American Idol Top 5 Performance Recap: Pay No Attention to the Kids in Front of the Curtain!

American Idol Top 5 recap jena irene my bodyWelcome to American Idol‘s Top 5 performance night — starring Ariana Grande, Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Lopez’s thick mane of hair and Keith Urban’s solar-eclipse t-shirt. If that’s not enough star power, we’ve got Jason Mraz on mentor duty, trailed by The Ineffectual Bumbling of Randy Jackson (this summer’s tragicomic documentary outlining how to make a seven-figure salary by sitting on a couch in a total stupor).

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I know, I know, I’ve made this complaint before — particularly in the Reality Check video embedded at the bottom of this recap — that executive producer Per Blankens devotes far too much camera time on everything except for the guys and gals trying their darndest to achieve Kelly Clarkson success in a Redfoo world, but tonight was yet another example of shining a spotlight on the dinner rolls and house salad and treating the surf-and-turf main course like an afterthought.

At this rate, I’m half expecting the Season 13 finale to serve as a backdrop for a Kim-and-Kanye wedding special. (Yes, you have permission to unfollow me on Twitter if the previous sentence results in such blasphemous indignity.)

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I could continue this rant by calling out the inconsistent judging, the pre-critique commercial breaks (the better for J.Lo, Harry and Keith to memorize their producer-written sound bites?) and the lack of support for Idol grads’ excellent current releases (fun fact: Blake Lewis has a killer new CD coming soon to iTunes!), but let’s talk instead about the music. Because honestly, there were more good-to-excellent performances tonight than there were middling-to-poor ones. So let’s jump right to letter grades:

Alex Preston: The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” — Grade: B- | Question: Should Alex be required to successfully master at least one uptempo song during a live show if he wants to be the Season 13 champ? I know it sounds like an arbitrary rule, but I’d still vote “yes.” And alas, while He Whose Pants Must Be Cuffed hit most of his notes on “Sweater Weather,” his delivery had all the zest of a helium balloon 24 hours after the party, floating a couple feet above the dust bunnies behind the easy chair. I think the problem was that in Alex’s effort to keep pace with the rapid fire tempo, he completely lost his connection to the lyrics. I mean, in a song about sexual chemistry and seduction, there wasn’t an ounce of playfulness or a hint of crescendo — just words, scattered like buckshot in front of the mic stand. Which, naturally, prompted Harry to give him “an A+ for remembering all those words.” Damn, the bar does tend to get lowered for those who have a Y chromosome, no? (More on that theory in the next performance…)

Caleb Johnson: Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” — Grade: C | Wait a second, did J.Lo break out her “goosies” compliment for the night’s worst vocal performance? Or is it possible that somewhere between Season 11 and Season 13, the meaning of “goosies” changed (like the way today’s youth have determined that “sick” is a positive)? Whatever the case, as Caleb attempted his first stripped-down, delicate vocal in weeks/possibly ever, he ran into serious pitch problems — hitting a series of flat notes while almost sounding as if he was attempting a Steven Tyler impression. (Or, quite possibly, dude just had a cold?) To Caleb’s credit, he admitted in his post-commercial break interview that he’d struggled with intonation — something none of the judges mentioned — and mentioned his reservations about the song choice, too. But while that honesty deserves a hat tip, the limp arrangement — all strings and candelabras and ho-hum-ness — does not.

Jena, Alex & Sam: “Best Day of My Life” — Grade: B+ | A fun, energetic collaboration, with Jena’s harmonies proving particularly potent. I just have to ask, though, did Idol‘s powers-that-be turn down the volume on Alex’s mic? Conspiracy theorists, discuss! (Oh, and Question No. 2: How come J.Lo and Harry are always flapping their gums while the contestants are singing? #rude)

Jessica Meuse: Christina Perri’s “Human” — Grade: A- | I loved Jason Mraz’s instructions to Jess to widen her stance for a stronger, more commanding feel. And while girlfriend failed to take his last note and sling her guitar backwards on the final chorus, I still thought the end result was as emotionally stirring as it was beautifully sung. The way Jess’ quavery tone cut through the opening notes of the chorus, the drama she elicited on the “I can do it” refrain, even that fist pump action near the end, all contributed to Jessica successfully communicating the empowering message of a lyric (“Your words in my head, knives in my heart/ You build me up and then I fall apart“) that might just as well have been written from her to J.Lo, Harry and Keith, a trio of people who never can quite bring themselves to say “Great job!” and just leave it at that. To which I say, “Great job, Jessica!” And I’ll leave it at that.

Sam Woolf: Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” — Grade: B- | Look, I have to give Sam credit for at least attempting something new and slightly surprising by settling on a ditty with a driving, wickedly fast lyrical flow. (Yes, it was “America’s Choice,” but Fox’s official word was that the contestants were able to choose from a list of requested tunes, so let’s give Sam some credit here, yes?) The good news is that the opening verses, while not exactly a study in dynamics, were served up in tune and with a little bit of swagger, too. The bad news? As the Idol band — and especially Season 8’s Allison Iraheta on background vocals — mooved and grooved through the first repetition of the chorus, Sam fell so far behind the beat that it became very much a “weak impala straggling behind the herd” situation. As Harry sagely pointed out, the out-of-the-pocket approach sapped the tune of its funk, although in Sam’s defense, the wretchedly out-of-time movements of the SwayBots may have contributed to his difficulties. Making matters even more dire? J.Lo pointing out how the producers brought out Sam’s alleged celebrity crush (the aforementioned Ms. Grande) prior his performance, and her contention that it resulted in “butterflies and feelings.” Isn’t it adorable how sometimes we don’t think she’s reading from a script?

Jena Irene: Young the Giant’s “My Body” — Grade: A | Following Sam’s impala impression, Jena brought lioness ferocity to the stage for the night’s most electrifying performance. Every single note was in tune (although, if I’m being honest, Jena needs to watch her mic technique when she’s in motion, as she lost a word or two on the verse). The physicality was youthful and joyous — completely in keeping with the lyrics. And oh man, those massive high notes at the end were “just finished brushing my teeth” fresh — not in any way compromised by all the movement that came before it. More and more, Jena is looking and sounding like a star who could exist in the real world, and not just a reality-show contestant on a roll. I mean, seriously, if I paid $100 for a Jena Irene concert ticket and got 90 minutes of “My Body”-esque awesomeness, I’d be whipping out the credit card for a tour t-shirt on my way out of the venue. (Yes, that’s my request to the Idol Summer Tour merchandise folks to please make there are guys’ t-shirts in stock this summer, OK?)

