American Idol Top 4 Results Recap: Guess What? I'm Havin' More Fun, Now That We're Done!

011485You never know when an American Idol shock-bomb is about to get dropped. Oh, sure, the show can lull you into a false sense of security with its familiar patterns — Ryan Seacrest faking us out with an “after the break” misdirect, J.Lo wearing a dress with less coverage than a hospital gown, Randy burping up clichés about how “it’s fourth and goal, with one play left” (ugh) — but the show’s trail of fulfilled dreams is undeniably littered with “Wait! What?” carnage.

Tonight, however, suspense took a holiday — at the exact moment J.Lo strutted on stage in a flaming red dress. It’s not like La Lopez was going to wear such a celebratory color on a night where front-runners Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene were walking to the guillotine. And even an Alex Preston ouster didn’t seem to be a party-dress kind of occasion for Cruella de Lipsync.

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Nope, that tiny swath of crimson fabric could only mean one thing: Jessica Meuse was a dead rocker walking, the cat who’d used up nine consecutive results shows since Top 13 week, the one who actually got referred to as “a this and a that” during the course of Wednesday’s performance telecast. (No disrespect intended, I am so flippin’ sure.)

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Oh sure, executive producer Per Blankens let the masquerade play out as planned. We got footage of prior seasons’ hometown visits — Elliott Yamin’s mom, you never cease to make me teary. We got not only the contestants’ post-show dinner, but an additional time-wasting chit-chat in a Los Angeles-area park. (And yet the show hasn’t found a way to invite Melinda Doolittle back to perform a track from her You’re the Reason EP?) We sat through “Randy’s Round-Up,” also known as a moment of penance for those of us who ever dogged the work of his predecessor Jimmy Iovine.

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And then it was time for somebody — though presumably not Kieran — to dim the lights.

Sent to Safety (in Chronological Order)
Jena Irene
Caleb Johnson
Alex Preston

Eliminated
Jessica Meuse

Suddenly, the stoic, pink-haired rocker from Slapout, Alabama was sobbing, hands over her face, trying to maintain a shred of composure as we heard her famous audition quote about how she’d either wind up as “a successful musician or a broke one.” (Still love that sound bite.)

Somehow, some way, Jessica found the strength to grab the mic and perform her terrific original track “Blue Eyed Lie” — do check it out on iTunes, if you haven’t already — and she sounded damn good, too, despite a couple tense seconds at the start, as she tried to figure out the band’s cue without her trusty guitar in hand.

The cameras repeatedly cut to the judges — no tears, no looks of stunned frustration, no freakin’ surprise.

And then, there were three. Hometown visits, here we come!

Jessica, defiant, doled out hugs to Randy and her fellow contestants, but deflected the embrace of the woman in the red dress. Hey, just because there’s a ghoul dancing on your grave doesn’t mean you need to reach up and shake its hand.

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738 Comments
  1. Danny says:

    I would have had Jessica over Alex, but it’s a solid top 3. Ya can’t really go wrong with any of the 4.

    One thing ya can go wrong with is the camera people. Please Idol. If anyone from the show reads this.

    Please……….. Keep……….. The………… Cameras………… OFF…… The……. Flipping………….. Judges………. While a contestant is singing. If it doesn’t flat out ruin it, it puts a damper on every single song.

    If I watch Idol next year, I’ll watch it like I do the Voice this year. Watch the singers, FF through most of the judges comments and commercials. After 10 years of this, I’m getting burned out on these types of shows. If they’re going to show the judges and their fake bobbing every song, there’s no sense in watching at all.

    • With Jessica’s (sad) elimination it’s now guaranteed that at least one of Caleb or Jena is going to make the Finale. I think if it’s not both of them there then the other one will win it. They have been riding high for week after week. It’s gonna be tougher for Alex, but if he really delivers next week it might propel him at least to the finale. Right now I’d say Jena is in the front runner spot, followed closely by Caleb and then a good gap and then Alex.

      • Lisa says:

        Depends on how you look at it. The same could have been said of Phil Phillips, yet he won it.

        • Phillip Phillips was the front runner for a long time in his season, sure Jessica Sanchez gave him a run for his money and Joshua Ledet at times as well. I know that Alex Preston and Phillip Phillips are similar in that they play guitar and are a white guy and all that, but I don’t think Alex is a front runner at this point. He’s been consistent and is very good, but Jena and Caleb seem to have a little more momentum on their side, at least recently.

