American Idol Top 6 Results Recap: Maybe I Didn't Vote for You, Quite as Often as I Should Have

american-idol-top-6-results-recap-who-went-home-jessica-cj-alexAmerican Idol‘s Top 6 results show kicked off beneath an ominous cloud — and not just because Grumpy Cat sat frowning in Ryan Seacrest’s arms and Keith Urban came disguised as the world’s sexiest undertaker.

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Nope, I found myself descending into a full-on anxiety spiral around lunchtime, when the official Idol Twitter account warned fans to prepare for a “shocking” outcome following a Wednesday performance show in which four out of six remaining contestants got up out of their chairs when the Idoloonie Nation screamed, “COME ON! Are any of you worthy of following in the footsteps of Candice Glover, Phillip Phillips & Co.?!”

Surely, Jessica Meuse, Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene and Alex Preston had to be safe, right? And surely, the days of Prof. Harry Connick Jr. teaching “Intro to Intonation” to C.J. Harris had to be coming to a close, no?

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What did Idol‘s social-media guru mean by “shocking,” anyway? Maybe J.Lo was planning to show up in a loose sweater, boot-cut jeans and flats? Perhaps Harry had vowed to go 30 minutes without blatantly calling attention to himself? Was “mentor” Randy Jackson going to cough up a throat nugget of wisdom? (Sorry — that last sentence went too far: The word “wisdom” has a restraining order requiring “Randy” to keep a distance of 100 words or more at all times.)

With a churning stomach and a brain full of “I swear to God, I will never watch this show again,” somebody other than Keiran dimmed the lights, and we got some answers:

Sent to Safety (in chronological order)
Sam Woolf (¡¿him!? ¡¿already!?)
Caleb Johnson
Jena Irene
Alex Preston

Bottom Two
C.J. Harris
Jessica Meuse (EVEN AFTER HER EPIC “JOLENE”??? sigh.)

Finally, it was time for Ryan to give the final verdict. But first, he asked the judges how they felt about the Bottom 2 — then suggested the ludicrous idea that J.Lo had “championed” Jessica as much as she had C.J. (I guess in the same way I “championed” Danny Gokey as much as Allison Iraheta back in Season 8. Mmm-hmm. I went there.) J.Lo blandly noted that “We have to get down to one winner.” Harry lied that the results are “always” a surprise. Keith sold a small piece of his soul by pretending Sam’s performances were on par with Alex, Jena and Caleb’s — leaving Jessica and C.J. as righteous candidates for elimination. (To which I have a one-word response: Click here to see it.)

Before the axe got swung, Jessica raised her chin and said she regretted nothing: “I’m always true to myself.”

And then, the eliminated contestant was announced: C.J. Harris.

The Alabama native managed to get out most of “Can’t You See” before beging swallowed in a hug from his family and his fellow contestants.

The End. (Brought to you by some random Ford advertisement that outed Jessica as a natural blonde.)

On that note, I turn it over to you.

What did you think of Season 13 Top 6 results night? What did you think of the Bottom 2? Why was there no Bottom 3? Was the right person booted? Sound off on all those questions and more in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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474 Comments
  1. Jim says:

    Jena and Alex for the final 2! Make this happen America!

    • Jena and Alex or Jena and Caleb. I think either of those finals would be pretty great.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I’m putting money on Alex and Caleb, Alex and Jena, or Caleb and Jena. And I will be perfectly fine with any of those.

        • Danny says:

          Really going on a limb there eh Leah? I’d be fine with any combination of Jena, Caleb, Alex, and Jessica. I know Jessica has 1, maybe 2 weeks left though. If I had to wager, I’d guess Caleb and Jena as the final 2. My personal top 2 at this moment are Jessica and Jena, with Caleb right behind and Alex a touch behind Caleb.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Hey, anything could still happen. In Season 8 we all predicted the Top 3 would be Kris, Adam, and Allison. But then someone threw a wrench in the works. I would not rule out another wrench being thrown our way. So my prediction is not the safest just because it looks very safe.

          • Ben says:

            I was predicting Danny would win in season 8. I was actually surprised to see Kris make the final ahead of him. Not that I’m saying I think ‘winning’ and ‘best’ are the same.

          • Danny says:

            Ben- sorry to let you down with my terrible rendition of Scream On. I really didn’t deserve to win Season 8 though. That honor goes to Allison.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            LOL Up-vote!

          • Kiki says:

            Jessica has the country vote all wrapped up now. It was split between her and CJ. I don’t think she’s going home next week.

        • GuitarBlue says:

          hey, you got to cover 3 bases there. Should be a pretty safe bet.

        • Ben says:

          I’m pretty sure those are your final 3. I actually feel as though there may be a massive vote gap between those three and the rest, Jena hasn’t been in the bottom since the very start and Alex and Caleb haven’t once.

          I was wondering if this was won of the best seasons for wild cards, and the only one I could think of that might match was season 2. What did I discover? Season 2 had 4 wild cards and they all made top 7! Wow. Getting to 6 was a pretty good achievement for CJ given he was a wild card; I figured he’d be gone a long time ago. If Jena won, she would be the first wild card winner in idol history.

      • deedee says:

        Gawd, I wish I could be as excited as you about any of them. :'(

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Well, for what it’s worth deedee, I’m excited about Jessica after the other night.

          • deedee says:

            I’m jealous, DET! Was hoping one of these kids would grab me (not like that ;)), the way Jordin Sparks did, or David Cook, Haley, Allison, and Joshua Ledet. They’re all talented and everything, but none of them have managed to make me care – to wonder what song they picked, to think of perfect songs for them, to hope they nail it, to get nervous for them on Thursday nights, to get outraged by the unfair treatment they get from the judges … that sort of thing.
            .
            On another note – it is interesting to watch the engine revving on the Jessica bus. Since I’m not emotionally invested in her, it doesn’t make me angry the way it did with Haley, but it is quite astounding to see how blatantly obvious they make it that they want her out. Keith saying he hated her arrangement? That was so unKeith-like. You can almost see the judges gearing up to dislike the performance before it even happens. And then the faint praise and sharp criticisms over every little move she makes or doesn’t make. Fascinating stuff!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I found that a bit odd coming from Keith. I would expect him to say, “I didn’t care for the arrangement but your vocals were good”. I don’t quite understand why they don’t like her and it’s almost as if they read these message boards – the criticism was a little lighter the other night.

          • Luke says:

            Totally agree with Keith. That was an awful arrangement of Jolene. Way too fast and Jess sang it her rote, bland way. What the heck are you all seeing in her expressionless performances?! That is the problem with most of the contestants this year. I’m so glad the judges are calling things for what they are and don’t seem be holding to the producers.

      • Carla M. says:

        It is so obvious that the judges are pushing for Caleb and Jena (Gina not Jena) and find fault with Jessica and Sam. They like Alex too. I vote for Jessica and Sam for that reason. If Jessica would have sang Jolene and sounded like Dolly Parton, they would have said she sounded too much like Dolly, so she changed it to make it different and they didn’t like the arrangement.
        Puh-leaze…..

        • Tony Switz says:

          I don’t think they are “pushing” Caleb and Jena on us. If you actually take the time and watch their performances you could see that Caleb is BY FAR the one with the total package. He cannot only sing but he has that stage presence to go with it. He already looks like a seasoned vet. Jena is quit there yet but she is getting close. Sam, Jessica and Alex are still struggling with that all important stage presence. They just seem dull, no emotion to their performances. If Caleb doesn’t win this then it’s all a sham!

    • NJIdoloonie says:

      Alex has dead eyes. His whole face is expressionless. I don’t get the love. His performances are one step above Sam, and that is not saying much.

      • S. says:

        Alex’s vocals are generally excellent. Sam’s are robotic. Fine, but no passion. Alex’s voice is moving. Jess’s eyes have a similar problem sometimes. The best at combining both vocals and spectacle are Jena and Caleb. Jess and Alex would do a great record and would probably grow into their touring personas. Hard to pick a favorite. Funny how on MJ’s poll Caleb was angling for 3rd but when people were predicting who’d go home and who should go home, Caleb was at the bottom, barely registering. People are confident in his ability to stay and perform well. Sometimes voters want to be on the side of who they perceive as the winner. Jena’s surging. Caleb’s perceived as super consistent. Then there’s Alex’s musicianship and tone even if he’s not the most exciting performer. To me these are the top 3. I hope the top 4 are indeed Caleb, Jess, Jena, and Alex or I’ll be distressed. Once we get to the point that Sam drops out (fingers crossed it’s next week because he’s got a lot of personal maturing to do, he’s a promising guy otherwise), it’ll be hard to narrow it down.

      • MC says:

        ITA agree about Alex. I haven’t watched the show much this season, but I think it will be a Jena and Caleb finale. I also think that scenario will give AI the most credible and entertaining climax to this (disappointing?) season.

      • Temperance says:

        Yup, you just don’t get it. I wouldn’t advertise that.

      • Kays says:

        So I’m NOT the only one who feels this way! Really I’m sure Alex is very good at what he does but that’s just not my personal preference, and every week it’s more of exactly the predictable same.

      • Donna says:

        I completely agree. Alex isn’t much of a performer. The ‘artiste’ thing only goes so far. The judges talk about someone being a Total Package, and that’s not him.

      • Syb says:

        I don’t agree but I understand the sentiment. When Alex is performing he does convey some emotion on his face that strikes me as authentic unlike a few of the others. Is he awkward? Absolutely. So what? There are myriad performers with odd tics, flat demeanor, awkward gestures. Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, come to mind. Plenty don’t move around. James Taylor comes to mind.
        I realize many viewers prioritize performance, looks, charisma, high energy. Some on the other hand watch with their ears, looking more for a recording artist than a live concert force of nature. Nobody’s wrong. It’s just preference. You don’t have to get why I think Alex is one of the top two, and I don’t have to get those who find Jessica’s tone inviting, Sam’s demeanor endearing, or Caleb’s stage energy most compelling. I think Alex has proven himself a fine singer and songwriter, and he’s found an audience, so good for him.

        • Adam Fachry says:

          With all due respect but comparing Alex to Costello, Cocker, and Taylor is an overstatement, even from the perspectives of stage presence. They’re allowed to perform that way because when seeing them live, what people expect is not the performance or eye contact. They wanted their favorite Costello, or Cocker, or Taylor song come to live with the aforementioned artists’ respective personas, through the vocal delivery, sonic landscape of their songs, etc. Alex on the other hand, hasn’t really achieved such an establishment yet.

          • Syb says:

            This kind of response always cracks me up. Did I say he was an equal to these people? I said awkwardness or being sedentary on stage isn’t something fatal to a career. SMH with all due respect.

        • Jill Moya says:

          How can you even mention Alex in the same light as these established singers? You are correct a lot of popular singers don’t have good showmanship. In fact Iknow of platinum selling singers that are average or worse singers! It’s who you know or what show were you on to gain fame! But Alex, he’s going nowhere. I said this way before Sam or anybody pointed this out…Alex always looks like he needs a toilet…very unattractrive to say the least. Personally, I can’t stand his face. Sorry to say all this but it’s the way I feel.

      • Jill Moya says:

        How can anyone “get the love”, with that face!

        • kathy beach says:

          worse season ever
          ,but caleb what a entertainer, Jena great alex is a artist . but a lot of good singers got eliminated, like like casey

    • Matrix says:

      I officially hate Hyundai !

      • LeahKittyS says:

        You’re getting the ads, too? I know, it’s ridiculous. But I think you replied to the wrong comment to express it. LOL

    • Blinged Up says:

      Change that to Jessica and Alex for the final 2 and I’m with you!

    • Dave says:

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    • pmcd says:

      Jena, Alex and Jessica would be my choice for top three and Sam to go next week. Don’t really care for all the screaming that goes with Caleb’s style. Alex is a very good musician though clearly not flashy. Jessica is not getting a fair break from two of the judges. Enough with this obsession with having her dance around the stage.