Caleb & Jessica: The Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” — Grade: B+ | Yeah, Jessica looked a little anchored to her spot on the stage. And yeah, Caleb didn’t really seem to know if he was supposed to be moving, but the duo’s faces registered genuine enjoyment and their voices blended beautifully, too. How nice of Jessica and Caleb, in fact, to set an upbeat tone via which Ryan could promote Ariana Grande’s new single! (It’s not like there are any Idol grads with recent releases to promote or anything.)

Alex Preston: A Great Big World (feat. Christina Aguilera)’s “Say Something” — Grade: A- | I was a little worried that this song — rocked twice on live TV last year (The Voice and the Grammys) by its original artists and twice on The X Factor by Season 3 champs Alex & Sierra — might feel a little like a threadbare hand-me-down at this point. But that bit of fretting underestimated how terrific Alex can be when he jumps off the diving board and straight into the deep end of a song. The sense of loss and impending heartbreaking percolating in the crannies of Alex’s voice made every single word of this ballad resonate. I’ll admit, I got distracted for a second trying to figure out the identity of Alex’s silhouetted duet partner/backup singer — for the record, it didn’t sound like Allison to me — but otherwise, this was close to perfect. Heck, I enjoyed this so earnestly that I didn’t even roll an eye over Harry’s remark about enjoying witnessing “a performer struggling with the emotion of a song but not giving into it.”

Jena Irene: The Zutons’/Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” — Grade: A- | PUT YOU HANDS UP…FOR ORIGINALITY! Yes, yes, yes…Jena could’ve chosen to follow Amy Winehouse’s template, neatly lining up note after note after note and getting gold stars from the judges in the process. Instead, she reinvented the uptempo track as a swaying, lite-jazz jam — one that brought out interesting colors in her vocal tone. On a gut level, I may have enjoyed “My Body” slightly more, but in terms of Idol strategy, “Valerie” was just as smart — if not smarter. I mean, by Top 5 week, isn’t it better to be owning your song choices rather than simply renting ‘em? Being female — and being a teenager — it’s not a shocker that Jena didn’t get any credit from the judges for her musicality or inventiveness, but here’s hoping the lack of fawning won’t lead to a shock boot. (Ugh, I seriously hate myself for even typing that primal fear.)

Sam Woolf: The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” — Grade: C+ | When even J.Lo is forced to admit the opening verse made her go “Yikes!”, you know you’re not dealing with a personal best showing. But while the verses were perhaps pitched a tad low for Sam’s comfort level, the bigger issue — as Harry pointed out — was the lack of dynamics, the way nearly every line of the song was delivered at the same exact intensity level (somewhere around a 6.5 out of 10). Naturally, the night’s second-weakest vocal drew J.Lo’s second set of “goosies!” — she’s just messing with our minds now, right? — but if saner ears prevail, the Reluctant Heartthrob may have to settle for his Idol journey getting labeled with the slogan, “Nice guys finish fifth.”

Jessica Meuse: Lana del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” — Grade: A- | First of all, are we discussing the most dramatically exposed leg since Angelina Jolie’s at the 2012 Oscars? Grrrrrllll, she works out! OK, with that out of the way, I’m gonna go out on a limb (leg? limb? get it?) and also say that with Jess’ husky lower register and her decision to slightly increase the song’s tempo, she actually upgraded it from Lana’s languid original. I loved that Keith pointed out the David Lynch mysticism of the performance, as Jessica’s voice transported me to humid, slightly ominous setting where, indeed, the “telephone wires above were sizzling like a snare.” That’s no small task — especially with the camera cutting to J.Lo’s face every 10 seconds — but Jessica achieved it by virtue of her impeccable phrasing and the way she stretched her voice to its peak on a very tricky bridge. Oh, sure, the whole thing left J.Lo cold, but then again, so did Haley Reinhart’s “Earth Song” and “You and I.” (Uh-huh, I went there.)

Caleb Johnson: Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night” — Grade: B+ | Yeah, I know Caleb’s final performance got the pimp slot and a Standing O from two out of three judges (plus special strobe-tastic lighting and extra reverb), but it seemed to me more like great karaoke than genuine musical ownership — despite the guy’s howlization packing as much boom-boom-pow as Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks. Maybe if you didn’t grow up in the ’80s, maybe if Tawny Kitaen isn’t part of your pop-cultural vocab, then Caleb’s “Still of the Night” felt rainshower fresh. But from where I sat, the Season 13 rocker merely put the “cover” in David Coverdale — and this late in the competition, I expect — maybe even demand — more. I would’ve dug an a cappella opening verse, or maybe an unexpected bit of theatricality (a sitar or a didgeridoo or a dubstep breakdown…I dunno?…ok, scratch that last, truly terrible idea). But dude, do something to let me know you thought deeply and strategically about removing the smell of spilled beer and peanut shells from the room. C’mon, when you’re one of only two contestants to never land in the Bottom 3, there’s room to take a risk!

SHOULD BE BOTTOM 2: Sam and Caleb (Sam going home)
WILL BE BOTTOM 2: Sam and Alex (Sam going home)

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644 Comments
  1. :) says:

    Sam is not going to be in the bottom nor is he going home. He deserves that spot in the top 4, he truly does. What exactly is it that makes it seem as though Sam has less chance of being American Idol?

    “Sam will be going home”…. um excuse you but you are not the whole country of America that decides to choose who is going home. Who are you to say that? He has grown so much from his experience here in American Idol. He’s learning and improving more and more each week. You guys may not be able to see it, but there are certain people that are seeing the progress that he’s making and that needs to be acknowledged.

    Sam is more than a “heartthrob” he’s such a talented, humble, kind guy. His voice is something that would be pleasing to hear on the radio unlike (some of) the other contestants. Stop doubting him, sometimes without even hearing his performance you guys already assume that he won’t please you with his performance. Give him a chance, America.

    • Wendy says:

      Agreed.

