Idol Top 4 Recap: Darling So It Goes, Some Things Are Meant to Be [Plus: Season 14's a Go!]

jena irene can't help falling idolRyan Seacrest got seriously scruffy (and it kinda worked for him). Randy Jackson offered deep thoughts like “This is Top 4 — there’s no holding back” and “It’s all in or nothing.” (Hey, at least he didn’t add a rogue “dawg” or a “molten hot lava bomb” to his lingo.) And J.Lo did her patented strut-and-squat dance move (sans the usual backing track).

But for the first time in American Idol‘s 13th season, our humble contestants refused to be upstaged by the foolery. “Cut as many times as you like to La Lopez shaking her buns — the one on top of her head and also her derriere — but Thursday morning’s water-cooler buzz belongs to us,” Jena, Alex, Jessica and Caleb seemed to be saying in their finest moments.

[Also buzz-worthy? Ryan Seacrest announcing Season 14 audition cities -- Minneapolis, New Orleans, Uniondale NY, Nashville and San Francisco -- which a Fox publicist tells me is indeed an official confirmation that the network has renewed its reality singing juggernaut for Season 14.]

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Oh, sure, there were some clunkers in the mix, to be sure. (Rule No. 1 of Idol Club: Never challenge Kelly Clarkson to a duel.) But each of our combatants had a championship round, a fist raised to the sky in triumph, the roar of the crowd drowning out Harry Connick Jr.’s music-theory lessons and Keith Urban’s knee-jerk use of “baby.” (Side note: How much would you pay to hear him put that word at the end of a sentence beginning with “a dingo ate my”? #ImGoingToHell)

And yes, we even got an Idol Moment so undeniable that I have definitive reason to update my Top 25 Best Performances of All-Time gallery before next week’s Episode No. 500. So on that note, let me jump right to letter grades for the Top 4:

BREAK-UP SONGS
Caleb Johnson: Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” — Grade: C+ | Ugh. The only way this performance could’ve been more chained to the mid-80s is if Caleb had sung into a giant bottle of Aqua-Net instead of a microphone. And look, while I realize not every performance on a reality singing competition is going to be wildly original, when you’re choosing a song that’s so synonymous with a particular era, it’s important to find some way to revitalize it — or wind up sounding like nothing more than a bar-band cover artist. To his credit, Keith hinted at that problem in his critique, but quickly changed gears and praised the last few notes: “At the end, you took it to your own place!” So, wait, we’re basing our critiques on snippets of performances now?

Jessica Meuse: Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” — Grade: C- | You know when a victim in a horror movie runs up the stairs to get away from the masked, knife-wielding murderer instead of out the front door? That was exactly the image that sprang to mind when I heard Jessica was tackling “Since U Been Gone,” and alas, it got bloodier and bloodier as Jessica struggled against a verse that was pitched too low for her and a chorus so high that it stretched her instrument in uncomfortable ways. I could write more about my favorite Season 13 under-dog’s difficulties, but I’ll just take a lyric from Ms. Clarkson and let you know I’m so movin on…yeah-yeah!

Alex Preston: Alex Clare’s “Too Close” — Grade: B+ | Was there anything more annoying than J.Lo’s repeated critiques tonight that Alex’s quieter approach to music might put him at a competitive disadvantage compared to Caleb and Jena? (Well, actually, there was J.Lo completely dismissing poor Jessica’s existence when she asked Alex, “How are you going to top a Caleb, a Jena, a this or a that?” #ATHISORATHAT #THISISTHENEWJESS) I mean, let’s be honest: Alex is not a belter, nor has he ever pretended to be. That aside, though, while I mostly dug Alex’s deconstructed “Too Close,” the way he moved it away from dubsteppishness and into an acoustic space filled with intricate rhythms, I also understood Keith’s complaint that he “misses a bit of weight” in Alex’s performances. Whereas a contestant like Kris Allen (one of my very favorite Idols, BTW) knew how to play with dynamics — and knew how to make his voice fully cut through the IdolDome, despite not having the horsepower of an Adam or an Allison — every aspect of Alex’s performances and persona feels slightly muffled or muted. In that sense, J.Lo’s suggestion of “a dramatic dropout” — a moment where Alex’s voice would have to carry the weight of the song — might not have been a terrible idea. (Which is my muted way of saying it was an excellent idea.)

Jena Irene: Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” — Grade: A- | Keith and Harry got on Jena’s case for not showing enough “energetic release,” which to my mind was like getting a four-star meal and then complaining that you didn’t like the pattern of the china it got served on. Like J.Lo noted (two agreements with her in this recap already; one more and I’m sending myself to the Silver Stools of Doom), Jena’s was a “commanding performance” — and one, I might add, without a single botched note, some glorious harmonizing on the final refrain and crisp diction that had to at least temporarily silence her harshest critics.

DEDICATIONS
Caleb Johnson: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin’ Band” — Grade: B+ | Once again, Caleb took a pretty straightforward approach to arrangement — what happened to the dude who flipped “Skyfall,” “Chain of Fools” and “Edge of Glory”? — but his vocals were effortlessly good, and in the final refrain, he even took some nice liberties with the melody and let his voice soar like a racquetball smacked upward by The Hulk. Will this performance be lodged at the front of my memory a year from now? Probably not. But it can’t be all marble staircases and crown molding on the Idol journey; you also need cement blocks to buld a foundation. (Or I think you need ‘em. Do any of us really have time to worry about what’s keeping our fourth-floor apartment from collapsing?) “What can I say, Caleb?” asked J.Lo. “This isn’t really a critique,” said Harry, after wondering how Caleb would feel if he got to tour with the Idol house band. “Randy’s expression says it all!” exclaimed Keith. Well, at least we’re not pretending the judges are looking for any more growth or improvement from Caleb!

Jessica Meuse: Pink’s “So What” — Grade: C+ | Strrrrrrrike two! Jessica declared coming out of commercial that this was the best performance she’s ever done — but she may feel differently when she returns to her hotel and plays back this performance on the DVR. I’m not saying the vocal was as bad as the black dinner napkin that hung down over Jess’ midsection like a poorly placed bib, but it also felt…irrelevant? Nothing Jessica has done all season has painted her as a cheeky pop-rock princess with a scathing sense of humor, which made her fist bumps and twinkling smile on “I’m gonna start a fight” seem like accessories she was borrowing from someone else’s closet. Maybe Jessica had to pick this track off a list of three or four ill-fitting tunes. But if not, I’ve got to ask — why didn’t she go with a stormy rocker in the vein of “The Crow and the Butterfly” or a rootsy jam like “Blue Eyed Lie” or even a cinematic slice of melancholy like “Summertime Sadness”? There are a million ways to lose a competition, but the song-selection-as-shoulder-shrug method may be the most depressing.

Jena Irene: Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” — Grade: B- | Twenty points to Jena for reinventing Gaga’s theatrical electronic track as a throbbing, guitar-driven headbanger. And ten more points for reconfiguring the melody in a way that took the track away from its pop-radio roots and into a more ominous place. And now let’s subtract 25 points for the way Jena went with an arrangement that was simply too high for her range, a misfire that — when it wasn’t pulling her slightly off pitch — was bringing a slightly strident quality to her vocal tone. If nothing else, though, at least J.Lo’s critique showed us exactly how the “I Luh Ya Papi” “vocalist” is hoping Season 13 plays out: “To me, like, you really give Caleb a run for his money,” Jennifer giggled, “when it comes to the really big performances! — not saying that Jessica or Alex are not in it, they are in it, they just do it in a different way — but you guys kinda go toe-to-toe on, like, ‘We’re bringing down the house right now.'” Alrighty then!

Alex Preston: Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” — Grade: B- | If this was a game of Family Feud, and we had to guess “The 3 Songs Alex Preston Was Most Likely to Have on His Season 13 Set List,” then “I’m Yours” would definitely get a ding-ding-ding from host Steve Harvey. Not only was the choice painfully predictable, though, but Alex didn’t even bother to put any kind of interesting twist on it (aside from red shoes that called further attention to Alex’s alarmingly rolled pant legs and exposed ankles). So yeah, he sang it OK, it was totally inoffensive and yet — like a six-month-old magazine in your dentist’s office — it was also completely forgettable. (Nice seeing Alex’s girlfriend, Season 13 Rush Week victim Jillian Jensen, in the audience, however, no? Snap poll: Do we want her to try out for Season 14? Share thoughts below!)

MAKE-UP SONGS
Caleb Johnson: Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” — Grade: A | No doubt Caleb can wail with the best of ‘em, but we’ve seen very limited vulnerability to date from the Season 13 rocker. Smart move, then, for him to strip this romantic ballad down to its piano roots on the opening verse and put the focus on the raw, aching quality of his vocals. Just as great, Caleb infused the performance with sweeping glory notes, hints of falsetto and full-on growl-ation. In a season where too many contestants got pinged for a lack of dynamics, Caleb’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” could serve as a training video. Great stuff — and Caleb’s best since “Skyfall,” or maybe ever.

Jessica Meuse: Lady Gaga’s “You and I” — Grade: A | If Keith and J.Lo wind up tying Jessica to a stake Thursday night and using Randy’s oversized glasses to start a fire that immolates her Idol dreams, at least girlfriend can hold her chin up while everything around her turns to ashes. With the count at 0-and-2, Jessica took a big swing, tackled a song Haley Reinhart covered gloriously in Season 10 (before Gaga had even released it) and delivered the kind of deeply felt emotion and connected grittiness that have been hallmarks of her best Idol moments. When Jess’ voice began to shred so achingly on the chorus, when she brought it back to an origami-delicate whisper on “something about this place,” when she got me swaying to the music as she ad-libbed over the final chorus, I imagined a confetti shower pouring down in the IdolDome. Not all of our favorites can be winners in the end, of course, but when they’re as hard-working and unassuming and talented as Jessica, you can only hope that they’ll leave a final impression as indelible as her “You and I.” [Judges comments left on the TVLine editing-room floor, because honestly, who cares what they say about Jessica anymore?]

Jena Irene: Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — Grade: A+ | Chocolate ice cream and peanut-butter sauce. Fey and Poehler. Wine and television. Affirmed and Alydar. These are just a few classic pairings that never fail to satisfy, and I think it’s time we added Jena and her piano to the list, yes? And “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was a flawless example of the magic she creates when she’s at the keys — and utilizing her singular musical instincts to reinvent timeless tracks. I loved the way she came in just a beat late on the opening line, the way her timing forced the ear to lock harder onto the lyrics, rather than allowing the brain to unconsciously slip into all the versions of the song we’ve heard before. Even more impressive, though, was the way Jena instinctively added unexpected flavors to the melody — a very risky proposition when you’re dealing with an Elvis classic as cherished as anything in Grandma’s recipe box. Somehow, though, this 17-year-old girl didn’t hit a single wonky note — her ad libs adding heaping amounts of drama and longing, her fluttery high notes adding teenage-crush palpatations to the bridge, and that final refrain that I cannot wait to download on iTunes. (Except for some bonehead on the show’s production team decided to let the Idols record only one track per week — and then decided Jena’s Top 4 contribution should be “Heartbreaker.” Uff da!) And just like during Candice Glover’s epic “Lovesong” in Season 12, we even got a weird sound malfunction/Satanic visitation mid-performance. Is it possible the souls of Corey Clark and Paula Abdul are locked beneath the IdolDome, letting out howls of pain every time a jaw-dropping performance irrevocably reveals the eventual champion? We’ll know in two weeks!

Alex Preston: Coldplay’s “Yellow” — Grade: A | Yeah, Alex added yet another quirky cover of a midtempo, modern-rock ditty by a male vocalist to his Season 13 oeuvre, which normally might leave me feeling just a teensy bit unsatisfied. (Especially since it was done with marching-in-place-at-the-mic-stand predictability.) Alex’s saving grace, though, was that “Yellow” was so darn pretty. The way he allowed his voice to creep into a broken falsetto at the ends of lines, the focused dreaminess he brought to lines like “look at the stars/look how they shine for you,” the way the song became like whispered pillow talk to a lover rather than a plea for America’s votes. I dug it, and unlike La Lopez, I’m not even really worried how America is going to respond to it.

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

Yes, I realize my “Should Be Bottom 2″ prognostication doesn’t match up with tonight’s grades: Jessica only went 1-for-3 on a night where she needed a hat trick. But I firmly believe that in the wake of Caleb calling his fans “retards” last week, he needed to prove himself so spectacularly and/or apologize so publicly that it would overshadow the deep fear that he’s not truly ready to be the ambassador for this enduring franchise. I’d argue that didn’t happen tonight, and thus my feeling that Mr. Johson should be the one to fall short of a hometown visit.

Anyhow…enough about my opinion…

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841 Comments
  1. Mike says:

    JENAAAAAA!

    • OhMy says:

      I sure would like her better if she didn’t sing in a fake accent.

      • The Other Leah says:

        I agree! So affected. I think she’s got the chops for sure, but I can’t get past it.

        • Mike says:

          I think its just her way of singing though… And sorry, but I really dig it..

          • OhMy says:

            It just seems juvenile. Of course she is a juvenile, but if the judges had an ounce of integrity they’d mention it and help her work out of it before it’s too late.

          • Mary says:

            Me too, I think it is her signature. God I wish they recorded her Elvis song. I have already played it about 20 times. Beautiful, I didn’t even mind JLo getting out of her chair.

          • Ben says:

            What were the iTunes songs this week?

          • Thank you Mike. I dig it too Aloha

        • Diane says:

          Yeah I liked Jena’s performance but did not love it. Parts sounded lovely, but the phrasing was scattershot and she hit some very noticeable bum notes throughout. As soon as it finished I knew Michael would A+ it though. :P

          • Mary says:

            I think it was a A+++++++++

          • chris says:

            I agree. My favorite part of that song is the melody and she didn’t sing it. It left me wanting to hear Elvis.

          • Mike says:

            I think it was very brave of her to sing this well loved song and really make it her own. I just know when I hear this song again on IDOL, I’m gonna think of Jena. For me, thats how good it was.

            I do get it when people say is it really her voice or accent, but I just really think it’s her way of singing. It makes her Jena. It makes her different from other girls singing & performance wise. And it’s a very lovely tone that makes her cover of songs really well. And it just doesn’t work on 1 genre but on others as well.

            She deserves to win this thing. I’m hoping the last performance (on finale night) will be her single during the wildcards.

          • Var says:

            Sorry, Jena fans, I don’t get the effusive praise. Her rendition of the Elvis song was pleasant but it wasn’t a great performance. The highlight of the night was Caleb doing the McCartney song and finally someone (Caleb) did a CCR rocker on the show.

          • MarkIBe says:

            I don’t understand those who praise Jena, her tone is grating to my ears especially when she starts belting. Maybe I’m missing something here but has she had a true moment in this competition?

          • MarkIBe says:

            Caleb is much more talented then Jena, but he comes across as such a “prick” that I can’t see him winning. Despite the judges proclamations to the contrary, I feel like this is one of the weakest fields AI has had in a long time.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            “I feel like this is one of the weakest fields AI has had in a long time.”
            You’ve just noticed? Don’t get me wrong; I still like these guys. I bought all of the recordings, I’m going to see them on tour, and I’ll buy the winner’s album when it comes out. But out of all the seasons I’ve watched (5-13), this is definitely one of the weakest links. It’s pretty even with Season 9; I really liked the girls last year so I don’t call Season 12 the weakest.