    • Joanie Henley says:

      I feel Caleb has it in the bag. Cannot stand Jena’s fake crying after CJ was eliminated or even Jennifer’s immediate tears. I think it is fixed and have thought that for the last several years. Jessica does not have the personality that people like to see, jumping up and down all over the stage but her voice is incredible. Jena needs to add more black dye to her hair to get more votes. Sam is boring, Alex has no expression either (like they comment on Jessica all the time). Very disappointed in this show this year. As far as I think, they need to call this show “Jennifer’s Idol” not American Idol.

    • joseph says:

      Alex give me a break Caleb is way better than Alex

    • John says:

      I like the judges this year and the loss of contestant bashing. Harry needs to be more positive. He’s not helping. All n all though, the judges have once again ailed to find the most talented performers.These are already gone.

    • Marsha says:

      Although Jessica gets a lot of criticism for her toned down stage presence, I seem to remember Carrie Underwood getting the same critique, and let’s face it, she’s done pretty well for herself! Her voice is awesome, the rest can be learned. Wake up judges! Sam should be the next to go—why on earth the judges have championed him, I will never know!

    • Reader says:

      Welcome to the TV/Line Michael Slezak, Leah, and Angie Board.

  2. LeahKittyS says:

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

    (Scene: the island of Solumager. The six remaining adventurers continue through the jungle.)
    C.J.: Come to think of it, I did know that the lords were in charge of the torture chamber in Dungene. Remember how Ben would always joke about the young Lord Sanjaya?
    Sam: Yeah, he was the head torturer. Man, I miss Ben.
    Jena: I miss all of them. I hope the beacon towers are as safe as we assumed.
    Jessica: Well, we can’t worry about that now. Keep your eyes open for a carving of a blue lightning bolt.
    Alex: (Stops and points) There it is.
    (The others look in the bushes at the carving of a lightning bolt outlined in blue. They pass through the gate and enter the kingdom. The sun is out, and the buildings look welcoming.)
    Sam: Whoa. This place is huge!
    Alex: The biggest of all twelve kingdoms, if I remember correctly.
    Jessica: (reading the plaque on the beacon tower) “Here stands the beacon of the kingdom of Balromi, domain of King Taylor and Queen Katharine.”
    C.J.: It’s a shame Dexter isn’t here. King Taylor was always our favorite to read about.
    Jena: Yeah, he was a cool guy. And Katharine was super pretty, but also super mean, if I remember right.
    Jessica: The court of Balromi was an interesting group. The lords and ladies were very charitable people, and there was always something going on. Battlefield glory, cheating scandals, power grabs, all the typical royal goodness. And they were always giving parties.
    Alex: Well, now I’d really like to see the treasure. Caleb, you still got the map.
    Caleb: Sure do. (Pulls out the map) “Round and round the floor we go, just one drop and then you’ll know.” Huh. That’s all it says.
    Sam: Well, that doesn’t tell us much.
    Jena: One drop and then we’ll know? Know what?
    Caleb: Consider the first part, round and round the floor. Jess already knows where the treasure is.
    Jessica: I do?
    Caleb: You said so yourself, the lords and ladies were always giving parties. So where else would the treasure be but…
    Jessica: Of course! The palace ballroom!
    Caleb: There you go.
    Alex: Well, what are we waiting for?
    (They run up to the palace and make their way to the ballroom. It is very large and ornately decorated, with a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, fancy pictures on the walls, and a polished dance floor.)
    Jena: (Whistles) Now that’s what I’m taking about. Can you imagine what these parties must have been like?
    Caleb: They were something else. Taylor loved to dance, and whenever Katharine came down those stairs in her ball gown, everything just stopped.
    Jena: And Lady Kellie, the belle of the ball…the knights would line up to dance with her…
    (She starts humming and twirling around the floor in a dreamlike state. Caleb catches her for a dip.)
    Sam: Okay, guys, focus. How are we going to find the treasure?
    Jessica: Easy. Just follow the riddle. “Round and round the floor we go.” (Begins circling the dance floor) I bet if we walk around the dance floor and work our way inward, we’ll find something. (She keeps walking for a minute until she steps on a loose tile.) Yup, there it is. (Steps off the floor and tries to move the tile) Help me get this off.
    (C.J. goes over and helps Jessica move the tile. When it comes out, Jessica reaches in and pulls out a glass bottle filled with a clear liquid.)
    C.J.: I don’t believe it. There’s still something in there.
    Alex: A lot of Balromites didn’t want Taylor as their king; they thought Lord Christopher or Lord Elliot would have done a better job. The whole court knew that, so Taylor would put a drop of that stuff in all his drinks to determine whether or not they were poisoned.
    Sam: And if there was poison, wouldn’t it get all oily on the surface, or powdery on the sides?
    Alex: That’s right. “Just one drop and then you’ll know.”
    Jena: Wow. I can’t imagine going every day wondering if someone was gonna try and poison me.
    Jessica: That’s royalty for you. There’s a lot you have to watch your back for.
    (A crash and a bang can be heard outside the ballroom.)
    C.J.: And the same goes if you’re being chased by pirates!
    Caleb: Run for it!
    (They burst from the ballroom and run as fast as they can through the halls of the palace while the pirates wreak their havoc. They all escape, but not before some of the pirates fire their guns at them. When they reach the beacon tower, C.J. drops to the ground, still holding the glass bottle.)
    Sam: Are you okay?
    C.J.: I was…then I took a bullet to the knee. (Winces in pain)
    Caleb: Well, you can’t go on like that. Let’s get you to the top of the beacon tower. You can stay here with the treasure.
    (They help C.J. up to the top, and Jessica uses the few tools they have to pull the bullet out of C.J.‘s leg and clean up the wound. They leave him with some of the food and fuel and lock the door as they leave. Alex takes out the map as they run.)
    Alex: Turn left! It’s only a short distance to the next kingdom!
    Jena: Good, because I’m getting tired of all this running!
    TO BE CONTINUED…

    • Swashbuckling-ly adventurous as always

      • Dave says:

        Obviously throwing out phony compliments for clicks on your website, no one fell for this the first time you tried it.

        • Eh. If I was trying to get clicks, wouldn’t I respond to more than just this one particular poster? I just happen to enjoy the stories this poster is writing. I’m not commenting anywhere else. Thank you for the concern!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Thank you Logan :) <3

          • Amanda says:

            Actually, your post name would be an actual name rather than a link to your web site if you weren’t looking for clicks. Also, these stories are just terrible and complete jibberish.

    • Krista says:

      Why is this happening?! ^^

    • John says:

      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. We get it. Now just stop.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        For the hundred millionth time, I’ve been commissioned by a fellow commenter. Therefore I will not stop until the story is over on finale night.

        • Lana says:

          LeahKitty, keep up with the story, its fun and if someone doesn’t like it they don’t have to read it, while the rest of us are looking forward to the installments, especially after the hint you gave last week on the final installment. Ignore the haters and quit telling them anything for the hundred millionth time, obviously they are too obtuse to understand what you are writing.

        • KSKS says:

          Oh, I thought maybe these stories were commissioned by a middle school English teacher asking his or her students to turn in a fiction-writing homework assignment based on a favorite TV show.

        • just saying says:

          i’m not sure you know what the word commissioned means. and if you do you’re certainly not using it correctly. and if you and a fellow commenter want to exchange bad fanfic, why don’t you exchange emails? seriously, this stuff is just bad.i mean, if you’re a kid, i’m not trying to discourage you. but maybe share this stuff with your friends, not on a comment board. and if you’re older, then you need to get some friends. if you have to come to a comment board to find people to read your crap, then maybe you should take a hint. just saying.

        • Sad, so utterly sad says:

          Commissioned?? As in authorized? “a fellow commenter” a = 1 All this bother and energy for 1 person?

      • Ben says:

        These weekly comments on Leah’s posts have a certain irony to them (or you might call it hypocrisy).

        • FanFictSucks says:

          Huh?

        • Danny says:

          Ben- Agree. The fact that some people like her and a few really despise her makes me think she’s doing quite well. I get a kick out of the Anti Leah comments too. Leah, 100% on your side here, so don’t misinterpret that. I just think it’s a hoot that you can rile people up without even trying.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            LOL Thanks.

          • Ben says:

            I just love the fact that John’s comment applies to how many of us feel about that very comment.

          • Dave says:

            Danny, would you really like to know what is a hoot! Having you as a positive reference for Leah.

            Danny…..the guy who flipped out throughout the forum last week about JLO and Harry.

            Danny who says JLO is a swine, ugly, can not stand to look at her etc.

            Danny who says Harry is a pedophile, must have been drunk, if he is sick then you hope it is contagious and fatal etc.

            Yes Leah, Danny is your backer. There you go. Perfect. What a team!

    • Cheryl says:

      Wth is that?

    • Terry says:

      Please stop with this nonsense

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Please stop posting under 18 different screennames with the same message pretending you’re separate and distinct people. Why TVLine doesn’t have the technical crew to block your IP address is beyond my scope of comprehension.

        • Renee says:

          I haven’t commented on this but be assured a lot of people find having a big chunk of the first comment page taken up by fanfic and subsequent nah nah comments childish at best. cliques are disheartening. Yes I can scroll but when this junk starts so early, it’s increasingly annoying to keep trying to get past it to see added new comments coming in quickly on the night’s show. Look I’m here because I followed Michael here – like a lot of people- and because I like being part of a fun, intelligent community. there are clearly still many thoughtful people here – not just those trying to get attn by spamming every comment – and I love reading their comments. I just wish everyone – regular commenters, Michael, and TV Line, had enough respect for longtime fans to keep the focus of the Idol comments section on discussion of the show. Ah well, Idol will be over soonish and I only got on board this year for you guys, my dear fellow loonies.

          • Bootsaz says:

            That is exactly how I was feeling. Good Comment Renee.

          • Joe says:

            Renee – I agree with you. If the author could only wait to post this stuff until there’s a page 2 of comments it would be of great service to us all. I can’t read it. I skip over it. And the negative attention these posts get this week aren’t some sign that the author is doing great work by creating controversy. They’re honestly just cluttering up fan reactions to the show which is what the majority of us come here to read and participate in. These posts aren’t entertaining. They’re a nuisance. But the author has every right to post what they wish in an open forum. That said, if they gave a damn about anything other than publishing this stuff and looking foolish by saying they were “commissioned” they would wait until after there as a rhythm and focus to the posts here or just go get a website and post this stuff. It’s not entertaining. It is a bit sad to see this every week. No one comes here to read this stuff. They come here because Slezak’s a fun writer and the community is a great group who gets passionate about these shows. Writing fan fiction takes passion, but it’s distracting and not on topic and I urge the writer to take a deep breath and perhaps wait or find a different venue for this stuff.

          • Chooses to Remain Anonymous says:

            Well said, Renee.
            Even though 90% of the commenters feel similar to what you’ve stated, we remain silent for fear of retribution by the other 10% (most of whom have already commented here).
            Plus there’s the fact that Leah is a sweet girl. It’s a powerful dynamic.
            ~
            ~
            Because of these things and more, the FanFic remains the Purple Elephant in the room.
            Literally, the large “elephant” that sits in the middle of the chat room.
            It doesn’t really look like he belongs here. He sure takes up a lot of space. But we’ll continue to say “excuse me” and pretend he’s not really there.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Renee, i feel so bad for you that you have to spend an extra 2 seconds to scroll past a comment you’re not interested in. That is a tragic story indeed. Some survive debilitating illnesses or handicaps, some survive natural disasters, some even survive genocide, so I’m sure you too will survive scrolling past fanfic that you’re not interested in. It will be a tough journey ahead of you, but I have the utmost confidence that you’re going to make it just fine.

          • SM says:

            Well stated Renee. Completely agree. Please disregard Angie_Overrated’s completely rude response. I find most her posts to be obnoxious to the nth degree (even though we allll know she’s such a trained musician) … but then again, you can’t expect much from a poster whose moniker was designated to demean a teen contestant on a reality show. Sad.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Funny how all these comments of folks who are agreeing are coming from one-posters. I wonder why that is?! Hmmm… Actually we all know the answer to that question.