    • Kaba says:

      “um excuse you but you are not the whole country of America that decides to choose who is going home”
      Are you new or something? It’s called a prediction.
      And no, Sam ought to go home based on tonight, not because “he’s improving”. Lord knows if improvement was all that was necessary to continue going on it’d be the absolute only thing these judges were looking for.
      If a C rate performer improves to a C+ while surrounded by a group of A’s and B’s…why on earth does the C+ deserve to be there more than the rest?

      • S. says:

        Teenagers never realize how obnoxious they can sound when they’re in it. Hopefully she’ll see it later. Sam’s not God’s gift, he’s wooden because he’s not emotionally dealt with being abandoned or whatever it was by his parents. I can only pray that the inability to hear bad intonation comes to the young girls Uncle PB successfully got to swing to Sam, but somehow I doubt it. I called Jena’s “Valerie” the worst vocal, not Caleb’s, but I’d put Sam in a Caleb tie. The shame is he’ll stick around longer than he should and send home someone who doesn’t deserve it. Incidentally, it’s clear that Michael still doesn’t get Caleb. He wasn’t giving him his due early on, and now it’s back. Is Caleb flawless, no. But instead of giving him credit for nailing the final song, he gets a B+? Crap. No way. This bottom 2 has Sam and Jess in it. Caleb deserved to take a hit after the first song, not the second which was better than both of Jess’ vocals and one of Jena’s. Jess straight toned Human and I liked it but that made me not love it. Without her natural vibrato, it just made her disappear.

        • Mary says:

          I think what Michael said was that Caleb sung it well but it was like the original. Caleb is entertaining and has a great voice but I see him as a front guy for tribute band. Nothing wrong with that. I want him around until top three because he brings the entertainment but sorry I do not want him as the winner.

    • karen says:

      Agree about Sam. His voice is radio ready.

      • Mary says:

        His voice might be radio ready but he is mentally ready. If he by some chance wins, he will be swallow up whole by the industry. Personally a win for him would do him more harm than good at this stage.

  2. darcy's evil twin says:

    I totally enjoyed Caleb’s “Still of the Night”, even though Mr. Slezak described it as karaoke and even though my husband, who hasn’t listened to rock music since Lynyrd Skynyrd died in the plane crash, dismissed it as “a blatant Led Zeppelin knock-off”. I’m just a sucker for good old rock and roll.
    .
    I thought both of Jessica’s songs were wonderful. She sounded a lot like Stevie Nicks on “Summertime Sadness”. I sure didn’t like that dress, though. It was way too old for her.
    .
    Alex’s “Say Something” was lovely, and honestly, I thought “Sing” was Sam’s best performance to date. I give him a B+!
    .

    • S. says:

      I was with you til the Sam remark. That was mediocrity at its finest.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I’ve read the posts here and I realize I’m in the minority and I’ve not heard the original version, but I thought Sam sounded a little more gritty and a little less “wooden” on that performance. I’m not saying it was a stellar vocal. There was just something about it that seemed like he was a little more connected (hate the word but I can’t think of anything else) to the song.

  3. Sr Ranger says:

    Pants on the Ground is the only performance more memorable than Caleb’s close tonight. Pimp juice personified.

  4. Mellie says:

    Okay so… Casey’s whole first verse was messy-pitch central and the judges don’t say a *thing*… But Jessica has a few moments of slightly off pitch and the judges make a point to talk about it. Jesus, at least TRY to hide your biases.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Who’s Casey? I think you meant Caleb. Though his sense of humor does remind me a little of Casey Abrams from Season 10.

    • tealeaves says:

      The “judging” is beyond awful.

      • Shawn says:

        The 3 judges change what they want the contestants to do each week! Sometimes they say look at the camera and connect to the tv audience and next week one saying sing to the audience where they are performing! Some can show emotions and others they say they get them and it is ok to stay still.and not emote .Then who is coaching them ??Randy? He is a nice guy but not a good coach! David Cook was the best coach and should be asked back again!! In past years they had singing, acting coaches, wardrobe dpt. hair and makeup and fabulous stages etc they even gave dental veneers to the final 10 ! But due to so much money going to the 3 judges and ryan seacrest the New American Idol is on a bare bones budget ineffect a high school production budget . Special effects are smoke and some lamps on the floor etc. If they want Expect perfection from these 10 finalists then they should give them the real tools needed to be their BEST!!

        • Matrix says:

          Yes- I didn’t get Harry’s advice about playing to the live audience versus the tv audience. If I’m trying to win a competition, shouldn’t I perform for the millions of voters watching on tv rather than the 500 or so in the live audience?

      • Timmah says:

        Anyone who foists crap like “I Luh Ya Papi” on the public should be banned for life from judging music in any format.

      • GuitarBlue says:

        The Judging is all about the Judges trying to impress that they are Judging with wisdom, advising for betterment and getting their added fame and selfie shots. This would be a much better show if there were no Judges, but keep bringing in good mentors. Fire the Judges = better show.

  5. GuitarBlue says:

    Chart last updated: Wednesday, April 30 2014, 8:41 pm
    American Idol iTunes Chart

    Say Something (American Idol Performance) Alex Preston

    Current Rank on the iTunes Top 400 Chart: #106

    How to Save a Life (American Idol Performance) Sam Woolf

    Current Rank on the iTunes Top 400 Chart: #268

    Summertime Sadness (American Idol Performance) Jessica Meuse

    Current Rank on the iTunes Top 400 Chart: #365

    • Jerry says:

      It’s quite saddening that these are the people who charted on ITunes, and so low on the charts for that. Didn’t I remember last time American Idol ban their performances from charting on ITunes, and it turned out due to a leak that Jason Castro’s Hallelujah topped the chart for the week?

    • Name This Tune says:

      How meaningful are the iTunes downloads from 8:41 pm? Because the show has not finished airing in many parts of the country – especially any time zone west of the Mississippi?
      And they’re not good at predicting the voting.

  6. Nedsdag says:

    Believe it or not, I go straight to the comments. I don’t even read Michael’s grading because he’s worse than some college professors I had. Speaking of which, is he grading JENA on a curve? She did more walking around on the Young the Giant song and her lower register on “Valerie” was awful.

    Big winner of the night? Backup singer (and former AI season 8 finalist) Allison Iraheta, who was awesome enhancing Alex’s version of “Say Something,” which will always be his friends Alex & Sierra’s song.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Was that Allison? I was wondering who it was, the lighting wasn’t great on her. Whoever it was, she sounded great. I was actually hoping they would bring out his girlfriend, Jillian Jensen, to accompany him. That would have been the sweetest thing.

