to the beauty of a guy pleading his case in front of his neglected woman. Plus, on a shallow note, Alex’s cream-colored jacket with the sequined lapels was pretty nifty — one of the more un-cautious fashion decisions by a fella this season.

Jena Irene: Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” — Grade: B+ | “I messed up — sorry,” offered an adorably contrite Jena after she noticeably botched a big note right near the end of her performance. But aside from that glitch, the rest of Jena’s night was…well, I can’t say great, but I can certainly say…interesting? J.Lo alluded to Jena’s voice dominating the mix, and it did: The sparse, piano-heavy backdrop was oddly airy, leaving Jena’s big, booming voice to float over the top as it shifted from whisper to wail and back again. ( “I could put her voice on toast, it’s so good!” I wrote in my notes.) Yeah, I might have preferred the whole thing to come a half step down, the better to protect Jena’s voice from straining, but the good moments were copious — and really, really good

C.J. Harris: Zac Brown Band’s “Whatever It Is” — Grade: D | Not in tune? Then not in my Top 5. What say you, America?

Jessica Meuse: Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” — Grade: A | I’m not gonna make mention of what the judges did (and didn’t) say about Jess’ show-closing rendition of Dolly’s plea to the Other Woman. It doesn’t matter, in the end. What did matter, to me anyway, was seeing a bright, committed young vocalist reinventing a hallowed country classic in a way that made me hear it with fresh ears (while playing to her own strengths). Gone was the quiet, acoustic template, the whispered plea made over tea. In its place, we had a raucuous band of musicians amping up the noise, with Jess making a full-voiced entreaty to Jolene as her world was crumbling down around her. Capped off with a final falsetto yodel (that gave me shades of Jewel), this is one I’m gonna have to consider adding to my Top 25 All-Time Idol Performances gallery. Yeah, I really loved it that much.

SHOULD BE BOTTOM 2: Sam & C.J. (C.J. going home)
WILL BE BOTTOM 2: Sam & C.J. (C.J. going home)

What did you think of the Top 6? Who were your faves? Who’s in trouble? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments! [Programming Note: We'll have a new episode of Reality Check again next week -- we didn't film one for this week due to me being out of the country. Sorry!] And for all my reality TV-related news, interviews and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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580 Comments
  1. Mike says:

    A really good night for Idol!

    • Jase says:

      It was a decent night. But declaring this a great night is really overstating it, and still there weren’t any “moments” despite Slezak’s headline. It still is — and everyone knows it, and the ratings tomorrow when Survivor beats this show AGAIN will confirm it — the worst season of Idol.

      • tealeaves says:

        I think I am going to still remember this version of Jolene, years from now. She should perform it on the tour.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          I just listened to it. Really? That’s a performance you’re going to remember years from now? I mean, she sounded pretty good, but I’d hardly call that a performance for the ages.
          I suppose it’s all relative though.

          • Eric says:

            Well, you know, I don’t know what makes a “moment.” All I know is that I loved everything about the performance.

          • tealeaves says:

            @Eric, that describes a moment.

          • J. May says:

            I guess it must be all relative since, for me, an Idol “moment” is an ironic term for a performance that makes us forget we are watching Idol. In no particular order moments in the past are: Summertime, Man’s World (Joshua Ledet’s version), In a Dream, Mad World, People Get Ready, Billie Jean, One and Only (Elise Testone), the duet between Jennifer Holiday and Jessica Sanchez, etc. Probably everybody has moments of their own but those are some of mine.

          • Kathy's Cuff says:

            I enjoyed Jessica and Caleb last night – more than I’ve enjoyed any of this season so far. But every single one of the songs J. May mentioned immediately brought back the entire performance, and I don’t really think there has been anything this season that I’ll be able to remember once it’s over. The only thing I’d do is perhaps add a couple: David Cook’s Always Be My Baby, Adam and Alison singing Slow Ride, Siobhan’s House of the Rising Sun, and Haley’s Bennie and the Jets.

          • S. says:

            There was no plea, no desperation in that “Jolene.” It was driving and intense which is fine but not great given what she’s singing about here. What would drive a woman to beg Jolene not to take her man who, if he’s gonna ditch her for Jolene or anybody, ain’t a nice piece of work anyway? All she knows to do is beg from one woman to another. The answer would probably be to dump the guy, but she doesn’t wanna hear that. I didn’t hear the kind of pain in that song that it demanded, and her eyes at the end of the performance relaxed from the intensity too soon. They were wandering around a bit. That said, the vocal as a vocal, independent of the lyrical intent, was excellent. I’ll be all about supporting Jess, but top 25 Idol vocals ever? No way. It’ll just be the definitive version of Jolene until someone sings it better and they could. Maybe not with her fantastic tone, but the delivery could absolutely improve.

        • HTGR says:

          It was good and I liked what she did, good voice.
          .
          But do try to find Vicci Martinez – Jolene – The Voice performance. A semi-similar overall feel but just a bit more punch and less robotic. That was one of those real moment moments.

          • tealeaves says:

            Vicci has a great voice. She is one of the better contestants from that other show. That does not take away from this performance. I don’t think Vicci’s was performed like this. Jessica’s has a rock edge to it that I really appreciate.

        • karyn says:

          It was better than a decent night b/c other than a few dud performances, all but one turned in at least one very good performance and some did fantastic. Jessica, Caleb & Jena all shined on both performances. Alex was weak-ish on his rock song but amazing on country. Sam actually had about 12 seconds near the end of his country song when I could see some real potential. Re the “but one,” I have been on board all season with him being a really nice guy but I have to question whether the belated dedication to a young girl who died was calculated to offset the bad critique.

          • The Other Leah says:

            I agree, there was a little less cleanliness and a little more EDGE on the last 15 seonds or so of Sam’s song.

        • Kathy says:

          I agree- it’s not a song I would have ever downloaded but I would now based on Jess’s version. I love her voice !

        • kaikenna says:

          Memorable? Hardly!!!! Slezak, I can’t believe you would even consider that for top 25. More like top 250! You are delusional. Every season you have one contestant that you are delusional about and that is Jessica. I completely agree with JLo and Keith, there is a complete disconnect between Jessica’s voice and her body and her energy. First of all, she claims to be a rebel and “bad ass” but she has shone nothing in the performances of the sort. She is stiff, awkward, and just plain boring. She is disconnected from the neck down. She can’t dance and has no rhythm. And yes, Sam is also somewhat uncomfortable on stage, but he is young, shy and inexperienced, and doesn’t claim to be a bad ass. Miss bad ass, is supposedly experienced with 6 shows a week, and yet she still is uncomfortable on stage, and for someone who is a songwriter, she doesn’t connect with what she is singing. They are just empty words. She has a stepford quality to her. She stands there with this plastic smile on her face! The lights are on (or the voice is there), but no one is home!

          • js says:

            i agree with your assessment on Jessica and I liked her from the beginning. I can see her being really great in small venues but I think she’s completely thrown by the large audience and cameras. I have a feeling the producers/directors have told her to make sure she looks in the cameras all the time, which drains any life out of her performance. Someone needs to have a talk with her and tell her to look at the best performances of the other people on the same show. Their best performances aren’t when they are giving doe eyed looks into the camera. It’s when they are NOT doing so! When they close their eyes and sing with abandon. When they pull a caleb or an adam lambert and rock out with some head action. Whoever has told these kids that they should stare into the cameras like it’s the Donny and Marie variety show hour is dated and knows nothing about modern music. How often do you see a “real” artist on a music show staring soulfully into the camera? RARELY. For a reason. You can still connect with the audience and throw looks out there. But not the entire time. And that’s an EASY fix to Jessica’s problem that I don’t know why it’s so hard for them to vocalize. Heck, she’d do better if she stared down at her fingers the entire time! Vocally tonight, she was spot on, though.

          • Owen says:

            I am so confused by what Slezak sees in Jessica. Maybe it’s because he just prefers women’s voices. Maybe it’s because, outside of the Idolooonie/TV Line sphere, Jessica is the most hated of this year’s contestants and that pisses him off so he overemphasizes his like of her on here. Though I was also confused by the judge’s response to Jolene, I did not like it, and I have come to actually really like the sound of Jess’s voice. But this wasn’t good. Okay, it was “good”…it just was far from what Slezak is grading…

          • Morisot says:

            kaikenna – I was thinking of a broken toaster — looks great on the counter, but there is no warmth. Your assessment was kinder, but very accurate.

          • David says:

            I think jess has a unique sound,style, and vibe about her. granted she does just stand there and sing. Just because she does not dance or jump around the stage does not make her a bad artist or performer in my opinion.

            The music industry has some very successful artists “That just stand there and sing”. Tell that B.S. to George Strait who has had multiple top 10 hits every year for the last 30 years and 60 number one songs and has a net worth of 300 million. Not bad for somebody who just stands there and sings.

            That is just some artists style, and sometimes quite frankly that is all you need.

            Oh and by the way J-Lo and Keith. Your voices are not all that great live.

          • toadily says:

            Kaikenna, the world of music is wonderfully diverse with something for everyone. You might want to step back and contemplate, with as much passion as you have to express your point of view, that you are just one person, with one point of view. And people who differ from you, from all of us, add a huge range of depth and expand our knowledge and appreciation and passion to music. I saw a lot of joy and self expression from Jessica and Sam last night because I think I understand and know who they are and appreciate the heck out of what they’re experiencing and putting out there for us, and I love their voices.

          • MamaLis says:

            I agree 150% on the Jessica comments. Slezak likes his seasonal underdog and this season he’s under the perception its Jessica. I honestly put her a notch above Sam.

            I mean really, folks. Sam has a “perfect” voice, too. Yet Sam gets pillaged for lack-of-connection, lack-of-physicality, etc. etc. What’s the difference and where’s the indignation for Sam?

          • jonslove73 says:

            Oh you are so wrong about Jessica to the point it seems you have some jealousy issues or something. Jessica is the real deal and behind Caleb and Jena is the best one on the show this year. Keith and J-lo are wrong to the point that they come across as bitter, and I hate seeing that in someone like Keith, expect it in someone like J-Lo. Harry is the only one who is professional enough to give it like it is, and in the past when he was hard on Jessica it was deserved but he was completely right about her last night. She is the bad ass too, and it comes across on stage. It is a singing competition so I could care less if she could dance around the stage or not, she isn’t a fly girl and that is where Jennifer should have stayed. The version of Jolene was epic, and modern track of a classic song that Jessica mastered with bad ass and raw emotion, look at the part when you see the hurt on her face, she made a moment there that everyone can connect with. Too bad you can’t see that kind of talent…….

          • Jacob says:

            For starters, Jessica did not smile a single time during Jolene. She actually showed more emotion on her face during this one performance than Alex and Sam have all season, and it fit the song perfectly. Actually, Alex and Jessica don’t even really need grand theatrics because both excel at creating a certain mood with their performances and shading it in subtly with their voices. It is not surprising this is lost on Idol’s typical viewing audience, who expect crying and blatant play acting to get the point across or else they don’t “get it.” Alex and Jessica are actually almost too sophisticated for this show. Sam is just like a less-developed version of both of them who needs a little more time. They ALL are fine tuning their acts.
            .
            Secondly, Jena has the same constipated, pained facial expression during ALL of her performances. Is it emotion or her straining from trying to hit all the notes? I honestly think it’s the latter since her little vocal maneuvers during each of her performances lack rhyme and reason and are so overdone they lose every bit of their impact. She is talented but she’s also OBVIOUS and showy for the sake of being showy. Ditto for Caleb. He is a great singer, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a ONE NOTE singer. He alternates between happy and angry every single performance. There is no real depth there.
            .
            Third, Jessica never identified herself as a rebel. The SHOW LABELED HER THAT. I don’t recall her ever saying she was a bad ass either.
            .
            Fourth, Carrie Underwood was also labeled a Stepford Wife and FarmBot with horrible stage presence and look at her now. Jessica has a fantastic voice and is improving on her stage presence every single week she’s there, and doing so at a faster pace than Underwood did while she was on the show.
            .
            Your whole post just has jealousy and insecurity dripping off of it. Probably because you view her as a threat to your favorite. But don’t worry, the producers will throw her under the bus again next week regardless of how she does. They’ve made it more than clear they want Caleb, Jena and either Sam or Alex (seems they are siding with Sam now) in their Top 3.