          • Lisa says:

            I still say it’s anybody’s game right now.

          • tealeaves says:

            Alex has never been in the bottom. He may very well be the front runner.

          • Aaron says:

            I’d agree with you if Caleb had ever broke in the iTunes chart – but he doesn’t. And guess what – Alex does – consistently. So don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make it to the end – i mean SOMEONE is buying his music.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Have i-tune sales been any type of indicator of the winner in the past? That’s a serious question.

          • Ben says:

            Despite many peoples proclamations to the contrary (I proclaimed to the contrary about Kris back in season 8) – Idol history is firmly on the side of Alex being unassailable, even by people with momentum. I don’t mind being wrong, but if I was making a bookmaker I’d definitely have Alex at by far the lowest odds. People like Jena and Caleb, on the other hand, have never won idol (David Cook is the closest one has come, but even as a bit of a rocker I see his style as more like Alex). Topping it all off, I feel as though Alex is the most current (although Jena is pretty darn current too).

          • gus says:

            Now that my 3 favorite contestants have made it to the top 3, I will not be unhappy with any outcome. It was sad to see Jessica leave today, but I had also expected her to finish 4th a long time ago. I think it was an honorable finish for her … but she had stiff competition from the other 3 (though I may be biased there bc they were my favorites). I hope the people in Slapout will put a welcome home party for her so she doesn’t get totally cheated out of that experience. Anyway, I really don’t have a favorite between the top 3, but I am going to go ahead here and agree with idolbejudge. I think Jena is the most likely one to win this thing, and Alex is the least likely. And I am not saying that just because of the current Vegas betting odds or subconscious preference. I think that perhaps an Alex & Caleb finale would be a little harder to predict the outcome, but a Jena & either Caleb or Alex, will probably favor Jena because she has been more versatile in music genre so she can capture most of the votes of whichever one of the two guys gets eliminated first. If Cabeb were to get severely crippled by his extremely douchy remarks, I think he would have finished in the bottom 2 tonight. The fact he was in the top 2 tells me most people didn’t hear or didn’t care. So, I think Alex’s greatest challenge to make it to top 2 will probably be the visual component of the performance. Artistically and musically he is really talented, but people will be comparing him with only 2 other contestants who are far more engaging on stage. I thought he already got sort of bussed yesterday by the judges (too much, imho) for his stage presence, and I don’t see the judges not criticizing him again for that next week unless he does something completely different than what he have seen thus far. Lastly, you have the history of AI to go on, which shows that the only person to be a bottom 2 on Top 4 and win AI in the past 12 seasons was Fantasia. However, in that season the other 2 contestants left in the top 3 to compete with Fantasia had both been 3 times in the bottom previously. Caleb has never been in the bottom and Jena was there only once, a really long time ago. So, save for a disastrous performance by either Jena or Caleb next week, I think that Alex is the one with the uphill climb now. I am not rooting against him and I will be perfectly happy if he advances, but in my opinion that is what logic indicates at the moment.

          • S. says:

            Caleb’s been on the iTunes chart. I’ve seen it. Not super high, but on there. Sam was winning iTunes the first week he got voted off. That indicates nothing apparently.

          • Ben says:

            @gus – Alex has never been in the bottom 2 though.

          • gus says:

            @Ben – wait, wasn’t today’s result a bottom 2 result? I may be completely wrong about that, but I thought thaat when they announced Jena and Caleb first, that meant they were the top 2. Am I wrong about that?

          • tealeaves says:

            @gus Ryan did not say the results were in order. That just means they were in the order the producers want us to think they were in.

          • kcostell says:

            @Ben: Here are one actual bookmaker’s odds (Paddypower) at the moment.

            Jena: 2/5 (Bet $5 to win $2)
            Caleb: 2/1
            Alex: 6/1

            So Jena’s a firm favorite to them. The same bookies also have The Voice as all but sewn up at the moment (a $7 bet on Christina will only win you $1).

          • HTGR says:

            I knew Christina had it locked up on The Voice the moment they all said she just had the moment of the night when her teammate had just had the moment of the season right before her.