          • Danny says:

            I’d say this year is better than last. This is only my opinion. I’m not saying I’m right for everyone, just right for me.
            ..
            I’ve enjoyed all but 2 shows this year. Last year almost every song was a sleepy ballad. At least this year there’s some variety. Yea each artist is sorta one dimensional. But at least they’re not all the same 1 dimension. I think the song choices are so much better this year.
            ..
            Caleb, Jessica, and Jena by themselves all have a lot of songs better than pretty much anything anyone did last year. There still hasn’t been a moment for me since Joshua Ledet a couple of years ago. I’m not saying this is a great all time year. I’m just saying I generally like most of the songs this year where as last year I didn’t.

          • Ben says:

            As you know Danny, I for one agree with you. I can understand (objectively) that there were some great singers last year. However, for me personally, watching idol last season was a negative experience, and this years watching was a positive experience with only the exception of the choice of use of save.

          • karen says:

            I agree with LeahKitty. Last season was among my all-time favorites. I really bonded with the contestants, especially Kree, Candice, Janelle, Angie and Devon. They were first rate. This season has been spotty at best. Kree is one of the most soulful singers ever to appear on the Idol stage. Nobody this year has had a moment like Kree did with Up to the Mountain. Candice had one of the all time greatest performances in Idol history. Angie had a loyal following. Janelle was personality plus.

          • Ben says:

            @Karen – see (and this is the beauty of subjectivity) – for me, there is not one performance Kree did that moved me in the slightly or that I would come anywhere close to calling a moment. Angie is everything I don’t like about the last 10 years in music – dull, dull, dull (on that note, I was thinking tonight when Jena performed how refreshing it was to get a fantastic ballad when more than half the songs are not ballads). Candice was phenomenal, but she couldn’t save the season for me. On the other hand, I found tonight awesome. And Jena gave me a true moment. That really was, for me, a moment.

          • karenb says:

            @Var-you’re forgetting Phillip Phillips “Have you seen the rain.” That was a CCR song. He did one first, not Caleb.

          • Mercedes S. says:

            Don’t understand Michael’s love for Jena. My dog, who only howls for sirens, howls and leaves the room anytime Jena sings. Her signature sound, achieved by an abnormally large tongue, may be interesting, but her wails in the higher register makes my ears hurt too.

          • Wen says:

            Bum Notes? Scattershot phrasing? Have your TV checked. Michael gave it an A+ because he heard what most of us heard. Besides Jess has always been Michael’s favorite. Only the last 2 weeks he has been conceding that Jena is the one to beat.

          • Ryan P. says:

            You’re both wrong about CCR – Crystal Bowersox did “Long As I Can See the Light” in Top 20 week of Season 9.

          • Pao says:

            Obviously JLo never heard of Ingrid Michelson’s version of can’t help falling in love – was she Gina’s influence? Gina will win regardless but a shame that Ingrid doesn’t get the credit for her awesome version

        • Mac says:

          What I don’t get is people saying it’s a forced accent to her singing. If that’s the case, she’s been doing an amazing job of keeping it in there for several performances now. It’s pretty consistent for something so “forced”.

        • RedInDenver says:

          I also agree …. I think she has a pretty amazing range, but her affectations and facial expressions really are off-putting.

      • jamie says:

        Ditto.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        It is definitely odd. Sometimes it sounds perfectly organic in a song and other times it’s just really bizarre. I’m torn about it. Really. But she got my votes anyway.

        • claudia says:

          I can’t believe that ANYONE who has ever heard Elvis sing that song liked Jena’s version of it. I thought it was dreadful & I doubt I would have liked it even if I had never heard it before. The tempo was sooooo slow & the tune was completely changed into dreck.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I agree. Good grief, I liked Tim Urban’s version better.

          • My Krav is Bettah says:

            I loved it. My wife was in tears.

          • Gailer says:

            It was all about the song choice, not her singing

          • Jill Moya says:

            Claudia…YOU ARE WISE! It wasn’t very good. A PLUS is ridiculous! Fake accent and all gets super eating! Someone is slipping!

          • Jill Moya says:

            Meant Rating not eating!

          • S. says:

            It was extraordinary. I’ve heard Elvis and Jena could’ve seemed like she was languishing and the song could’ve been terrible, but it was reinvented. It doesn’t have to be a competition against someone not on the show this time. She doesn’t have to beat Elvis. A contestant singing the song of someone of the opposing gender is gonna have an easier time making it their own, so it’s smart of her to do that. She made some interesting choices.

          • Iris says:

            I didn’t love it either. I actually thought the two performances right before hers were better.

          • Tessa B says:

            You clearly don’t have ears. Jena was fantastic and she’s the only one who is versatile and challenges herself.

          • Lu says:

            Thank you!! I do not get all the praise for Jena. I have yet to like a song by her. I rarely agree with Michael anyways. I was not a fan of Haley either. She had the same weird tone to her voice. All my votes are for Caleb. He was by far the best tonight and all season. I cringe at the way they all praise Jena. I hope America is not swayed by them.

          • rio says:

            What Jena did this week Alex has been doing every week.

          • I am from the Elvis era and she didn’t copy him. who could? Not dreck!

          • NikNac says:

            Jena’s performance was great! And to the person who said she is doing what Alex always does – No. Alex has no personality in his singing. When Jena sang this, she showed emotion, and depth and range. Alex is always quiet and shows no real emotion, aside from his “pain” face.

          • Idolhead Ed says:

            All this negative crap against Jena is a good thing. I remember the exact same thing happened to another Idol and maybe ever worse. It was Carrie. Those ranters nicknamed her fembot. Carrie won a lot of those hateful people over after idol. Jean will do the same.

      • Blinged Up says:

        I agree about the fake accent! It’s sooooo distracting to me.

      • Lisa says:

        They mentioned the way she enunciates and weird things with her tongue and mouth during her audition. It’s not something she puts on, unlike another contestant.

      • Bren says:

        I am constantly distracted by her Rachel Berry hair. She is no Lea Michele.

      • Sandee says:

        She was best of the night and the most versatile. Her voice is amazingly unique. It looks like you want a bland, dull voice to listen to.

      • Karinna says:

        Keith Urban talks in an Australian accent but sings with a southern country twang. Do you feel the same about his singing?

      • accent? she has an accent? I don’t care as long as she can sing like that

        • ME says:

          For reals, the accent talk is ridiculous

          • Thank you for agreeing with that. I’m sensitive to people who diss others because of stuff like that. She can sing and I like her. Aloha

          • (becca) Marilyn Mendoza , yes I agree that you should stand up for your contestant, I hear lots of hate for jena. I am one of calebs fans and not a whole lot is said”nice” about him. But I guess everyone has their favorite and everyone should stand by their favorite contestant. I accidentally saw your page and guess what. I am recovered from that too. Congratulations. Aloha

      • Sue says:

        I drives me crazy also. I can’t listen to it.

    • karenb says:

      GO Jena! She is by far the most versatile contestant this season. She can sing anything. And her with the piano tonight-just fabulous

      • Erin says:

        I wouldn’t give it an A+, but you can see this one is going to be a huge star. I really can see her only growing and getting better. Too bad JLo had to make it about her by standing up in the middle where glory notes should be center stage. Jason; a comparison to Game of Thrones Cersei giving Jena the kiss of approval please?

        • MarkIBe says:

          Ha ha. Jena a huge star? NOT.

          • Thea says:

            Jeez, calm down. We get it, you don’t like Jena. You don’t have to, no one is making you, it is called an opinion for a reason.

          • Danny says:

            Thea- I hear ya. Those that like Jena are right. Those that don’t are also right.

          • Erin says:

            Well at least consider this: she can do intimate piano ballads, huge rock anthems, and even dance/electronica music. And she’s only 17! She may not be to your taste, but she will improve and if I had to bet on a one’s future, it would be her.

          • Temperance says:

            Wanna bet? In Idolland, I’ve never been wrong. Jena’s the success story from last year… and Phillip Phillip’s new single came out this week after an amazing first album.

        • Jill Moya says:

          Jena’s gona be a big star…a person who pronounces words one can’t understand with a fake accent! Don’t insult our intelligence! She may succeed at county fairs….that’s about it!

          • will says:

            You must be fun at parties.

          • (becca) Hey Jill I am kinda glad the main controversy is Jena, Jena,Jena. I dont feel one way or the other about her but I just know my fav is caleb. I bought my idol tour tickets! Dont laugh. I know you are, I can see through my computer. I know! Well out of the bunch, I would love seeing Majesty,Caleb, and curious to see if Mk nobilette has practiced and improved a little.Do you want me to give Jess a message? LOL Hmmmph? LOL

      • Jut says:

        The one (and only) positive thing I will say about J-Lo this season is that she has been the first to recognize and insist on naming Jena’s brilliance. Jena is the real deal. Whether you care for her voice or not, she is unbelievably poised. A natural. Meanwhile — I can’t help myself — GET THE CAMERA OFF OF THE JUDGES, ESPECIALLY MS. LO!!!! GEEZ!! (Did anyone notice J-Lo coyly saying something like “Was I being taped?” during all the hullabaloo about her standing and the striding over to Jena following the Elvis song? Talk about pathetic…)

        • Al says:

          Replay your DVR…J Lo’s comment referred to the fact that she was so amazed she unconsciously dropped the F-bomb in the middle of Jena’s performance and the camera caught it…..thus Ryan’s comment that J Lo thought the performance was “Fun.” Agree…..they spend too much time with cameras on the judges……but don’t criticize J Lo for it!

          • Jut says:

            .Hmmm…I wonder if that’s when things went wonky and that visual interloper appeared, interrupting Jena’s performance. Thanks for the correction. I do, however, remain irritated by the amount of lingering camera attention given to J-Lo’s every breathy response when the contestants are singing. She’s beautiful, I like looking at her. I even appreciate many of her comments. But when the idols are singing, I’m interested in their performances, not whether the judges are bopping, nodding, staring, whispering, etc. etc. etc.

          • HTGR says:

            Hard to say though, what if her contract demanded she get X amount of screen time? Of course you could be right, the producers just might think she sells or are desperate to hope and focus on her all the time and it might have not a bit to do with her and not be her fault at all.

          • B.Rich says:

            The version I watched on youtube clearly showed J.Lo mouthing “fuuuuuuuucckkk..” at that moment. There was no visual or sound glitch. Watched back on DVR and realized what they had to do for TV.

            Regardless, best Idol performance since Lovesong, so it was fitting.

      • Var says:

        Thanks for the reminder about Phillip doing the CCR song but I was thinking in terms of a “rocker” which “Rain” isn’t. As a side note, there are lots of great musicians and bands which are rarely or never covered on Idol. Maybe the songs don’t get cleared for whatever reasons.

      • Keith says:

        I don’t care if an artist is versatile.When I buy a rock album I want to hear rock music.

    • darcy the slutty twin says:

      My ears were bleeding from the mumbly, yelly, pretentious alien-sounding accent of Jeeena.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I thought it was interesting when Jennifer asked Jena why she changed the ending of “Bad Romance” and she said it sounded like she was yelling.
        “Heartbreaker” was good, she sucked the life out of “Bad Romance” IMO, and I hated the Elvis song.

        • darcy the slutty twin says:

          I hated all three of her performances, to be honest.

          • jamie says:

            I’m trying to make peace with her winning the whole thing but knowing they will have her put out a really crappy album that will effectively kill her career before it ever really starts, so guess I can learn to accept the inevitable.

          • bob says:

            Why are you posting under different yet similar usernames

          • HTGR says:

            @Bob – those are two completely different posters

          • Mary says:

            We honestly know that you don’t like her.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Bob, we’re twins but two different people. :-)

      • My Krav is Bettah says:

        You’ re a musical platypus, baby.

      • Mike says:

        Probably bleeding because of all the nonsense in your brain about Jena. #SorryNotSorry

        I’m kidding. Peace on earth and may your ears never recover.

        • darcy the slutty twin says:

          LOL. You’re obviously a Jena fan. I can’t stand her. Can’t we both express our opinion?

          • deedee says:

            Jena is definitely polarizing. I like her personality and stage presence, but not so much her voice, which has a weird throaty tone that gets under my skin. Still, she’s got a lot of talent and I understand why some people find her “amazing”.

          • Tansy says:

            I don’t like anything about Jena. Not her voice, her make-up, her affectations, or her “I already won” attitude.

          • will says:

            “I didn’t like Jena’s performance” and “I don’t like Jena’s voice” are opinions.

            Saying “my ears were bleeding” and calling the way she sings “yelly, pretentious, and alien-sounding” is not stating an opinion, but rather just being a nasty person. If you wanted to simply state an opinion and let everyone express them, you would have simply stated your opinion instead of being a huge tool.

          • She seems like an ok person (jena) but I love ann wilson from heart and amy lee from evanascence. And she tried doing each one of their songs. If you are going to sing barracuda, you better hope you are as good as Ann. Then she did evanascence and same thing, you better be iconic to sing anything by amy lee.

      • Sandee says:

        Apparently you don’t have taste.

      • claudia says:

        I agree. Heartbreaker was a good cover but I hated her other 2 songs, esp her last song. When Elvis sang it, it was all about his feelings for his lover. When Jena sang it, it was all about “look at me, aren’t I special”. I hated the arrangement & the slow tempo. Why did she get 5 minutes when everyone else got 1 1/2? She needs to be gone.

        • will says:

          Are you frigging KIDDING ME? At least pick criticisms that are valid! Never mind the “look at me” bull you’re spouting, but Jena’s performance of CHFiL was 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Everyone was averaging around a minute fifty to two minutes, and even the shortest song of the night was Caleb’s Travellin’ Band at 1 minute and 45 seconds. None of them were as short as a minute and 1/2, and it was only 3 seconds longer than the next longest, which was Jessica’s So What, so don’t even try to claim she somehow got loads of extra time because it’s just factually not a true statement.

        • Well, it looks like there is lots of dislike for jena everywhere I look. Hopefully that rings good for caleb who I absolutely love. Sorry but I love 80s music. I actually like all genres, I ,love rap, rock, heavy metal, alternative,soul (love Hall and Oates), country, and some of the electronic and dub step. Bet you never met someone who likes Neil Diamond and at the same time likes Marilyn Manson! Me! me!

    • Brandy says:

      JENAAAAAA. That song. Ugh, that SONG. So good.

    • She delivered a 3 out of 3 tonight. She was the only one that killed every song. Caleb I think was a 2 out of 3. Jessica and Alex were about a 1 or 1.5 out of 3. I think it will be Alex and Jessica in the Bottom with, unfortunately Jessica going home. Her 1st two performances were good, but her last performance was great, so it will be sad to see her leave. I think Alex should be the one going based on just tonight. I don’t think, despite Caleb’s insensitive remarks, that he should be the one going home. Should be interesting to see.

      • I am a Jena fan from the beginning, but everyone who is hating on Jena for whatever don’t you notice how fake Jessica is and were you all not watching from Hollywood week when she was sabotaging her group? She is getting better however her comments after her performances don’t pass the smell test. Her fakeness is worse than anything about Jena..

        • Mary says:

          I actually like both of the girls and would love to see them in the finals, won’t happen due to Jessica song choices. I personally didn’t think she was sabotaging her group in Hollywood and I think she is talented but unfortunately the stage presence needs work.

        • Tommyo2000 says:

          UGH! … no no go take another hit of vinegar

        • Mercedes S. says:

          You liked the taste of your Kool-Aid, marilynmendoza?

        • bern says:

          totally agree with you Marilyn – The audition period really showed Jessica in true colors. When that poor kid asked her if she thought he should quit – and she said maybe he should – And her dramatic over-reaction to that stage mom when she should’ve just laughed her off – made me not like her. Now she has the most insincere smile after critiques – goes backstage and dismisses the criticism – She looks like she wants to be gone, gone, gone…

          • Jill Moya says:

            Ben, you said what needed to be said about Jessica (MOOSE) Meuse. If I said all that I would be bashed. Thank You so much!