    • osborn1116 says:

      there is no way that Allison was doing that song. If her voice has changed that much in 5 years then wow. Plus when the lights went on I believe the singer walked across the stage and had blonde hair. I keep trying to get a good look.

    • Uh...clem says:

      If you check out the backup singer lineup on the very next song (Jena Irene’s “Valerie”) and compare the necklines and length of skirt/legs to that of the silhouette, it’s very clear that Alex’s backup is the young woman to the far left (whose name, unfortunately, I couldn’t find but whose middle name must be “Awesome”).

  7. tealeaves says:

    Tonight Harry told Caleb to not sing to the camera so much and to instead sing to the audience? What is he talking about? This is a TV show! They should be singing to the camera! It took a long time for some of them to get used to that, and it is a good thing they are singing to the camera.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Harry is selfish. He thinks everyone should sing to him and forgets that the larger audience is at home.

  8. tealeaves says:

    I thought Jessica and Alex were the best of the night tonight. I also really enjoyed Beast of Burden. So Jessica was 3 for 3 for me tonight.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Beast of Burden was very good. It was never my favorite Stones song but I really enjoyed that performance.

  9. NedPepper says:

    Jessica was gold. Jessica and Jena in the finale. I think people would actually BUY their music. These girls have turned out to be really unique.

  10. osborn1116 says:

    Man Slezak…the bias is greatly showing. So far Alex in the past two weeks has given great emotional performances with Always on My Mind and Say Something yet he can’t crack an A grade.

    Say Something was only as good as Valerie? Oh man.

    • Timmah says:

      Valerie was terrible, and her other song wasn’t much better. And I’m not surprised it was J-Lo who praised that gimmicky “Let’s go” stuff. Your trademark should be your voice, unless you’re a no-talent like J-Lo who has to rely on externals.

      • S. says:

        Valerie was godawful. He’s definitely a Caleb hater and Jena overrater (and I love Jena).

        • Mary says:

          I admit it wasn’t her best but godawful is a bit exaggerated. I actually liked the jazzy version but something was missing not sure what, but the vocals were good.

  11. Jenna says:

    I’m sitting here in disbelief because most of you put Jessica in the top four. I don’t think her voice is as great as Sam’s! I’m repeating a few people’s comments when I say that I think she sounds like a bleating goat. There is nothing attractive about her voice to me. Is it because I’m not a fan of country music? Am I missing something? Sam’s tone is so much more beautiful, in my (unpopular) opinion.

    • Jill Moya says:

      You are so right! Jessica sounds like a fluttering high pitched whining sick cat! Her looks are terrible as well…fake smiles and all. I never liked her. As for Sam, he’s an alright singer but sings in monotone….he never sings songs with high notes. They all sound the same to me! Jena was the biggest disappointment! What is Michael listening to….a different show??????????? I pray Sam stays and Jess leaves. But, Sam wasn’t impressive tonight. Country rules to viewers so I fear Jess will stay…..A real shame!

    • Kaba says:

      Congrats, barely anyone agrees with your opinion except for a troll and like…4 others.

      • Jenna says:

        I know my opinion’s unpopular, didn’t I say that? I just don’t get it. To each their own, I guess.

        • AlyB says:

          I love her voice. She does have that warble on some of her extended notes. It’s very reminiscent of Stevie Nicks with a smoother, smokier undertone in her lower register. It comes out naturally. It’s not an affectation and it’s not as ever present as Stevie’s was. I’m not a country music fan but I like Jessica. She different in a very good, compelling way. Monotones like Sam bore me. Nice tone but no nuance or flavor. To each his own I guess.

          • Jeremy says:

            Sounds like a total copy of Stevie Nicks. She won;pt go anywhere sounding like that unless she can find an audience that has never heard of Stevie Nicks.

      • Name This Tune says:

        Sorry, Kaba but the bleating goat comparison is apprapo. Screaming cat has often been the words that I have used t describe it. Either way, it’s a part of her voice that is most unpleasant. You don’t have to agree with it, but girlfriend has a point.

        • Matrix says:

          Like you said, Kaba, one troll and like 4 others!

          • Name That Tune says:

            And when Jessica lands in the bottom 2 for the third week in a row, then who’s the troll?

          • Jeremy says:

            I don’t think any of these singers are on the level of high quality singers. Not one! Caleb is a great singer when he rocks out, but when he is time to see the details in his voice such as when he did Steven Tyler or Steve Perry, you can see he is just not on that level. Jessica is a Stevie Nicks rip off and could never go anywhere sounding exactly like her. She needs to drop the SN act. Alex’s style has already been mastered by Miraz and David Grey. Jena sounds too fake with that growl and it’s just too weird. Sounds like she is barfing. Sam not good enough and dull. All of these singers are not at the professional level of quality singers in my opinion.

          • Matrix says:

            @Name, it will still be Jill- not you, Name

        • Jenna says:

          Name This Tune, I like you.

    • Zoey says:

      I do think Sam has a more classically good voice, but Jessica’s voice is something of an acquired taste – either you like it or you don’t.

  12. Jill Moya says:

    Nobody was outstanding tonight…Caleb ok I guess. Alex, goofy as usual. I had a lot of negative feedback when I stated Miley Syrus was 100% better singing Jolene than “Slapout Meuse”! Miley was only 17 when she sang Jolene with Dolly Parton on the Dollywood 25th anniversary special broadcast in 2010. She sings much better and looks natural, unlike stiff lumbering Jess. See on You Tube.

  13. Annie says:

    Jessica hit some really bum notes during Human. My Body could have been great if it weren’t for Jena’s lower register. I actually thought Sam did well tonight, despite the questionable song choices (for most of them, actually). Caleb continues to prove he’s the best vocalist and performer on the show.

  14. karen says:

    C’mon, Michael, the Best of My Life performance was an A. All three contestants did great.

  15. Amber says:

    Jessica did good, I’m just NOT a fan of her voice. Jena annoys me to no end. Didnt enjoy either of her songs, I especially thought the first one was bad. Liked both of Alex’s. Sam was ok. Neither of his were bad. Didnt care for Caleb’s first, but holy crap the last one was awesome! I really hope Jena is in the bottom 2, with either Sam or Jessica. And I really really really hope Caleb and Alex are in the finale

  16. Christine S. says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Sam is great and that ultimately it will be a finale between Jena and Sam? Sure Caleb has pipes but so did James Durbin and Chris Daltrey and they both placed fourth. And I love Jess but the judges won’t let her be. And Alex is good but very much like Lee DeWyze.