          • gus says:

            @tealeaves – Thank you very much for replying. I did not pay attention to what Ryan said, and I obviously got confused by that format of saving 2 first. My bad. So, nix what I said, about that previously … though that doesn’t change the rest of my argument why Jena may be most likely to win this year (and Alex the least likely). I must say though that this method of announcement was a bit unfair to Alex because I wonder how many people may have gotten confused by this. I’ve said before that I like all three of them, but I may start sounding like a conspiracy theory believer if I say this was also done deliberately by the producers to favor Jena and Caleb.
            @kcostell – Yeah, it looks like Jena has been ahead in the betting odds for a few weeks already … and I agree with their odds right now. Just as a curiosity, I was looking over that data yesterday and found out that on Top 10 week, Dexter Roberts had the best odds to win (lol), while Jessica was pegged at 8th place. Caleb and Alex were tied in 2nd place, and Jena was 4th.

          • gus says:

            @kcostell and @HTGR – I agree that the Voice is pretty much a lock on Christina Grimmie. Josh Kaufman may make her sweat a bit though since he is the only other contestant (in addition to Grimmie herself) to have 2 songs on the Top 10 Chart of iTunes. And the winner of that competition is the person with the most total votes during the entire season, not just the finale tally itself. So, it will be tough to beat someone who has a 2.5 million following on Youtube already relentlessly voting every week. I don’t think she is a bad singer, but she does have an advantage that none of the other remaining 4 contestants have.

        • Name This Tune says:

          The interesting thing is if you follow trending on the various sites, one week it will be Alex in the top 2 the next week it will be Jena. Caleb is always there.
          So next week is pivotal for Alex and Jena. The one with the best night will be there at the end with Caleb.

      • Smokin' Mark says:

        I have nothing against Alex, but it’s a testimonial to how mediocre this year’s talent is that he’s in the top-three. A few seasons back, someone of his ilk would have finished like 7th. He’s a talented guy, but not in any way pop star material of the “American Idol” pedigree. Jessica was my favorite of the bunch but frankly she was not a natural fit for the straitjacket of an American Idol record deal. I would have loved to have seen her make the top-three and visit Slapout (and it was very clear she wanted that too, despite my impression last night that she was checking out and knew she was going home) but she probably had the best possible outcome in raising her profile on a national stage. Wherever her musical journey leads her, it should be someplace more liberating to her talents than singing an album of Disney anthems as most American Idol winners end up doing.

        • tealeaves says:

          Huh? Which albums are you referring to?

        • Li-Li says:

          I agree this whole season has been extremely mediocre. Too bad, because Harry Connick, Jr. as a judge was a breath of fresh air. He almost makes up for Jennifer Lopez being back, but can’t quite cover up her massive ego which is totally unbearable night after night. I have barely watched this season because no one seemed that interesting or daring. If Alex is the daring one to watch this season, I think I’m glad I didn’t bother watching. The top 4 are all very good, just not really star/idol material. I actually thought Jessica was the most interesting of the four, but she just doesn’t have that much pizzazz. But then, either did Carrie Underwood and look at her now. Caleb is a phenomenal bar band singer. He is like a lead singer from a 70’s rock band, just with no particular distinction to his voice. Jena has a great instrument, but none of her performances have ever really moved me. She seems very contrived. Yet, she has a lot of stage presence and definitely is the most unique of the top four. She did look like she was auditioning for “Hairspray”, however during the Elvis song.

        • MarkIBe says:

          LOL strong words from Michael referring to Lopez as a ghoul. I guess he’s still not over her treatment of Haley. For my part I have little interest in the remaining three contestants, fortunately I am enjoying the Voice this season especially Christina Grimmie. Hopefully for Jess the exposure she received on Idol will turn around her career. It seems like it is so difficult for these young artists to have long term success. I can’t count the the number of artists I have really liked on Idol that just seem to disappear after their brief moment in the Limelight.

        • tealeaves says:

          David Cook had a great debut album. That had Light On, Come Back to Me, Bar-ba-sol, Permanent, Time of My Life, and many more great songs. There is a nice variety of great songs. That album is still the best selling album since 2006 from any contestant other than Carrie (with Daughtry’s sophomore album very close behind it.) Cook cowrote most of it and that makes all the difference.
          .
          Phillip Phillips had a great debut album. That includes Home, Gone, Gone, Gone, Where We Come From, and many others. Home was a massive succes. Gone, Gone, Gone is also platinum. All the songs are good. Phillips cowrote most of it and that makes all the difference.
          .
          Scotty’s album is also platinum, so country fans really like it. (Sorry, I’m just not a fan of that type of country music so I can’t say anything more specific about it. But it has its audience.)
          .
          Kris Allen’s debut album never gets much mention because it did not sell very well. But it’s got some good stuff on it. It includes Live Like We’re Dying, Alright With Me, I Need to Know, and The Truth.Kris excells with lighthearted pop and it also had some good dramatic songs like I Need to Know.
          .
          Haley Reinhart did not win, but she would be an example of a female songwriter who put out an album with Universal. There are a number of gems on that album even if it did not sell very well. It includes Oh My!, Undone, Free, and Hit the Ground Running. She co-wrote almost all the songs and it reflected her unique style. No Disney princess songs.
          .
          I could go on. Some of the idol albums are not so good. But in my experience those are usually albums from lower placed finishers, or maybe albums from the earlier years where I have never listened to the albums.
          ..
          Universal should sign Jessica for at least an album and fill it with her own songs.