          • Renee says:

            @A_Overrated I’ll respond to your comment w civility, a courtesy you did not afford me. In fact, it is does take a bit more than 2 seconds tho I never counted. I spend a couple of hrs – when.i get to participate in real time – after Michael posts updating and scrolling for incoming comments because during that busy time it feels like a very dynamic conversation and I enjoy that. Whatever the inconvenience I perceive it to be, you clearly feel differently. The difference extends to thinking sarcastic humor re genocide and other tragedies is somehow funny. But yes after two tours in war zones I think I’ll survive this:). And it’s clearly a topic that isn’t to be addressed, so considered me silenced on the issue. Thanks to those who responded respectfully. Looking fwd to Top 5.

          • syb says:

            Although not a first time poster I agree with Renee. I have no problem skipping over posts that don’t interest me. But within 24 hours of a performance or results night show recap when there are going to be hundreds of posts and reactions from various people to the actual show or Michael’s recap, the lengthy fanfiction is out of place. The site owners haven’t removed it, so no one is stopping it. But it would be maybe a little more courteous to post the fanfiction on lets say Sunday when most everyone is done with this thread. Those who enjoy it could then have the thread to themselves and those who don’t would have no reason but trollishness to return. Everybody wins, right?

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I’m so sorry that the two seconds it takes to skip over a post is such a Herculean task for you all. I find it kind of hilarious that the people complaining the most about it are writing essay length responses extending the thread that they are so philosophically opposed to. Ah, the bitter irony.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            And Renee, I find no humor in genocide. You clearly missed my point entirely i was simply pointing out that the inconvenience you are experiencing is not a legitimate problem. Let’s get some perspective here!

          • syb says:

            Perhaps I’ll start posting my grocery shopping list. I’m sure you wouldn’t mind scrolling by it every day Angie, and it would be convenient for me to have it front and center in mind.
            Some posters here both frequent and less frequent are offering their opinion that fan fiction is out of place here. Your statement that everyone who complains is a first time poster is wrong. That was my main point in chiming in. But if you and two other people enjoy it, then by all means continue irritating everybody else with it.

          • SarahNotSara says:

            I’ll weigh in to support syb, Renee, and the others you’ve been rude to. I don’t feel the need to be as nice as they were since you clearly aren’t. you are a troll who likes provoking people more than talking about idol – I get that. Go for it, honey. But it’s a sign of your serious lack of intelligence that you can’t seem to grasp that many, many more people read Slezak’s recaps and the comments than comment regularly – otherwise his following would be too small to justify the gig. Another critical thinking leap you can’t seem to make is that it’s okay to be frustrated by problems that fall way under the genocide/disability threshold. And btw Renee was considerate enough to not post about this until after the performance and results shows & responses were largely in – a consideration that would be appreciated from others. I’m sure this just feeds the negative energy that is all you are so eat up and I will be looking to follow up on syb’s grocery list idea.

          • Skip says:

            Too bad Angie, a motor mouth and bully who wants to police this board, can not comprehend what you posted and what the readers (Michael Slezak’s majority) know… “many more people read Slezak’s recaps and the comments than comment regularly”. I try to skip Angie’s contributions as much as possible, but it’s hard because she actually takes up more space than Leah. Skip over Leah, skip over Angie, skip over Angie, skip over Angie………

  3. America did a good job tonight. Tonight’s results were not shocking. If Caleb or Jena or even Alex was in Bottom 2 or sent home then I’d be shocked but this was correct and just. Sam probably should have been Bottom 2 over Jessica, but the judges really aren’t helping Jessica with their comments, even when they like what she does. CJ had a rough night last night, and despite Jennifer Lopez crying it was the right decision by America.

    • Denise says:

      I completely understand the judges comments about Jessica. If you close your eyes it is a great performance but watching her is a little disjointed.

      • S7 Fan says:

        I agree, Denise. Jessica looks at the camera with a glazed stare. It’s like she is singing on auto-pilot.

      • Mary says:

        Well, the same thing could be said about Alex and Sam. but the judges don’t mention every freaking time they can. I say, let’s just listen to them and keep our eyes closed on all three, then. They are Haley Rheinharting her.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I’m kind of inclined to agree, Mary.

        • Jessica says:

          I agree-if you knock Jessica on it (which at this point we need someone really harsh to let it sink in) then the same has to go to Sam and Alex.

          • rio says:

            And if you praise Jessica, then you should see how good Sam is as well. Forget the silly “heartthrob” nonsense and just listen to that great voice. He is the only singer who is ALWAYS on pitch, and his diction is perfect. He has consistently improved, andI look forward to his performances every week. I will not be surprised to see him, Jena and Caleb as the top three, although I’m so tired of Caleb singing the same song every week.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I’ve said the same thing, Rio. Sam’s pitch and diction are perfect and his voice is lovely.

      • Cheryl says:

        I think she’s thinking about her clothes or what she’d like to eat or anything but what she’s singing

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        Well here is the thing, how do you listen to music? do you watch it all the time or listen all the time? Most people only listen to the music, so if you like her perofrmance with yor eyes closed then who cares about her being disjointed?

      • Crusty says:

        Kinda like listening to the radio….

  4. Danny says:

    I thought CJ or Sam were the right ones to go. I had Jessica winning the whole night last night. IMO she nudged Jena and Caleb in round 1 and won round 2 pretty big, despite what Keith said. I guess the rest of America doesn’t see it as a Jessica, Caleb, Jena, Alex top 4.

    • AlyB says:

      That’s pretty much my take on last night too. Sam had to be saved just a few weeks ago so I’m wondering just how strong his support is right now. I hope people rally for Jess next week and she makes it into the top 4.

    • tealeaves says:

      I had Jessica winning the whole night this week, too. I liked both of her performances the best last night. Jolene is my favorite performance of the season.

    • Erin says:

      Because Jessica had such a great night and was in the bottom 2, I cannot foresee her making it another week. I mean, how is she going to top this week? She was at her best and super close ups of Sam won out. Totally undeserved.

  5. princey says:

    Uhm Jolene was not that epic :/

    • I like Jessica and didn’t want her to go home this week or last and still want her in the Final 4, but I didn’t really dig the arrangement. I thought if she slowed it down a little, maybe not as much as the Dolly Parton version, it would have showcased her voice even more. I thought the band swallowed her up a little. It was good, but nowhere near epic. Caleb and Jena shared the night and Jessica was solidly tied for third behind them with Alex.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Yeah, I’m really not understanding the Jolene love. I’ve listened to it 3x now to see if I’m missing something, and I’m not. It was good, but epic? Not so much.

      • Danny says:

        @AngieO- Different tastes I guess. I liked it a lot. We’ll disagree big time here, but I enjoyed it more than anything anyone did last year. For that matter I enjoyed Jess both rounds + Jena and Caleb Round 1 more than I enjoyed anything last year.
        I’m not comparing anything last night to an all time Idol top 25. So please don’t think I’m saying any of those were all time performances. Just saying I enjoyed it more than anything last year.
        What I think could help every one of these singers is if the cameras would quit panning on the judges while they’re singing. I also wish they’d sing longer than 1.5 minutes.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Better than Candice’s Love Song or I Who Have Nothing?
          Better than Kree’s Stronger and Here Comes Goodbye?
          Better than Janelle’s Keep Me Hanging On?
          Better than Amber’s Lately and What Are You Doing?

          That’s crazy talk. I can see an argument for MAYBE being better than one or two of those (ok, actually I cannot), but all of them? Nope.

          • Ben says:

            Angie, I know I’m slammed season 12, but I have to agree with you on this count. I think people are ‘over-liking’ Jess to compensate for the perception that the judges are being unfair to her.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Ben, I’m not pooping on her performance. It was very good. It had a cool Joan Baez-y feel to it that I dug. But the effusive praise I’m seeing is bewildering. Some people are treating it like the second coming of Christ.

          • Danny says:

            Angie- of your list the only 2 I remember are Janelle’s- enjoyed that one- and Candice’s I who have nothing. Candice was outdone on that song by both Haley and Jordan. It was good, but far from great. I don’t recall anything Kree or Amber did. So yea, Jess twice + Caleb and Jena once I enjoyed last year.
            ..
            Last year had no standing O’s IMO. I’m ok if other people disagree. I’m simply pitching in my 2 cents. This year also has no standing Os, but at least this year has some pretty good songs. Last year I enjoyed 2 shows the whole season. This year I’ve only thought there were 2 bad shows.
            ..
            I’m not saying this is an all time great year. Put any of this years contestants in Season 11 and they’d be out in about 8th place. Put em in Season 8 and they’d shooting for 7th place. I just think this season is better than last year. Even Lopez, as much as I can’t stand that lady, is better than Minaj. I get that’s like saying a toothache is better than a headache, but it’s still an improvement.
            ..
            I guess the way you feel about this year is the way I feel about last.

          • Danny says:

            Ben- That might be true. There’s that pulling for the underdog aspect of things. I’ll freely admit there’s things about Jess that I’m iffy on. In the past she’s bolted for the couch when she was announced safe. Everyone else hugs someone or something before they go. So ya may have a point.
            ..
            On the actual songs though, I don’t think I’m biased. The song choices this year are miles ahead of last. Last year was a ton of sleepy ballads. This year there’s just so many more songs that I like to begin with. Even if Caleb pretty much always sings rock, at least he’s different than Jena, Jess, Alex, etc. Last year everyone was pretty much the same.
            ..
            As for Jess last night, she chose two songs I really like. I thought she sang both very well. I don’t care if they move around like gymnasts. I enjoyed the Cars in concert and they’re not known as a great live band. I want to hear the songs first.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I’m absolutely not going to disagree with you on the judges of season 12 versus season 13. Nicki Garbaj was insufferable.
            And yeah, we can politely disagree. I thought there were some truly standout performances last year. I like the fuller voices, which is why I think Jena and Caleb are the only real contenders and why I’m still confused how Phil Phillips or Scotty McCreery ever won. But I guess popular music isn’t always about having the greatest voice, otherwise Ms. Spears, Ms. Perry, and Ms. Rihanna would not exist.

          • Ben says:

            @Danny – for me season 12 is the worst – but I don’t think Jess’s ‘Jolene’ is a good example of why season 13 is better. I think it was one of her weakest song choices. I think her performances are improving, but not fast enough to see her last more than two more weeks. I don’t think this is a Haley ‘best singer, why is she being robbed by the judges’ situation at all, though. Jess sings very well, but to win idol you must do more than that. There was never anything missing with Haley’s ability to perform.

      • Owen says:

        Okay, I’m just getting sick of Slezak erroneously referring to Harry as “calling attention to himself” or being “needy”. Harry has lucidly explained that that “over-energized” episode was trying to “show by example” how the contestants should loosen up onstage. I loved his explanation as “we’re all characters on a TV show” (which, though its reality TV, is absolutely true) Before that episode he was very jokey and smartassy, but no one complained. Most loved it. Granted, spontaneously putting a teenage girl on his shoulders took it to a slight extreme, but it has nothing to do with him being needy, but him caring for these kids and their performances way more than any judge EVER has. Gawd, Slezak is such an ass sometimes!! This judge has taken Randy Jackson to task over his mentoring ability, has tried to help each one of these contestants out in the most practical way a judge-who-is-not-a-mentor can and Slezak, for whatever childish reason, is trying to create a narrative of his own that paints Harry in a totally wrong and unflattering light. Now, Slezak was gone the week Harry mentioned why he had acted so manic the previous week, but I’m pretty sure Slezak caught up with his favorite show.

        • Matrix says:

          To me Harry is losing it. He went from being the father figure about “Paris ooh la la” to making borderline inappropriate comments to/about Jlo on a nightly basis – like JLo needs to also wear a tight tshirt. He’s hot to be giving JLo the creeps.

          • sheba says:

            I actually liked Harry the most last night. I appreciated that he felt the need to explain his comments to Jess the week before and made Keith explain himself. It felt like he had worked out whatever had made him go a bit loopy the last few weeks and was back to being the sober voice of reason on the panel. Plus, he’s not towing the TPTB line in the way Jlo and Keith have been the last few weeks.