    • S. says:

      No unfortunately you’re not the only one that thinks Sam is great, but that last song was terrible. You’re being manipulated by Idol producers. Go back and re-listen/watch. I don’t think it suited his voice. Poor guy’s got talent, but he often looks/sounds wooden and that’s not the song for him, so I’m mystified why he’d be getting any kind of praise for it. There were serious issues with intonation on the 2nd song and Harry was right about messing up the rhythm on the other.

  17. kevin says:

    the biggest problem for Caleb is that while he’s a great vocalist, what makes him outstanding is his performance. Unfortunately, ppl who buy music on itunes don’t see the performance and feel the energy, which I guess explains why caleb charts less than the other 4 competitors on itunes.

    That said, the winner should be someone whose songs chart on itunes and has great stage presence too. That person is clearly Jena. Jessica has improved her presence a bit too, but the judges are right in the sense that her body is too stiff. Jessica got away with the stiff lower body this week bc of song choice. Her vocals are stellar though.

    • Name This Tune says:

      If you are in the business of promoting music, there’s multiple ways to sell your songs. One of them is performing live. The other is the radio. Then you iTunes and YouTube. And MTV.
      We live in a visual world. The only time I have my radio on is to listen to sports talk radio. I use the visual media for music. Caleb will always do well in the visual world because you can see and feel his joy and energy in his performances.

  18. Jenna says:

    I wish, Christine. But, Caleb has his feet firmly planted in this competition as a frontrunner. He’s never been in the bottom, and it’s probably going to stay that way. He’s extremely consistent vocally. I just don’t think he’ll prosper in the music industry post-idol. Sam is a different story.

  19. Gary says:

    Caleb is the most talented of the bunch. Unfortunately he was born 30 years too late. Should he be the winner? YES. WILL he be the winner? NO. The country wants a performer like Jena who appeals to the bible belt. But Caleb is the most talented and best performer on the show.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Hoe does Jena appeal to the Bible Belt? Look on her social media accounts. She dresses somewhat goth-like, is vulgar and types with bad grammar, and is a strong supporter of marriage equality. I figured Bible belters would be turned off by her.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Sorry, “How” does Jena appeal to them. Bad typo.

        • kevin says:

          she’s only 17 can some of us stop with the unnecessary bashing -.-

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I’m not bashing her; I love her. I just don’t see how she would appeal to an old, conservative audience, like the person above was implying.

          • Amber says:

            Yeah I’m from the bible belt and dont find her the least bit appealing lol. None of them appeal too much to that area. Maybe Sam since hes so seemingly sweet

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Oh, those old, white, conservative Bible Belters. They have no appreciation at all for good music and no tolerance for gay people or anyone different. Yes, the same Bible Belters that grew up on Zeppelin, Hendrix, David Bowie, KISS, etc. What a bunch of boring, intolerant people.
        ;-)

    • Zoey says:

      I kinda want Caleb to be a big thing just to shake up the state of the currently boring pop charts.

  20. karen says:

    I thought Sam was great on Sing. He seems like a legitimate artist.

    • S. says:

      Just, no. Calling Sam an artist when he doesn’t have it in him yet to do the rearrangements of other contestants is ridiculous. He’s trying really hard and jamming with people like Alex, trying to learn, but he’s just not there yet in his musicianship or lyrical interpretation. He’s still a young man so it’s not a permanent indictment of him musically, just for now. If he did an album, he’d just be doing what producers told him to do, that’s it. No originality or point of view at all. Give him time. Now is not that time.

      • Jessamine says:

        I think Sam’s voice is absolutely gorgeous. For his sake, however, I hope he goes straight to Berklee College of Music and hunkers down for four years. I fear that he will come undone if he attempts to jump into the music industry now. He needs at least four years to process his life, grow up a bit, and come into his own emotionally.

        • Jenna says:

          Up-Vote times a million, my gosh. I adore Sam and I want to see him to do well in the music industry, but he can’t do that until he’s gone to Berklee, I think. It will really help him perfect his craft, and give him some of that life experience that the judges’ always seem to think he’s lacking.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Thank you Jessamine and Jenna! This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about Sam for about a month. Assuming there will be no “issues/attitudes” from other students because of his AI experience, he should gain SO much from Berklee!
            ~~
            Mind you, with the gorgeous qualities of that voice of his, some voice teacher might want to turn –and be successful at turning — him into an opera singer, so the end product might not be what you are currently envisioning, but he needs to be at Berklee ASAP!

  21. Faye says:

    In my opinion: Jessica had two outstanding performances, Alex and Caleb had one each,
    Jena had two above average ones and Sam had two mediocre ones.
    Sam should be in the bottom and go home but any of the others could be with them.

  22. Jack says:

    Valerie was just… awful!! Jena’s worst performance by a mile. Actually her first performance was not very good either, merely B / B- range AT BEST.

  23. karen says:

    Caleb’s Aerosmith was a rare miss for him. It was pretty bad until the very end. Too bad he didn’t sing my choice for him: Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. That would be the perfect song for him.

  24. Eric Niewohner says:

    I thought Caleb was awesome! Great ending to the show and yes he has done it before, but that is what he does best so why should he change. Do you expect ACDC or Led Zeppelin to sing a ton of ballads or do you want them to rock out, of course rock out so Caleb should stick with what he does best and that is rock. Look at the band and the audience they were totally blown away and JLO said it best the band knows when a real lead singer is on the stage and they react to it. Michael I get it you don’t like hard rock but if someone is blowing the place away like Caleb did you have to acknowledge it. I will fully admit I am biased since I love hard rock, also love pop, classical, R&B and I can appreciate a good singer singing in a genre I don’t like as much. Now whether Caleb can translate that into success after Idol who knows maybe or maybe not. He has been far away the most consistent singer all season long and the only one I really look forward to hearing.