          • MAB says:

            Jessica certainly did call herself a bad ass. Just last week about the song she sang. She said it to Ryan and he said she certainly was.

          • Deanne says:

            If I heard Jessica’s voice on the radio I would be incredibly impressed. I can’t list too many singers who can do Jefferson Airplane and Heart so beautifully. If I heard Sam on the radio, I’d think I stumbled across the country fair channel. Not knocking your ears or anything, but it takes a lot of musicality to hear the difference- and of course personal preference- but Jessica is NOT just another singer.

          • kaikenna says:

            Thank you MAB, she did make reference to being a bad ass. I liked her at the beginning and had high expectations for her to kick ass. I don’t disagree that she has a beautiful voice. But at THIS MOMENT, she has no stage presence, and its disappointing because I expected so much more. I didn’t say she didn’t have talent and a good voice. I was just reacting to Slezak ranking her performance in the top 25!!! And the reason why I express so strong an opinion about this and compared her to Sam is because she has been doing this for a long time and should be more developed as an artist. Not saying Sam is better, but I understand why he is uncomfortable and needs to grew up and have more life experience to become a better performer. As for Jessica, Good? yes. Top 25? NOOOOOOOO!

          • rebecca says:

            Jessica Meuse writes great songs and have a great personality. Check her youtube channel and twitter before giving a complaint about her please. She should be in thetop 3 and I will continue to support Jessica….She has such a unique tone that it is crack and look at her eyes, it actually has a lot of feeling in them! she is just weird and likes to be a goof ball, I think that shows charisma! watch her interviews on youtube, also.

        • I totally agree Jessica’s Jolene was GREAT!!! I am just so sick of the judges being so critical of her no matter what she does!!! Hey JUDGES, this is a SINGING COMPETIION!!! Keep that in mind. They root for horribly off-tune CJ but give nothing but negativity to Jessica who can really, really sing. I almost HATE J Lo anymore. Go Jessica!

          • Kiki says:

            Jessica has a great voice. But she’s stiff and lacks charisma. ‘Nuff said.

            Michael, I swear that you’re doing this “The Judges Hate Jessica!” thing to fan the flames and keep the board active. It’s getting *really* old. Every season you find something like this, and now it’s starting to feel manipulative.

          • Jess says:

            Jess really is not very good..

          • Crystal Collins says:

            I agree! Jolene was by far my fav of the entire night!!

        • Mercedes S. says:

          Agree. Loved this “Jolene”. JLo is deaf and blind.

          • SANDY M says:

            I THINK JESS IS THE REALLY GOOD. THAT VERSION OF JOLENE WAS VERY GOOD. JENA IS GOOD TOO! BARRACUDA WAS AN EXCELLENT SONG CHOICE FOR HER. I DO AGREE THAT JLO IS DEAF. SHE IS JUST JEALOUS OF JESS BECAUSE SHE IS PRETTIER THEN HER.

        • D.J. Matsusaka says:

          I agree. I just saw Jessica’s cover of “To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele…that cover is a winning song! As a performer, I believed every word of that song. With that said, her story before her audition with American Idol 2014 is exactly what this show is all about. I am picking Jessica to win it all.

        • I just don’t understand why she was in the bottom 2, her voice is fantastic, who cares if she doesn’t prance around the stage like a lunatic, that’s not her thing!

      • Betty says:

        Who declared it a great night??

      • Temperance says:

        I’m not sure ratings means anything when the utter drek that is Survivor exists at all.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          But, but… Survivor is amazing! Your comment just made me very sad.

          • Kristal Watters says:

            Survivor is not the show it once was. I guess some will say that about Idol too. But Survivor only parades around people in bikinis and no longer interesting.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            You must not be watching this season of Survivor. It’s amazing. Oh right, it’s on the same time as Idol. Idol always used to preempt Survivor for me on Wednesdays, but not anymore!

          • Mike says:

            @KristalWatters I love both IDOL & SURVIVOR. Seriously, try watching this season of Survivor, IT IS FREAKING FANTASTIC. I just can’t tolerate people comparing 2 reality shows that are 100% irrelevant and different with each other. Some people just wanna say their piece just to piss off others. Your comment maybe your own right, but your comment truly sucks!

          • js says:

            Survivor lost me years ago when people started acting like it was some kind of strategy contest that took actual brains to win. Uh, no. It’s a popularity contest on an island. Is there a modicum of so-called strategy involved? Yes. But a chess match, this is not. So then it just becomes about scantily clad people and wild personalities. I know enough wild personalities in my real life, I don’t need to watch tv to see them. I’ve got a feeling people who like stuff like this live pretty ho hum existences and live vicariously through reality tv. Ok. No problem. But not all of us need to do that. I prefer my reality television to be about people with actual quantifiable skills. Not just how they look or they sound bytes they offer.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Wow, you couldn’t be wrong if your booty was screwed on backwards. It ain’t no popularity contest. Survivor is a game of strategy where likeability and luck are also huge factors. But if you have no strategy, you’re toast. You can’t win.

          • Ben says:

            @js – it is a game of chess.

        • Ben says:

          Anyone who calls Survivor ‘utter drek’ doesn’t really command my attention as someone to authoratitavely comment on very much at all.
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          Survivor is pretty much the pinnacle of hosting, cinematography, and editing for reality TV. It’s set constructions are first class. It’s casting is pretty good too (though fallible). They are the master at ‘shaking up’ a formula without destroying it.
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          The only people I know who call Survivor ‘utter drek’ are those who have watched very little of it, and have decided that its only function is to watch people yell at each other, which simply isn’t an accurate description of the bulk of the show.

          • Kristal Watters says:

            Survivor used to be good, but it has become “utter dreck”. They no longer have contestants like Sue Hawk or Richard Hatch. They’ve got bikini babes and pretty boys running around half naked and it’s no longer interesting anymore.

          • Jase says:

            @Kristal, the ratings show that many people disagree with you that “Survivor is no longer interesting anymore.” Fourteen years after its premiere and the show is going back up in the ratings and is now kicking American Idol’s ass each week.

          • Mike says:

            THANK YOU BEN!

          • Mike says:

            @Kristal HAHA YOURE FUNNY. Sue and Rich were on the first season and you’re telling us since then nobody has come close to emulating or at least be “interesting” just like them? Hahaha! Funny!

            @Jase YUP! The show is very interesting! Great season last year; really going well right now.

            People SHOULD just stop comparing these 2 shows. Seriously. Stop, You’re embarassing yourself, just like Kristal did.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Kristal, if you knew what was happening this season, you’d see how far off base you are. The ones controlling the game are the furthest thing ever from bikini babes and pretty boys. In fact, the few pretty people who were cast are already gone.

          • Ben says:

            You’re right about that Kristal. Sue and Richard wouldn’t stand a chance against modern players of the game (as players like Mike and Gervase proved). Of course, I guess you conveniently forget that Survivor has always cast a bunch of people whose main function is to stand around and look good. As I said, the only people I know who call Survivor “utter drek” are those who have watched very little of it – if you’d watched any of the last four seasons you’d know that calling any of them boring is simply not true.

          • Shel says:

            Add me to the Survivor Rocks crowd. Anyone who claims it is just bikini-clad babes on a beach reveals that they haven’t actually watched the show in years.
            .
            I also agree that there is no reason to compare AI and Survivor – totally different shows.
            .
            @Ben said, “Survivor is pretty much the pinnacle of hosting, cinematography, and editing for reality TV.” Amen, couldn’t agree more.

            I was absolutely worried that I wouldn’t like this season’s premise, but it was hysterical to begin with and the show didn’t let it stand that way for long. I’m also impressed with this season’s challenges….seems like some interesting shake-ups in the standard work-really-hard-and/or-messy-then-solve-a-puzzle challenges.

          • Rachel says:

            Utter DREK for those who love duplicity and conflict yet don’t want to get their own hands dirty. Cinematography? C’mon. I watched a beautiful 2 hr show called OCEAN on The Animal Planet, that was cinematography. Now I may watch some trashy shows when I feel like it, but I don’t try to rationalize them by saying they are art. You go, CSI, beautiful shots of those dead, dissected bodies. Just having fun with y’all, but mean every word. Oh, and Idol hasn’t been worth a darn since Season 8.

      • Kristal Watters says:

        I think Sting Me from Caleb was a moment, especially with that note at the end. WOW! Jena singing Barracuda was amazing too.

        • Jase says:

          Again those were GOOD performances, but not “moments.” Come on now. We must always keep things in perspective. An Idol moment is Fantasia’s “Summertime” or Melinda Dolittle’s “My Funny Valentine”, or David Cook’s “Always Be My Baby”, or Adam Lambert’s “Mad World”, or Crystal Bowersox’s “Up To the Mountain”, or Haley Reinhart’s “Bennie and the Jets”, or Joshua Ledet’s “It’s a Man’s World” or Candice Glover’s “Love Song.” THOSE were moments. Nothing tonight of this season comes close to any of those. And before any of you sycophants say it’s not fair to compare something recent to moments in the past that have the benefit of hindsight, let me remind you that we all knew RIGHT AWAY that all of those performances were moments. Before Candice even finished “Love Song”, we all knew it was one for the ages. Jena is clearly the best singer this season and she’s had the best performances, but she hasn’t done anything close to those examples I listed. Not yet anyway.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            right on all moments Jase..if JLO has to tell us it’s a moment, then that probably means it wasn’t a moment. I’ll add a few others I can think of Jordin Sparks I Who Have Nothing,
            David Cook Eleanor Rigby… Crystal again Me and Bobby Mcgee(kind of partial to Crystal lol) I

          • Ben says:

            David, Adam, Haley – they all had moments, but I can’t agree with your picks (agree with the rest though). David’s moment was Billie Jean. Adam’s, Ring of Fire. Haley, I’d give you a number of things in her later weeks, but Bennie and the Jets was just when she arrived, but it wasn’t a moment – its more like some of what Jena has done this season.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Wow, I know I’m in the minority here but I could never stand Fantasia and her Minnie Mouse voice, I detest “Summertime” (I really thought I left that tune behind forever when I left high school), and I do not get why everyone raves over the performance; however, I’m happy for Fantasia’s success and wish her well.
            .
            My favorite performances remain – Allison Ihraheta’s “sing out” of Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby”, Haley Reinhart performing Zeppelin’s “What is and What Should Never Be”, and Crystal Bowersox performing Elvis’ “Saved”.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            Yes Darcy, I forgot to include Allison’s sing out that night..one of the really great moments of any season. And for me, I could pick almost anyone of Crystal’s songs and call it a moment, she was that good in season 9.

          • MamaLis says:

            You are absolutely correct, Ben.