          • Danny says:

            I’m more in agreement with Matrix on this one. Harry started out well. I’ll give him that. I thought at first he was going to raise Lopez’, but it seems as time has gone on he’s more come down to her level. He’s not actually at her level. He hasn’t went that far. It just seems like he’s heading in that direction. Kissing her backside.
            ..
            Also, he’s a very analytical judge. That in itself is ok, but he’s not a real exciting performer himself. A few weeks ago I checked out about 5 of his songs. I thought they were boring. He’s got talent, but he’s boring. So him talking about wanting someone to sing with excitement is akin to Lopez telling a singer to use their real voice instead of auto tune.
            ..
            Then the stuff Matrix said. The kid on his shoulders wasn’t just hypocritical, it was creepy.

          • HTGR says:

            To be fair to Harry, that kid’s mom explained the whole kid on the shoulders thing. When he was in the pit he saw that one girl was like half the height of the others and asked if she had been able to see anything at all and she said no. So he boosted her up, with her mom right there and that was that. Her mom said she wasn’t upset and that her facial expressions were just that she is ultra shy and wasn’t use to the lights and attention. Her mom said Harry was super nice and that they both had the best time.

          • lostinthought says:

            @HTGR Where did you read or see that explanation about Harry lifting the girl to his shoulders because she couldn’t see?

          • tealeaves says:

            @lostinthought, I am not sure if I can post the link here. If you search for something like “Mom of girl Harry Connick Jr. brought to the ‘American Idol’ judges table sets the record straight” you will find the article. She says she was there with her daughter and neither of them were at all uncomfortable with Harry or his actions.

          • MAB says:

            Thank you, I found the article and it does make me feel a whole lot better. I really do like Harry alot and always did. He was acting so goofy that night I did not know what to make of it.

        • Lynn says:

          Owen, this is what I like to call “giving the baby his bottle.” Slezak reads these posts and understands that a great many of the posters here are disappointed in the judges, with their antics, their favoritism, their trite, predictable critiques and he elaborates on that view. He has also discovered that Jessica has many overly devoted fans on this site and writes what they like to read. If you say that Jessia’s performances are boring and lackluster, you will draw a wave of comments accusing you of being tone-deaf, musically ignorant and a “jellus hater.” Slezak is being smart about it. This is a website and they live and die by hits, so writing something that feeds your readers is the smart choice. Meaning: get used to reading about how crappy Sam is and how epic Jess is.

          • Matrix says:

            Or that could be Slezak’s honest opinion…

          • Owen says:

            I have often wondered if Slezak’s sometimes horribleness is due to excessively posting “click bait”, or in this instance “post bait” (for those who don’t know, TV Line makes money every time anyone clicks or posts or basically “refreshes” a page on their website). But I’m more inclined to believe he’s just a belligerent asshat.

          • Ben says:

            @Lynn – sorry, but I have to disagree. Michael has never changed any of his opinions based on the comments on this site – and more often than not, I’d even go so far as to say he is influential in shaping how people think about contestants.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Up-vote for Ben. I started reading Michael’s blogs in Season 6 and a bunch of others in Season 9. They have helped me to shape my opinions. Before I started following them, I would just like pretty much everybody the same. Things like manipulation and favoritism would just slide by me. If I stopped reading the blogs, I would probably still like everybody the same. But that’s just the kind of person I am.

          • deedee says:

            @Lynn – Michael is too passionate about this show to just be pandering to his audience. It’s quite clear that he gives his honest opinion every time, which is why I love reading his recaps (well, that and his endless stream of food-related metaphors ;) ).

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Yes, the food metaphors are a hoot. Every blogger has their own trademark, and that’s what makes the blogs fun to read. My favorites are Michael Slezak, Jim Cantiello, Lyndsey Parker, and MJ Santilli. I used to follow a few others, but they’ve since gone Idol dormant or became hard to find after transferring websites.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I sincerely doubt Slezak is pandering to anyone. He has a great foil in the form of a certain Melinda Doolittle who acts as his voice of reason when he irrationally likes someone who sucks (Dawn & Hawkes from The Voice?!?! NO!!!!!!). He likes who he likes, the same way any of us do. And usually he’s pretty spot on. And he’s allowed to play favorites because ultimately his articles are opinion pieces. Unless there’s something objectively wrong musically like CJ’s pitch or Bria from The Voice’s wild alien vibrato, any opinion is subjective and valid.

          • Curious as to why you are reading his blog if you think he’s just trying to please his readers? I’ve always found that Michael has strong opinions and loyalties generally developed early and not easily changed. I find him humorous and interesting to read. He doesn’t strike me as the pandering type!

        • Lana says:

          @Owen, I totally agree with you and I also will admit that I don’t have a problem with this group of judges, I like them and feel they are really trying to give constructive criticism but because they are human they sometimes make mistakes. Or people disagree, which again is very human. I like Harry but Keith is my favorite starting from last year and I hope they keep these judges for next year. Oh and I like JLo and do not feel like there is any jealousy(do you really think she could be jealous of any of these contestants? I mean she is already considered a superstar and very rich, there is no one that comes close to taking it all away from her. That is what would cause jealousy. Please!) I totally adore Grumpy Cat and wouldn’t mind seeing her every week, but then I’m a cat person so I wouldn’t mind seeing any cat every week. lol

          • Danny says:

            @Lana- I’ve gotta disagree. Lopez sees young talent who can sing. She knows she lip syncs. I think there’s insecurities there.
            ..
            I know of a few athletes who are leery of young kids coming up. That’s a bit different situation I know. The kids are out to take the vets jobs. Still, a star being jealous- or insecure- whatever term ya want to put there- isn’t that unusual I wouldn’t think.

        • karyn says:

          I generally really like HCJ but he really was whacked or drunk or something that night. I think you are buying into his “damage control” a little too much. I don’t buy for a second that he was acting nutty to loosen up the contestants. Honestly, I think they were told by producers to be wild and crazy and he just didn’t have very good judgment about what was too crazy.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            This. Of course he was going to make some statements because had he not addressed the problem, people would’ve kept criticizing his antics. But that doesn’t make him immediately appear as a saint or anything. His antics were the least of his problem as he still seems under the influence of the TPTB. People said that he didn’t stoop to JLo’s level. I called BS on that. Remember what happened to Jess’ Pumped Up Kicks performance? He was as nasty as JLo and Keith were to Jess this week on that episode. Just like Haley on season 10, the hatred manipulation between the judges are not usually unanimous. Sometimes, one is given the chance to be crueler than the other. I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry would be back to being biased towards Jess next week. Just because JLo is back to being the TPTB puppet, doesn’t mean we can count the other two out. Frankly speaking, such an act implies a double standard.

            I appreciated his approach of judging, the technical commentaries he gave to the contestants are insightful, indeed. However, ever since the live rounds I’ve always found him coming across as a snotty, music theory purist who would criticize anything that doesn’t meet his academic-like standards. This bothers me because a lot of the most remarkable artists these days don’t come from studying the basics. They make either the most exciting songwriters, performers, or both. I think his analytical nature comes through when performing his tunea. Because I found his performances nothing short of boring.

        • Cheryl says:

          He gets up to rub Keith’s shoulders, do a kick,he is constantly trying to get the camera to go back to him and does say inappropriate things to Jlo. It’s like a kid with Adhd. He must have attention. I think he gives pretty good advice through.

        • CalmDown says:

          Michael Slezak is not an ass nor is he childish. I enjoy his view point.

        • MamaLis says:

          Ya, it’s very strange how suddenly the tide shifted on Harry. I don’t get it AT ALL. He was extremely eloquent last night in his descriptors. He’s extremely well-spoken in general! While I get the whole “girl on the shoulders” thing was off-putting, BIG deal! He’s a consummate professional and imo, he’s completely done a 180 with the judging of Idol!

        • Jill Moya says:

          You’re wrong…Harry is a Nut case….A real Wacko!

    • Kaba says:

      Agreed.
      I honestly liked Somebody To Love more.
      Liked the darker aspect of Jolene though.

    • Alexa says:

      It was epic to me and my favorite performance of the entire season!

    • Mike says:

      It was still better than either of Sam’s songs.

    • HTGR says:

      No, but it was very good. And it was more epic than anything from Sam,CJ or Alex and Jena’s second song.

    • Laura says:

      I agree. I really, really did not like her version of Jolene. I thought her voice was nice, as it always is, but the arrangement was distracting. It didn’t work at all for me, and I am not at all surprised at her outcome.

    • I didn’t care for Jessica’s Jolene either. I don’t like that song at all, anyway, but I thought both Jessica’s performances were rather wooden. I actually thought Sam showed more emotion than Jessica did. I didn’t think Jessica deserved to go home, though. The right person went home this week, IMHO.

    • Joe says:

      I’m a little stunned at Slezak for calling it that epic. I almost felt like he was trolling us. The only epic thing that happened on that stage was Caleb doing the Black Crowes song. I haven’t seen that much joy & talent on an Idol stage since Josh Ledet.

    • Jill Moya says:

      You are right. Miley Syrus sings a great Jolene…Epic!

  6. Brandy says:

    Phew! For such a sucky season, I actually like all of the top 5! (But I would trade Alex or Jessica for Majesty in a heartbeat.)

    • Jeff Marley says:

      I complete agree with you though I would have replaced either cj or sam for Unique singers like Majesty or Briana Oakley :)

    • bobdavidblog says:

      I would swap Sam for Majesty

    • Grandma Jane says:

      Brandy,I was thinking the same thing about Majesty, and even Malaya! I looked forward to their performances. Even when flawed, Majesty was interesting and she had a wonderful personality and look. I am bored with Jessica and more and more Sam and even alex isn’t doin’ it for me anymore. Like Jena, and like Caleb the best. No I take that back. I love Grumpy cat the best. That is soooo cute.

    • Julie says:

      Me too Brandy, I do like Alex and have warmed up to Jessica but I think the save should have been used on Majesty. I would have loved to have seen her progress. At least she’ll be part of the summer tour though!

    • Jill Moya says:

      OH YEAH! AGREED.

  7. Jeff Marley says:

    I definitely thought Jessica should not have been in the bottom 2 in my opinion. I would have replaced her with either sam or Alex. Just in my opinion! :)

    • Alexa says:

      I 100% agree. I like Alex a lot but Jessica had two very good performances while Alex had one great and one bad. Sam was just mediocre on both IMO.

    • Danny says:

      Based on last night I’d agree with that. Alex was a bit off. Based on the whole season I thought it should have been Sam as the other member of the bottom 2.

  8. Timmah says:

    The late VFTW has apparently been channeling votes Sam’s way from beyond the grave.

  9. twnkltoze says:

    Yes. America got it right and I’m not surprised that Jessica was in the B2. She’s just starting to become what she needs to be but it’s too late in the game. I would have rather seen Sam in the B2. Probably next week. It’s gonna be Jena and either Caleb or Alex in the Finals and I think Jena will win.

  10. Kaba says:

    About. Damned. Time.
    I’m considering fining the judges for letting him be a wild-card. My ears are still so tender.

    • The Beach says:

      So true. Whew! I was afraid this was never gonna happen.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        LOL. I honestly don’t know what the judges were thinking when they put him through as a wild card. I never got that and I still don’t but CJ sure wore out his welcome. I would have preferred to see ANY of the girls that were sent home outlast him.

    • MamaLis says:

      Agreed Kaba.
      I’m not even entirely convinced CJ WAS the lowest vote getter. Some of those red southern states are big!! But Idol – along with the rest of the intelligent nation – said ENOUGH already. ENOUGH.

  11. Khs says:

    You have your blinders on! Jess is good but no Haley rhinehardt. Not to mention, J Lo actually stood up for Jess in her second performance last night. Sam has been in my bottom two for the past several weeks but not last night. I actually thought it would be Alex or Jena (love her but last night was not her best). Open your eyes :)

    • MamaLis says:

      Exactly!!! People say, “If they “picked on” Jess, why not Sam?? Boo Hoo.”

      Critique for critique – they DID criticize Sam equally if not MORE than Jessica. Jessica received perfect remarks from Harry, which Sam did not. Jessica was complimented on her beauty, her delivery, he vocals, etc. In fact the ONLY criticism she even received Wed night was re: the arrangement and just to “release” more.