        • Fojo says:

          You can’t be serious. They edited her to make her look bad. She’s one if the who replies to tweets from her fans. Jena is the fakest of them all. After being the bottom at the beginning of live rounds she became rock singer all of the sudden and she sounds like she’s screaming almost everytime she does a rock song.

          • She began to ride on Calebs shirt tails. At first, she was classic and played piano, all of a sudden rock chick? And now a fake and liar. That whole arrangement she got credit for “Cant Help Fallin in Love” was an Ingrid Michaelson version she copied and judges thought she did the arrangement. Thats why J-lo kissed her. Jena a cheat and liar. Pulling shananigans right before finale! Alex and Caleb

      • Jill Moya says:

        You’re right….she killed em’….MORE LIKE SHOT THEM DEAD!

        • Hey jill, I have been reading something about fans being mad at Jena cause she copied Ingrid Michaelsons version of “I Cant Help Falling In Love”. Jena also took credit for “arranging the song herself, making herself look genius in front of america. So I went and looked at Ingrid Michaelsons version on u tube and also found out Jena “opened” for Ingrid Michaelson shows. The version Ingrid has JENA COPIED NOTE FOR NOTE, EXACT REPLICA of Ingrids version. OMG That was the reason J-lo ran up and kissed her thinking Jena was a genius for the arrangement. Jena FULL WELL new that wasnt her work. I do not like her now at all. Caleb and Alex finale just because of jenas dishonesty. I hope Ingrid Michaelson finds out and calls the show because that is her arrangement. Jill, take time to go look at ingrids version. Carbon copy. Piano and all. And jena let america and the judges give her all that praise. They think she was such a smart girl to make her own version, and its all a lie.

      • Verna Brake . says:

        I hope Too big in himself Caleb Johnson goes home , especially after his rude remarks . I am tired of listening to him scream .I haven’t liked him from day one .

    • Sandee says:

      Jena should win! She’s the best and it’s not even close. Those throwing shade on her voice have no idea what true talent is and are probably fans of bubblegum pop and Jessica Simpson.

      • Wendy says:

        Actually, I HATE Jena’s Voice. I also hate bubblegum pop and Jessica Simpson. Now what? Everyone has different opinions, I throw shade because in my opinion she is a wanna be Amy Lee
        and falls short every time. No thanks.

        • Jill Moya says:

          Brilliant Deduction! YOU ARE MY HERO! SPOT ON!

        • will says:

          She sings one Evnescence song and suddenly shes a wannabe (a word you couldn’t even use apparently. I mean at least hyphenate the damn thing if you want to separate it into its two parts) version of a vocalist she sounds nothing like? Sure, yeah, okay.

        • YES Wendy I agree. I love Amy Lee, amazing, crazy good voice,she rocks the house in her live shows. Lots of hard rock and her voice. Jena is not even close to Amy Lee.

    • karyn says:

      Yuck, NO! I thought Jena’s first 2 songs were just bad karaoke versions and couldn’t believe that they praised her anyway. That said, her Presley cover was fantastic and original and everything the other 2 were not. Substitute “McCartney” for “Presley” and I would say exactly the same thing about Caleb tonight.

    • Mari says:

      How come the judges, Randy or Jena didn’t mention Ingrid Michaelson’s version of this song. Jena’s version is identical and not at all new and creative, weird much?

  2. Tommyo2000 says:

    Almost…

  3. OhMy says:

    What did Jessica do to the judges? Seriously.

    • IMHO says:

      Owned a vagina over 21 years of age.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        LOL now that’s funny..but I have to say, I have been in Jessica’s corner all year, but her first two songs tonight were both kind of rough, really nice job on the Lady Gaga song though
        I missed it, when did Caleb call his fans retards?

        • Danny says:

          I tend to agree with Bob. I’ve thought Jessica was getting bussed for the better part of the year. The first 2 songs she did didn’t really cut it though. They gave others tough critiques. I thought tonight they were reasonable. It doesn’t change that obviously Jessica isn’t their favorite. Tonight wasn’t bad though.

        • Tansy says:

          In a post show interview last week. He also said he was looking forward to the home visits for the hookers, alcohol and cocaine. it’s on idolnet.

      • MAB says:

        Jessica wasn’t the only one with hard critiques. They were hard on Alex too. They want Jena and Caleb, it’s obvious. I voted for Jessica and Alex.

        • RRM says:

          For some reason, I think Jessica 1)Accepted the fact the judges hate her 2) shoe’ll be eliminated tomorrow (hopefully not but might). There were far better song she could have chosen but the first two song felt like a middle-finger to the judges and her ‘You and I’ was her swan song.

          • Tess says:

            To be fair, we don’t know what songs they were given to chose from (I can only assume that for Jess to agree to sing both Kelly Clarkson and Pink on the same night no less, knowing those songs are going to come off as karaoke at best, meant she was not given many options to chose from) and if the choices were limited as they seem to have been based on what they all wound up singing, then maybe we need to factor that in for all of them (only Alex seemed to have 3 songs that were in his wheelhouse; Caleb and Jena also had at least one song that seemed odd for them given what they have trended toward in the past). I would even venture a guess that Jess was not allowed to change up either of her first two songs either, because they would’ve both come off much better had she been allowed to tailor them to fit her more. As it was, it wasn’t like she sounded terrible or that she didn’t actually manage to let loose a little more and connect better (though she should probably give up the fist pumping because that just never looks right on her). Had the judges reamed her then people would be saying they were too harsh – but because they pointed out for a change how much better she is than the songs she sang, it’s making more people think she was awful. They were definitely her worst two performances on a night when she couldn’t afford that, but I think she did as much as she was probably allowed to do with the songs that she was allowed to choose.

          • HTGR says:

            I did maybe get that impression, with her smiley, I had fun with them and loved them. I think she figured she’d be nailed and out so may as well just have the fun. Although it’s possible she thought she could make the first two fit her voice better through and through, she did hit some really nice parts with the first two, really good, but other parts were not ideal for her voice and those parts also tended to come earlier on before she warmed herself into them fully too, but she was just happy, felt they fit and did ‘em. Who knows. Whatever. The voting is half random on these shows anyway and as I’ve said usually doesn’t end up aligning to ideal world nor real real world. The production stuff is scripted and sometimes it makes sense, sometimes not, usually overall not haha.

          • Smokin' Mark says:

            I sensed the same thing. This was the first week she seemed to shrug off the venom she knew was coming from the judges. Glad she’s done prancing around on the stage in a futile attempt to impress the unimpressable too. There was none of that tonight. I’d like to see her stick around one more week over Alex but it seems like a longshot and it seemed like she knew that tonight.

          • RRM says:

            @Tess…you could be right but isn’t it a bit of a wonder that Alex, Caleb and Jena had song choices that suited them and really the only they could botch it up was if they played with the melody too much?
            Alex had 3 songs you’d expect out of him, Caleb had 3 songs that had rock tunes and Jena had 3 songs that you pretty much would expect out of her.
            Then you have Jess that gets stuck with with 2 pop songs and a club-ish anthem (not sure how I’d classify You and I)? It just doesn’t smell right…or maybe that’s just me

        • karyn says:

          I agree. I’m sick of the pimping of the duo they want in the finale but that is nothing new. I get that loud performances make it easier to pretend this is gripped TV, but neither Jena nor Caleb were better than Alex tonight.

          I didn’t get the love for either of Caleb’s first two (serious karaoke – I don’t think he changed a note, at least none for the better) and the same was true for Heartbreaker. Jena’s Lady Gaga was only okay. Jess’ first was really bad for the first half but I though the second one was better than they gave her credit for. All 4 of them had amazing final performances though, so whoever goes home, it’s nice that they will go out on a good note (literally).

      • jaded says:

        Pretty, edgy, better singer than J Lo ever could be. Need I say more? She did the same thing to Haley.

      • Smokin' Mark says:

        Ha! Fantastic. The judges’ comments seemed a little more proportional to her performances tonight I must say. She wasn’t on the top of her game for those first two songs. Of course, when the judges have trashed her so hard over near-perfect performances in prior weeks, what is there left to say on a night like tonight when her song choices weren’t great? I was kind of curious how far they’d go to run her performance through the mud and given my expectations, they kind of disappointed. If Jessica survives another week, I wonder if JLo might have a button on her chair a trap door opens up on Jessica’s stage and drops into an alligator pit.

      • tealeaves says:

        LOL IMHO.
        I was not a huge fan of the first 2 songs from ANY of them tonight. Especially Caleb.

        • karyn says:

          Thank you! What were the judge’s smoking tonight that Caleb and Jena could do no wrong? For each, their last performance was great and deserved the praise but the first 2 were SO VERY BLAH! Especially Caleb who did both his first 2 songs none-for-note from the originals (till the last line on Travelin’ Man).

          I disagree re Alex though. At least Alex’s songs were all him doing him and doing it well. If you don’t like his style, fine, but he wasn’t off pitch or mimicking anyone else’s song on his first 2. I actually thought # 3 was a little too close to the original, but he sang it so well it was hard to dislike.

          • BrewsterFly says:

            OMG…Are you kidding?!? His second song was almost exactly like Jason Mraz’s version. He changed almost nothing. Of course I’m not surprised since he worships Mraz so much and makes almost every song he sings sound like a Jason Mraz song. I am so bored of him…Every song sounds exactly like the one he sang prior!

      • CaliGirl says:

        ^^THIS!!!

    • Matrix says:

      Great question!

    • Nedsdag says:

      She isn’t a teen Lea Michelle wannabe from Michigan.

      • Michael Johns says:

        LOL!! +++

      • Davey says:

        Perfectly said. All that overemoting in a song drives me crazy. It’s typical Idol singing when it’s bad and that is easily parodied.

      • kp says:

        So glad you mentioned that and that someone else sees it….I just can’t enjoy her performances.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        But I like Lea Michele…and Jena’s not my favorite, but I don;t think her voice/accent is fake at all.

        • Timmah says:

          I don’t think it’s fake either, but it sounds weird. It’s like Geddy Lee combined with Mickey Mouse.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            That might just be because of where she is from. Isn’t the Michigan accent similar to the Chicago accent? Plus, she’s a kid. She may not have learned to separate her talking voice from her singing voice yet. Which will be important for her going forward, but for now I can forgive it.

          • Timmah says:

            That’s right, I’d forgotten she was from up there. Are people from the North allowed to win Idol? Not that I think she’s going to beat Caleb anyway.

          • HTGR says:

            I wonder if the first northern girl to ever win is due to the new and very changed voting, pure shocking luck, or the producers having heard so much about how only people from the South win they set the stage and contestants up to make it more likely someone from outside Middle America/South wins?

          • The Other Leah says:

            Geddy Lee? Mickey Mouse? What?!?

          • Timmah says:

            Other Leah, listen to some really old Rush, like from the 70s, and see if you don’t hear the similarities, particularly when Jena gets kind of high and warbly.

          • LOL HAHAHAHAHAH GEDDY LEE AND MICKEY MOUSE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHLOL

        • I like Lea Michelle and Jena and what is wrong with coming from Michigan? low blow?

          • wingsstef says:

            Nothing is wrong with being from Michigan. Frankly I think all these people making fun of an accent are immature. Every state has an accent.

          • Thank you Wingstef. I am maybe getting a bit too much into Idol this year. I am also sensitive to bullying someone because of their looks, accents or mental health. Aloha

        • Jill Moya says:

          Leah, I read in one of your comments that you called me a liar about my beauty and talent! That’s funny…My agent just commented, “boy if she only knew!” He also asked why I bother with this site as I’m above it. You know, I’m a regular person, nothing goes to my head. I have ALWAYS answered every fan letter and I’m down to earth. I just feel these contestants are a farce, strictly no talents.I’m sorry that you don’t agree with my assessments Leah! Any way, I will expose who I am if Jessica wins, which I stated a week or two age. I may do it anyway, even if someone else wins! LATER!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Okay, I will hold you to that. And if you don’t come through at the end of the season, or if the name of the performer in the video is not Jill Moya, then we will all know you to be a poser who is puffing yourself up to put other people down.
            Meanwhile, would anybody like to see MY YouTube channel? It only has five videos up now, but I will be adding more throughout the summer. I write songs and do covers.

          • HTGR says:

            You’re a rich one Jill Troller McVee: I’m not one who EVER lets anything go to my head. I’m the hottest female in the existence of the species Homo sapiens (and while I am at it, erectus and habilis too!!!!) and these contestants should look at themselves in the mirror, vomit at the sight of their own sad visages and flush themselves down the toilet while being forced to listen to their own recordings. I’ve had a major, award winning career. My career has largely wound down already. Sometimes I wonder if maybe I should have tried out for Idol back in the day after all. I’m so far above Idol and like on a pedestal 30 stories above it, it’s almost ridiculous. I’m the nicest celeb ever and answer every fan letter so sweetly. These Idol contestants, none of whom I’ve ever met, are worse human beings than Pol Pot and uglier than a rancid fungus and I wish I could spit in their faces. Yes it all adds up so well! hehe
            .
            It’s one thing to say the talent this year doesn’t quite add up overall or to say they put through some of the wrong ones to the top 12 or so and so got cut way too early and it was an outrage and so on and yeah these shows have a lot less reality than they claim too and they are somewhat fixed in a certain sense and certainly heavily manipulated (sometimes in pretty dirty and not nice ways) and a lot of pre-choosing goes on and even the voting is often questionable and doesn’t really match what ideal (of course everyone will have their differences when it comes to ideal) or real real world voting would be and so on and so it is perhaps a bit of joke in the sense that you shouldn’t take it too seriously as to who goes home when (although it’s hard not to) and yeah having had so many seasons and so many of these shows going on at once now maybe things get watered down a bit too, but 95% of the time you are just saying something about how Jessica is 1000x times uglier than you are or how Idi Amin is a kinder, more real soul than Alex. I mean I know this place brings out the worst in most, myself included, but 99:1 ratio for insulting personal tear downs of contestants:to vocal criticism is a little bit high even for here.
            .
            And come on, if your ‘agent’ saw you write that you might reveal your true celeb self as the author of these posts he’d pull the plug faster than a Jackelope on Redbull haha.
            .
            Anyway, whatever, keep plugging.

        • wingsstef says:

          The Michigan accent is kind of a mixture of the Chicago and the Southern Ontario accent.

    • Eurydice says:

      Well, considering that even Michael gave Jessica “C’s” on her first two performances, I don’t think they were all that unfair.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Not tonight Eurydice but in past weeks that certainly have been,

        • Eurydice says:

          You know I’ve been frustrated with her, so I think a lot of their criticism has been deserved. But where I see unfairness is not that they specifically hate Jessica, but that they specifically love somebody else (Caleb and Jena) more.

      • tealeaves says:

        If Jessica’s first 2 performances deserved a C then so did Caleb’s first two performances and Jena’s Bad Romance.

      • Ben says:

        Actually, if anything, I think Michael was a bit unfair on the judges, re his comments after Jess’s third performance – if you are going to attack the judges for criticising, then its simply hypocritical to then ignore their comments when they rightfully tell her that she completely nailed it.

        • BrewsterFly says:

          But did you notice how JLo was sitting at the end of Jess’ performance? She was slouched back in her chair like a child…God forbid she show some enthusiasm for one of her performances!!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      She has not lived up to her own potential and they keep pointing it out b/c it has not happened (at least consistently). I would love to fault them for this, but I think that had she’d taken their advice she’d be a less awkward performer now. It’s not about her voice. It’s glorious on the right songs. It’s her inability to emote in her face and body.