          • CaliGirl says:

            Adam’s “Tracks of my Tears” and “Whole Lotta Love,” Haley’s “What Is and What Should Never Be”

      • Mike says:

        First, I said GOOD night.
        Second, If it loses in the ratings, it’s already a bad episode?
        #logicKing #Jase

      • JamesR says:

        Hearing these contestants doing two and eventually three songs each, per night, is too much to bear.Last years’ finales were boring, this season, unwatchable. How did that good panel of judges come up with such uncharismatic finalists!?

        • Gleni says:

          Amen! Idol has been part of my tv for years! And I keep watching cause im used to it. (How stupid I am) But definetely worst season EVER! How mediocre they all are!! I wanna stop watching it but I can’t! I guess this is what a divorce feels like!

          • Goley1egan says:

            You take time out to write your ugly remark. If it upsets you don’t watch it. I and millions of other people love the show !!!

          • js says:

            There is a generation of people that can’t stand to hear anything negative about anything they like. SMH. This is what happens when everyone gets a participation award. Criticism is what drives people to do BETTER. Fawning sycophants leads to complacency… or worse. People like you do people you like no favors by endless throwing kudos their way. You can critique without being a “hater”.

      • DAG says:

        Yeah! Idol was up last night! There’s still some life in the old girl, yet!

      • TiaGata says:

        @JMay – you forgot “Cry Baby” by Allison Irraheta, that moment brought me to tears over a dozen times in less than 24 hours.

        Candice Glover – had so many moments too…

        For “me” there are just too many moments to name, because I only remember back to far (signs of aging and being lazy with my memory). But for every season that I’ve watched full throttle, there was always 1, 2, or even 3 people that had moments. The worst seasons for me were
        9 and this one, I quit on both of these seasons.

        I love coming to read the comments though, because there are times where I can still add my 2 cent and be relevant to the topic.

        #IREFUSETOWATCHAITHISSEASON!!!

    • For this season it was a great night. Caleb killed his first song, Jena did great on both of them, Jessica rebounded well from last week and even Sam had one decent performance. Odd man out is CJ. After not stepping it up for his theme week he needs to go. Caleb is a rock man and did an unbelievable rock performance, Caleb needed to provide that on the country side. He should be the one going tomorrow.

    • Kristal Watters says:

      Yes it was and Caleb’s Sting Me was one of the best performances ever on the show simply because of that note at the end!

      • LeahKittyS says:

        That note was something else, wasn’t it?
        My boyfriend doesn’t watch Idol, but two of his favorite bands are Led Zepplin and Kings of Leon, so last week I showed him a clip of Caleb singing. He was blown away! Always good when a contestant can get a non-fan interested in the show.

    • Var says:

      Was Secrest inviting Jason Mraz or Jeff Buckley (or both) to come over to the show? Buckley drowned 17 years ago.

    • Jess says:

      I really don’t like Jessica’s voice at all. And she seems like such a fake person – the sarcastic smile she has on her face – etc. But It looks like Mr. S likes her! lol. Well, that must be why she is still there with that voice and stiff performances! lol

    • Music Buff says:

      You are so kidding me!! What is wrong with all of you that think this group can compare to the idols in the past???? Me or my family would not pay 1.00 or free even to walk across the street to see any of them. This is Idols last year! I am so sick of JL all about her!! She is not the MOST beautiful OLDER woman in the world who acts and dresses like a 78 year old. None of Judges except for a few times from Keith and Harry have the nerve to say what they are really thinking!!

  2. Angela says:

    What struck me was putting Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees in the “rock” category. At least, with those particular songs, anyway…they seemed a bit out of place against all the other rock songs that were done.
    And I love how the show is doing its damndest to show all the swooning girls whenever Sam or Alex sing. Not that I’m surprised both guys would have women fawning over them, mind, but the way the show keeps stressing that point amuses me.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      Yes, and Sam does not like being “cast” into that role as a heartthrob, it’s what the producers want, not Sam.

      • Angela says:

        So I’ve noticed. I don’t blame him-people being attracted to someone is nice and flattering, sure, but suddenly being surrounded by a group of people making weird googly eyes every time they’re singing would be a bit unnerving. Especially since it’s being forced.

      • Lisa says:

        Sadly, the whole “heartthrob” thing is the reason they used the save on Sam.

      • JoMarch says:

        How do they know he’s not gay? That would be very cool, considering the way the producers and judges are trying to make him into some teen-girl heart throb.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          You may be on to something. Check out what Jillian Jensen tweeted the week Sam sang “Hey There Delilah.”

          Jillian JensenVerified account
          ‏@ItsJillJensen
          I think we all know who @samwoolfmusic ‘s Delilah is…… 😏 @RealAlexPreston pic.twitter.com/RHibxPkD6N1

          • Sterling says:

            Jillian Jensen is Alex’s girlfriend and he openly professes his love for her. She was very likely joking about the two guys because they are good friends
            .
            Sam has recently turned 18 and his guardians have gone home. I have seen a huge improvement in his self-confidence. He has admitted that performing on TV is much different from other performances and he tries to make things perfect because it is on TV for the world to see. He takes coaching well and he follows their advice. He has had formal voice training and he doesn’t scream or mumble. His range is awesome for an 18 year old guy.

            It is totally irresponsible and uncouth for anyone to suggest that he is gay. How dare you say anything about someone’s sexual orientation when you have never even met them.
            Sam has grown up significantly since this process began and he is showing superior following on YouTube.

            So lay off of the criticism.

        • Angela says:

          Good point! That would be quite the twist.
          I wonder, the next time they have some heartthrob type on here who IS openly gay, if they’d ever dare have a section of guys who are fawning over the guy, or girls fawning over the girl? I can’t see network heads being up for the idea, but I’d kinda be interested to see that.

          • Lana says:

            Adam Lambert was a sexy heartthrob type and he was gay. He still is a heartthrob and I don’t care that he is gay, I still sigh every time I see and hear him. Just because you are gay does not mean you can’t be a heartthrob to both genders, its how you carry yourself and how you sound.

          • Angela says:

            Oh, you’re right about being attractive to both genders! I’d looked back at my comment afterward and realized that sounded a bit wrong the way I worded it. I was mainly just wondering, since they have the “fangirl” section of the audience for the cute male contestants, if they’d ever do that for guys who were attracted to a male contestant, too. Guys can fanboy about people, after all.
            But ultimately, you’re right that attractiveness crosses sexual orientations and genders.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Anyone over the age of 15 should have recognized Adam Lambert was gay. I’m a straight old white broad but he’s still one of my favorite contestants. I never saw his sexuality as an issue on the show.

        • Adam Fachry says:

          He does always give me a twink vibe.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          It would be “cool” if he were gay????
          Seriously.
          The producers have been torturing the poor guy with the whole Teen Idol label and now the Idoloonies want to torture him as well? If he’s not gay this is a little harsh for a 17 year old in the public eye.
          .
          Oh well, props to the producers – they’ve managed to do to Sam what they could never quite do to Lee Dewyze.

        • neaorlean says:

          I’m sure he’s gay, he’s so uncomfortable every time they mention “the girls” that it’s obvious. His whole persona screams “gay”. I think that’s a huge part of why he’s not doing so well on the show, they’re trying to make him “relax” and “feel comfortable” with a role, that is not for him. I obviously can’t know for sure, but I really thing they’re sabotaging him with the whole heartthrob thing, without even realizing it. I’m surprised I haven’t read a comment like that before lol, I thought it was pretty obvious, but I’m a good ten years older than his fans, so I thought I’m probably just not getting it lol :)

          • That Guy says:

            It would be pretty funny if he was gay but I don’t think he is. Not one single blip on my straight but sensitive gaydar.

          • neaorlean says:

            Did you see him last night while everybody was hugging CJ, sitting there with his arms crossed in front of his body like a schoolgirl? I think he’s totally gay, and there’s nothing wrong with that, I think it’s sad how they keep insisting he’s a heartthrob, it’s like making him dance with two sizes too small shoes, he never stood a chance.

          • HTGR says:

            ? He was up there with everyone else when CJ got eliminated. At one point he slightly crossed his hands over standing there, but Caleb and Randy were in the exact same pose right behind him.

          • neaorlean says:

            Standing* there, obviously lol

          • HTGR says:

            OK, now I see that you meant standing there not sitting. But did you not notice Caleb and Randy standing right directly behind him with the EXACT same pose and held crossed hands, so what are you going on about?

          • neaorlean says:

            Well yeah, exactly. Did you not notice the difference? Anyway, it’s just my opinion, I haven’t been in his bedroom (not that I think anything has ever happened there, he’s, what, 14?), so I can’t know, and also I don’t see anything wrong with being gay, I have gay friends, my ex is bi, some of the best people I know are gay, my problem is with the judges and the script making him uncomfortable by trying to get him into a role he can’t be comfortable with. Gay or not, it’s been obvious since day one that he doesn’t want that, and I find it distasteful of everybody to keep insisting, or am I imagining things?

      • Renee says:

        I think it’s crossed the line given how much Sam clearly doesn’t like it. If the producers and judges had created those productions and kept beating the drum to sexualize a teen girl who clearly preferred to present herself as a singer/songwriter rather than a heart throb, I think viewers would have been justifiably outraged and it would never have gotten this far. I do think I saw some ‘screw you’ in his eyes tonight – I hope so.

        • Angela says:

          Very, very true. It really is rather creepy either way. When they had heartthrobs in the past, they never had to try so hard-the contestants just sort of unexpectedly gained a following (see Clay Aiken, for instance).

        • Shel says:

          I agree with you. The show has pushed the “heartthrob” angle over the edge, especially when Sam is so obviously uncomfortable. It creeps me out how JLo has to talk about his face registering some *FEELING* at least once a show. I’m surprised the poor guy hasn’t just dropped through the stage in embarrassment.
          .
          The two people that the judges are consistently claiming need to open up more, release, feel the music, etc., are the two – IMO – that the show has tried to change the most. Sam is being pushed into an area he obviously is not ready for in his own life, which is okay. And Jess – please get rid of the wigs/weaves/whatever it is on top of her head. Every week, I see candid shots of her with her own make-up and hairstyle and she seems comfortable. Then, come showtime, and they have her with a ton of extra hair. At least it was mostly straight last week, but back to voluminous waves tonight. Perhaps, seriously, the hair feels so foreign to her that she doesn’t realize how unrelaxed she is performing.
          .
          If just once I saw her with the “stage” hair still on after the show while they are eating, or at the hotel, or anywhere other than the Idol stage, I would at least feel she liked what they are doing to her. But, nope, never. So, perhaps, Jess needs to stand up for herself and say she didn’t want to become the goth/punk/”wild child” version of the big-haired country girl stereotype.

      • Temperance says:

        It’s the only way he’ll ever be successful with the boring, sleepy sound and vocals…

      • Lisa says:

        Sam seems like a really shy kid. With the emphasis on the word kid. The producers’ insistence on trying to make him into some sort of heartthrob that would appeal to any girl over the age of 14 or so is just strange.

        • That Guy says:

          If they wanted heartthrob they should’ve kept that church group music leader with guitar. Okay so he wasn’t the best musician but he really lit up the teen girls when he sang. He was one of the last cuts before the final 20 (or whatever the number).

    • Erin says:

      Funny how JLo said she liked when he went to the crowd when I cringed because it came across so forced. And how in the world is the Shania Twain song perfect for him lyrically and the performance progress?? This was a HUGE step back, no connection to song, singing slowly and perfectly, they all should have expressed real disappointment.