        • Hannah says:

          You’ve never listened to an album from an American Idol winner, have you? None of their albums are made up of “Disney anthems”

      • But lest be honest , Jessica was really bad last night ,
        It was the correct choice ,

        • Aaron says:

          Amen! She was a hot mess during her first two performances.

          • Terry says:

            They were definitely not the right songs for her. You’d think after all these years these kids would know to have a bunch of songs in mind that they know they can sing well. Or maybe they do and TPTB really do only give them a choice between 4 or 5 songs. I just can’t imagine Jessica actually picking those 2 songs for herself if she had a choice.

          • kaikenna says:

            I agree. She was clearly the weakest last week. Any funny enough, slezak chose to gloss over her awkward and lackluster two performances. No bias there. He is NEVER bias! And he never fails to give a critique of a bad performance like he accuses the judges of doing. You really can’t argue with the decision this week. The one good thing is that her last performance showed her finally singing with angst and passion. I think that was one of her best performances! This is what we have been waiting for from her.

          • Terry says:

            You obviously didn’t read Michael’s review then, kaikenna, because he graded her first two songs the lowest of the night and he said “Jessica only went 1-for-3 on a night where she needed a hat trick”. But I agree with you that her sing out was her best performance, it’s too bad she couldn’t have shown more of that passion and connection on the show.

        • pj russell says:

          Really? what planet are you on?

          • Matrix says:

            You can argue she was the weakest last night (not that I feel that way), but “hot mess” – no sir! Cray, cray!

        • Lauren says:

          Seriously, I feel like she was clearly the worst. I don’t get why people have such an issue with her leaving this week.

          • Matrix says:

            Because many people like her and think she is good. What’s so mysterious about that?

      • cininne says:

        A lot of it boils down to the population who take the time to vote, and vote and vote and vote and most of those are young people who don’t know real talent when they see it. They vote for who they think is cool. They are the ones who have the time and desire to spend voting on every form of social media available to them and they dominate. Personally I don’t care if Caleb or Jena win because they are then guaranteed to vanish into thin air. I am confident that no matter what we will hear Jessica and Alex on the radio… thank goodness.

        • Trish says:

          I couldn’t have said it better myself. First off, her 1st and 2nd performance was great. Plus, one of the songs, they made her change a the last minute. She was going to sing her song and was told she couldn’t. So can’t blame her for song choices. The judges had it in for her. They had their favorites and everyone knew it. Week after week Jess was cut up no matter what she did. She took it and smiled and said, “It’s all good, I had fun and hope my fans liked it.” Now that’s class. Her farewell song “Blue Eyed Lie”, that she wrote was amazing. People said she should have done that performance all the while….well it’s hard to do when you know that you will just be trashed by the judges. She knew this was it, they can’t trash her anymore, so what did she have to loose. By the way, that was the song she wanted to sing and they made her change it. Her last song, holding in the tears, the best I’ve ever seen by anyone ever on tv. Jess, will be on the radio before Jena or Caleb.

      • Dotti Riggs says:

        I was VERY disappointed that Jessica was eliminated! I liked her from the beginning, as well as Caleb and Jena. I couldn’t believe that Alex kept making it through. He had nothing outstanding to present and I just didn’t like to watch him. He was no more than average. Jessica has a very special sound and I think she should be in the top three.

      • well its getting down to the end sure hope that Caleb well get it he sure did a great job in his songs and always had something nice too say smile good luck we need more men in this good luck Caleb

    • Ben says:

      So agree Danny – that has been (for me) the most irritating part of this season. We don’t need to see (and misinterpret) how the judges are taking performances based on the looks on their face during the song. And Danny – I’ve been suggesting people fast forward the judges for a long time; Or indeed, that Idol does away with the concept of ‘judges’ altogether (the panel of three is there to select the top however many, and after that they are there to mentor during the week and use the save – why do we care what they think about performances? And it would cut down a lot of the complaining about them).