      • chris says:

        I think she has taken their advice. She just doesn’t have an expressive face. If there’s an anti-Botox, she should take it. That said, it’s a singing contest and all the judges talk about is performance style. Alex, Sam and CJ also haven’t lived up to their potential but haven’t earned the wrath of the judges. I think Jessica has improved a lot over the season. I didn’t like her at all the first few weeks. I don’t think she’s better than Jena or Caleb but she does deserve a pat on the back for working hard.

    • Mike says:

      Their bias is pathetic. If Alex or Caleb go home tomorrow it would serve them right. Theiy’re judges…supposed to be impartial. Jessica wasn’t perfect tonight but they picked on everything…again. It backfired on them last week…I just wish it would backfire on them one more time.

      • Matrix says:

        Agreed 1,000 percent

      • Mary says:

        OMG really, how can you say the judges weren’t spot on in all good conscious.I love Jessica and her first two songs were bad. What was she thinking. I actually thought they were nice about it because I was thinking Jessica you don’t want to win do you.

        • Erin says:

          You got it. She actually sang “I got my rock moves” which begged the judges to jump on her lack of movement. The sheer fact they didn’t was an exercise of great restraint.

      • Lisa says:

        Tonight was promote Caleb night. Caleb is the new Sam. The built him up big time, seemingly in an effort to dissuade people from not voting for him due to his derogatory comments towards fans, and his promotion of hookers and cocaine.

        • JASon says:

          Do you seriously think he was promoting Hookers and cocaine or was he possibly making a joke?

          • Lisa says:

            Well, I don’t know really Jason. He didn’t make that distinction, and said it like he meant it.

          • HTGR says:

            I’m 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% sure Caleb said the cocaine and hookers thing as a joke. I really don’t even see how any can think he was saying it with a straight face.
            .
            The stuff about his fans, not sure though, that did seem to be a bit rough of a way of getting on fans. Sure he surely gets lots of BS slam downs and hate, but I doubt all 10,000 song suggestions come from those people. It may be that 9,980 of the song suggestions are ridiculous, but you do have to learn to just accept it and appreciate it (and ignore the suggestions), it’s people meaning well. Granted suggestions can be given a bad manner too though. Like look at movie boards, people slam the director or writer for this, that and other thing and insist if only they had done this or that then the movie would not have sucked and the director destroyed humanity (and 90% of the time the suggestions from the posters are hideously bad and off-target). I could see him responding as he did to that sort of thing (maybe not that word), but that’s a different deal than merely being sent song suggestions, which seems kinda innocent to me. Anyway, who knows, whatever.
            .
            The show is protecting him and not throwing him under the bus, which is good, as the shows shouldn’t toss their contestants under the bus (unless it’s something beyond out of control bad beyond bad). (but then again, I can’t help but feel if Jessica had said it, or had Haley been here this season, that suddenly they might not have cared a damn about protection and gleefully used it to sink them forever, but who knows, maybe they have changed though and would’ve protected those two or anyone else by not bringing it up; it is a bit interesting that they protect against a probable real incident having so often played up other contestants as unlikeable or bad or this or that for ratings or positioning when those contestants were like bunny rabbits in real world).

        • The Other Leah says:

          oh, c’mon Lisa!

      • Mike says:

        I agree!

        Unlike 99% of those who watched today, I found Jessica’s 2 out of 3songs acceptable. 1 good (So What). And the Gaga song excellent!

        I just think she picked the 2nd song as a response to the judges. :) And it’s her way of saying to JLo:
        “So, so what?
        I’m still a rock star
        I got my rock moves
        And I don’t need you

        And guess what
        I’m having more fun
        And now that we’re done
        I’m gonna show you tonight”

        Can’t wait for the Michael-Jessica TVLine Interview. JLo cover your ears! Hahahaha!

        • tealeaves says:

          @Mike it is interesting how those lyrics seem to fit.

        • PGV says:

          A Lot of us were begging Jess to sing “Not Ready to Make Nice” to the judges. That would’ve fit her better. I thought her vocals were spot on for “So What,” but how many people can perform like Pink?!? :/

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        Caleb never reinvents a song. He tweaks one occasionally, yet the judges not once have said to him a word about breaking a song down and building it back up in your own way. Caleb sounds the same on every song. He bores me to no end. Now after singing a song from the all time worst rock band CCR and calling them the best, I can just plain dislike both his singing and him too.

        • bern says:

          I was with you about how boring Caleb is but CCR is certainly not the worst rock band. In fact, one of the best. I saw Fogerty years ago at farm Aid and the other artists made a point of coming out to see one of the best performances ever.

      • Ben says:

        It might be my ‘bias’ – but if I was a judge, I’d be accused of hating on Jess as well. And it is not because I don’t like her, its just because I think there is always something missing from her performances despite the fact that she ought to be the complete package.

    • Becky says:

      Tonight there was a relaxed confident Jessica. But she did something early on. She probably does not know. We don’t. And don’t take this personal I can’t stand Jena. I blame the judges for part of that reason. She is not going to have jlo hugging her at the end of all her performances. Maybe it is due to the accent. But she doesn’t seem sincere.
      And honestly they were horrible to Alex. He has a certain style. He is not a belter. His confidence seemed shaken tonight.
      And they want Caleb in the finals. It is obvious. Nothing he sings is relevant.

      • Danny says:

        I’m rooting for Jena, but yea I thought the Lopez hug was as phony as a 3 dollar bill. It reminded me of the confetti shower that Mariah gave Candice.

      • Erin says:

        Alex is going to “surprise them in some way” next week and be called inauthentic. Or he’ll put an Alex spin that they will call too different and taking away from the song. He’s doomed.

      • Becky I agree with some things you say but if you think Jena is not sincere, what about Jessica and Caleb. I noticed the self satisfied look arrogant look after every song and that was before the remark he made. As for Jessica, what everyone sees as lacking- to me is her soul. She showed her true colors at the beginning of Idol. As for her singing. I liked her last song and one song from last week. She lacks the soul to win even if she sang and preformed better.

    • CK from DC says:

      It’s really simple, judges. Apply the same BS standard to Alex that you do with Jess. Right now, Ellen, Paula, and Steven “Beautiful Baby” Tyler have more credibility than these three. I half expect randy to step up tomorrow and declare it a three way tie, again.

    • Mary says:

      She picked the worst songs for her possible. Sorry you can’t blame the judges her first two songs were bad. What possess her to pick them. I gave her some votes but they were pity votes to be honest. I can’t believe she thought her performance was good. I thought the judges were actually pretty tame in their critiques but spot on.

      • claudia says:

        I really enjoyed her 2nd song. No one does Kelly Clarkson well. But tonight her emotions reached her eyes. I thought all 3 performances were dynamic regardless of her vocals but did she get ANY credit for improving her stage performance? Of course not, none of the judges even mentioned it.

      • Matrix says:

        Not great song choices, I agree, but I thought she sounded strong on both, especially So What. They certainly weren’t the train wrecks the judges were implying. Plus I don’t get JLo saying it’s the wrong song but I really enjoyed it because I like the song. Makes no sense! I know I’m probably in the minority but I think Jess has a really great voice. I also think Jena and Alex got passes on intonation problems in their performances.

        • Iris says:

          I also didn’t think So What was bad at all. I was miles better than Bad Romance IMO.

          • AlyB says:

            I thought exactly the same thing. I liked her vocal on So What. She seemed to get into it too. It wasn’t as amazing as You and I but it wasn’t horrible and was better than some of the other songs tonight. Bad Romance was dreadful.

          • Fancy says:

            My Lord, Jena destroyed Gaga’s Bad Romance. It was so bad!! Alex tried really hard to “compete” with the two chosen ones, but the judges were making it so clear that they only love Caleb and Jena. So sad, when they are all so different and really gave their hearts to their performances…I only voted for Alex, for his style and grace under extreme pressure and Jess for her *uck you judges, I am gonna rock this place no matter how many times you run me over!!!

        • Mary says:

          I think you have blinders on when the judges critique Jessica. All of them said she has a great voice but those songs did not highlight it, which sorry they didn’t. NOBODY should do a Kelly song unless you are going to totally rearrange it. Pink is also another hard singer but she did okay on it but not great. I don’t think the judges liked Jena second song and they were tough on Alex tonight also. They are in a no win situation heaven forbid they criticize your snowflake.

          • Matrix says:

            Just my opinion. Your dime-store psychoanalysis isn’t really warranted. I thought she sounded good. Also, i don’t think Jena stood up to the vocal “bar” of Pat Benatar either.

    • Jill Moya says:

      The judges are kind to Jess! She is terrible…never has been good.

    • Akash says:

      I blame the judges for NEVER giving Jessica a solid good review (even when she was great) and thereby clearly eroding her confidence and audience support, and I’ll be sorry when she gets the boot tonight over Caleb the douche-canoe and Alex Zuckerberg, but to be fair, Jess just DID NOT BRING IT tonight. You and I was OK (I think Michael still overrates it — she should have gone with an emotional, stripped-down, acoustic version ending on the line, “This time I’m not leaving without you”, thereby giving us the poignancy we’ve craved from her since her closing notes on “White Flag”) and her other two performances were completely forgettable. She was clearly the most likely to go this week, Fate give her a HUGE opportunity to exploit with Caleb’s dumb-ass remarks on the radio, and she blew it. This was the point in the competition when Haley Reinheart stepped it up and gave us multiple great performances. Jess just let the energy dissipate when she should’ve been amping it up. Ultimately when she goes tonight, it will be her own fault for not having the killer competitive instincts that Jena has. I’ll sure miss her though.

  4. Kristi says:

    Did anyone notice how at the end Ryan said “Thanks Randy Jackson for your coaching!”
    Jena’s last song was sublime.
    Alex is never going to be a belter. Would you be satisfied if the coffee-house style singing won the show?

    • Danny says:

      I think what Ryan meant by that was “Randy, thank you for being a coach instead of a judge.”

    • JM says:

      I have heard many excellent performances in a coffee-house. Don’t know why that is an insult. I enjoy anyone who can make me feel something, and Alex definitely has that gift.

      • Kaba says:

        Agreed on the coffee-house insult. I’ve seen people rock it out at coffee-house performances.

        • JASon says:

          Not necccesarily an insult but the goal and pint of the show is to become an international superstar. Not play in a coffeehouse that holds 50 people.

          • Erin says:

            What about the country singers who win? That’s not appealing to a lot of people. Point is, if you move people, if they like you, you can win.

          • Temperance says:

            Actually, the goal of the producers is to make a LOT of money off the contracts of people on the show – preferably when they become an international superstar. Of course, the public has other plans… as do the artist’s themselves.

          • HTGR says:

            Actually that never was the goal. Maybe they changed it for this season, but it always used to be that the record deal and the show were separate and the show got all of it’s money from TV ratings and it didn’t matter a whit whether the contestant sold or not so apparently sometimes the show and record producers would be at odds.

          • Lisa says:

            Then why does it seem that so many of the so called coffee-house style singers tend to win?

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Where do you hear people singing in coffee houses? I haven’t heard anyone singing in a coffee house since 1978. I’m not kidding.

        • JM says:

          Los Angeles. But I moved to the East Coast a couple of years ago, and I admit that I haven’t heard much of that here.

        • HTGR says:

          Everywhere in Boston, LA and such. In fact I heard so much of that that I could never get excited by Crystal Bowersox since it felt like I was just back at lunch again. I heard ‘her’ a few times a week. I mean everywhere in Boston. Everywhere.

    • Holly says:

      I love Alex, but he’s a little too “WGWG” to win it – that’s been done before. For something really different, Jena is my winner this year. She is so fresh and new, and just beginning to figure it all out. She is a major talent, IMO. Also, I love Jessica. She has endured a lot of unwarranted abuse from the judges, she has an incredible, soulful voice, and she is also something different. Why does Caleb keep getting a free pass for doing rock karaoke? Yes, it is superior karaoke, but he never tries anything different, and comes off as someone who should be performing in a famous-rock-covers touring show. He’s just not at all original. And he has a really bad attitude.

    • I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

      I would rather see Alex’s coffee house style over Caleb’s outdated hair band style. At least I can hear Alex on current radio. Sucks, since I’m pretty sure he and Jessica (who I also can see having a career today over Caleb) will be the next two to go.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        I agree Alex is more relevant than Caleb and a more well-rounded musician. That said, I am a little bored with him and I don’t think tonight was his best showing.

        • chris says:

          Agree with you. I actually picked up my book to read while Alex was singing–never done that before.

      • kp says:

        Agree..Alex and Jessica are definitely more interesting and creative in my opinion. Jena is fine but not very original, I see ” her” every season.

      • HTGR says:

        I’d take Caleb’s style any day. And is Alex really any more Hot 100? Maybe on hipster radio, but on overall Hot 100 radio?

        • Adam Fachry says:

          I don’t know what you mean by hispter radio? Maybe you emant the alternative chart? But if Alex were to try the indie-rock route, he’d be doomed by critics and the aforementioned scene is driven by critucs as tastemakers instead of radio airplay and iTunes dowbloads (it would sometimes result in astonishing sales numbers though) . He’s more adult contemporary/singer-songwriter imo

          • AlyB says:

            That’s where I see Alex fitting in quite nicely. I think Caleb is a real showman. No doubt about that. But he’s neither creative nor original and it feels like a recording contract would be wasted on him. Alex, Jess and Jena have all shown their creative chops with songwriting. Alex and Jess are older and obviously have more material but Jena shows promise. All three play an instrument and seem to understand music theory and construction whereas Caleb is completely oblivious to the finer points. I know some people don’t care about any of that and gravitate toward Caleb because he is such a commanding presence on the stage. I just think the others, especially at this point in the competition, are better candidates to move forward and win that contract. I’d be most interested in hearing what they put out.

        • Lirpa says:

          I just don’t see anyone actually buying a Caleb album. Think about it. The songs he sings well have already been done, and are cherished because they are classics. It’s not marketable today as modern music, and who wants to buy an album that’s a bunch of covers?

          • HTGR says:

            He’d have to have the skills to make new songs like that. I haven’t followed the season long enough to know whether he is singer/songwriter or just singer. Otherwise yeah, his covers aren’t special enough to make you forget the originals so you might as well listen the originals.

      • MarkIBe says:

        When Alex sings it gives me a chance to catch up on the basketball playoffs.

      • Akash says:

        God I don’t know WHO to choose for the F2 runner-up spot between Alex and Caleb (because let’s face it, Jena is getting to the finals and winning this whole shebang). How can I choose between two douchebags?

    • Lisa says:

      Nothing for nothing, but Jason Mraz could be considered the same “coffee-house style”. Not to mention last year’s winner, Phil Phillips. So, yeah, I would be.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Up-vote for Lisa! A lot of my favorite singers are coffeehouse types. Colbie Caillat, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Kris Allen…you get the point.

        • Lisa says:

          My point exactly, and honestly Kris Allen was coffee house, whereas Adam Lambert wasn’t. Adam has an amazing career, but Kris Allen did win. Phil Phillips, same thing. He wasn’t the powerhouse, but the coffee house and he won it. So to say that he’s “too coffee house to win it” really doesn’t cut it. IMHO, Caleb copies (imitates) artists, Alex IS an artist. It’s like the difference between me and Van Gogh. I can duplicate a picture, but I am no artist.

          • Mary says:

            I usually love the “coffee house singers” but for some reason I just don’t care for Alex. Something about his voice makes me cringe. I use to think it was his stage presence so I listen with my eyes close and I still get that same feeling. I agree about Caleb, entertaining but not a solo artist, Vegas act yes but that’s it. Nothing wrong with it just how I feel. I think the girls have the most potential if given the right material and label support. I will say Jena is my top one but I wouldn’t be upset if Jessica took it., (no way it will happen).