      • karyn says:

        I too was offended that the commentary on Sam was the most obviously scripted commentary of the night. If his moments of connection to the audience were steadily increasing, you could call it growth. Instead, he has a few moments of connectedness and then goes back to being a robot. Near the end of the country song, I did see a tiny little glimmer of him getting a line and actually singing it from the heart. He could have a real career if he learns to do that regularly, but he doesn’t deserve the growth arc they are describing here and it didn’t match at all with the performances tonight that they were supposedly describing.

        • MamaLis says:

          I think Sam has improved. It tugged at my heart when he moved off stage. That was huge for him and at least he looks sincere in the emotions he does show.

          I also think there’s a BIG double standard going on in here with Sam and Jessica. Sam has an equally fantastic voice as Jessica. It’s stellar, no doubt. But Sam shows no more / no less emotion or “connection” than Jess does – yet EVERYone is outraged that Jess is getting “picked on.”

          I see them as equal players. She just smiles more.

    • toadily says:

      Why not show guys swooning over the female singers?

    • Owen says:

      Both Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees are categorized as “alt rock” or “indie rock”.

      • Angela says:

        I know that, just that those particular songs don’t have quite the rock style I’d picture for that moment. Maybe he could’ve done “Radioactive” or “Everybody Talks” instead, those might’ve been better choices from the respective bands.

  3. Name This Tune says:

    All I can say is Caleb Caleb Caleb Caleb Caleb

    • LeahKittyS says:

      I read this as a slow clap. Was that the point? Also, up-vote.

    • Erin says:

      Say what you will about Caleb, his performances are so damn enjoyable to watch. I know he does a certain thing, so did Scotty McCreery, but I will stop and watch Caleb any day of the week.

    • Tamara says:

      Agreed! Glad to see another Caleb fan in the sea of Jena and Jessica supporters- he really is so great yet surprisingly underrated on here for some reason.

      • Dot says:

        Count me in as a Caleb fan!!! Tired of JLo pushing Jena every week; she did that the last time she was a judge on the show. The judges should NOT come right out and say they think someone is going to be the next American Idol. Her comments last night made me want to go and vote for Caleb another 1000 times!!

      • Matrix says:

        Agreed!

      • Owen says:

        I love Caleb. I appreciate Caleb. But I still want Jena to win.

  4. Bonquisha says:

    Jessica FTW

    • tealeaves says:

      I loved Jolene! I have already played it several times. Smart arrangement. Her first song was great, too.

    • LC says:

      love Love LOVE Jessica! Both songs were great. I voted for her 150 times and my husband voted 150 times for her, too. We both thought Jess looked gorgeous tonight. What a great voice she has. A+ and A+ :)

  5. gracelessk says:

    Jessica can’t win. Negative feedback from one judge on both songs.
    And the Sam Woolf love??? Was JLo watching the same performances?
    Caleb’s gotta mix it up a little…

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Sam sang words like “You’re still the one I want for life” as if they were directed towards an action figure he brings to sleep every night instead of a real human being to whom his heart belongs.

  6. Holly says:

    I’m tired of the judges “Jessica bashing.” Harry got it right tonight; Jessica stood and delivered tonight, in her own way. It was awesome. The girls never get enough credit for artistic risk taking, but at least Harry gave credit to Jessica.

    • Becky says:

      Two songs I hate to listen to are Jolene and the dolly Kenny Rogers duet. I go yuck every time. But Jess makes me love it. The darkness was awesome.
      She did deliver. She has tried to do what they say but she already knows what to do. It showed tonight.
      And that Jessica hate will come at a backlash to AI. Especially when they are loving poor performers all the time.

      • toadily says:

        Don’t know what show you watched. All the judges praised the power and beauty of Jessica’s voice. They give her constructive criticism because they believe in that voice and want her to develop performance skills that’ll rope viewers in and help her crew are performance moments she’ll need to win.

        • ec says:

          Thank you! I agree Jessica has a very good voice, and I love her tone, but the girl looks totally dead inside when performing….her emotions never seem to reach her eyes. I thought Keith was spot on in his comments tonight.

        • Holly says:

          But the judges give Jessica very reserved praise, always coupled with heavy criticism. They are much more “positive” critics of Sam, for example, while their criticism of Jessica always come off as basically disliking her. She is this year’s Idol “whipping boy” just like Haley was a few years back. I think J Lo must be threatened by gorgeous, powerful females who are younger than her.

          • MamaLis says:

            You people are (respectfully) … DELUSIONAL. And I mean that in the best way possible. ;-)
            |
            But seriously. This is like one of those Focus Groups demonstrating that people hear what they want to hear.
            |
            PLAY BACK Sam’s feedback and Jess’s feedback. ALMOST IDENTICAL in nature. Jess’s may have been slightly better.
            –> Harry gave Jess perfect marks last night –> Didn’t to Sam.
            –> Keith gave both Jess & Sam constructive feedback. BOTH of them. Emphasized Jess’s stellar vocals.
            –> JLo told Sam he was “so cute.” But told Jess she was “so gorgeous” with an “amazing” voice. She told BOTH of them to essentially “release” a bit more.
            |
            Perhaps Jess has been “overly criticized” is the past. But not last night. And certainly not with respect to Sam.

    • JM says:

      So right. I was cheering Harry when he complimented Jessica. Wish the other two would give her a break. She really did well tonight.

  7. Mike says:

    If it’s a bottom 3 tom, who do you think WOULD and SHOULD join Sam and CJ?????

    • Gailer says:

      Wouldn’t be surprised by any of the other 4. Caleb is old fashioned genre, Jena too, Alex is odd at times, and Jess is kinda stiff

    • karl says:

      I am totally not an Alex fan! He should be in the bottom three!

    • Matt says:

      I’d say Caleb. I know he’s a favorite, and technically strong, but his performances all feel the same. He comes off false to me as well, not sure why, I’m sure he’s a lovely person.

      • Angela says:

        I’ll agree with this. During his country performance my mom said, “…I thought they were supposed to be doing country songs now.” We all get he’s a rocker, so it would’ve been nice to have him pick a song that couldn’t be turned into a rock song, that was totally out of his wheelhouse for the second round, and try and do a different kind of performance for a change.

        • JM says:

          People in the audience didn’t get it, but Keith said something like: ‘That was great; looking forward to his country song…’

          • Matrix says:

            Yes. It seemed to go over people’s heads or it was just ignored. I’m not sure why It’s a problem when Caleb rockifies a country song when it was cool when Scotty countrified everything he sang.

          • Stormy says:

            I wonder what he would have said about Adam’s “Ring of Fire” during country week.

          • Dot says:

            If Jena did a country song in the rock style, the judges, especially JLo, would praise her to the heavens!!

        • gracelessk says:

          I think that’s essentially what Keith said when he told him that he’s love to see what country song he does next.

          • Angela says:

            I missed that line (got distracted by something else for a moment)-good one from Keith there. He was right.

        • HTGR says:

          Agree. I was just speculating that he might sound the same all the time, I guess I was correct. That said, they show hasn’t cared about that since like maybe season 9. Remember Scotty? Could you even tell a single song apart the entire season??? Couldn’t get any more one note than that and yet they praised him to heck for it. So in that sense Caleb has to get a pass, no way he could be more one note than they let the country singers get away with. But it seemed more exciting like in the earlier seasons when they rewarded a bit if you could adapt.

          • Angela says:

            A good point about Scotty (and for the record, I felt the same way about him that I do Caleb tonight). Some people know their niche and can do it well, and that’s great-it’s always good to know what your strengths are early on. But that also means that when it comes time for them to try and go outside their zone a bit, they show their limits (and/or weaknesses) a lot more. If there’s a specific genre they’re best at, maybe “Idol” isn’t the best vehicle for their stardom dreams.

          • Stormy says:

            Yes, I could tell Scotty’s songs apart. Go back and listen to his duet with Lauren on “I Told You So” and then his performance of “Gone”.

          • HTGR says:

            I can tell them apart because one has a guy singing and one has a guy AND girl singing along with him. ;)

          • Stormy says:

            Fair enough. Then, compare “Gone” to “Can I Trust You With My Heart?”.

      • Lisa says:

        Yeah, I agree with your assessment Matt. He strikes me as false too. I still call it the Jack Black/Meatloaf persona. At least that is this year’s persona. I still remember when he tried out last year. He had a different persona at the time, and that didn’t work. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got the vocal chops. I’m just not sure he really knows who he is, because he’s too busy pretending to be someone/something else.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      I think they only announce the bottom 2 now.

    • HTGR says:

      Based on the very little of the season I’ve watched I’d put Alex, Sam, CJ bottom three.

    • Lisa says:

      I don’t want to think about that until I have to, lol. I will say this, Caleb’s a good 80′s rocker, but American Idol? He’s still got the Jack Black meets Meatloaf persona. Although, I have to say, he actually impressed me tonight. I think he was more genuine tonight. Less of the persona. If he pulls away from the put on, my opinion may change. Tonight moved me a bit in that direction. I need to see more though.

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        All great rockers, Roger Daltrey, Burton Cummings, Ian Gillan etc can sing a heartfelt ballad, The Song Is Over by the Who is probably Daltrey’s best example and Sour Suite by Burton is about as good as it gets in any venue. I find Caleb a bit one note, although he does it well. I would be extremely disappointed if people are fooled by his confidence. Shame Sam cant find that confidence as I think he has the most potential.

    • Tess says:

      They won’t do another bottom 3 for the rest of the season – after already ditching it 2 weeks ago, to bring it back now just looks like agenda pushing and/or that they didn’t show the bottom 3 person the last two weeks because someone they’re pushing was in that spot and they didn’t want them to look like they lack support. Either way, to go back to a bottom 3 now would not be a good idea for the show, so I wouldn’t expect to see it again this season.

  8. Kristi says:

    So tonight we had:
    grumpy cat
    awkward shots of teenage girls during Sam’s song
    JLo calling Same “cute”
    Ryan asking Keith how Jena would do BEFORE she performed.
    A very long shot of JLo’s “goosies” during Jena’s song

    I don’t remember this show being so awkward before…

    • McFudge says:

      How about when HCJ hoisted an underage girl on his shoulders? That tubof awkward is hard to beat.

    • Cheryl says:

      I totally agree. They turned a 45 minute show into 2 hours with inane filler. Harry is soooo needy and needs to work on his speaking skills. He stutters a lot.

      • Angela says:

        They turned a 45 minute show into 2 hours with inane filler.
        Yeah, the two hours really did feel LONG tonight. I remember looking at the clock at one point and being like, “Geez, it’s not 9:00 yet?” (the time the show ends in my part of the country).

    • HTGR says:

      Well the grumpy cat was awesome at least.

    • rachel says:

      I just realized that–seemed odd at the time, but think Ryan was hinting to the viewers that the whole show is rigged and it doesnt matter at this point how everyone performs, when he asked Keith what he thought of Jena’s performance BEFORE she even performed

  9. Jeff Marley says:

    My Personal Rankings

    1. Jena Irene
    2. Caleb Johnson
    3. Jessica Meuse
    4. Sam Woolf
    5. Alex Preston
    6. Cj Harris

    • HTGR says:

      sounds good to me although I might put a space between the top three and the rest

      • Adam Fachry says:

        Oh hi, HTGR! Nice to see you back here. Any Angie you would defend to the end of the road?~ lol

        I’d definitely do the same thing. Caleb, Jena, and Jess should be separated from the other three. Funny how we both were almost in agreement on The Voice’s ranking this week, too.