  25. Victoria says:

    Ugh, I really dislike the AI S13 judges. I still haven’t gotten over Jennifer Lopez putting down Haley Reinhart along with Randy Jackson. And now, she and Keith are just putting down Jessica. I get it! She doesn’t have the best stage presence. But look at Alex and Sam – who JLo constantly says, “I got the goosies!” Like no, shut up. Alex and Sam are as good at performing as Jessica and they are not criticized nearly enough. I used to like Keith, but now he just really annoys me. With Harry, most of the time, his comments are good, but I’m tired of him always wanting to be the center of attention. It annoys me. Hoping we get a new panel for S14, because this season’s judges SUCK.

    • karen says:

      Sam is criticized plenty…. Those of us who are fans find some of the judge’s comments toward him inexplicable. He has a great voice. He’s just shy, that’s all.

      • Victoria says:

        There’s nothing wrong with being shy. I am shy, lol. :) I mean, he can still connect with people and be shy at the same time. For me, he hasn’t really improved that much besides the fact that he bobs his head more, and the judges act like he’s improved so much. Or, they have given up on him. Either one – idk. And Alex doesn’t do anything except for move his legs, and then the judges compliment him on being “artistic.” While I do like some of Alex’s performances, it just ticks me off. Jessica’s not even my favorite either – I don’t have one. My favorite was Majesty, but America turned on her when she did one bad performance. Anyway, the judges disliking Jessica a lot is kind of making me like her more. Like literally, the judges will find literally anything to criticize her, even if she had a good performance. That’s why I like The Voice more. Although they don’t really criticize much (and that kind of annoys me too), at least they don’t choose a contestant to shower criticism on every season like Idol does.

        • S. says:

          No as a Majesty fan she put together multiple bad performances. “Let It Go” was disastrous. Alex’s style of singing isn’t conducive to moving around a ton. I don’t think he has to (I don’t think anybody does, it depends on their style and sometimes a song or singer is gonna stand and sing, I’ve seen Lorde and Carrie Underwood do it—come to think of it, Carrie was super wooden on Idol), and he IS artistic btw. His arrangements and vocals are almost always carefully thought out. Rare missteps happen, but mostly excellent. Sam’s not just shy. He’s got issues, and they seem related to his childhood to me. He’s not nor will he ever be a ladies’ man. It makes him uncomfortable. I think he’s got a hard time showing emotion in public, and that’s a problem for a singer.

  26. karen says:

    Best of the Night: Alex, “Say Something,” Jessica, “Summertime Sadness.” Worst of the Night: Caleb, “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Jena, “Valerie”

  27. karen says:

    Michael, you are blinded by your love of the “rocker chick.” While Jena was decent on “My Body” in parts of the song, the performance in its entirety was uneven. Some of her delivery in the beginning was muddled and mumbled. She got thrown off tune when shaking hands with the audience. Clearly the most electrifying performances of the night were Alex’s ‘Say Something,’ and Caleb’s Whitesnake. Jena was not in her best form tonight. “Valerie” was a mess.

  28. GuitarBlue says:

    . Only songs that rank on the iTunes top 400 chart it will be listed below.
    Wednesday, April 30 2014, 10:42 pm

    Say Something ) Alex Preston / iTunes Top 100 Chart: #75

    How to Save a Life) Sam Woolf / iTunes Top 400 Chart: #216

    Summertime Sadness ) Jessica Meuse / iTunes Top 400 Chart: #244

  29. Nas says:

    Michael, Love all of your posts. Please tell me you noticed Harry TEXTING during Jessica’s group performance.

  30. Adam Fachry says:

    I wasn’t sure with Jess’ “Summertime Sadness” at first due to how out-of-character the styling and staging are. But then, when she started singing, I started to get the point (even though it was purely based on my own interpretation). Keith was right on when pointing out the David Lynch reference (the first time he’s ever been right in a few weeks) because Lynch’s oeuvre is exactly the kind of inspiration Lana’s debut album is inspired on.

    To me, Jessica is like the musical reincarnation of the character Betty Elms in Mulholland Drive (played by Naomi Watts), an aspiring songstress trying to make it big in the commercial world but was asked has to change her whole persona (if she didn’t wear that red dress, I’d go as far as to say the performance would lack some soul because it is essentially a song driven by an elaborate story-telling). Jessica’s introverted demeanor played to her advantage here as the emotion shown in her eyes epitomizes an ambivalence someone in that kind of situation undergoes. Maybe Jess or the producers didn’t think of this when preparing for the performance, but I saw the whole reconstruction and deconstruction of a character’s dream and reality through how the atmosphere carried the song. Needless to say, it was the best performance of the night.

  31. my krav is bettah says:

    JENA and Alex my favorites here. JENA for the win.
    She’ll have a career no matter what happens though. They both will.
    The judges are annoying self serving and obnoxious. Send the judges home.

  32. Winston says:

    Jena and Jessica need to be in the final 4, if Jessica is out I’m gonna blame Jennifer for that and I’m hiring CB to punch her in the face, hire Blake Shelton to give Keith a wedgie and make Danny Gokey scream “Dream on” in Harry’s ear!

  33. Fojo says:

    Jessica didn’t receive as many negative comments from the judges. In addition, during “Summertime Sadness” J Lo was SMILING and it’s solely because she had her leg out. They want to sexualize her because before that performance I cannot recall a time when the judges looked happy watching her. I thought Sam really improved, Caleb, Alex and Jena were whatever.

  34. Blank slate says:

    Caleb.

  35. as says:

    Just a question for all you Caleb fans….what exactly makes him anything better than a classic rock lead singer in a cover band??? He’s good but it all sounds so karaoke to me.

    • Blank Slate says:

      Sweet, pure voice, exciting to watch. Sings with the angels with a hint of devil charm. Stage presence oozing from head to toe. His voice is magic without making me feel dirty trash.

      • as says:

        His voice is classic rock, but been there done that and I still feel he’s play acting on stage….he’s not sexy…Meat Loaf wanna be????? What original music will he put out?

        • Blank Slate says:

          Check out his videos on other video sites. He has sung originals. Good stuff already and he just turned 23. He’s bound for glory.

        • Blank Slate says:

          p.s. Meatloaf was theatrical and then he went all Donald Trump-Birther-Apprentice on us. Caleb’s voice is pure honey in the rock.

    • S. says:

      Karaoke? “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    • Name This Tune says:

      And what makes you think that a band doesn’t need a good lead singer?
      Because people are not paying to watch 4 guys play the guitar and drums.