          • Lisa says:

            Thanks for an genuine comment Mary. I have a lot of respect for what you said.

      • Akash says:

        I just thanks god that neither Alex now Caleb is even remotely attractive so that the hormonal tween/cougar alliance voting bloc that propelled P-Squared and Lee Dead-Eyes to victory over the clearly superior Jessica Sanchez and Crystal Bowersox respectively, should not be able to derail Jena’s deserving win (the limited voting this season helps too).

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        Wouldnt put PP in the coffe house. He is more the folk/rock genre, along the lines of Mumford … wouldnt call that coffe house

  5. IMHO says:

    I am tired of seeing Caleb and I would rather hear Jessica one more week, but the writing is on the wall…

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Agreed. I love her voice, even when she tanks. There is so much there. I know she will understand the stage presence thing one day. Caleb could learn how to sound genuine in an interview from her. That is something she definitely excels at – and he does not.

      • Tess says:

        I think the judges did figure out one thing tonight that was a positive toward Jess – it can’t be easy to perform and rock out with those 3 just staring you down and not giving you anything and all you can think in the back of your mind is what negative things they will have to say after you’re done. JLo and Keith (not so much Harry though) are always up out of their seats or at least bouncing around in them to Caleb and Jena or giving happy smiley faces and singing along with them and Alex, but Jess seems to always get these stern looks from them. If they would just sit back and enjoy her the way they do the other three rather than think about what the producers want them to say about her and how they’re going to scrutinize her to the nth degree each week, then maybe she would’ve adapted much faster to the stage than she has. That said, she seemed to finally say frig it out there tonight. She probably does figure this week is the end of the line for her and she was less worried about what they would say anyway. I’d love to see a shock tomorrow and have her survive for the hometown visits. It’s just always nice to see the producers not get what they want…

        • Eurydice says:

          If all she’s thinking about is the 3 judges, then that might be her priblem. Because she also has a live audience of thousands who are enthusiastic and ready to give her the adrenaline rush she needs to be animated.

    • JessTop3Next says:

      Go VOTE for Jess! I voted 250 times for Jessica and my husband voted 250 times.

      • Jill Moya says:

        You voted 500 times for the homely no talent wannabe?????? INCREDIBLE!

        • Thea says:

          It’s your opini

        • Thea says:

          You can not like her voice all you want, but to call her homely is down right wrong (both in the sense that she is not, and that’s just mean).

        • becca says:

          Hi there jill Well the show turned out ok.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Becca, glad to hear from ya! One person told me I should have sex with an ant. Another said I should die getting a heat transplant! These people take it so seriously! My! I think Michael is handing out A’s like these 4 are wonderful! A means PERFECTION FOLKS! A PLUS….OUT OF THIS HEMISPHERE which nothing was! Their wardrobes are still hilarious! You know who can really sing….Megan Hilty! Check out on You Tube a clip where she sings the contents of a sprite soda Also check out Cassandra Mae Jopp. She won 3 huge Karaoke contests, including Karaoke Battle USA, where she won the USA and the World titles which she sang against many countries! Was in Ireland! When I heard 2 words out of her mouth, I told everybody she would win both USA and World titles, which she did. She has a great voice and wonderful showmanship, as well as personality and good looks. Also, the girl who sang FUNNY LITTLE VALENTINE on Britains Got Talent in 2013 (her name escapes me). Now, she can sing. I would expect talent on AL to have at least one standout to be at least close to equal of these singers. Oh well, I guess my standards are too high because these 4 aren’t much better than average. Thanks Becca.

    • MarkIBe says:

      I too would like to see Beezlebob go home. Jessica is the only one of the contestants left that captures my attention. When she does songs like “Summer Time Sadness” she is magical.

    • Akash says:

      Yes and yes. God if Caleb’s interview (where his truly personality came out; I always knew he was a douche) actually lost him enough votes to get him booted tonight over Jessica, I would laugh SO hard. It would be the most satisfying elimination I’ve experienced on Reality TV since Mike Boogie got booted out of the Big Brother house two years ago.

  6. Melanie says:

    I really wanted Jessica to do well tonight. Her last performance was great but so was everyone else’s last performance. I voted as much as I could for Jessica, anyway.

    • claudia says:

      I didn’t think Alex’s or Jena’s 3rd performance was good at all. Alex was boring & Jena was awful.

      • Phillip says:

        “Yellow” should have fit Alex like a glove, but something was off about that performance… I also thought Jena’s “Heartbreaker” and “Bad Romance” were every bit as bad as Jessica and Caleb’s first songs, though her last one was pretty decent.

        • BobL says:

          Agree completely on “Yellow.” I absolutely love that song and I thought Alex would kill it. He didn’t do anything at all with it; sang it just like Coldplay, only not as well. The judges were way too complimentary to him.

        • Ben says:

          I thought Heartbreaker was great, but agree about Bad Romance.

  7. webly3 says:

    I hope Jessica stays! But I have a feeling she’ll be going home this week.

    • jamie says:

      Was rooting for her to pull something off, but her first two performances were just too bad to overlook even though her last was my favorite of the night.

  8. Danny says:

    The first two rounds were kind of tepid. I thought Jena won the 1st and Alex the 2nd. They kind of won by default though. Not much else was very good.

    The third round is where it got good. The best 4 songs were in that round. I had round 3 as Jena, Jessica, Caleb, Alex. I have no clue as to how it will play out. I’m fine with whoever makes it.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      The last round was the best. I wonder if the show would have been better if they just sung one song. Maybe concentrating all of their energy into one song instead of three – would have made for a less lopsided show.

      • Danny says:

        I’m trying to recall off the top of my head, but don’t most seasons struggle some once they go to 3 songs? Last year if I remember right most of them were bad. Season 11, which was a great season- they struggled in top 3 when they went to 3 songs. Season 10- Only Haley was good on all 3. Season 9 I don’t really recall. Season 8 I think they struggled some.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          You’re probably right. I can’t really recall in detail, but at this point they are probably exhausted emotionally and physically as well.

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah even Haley forgot a couple words on her last song and forgot to power the initial tricky low notes for the first few words. They said they were just dead by the time the third song hit.

          • HTGR says:

            Haley had it tricky too in that some of the others were given a couple songs each they knew inside out, every word and had prepared before extensively I believe. If I am remembering correctly.

          • Danny says:

            Didn’t Haley forget her words right after she face planted? I’m thinking she forgot them because she fell, not because she actually forgot them. Even so, she was still pretty good.

          • HTGR says:

            No, I’m talking about the last song. The Alanis song.
            It wasn’t a big deal though really. Others had more major forgets.

        • Mary says:

          I always thought the three songs were for the final two only, could be wrong. Season 8 did three songs with the final two only and yes both of them struggle due to that GOD AWFUL song Kara wrote. If they want to be professional they have to sing more than three songs a night , might as well get use to it.

    • Thea says:

      Pretty much agree with this, only maybe I’d give it to Alex over Caleb in that last round simply because I’ve been done with that particular McCartney tune for years now (and I thought Caleb lost a little umph around the middle). As for tomorrow, a week ago I was saying how as long as this Top 4 was the Top 4 I wouldn’t care who won. Now, thanks to producer meddling reaching an all-time high (re: low) and Caleb’s behind the scenes antics rubbing me the wrong way, I can’t say that I wouldn’t be a little mad if Jess went home tomorrow while he stuck around. We’ll see how the cookie crumbles…

  9. Mike says:

    That last round was amazing.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Up-vote. I wish they had recorded all those songs. Stupid budget cuts. Oh well, I already have Jessica’s “You and I.”

      • Mike says:

        What are currently available on itunes?

        • LeahKittyS says:

          The only four songs you’ll find on iTunes are Alex’s “Too Close,” Caleb’s “Travelin’ Band,” Jena’s “Heartbreaker,” and Jessica’s “You and I.” None of the others were recorded.

          • Mike says:

            Thanks! Bad idea to have 1 of each only!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Like I said. Stupid budget cuts. At least they haven’t gone back to what they did in Seasons 1-5, only releasing an album with one recorded track by each finalist. Does anyone think that’s what it will come to before the show is cancelled?

  10. JM says:

    All my votes went to Jena, Jessica and Alex. Really hope Caleb goes home. I really want to see his reaction when Ryan announces his name for elimination. Pissed? Remorse? Should be interesting…

  11. Amber says:

    Jena is awful. Her phrasing, the ways she warbles through a song, her pronunciation is horrendous. That Elvis song was awful and do not give her credit on originality. She copied Ingrid Michelson. She screamed through the other songs.

    Jess was bad the first two. Last one was ok even though I hated the song.

    Caleb was good on all of his, last one was Amazing.

    Alex was good on all of his too

    • Jill Moya says:

      Amber, you are spot on. Jena was dreadful and Jessica terrible! I hate that horrible speaking voice of Jess….like she’s stuffed up! Jena’s speaking voice is so juvenile sounding. Oh well, I hope Jess goes home! Caleb may go before Jess, however! Let’s not forget that phony accent of Jena and phony smiles of Jess….TWO BIG Phonies!

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Why, why, WHY on Earth must you spew vitriol and vinegar every freaking chance you get?! I’m always told to ignore the trolls, but I can’t take it with you anymore! Don’t you get it? People here, including the writer of this blog, LIKE Jess Meuse. They LOVE her. I LOVE HER. And I’ll say it again just to piss you off. I. Love. Jessica. Rose. Meuse! If she goes home tomorrow I will be SAD! And if she wins this competition I will be very, very, HAPPY! I just bought my tickets for the tour via presage, and I am looking forward to seeing all of them, including Jena and JESSICA!!!
        Every single singer out there — even Rebecca Black of “Friday” infamy — has fans. My sister loves Justin Bieber; I can’t stand him. But I don’t bully her for liking him. Which is what you’ve done (under a million different names) ever since the live shows began.
        I don’t know if you’re the blue-eyed lying ex she wrote about, or that stuck-up stage mom from Hollywood, or just a miserable person, but I will not sit back anymore while you bully and torment my fellow commenters! Now grow up, play nice, or get. The. Hell. Out!!!

        • Michael Johns says:

          Methinks Jill Moya should get a heart transplant…with the operation failing laughably.

          • Jill Moya says:

            I may hate the singers but I will never bad mouth commentars. Isn’t wishing someone dead a little harsh! I just had a good friend die getting a heart transplant, about 5 months ago. I don’t deserve to die and I do have a heart! Show me some good talent and you’ll see a big heart!

        • Jill Moya says:

          Leah, calm down. You can love MOOSE, excuse me, Meuse. She rubs me the wrong way. Plenty others despise her. No, I’m not her ex…I’m not gay….I’m female… GOT IT! I wouldn’t watch that tour if I was paid big money. These singers are sub-par and should be in KARAOKE!

          • becca says:

            Jill How are ya doin today? Lol

          • Mary says:

            If you don’t care for the singers why waste your time watching and coming on the boards repeating the same thing every week. Do you not have a life? Can you not think of better productive things to do. Why put yourself through it if you don’t like the contestants. WE ALL KNOW you don’t like JESSICA. Like my Mom always said if you have nothing good to say KEEP QUIET. You don’t even make valid arguments all you do is make personal attacks against the girl, I believe it is called Cyber bullying.

          • HTGR says:

            But you just might be some girl or the stage mom of some girl who got cut during Hollywood week ;).
            .
            (If so, not that you might not have a legit reason to be annoyed. You very well could have a mega-point and you or daughter may well have been better than many not cut. But don’t take it out on every, or even any, contestant, take it out on the judges and production, if you must.)

          • HTGR says:

            I mean if it’s not what I mention and you dislike every contestant so much, why are you fully watching every single episode still? If every single song by every single contestant is the worst dreck you have ever heard in your life and everyone of them has no hope to ever sing anything you’d would ever even slightly remotely like, why keep watching every single week? If you are PO about judges and production tricks but still like some contestants and I can see whining/ranting non-stop but still watching, but this is different.

          • The Other Leah says:

            Jill, maybe you should find more constructive uses for your time? If you have that much distain and hated for American Idol and its contestants you’d probably be a lot happier if you’d stay away from reading and commenting about American Idol.

        • PGV says:

          My vote is that Jill’s the nasty stage mom from Group night. ;)

          • Jill Moya says:

            Not a chance! Don’t hate me cause I’m beautiful!

          • HTGR says:

            We can’t hate you because you are beautiful because you haven’t posted up your pic yet.

          • Trouty Mouth says:

            Jill, nothing in your comments suggests even a miniscule amount of beauty. And I agree with PGV.

        • Thea says:

          All the Up-Votes! *praise hand/stankface/slow clap*

        • becca says:

          Hey come on you guys, lets all play nice in the sandbox! we all are passionate about our favorite contestants. Leah Kitty I fully understand and I really do because I am a caleb fan and I have to sit here and watch almost everyone put him down. But I try to ignore. Some people hate Jess, Some people hate caleb. Jill has always been pretty cordial and nice to me. I guess people vent about who they dont like.We all have different contestants we like and its getting hard cause we are down to the last 4.

          • Lisa says:

            Becca, it always seems like you and I are on the same page. Of course, with the exception that your favorite is Caleb and mine is actually Alex and/or Jena. I understand being passionate for your favorite, but the spewing of hate, DANG, I mean DANG. There is NO reason to get so personal. I mean, Caleb may not be my fav, and not everyone is going to agree. But, I still recognize that he does have talent, and I knew (we all did) that this is where the tough cuts are really going to come.

          • Lisa says:

            By the way, I wasn’t saying you’re guilty of it, Becca. It’s just nice seeing your comments, and it’s funny because mine have been very similar. :)

          • Lisa says:

            God, sounds like politicians. Slinging mud instead of sticking to the real issues. Dang, don’t we get enough of that?

          • Jill Moya says:

            Becca, as you can see, these whiners are irritated by my honesty! I’ve been told I say the same things each week and why watch the show. Well, let me see some greatness and I will praise them. Somewhere else on this post I mentioned 3 great singers to you. Let me know how you like ‘em! Also, it’s funny, I see plenty of others who say they hate singers and nobody says a word about their comments. I guess they have to complain about someone, don’t they? Even X Factor had a few standouts in the top 10. This year on Idol, Majesty was good and the best voice of all, Briana Oakley isn’t here! Thanks for reading this and lemme know how you like those 3 singers! Thanks…JM

        • MAB says:

          Wow, Leahkittys, I didn’t know you had it in you. Good for you! Someone had to tell that troll off in spades. I’m impressed.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Well, when you poke the bear enough times, she’s bound to take a swipe at you. :) Thanks for the acknowledgment.

        • Jill Moya says:

          Leah. Maybe I should lie! Ok, I’ll talk like Mona Lisa Vito, Joe Pesci’s girl friend in My Cousin Vinney…..”Oh these contestants ah wondaful and such good dressas, they ah, they ah!” Does that make you happy? I’m supposed to praise these 4 who aren’t very good? I’ve never been a liar and I won’t start being one now…….SORRY! DON’T LIKE MY COMMENTS, DON’T READ THEM…..VERY SIMPLE MS. LEAH!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            “Don’t read them?” Sorry, I tried that for weeks and your foul attitude did not improve. I can’t avoid these comments when they land in my email inbox. Do you have any idea how immature and whiny you sound? We’re all adults (or mature teenagers) here; have you never heard of courtesy?
            Furthermore, whether someone is a good or bad singer is NEVER a fact! It is always the speaker’s OPINION! I hate, hate, hate when people go around stating their opinions as facts! And you call us “comedians” and “delusional” and “deaf” whenever our opinion does not agree with yours. Deny it, I dare you.
            How would you feel if someone said you looked or sounded like an animal? You’d be hurt, wouldn’t you? Well, why not show these contestants the same respect? They’re human, just like us. And until you post the link to a video of you singing, then I will never, EVER, believe that you are beautiful or talented. To me you come off as the living incarnation of Glee’s Sue Sylvester. An ugly, miserable old woman who lives to bully and torment others. Am I wrong? PROVE IT.