        • HTGR says:

          Hah, I haven’t watched enough to get THAT hah into any contestant this time. Not entirely sure that any would quite grab me this season enough to bother as with Angie least season or even more so like Elise the season before that or even even more so like with Haley the season, season before that hah. To take it back three seasons.
          .
          I’ve peeked in a few times here and there and watched a couple episodes full through (tonight was one). So yeah, I don’t know. I really haven’t watched enough for that to happen I guess. But I’m not quite sure there would be one even if I had watched it all. I got a weird impression that they might have cut a few promising ones before they let them do that final 10 out 15 sing thing or whatever that new stage was, I watched a few bits and pieces around that time, but not enough to be sure. If there really had been one, perhaps I would’ve found a way to get over the JLo+Randy back thing or the lack of time to spend on these types of shows thing??
          .
          (not that Angie necessarily really stood so far out from Candice last season by any means, but she ended up for me just because the over the top “runs on top of runs on top of runs and what song is this anymore” style that Candice tends towards isn’t quite my favorite thing, sometimes she’d be going along well and building to this great ending and then just kinda mess the song for me with some misplaced set of runs going all over the place right and suddenly sucking all the drama right out of it, seemed fake, like just tossing tricks in for no real reason, just as the drama has been reached keep it simple just a little!, I mean like her All-Star Game Star Spangled Banner, it started out so awesome, what a voice, but then by the second half I literally didn’t know what nation’s anthem she was singing anymore because she went so all over the place with it, but her raw voice was certainly a plenty match for Angie)

        • HTGR says:

          Also slipping back into my old mode of not taking the shows quite so super seriously again, since trying to take it all seriously for the least three seasons…. was an experiment that did not really work out. It’s all that Haley’s fault that I even ever bothered trying to take things seriously to begin with hah. But the shenanigans on her so season were just sooo soo bad, so over the top ridiculous and simply horrible, that in a weird way, it actually forced me to take something that shouldn’t be taken seriously, seriously hah. Before I’d just be like whatever and tune out if voting or judging didn’t go quite as I wished and nobody I liked that much was left by some point, reality tv what can you do (and it has to be at least a bit subjective anyway).
          .
          although Tess in bottom three the very first week of The Voice?? grrrrrr hah
          I can already see I better not take that show too seriously this season. At least someone good, Josh, seems well posed for a possible win, not sure he is my favorite, but he is very good.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            Okay, easy on the thinkpieces, HTGR. Lol

            I’m not sure you’re gonna find one of those not-the-producers-favorite contestant you’d be head over heels in love this season (on a similar note, I personally think the Elise and Haley of last season was not Angie, it was Janelle instead, even though she was nowhere near as good as the aforementioned two) except for, maybe Jessica. It’s due to the similar level of polarizations all six contestants inhabit. Caleb, Jena, Jess, and Alex–arguably four of the most acclaimed ones–all have their fair shares of criticism. And unlike Haley and Elise who, on their off nights, could still be considered good, those four had been eaten alive whenever they presented an underwhelming performance. I personally can’t get around to loving one contestant wholehartedly this season.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Looks correct to me too, but I’d place the big gap between 2 and 3. Jessica is good but can we really compare her favorably to any winner of this show? There’s a stronger argument for Jena or Caleb.
        And for selfish reasons, I hope #6 wins. I truly love him.

    • MamaLis says:

      Interested perceptions.
      Based on last night, I would put

      1. Caleb
      2. Jena
      3. Alex
      |
      |
      6. CJ

  10. Tommyo2000 says:

    Thirst

  11. MAB says:

    I really enjoyed the show tonight. These kids improved so much over the season. I really think they needed time to let loosen up a bit.

    • Ben says:

      This is actually why I really enjoy Idol. I’d prefer to see a growth arc, and its the one show I feel allows for it.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        I agree, I was about ready to give up on the show earlier in the season, but , there has been great improvement in some, not all of the contestants. I understand everyone really loves Caleb, and he obviously came into the live shows as the most polished performer, hands down. Just my opinion, but he really hasn’t shown any growth or versatility. I thought his first song was fantastic and possibly his best pure rock vocal of the season, but, he sang the Carrie Underwood song exactly the same way. I don’t know if everyone caught Keith’s wise ass comment after Caleb’s second song, it kind of went unnoticed in all the judges banter, but he said “I can’t wait to hear what he does for his country song”
        I think Jena has shown the most growth, her last two weeks have been fantastic, she is becoming a polished performer, and she really nailed the Annie Wilson song as good as could be expected.
        And finally Jessica gets some praise, both songs, especially Somebody to Love, were exceptional, she really does have a great voice, and I was loving the fact that Harry kind of called Keith out on what he meant about Jessica releasing after her first song, and Keith muttered something about her eyes not matching the song, and then said” I really can’t explain what I mean”
        Exactly!!!

        • Name This Tune says:

          Before Keith made that comment, I had a moment while Jessica was singing Somebody To Love, when I was only listening and not watching. Sounded good. Then I looked up and I saw the disconnect. This is such a rhythmic song and if you are a rocker, you should be bobbing your head or tapping your foot. And there she is, like a wooden doll. So I totally understand what Keith was saying. Can’t believe she plays the guitar and has never learned to keep time with the music without tapping her foot.

          • Ben says:

            @Name – you are so right about Jess. She is actually better when you are not watching the screen. I said to my wife last week, when you see her in all the little things about what she is doing during the week, she seems so lovely and relaxed, she has a really beautiful and natural smile… then she comes on to perform and her smile on the stage seems forced and fake. I think she is still simply not comfortable in the Idol environment. I could see Jess being a very successful artist down the road, once she has moved past whatever is holding that side of her back – and she can do it! I just think she is perhaps extremely introverted or something, and just still struggling with it.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            Jess couldn’t stand a chance being against the bigger personalities like Caleb and Jena. I agree with you that she would be a competent artist outside the Idol bubble, but the show really isn’t for her. I still have a soft spot for her and genuinely think several performances of hers are among this season’s best. But when taking into account Idol’s pageanty shtick in which contestants have to appear as personable as ever not just during their performances but also video interviews, results show, and whatnot, I find myself feeling bad for her because it’s clear she’s not comfortable at all.

            There’s more to her than just being introverted imo, she also seems wary and probably has been through a lot of obstacles in life. It’s purely an assumption, but I think that’s the reason why she’s not used to the bombast of Idol production, and also why so many voted for her because every once in awhile a great amount of people can relate to her.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            Forgot to add that my comment was directed at Ben.

          • Ben says:

            @Adam – its a shame. Also I wasn’t around to post last week, but I think Annie had it wrong when she criticised Harry for bringing up Jess’s movement ‘informing everything above the neck’. I think he was completely right about the fact that her walking out of time and things like that are a part of why her performance isn’t quite working. When they do wide shots of Jess, the performance does not come across. And here is where I think people need to realise that this is probably not just a case of the judges being biased against Jessica…
            -
            The judges ALWAYS get the wide shots. We can get away with only seeing what’s above the neck. But if Jess is walking around out of time with the music and not really playing the stage, the judges are seeing this full time and it is going to be distracting. This is going to be a significantly more impactful negative on the live experience than it is on the experience of the viewer at home.
            -
            I personally feel Jess IS improving, she just isn’t improving particularly rapidly. There is an outside shot she could win the whole thing if the performance side of her suddenly clicks and the whole package comes together. Otherwise I think she goes out at 3 or 4.

          • Matrix says:

            Name, you are kinda contradicting yourself. You told people to go watch Jefferson Airplane performances. I did that and while the band may be boppin’, Grace Slick is very still with a glazed look and a sly smile as she is performing. Jess stayed very true to the original performance. I think the disconnect argument fir Jess is being way overstated. It’s a case where if the judges say it enough, people will continue to bring out a microscope and say “yes, that’s right”. But there are plenty of popular performers who don’t sing with a stank face and move all over the stage.

          • tealeaves says:

            If they wanted to, they could tell every single one of them that their eyes or facial expression do not match the lyrics. If they wanted to.

          • Name This Tune says:

            @Matrix
            Not really. You have to watch every performance Grace did of this song to say that. During the Woodstock performance, she had moments when she bobbed her head. I don’t think Grace is the greatest performer, but even she felt the beat.

          • Name This Tune says:

            @Matrix,
            I have looked at 3 different performances of Somebody To Love by Grace Slick.
            During Woodstock, she was stoned, but she did more than bob her head and tap hee foot.
            During a later performance from the 1970s she was tapping her foot, and moving her upper body.
            There is the performance from The Smothers Brothers she was pretty wooden. But to imply that Grace didn’t feel the groove in this song is inaccurate.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @Name – in Jessica’s early teen years she played violin in the Montgomery Youth Orchestra (if Wikipedia is correct and to be believed). If that’s true, she likely could have been trained “not to tap her foot” since that can be audible and distracting (and, in some circles, considered unsophisticated).

            @Ben – that’s an interesting and good point regarding the judges perspective versus the viewers (TV audience) perspective.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            @ Matrix
            You’re exactly right, it now has become self perpetuating with Jessica’s performances, the judges have mentioned it so many times that people focus only on that aspect of her song instead of the actual vocal which last night was great in both songs. There are plenty of artists of Jessica’s style who don’t move around while they sing. I was watching a Joni Mitchell concert from 1971 on youtube this week and she was standing as still as a statue as she performed, and her voice gave me chills as I listened. I’m not comparing Jess to Joni Mitchell, but I’m sure Jessica will eventually be a singer/songwriter if she does manage to have a career post idol, and movement won’t be an issue.

          • MamaLis says:

            To the people saying it’s okay to stand still because..”Joni Mitchell did in ’71 and Loretta Lynn did in ’69, etc. etc.”

            People used to hunt seals and spank children at school, too. We’ve evolved, okay?

          • Ben says:

            @Matrix – the fact is that, for many people (like me) the judges don’t need to say it for me to think the same thing. Jess hasn’t connected with me. I wish the judges did a better job at putting their fingers on why, because I think it is their job to try to fix that issue. Jess is not the only person whom the judges are giving the same comment to week on week. They continue to tell CJ to sing in tune, Dexter to make songs his own etc… and its because these contestants are not rectifying the issues.

  12. Ben says:

    I’ve always felt this season was leading towards a creditable end – now that two third of the performances are by those 4 individuals, I’m not surprised at the improvement. I’m sorry that the other two bringing it were not Malaya and Majesty (about now is when they deserved to go out). I’m astonished CJ is still around. But once again, I feel like this season has settled somewhere right in the middle of my rankings – nothing special like 7, 8, 10 and 11, but not flat out disappointing as I found some other seasons to be.

    • sg54 says:

      I agree. I would put seasons 11, 10, 8, and 7 as my all time favs, 2,9, and 5 as my least favs. Season 6 was enjoyable; it was also the first one i ever watched lived as a little kid (I’m a teen.) Season 12 is just kinda odd for me; I’d rank it near the top in terms of talent and dead bottom in terms of the watching experience. The level of production manipulation was at its highest. This one definitely falls in the middle. Considering all the changes they made and the decreasing viewership, i’d say that fact that its not tanking is something to applaud! The talent this year is keeping the show afloat.

    • Owen says:

      Completely agree. The Haters (I don’t like that term but its appropriate here) just NEED to be negative in some extreme way, thus Season Thirteen is the WORST SEASON EVER.