    • Mark says:

      Caleb is my favorite performer on the show–but I agree with you. He hasn’t shown much that indicates he can make a record that will sell in 2015. He would be fronting a band doing sold out performances nationwide–if this were 1978. He could have replaced David Lee Roth when he left Van Halen. I grew up in that era, and I love all of his classic rock performances. But am I confident he will record songs that today’s listeners will buy? Not at all.

      • Name This Tune says:

        And why does he have to?
        People love watching him perform and there’s plenty of avenues for a performer.

  36. Spurdy says:

    Slezak’s comment that Caleb “put the cover in David Coverdale” was the cleverest deadline writing of the day.

  37. Mary says:

    Jena and Jess got all my votes tonight none for the boys. My bottom two are Sam and sorry Alex. Sam should go home. I hated Caleb first song but boy did he come to life on the second. Would be a great front man for a tribute band but I don’t see him as a viable solo artist. If nothing else I want Caleb to stay in just for the entertainment. He can go out third with the final two being the girls. I know it won’t happen I am just praying Sam goes tonight.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      That is exactly what I’m hoping as well. Jena may be inconsistent, but even at her worst I still find her more interesting than Sam and Alex (emphasis on interesting. Don’t mistake it for good). Honestly, I haven’t (and probably will not) invested in any contestant this season as passionately as I had in the past so whoever wins between Jena, Caleb, and Jess, I’d be fine with. I’d shrug if it’s Alex, and LOL+SMH if it’s Sam

  38. Blank Slate says:

    Spurdy’s comment reminded me: I must stand up and cheer for Michael Slezak’s and Melinda Doolittle’s latest REALITY CHECK. 15 minutes of insanity, endless laughter, snarky joy. More, please. Bravo! (As a VEEP fan, you get my vote again.) :)

  39. Trey says:

    It will be Jena and Caleb in the top two. Not because they are the best technically/vocally but because they are the best total packages as performers. Jessica and Alex are amazing vocally with Alex edging over Jessica for his artistry as well as technicality. Both Alex and Jessica struggle on stage which remains incredibly sad given their voices. Sam Woolf you are the weakest link. Sam, unlike Jena, shows his age in his lack of stage presence, his lack of originality, and his lack of artistry. The judges bash Jessica for her lack of stage presence yet Sam has been given a free ride week after week. I was, and will remain shocked, that the judges used their save on Sam! He has really lacked a stage presence from the beginning and his vocals have never been strong enough to compensate for this. The additional time he has had on idol would have been utilized better by some of the other performers that were cut. The judges were wrong in saving Sam. Judges; you are rude to sit and laugh and talk while contestants are performing. JLo is annoying and one of the worse culprits as it pertains to this. When Sam goes home they need to send “I Luh You Poppi” with him. Keith and Harry engage and attempt to be insightful and meaningful in their critiques.

    • my krav is bettah says:

      I agree with you here.
      Jena is the best mix of veratility/entertainer/professional. Caleb does one thing well but he does it very well.
      They will both move on and have careers whether they win or not. Its a foregone conclusion. You can tell by how the judges talk to them both. I am sure their phones are blowing up.

  40. Mike says:

    I have always been a JESSICA fan….but I am so sick of the ‘Judges’ trashing her or not giving her any credit compared to the others that I wish she would just be the one to go home, so that I don’t have to listen to the ‘Judges’ BS anymore…..

  41. Thomas Jacobson says:

    First, Jess is no Slayer..please stop the comparisons. Jessica is super boring to watch. She has dead eyes and a corpse has more body movement than she does. She doesnt have an original thought during post-interviews. but to repeat comments the judges made.

  42. John says:

    I REALLY loved Valerie, and I was pissed that the judges focused more on the arrangement than her vocals. The second half of the show was much better than the first, save How to Save a Life. I’m guessing it’s Sam and *sigh* Jessica in the bottom two this week.

  43. Chris says:

    Hm… I really don’t like belittling the talent because they all have areas of needed improvement, and that’s just a part of a life career path. I do have to strongly disagree on the praise for “My Body”. I do think Jena has a unique voice; I’ve compared it to a cross of Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) and Cher, but her dictation is starting to wear on me a little (which Harry noted in her audition as a speech impediment). I think she needs to work on not rounding everything off and definitely on her lower register. She does have star power but the magic of “My Body” was totally lost. It might have been a combination of the band and Jena, but that is my go to day starter song, and in my opinion it was just not right for her, at all. Then again I’m biased to Sameer Gadhia – that is just his song top to bottom. She might have pulled it off better if she’d stayed center stage and waited until the chorus soaring – yeah it was just lost to me. The Amy Winehouse ditty – I don’t feel she was ready for that.
    ____

    It often pains me to hear anyone cover a song sung/written for Steven Tyler, but with that said I think Caleb, while flat in the beginning, carried off/held out some very luxurious notes – quite beautiful tone and melody – and it was real – not “produced”. He did make it softer. I enjoyed his performance of “Still of the Night”, and I’ll say it once again as a rock n roll lover – keep it going Caleb. You save the show in so many ways for me, and I always look forward to your performances. Alive, full of energy, sing your ass off, even outside the lines – which is AWESOME in my book, and I would not be bored at your concert in any way, shape, or form. You are free on stage and I dig that – you are a front man. For those who think he wouldn’t have a place in the market I’m left to assume don’t dive into the “rock” market very much. That’s the only logic I can make of that… Or they just stick with whats found on Itunes – there is so much more in the world.

    ____

    Jessica is not the only one who has “staging” issues to work on, and quite frankly I’m not sure why they harp on it so much if they aren’t going to do the same to the others… Are they grasping at this point? It’s mind boggling and becoming border line schizophrenic. I mean I get that they want Jena to be the girl to get the crown…but its really just over the top ridiculous at this point. I thought she did a fantastic job with each song last night. She sets a mood and not everyone is going to get or feel that – that is just a part of a singers life, but it doesn’t make it wrong if you don’t like it – the end. I’m rooting for her and I’d like to see her put the guitar down, get inside her own head as if she was singing in the dark, and just fly – because she can do it and has done it. As a side note – watch Keith’s “face” tonight when he performs.