          • MamaLis says:

            Jill.. are you like, 12 years old or what?
            Also, quit yelling.

    • wenhaver says:

      Ugh. I was screaming at the tv, and even pulled up the Ingrid Michaelson version while the judges were blathering about how original it was. Sweet baby Jesus, it was as original as my thumbnail. And she just sat there and thanked them. Listening to the two versions back to back, there is simply no way Jena didn’t crib from Ingrid.

      • Nedsdag says:

        Thank you! There was nothing original about the song. I mean, you would’ve thought Luciano Pavarotti rose from the dead and sang that song the way the judges jizzed all over themselves. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time they had went orgasmic over a Jena song. If you think about it, her version of “Creep,” was a female version of the original song. She brought nothing new to it nor did she bring nothing new to the Ingrid Michaelson song (yeah, I said it!)

        • PoopyPants says:

          Creep was a copycat version of Brandi Carlile. Anyone who listens to good music knows these things, but these judges are so far into their own bubble of their self absorbed world to know about these things….

          • HTGR says:

            To be fair, it’s hard to keep up with every cover, obscure or not (and sometimes what is not to one would be to most to be honest). Also many of the judges and such ARE very busy. Crazy busy.

        • bern says:

          Of course her version of Creep is a FEMALE version of the original ! Is it Obvious Day? And Jena has opened for Ingrid Michaelson so she did get a slowed down version from her – But i just listened to the Ingrid version, and Jena redid it – and, imho, made it much more moving. Ingrid just kept it low for the duration of the tune.

    • princey says:

      In universities, we are taught to always credit the facts/ideas coming from other people. That’s the correct thing to do. You can be jailed if you don’t do that. Jena, as an artist, you should have told that EVEN IF NO ONE ASK YOU THE QUESTION.

      • Thea says:

        Given all the precious screen time wasted on Jennifer walking it out and useless Randy, I think we can forgive her for not saying it right that moment. She still has time to mention it on twitter or during interviews.

    • tealeaves says:

      Caleb’s first song, IMO, was the worst of the night. That was pure karaoke, and without much enthusiasm. Of course, you would not notice that from the response of the judges.

    • Brian says:

      FINALLY, somebody points out Jena’s thievery of the Ingrid Michaelson version, and how, unlike David Cook usually did when he “borrowed” from another version, she gave no credit to Michelson. And it shows how little Jennifer knows about music that she was blown away by its “originality.” It makes me wonder about you, too, Michael. Had you never heard the Michaelson version? And I’ve come to absolutely despise these judges and their blatant disregard for Jessica. I loved Harry Connick when he was a mentor, but now it’s all about him. In fact, this year, as you have noted, Michael, is most often about stupid forced frivolity between Ryan and the judges, and endless shots of JLo and the crowd during the performances.

  12. Are you gonna mention J-Lo’s “Alex and Jess are in this competition, but they’re in it in a different way” comment?

    • JM says:

      Yes, it’s pretty clear that J-Lo, Keith, the producers all want a Caleb/Jena finale. Anybody notice the shots they showed at the end of the show? Several of Jena, Caleb and of course, J-Lo. One split-second shot of Alex, and one faraway shot of Jessica. Nuf said.

    • Owen says:

      JLo and Keith are very much into Caleb. And why wouldn’t they be? Dude can sing AND entertain. Much more so than either Jess or Alex. Now I, like Harry I believe, prefer Alex and his true artistry, but again, the winner of American Idol should be able to wow a crowd the way Caleb always does. You may not like the style of his voice (and I believe of the the four, Caleb is the least commercial) but the kid can SANG and work a room. Now Jena can do both and is a commercially viable contestant, that’s a no brainer. I’m guessing for all three, Jena is their Idol..

  13. Christina says:

    I thought everyone pretty much sucked until the last round. lol

  14. Kaba says:

    Missed the live show
    Heard Jess’s “SUBG”
    Nope, I’m gonna need rum and coke for the rest of these performances.

  15. Tom says:

    Thanks for remaining objective regarding Caleb’s performances tonight, Michael. It was hard with his gaffe still leaving a bad aftertaste, but the guy certainly had a decent night. Though I’m torn as to who should be leaving tomorrow. Jessica flopped with two disastrous choices, but I loved “You and I.” And Caleb was brilliant on “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Had he not had that performance I’d probably agree with you, but…

  16. Owen says:

    Wow. Jena. Wow.

  17. IMHO says:

    I just wish Jena’s last song wasn’t rudely interrupted by the Fox editor’s panic room style of jump cutting the mouthing of a word heard and said a million times a day by every human being on earth.

    • Danny says:

      I thought that was just me. I was wondering if someone downstairs yelled something or what have ya.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Which contestant was performing the time there was some awful sound that sounded live the Devi that interrupted the song. Was it Haley or Crystal Bowersox? I can’t remember.

    • HTGR says:

      I was wondering what the heck was going on, I thought my computer had gone out of sync for a second.

    • Kelly says:

      This! And of course, it was because the camera was on J Lo at that climactic moment in the song…right after the bridge…instead of on the performer! Again! arrrrgh.

      • Danny says:

        I think in part why there’s been no moments this year is because every time there’s a potential for one, the camera is on Lopez for 1/3 of the song. That’s not the only reason, but I think it’s a definite part of why.

  18. Chris says:

    I missed sam

  19. Jeff Marley says:

    My Idol Top 4 Power Rankings!!! :)

    1.) Jena Irene
    2.) Caleb Johnson
    3.) Jessica Meuse
    4.) Alex Preston

  20. *lg* says:

    If you liked Jena’s version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” please check out the obvious inspiration for her performance, Ingrid Michaelson’s cover. It’s heart-achingly beautiful.

    • Matrix says:

      I was expecting the traditional idoloonie outrage when a contestant does not give credit for the arrangement they used I.e., gives the impression it was their arrangement. It’s still early….

    • Name This Tune says:

      Some of us did our homework this afternoon knew Jena was going to do Ingrid Michelson. No shock that Jena had a moment.

    • mpd says:

      I did. It’s an obvious cover of Ingrid’s cover. I hate when Idol contestants don’t give credit where it is due. I’m not taking anything away from Jen’s beautiful rendition, because it was just that beautiful. But, she did not rearrange the song. Let it be known.

  21. pmet says:

    The blatant pimping of Jena and Caleb was simply too much for me tonight. Although Jena had a moment on her last song, it was just SOOOOO wrong of JLo to run onstage and kiss her as if she had won the competition. One minute earlier, Jessica gave an incredible performance and JLo and Keith would NOT stand up for her. Have they ever stood for Alex? Maybe Keith, once. It is just so frustrating. I don’t mind strong praise for good performances or even the overdone standing o, but for goodness sake don’t gloss over the lesser performances of these same people while jackhammering others. Just be fair and let the chips fall where they fall. That is all that I ask, but on a reality competition, that is just too much. Sigh.

    • JM says:

      Preach!

    • Owen says:

      Why was that wrong. Does it say anywhere that the Idol Judges must be impartial? They prefer Jena and want her to win. The “judge” her the best and want to drive it home.

      • Danny says:

        Owen- as someone who’s rooting for Jena, I’d prefer they remain impartial. I hope she wins, but if she does the comments will be along the lines of “How could she lose as the producers pet?” I can see their point too. It’s kind of like in sports. I want my teams to win, but not because of a bad call by the refs.

        • Owen says:

          I believe the judges prefer Jena but I don’t think she is the producer’s pet. Whoever creates the buzz SHOULD be the “producer’s pet”, but that’s up for debate and subjective, so I don’t believe there is a “producer’s pet”. They are way to busy doing things like last week’s “Let the Remaining Five Idols Save a Friend” stunt. And frankly, if there was, I’d say Caleb is the producer’s favorite.

        • Mary says:

          Danny I get your point, but in the same token a contestant shouldn’t be penalized because the judges happen to like them. I know I am in the minority here but the critiques they have given Jessica each week were spot on and I think she has tried to incorporate them and made her better.

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        Its kind of implicit in the term Judge …

    • Mike says:

      I was really hoping Keith was above that too. He doesn’t need this job. He doesn’t have to listen to the producers. Where’s the pride in your work? :(

    • Steph says:

      I agree – it isn’t that I think the feedback Jess got on So What was awful but Caleb has reached the Scotty point of getting zero feedback despite turning in yet another tired karaoke classic rock song. He’s coasting and he acts like an ass mugging for the camera but the judges just talk as if he’s already one and Jena ‘could challenge him’. No matter if Jess does poorly or well, she gets 15 mins of ‘sure you’ve got a great voice but meh who cares?’
      And they were just generally rude again tonight. Taking the attn. off of Jena – the amazing 17 yr old contestant – to chase JLo around the stage like an idiot. And if JLo is going to show Jena how to mince in 5 inch heels, I think Jena should (try) to show JLo how to sing. And when the producers put Jess up by the judges table to intro her next song and JLo and Harry ignore her complete to talk to each other – even Keith seemed embarrassed by that.

      • Danny says:

        And if JLo is going to show Jena how to mince in 5 inch heels, I think Jena should (try) to show JLo how to sing-

        Bingo!!! LOL!!

    • Khs says:

      Incredible performance by Jessica? Are you joking?? Girlfriend straight disappointed tonight. Go watch Haley Rhinehart’s of “You and I.”

      • pmet says:

        Khs, in my opinion, Jess did a great job with You and I. I wasn’t comparing it to Haley’s performance, which I did see by the way. I was talking really of this season and these contestants. If we are comparing prior seasons, well I’m afraid not many performances would rank with prior top competitors. I believe Jess has a strong voice and, after, faltering somewhat on her first two performances, she sang You and I with great pitch and strong conviction. It worked in that country vibe as well. Just an opinion — I respect your right to disagree.

      • Phillip says:

        I liked Jessica’s version of You & I more than Haley’s actually.

      • NJIdoloonie says:

        Did Elise Testino do You and I also?

        • Thea says:

          She did indeed! And I must admit, there was a part of me that was sorely disappointed that Jess didn’t phrase/pronounce “baybay doll” that right way. ;)

      • Jill Moya says:

        Khs, you are correct! Jess stinks on everything and that stuffed up nose speaking voice…terrible. Jena sounds like she’s 5 years old. We have terrible singers this year. Where are the stars?

        • Danny says:

          Jill- It’s always comforting knowing you’ve had such a great time watching this show.

          • Danny says:

            Add on: I’ve made my share of nasty posts about people too. I’ve always kept them to millionaires who are supposed to be helping the show (and failing miserably) rather than some kid who’s working their tail off to try and achieve a dream.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Danny, sorry for the bashing but this top 4 is terrible, especially Jess! I call it like I see it! How this show was renewed is puzzling…terrible ratings, horrible singers (this year)! To each their own I guess.

        • HTGR says:

          you are that stage mom from this season, right?
          no?
          gotta be warm right?

          • Jill Moya says:

            LOL!

          • becca says:

            HTGR Hi its Becca, I keep reading this stuff about jill and she is always very nice to me. You guys really think she is several different people? I just dont understand why anyone would do that? I dont think so.LOL Why cant she not like jess? Lots of people dont like my contestant (caleb) but that is their opinion. Maybe Jill wants to show her opinion of Jess. It seems like everyone puts down various contestants.

          • MAB says:

            Becca, I don’t get you. Jill not only doesn’t like Jess, she is insulting to her looks. She says awful things about the contestants. She is just incredibly nasty. There is no reason to make fun of someone’s looks. The reason people are against Caleb is because he was nasty to the very fans who put him where he is. I am sorry there is no excuse for that. I am starting to think you are a little too accepting of bad behavior. I don’t hate Caleb or even Jill but I am not fond of people who think they are funny at other people’s expense. It is just really hurtful and should not be rewarded.

          • Lisa says:

            You do know what they say about assuming? You can only assume that Jill is writing under various names. Everyone will have their favorites, and we will all have to agree to disagree about the different contestants. Each of us are entitled to our opinion. While I will call what I believe to be a spade a spade about the singing an performances, I do NOT agree with taking shots at the appearance of the contestants. ANY of them. That has nothing to do with the reason they are on this show. It’s not a beauty contest, and quite honestly, their looks have nothing to do with whether they should remain in the competition or not.

            I have made it clear that I do not like Caleb. He comes across to me as an impersonator. I’ve made a Jack Black / Meatloaf comparison. But, it’s not based on his looks. It’s the mannerisms he shows on stage, and the arrogance. While I think attitudes of the contestants does play into our votes, not everyone is a fashionista, and it doesn’t affect their ability. I think that when you start bashing their looks, you’re making it personal (in general, not directed at any one person posting), and at that point, your judgement isn’t based on the necessary ingredients. There are a lot of performers that would not be celebrities, idols, etc. if it was based on how they look.

            My biggest suggestion is stick to relevant material. Of course, it’s only a suggestion because we’re all free to write our comments. But honestly, a convincing argument consists of relevant facts or even your opinion of relevant material. How they look isn’t relevant to the argument.

          • HTGR says:

            Umm when did I say JIll was posting under various names?? I just said she is sounding more like the stage mom hah than the hottest girl on the planet who was a mega-pop star for 3-4years (or something like that) that she claims.
            .
            She doesn’t just hate on Jessica, she hates on every contestant and not just on their voices but on appearance and everything else under the sun about every last one of them as far as I can see.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I liked both versions. That IS possible, you know.

    • Adrian says:

      Thank you for saying this out loud! ! wholeheartedly agree with you!

  22. Laura says:

    Solely based on performances and not letting what happened outside the show affect my vote, there is no way that Jessica deserves to make the Top 3 over Caleb. Her performance of You and I was really good, and her best in several weeks, but it did not make up for her very lackluster performances earlier in the night. Caleb was solid on all three performances and really impressed me on Maybe I’m Amazed. I am not worried about Alex or Jena making it through, and I would be shocked if Jena did not win the entire thing. She had me in tears tonight.

  23. Teeny Bikini says:

    I agree about your comments regarding Caleb’s mega insulting comments to his fans. I am even more bothered by his seeming smarmy sense of entitlement. I certainly didn’t vote for him, but something tells me he’s staying. I think your grades were spot on, except I think there was weirdness at the beginning of “You and I,” and hence warrants an A-/B+. I really wanted Jess to do well today so I could vote for her, but alas she’s no Kelly or Pink. Oh well… Jena got my votes.

    • Alice says:

      ‘smarmy sense of entitlement’ is a perfect way to put it. honestly the guy is an ass with a good voice and not an ounce of creativity. He would never be able to do what Jena and Alex did – and he doesn’t even have the courtesy to look interested when the other’s perform. And what was that weird camera hogging at the end of the show? I was a fan of Caleb’s and I’ve honestly reached the point where I can’t stand to look at his smug face while he flips his hair back and lazily agrees with the judges that he’s perfect.

      • Lynn says:

        Lol, the contestant we all love to hate.

      • Name This Tune says:

        So does Caleb remind you of the biggest assholes in rock, like Steven Tyler?

        Because what you are prattling on about is trivial. It’s made up controversy.