  13. Amber says:

    I cannot stand the way Jena’s phrasing. I cringe whenever I hear her songs. Didn’t enjoy either one, although if I had to choose Barracuda was the better of the two. Didn’t care for either of CJ’s. Jess’ first song was way way better than Jolene, did not like the rendition of that one. I liked both of Alex’s alright, second one was better. Sam was good on both of his. He has such a good voice, with a little more experience he could be great one day. Caleb killed it.

    • Stormy says:

      I can’t stand that Jena mumbles incoherently at the beginning of each song and eventually goes into full scream mode. I don’t get her at all.
      CJ was terrible on both performances.
      Liked Caleb’s first but not his second number.
      Liked Alex’s second but not his first.
      Liked both of Jessica’s and both of Sam’s.
      IMO bottom 2 should be CJ and Jena, but it probably will be CJ and Alex.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      In terms of “just listening” to their studio cuts, without watching, or hearing the Judges critique — I know several people who say they enjoy the smooth voice of Sam and Jessica the most of all the contestants..

  14. Jeff Marley says:

    Did Anyone Notice Other Than R5 Like a Kree Harrison, Spencer Lloyd, And For Some Reason . . . A Cat? :)

  15. Mark says:

    I like Alex but I think like Harry you’re giving him a pass. That Neon Trees cover was just bad. He sang “Always on My Mind” well but such a tired song choice and I hated his ~ornaments lol. there was some yodeling or something in the middle and it seemed almost parody worthy. And hells bells wtf is CJ still doing here??? There should really just be a bottom 1 and I really found his post judging dedication to a girl who ‘passed’ to be in very poor taste – I’m sure it was good for some votes though I like to think it was just stupidity instead of gokeyness on his part to mention it then.

    • JM says:

      I think Harry gave Alex a pass simply because he feels no one should go home before CJ. In general, Alex, and all the rest, are head an shoulders above that guy. And while I don’t think CJ intentionally mentioned the girl for votes, I think it might result in him (over)staying yet another week.

      • Lisa says:

        I can’t imagine that even the comment after the performance can save CJ, at this point. Hmmm, making the top 5, while unable to stay on key…queue Sanjaya. Of course, isn’t top 5 usually about the time we see a “shocking elimination”? Then again, all would be right in the world if the shocking elimination was Sam, aka the stick figure.

    • Linda Bowling says:

      Loved your reference to Dead Wife Danny lol. I so miss Vote for the Worst.

    • Erin says:

      When Alex said the words “Always on My MInd” I groaned “oh no”. I remember that song, how tired it is and slow. When Alex sang it, it was like hearing it for the first time: the way it should have been recorded; so good, soft and touching. I completely disagree with Keith- he changed it so I actually heard the beautiful lyric and I wished they praised the crystal clear high notes he hit at the end which were a risk that paid off.

      • karyn says:

        I absolutely second this. I knew the prior versions and never liked the song much but Alex re-did it beautifully. And he had the live audience – and me – absolutely in the palm of his had as he performed it. There were quiet seconds during the song when there was utter silence and everyone was just waiting for the next note. I was already an Alex fan and though he deserved the critiques he got for the rock song, he deserved much more praise for his country song.

  16. Marla says:

    “Goosies From the (Seven-Figure) Block” Michael…At the end of the day….I laughed my derriere off from this comment.

  17. Max says:

    You graded Alex’s Animal a little too high, but other than that, I think the grades were pretty spot on

  18. Lynn says:

    More inflated Jessica grades. Honestly, her performances are at the same level (or better) as Caleb’s and Jena’s? Or Alex’s? In what universe is this?

    • Stormy says:

      The one inhabited by people who don’t have tin ears.

    • lar says:

      my universe. (: loved Jess, Alex, and then Caleb and Jena. Top four, for sure. (in my humble opinion…..‚

    • Alexa says:

      Oh, you again Lynn having a temper tantrum like you do any time Jessica gets even the faintest praise. You sound like a broken record. Everyone has their own opinion. Mine is that Jessica deserved nothing less than two A’s for BOTH of her performances. I felt she was the best tonight by a wide margin, though Caleb’s first performance was outstanding. Carrie Underwood fans on FB are having a fit over Jena “butchering” her song on the show, so make what you want of that.

      • Leia says:

        You obviously can’t here when someone can’t sing.. She does not deserve even a B- in my opinion. She’s terrible and that’s that. There’s no WAY she was best of the night. If anything she was just above CJ. I predict that she will be in the bottom 2 and CJ will be kicked off. But if you look at how she acts, she’s a snot who doesn’t even deserve to be on the show. She should’ve been kicked off weeks ago.

        • HTGR says:

          Or maybe she is just more on the introverted side?? Wow. Do you think you know anyone from what you see on these shows? And second worst vocals tonight, barely above CJ?

        • AB says:

          Here we go again with the “she’s a little snot who doesn’t deserve to be on the show,” blah blah blah. Commenters always wrote that kind of crap about Haley, too, how “ungrateful” she acted when the judges were bashing her week after week. Jess is one of the best voices on the show, and I’ll listen to her anytime over sweet, gentle “deserves to be an Idol cuz he’s he’s just so darn cute” Sam any day. How the contestants appear to act should not be what you base your opinion on.

        • Alexa says:

          Hey “Leia,” you forgot to change your name back to “Lynn” for this post. And don’t think it isn’t blatantly obvious you’re responsible for many of these other Jess bashing posts under different names trying to make the world think you’re some army. You “all” have the same bad grammar and keep spelling “hear” as “here.” lmao! Nice try.

    • Carol says:

      In the universe where people appreciate great vocals.

    • AlyB says:

      As far as I’m concerned, Jess won the night. No over inflation here. Those grades are well deserved.

    • Eric says:

      Jessica was excellent tonight. It is not easy to sing Grace Slick and she absolutely nailed it. Your bias is clearly getting in the way of being objective. Alex and Caleb are my two favorites this year, but Jessica positively owned the night.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      well her grades are at the same level or better because she was actually at the same level or better tonight. It’s simple math that I’m sure even you can figure out. Please don’t tell me you thought Alex was better than Jessica tonight because then we will have to send the starship troopers out to find out what universe you are inhabiting.

    • Bailey says:

      Honestly, Jessica sucks. She sounds like a goat and always has a bratty and idiotic attitude. I can’t stand her. Jena can just get annoying with her weird accent she does. Caleb tends to get over confident but it’s working for him. I don’t think anyone is realizing who has the real talent here, the people who aren’t just trying to be a powerhouse. That’s Alex and Sam. They both are very humble and have AMAZING voices. I think Alex did have a rough night, but overall has more talent than Jena and Jessica combined. Sam is just the most humble guy, with amazing pitch and tone. I think America needs to realize that the powerhouses shouldn’t be the ones getting all of the praise. It takes a lot of talent to get a nice voice even when you’re singing softly. I know Sam is working on his stage presence, but when he get’s it, he is going to be golden. This week, CJ needs to be going home. He’s a super sweet guy with a great personality, but he just doesn’t have the intonation. And although you can tell he’s trying to keep his pitch under control, it’s come to a time when his time on Idol has to end. Again, great guy, but his vocals don’t match.

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        I could not agree more. People see Calebs confidence and ignore he is one note rocker that we have heard better a million times before. Alex creates magic with his renditions although this was not a good night for him and sadly Sam does not look confident out there which takes away from the fact that he has among the most beautiful voices I have heard in my 55 years on this planet. I shall be extremely sad when he goes,although certainly CJ goes tonight. He was worse than usual, which is saying something. Lost in all this is that American Idol is a blues. If you hear The Guess Who or Burton Cummings do it live you hear the entire song which is a blues rock song. Cj butchered something that should have been in his wheelhouse. I do not think he has much upside, unlike Sam when I close my eyes and listen to him song, I hear unrelenting beauty. When he allows his emotions to free (remember he was basically abandoned by his parents, he certainly has issues) will blow away all but Alex. His upside is unlimited. Well stated Bailey although I do not think Jessica sucks.

  19. Cherrie yother says:

    Judges talking too much about Jena winning….GIVE A FAIR CHANCE WITHOUT PREDICTIONS

    • karenb says:

      Agree! And I hate the random “updates” in the votes. What a buzz kill for those kids. How do you get up and perform after being last on the listt?? And based on Tennessee votes? Very random.

    • JM says:

      Yes, it’s pretty obvious that they want a Jena/Caleb finale.

      • Mary says:

        I don’t think it is obvious they want a Jena/Caleb finale. I think they might want Sam in the finales, though I don’t think he deserves it. The judges want to keep these two in to lively up the show because the rest are good singers but kinda dull. Alex and Sam are great coffee house singers but no way do they look entertaining on a big stage. Jessica is a great singer but I agree with the judges needs to loosen up. Oh CJ should of been gone 4 weeks ago.

      • Owen says:

        The only one they collectively want in the final is Jena. They want her to win. I agree. They can’t say anything about Caleb as he always delivers. But Jen loves CJ. Harry loves Alex. Keith does NOT love Alex.

  20. Tommyo2000 says:

    Sorry Michael, in no way did Jena win the rock section, as your grades would have us believe… Jena gets a B … Caleb gets an A on rock and wins, by a nose over Jessica…

    Caleb get a B+ on country for sounding exactly like he does on everything and not actually singing the song country… C+. Also didn’t sing country, and not good, not her lane…

    I personally would give Alex such a high grade because I feel asleep half way through, I thought it was that awful commercial with the abused animals on my TV…

  21. Sara says:

    I’ve been one of those people complaining about Sam’s ‘feargaze’ but I thought he did really well tonight. It’s Time def deserved better than a C. I thought it was better than the Shania classic -though he really seemed present for both songs – such a turn around this week Prob too little too late but he deserves a lot of credit I think – esp given his age and how far he’s come. And I’m wondering if Michael’s grading on a who cares about Imagine Dragons curve lol.

    • karenb says:

      @sara-you are so right about Sam. He has shown definite improvement these last few weeks. He did a song without his guitar and worked the stage. He appears to be a bit more confident with those god-awful camera shots in his face. Speaking of faces-I love Alex but his vacant stares into the camera are beginning to bother me now. But back to Sam-no one can deny the butter in his voice either lol

  22. Danny says:

    I thought the first round was won by the two gals and Caleb. I felt Jessica won round two hands down. What was Keith thinking?

    • Alexa says:

      Keith is thinking the producers told him one of them had to bash Jessica regardless of how she did and it was his turn. lol

      • Carol says:

        So true, lol.

      • Miscellaneopolan says:

        Keith is a country singer and ‘Jolene’ is a classic country song that he, along with a lot of other country fans, probably holds sacred. I can see how purists wouldn’t like that rockier arrangement.

        • Stormy says:

          Then he’d probably hate Whitney Houston’s version of the other big Dolly song “I Will Always Love You”.

        • Lynn says:

          He had to make a comment because he’d already dinged Caleb for turning “Undo It” into a rock song.

          • sheba says:

            Jess’s version of Jolene was more White Stripes than Dolly. I think that’s what he didn’t like.

      • Mary says:

        Sorry she sang the song fantastically but I am beginning to wonder if she has artificial limps because I have never seen someone so stiff on stage. At this stage she should be able to move a foot a shoulder something. I will say I saw some emotion in her eyes which is a step up. I did vote for her because I love her voice and I think the staging can be worked on, but in all honesty I am not feeling confident about that with her. I do appreciate her efforts unlike some males on the show.

  23. How on Earth did you give You’re Still the One higher than a D? I’m baffled. Easily the worst of the night.

    • Animal was also a C- at best.