    _____

    I’ve said before that I dig Alex’s artistry and I do, but I’d fall asleep at his live shows. He’s still wound tighter than fishing string and only has one lane. Uptempo is not his game.
    ____

    Sam is still a few years away from tapping into what could be. He needs some serious life experience. He is talented but he needs some time.

    • Trey says:

      I completely agree with you about Jessica. I also liked Jessica’s performance with Caleb. They played off each other quite well. It is that comfortable stage presence needs to pour into her solo performances and I wish that had been articulated by any one of the judges. For me its an issue of how comfortable she is in her skin when she performs. There does seem to be times where the emotional engagement is missing. Is she drawing me in or does this feel awkward? She does seem to be held to a more stringent tolerance than the other contestants which could be an intentional attempt to get her to engage more in the one thing they feel will hold her back given her amazing vocals.

    • Name This Tune says:

      Why do they harp on staging? Because singing isn’t just about standing there with a microphone. It’s also about drawing your audience into your world. The most successful artists have all had to learn to do it. If Jessica wants a successful post Idol run, she needs to tap into this.
      But don’t fret. She is going to have 41 tour dates to develop the skills. But her audience is going to want more from her.

      • NowYouKnow says:

        “Jessica is not the only one who has “staging” issues to work on, and quite frankly I’m not sure why they harp on it so much if they aren’t going to do the same to the others… Are they grasping at this point? It’s mind boggling and becoming border line schizophrenic.”

        “She sets a mood and not everyone is going to get or feel that – that is just a part of a singers life, but it doesn’t make it wrong if you don’t like it – the end.”

        • Name That Tune says:

          The only ones who don’t have issues with staging are Caleb and Jena. The others need work, but it really detracts from Jessica’s performances. She has improved over the weeks and last night was the best she has done.
          But would I pay to see it? Hell no.

          • M G says:

            Caleb owns the stage.  He is a true, fully formed performer.  Jena is clearly comfortable on stage, but she has a long way to go to match Caleb’s proficiency at showmanship.  Jessica is improving, but she is still stiff and unnatural.  I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again–she should watch some videos of Chrissie Hynde performing live.  She doesn’t dance around or race all over the stage.  But she sells the song with a tilt of her shoulder, taking a step backwards, or shifting her weight from one foot to the other.  There’s an economy to her movement that comes across as naturally welcoming.  Jessica could take some cues from her.  Alex and Sam, on the other hand, I don’t know what to say about them.  Alex delivers the song with his entire body, but I would like to see his feet move a little.  Sam was plucked from obscurity a little too soon.  He may have the brightest future, but it is a distant future.

          • Matrix says:

            Maybe you and Jill Moya wouldn’t….

    • Matrix says:

      I totally agree with you about “watch Keith’s face” when he performs. In fact I thought Keith gave a very weak performance when he sang Kiss A Girl with Kris Allen in the finals. Kris out sang him on his own song in my opinion (watch Keith on the high notes, very weak)

  44. Dakota says:

    Good analysis. I’m big Caleb fan, but tonight was just okay. Jess, on the other hand, was amazing and the attention Ho at the judges’ table couldn’t stand it. It would make me laugh if so many people didn’t wrongly think she knew what she was talking about.

  45. bj says:

    I LOVE SAM!!! HOPE HE STAYS!!! sooo many negative comments about Sam! WIN OR LOSE! SAM WILL BE HUGE! Give him time!

  46. Hufus says:

    Lol, i’m surprised. I disagree with most comments here. I don’t like Jessica at all… And I think she’s so inexpressive. I LOVE Lana, and I really don’t think she did a great job with that song. Look at her face, her expressions… She had a killing dress, a sexy leg and a perfect song, and she didn’t make a good job. Plus, I didnt like her voice.

  47. Jeff says:

    Jessica was the best of the night again. all people can complain about with her is the lack of movement. her voice is very recordable. Human js such a deep song and she really brought all the emotional feeling that songs has out. that was her best performance of the year and im disappointed it cannot be bought on iTunes. judges keep bussing this girl for what reason ill never know. just because she doesn’t move? why does everyone have to conform to what others want them to be? George Strait rarely moves but one would question hes one of the greatest voices in country music. a great voice can overcome little things like patrolling the stage. Caleb showed why he doesn’t do ballads. still of the night is not a ballad. its a loud great song which fits well in his wheelhouse. however his lower register is painful. probably why he has avoided the slow songs all year. jena to me is just so obnoxious. she truly has a horrible personality. shes very cocky and not humble in any way. shes also very fake. even the weird accent she does with her voice. I really wish she would just go home. Sam will likely be out after tonight. the song choices were not good for him. its unfortunate because the kid might have the best pure voice on the show along with Jessica.

    • Chris says:

      Carrie Underwood stood straight as a stick in just about every single performance and look at her now. They need to get off that train with Jessica.

  48. Jean says:

    if anyone other than Sam gets sent home tonight, I will be ticked off. Both of his performances last night had problems.

  49. C says:

    Comments:
    Alex – Sweater Weather – Pitch trouble at the start. Frankly, Alex bores me at this point. Like past power divas who can do only one style, he can’t do anything uptempo. Trouble is, his voice isn’t fascinating enough to put up with that. In “Say Something”, I really noticed how he repeatedly cuts his notes short, followed by a grimace. WTH? His pitch also went a bit funky on the last phrase.
    Caleb – To paraphrase his first song, I “Don’t Need to Say a Thing”. There has never been his type on this show before, although we saw glimpses of it with James Durbin and Adam Lambert. Except for a few weak opening measures on his first song, he was superb.
    Jessica – Her body showed more life, her face showed more emotion, and her voice is unbelievably beautiful. Her deep voice register is AMAZING. I also LOVED her duet with Caleb.
    Sam – He pretty much came to life tonight, but I think, sadly, that he’ll be going home. Wish it would be Alex.
    Jena – I kept losing the sound of her vocals on “My Body”. (Mic problems, perhaps?) I thought she looked very awkward when she was waving her hand in the air. I am fed up with her affected peculiar pronunciations of words–at least the ones I can understand. The rest are mumbled.

    One more note: I DO NOT WANT TO SEE JLO’S FACE ONE MORE TIME DURING A PERFORMANCE!!! GOT THAT, PRODUCERS?

  50. jr. says:

    By last nights performances, I think Caleb should go next. Then Alex. Then Sam. Then Jena, and Jessica should win.

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