      And yet… outrage!!!!! How could they!!
      It’s ridiculous.

      • MAB says:

        I re watched the show and they actually told Jena she needed to release more yet no one is taking a fit. Everyone received criticism at some point Wednesday night including Caleb on his second song. Enough already with this whining about the judges with Jessica. There is no question her voice is gorgeous and she sounded great on Jolene. I actually like her voice better than Jena’s but Jena is a terrific performer and gets the crowd going. The only criticism Jessica got on Jolene was from Keith and it was the band’s arrangement but he said she sounded great. Even JLo praised her. For some reason maybe it is because they gave her the bi.ch edit in Hollywood week she is not connecting with the audience. Yes she has a dead look to her but I really think it is more than that and I can’t put a finger on it. It’s a shame because she is very talented. The only other thing I am thinking about is that she is losing votes for her own stuff. Country states do not like 17 tattoos , nose ring, magenta hair and talks about being abducted by aliens. They like sweet things like Lauren Alaina. Remember Crystal lost to Lee in season 9 and I believe it is because she did not fit the mold of what they feel a lady should be. Maybe Jessica is her own worse enemy but I really don’t think it is the judges fault. Not this time. Haley kept getting trashed but she kept moving on and stopped being in the bottom three until the top three.

      • Jill Moya says:

        Stone Face Jess Beautiful…PALEEEEEEEESE! give us a break!

        • Philip says:

          Jessica is very attractive; one of the prettiest girls ever to be on this show. I’d love to see a photo of you, Jill. I bet you are an ugly hog seething with jealousy.

  12. Name This Tune says:

    Are we ready for a top 4 that includes Sam?

    • bobdavidblog says:

      Worse things could happen. At least, for the “heart throb” of the season, he can sing in tune.

      • Timmah says:

        Yes, but you expect more than just being able to sing in tune from someone who’s in the top 5 of American Idol.

      • syb says:

        At this point, based on who is left, for me it is the is the worst that could happen. Now that’s not to say it’s the worst thing that has ever happened on Idol. Not close. Yes he can sing on key. But it will bug me if he finishes higher than any of those remaining, including those I don’t like that much.

    • Laura says:

      Sam is my favorite contestant this season. He is definitely growing every single week. I do not think he deserves to win over Jena or Caleb, but I can see him bowing out at #4 and being totally fine with it.

  13. bobdavidblog says:

    Sadly I still think that Majesty’s Violet Hill is still the performance of the season for this year’s idol. It is the most memorable performance for me for this entire season.

  14. karenb says:

    Well those results weren’t very “shocking “

    • The Beach says:

      Not according to the Grand Guru Randy. He is a master of picking who is going home. Don’t tell me the man knows the results ahead of time. That can’t be true. The man’s a genius.

  15. Owen says:

    I’m guessing that the surprise was Jessica, who’s “Jolene” topped the Idol Itunes chart was in the Bottom Two.

    • karenb says:

      Yeah I hear ya. I just thought that CJ going home was not very shocking. Jess has been in the bottom before. Heck-haven’t all of them been in the bottom except Caleb?

  16. CM says:

    Does anyone know how the contestants know which song to sing for their final performance? Some have been Hollywood solos, some from Rush Week, and some from the rest of the lives.

  17. danin says:

    The only shocking thing tonight was that FINALLY the most likable&most out of tune 6th place finisher FINALLY went home.

  18. Adam Fachry says:

    CJ went from being Lazaro Arbos to Danny Gokey last night. Where’s the idol spiritual advisor when you need them? They should’ve hired a priest to do an exorcism because he was possessed by ghosts of despicable Idol contestants past.

    Since I’m not an American, y’all better vote hard to save Jess and send the toddler (hint: Sam) home next week.

  19. Chris says:

    Maybe she was in the bottom Michael because her performance wasn’t as ” epic” as you think. To me she has a lovely voice but no conviction in the way she sings!
    If her performance was really that great than there would be no way she would be in the bottom, even though I don’t think she deserved to this week! I personally thought it should of been Alex!

    • Matrix says:

      Given that CJ has been around at least three weeks longer than he should have been demonstrates that quality of performance doesn’t necessarily correlate to being safe. Ask Chris Daughtry if you disagree.

      • Lisa says:

        Chris Daughtry is still one of my absolute favorites to ever NOT win Idol. Yep, major fan.

        • Danny says:

          @Lisa- This may be a repeat comment- My other one disappeared. Not sure where it went. Anyway, from what I can gather the best singer almost never wins. I’ve been watching since season 4. My winners would have been Bo, Daughtry, Melinda, David Cook, Allison, Siobhan, Haley, Phillip-though any of the top 7 would have been a good choice, and Janelle.

          • Stormy says:

            I go back further and IMO Latoya London should have won rather than Fantasia or runner up Diana DiGarmo. JMO

          • Adam Fachry says:

            You’re entitled to your opinion and favorites, but If we’re talking about the best singers which obviously favor vocal abilities over anything, then I disagree with two of the preferred contestants you mentioned (Janelle and Philip). Not that they are bad, just not the best. Just my opinion.

          • Kaykee says:

            Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken.
            Their “second place” finishes define the word TRAVESTY.

          • Danny says:

            @Adam- Actually then it seems we only disagree on 1. No two people are going to agree on everything. In Phillip’s case I thought the top 7 were about even. So any of those who won would have been a good winner IMO. It’s looking like we only disagree on Janelle. Out of curiosity who would you have had winning those seasons?
            ..
            For what it’s worth, in season 8 I felt Kris was a strong winner. Matt and Adam were real strong too. I just would have given the nod to Allison.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            @Danny Now that I Re-read your comment, we actually disagreed on 3 lol. Back on season 8, Adam was imo, superior to Allison. Season 12 was hands down Candice’s to lose. Season 11, hmm…that’s a tough one. I had three favorites that season whose defining quality happened to be vocal ability, even more than anything (i.e. tone, artistry, etc.). And they are Elise, Skylar, and Joshua. I think I’m gonna give it to Skylar, because Elise, while stylistically remarkable had two off performances. And I’ve seen singers with better delivery in Joshua’s lane than him (doesn’t make him any less amazing, though).

          • HTGR says:

            Oh man now we disagree though! Skylar???? Man, she was wayyyy down on my list. She was like a rabbit on speed (and no that does not = awesome stage presence; I’d take Jessica’s stage presence over Skylar’s any day) and her vocals were not nearly anywhere remotely the all that that Slezak pumped them up to be.

          • HTGR says:

            that comment was to Adam not Danny

          • MC says:

            @ Stormy – Very good call on season three. I never thought for one second that Fantasia or Diana were better than Latoya London.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            You were really looking forward to disagreeing with me again, weren’t you HTGR? Lol

            I love Skylar. She is by far the best country singer this show ever had (though in terms of tone, Kree beats her imo). Tbh, I liked Jessica Sanchez, and probably should’ve given her the title of best singer. But for some reason, I didn’t really connect to her the way some people don’t connect to Jessica Meuse this season. She reminds me of Charice (and not because they’re both filipinos), in that, they’re both extremely young singers whose technical aspects are spot on yet too studied at the same time. I wasn’t around here when season 11 aired but did catch up on some episodes of Reality Check and I think Melinda shared some agreement with me. During Sanchez’ Sweet Dreams performance (which was one of season 11’s best), her vocals, as outstanding as they are, tend to mimic Beyonce to the point that I had to look up Beyonce’s performance and couldn’t help but feel that Jess’ was nothing short of a good albeit by-the-book version. The same thing can be said of the Jennifer Hudson performance (Love You I Do iirc), where her inflection was so reminiscent of JHud’s that when comparing to the latter’s version, Jess’ fell short. Not saying she was a copycat or anything. But imo, Jess Sanchez’ idea of performing well was like the chefs on shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef, and Top Chef when given a challenge to recreate a dish from a famous chef: make it as close to perfection as the exemplified chef made.

    • Tess says:

      Anyone else think that maybe Jess wasn’t actually in the bottom 2? I mean, it’s not like the show’s never manipulated who else is shown to be in trouble before (pretty sure they have said the outcome is always accurate in terms of who goes home – but they don’t have to put the actual bottom 2 or 3 out there if they don’t want to) so it’s possible that other bottom 2 person was someone they want to get further like Sam or Alex but they didn’t want to show them in trouble (I mean, it’s convenient that Sam’s not been in trouble since the save was used when he had been in trouble a couple of times prior to the save and they dropped the bottom 3 after using the save too; I can’t help but think it’s because they don’t want it to look like the save was used for naught, and the longer he’s there the more they can project him as “growing as a performer” and get people to start to believe it). They’ve had it out for Jess and after last week’s bussing they couldn’t do that again, so they gave her the pimp spot but gave her lukewarm comments when she should’ve been given higher praise to lull people into thinking she’d be safe this week and then they put her in the bottom 2 to make people think “see she can’t get enough votes even when they like her and she does better so why should we keep her?”. The doubts have crept in for many since just two weeks ago the majority online had her a lock for the final 4 and now most people think she’s a goner next week and Sam will outlast her. The producer manipulation machine is still churning even without Nigel and co. at the helm… I fully expect another round of bussing of Jess next week, I just can’t figure out whether the show will push to knock Caleb or Alex into the bottom 2 with her (seeing how it seems they really want a Jena/Sam finale ultimately, if they can get it).

      • Terry says:

        No. I think she was in the bottom 2 due to her lack of personality, shaky performance skills and her voice which certainly does not appeal to everyone.

    • Jill Moya says:

      Lovely voice? A high pitched irritating voice is lovely? Get real!

    • Jill Moya says:

      Lovely? Irritating yes.

  20. MAB says:

    All I can say is whew, that was nail biting. I feel for CJ but he was the right one to go. It would have been unacceptable if any of the others went before him. I do think this is the right top 5. Angie_Overrated you can sleep peacefully tonight. I won’t be hunting you down. LOL.

  21. Tommyo2000 says:

    I still,stick to the theory that Sam is in the bottom 3 and they don’t want him to be viewed as weak. Their research shows he is keeping the young girls tuned in. I think Jess has the least appeal to an Idol demo and that is the active (last week), and passive aggressive this week, attempts,to lower her vote total.

    Would not be shocked if she wasn’t even the second lowest vote getter, but that goes more conspiratorial…

    • Smokin' Mark says:

      Agreed. The anecdotal evidence of Jessica’s “Jolene” going to #1 on iTunes and her impressive real-time vote totals shown last night even in the immediate aftermath of her performance compared to others who had a lot more time to accumulate votes, did not suggest Jessica was poised to fall into the bottom-two. Alex was in dead last in the real-time vote count after both of his performances last night but managed to surge past Jessica after the show? It’s a serious accusation to make to claim vote-counting fraud, but something seriously does not smell right here that the artist the showrunners clearly want out of their hair manages to have the #1 song yet still be in the bottom-two.

      • Danny says:

        Wasn’t there an article about Idol and the Voice being able to oust someone despite the vote totals if they felt it was for the betterment of the show? I’m asking that as a question because I didn’t actually see the article. I did see people talking about it though. I wonder if there’s any truth to that.

        • The article/issue you’re referring to had to do with a report about the contract Voice contestants are required to sign, which purportedly included language that (to quote one article) would allow the Producers to “ignore voting results … in the event of problems.” Now, it is safe to assume that this isn’t the actual contract language (“in the event of problems” doesn’t sound like the language lawyers writing contracts would use), but assuming it accurately reflects the contract language, it does place some theoretical limit on when voting results can be ignored. Furthermore, both AI and The Voice (presumably) have to comply with Federal laws passed following the game show scandals of the 1950s.

          Beyond legal sanctions, however, Producers have a strong theoretical incentive to “play fair” due to the belief that, were viewers to become aware of such direct interference as complete disregard of votes, viewership would plummet and producers would lose their Golden Goose. The likelihood of viewers ever learning of such behavior admittedly low given the draconian confidentiality agreements everyone involved in the shows sign, but not impossible.