    • Erin says:

      CJ’s last song was something that would not have passed an audition round. I really missed Simon who would have set him straight. “I feel the need to remind you that this is a singing competition, not a nice guy competition.” I would have just gone with YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED, CJ!

  24. Khs says:

    Damn, Slezak! Sam was actually way more entertaining than Alex tonight, especially the first round. By no means do I think the kid deserves to be in the top 3, but put your bias aside for just a moment and relisten! Loved Caleb and Jess. Jena is still my favorite but not her best night. CJ has got to go.

  25. MK204 says:

    “Goosies From the (Seven-Figure) Block” OMG…I laughed my derriere off from this, Michael. But it was…”at the end of the day”.

  26. Adam Fachry says:

    Finally Jess! Yes, the dead eyes during her first performance still peesent, but once she went back to the pensive territory of Jolene, a true moment was born (still can’t make up my mind which is better though: Caleb’s Dazed and Confuses or this). That was such a gut-punch performance of a gut-punch song. Jess’ introverted, fragile persona is exactly the kind of approach that could nail Dolly’s unresentful yet still plaintive tale of no-good, cheating spouses. In the hands of other contestants, this would’ve either ended up being an angry performance (incorrect) or a whiny one (even more incorrect).

    On an entirely different note, of all country songs, Sam should’ve picked one that depicts the story of troubled childhood or absentee parent. And yet, he picked the one about a relationship no one but the couple involved predicts would last. Mmmkay.

    • tealeaves says:

      I thought Jess was fantastic tonight. Her voice was perfect on both songs. I loved the rearrangement on Jolene. It sounded like something a rock band would do as a new cover of that song. I think of Jessica as a singer/songwriter. We started off with the impression of her as a one woman acoustic show. Yet tonight she had two performances with a rock band and it suited her very well.

      • Carol says:

        I agree. I think people have to remember that even though she has a lot of experience in bars, it’s just not the same as what they are doing on Idol. She is making a transition from one-woman accoustic show to fronting a band on a big stage. She doesn’t have any more experience at that than any of them.

        I can see that she listens to the judges and tries to follow their advise, even though they are infuriatingly too harsh with her.

        She made tremendous improvement tonight and she’ll only get better with her performances. But her VOICE has always been stellar.

    • HTGR says:

      Her Jolene was good, but it’s hard to get Vicci Martinez’ Jolene out of my head. That was spectacular.

  27. Golfchicknyc says:

    GRUMPY CAT FTW!

  28. The Other Leah says:

    Caleb killed it tonight!
    Whenever I hear CJ I can’t help but think of Bobby Brown mixed with Donnie Wahlberg.

  29. GuitarBlue says:

    This is not a ranking of performance or how they sang,sung or sing’d —but a ranking of how I think the voting will go:::
    1. Caleb
    2. Jena
    3. Alex
    4. Sam
    5. Jessica
    6. CJ

    • Lynn says:

      Jess could very easily end up bottom 2 with CJ. No more sympathy votes from the unfair critiques.The judges praised her tonight.

      • Jerry says:

        Though I think she may have a sympathy bounce from being in the bottom 2 last week. Her fans are the only ones that are “frightened” last week, plus she got the pimp spot.

        Of course Siobhan Magnus also went home in the pimp spot, but I don’t think she will go home with the scare Jessica’s fans received last week. (Even Majesty Rose lasted two weeks after her first appearance in bottom 2, and not sent home the immediate next week).

      • chris says:

        She didn’t get the unconditional raves that Jena and Caleb get. They just don’t seem enthusiastic about her. She picked two songs tonight that were perfect for her.

        • Lynn says:

          Harry did a complete 180 on her. I don’t particularly care for her voice or her performance style, but she definitely does not get the same production in her songs that the others get. The judges and producers really like Caleb, Jena and Sam. Alex and CJ are left to name dropping and finding cute cuddly babies to secure votes.

        • Becky says:

          Caleb is taking Jena to her prom. What a great American Idol story. They are best friends. Why would you not want those two to go to the finals even at the expense of other contestants. Sort of like the Scott and Laura wedding from GH. Great storyline. And they are talented. They aren’t worried about Alex, but they are about Jessica. Jennifer almost said the same thing to Jess that she said to Haley. Word for word. And Jessica was on fire tonight.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I agree, Caleb and Jena are a great friendly pairing. If they ultimately become the Top 2 it will be really sweet. They remind me of the Season 8 rock siblings Adam and Allison, with Alex filling in Kris’ guitar-playing song-changing role.

          • Ben says:

            @Leah – I still reckon Alex is gonna take this thing. Scotty, Kris, Lee, Phil… they all had weeks when they weren’t great. Alex is in – I get that there are plenty of people who don’t like his vibe, but it is so current. I think there are a lot of people who like the fact he goes for gentle, ‘small’ songs (I know I wish Majesty had stuck with doing the same). Caleb and Jena would be a great final two, but I’m expecting one of them (Caleb, I think, but who knows) to drop out at 3 and see one of them against Alex in the finale.

    • JM says:

      No, I don’t think Jessica will end up in the bottom two. I’m more afraid for Alex. IMO:
      Jessica had two good performances
      CJ two bad ones
      The rest had one good, one bad.

      • randysbehindhisheadsnausage says:

        Why do you think they showed the votes this week , first nationwide that showed Alex in last place , and then just Tennessee with Alex in last place ?
        They want you to vote for Alex to ensure he is not in the bottom two. You are being played people .
        Alex probably is in the top few spots in most other states and if they showed those results you probably wouldn’t vote for Alex , thinking he is in the top four no problems.
        Wake up people.

  30. Davey says:

    Jessica sounded very good tonight but she seemed exactly the same in both songs. And I agree with Keith that the arrangement was bad for Jolene. She certainly doesn’t deserve an A for either performance. And Jena was good in the first but not good in the second.

    I liked Sam’s first performance. It was a song that suited him. Certainly much better than the C+ that Michael gave him.

    It’s obvious that Michael just loves Jessica and Jena. But neither compares to the best female contestants of Idols past.

    Caleb was on tonight but he is the same from song to song.

    CJ, if he doesn’t leave finally it will be insane.

    • Winks says:

      I hear ya Davey, on all your comments. The thing is…. I wouldn’t write home about any of them. I keep trying to get into one of them because there are glimmers, but at the end of the day, there is nothing there that I’ll remember in a month. I really can’t remember from week to week… it’s all so forgettable.

  31. Winks says:

    Ummmm…. Sam, “Still the One”… B+ Hmmm. Not so much.

  32. Justin A. says:

    We all have our favorites, but I can admit when mine aren’t so good. I’ve liked C.J. from the beginning, which hasn’t been easy. And he was horrible tonight. Likewise, “Jolene” was one of the worst performances of the night. That rendition removed all the begging fragility that makes the song so special when Dolly does it. Didn’t like it at all.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      I agree it was a bad arrangement of the song, and did not give Jessica nearly as much boost as she could have got from the prime spot of singing last.

    • Alexa says:

      I completely disagree about the arrangement of “Jolene.” I LOVED it.

      • Sara Lynn says:

        Agree. In that it was a darker vibe, it reminded me a little of the White Stripes cover which is my favorite — and I love Dolly’s version. (I think I remember hearing her sing on the Ralph Emery Show when I was a kid lol)

        • Eric says:

          Totally agree with you two. It was similar to the White Stripes version and it worked for me.

          • Davey says:

            Absolutely hated the arrangement of the song. And IMO, Brooke White did the best version of the song on Idol and it hurt her.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            Brooke performed it well. But the smile she gave during midway through the song threw me off completely. Unless the narrative of Jolene was the protagonist experiencing a neevous breakdown after being betrayed by her spouse like Jasmine in Blue Jasmine, then the smile would’ve made sense.

    • Lisa says:

      Honestly, I’ve liked and pulled for CJ from the beginning also. I was really hoping he would get it by now. He feels every song. He really puts his heart and soul into it. Additionally, he’s so darn lovable. Unfortunately, he is still out of tune, and time has run out to fix it. His personality, charm, and big heart can’t and shouldn’t propel him into the top 5. I think he is on the chopping block for tonight.

  33. karenb says:

    GoosieCam!

    • Eric says:

      lmao! That was so staged in advance to the point of ridiculousness. The producers better be careful how hard they try to shove Jena down everyone’s throat because it may backfire.

      • karyn says:

        I was thinking the same thing last night. Mentions of how she’s going to win are not going to keep her fans voting and may mobilize other singers’ fans.

        I don’t actually like Jena’s as much as everyone else seems to – too nasally. And I can’t believe they showcased that moment with the glowsticks. That stood out to me as one of the most contrived moments in the history of the show.

        I get why the judges see her as the most likely to go out right now and have a hit record, I just know she will be one of those singing stars whose music I will never want to listen to.

        • Mary says:

          That is how I base part of my decision on who would I purchase after the show. This year it is Jena and Jessica. I usually love the singer songwriter type but Alex voice grates on me and he is not entertaining to watch. Sam in a few years I might purchase music but feel at this stage yes he is perfect pitch but I don’t believe what he is singing.

  34. Winks says:

    I’ve just had a little eye opener tonight on Caleb. He really is a decent vocalist but a total one trick pony and not in the least current. He could be current but he doesn’t know how to go from good Meatloaf Karaoke to Daughtry-esque “current” which is the wheelhouse he’d need to be in to be contemporary. .

    • Renee says:

      I am so done with Caleb and his shtick – if Rock of Ages could plz just cast him already. He def can sing but he has no interest in interpretation or music really. He wants to go out there, belt out a bar-rousing cover and enjoy the applause – and that’s fine because he has a great voice but is also absolutely a smug one trick pony who would drop his music career in a minute if offered something else with an enthusiastic audience. Except for CJ (because i’m not a masochist) I would rather go hear any of the others because it would be a show listening to someone with talent and something individual, personal to express through music.

      • GuitarBlue says:

        There are some very hard-rock, screaming, in-your-face bands around that can pack arena’s — but you won’t see them on TV often, or hear much about them unless you Facebook with a lot of hard-rock fans. Caleb could be a front-man for one of those, after the tour.

      • Winks says:

        I totally agree Renee. As much as I’m kind of blah on the whole group, I do think the others (you’re right, excluding CJ) have way more individuality and artistry than Caleb. His voice is good, but honestly, it’s only really good in certain moments – and average-good a lot of the time.

    • karyn says:

      I was thinking the same thing during the show. He’s so much like Meatloaf that he’s almost a caricature. But as I’m watching him, it seems a little unfair to dismiss him b/c he really is a great singer and is more comfortable on stage that any of the others. I think he’ll find a way to define himself independent of his influences once he is doing original songs, but at the moment, I just can’t get past the feeling that he’s on the set of an 80′s rock nostalgia film.

  35. JM says:

    Poor Alex, being ranked 6th out of 6 both times when they polled. How anyone could be ranked lower than CJ is beyond me…

    • Temperance says:

      I think it’s pretty clear that Alex is the most likely to actually sell music.

    • karyn says:

      He only ranked 6th on the second poll b/c they limited it to Tennessee voters. Despite the weak rock song, Alex’s second number was so good I think he’ll be safe from the B2.

    • MamaLis says:

      Exactly! I almost had a heart attack! What the heck was that?
      Nobody on that show does more with taking chances and NOT “singing to the radio” than Alex and (and Jena). His first song was “ok” but the Willie song was great.

      In my opinion he is 3rd/4th for SURE.