        • Now You Know says:

          Bite your tongue NTT – there are assholes in the Rock world like SLASH, but Steven Tyler? You’ve lost your ever loving mind. Unless you’ve met him and had a conversation – SHAME on you for saying that. Steven is one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. Sweet as candy – he just gives it to you straight.

    • MarkIBe says:

      All you Caleb haters out there need to calm down. Why should Caleb have to endure your retarded comments and insecurities over your favorite lame contestant. He knows that regardless of the outcome of this competition he is clearly the best contestant AI has ever seen.

      • Fancy says:

        @Marklbe that was freakin hilarious!! Nice to laugh when there are some mean people like that horrible “Jill Montoya” fake poster on this board. You know damn well she is that stage Mom from the group rounds. I think she gets off pissing everyone off here….Thank you for the laugh!!

      • becca says:

        LOL Well put!

  24. MAB says:

    It was a good show. I thought Jena had a huge moment with can’t help falling in love. She even got the demon from Candace Glover’s Love Song. LOL.
    I’m hoping Caleb goes home. I even voted for Jessica the first time in a long time tonight. I can see the judges and production are set with a Jena/Caleb finale even with his insert foot in mouth interview.

  25. Davey says:

    I did enjoy Jena but it would have been nice for her to acknowledge that she was copying Ingrid Michaelson’s arrangement of the song.

    They all sounded fine in their last numbers.

    I really think those last four songs were all we needed to hear.

    I felt bad for Alex when J-lo said he had to do more to beat Caleb and Jena.

    Even though I’m still mad at Alex and Jena for voting no last week.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      No wonder I hated the Elvis song. I don’t care for Ingrid Michaelson, either.

      • Go Spurs Go says:

        I’m with you on that… I hate hate that version. I guess we are in the minority.

      • Jill Moya says:

        DIT, even though you have accused me of having all those aliases, I think everything you have said in all your comments are spot on! Especially your assessment of Jena’s horrible Elvis. I was prepared to hate your comments tonight but I can’t. They are great.

    • Yeah, it was an amped-up version of Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of the Elvis song, and Ingrid deserved some credit. But Jena was excellent.

  26. Danny says:

    I’m tired of Ryan’s little innuendos. In saying that I feel like I’ve gotta let people know I’m not anti gay. I’m 100% for gay marriage. I’m reading Michael’s blog. I used to watch AI with a gay guy (among other straight people). I just don’t like the innuendos he puts out. I don’t always make innuendos that I’m straight. That kind of thing shouldn’t be brought up on the show all the time.

    For what it’s worth I also don’t care for when Harry does his little let me touch your ear or other backside kissing to Lopez. I also didn’t like it in past seasons when Simon would be running his hand up and down Paula’s back while people were singing.

    • marie says:

      I agree completely, Danny. Harry is also guilty of the idiotic little “tee-hee” gay jabs. Seriously not cool. I’ve long admired Harry as a musician, but during this season, I’ve lost a fair amount of respect for him as a person.

      • Matrix says:

        Score another immature/inappropriate comment Harry makes about JLo: “Hey look! JLo’s walking the catwalk towards me. “. She looked so appreciative (#sarcastictone)

      • bob says:

        I think its nice for Harry to be so non chalant a bout it like what does it matter if your gay or straight

        • Danny says:

          Bob- I’m fine with someone no matter what their preference is. I just don’t want to hear it all the time. That’s what I don’t like. If Ryan’s gay, I’m ok with that. If he’s straight, I’m ok with that too. Ellen was gay too. She didn’t talk about it all the time.

    • Georgina Sparks says:

      Oh please…I had to put up with Lauren Alaina basically fondling Steven Tyler on stage in season 10. I’m sure you’re old enough to handle a couple gay jokes.

  27. Gina says:

    I want Jessica to stay. I don’t think she will but, she should. Beautiful, clear voice with no affectations or weirdness. I must be in the total minority but I really disliked Jena’s version of I Can’t Help….I know that version it was done by someone else first (not Elvis, obviously…and not someone the show would give any credit to, since they are trying to sell Jena as the musical genius behind the arrangement ) but … didn’t like it at all. First two rounds, I thought, were not great for anyone. Caleb…man, he does have a good, solid voice but…I would just not want to hear more than a song or two. Jessica rocked out. She moved. She tried. And she had a good time. And I don’t think that was your standard, kiss of death good time but I think she truly is enjoying the rest of this Idol ride.

  28. Michael Johns says:

    God, Jessica’s ‘Since U Been Gone’ might just be the worst performance of the season. She crashed and burned there. I still hope she advances. Jena’s ‘Bad Romance’ deserved a C, IMO.

    • PGV says:

      lol Sorry, but with a group that included CJ (an absolute sweetheart tho) and a few others, Jess’ SUBG was not the worst performance of the season, imo. It was probably Her worst performance, but definitely not The worst of the season.

  29. Valencia says:

    Jena was incredible!!!! So she definatly safe, but I’m not sure of the other three. Alex, Caleb, or Jessica could go home. Who I believe will go home is Caleb. His commet about his “fans” was just going to far. Plus I’m kind of tired of seeing the same thing every week from Caleb… sorry…..

    • Danny says:

      This is a tough one to pick who might be leaving. Like you, I think Jena’s probably safe. Any of the other 3 going home wouldn’t surprise me. Where we differ a little bit is I guess I’d prefer Jessica and Caleb to be the other 2 who stick around. I think Alex is good. If he stays I won’t have a problem with it. He’s my 4th fav on the year. So if he makes top 3 I’ll have no beefs.

  30. Name This Tune says:

    So Mr.Slezak are you still talking about that silly After Buzz interview with Caleb? Only a silly blogger would still be whining about it. Don’t you have bigger fish to fry? In the big scheme of things that was pretty mild stuff. Not even This Is Spinal Tap or Jack Black material.

    But to thenow matter at hand. Bottom 2 should be Alex and Jessica – based on the performances we saw tonight.

    And the best finale will be Caleb and Jena.

    • OhMy says:

      I agree it doesn’t mean anything. Now the fact that he doesn’t have much more than a karaoke style does mean something.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Agreed. Lack of interview skills not withstanding, “You Give Love …” was pure karaoke. His lack of variety in his presentations bores me. Yes, his voice is great. But to do what? Lead an 80’s cover band? For me, he is hopelessly dated.

    • Owen says:

      It was a desperate (and I mean DESPERATE) attempt to justify NOT saying Jess SHOULD go home. And this line: “But I firmly believe that in the wake of Caleb calling his fans “retards” last week, he needed to prove himself so spectacularly and/or apologize so publicly that it would overshadow the deep fear that he’s not truly ready to be the ambassador for this enduring franchise.” is so disgusting, patronizing and condescending the man should be ashamed of himself. Especially the last half of that sentence. Just awful. Was Caleb’s verbiage a colossally unfortunate mistake. Oh my, yes! But he is just a kid who is trying his best to navigate waters he’s only been swimming in for four or five months. Give him a break. Again, Slezak. Shame on you all around!

    • JM says:

      Dissing your fans and calling them ‘retards’ is NOT mild stuff.

    • Mark says:

      Ironically, I suspect mental illness makes it difficult for you to understand but Michael is far from the only person to find Caleb’s comments offensive and his ‘apology’ immature and inadequate. I understand that you find using slurs about people with intellectual disabilities is trivial (again oh the irony) but many, many people do not consider it ‘pretty mild stuff.’

      • Owen says:

        See that there? See your “mental illness” quote? You don’t find that offensive? You, who had a couple minutes to a half an hour to contemplate writing that dismissive insult, compared to a kid talking off the cuff, trying to answer a question quickly during an interview? Did you see what you did there? Would I be mentally ill if I called you a douche? And please believe me, I meant that insult deliberately with every fiber of my being.

        • Mark says:

          I am 100 percent serious in that I believe NameThatTune is likely not mentally healthy based not on his/her opinions but on the rants. And I was serious that I think this makes it hard to see what most self aware people see – that ‘r*tards’ is a horrible slur and it’s not commonly used by the 20-somethings I know (an age which does not make him a ~kid btw.) Rest assured that based on your desperate efforts to defend this attitude and behavior – with zero regard for the pain it causes – we hold each other in mutual regard. have a good life dude

          • Danny says:

            The only time I’ve ever thought Name had a mental illness was when he/she didn’t agree with me on my rankings.

          • HTGR says:

            @Danny – haha, good one

          • becca says:

            OMG I just watched jena again on the song I cant help falling in love with you. That is a frikkin wig! THey didnt even have the money to buy a” human hair”. the human hair wigs are better, you cant even tell. But they got her an artificial hair one and you can always tell because its glossy and looks plastic like doll hair. Well and that is why her hair looks different in the rehearsel tapes they show. Spend some money and get her an expensive one that is made of real hair! They only wanted to spend 40 bucks? thats how much the fake hair ones are. AI cant be that broke. synthetic hair!

          • Ben says:

            Mark, you are what we call a hypocrite. I’ll take a fool (Caleb) over a hypocrite any day of the week.

        • Lisa says:

          I am not going to say that I found his choice of words offensive, however you mentioned speaking off the cuff and the difference between that and having time to plan your statements. The thing I have a problem with about the interview with Caleb is not his choice of words, but how he feels. He put how he feels into words. Without having time to think about his image, he spewed out that his fans were “retards”. Of course, I know that word is used to mean idiot, fool, etc.

          Out of your mouth, comes the things in your heart, especially if you don’t have the time to think about putting a positive spin on it. In my opinion, yes, his choice of words may have been a mistake, but I really can’t say that his view of fans (having access and talking to him) was not genuine. Partly because he didn’t have time to clean it up. Sometimes people are the most candid when they just say what’s on their mind. So, it’s really hard for me to just pass it off as a mistake. From a logical standpoint, his response came directly from inside him.

          That said, two wrongs NEVER make a right and the mere use of a different term does not change the fact that if you’re doing the same type of name calling that bothered you, then maybe you should consider why it truly offended you.

      • Name This Tune says:

        I think it’s a mental illness to become a drama queen over an offhand rematk. It is called Borderline Personality Disorder. Those of you who are still trying to create drama over this should take a look in the mirror.

        • May is mental health month and I blog about how we shouldn’t throw around names like crazy etc/ Borderline personality disorder can’t be diagnosed on a TV show discussion. I do agree that my watching Idol has become an obsession but then I never said I was normal. Aloha

    • Catniss says:

      Totally agree with you. I am also sick of Slezak still bringing up that silly interview. Can he really be the PC/morality police the way he insults JLo every week?

  31. lla says:

    There was a lot of pimping tonight of Jena/Caleb. I can see that’s who they would like in the finale.

    A little miffed that they tried to imply that Jena’s version of “I Cant Help Falling in Love with You” was original. It is a complete copy of the Ingrid Michaelson version.

    Not sure if Jessica picked those first two songs for herself or she was “persuaded” by the producers. But, they certainly did not fit her style. Last song she knocked it out.

    Alex and Caleb–more of the same. At least, Jena does mix it up some and so did Jessica tonight. Jessica was less successful at it.

    TBH, I really dislike most of the songs tonight. Wouldn’t matter who sang them. LOL

    Hope Jessica sticks around. I like her.

  32. carolinalady74 says:

    Caleb couldn’t apologize on air for his dumbass remarks, it would only have made things worse. If he goes home for his slurs then he should. He and Jena stole the night. Jessica can’t do Pink and Alex copycatted everything tonight.

  33. marie says:

    I’m tired of the judges – at the bidding of the producers? – falling all over themselves to grovel at Jena’s feet. In the comments for Slezak’s earlier post today, a few people mentioned that they hoped Jena would perform Ingrid Michaelson’s version of the Elvis song. I had never heard it. After Jena’s performance, with the judges carrying on and on about how she had deconstructed the song and how original it was, I went straight to Youtube to check it out. Talk about karaoke: it was a note-for-note copy. Nothing original about it at all.
    Jena is talented, yes, but I have to admit she still leaves me cold.
    Caleb might have a tendency to shove his foot in his mouth, but I was mesmerized by his performance of the McCartney song.
    And I LIKED Jessica’s performance of the Pink song! She didn’t do too badly with the Gaga number, either.
    Alex’s Coldplay song was terrific. I think he’s still my favorite and still definitely the contestant whose album I’m looking forward to hearing.
    Good show.

    • Laura says:

      The fact that Jena’s version of that song might be a copy (or even if it is a copy) does not affect my enjoyment of it in the slightest.

      • marie says:

        Of course not. It shouldn’t. After all, except for the rare original song this year, the constraints sing cover versions. I was protesting only the fact that the judges seemed to want to give the impression that this was an arrangement Jena devised when that was clearly not true.

        • Laura says:

          I don’t think the judges knew it was a copy of that version either. I do not think they gave the impression of individuality when obviously knowing it was not hers.

    • Owen says:

      It is not a copy. The only really sameness is that it’s a slowed down version of the Elvis tune There are a good many differences in dynamics.

    • Mary says:

      I went and listen also and though I do think it was along the same line, I don’t think it was note to note. Whatever; it was a beautiful performance and I wish I could download it. For me that was the best song of the season.

  34. AprilD says:

    Yes, I wish Ingrid Michaelson’s name would have snuck in with Jena’s Can’t help falling. Maybe it’ll come out tomorrow night. Maybe the band showed her how and she didn’t know (just like the judges didn’t know) that it was basically the same arrangement. But it was still spectacular.
    Caleb’s Maybe I’m amazed deserved an A+ too. It was much better than Jess’s You & I which I’d give an A-.
    I liked Alex’s Too Close the most out of his performances.

    • Davey says:

      I agree that Caleb’s last performance was just as good as Jena’s. Both real standouts. Having said that, I’d probably only wind up buying an album by Alex because I like the same music he does. Jessica had one of her best moments with You and I but it was too late, baby.

      • AprilD says:

        I could see myself buying Caleb Jena & Alex’s post Idol records because I buy records of all their genres. But it’ll be interesting to see how the records really turn out.

    • jamie says:

      I believe Jena’s opened for Ingrid, so she definitely knew whose version it was. Doesn’t mean she didn’t do a great job, just doesn’t deserve the credit for originality.

      • marie says:

        Precisely.

      • Ben says:

        @Jamie – no idol deserves credit for originality by that token. Do you not know that David Cook did existing arrangements for all of his ‘original’ interpretations? Adam Lambert too? The credit is for finding an interpretation which works for your voice and style – which is, within the context of the very limited time constraints on the show, as original as it is realistically possible to be.

        • deedee says:

          Not true. David Cook rearranged “Hello”, “Little Sparrow”, “Always Be My Baby”, ” All I Really Need Is You”, and “The World I Know” – all on his own.

        • tealeaves says:

          Funny how Cook is the example used. He did give credit to the alternate versions he drew from. It was still a bold choice to perform versions that were not expected. What other contestants have given so much credit to the alternate versions they have drawn from?

          • AprilD says:

            Daughtry also did this. I remember him saying he used an alternate version of Superstition when he performed it. I think he did the same with another song, but it’s been so long.

          • deedee says:

            Daughtry sang “Higher Ground” and credited the Chili Peppers.

      • AprilD says:

        I had no idea, thanks for pointing that out. Still, it might come out tonight. I just remember there being such a controversy when David Cook did Cornell’s version of Billy Jean… but then Seacrest had said specifically it was Cornell’s version when he introduced the song. (Drama for the sake of Drama, I swear) I think what people find issue with now is that when the judges praised Jena they gave her credit for the arrangement of the song. But any Ingrid fan knows right away where that arrangement came from and no credit was given.