          • Danny says:

            Kevin- Thank you for the info. What you’re saying about keeping them playing fair makes perfect sense. I had misunderstood based on what I read before. Thanks for clearing that up.

      • MAB says:

        Wait. Jolene went to #1 on iTunes? I don’t think so. I think Sam was the highest at 194. Jessica does not connect with the audience that is the problem. She has a beautiful voice but there is something empty about her. I just can’t warm up to her and there are many who feel the same.

        • Matrix says:

          I think there’s lots of us out there that she connects with. I actually think she’s pretty cool. I guess I put more weight on the sound of the voice over the body language. She’s understated in her movements but I don’t think she is disconnected as the judges propaganda has portrayed her. She’s top five, so she’s connecting with a fair number of people.

        • Smokin' Mark says:

          Not sure I agree with that. If audience connection was the kind of must-have virtue for a fledgling performer the way the way the scowling judges always insist it is for Jessica, then Sam and Alex’s weekly smorgasbord of statue-esque performances would draw the same level of scorn rather than the breathless, kiss-blowing adulation that Sam and Alex always get. The showrunners know what they’re doing here in their epic, transparent quest to get Jessica Meuse a one-way ticket back to Alabama, and they recognize the psychological effect their endless assault of criticisms against her leave on fans….who will start agreeing with the “experts” thoughts on Jessica and parroting them amongst each other even if they never would have made the same observations themselves. Particularly with this year’s resident male statues, Alex and Sam, I don’t think too many people would be bemoaning Jessica’s “lack of personality/connection/moving around” if that seed wasn’t repeatedly planted in their brains by judges and mentor/saboteurs desperately trying to boot her off the stage.

          • MAB says:

            Sorry but I totally disagree with you. I felt this way about Jessica from the beginning. It has nothing to do with the judges and it has nothing to do with her moving around. I was listening to her last night while I was on my iPad and when I looked up at the tv screen I felt the coldness. I don’t hate Jessica and I don’t mind if she gets to top 4 but I am just saying that is what is holding her back. I have never once been influenced by the judges. I was totally in Haley’s corner in season 10 and was furious with the judges. I just don’t feel that way for Jessica. There is something missing in her for me. Sorry. BTW, ithe only performance I really liked of hers was when she did her own song. There was a passion there that is missing in her covers. I actually downloaded that song and this year I am very choosy on what I add to my music library.

          • AlyB says:

            That’s exactly it. Alex is in his own little world and Sam always looks somewhere between petrified and bored. The judges do make mention of that but they focus on anything positive they can first and foremost. It’s the opposite with Jess. They make an epic deal about the negative and might mention that the vocal was good. I actually prefers her vocals to both Alex and Sam. The judges are magnifying her negatives disproportionately and that definitely has an affect on viewers/voters.

          • schmed says:

            Exactly. I’m not sure if this was remarked upon upthread, but did anyone else startle at Randy’s recap for Jessica when he said: “…but I’m not sure she gave the judges what they wanted.” That is not the standard, except insofar as the judges get to say incredibly influential things. This is not about giving them what they wanted. I know Randy’s an idiot, but this is a Freudian slip, if you ask me.

          • Terry says:

            What are you smokin’ Mark? Jessica’s song never even made it into the top 200 on itunes.

          • Kays says:

            “this year’s resident male statues” -WOW! Hilarious comment! And yes, why does that fly for the 2 guys but Jessica gets slammed for similar approach?

        • Tommyo2000 says:

          Which begs the question…. What was the last tune you downloaded and listened to on your phone because you connected with the eyes of the performer?? I usually dont even know how ugly a performer is when I hear a song and like it.

          • MAB says:

            Very true but Idol is not only looking for someone who can only sell records but also someone who can sell out concerts and with that you need to connect with the audience. As I said before I don’t hate Jessica, she just is not my favorite.

          • Crusty says:

            If all the judges can find is a problem with her eyes – maybe she should wear sunglasses….then the best voice on idol would be all they could focus on…

        • Ben says:

          So it really is anecdotal evidence, then. Lol!!!

      • Davey says:

        Sam’s song was the only one that charted in iTunes. Jolene did not make #1 — that’s made up.

    • Name This Tune says:

      You guys make me laugh. What good is the”real-time” vote? You can still vote after the show. And if you live West of the Mississippi, you can vote before the show even airs. Which I do every week. I have a look on the top 2, and that’s all I am voting for. Was voting for CJ just to be a smart ass, but now I am only left with 2. And I ain’t changing my vote.

    • LibbyxD says:

      Oh I don’t know. Doesn’t Sam have the largest social media accounts? I think he has plenty of people voting for him. He may be further ahead than what any one realizes. The whole save thing was probably just a shameless attempt to create excitement with the show. The kid has probably been in the top the while season for all we know.

    • karen says:

      Nope. Both my mom and I agree that we like Sam the best of the contestants. He is popular with older viewers as well.

  22. Stormy says:

    Well, that’s a relief. Now about next week, what are the odds there will be any surprising song choices? 39,611,329,511 to 1?

  23. Jobless says:

    …and America lets out a collective sigh of relief. I haven’t looked through the season by season results but I feel pretty confident that CJ would’ve been the worst singer ever to make the Top 5.

  24. karen says:

    More proof that the save was not wasted on Sam. I predict he will be in the final 3

    • Amy says:

      I would not hate that Karen. I’m rooting for him to do well…because he’s deserving. Not like he’s some no talent, the way people rail against him here. The save on him was absolutely the right save. The judges, David Cook, the professionals see his potential is worth more time and guidance with him. Granted, I wish he didn’t seem so dispassionate and disconnected…I imagine it’s part personality, part whatever his life experience has been…maybe this is all he’s ever gonna have in that area. But for now…on his “Idol journey”…he’s worth more air-time to me. I also think Alex deserves to be up there in top 4 or 3 too.

      • jaded says:

        And if he looked like a troll you’d feel the same way? Bull.

        • Amy says:

          Guess you are jaded.
          I wasn’t even talking about anyone’s looks but ok..
          Not a fan of how Alex looks. Love his artistry and musicality.
          Love the sound of Sam’s voice. Don’t have any interest in swooning over him. But he’s cute.
          That said…I also believe we buy a “whole package” in performers, in whatever about them interests or moves us. That’s always been true…and?
          But I’m not here to convince you of my tastes, or of anything.

          • karen says:

            Sam is majorly talented and has a golden voice. He and Jena have the best chance of carving out longterm careers. He has the potential to become a successful recording artist. I hope he sings an original next week. His original earlier in the season blew me away. He is certainly capable of connecting. Caleb is a bit of a one-trick pony, although I find him always entertaining. Jessica is polarizing and is sometimes hit and miss, but I do like her. Alex’s little quirks I find distracting (like the way he moves his feet when he sings, the rolled-up pants, etc…) but he’s good, no question about it.

  25. HTGR says:

    Oh boy. Didn’t take long to get reminded why I had decided to stay away until near the end of this season.
    .
    OK, maybe her Jolene wasn’t the single best ever on these competitions (and I may have responded to a few people with a version that may have had just a bit more of that extra little bit to it), but come on, you could also say that nothing else that anyone did last night was the best ever on these competitions as well and not only that, you could also say that most of what everyone else did clearly wasn’t nearly as good as what Jessica did either (although Jena had one really good song and Caleb seemed pretty solid on two songs).
    .
    I can’t believe, although, no, having seen the last few season, yeah actually I can, that Randy was so freaking negative towards Jessica compared to almost every other contestant!
    .
    And then Keith, wow, is he the second coming of Randy? What the heck up with his comment about how the other four on the chairs had upped their game by miles and that these two on stools maybe just can’t keep up. What??
    .
    And then as soon as JLo hears Jessica is safe, her head sinks.

    • Kristi says:

      It seems like Sam and Jessica would do well on the voice. They both have great voices, but kind of have this deer-in-the-headlights expression while they are singing (which the judges have pointed out to both of them numerous times). The judges want them to loosen up on stage, which I can’t say I disagree with. And JLo looks sad every time someone goes home.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Jessica got rejected on The Voice. I doubt she would ever go back.

      • Lisa says:

        I agree with you Kristi. If Sam would actually lose the deer in the headlights look, I might be able to get behind him. I actually saw a little less of that in Jess this week for the first time.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Sam on The Voice? No way, Jose. If he got lucky enough to get a chair turn, he would get blown out of the water the first time he had to sing against someone in a battle round.
        And little known fact about Jessica is that she got rejected from The Voice.

      • Smokin' Mark says:

        She won’t look sad when Jessica goes home next week. She’ll be snickering as she whispers into Harry and Keith’s ears while not listening to Jessica’s final performance.

    • Danny says:

      Hey Hit, welcome back.

    • Smokin' Mark says:

      I’ve watched the show for most of its 13 seasons and have never seen such a blatant example of the showrunners attempting to engineer somebody’s demise. Perhaps Sanjaya and Lazaro got treatment in the league of Jessica’s, but that’s because they were almost universally seen as awful in a way that Jessica is not. And we saw the opposite last year as well, with the showrunners doing absolutely everything they could dream of to get a female winner. And after all five weak male contestants were voted out, they zeroed in exclusively on Amber as “the chosen one” to the point of an irrational standing ovation for “MacArthur Park”. I never used to like it when Simon would predict who he thought America would pick, thus attempting to make it a self-fulfilling prophesy, but the level of producer/judge input has gotten downright appalling the last two seasons and it’s hurting the show’s credibility far more than a “focus-group-approved final winner” will help their brand.

      • Owen says:

        Then you have obviously not been paying very close attention these last 13 seasons.

        • Davey says:

          They blatantly have thrown many contestants under the bus to get the results they want since Idol began years ago. May be the reason the show has never won an Emmy.

        • Smokin' Mark says:

          I’ve sure never noticed sabotage as blatant as we’re seeing against Jessica. Even Sanjaya and Lazaro got more positive feedback than this.

          • Ben says:

            For goodness sake – if you have never seen it as blatantly as against Jessica you are not even watching THIS season. Dexter and CJ took the same pounding Jess has – getting the same negative feedback basically every week. And here is the thing… I personally think the feedback on Jess has been 100% accurate – the judges are seeing exactly what I’m seeing. Now, you may not think that, and that fine. This is what we call subjectivity. I don’t mind Jess going now that Dex and CJ have gone… and I wouldn’t have minded her going out at 7 behind Malaya and Majesty.

            I don’t have any producer bias – I’m just stating my own personal opinion. Why is it so ridiculous to believe that the judges are doing the same?

            I don’t see anything in what has happened to Jess that is in any way manipulation on the level of a Haley or something like that.

          • MamaLis says:

            THANK YOU, Ben.
            It is CRAZY how people hear what they want to hear.
            Additionally, most everything the judges have pointed out re: Jess, I was sitting there thinking the exact same thing – on my own.

          • HTGR says:

            @MAMALIS – The problem wasn’t so much what they said to her the other night, which did make some sense to me. But where I think the bias was clear was last night. They went rather out of there way, Randy and Keith, to paint it like it was extremely obvious that she belonged in the bottom two and that the other four who were already safe absolutely did not because they really, really brought it this week in way that she didn’t come close to doing. And come on now. Really?
            .
            Now I don’t know what has been going on all season long, but there is no way Alex and Sam super upped their game and brought it in a way far above what she did this week. Heck, that didn’t even really match their own statements just from the night before.
            .
            I mean yeah they said a few things about her on performance night and they had some points, nothing wrong with that, but man you could make the same points and more about Sam and Alex (and even, to a lesser extent, Jena) and, in few cases, I think they even did actually. So how does it add up to Keith’s stuff about how it was clear that the others all upped their game to a level beyond Jessica’s? Or Randy’s talk about how it made perfect sense she had fallen to the bottom two.
            .
            I haven’t seen but barely any of this season, so I’m on dicey ground perhaps, but last night sure seemed to tell me that those commenting about Jessica getting a bit of a busing are probably onto to something.
            .
            Granted it’s not like she is someone clearly miles ahead of rest and getting slammed type of scenario (since Caleb and Jena seem to be in the same ballpark for sure, hard to say having seen so little) and so on and so forth so it’s maybe not to the level of some things in the past, but all I cam say is, watching the performance night and hearing what they said on performance night and then comparing that to what they had to say and how they reacted to her being in the bottom two last night, well something did not seem to be adding up.