  36. Luke says:

    Sorry, I do not see or hear how Jess gets “A’s” That would man she had an Idol moment, which she hasn’t had yet. Not one judge is in her corner. Several of these contestants are not performance ready, and there aren’t enough weeks left for them to ‘get it’ I’m afraid. To me, Jena is the only one worth the Idol crown.

    • Cheryl Ann says:

      Translation: You feel uncomfortable with Jessica receiving praise because it’s a threat to your precious Jena. Gotcha. But don’t worry, the producers want Jena in the finale and they’ll get her there by any means necessary.

      • Temperance says:

        Unless Jessica can figure out how to look like she’s hiding her entire life from everyone on the planet (seriously, she could be grey from that granite wall), she’s got no chance. She also had a poor grip on dynamics. There is Jena and Caleb in this horserace, and no one can even come close (and I really don’t care at all for boring rock music, so Caleb’s of no real interest to me as a buyer of music).

        • Christopher says:

          You’re the type of Idol fan the Idol producers love: easy to brainwash! Caleb is stuck in a dated niche with no escape and best he’ll ever be is a cover band singer while Jena has a multitude of very obvious vocal problems (bad diction, slurring, a nearly nonexistent lower register, an irritating, affected fake accent she picked up from every other female indie singer out there) the judges conveniently ignore. Jessica’s “wall” is no better or worse than the hurdles the producer’s pets need to overcome. You just drink their Kool Aid.

          • Mary says:

            Or it could be they actually like them the most where obviously you don’t. I have no problem understanding Jena when she sings. I don’t think it is brainwashing maybe some can spot talent when they see it. I guess on these boards it is unfortunate if you happen to like the contestants the judges and producers do, then you are accuse of being swayed.

    • Lisa says:

      Luke, I agree with your comment about several of the contestants not being performance ready. That has been the largest problem with this season. I’ve been yelling at the TV during a lot of the performances “Move, for crying out loud”. Sorry, but Sam is the worst with that. He still looks completely frightened to be on the stage, and it’s like he’s terrified to even move slightly.

  37. chris says:

    Once again I could not understand a word Jena sang. It’s like she sings around her tongue. When she sings at the piano, that doesn’t happen. Is it just me?

    Jessica was terrific tonight but once again she was damned with faint praise. They always make a point of saying nice things to Sam, CJ and Alex even when they don’t deliver but Jessica gets nothing but criticism. I think she’s gotten much better but is not given any credit for it.

    What was going on tonight with Ryan and the judges? It was like they were having a party with singers in the background. At times, Ryan’s intros were almost an aside. At least the cat was cuter than Demi.

    • Stormy says:

      I completely agree about Jena. I privately refer to her as Missy Mumbles. Then she starts to scream and becomes Baby Banshee. It is NOT just you. As for the cat, it gets some competition from the sour puss Jena wears a lot of the time.

      • Temperance says:

        Mostly, it’s just you two then.

        • Christopher says:

          No, you will find hundreds of other people on the Idol FB page who are getting sick of Jena’s annoying vocal “style” as well as the biased preferential treatment she receives from the show.

        • karyn says:

          Add me to the list that doesn’t get the Jena love. She’s either really nasally or screaming. She’s comfortable on stage and I think she’ll find an audience but I’ll pass.

      • lunaburning says:

        Not just you. I don’t get Jena either. I think she sounds like Celine Dion, doing an Eddie Vedder impression while having a seizure.

  38. Julie Anderson says:

    I did love Alex’s “Always on my Mind” especially the Jeff Buckley vibe at the end. I was thrilled he went bold with one of his songs because I admit that even as a big fan, when I listened to the studio version of Neon Trees “Animals” I was disappointed that he did a straight up cover, which was admittedly not as good as the original. I am worried for him this week.

  39. Alexa says:

    Jessica was SUPERB on both her performances tonight. Wow. That is the Jessica I have been waiting to see and it was worth the wait! I only liked Caleb’s first, but it was fantastic. I loved Alex’s “You Were Always on My Mind” but his first performance was awful. Jena was just OK to me; her first was much better than her second though. C.J. sounded fine on the first song to me but God awful on the second. Sam was boring and dull on both and the judges treated him with kid gloves like usual. The bottom 2 should be C.J. and Sam.

  40. AI13 says:

    After the performances:

    Should be the Rankings:
    1. Jessica Meuse
    2. Jena Irene
    3. Caleb Johnson
    4. Sam Woolf
    5. Alex Preston
    6. CJ Harris

    Will be the Rankings:

    1. Alex Preston
    2. Caleb Johnson
    3. Jena Irene
    4. Jessica Meuse
    5. CJ Harris
    6. Sam Woolf

    If sam Woolf will be eliminated tom. I will go to America ang kill the voters of CJ! Wahahahahahhah…

    Should be Bottom 2 (JUST FOR TONIGHT) : Alex and CJ (CJ Going Home)
    Will be Bottom 2: Sam and CJ (50-50)

  41. Linda says:

    I usually totally agree with you Michael but not tonight. I just can’t get behind Jessica. She has everything going for her: beautiful voice, beautiful girl, but she does nothing for me. I’ve really tried to love her but her eyes look dead and her little interviews don’t help me warm up to her. Give me Alison iraheta or crystal bowersox or Haley Reinhardt. Sam is just painful to watch – he should be getting the too-soon treatment you gave Malaya. He needs to grow up, get some therapy and work things out so he can show some feelings. Caleb was wonderful but I didn’t love his “country” song. Sounded the same as everything else. But I love him for the most part. Alex is great but ill-suited to this format. I liked his Willie Nelson song. Jena was fierce on barracuda. I think she’ll win the whole thing.

    • Ben says:

      I agree. She reminds me of Pia. I can appreciate what she is doing objectively, but there isn’t a time in the whole season where she would have moved me to vote for her. This is why I doubt she has the ability to do better than 3rd or 4th – at least with people like Alex and Jena, they tend to be either liked or disliked by people, but not just ‘meh’.

  42. Publius says:

    Keith’s quip about waiting to hear Caleb’s country song was tremendous. Nice foreshadow for all of the rest of them, too.

    However, did he really not feel the heartbreak in Alex’s Willie song? Dude was reaching and he got caught, imo. The band was a superfluous distraction on that rendition. Less is soooo often more, doncha know. And whatever happened to making a song your own? Not one mention by any jidge tonight.

    CJ and Alex will be B2. CJ is Texas-style toast.

  43. AI13 says:

    Should be Eliminated : Cj “F” Harris
    Will be Eliminated : Cj Harris

    I think Sam wont be eliminated because of Dexter’s voters..

    • Stormy says:

      Why would Dex’s voters swing their votes to Sam? They are more likely to give their votes to CJ or Jessica [the Alabama connection].

      • GuitarBlue says:

        yes and down to 6, so CJ will probably inherit more of Dexter’s vote than anyone else — but maybe not enough to save him this time.

  44. Nedsdag says:

    I haven’t looked at Michael’s grades because I went directly to the comments section. At the beginning of this competition, you couldn’t get me to vote for Jessica. Now, thanks to the over-pimping of Jena, I am a fan of hers and I thought she and Caleb were the most consistent tonight. CJ should’ve nailed tonight with the Rock/Country theme but he underwhelmed. Nevertheless, I think with his play for sympathy votes, he may nudge Sam out tomorrow night.

    • Mary says:

      I love Jessica but really you don’t vote for somebody because you feel they are over-pimping them. Many of you read to much into what the judges say. Maybe you should mute them and base your decision on the performance. Just a thought.

  45. Chris says:

    Rankings
    1. Sam
    2. Caleb
    3 jessica
    4 jena
    5 alex
    6 cj( obviously)

    Alex and cj in the bottom
    I believe Sam’s fan base has gotten a lot stronger just look at twitter

  46. AlyB says:

    Jessica killed it on both her songs tonight. Unlike Keith, I really liked her rearrangement of Jolene. She won the night for me. Jena earns second spot. I thought she did well on both her songs. I liked Caleb’s 1st but not second. Alex’s Neon Trees song was uncomfortable to watch and the vocal was sub par for him. He did a beautiful version of the Willie Nelson classic but I truly hate that song. It always sounds to me like he’s saying I treated you like crap but I thought about you all the time. Anyone singing it is a turn off for me, even Willie. The song itself just makes me mad LOL. Sam’s voice remains rich in tone but utterly devoid of nuance or expression. It might as well be coming from a robot. He seriously bores me. CJ really does not belong there anymore. I’d like to see a Sam & CJ bottom 2 with CJ finally reaching the end of the road.

  47. Jenna says:

    Just on the judges, I’m increasingly irritated by the ‘gay jokes’ vibe. Harry and Keith come pretty close to coming off as homophobic asses at times. Feels like a relic of the Simon Ryan-baiting years and it always disappoints me.

    • JM says:

      It’s the new trend, don’cha know. Harry and Keith, Adam and Blake, Howard and Howie, Jimmy and Ben (Late Night), etc. etc. etc.

  48. JoMarch says:

    I don’t like Jena. I think she screams too much and she has a “gee I’m so great” look on her face all the time. In my mind, I pronounce her name Jenna. If her parents wanted her name to be pronounced Gina, they should have spelled it Gina. She was pretty obnoxious about that when she was correcting people. Did I mention, I don’t like her.

    • Nedsdag says:

      JoMarch, I am not a fan either. I began to dislike her when she dropped her last name. Her “stage” name is awkward. To me, she’s a third rate Lea Michelle without the charm. If she wanted to be noticed, add three more Es to her name and drop the Irene. Become Jeeeena instead. American Idol wise, there’s nothing original about her singing. Her big “moments” the past two weeks were karaoke at best and her take on the country song “So Small” was exactly that. I see absolutely nothing “current” about her.

      • Stormy says:

        I agree about her being a third rate Lea Michelle and I don’t even like LM especially. To me Jena is overestimated by herself and TPTB.

        • S. says:

          Oh I think Jena’s far better than Lea in terms of being an artist. She’s what? 17? She invited Caleb to her prom so I’m assuming that’s where she’s at right now. The level of maturity in knowing what she wants is high and she’s not so arrogant that she can’t ‘oops, sorry’ about a mistake. I don’t think she overestimates herself at all. I think some people are projecting when they think any of these singers this year are arrogant. They all seem pretty humble and close. Jess got a bad edit in Hollywood. She’s got some cynicism about being a musician that comes from experience, but as a person she’s not thinking she’s the be all end all either. Confidence about one’s work is necessary to do it well at some point. I don’t blame any of them for that. Majesty had too little of it, we saw the desperation, she started singing worse, then she was gone.

  49. Dakota says:

    OMG, agreed with all but one of your ratings tonight. I seriously want CJ to go home, but Sam getting the boot would also satisfy my need for a little reality on this pioneer reality show. I am so sick to death of JLo and her critiques on singing – which she doesn’t. I’d love Jess to come out with fishnets, short, shorts, prancing her behind around the stage as she lip synchs and hear JLo’s comments. Now THAT would be worth the millions they are paying her!

    • Lisa says:

      The fishnets, short shorts prancing comments definitely made me laugh. I agree with everything you said about CJ & Sam. CJ SHOULD go home, but a Sam alternative would still leave everything right in the world.

  50. LeahKittyS says:

    Tonight was so good, I’m going to flex my creative muscles a little early. Inspired by the title of this column, sing to the tune of Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It”
    -
    Alex’s sweetness, it made me cry
    Caleb rocked hard and took us for a ride
    And I wanna duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-download it
    Jena’s a force, so best watch your back
    Jess closed the show with everything she had
    Yeah, I voted, so don’t you blow it
    I wanna duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-download it