  35. Mary says:

    JENA that is all. There is no way that girl should not succeed in the music business. I really wanted Jess in the top three also, but gosh did she really think those songs were her. I gave her some votes but I don’t know if it would help. I don’t want to hear anybody on this board say that she was being bussed, she did it to herself. After saying that I still want her in the top three, sadly don’t think it will happen. I would rather one of the guys leave.

    • OhMy says:

      I wish I had a dollar for every “There is no way that girl should not succeed in the music business” or similar comment I’ve heard about contestants that don’t succeed.

      • MarkIBe says:

        Are we talking about Haley in particular?

      • deedee says:

        Like the hysteria over Angie’s original song last year.

      • Mary says:

        It might have been an exaggeration but I do believe with the right SONG most important and label support and promotion she could go far. I do fear that is she wins, Interscope doesn’t have the best track record with females we shall see.

  36. The Orginal Lemon says:

    Caleb said something jerk-ish, and quickly apologized. I believe it’s time to move on from the witch burning, even if some are not satisfied that his apology did not meet their wording criteria. I think he felt bad, and it really showed up in his Beatles song. Alex is a talented guy, but often a dull performer, and aside from Jessica’s final song, she was a mess. Jena and Caleb deserve the finale based on performances, and that is how I will vote.

  37. My Krav is Bettah says:

    Gifted. Fearless. Confident. Which of the four does this apply to?

  38. Lynn says:

    Jena was superb. I really enjoyed Jess’ last song. It’s probably wrong but I’m kinda hoping (I know it will never happen) Alex goes home. He’s a great vocalist and a fine musician, but I’ve heard enough. Caleb is karaoke, for sure, but he’s got personality, a bad one, but he got people talking, which is more than Alex has ever done. Jess should have been doing songs like You and I the whole time. First time I’ve ever enjoyed listening to her. She deserves a chance more than the 2 boys who really haven’t gotten that much better.

    • karen says:

      I could barely tolerate Jena’s “Bad Romance.” It was excruciating. I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

  39. Volleydan says:

    I am so sick of Jena. Even her “virtuoso “final performance made me want to slice my ears off, roll them up, and stick them into the holes on the side of my head just to keep me from having to hear her shrieking, shrill, fake accented voice any longer.

  40. Khs says:

    Lol’ing Slezak. You honestly believe Jess should stay after her practical implosion tonight? Ugh she was terrible! What were those song choices? And Haley Rhinehardt wipes the floor with her on “You and I.” You clearly don’t care for Caleb personally, but there’s no way he should not make it through after his last performance tonight: chills! And Jena..good lord that girl can sing! Alex even performed better than Jess. Put your bias away for just a sec….

    • Sarah says:

      I enjoyed that Caleb noted he gave himself chills lol. This guy could star in his own unintentional parody. Actually I fully expect him to.

  41. darcy's evil twin says:

    The best peformances of the night were Caleb’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and Jessica’s “You and I”.
    “Bad Romance” was…bad. That song just doesn’t do well when it’s edited. I kept cringing, waiting for that “vertical stick” line.
    “Yellow” was probably pretty good but I can’t stand Coldplay.
    Sorry, but I enjoyed all three of Caleb’s performancs. At least he’s entertaining.

    • Phillip says:

      Those were my two favorite performances also.

    • S. says:

      The beginning of “Yellow” was copycat Coldplay to the point that I was frustrated, but Alex made it seem more like him than Chris Martin as soon as he loosened up. I think he was so determined to do the falsetto he just mimicked it.

      • HTGR says:

        When he made it more him is when I though tit started to off the rails just a little. I liked his first part of that better.

    • April says:

      you do know it’s vertigo (not vertical) to go with the Hitchcock movie theme?

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        LOL I feel better already. those two lines are definitely genius-level play on words. As closely as I listen to lyrics I’m surprised I didn’t catch it. Thanks.

    • Timmah says:

      Bad Romance was terrible, and the clearest evidence of the judges playing favorites.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      It’s actually “Vertigo shtick”. Gaga is referencing some renowned Hitchcock films (Vertigo, Rear Window, Paycho) on that song, trying to prove how cultured she is~. But I do find it interesting that due to her phrasing, it came off like “vertical stick”.

  42. What the Deb? says:

    Sooooo…when the song selections for the Top 4 came out and it was posted that Jena would be doing ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’, EVERYONE mentioned she should do the Ingrid Michelson version. And now it’s a problem that she did the Ingrid Michelson version. Having been through Season 7 tumult of David Cook’s use of alternate covers, do you think that every reimagining is credited properly? Let the song stand for what it was, a gorgeous performance that will resonate.

    • Mike says:

      Amen!

    • tealeaves says:

      David Cook’s top 10 performance was introduced as “Chris Cornell’s version of Billy Jean.” They made a point of crediting Doxology and someone else for inspiring his version of Eleanor Rigby, and there was at least one other instance where an alternate cover was credited. When this season has anyone credited someone else for influencing an alternative arrangement for a song? For that matter, when is the last time anyone has credited some alternate cover for influencing their version on this show? Has anyone ever done this on The Voice or X-Factor? Maybe they have.

      • deedee says:

        The Eleanor Rigby credit happened only the following week in a Ryan/David pre-performance sit-down interview, after Doxology made threats and demanded it. It was all very scandalous! :D

        • tealeaves says:

          But they did not first try to pass it off as his. They loved the performance but there was no behind-the-scenes indication that someone suggested he make the changes he made, and the judges did not suggested he created that version.
          People thought Mad World was a rearrangement when it was the Donnie Darko version. People thought Heartless was a complete rearrangement when it was similar to The Fray’s version. Those were the very next year. It seems like Idol decide they got nothing but grief for acknowledging other versions, so they just stopped doing it.

        • tealeaves says:

          I have been trying to think of other examples where they made a point to acknowledge that alternate versions were used. The only one I have come up with so far is Jason Castro’s Over the Rainbow. So it seems like that year was the first and last year that they DID acknowledge other influences.

          • AprilD says:

            Daughtry credited someone else for his cover of Superstition. And with another song, but I can’t remember it’s been so long.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            You mean “Higher Ground.” Bucky Covington sang “Superstition” that week.

          • elizabeth3613431 says:

            I think the song Daughtry sang was “Walk the Line”. He got a lot of flack for not crediting the band who sang the arrangement he did, but it turned out he HAD credited them in his pre-packaged interview and Idol had just edited it out.

          • Mark says:

            Let’s be real for a moment. It’s not just the performers who are in on the con–it’s everyone associated with the show. The performers meet with the producers and vocal coaches to discuss their song choices and arrangements. They rehearse with the band. The are “advised” by Randy Jackson. The judges see the rehearsals. They all know what is going on. There are no surprises to any of them on Wednesday night. So for the judges to praise Jena on her originality when they all know damn well that she copied Ingrid Michaelson is an out and out fraud. They’ve been doing it for years. They try to make these kids into something they’re not. Some of them are artists (David Cook, Adam Lambert, Candice Glover, etc.), but most of them are just singers.

      • HTGR says:

        Barely ever on any of the shows. I think Idol used to do it way back when, but I think they or any other show does that anymore, other than very, very rarely.

  43. J. May says:

    The only song that was relevant tonight, and practically the entire season, was sung amazingly, IMHO, by Jena. Absolutely superb.

  44. Michael Johns says:

    It would be the most heartbreaking moment of Idol this year for me if Jess goes home tomorrow. She’s been beaten down and played by these twits behind the production. She didn’t get the love that she deserved on-stage and the judges tried their hardest to destroy her confidence as an artist. As I quote someone from another board, “I don’t believe I have ever seen someone so methodically dismantled in my life. It’s awful.”

    • Mike says:

      and the most heartbreaking part, is she’s taking it with a smile. While the judges and the producers are being as unprofessional as they possibly can be, she’s being not only the professional, but the better person. I really want to see Caleb go home tomorrow night. It would server them right.

      • Owen says:

        I know, that breaks my heart too. Plus her saying that she’s just grateful for being able to do what she loves. Though I can’t disagree with what the judges said about her.

      • Michael Johns says:

        I believe that too.

      • Jill Moya says:

        She’s taking it with that FAKE smile! The judges are kind…they all like her voice which is hogwash! What voice! What are Jess supporters listening to? Do you like cats, or……..!

        • Michael Johns says:

          You know what, Jill? Your attempts to downplay and insult Jessica are actually pretty funny, ‘coz no one will believe you. Now, go have have sex with your Auntie’s pet ant.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Mr. Johns, I only put down the singers, not commentary! If you knew who I was, what I looked like and how I sing, you wouldn’t be talking to me like that! I’m not going to go down to your level and retaliate after your childish sex remark! Keep talking like that and the men in white coats will put you in a straight jacket and take you to BELVIEW!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Jill, you do hurt other commenters when you insult Jessica like that. You make fun of us for liking her all the time. And you know what I say to your claims that you’re so beautiful and talented? I say PROVE IT. Link us to a YouTube video of you or something. Let us see and hear how great you really are. Otherwise, I think you’re a liar, liar, pants on fire!

        • MarkIBe says:

          Jill come on and admit it your really Randy. On the show your supportive of Jess, but than you come here and trash Jess so much that people tell you to have sex with an ant.

          And since your Randy your treating Jess like you did Haley. Shame Shame!

    • kp says:

      Agree! Very well said. The judges should be ashamed to show such bias.

  45. sheba says:

    So, do you think the producers bused Jess with those first two song choices, or she bused herself? Curious to hear some theories.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      It’s plausible Jess chose the Pink song for herself.
      The Kelly Clarkson song was a huge mistake. I don’t know who picked that.
      I actually thought the judges were a bit nicer to Jess tonight.

    • Mike says:

      I think she just wanted to have fun. Let’s face it, after the beating she’s taken over the last month…after the blatant attempts at sabotage the producers(and by extension judges) have thrown at her…maybe she just said “screw it, I’m doing songs that I like and that I can have fun with”. Maybe not the smartest choice, but could you really blame her?

      • Michael Johns says:

        +

      • S. says:

        Have fun doing karaoke at home. Either sing to win or quit.

        • Mike says:

          Do you honestly think they were going to let her win? Have you been watching the show?

          Maybe she’s not cut out for it. Pounding the pavement and getting no’s over and over until you get a yes must be exhausting and frustrating. And she’s put up with their biting comments even when her songs were good…and she’s done it with a smile. At this point I don’t blame her for anything she’s doing.

          • Mary says:

            FINAL outcome is up to the voters not the producers. If she leaves tonight it will be because voters didn’t vote for her. Don’t even try to say the judges and producers swayed the audience so they wouldn’t vote for her. Producers didn’t want Taylor Hicks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Candice to win and load and behold the VOTERS voted them in.

          • HTGR says:

            Are you sure the producers didn’t want Candice to win though? Right before the season aired, I thought Nigel was said to have tweeted something about “You know, we haven’t had a female R&B singer win in a long time.”, “Personally, I’d really like to see an R&B winner this season.”

          • Mark says:

            The female R&B singer he was referring to was Amber, cause she was sooooooo current.

    • Michael Johns says:

      I don’t know how limited her selection was, but it’s ultimately her doing that she wasn’t able to strategize enough to show us the reasons why we fell in love with her.

    • NJIdoloonie says:

      I think the songs were picked for her (or at least she was given a very small list) How many times has that been said on Idology/Reality Check? The show keeps trying to cast her as a “rebel’ or “rocker” (like trying to make Sam the hearthrob) but I think she is more alt-country.

  46. darcy the slutty twin says:

    Can we have a double elimination of Jeeena and Caleb, please?

    • Mark says:

      Well can we at least have a double elimination of Caleb? He’d count as two people. Oh, come on, Caleb would not want us to be all uptight and PC, amirite?

    • Mike Hollingworth says:

      Dear Sluuuuu….yes indeed that would be a real treat…..btw I always tell my wife “what slu said this week” cause she is also a big fan of your limbic system, so I told her about your double elimination thought re: Geeeena/Caleb……… we both looked at each other…..and then she said it first……..”can you just imagine, Caleb on the toilet, yuk”

      • darcy the slutty twin says:

        Hi there, Mike. You make me blush. <3

        • Mike Hollingworth says:

          Holy flying horse feathers Slu, you just made me blush just by saying you blushed….and that little heart….my my my……………oh, by the way, I have a visitor up here at my ranch in the Okanagan Valley……………………………………………………………………Dexter, yes Dexter. So you’re wondering how Dex ended up here, well I told him that Darcy is coming up to visit and she would love to shine your butt with a bucket of hot saddle soap. Now, when your hubby wanders by your boudoir and sees frilly stuff crammed into your fanciest suitcase and wonders where the hell you are off to, just, “Canada you fool and don’t leave the light on for me”

          Now, if I’m telling a fib, do not worry, I’m the back-up!

      • Caleb on the toilet? LOL But at least he would go and take care of his “toilet needs” while Alex holds it all night and we watch him do his pissy pee pee dance or is it he is tucking his ass cheeks tightly so as not to pinch a loaf on the stage? That actually might be the cause of the constipated look on his face

    • Jill Moya says:

      YES!

    • deedee says:

      Ugh, and be left with Alex Mraz?

    • Mary says:

      No but I would go for Caleb and Alex.

  47. Kaba says:

    I feel like there’s a lack of varied dynamics and a bit more theatrics to the performances this season….
    Trying to remember the last performance where I genuinely felt the emotion that was implied this season

  48. HTGR says:

    Man, Jessica brought it with You and I! Fantastic! Performance of the night!
    .
    But it’s gonna be a squeaker, first halves of the first two songs were a bit rough. Some parts of those songs were not the easiest, most ideal fit to show her off for a show like this and it took her a while get past the bits and bring it with those songs, at this stage, it is safer to do songs where it’s more your 100% wheelhouse through and through. But she had fun with ‘em.

    • karyn says:

      Agree with all of this. I loved You and I but I have to say WHAT IS WITH THE STAGE PRODUCTION TEAM?!! What were they (not) thinking with giant hearts behind Jess’ head? And Alex sings “Yellow” and gets a giant yellow circle behind him?! Enough with the literalism – you are supposed to be creative types, no?

  49. Jenna says:

    Jessica’s first two performances were so below the standard of a top four contestant on American Idol that I could not help but wonder what would have happened if it was she who had gone home last week instead of Sam. I was expecting her to go last week, and I wanted her to. I didn’t think she could compete with the likes of Jena, Caleb, and Sam, whose tone was never as grating as hers can be sometimes. Her showing tonight just further proved that to me. I was a little angry too, because I felt like Sam deserved that spot in the top four and he could have performed much better than Jess did tonight. Granted, would he have have had a “moment,” like Jena and Caleb? Received a standing ovation and/or a kiss on the cheek? Doubt it. But, I found myself missing him tonight.

  50. oriolemom says:

    Jena won’t get a single vote from me, because the judges over the top idol worship of her totally put me off. Man I hate that.

    • Shel says:

      Over the top worship? Sorry, don’t see it. Her last song WAS stupendous! It is going to go down as one of THE Idol performances of all time, IMO. But the judges were equally blown away by Caleb’s song. Both Jena and Caleb got standing O’s from JLo and Keith. Both of them got superlatives from Harry. AND Jena got some negative (sorry, “constructive”) feedback on both of her other songs – not letting loose, not moving because the music makes her move (whatever), Harry questioned why she didn’t go for a bigger (higher) note on her second song….I don’t think Caleb got anything worse than – again – try to make the song less karaoke.

    • Mary says:

      Really, you penalized a contestant if they were your favorite, which I doubt, because of the judges???

    • Idolhead Ed says:

      Yeah that’s a good reason not to vote for the best singer/performer on the show.

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