          • MAB says:

            Randy already knew she was in the bottom 2. Jimmy did the same last year on results night. Remember how top 3, season 11 he praised Joshua so much on performance night and then on results night he said he was to fault because he gave Joshua the wrong song and there was something missing in the performance. what Keith actually said that on the couch there are a couple who upped their game so much it was hard to compete. I believe he was talking about Jena and Caleb. I think if Alex or Sam was in the same position he would have said the same.
            Just for the record I read a performance review about Wednesday night. Forget who it was but they had Jena and Caleb on top, Sam and Alex in the middle and Jessica and CJ on the bottom. I was surprised he had Jessica on the bottom but he did. I guess not everyone liked her performances on Wednesday night. Its all subjective.

          • HTGR says:

            I will add that I’m very dubious about calling it the most blatant sabotage ever on the show. Very dubious about that. I mean I’ve barely seen any of the season, but I’m pretty sure I can put that to rest anyway.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      Maybe there’s some strain between TPTB (including the Judges) and Jessica. She is kinda different, more aloof and independent from the mold they may prefer…………………….. but they did put her in the top 10 girls initially, (then America voted her in) so they have had some good remarks and encouragement and opened the door for her to begin with. She does get compliments on her voice.. Maybe the Judges have just warmed-up to the others more than Jess, and it’s just human nature, Judge or not, to try to get your favorites into the top spots. Who knows? I did see an interview a week ago where a journalist asked Jessica what she thought of H.C. Jr’s critique of her. She was very pleasant and said she thought he was just trying to help her…………………………………. Also, maybe they were hoping for dynamite stage jumping performance dynamics to go with a great voice ——but she has her way and her lane and that’s got her to the top 5. ..

      • HTGR says:

        You can make a case that the comments last night were OK. And I can see that extra little bit they want out of her. And they did make some comments about many others too.
        .
        But then tonight, where did they come up with Randy and Keith more or less saying that she clearly deserved to be in the bottom three tonight and perhaps to even go home tonight. Tonight is when I became pretty sure it was the same old games again.
        .
        This is the first results show I’ve seen the entire season, so I may be talking nonsense. But maybe they leave the real busing for results shows? They don’t go so negative on her alone last night so as to not drum up votes from an angered and fired up Jessica fanbase, but instead they wait until tonight. Tonight they can really make it seem like she deserves to be in the bottom and that settle into people’s subconscious and yet with it being safely a week away from next week’s voting and they figure any of her fanbase will have lost the vote like extra crazy fire by then?? Anyway, having seen only a single results show, I may be going out on a limb there that is about to crack and maybe that is too Machiavellian a reading (but considering what they actually have done before, you never can be sure, as crazy as it seems and should seem).

        • GuitarBlue says:

          I think Randy already knew who the bottom 2 were going to be, so he made his comments to make it seem like he had done a good evaluation of how they performed. It was all schtick…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Randy is part of TPTB on the show. It did throw some extra shade on Jessica, that she don’t quite make the grade against the others. But Jess knows she’s in the Top 5, now it’s probably going to come down to her vs. Sam for the next round. They should both just try to have a good time and they are on the tour anyway.

  26. Cassie says:

    CJ & Sam should have been in the bottom two with either one going home so I’m not upset at all that CJ went. I am a bit upset that Jessica was in the bottom two, then again Harry has been very irritable when talkin to her lately so it was to be expected I think.

    My final three pick is (and has been since the top 13) Jena, Jessica & Caleb. Sam needs to go next, America has already voted him off once before and I don’t think he’s really proved that he deserved that Judge’s Save that he got. Alex is talented, but more of a quirky, indie singer/songwriter and not the American Idol.

  27. shaunna says:

    will the Country vote rally to a badass rebel with magenta hair and a nose ring? stay tuned…

    • Lynn says:

      You forgot who has 14 tattoos she designed herself and was abducted by aliens

    • GuitarBlue says:

      For Jess to survive any further, her ace would be to go all country on her choices. Most current Country fans are not looking for a Grace Slick or 80’s rendition of a Rocker. If she goes deep into Country now, she’s got a chance for top 4. If she confuses people with her song choices, she’s gone next week.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Uh…just like we were all confused when David Cook sang “Music of the Night”. We all thought he wanted to do Broadway.
        What the heck kind of comment was that?

  28. Lisa says:

    Simply put…the stick figure and the great pretender should be on the chopping block next.

  29. Sue says:

    Given that there is no save left, being in the bottom two actually was a bit of a gift for Jessica. It will get her votes for the next week or two from worried fans. The ones who should be worried are those who have never seen the bottom two because their fans might get complacent!

    • GuitarBlue says:

      Split voting, like between Sam and Alex — which a couple girls I know do — could unhinge one of them. Alex has a more established voter base — since he has not touched the bottom chairs yet — but Sam has more twitter followers now and is the only guy in the itunes top 200 this week.

  30. Kristi says:

    Whoever runs the idol twitter account needs to open a dictionary and read what “shocking” means…

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Jessica gave two great performances last night. I was shocked to see her in the Bottom 2. I think a lot of people were. It was not a shover of an elimination, but it was a shocking result.

      • Kaba says:

        I wasn’t shocked simply because it’s rather hard to break out of the bottom spell once you’ve hit it this late in the game.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Yeah, there’s that. But Sam has been in the bottom more often than Jess has, and based on last night’s performances, I think he should have been there instead of her.

          • Smokin' Mark says:

            The judges’ critiques have a huge psychological effect on voters, especially those who aren’t committed to one singer or the other. When the “experts” continually trash Jessica’s performances while singing hallelujahs about Sam’s, the “peasants” at home are gonna let those critiques get inside their heads…..and convince themselves something about Jessica must not be right.

    • Stormy says:

      Whose going to read it to them?

  31. HTGR says:

    So I guess I was right. When they dumped Nigel (hope!?!) but then brought back JLo and Randy it did mean that they didn’t get it all. It’s more of the same old nonsense isn’t it? I mean I haven’t seen enough to be sure, but something sure as heck hasn’t seemed to add up the two times I’ve really watched it completely (the week they they decided which of the 15 or so girls to allow to come out and sing for final selection) and this week.
    .
    I had read some comments last night about shenanigans, but I wasn’t entirely sure after last night. But after tonight, yeah I guess those posts were correct. Yeah Jessica could use some constructive criticism (but most of the others even more), but it’s clear it’s the old slanted nonsense again, the way Keith and Randy totally dogged her tonight and JLo grimaced when she was saved.
    .
    Man they do need to just dump the judges and Randy fast and just put grumpy cat sitting there in their place.
    .
    I guess Idol will refuse to get it right to the bottom of the ocean. Oh well.
    A shame.

    • Danny says:

      Yea, it seems every year Idol has to bus someone to varying degrees. I wouldn’t call it the worst ever for Jess. I think they know by now a full fledged assault will backfire. So they’re more subtle about it. A few weeks ago they bashed her when critiquing Sam. Basically the theme was pick a song for another contestant. Jessica picked Sam’s song. They told Sam his song choice was terrible. Then she’s in a group w/ two guys and Keith bashed the performance, but made sure to note that “the two guys sounded great together”
      ..
      I wouldn’t put Jess as a clear cut favorite. Right now I’ve got her at #1, but could totally see if someone disagreed. I think she belongs in the top 4 though. I’m rooting for Jena- Michigan connection. I’m less than thrilled with how they’re treating Jessica though.

      • Smokin' Mark says:

        I’ve always liked Keith but his treatment of Jessica these last couple weeks is making me lose a lot of respect for him. His overt singling out of “the guys sounding great together” on “Compass” last week was the most sinister, offensive, and painfully obvious sabotage moment I’ve ever witnessed on Idol, particularly when nobody able to hear could listen to that performance and deduce that Jessica was its biggest–indeed only in Keith’s mind–problem.

    • Name That Tune says:

      So HTGR, you should have been around earlier when they made excuses for Jessica. It took them about 3 or 4 weeks before they finally decided to call her on her disconnect from the lyrics.
      Meanwhile, they were hitting CJ (for singing out of tune) and Dexter (for singing anthem songs)hard every week and nobody complained.
      Any perceived favoritism is all in the eyes of the beholder. We got live feedback last week that 75% of the audience agreed that Dexter and Jessica were the right bottom 2. One week later, Jessica is still in the bottom 2.
      It’s like having 100 people in the room and 75 of them are in agreement. But you have 25 people who don’t agree. Some of those 25 people were rooting for Dexter. Which leaves us a VERY VOCAL minority complaining about the outcome and blaming it on the judges, when it’s the viewers who are making the decisions.

  32. Valencia says:

    I personally think that Sam should have been in the bottom two based on last nights performance. Jena, Caleb, and Jessica really brought there A game. But I feel like I really want a moment from Jessica. Its the only way she can get into the top 4. Which I think she will honestly. I mean CJ and Jessica were splitting the country vote. So now that CJ is gone were do all those votes go too?? Jessica!! Hopefully she has a stellar week next week. As for Jena there is no way she isn’t in the top 2. Unless she preforms the worst performance of the entire season next week (which is unlikely). And I think Caleb will be safe. As for Alex and Sam. I’m pretty Same will go home. Alex might who knows. But as for the right person based on performance standards it should be Sam.

    • Danny says:

      Valencia- I don’t think this season will have a Moment as long as the cameras pan to Lopez 5 or 6 times a song. That brings down every performance. The best I think we can hope for is some pretty good performances, like we got last night.

      • The Other Leah says:

        I have to agree with you this time, Danny

      • tealeaves says:

        @Danny, it is making it more difficult for there to be a ‘moment.’ The visual is also part of a moment. It is not as important as the vocals, or the emotional connection exhibited by the singer, or the inspired song choice and/or arrangement. But for the true moments, the visual is also spot on. It is jarring sometimes when they cut to JLo for an extended period of time. It also takes away from the percentage of time that the singer themselves is on camera for the performance.

  33. Wendy says:

    I was so happy that CJ got ousted I screamed yes!!!!, then when he turned around and he was crying I felt like an ass. :/ He seems to be a good guy, but honestly could not carry a tune. I had to remind myself that this is a singing competition, not a nice guy contest. If it were, then CJ would have won hands down. Dexter might have given him a run for his money. For all the Sam haters, I just have to say that performing in front of crowds takes time. He already has the voice. He just turned 18, cut the kid a break. I am not a teenager and I am a fan. I think he will be something special.

    • Valencia says:

      I really don’t want to sound mean, but Jena is seventeen… and look were she is on the performance level and him.

      • Stormy says:

        To be fair, girls mature faster than boys. And judging by the way Jena’s father was saturating the media in support of her, I’d say she’s pretty secure. Sam, however was abandoned by his mother and neglected by his father and got sent to live with his grandparents. No comparison.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Up-vote. Not trying to make excuses, but the boy’s got baggage.

        • Wendy says:

          I didn’t know all of that, but that makes me love him more. Bless his heart.

          • S7 Fan says:

            I know. Is it any wonder Sam has trouble connecting? After all he’s been through, he probably keeps his emotions on lockdown. I love this kid.

        • Mary says:

          Maybe he shouldn’t of tried out if he wasn’t able to cope with the attention. I feel bad for his situation but being thrown in the spot light doesn’t alleviate them nor should it be a justification to keep him there. Great voice but he is not ready for this, sorry my opinion. Bottom line is if he gets an excuse to look stiff, so should Jessica she is introverted.

          • pmet says:

            I don’t think Sam isn’t ready, I think Sam isn’t comfortable being thrust into the “heartthrob” mold. He is more of an artist in the way of Alex. Some people will snark at that, but he does have the ability to change up songs and has a great tone to his voice. His biggest problem is he sings more introspectively and sometimes that draws you in. Sometimes, however, with cameras and he has to look into them and emote and, it just. doesn’t. work. It also doesn’t help that JLo keeps mentioning that she can see him “trying” to connect in a song while also mentioned how “cute” he is. SMH. Well, if you can see him “trying” he isn’t actually doing it. I think if anyone wasn’t really ready it was (1) Malaya, and (2) CJ who, although I have grown to adore as a person on the show, has massive trouble maintaining pitch. So, I just think perhaps the Sam who auditioned was forced to become someone he isn’t, unlike Alex (who I like, by the way). They let Alex be himself and it works for him. I say let Sam alone and be the coffee house guy who’s cute and plays guitar and changes up arrangements. That’s what they and America originally liked about him. He isn’t the heartthrob with magnetism. He’s humble, sweet and shy, but he does, in fact, have talent. I think Idol actually has hurt him during this journey.

    • Lisa says:

      It’s not about cutting the kid a break, otherwise CJ would be in the top 5. It’s about looking at it realistically. We are not voting for their age, beauty, personality, or anything else that’s not related to singing and performance. You’re right, “performing in front of crowds takes time”, but that’s the point. Unfortunately, Sam is just not ready yet. He’s still too stiff. He still has a deer in the headlights look. Just like the top 5 should not include someone that still has intonation problems, still having that deer in the headlights look should not carry Sam much further. We need to be looking for the whole package and unfortunately, Sam still has too much growing to do, in order to be the whole package.

      • Wendy says:

        I understand what you are saying. What I’m saying is Sam has no voice problems, it’s near perfect. He has a radio ready voice. The performing will come when he gets more comfortable. I’m not saying he should win. From what I’ve read, people really have a hate-on for him. I don’t think it’s deserved. I’ve said this before, but I listen to his voice with my eyes closed. He sounds more current than anyone, except for maybe Alex. He has gravel and texture, that I’m sure he is holding back, because he is unsure of himself right now. Jena is polarizing. Either you love her or hate her. (I’m in the latter category). Caleb is amazing, but unless Hard Rock (Pre- Grunge) makes a come back, I’m not sure where he would fit. Jessica is a result of the “bitch edit”. I don’t know who should win. I know who gets my votes. I didn’t like Sam in the beginning, but he has grown on me since the save. Long winded I know, but that’s what I meant by cutting him a break. He is the only one truly becoming better. Caleb has been great since the beginning. Alex has been great. Jena does what she does. Jessica hasn’t really improved much. She started out good. Sam is the only one showing improvement in my opinion.

        • S7 Fan says:

          Wendy, I agree with everything you said,,,,,except that I have loved Sam since the first time I heard his luscious voice.

        • karen says:

          I concur 100 percent with you about Sam. His voice is golden. There is untold depth inside him waiting to be tapped. When and if he is able to unleash that, he could become a major artist.

      • Sam is amazing. Have loved his voice from DAY ONE when I thought the rest of the group was just… blah. I wanted to quit watching this show, honestly, but something about Sam kept me tuning in. I never vote. I probably should, since he was almost eliminated a couple weeks ago. But he’s the type of artist I would

        Just wanted to add my two cents since apparently Michael Slezak and others here are on the hate-wagon. He’s a super talented kid. And I think he deserves at least Top 3. Best save ever used in my opinion!

    • GuitarBlue says:

      After the tour, Sam will have some opportunities. Like Kris Allen said though, you still have to hustle, hustle, travel and keep the right booking agents and contacts to keep booked in good venues..

  34. Amy says:

    !?Jolene = “EPIC”!? hmm..no. Michael, your hyperbole is showing.
    Sam deserved to stay tonight. Glad they “sent him to safety” first…if only so you could eat some crow with his Sauv. Blanc tonight, having predicted him bottom 2.
    I like CJ…his good vibe, his bluesy-even-when-not-perfect, raspy, heartfelt singing. But he’s not “the next American Idol”…and…it was just time. Lotta love for him up on the stage at the end was nice to see.
    I actually thought it could be Jess, because I thought maybe CJ had more followers…but those were my picks for bottom 2 tonight, with CJ going home.
    Jena/Caleb/Alex may be top 3. But I won’t be mad at Sam if he continues to defy odds against him.

  35. karenb says:

    Slezak-no lie-I said to my daughter at the beginning of the show “who is dimming the lights this season?? I haven’t heard Ryan reference Kieran at all lately!” Great minds!!

  36. Mary says:

    Finally. CJ was a sweet guy but without auto tune he was painful to listen too. I guess I was a little shocked but not totally with Jessica being in the bottom. I hate to say it but it doesn’t look good for her next week. The fan bases are starting to kick in and I think voters are sticking to them now. I have a strange feeling unless someone really screws up Jessica might only make it to next week. Personally I would like Sam or Alex to go next but it doesn’t look good for her. I do think this is the right top five, now if we could only get the right top three Jena, Caleb and Jessica. Must prayer for a miracle.

  37. Owen says:

    Okay, I’m just getting sick of Slezak erroneously referring to Harry as “calling attention to himself” or being “needy”. Harry has lucidly explained that that “over-energized” episode was trying to “show by example” how the contestants should loosen up onstage. I loved his explanation as “we’re all characters on a TV show” (which, though its reality TV, is absolutely true) Before that episode he was very jokey and smartassy, but no one complained. Most loved it. Granted, spontaneously putting a teenage girl on his shoulders took it to a slight extreme, but it has nothing to do with him being needy, but him caring for these kids and their performances way more than any judge EVER has. Gawd, Slezak is such an ass sometimes!! This judge has taken Randy Jackson to task over his mentoring ability, has tried to help each one of these contestants out in the most practical way a judge-who-is-not-a-mentor can and Slezak, for whatever childish reason, is trying to create a narrative of his own that paints Harry in a totally wrong and unflattering light. Now, Slezak was gone the week Harry mentioned why he had acted so manic the previous week, but I’m pretty sure Slezak caught up with his favorite show.

    • Stormy says:

      In light of your dissatisfaction here, can you find your own way off of this site or do you require assistance?

      • Owen says:

        To quote the obsequious Slezak, “I cahhhn’t. I cahhhn’t.”
        And sorry for the double posting accident. But if it allows me to shame Michael Slezak twice in one night, good for the “oopsie”!!

  38. David says:

    Would be nice if the judges stopped crapping on Jessica every week. The real problem is that most of the contestants aren’t up to par. The Voice has to many contestants and Idols arent good enough. They need to get it together.

    • pmet says:

      Did you notice JLo’s pursed lips when they announced CJ was leaving? She was NOT happy. She was really hoping for Jess’s departure. I don’t get it. I suppose she is threatened by her in some way. Or, perhaps TPTB want only one girl left so that there is a chance she will stick around longer. The judges are certainly pushing Jena to the finals and nearly to victory and last night was only the top 6! And, for those for us (read, ME) who don’t think Jena is the be all and end all (talented, yes, but no Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, or even Candace Glover), I am baffled they didn’t call her on her pitch or mistake during her second song. Talk about getting a pass. Meanwhile, Jess still isn’t emoting enough, loose enough, blah, blah, blah. So tired of it and the close ups of JLo during every singer’s special moments. I literally have to look away during 20-30 seconds of every song!

      • Mary says:

        Out of this group I think she is the closest that might be able to become a Carrie or Kelly in terms of success if she gets the proper support, which is doubtful if Interscope is involved – they have a hard time managing females. I understand you are not fond of her but she is the only one that is the whole package. Alex has talent but no way will he be main stream IMO. Sam maybe if he comes out of his shell but won’t happen too soon. I wish the best of luck to all the contestants even if they are not my favorite.

      • Mona says:

        I agree with all your comments. JLo is getting old – her constant pouts as contestants leave tell me she isn’t true to any of them and it’s an act. Also tired of her bouncing and singing along with the contestant – how can she judge their performance?

  39. Publius says:

    Traaaaaaaaains a comin’ straight for Jess.

    Keith was very corporate this week. Me no likey.

    JLo is aging fast, now. 19E would be nuts to have her back.

  40. danin says:

    I’ma say I think both of Caleb’s performances&a few othets he’s done go right up there w/Idol’s best evers.

  41. Amy says:

    The Hyundai ads on this site are getting annoying.

  42. :( says:

    My Thoughts:

    Jessica is now the only one left from Alabama so she now has all those votes to herself.

    If sam goes to the top 4, then america made a huge mistake. Nothing special about him:

    I would not be surprised if Jessica outlasts Jena now. She is so overrated, I cannot stand her voice (just my opinion), and I don’t think it would be good for idol if she won.

    sorry I’m mad about tonight too.

  43. jr. says:

    Thw next to leave should be Alex, then Sam, then Caleb, then Jessica and Jena should win.

  44. LeahKittyS says:

    I would not be surprised if Jessica goes home next week. Here’s why: she may have the Alabama voting block all to herself now, but her “Compass” trio with C.J. and Dexter during Top 7 week was a disaster. Last year, during Top 8 week, Devin, Burnell and Lazaro took part in a disastrous “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” trio number. And who were the next three to go home? Devin, Burnell, and Lazaro. History tends to repeat itself on this show, and Dexter and C.J. were the first two victims. So something tells me the ax is aiming as Jessica’s neck now.

    • tealeaves says:

      You can not compare Compass to Sugar Pie Honey Bunch. Both were not good. Sugar Pie Honey Bunch was a complete disaster with one of the contestants walking out several steps in front of the others and then FORGETTING TO SING almost every time it was his line. It was like a really bad joke audition.

  45. Jill Moya says:

    Jess should have went! What a cryin’ shame.

  46. Jill Moya says:

    I knew CJ was going but with her attitude and stuck up ways, who needs her?

    • Mary says:

      Seriously how can you judge someone without even knowing them. I never got those impressions about her.

      • Philip says:

        The irrational hatred and jealousy just seethes off of Jill Moya. I suspect she is not a very happy person in real life.

  47. Davey says:

    I wish I shared this passion for Jessica here but I don’t. She has professional experience but considering she’s sung so many shows she has never seemed that special to me. She really lacks personality or warmth and that’s why she’s been in the bottom a few times. Having said that, I prefer her to Jena who is being hyped by the producers and has a lot of weaknesses.

    I hope the final 2 is Alex and Caleb but the show is obviously pushing Jena.

  48. Kaba says:

    I like Jess a lot, but I agree she really needs to learn how to perform with her face too.

  49. karenb says:

    Wow-I’ve noticed a Karen, Karyn and karenb on here. Popular name I guess

    • Vizay says:

      There is more than one Karen. Two or three would be my guess. It just goes to show how passionate we are about our music………………………….

  50. Davey says:

    I love the way people are trashing Harry who has sold out concert halls, sold a lot of records, made a few movies, and knows his craft. He’s a singer who does connect to audiences and he’s an excellent musician, plays the piano well. He’s also been praised on Broadway in two shows. He may not a polished TV persona but would you prefer some of the awful people who have judged the past few years on Idol? Harry at least knows something about singing and music. He probably is a better mentor. But I prefer him to all the judges last year, Cara the songwriter, even Ellen. And these three judges are much better than the combo they had last year.

    • S. says:

      Love Harry. I think he’s hilarious when he’s trying to earnestly talk CJ into singing in tune…in the top 6 for crying out loud!!! Otherwise, I’m usually enjoying him and he’s my favorite judge apart from early years Simon before he became so self-aware. Keith must’ve had someone run over his puppy this week.

    • Cheryl says:

      I don’t think he was being trashed, as you put it for any of the things you mentioned. They were calling him out for his antics as a judge. His constant need for attention,which should be on the contestants. I didn’t read anyone saying he couldn’t sing,play piano or act.

    • Syb says:

      Harry is as good as any judge that has been on the show, but that’s a low bar. I think the trouble with Harry and all of them for that matter is that at some point the producers start giving some marching orders, and the celebs capitulate to it. It’s been too obvious for too long that there is an agenda–not so much about who should win, but who they’d like to keep around for a while and which might be good eliminees for whatever reason. When the comments don’t match what we hear, or aren’t consistent relative to what’s said to others, and when they all are on the same page with each other on some of the headscratchers, what other explanation could there be?

    • Good comment Davey, I love his comments even when he is critical of my favorites. He is a good judge and knows music. Isn’t that what we want? Maybe not but I do.

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