      • Tess says:

        I love that thought Ben – that the “judges” just be a panel put together to pick out the talent initially and then they back off and let the viewers make their own minds up (maybe let them mentor but not comment after performances). Not only would it make episodes go faster (or give more time to each performance, what a novel idea) but it would also allow for less manipulation on the part of the producers which might make the jaded among us feel like there’s hope for a decent show again. Course, we all know the producers would never give up having their say like that so it would never happen. But it would make the show infinitely better if people could judge things on their own rather than be force fed what they should think about someone.

        All that said, I’m going to miss Jess. She was really the only reason I was still tuning in and I’m just not the least bit interested now in who wins. I knew she wasn’t going to make the final (the fact she made it this far is a testament to her talent; we all know the show wanted her gone several weeks ago) but I was still hoping she could maybe squeak through and give us the one shock of the season. Now I’ll just be looking forward to whatever future music she puts out (and I do hope she gets a record deal of some sort).

        • Ben says:

          Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but regardless of whether or not the producers use judge feedback to manipulate (I lean towards no, but I wouldn’t be surprised)… I do not think what the judges say has one iota of effect on the outcome. And even if they do effect the outcome, I tend to think the way in which it effects it is most often reactionary (ie people who disagree with the judges). I’m less worried about manipulation and more worried about the fact that people don’t engage with the judges.

          Lets face it – judges trying to manipulate was at its worst in the era of Simon Cowell. The judges back then were an essential part of the reason Idol became as big as it did. But I just think people have jaded to them.

          • claudia says:

            Ben, please learn the difference between “effect” & “affect” so we can understand you.

          • Joel says:

            Claudia, I’m afraid you’re technically wrong. Whether Ben intended to or not (and I think he was indeed thinking “affect” when he wrote “effect”), he used “effect” as a noun correctly in the first instance, as a verb correctly in the second, and technically correctly as a verb in the third. Many people don’t realize that “effect” can be used as a verb, just like “affect”. It means to bring about or produce a result, whereas “affect” means to produce a change or to alter. I wouldn’t have chimed in, but that charge was inaccurate and I’m worried it might effect further grammatical ignorance.

          • Misty says:

            I believe they absolutely influence the votes. You might enjoy the song, and then hear the judge say the song was pitchy. Suddenly, it is no longer good. You enjoy the song, and the judges say “it was not a good song for you.” Suddenly, you suck.

            You hear a song and didn’t enjoy it — but all three judges say the singer “killed it” (in a good way).

            They influence. And J-Lo did her best to influence anti-Jessica sentiment.

            The comments impact the performers. Stand there week after week and get told you are not doing well, you will wilt. Stand there week after week and be told you are perfection personified, and you will blossom. It is hard to be yourself when you’re told it is not acceptable. And the audience and viewers will watch to see if the advice was taken.

          • morghiel says:

            I’d say the judges have tried to manipulate things either towards their own personal preferences or some “agenda” for years now. Perhaps in the old days they were more subtle about it or perhaps people have just gotten more jaded as you say. I can’t say it’s been terribly effective: witness the lengths they had to go to in order to get a female winner last year or to get Sam to finish as high as he did. I know I, personally, have been tuning out the judges for years.

        • Trish says:

          Yes, Tess, I agree. The way she composed herself, holding back the tears, shows me class and I’m not quitting attitude. This is a hard business to get into. The competition is great. If she could put up with Jlo, she has the fight to succeed, she is going to go far. This is not the end for Jess.

      • Danny says:

        Ben- your way would work too. America doesn’t really need 5 minutes of analysis for a 90 second song anymore. Even on the Voice, where the judges are relatively decent, it’s the same thing over and over.
        ..
        A few weeks ago the Comcast idiots cut my cable line (I’m not even a Comcast customer, but my company uses the same box outside). I had to watch the show live via normal tv. During commercials I listened to the radio. I enjoyed that more than the show. When a good song was on, I didn’t like having to tune back in to AI, even though I did it. That’s when I started thinking about maybe I’ve had enough of AI after 10 years.

        • Ben says:

          Yes. I didn’t realise until later that you were saying the same thing elsewhere. I’ve been saying this since about season 10 – after people has moaned about Ellen, Kara, Paula, Randy… and then were now moaning about J Lo and Steven as well… I just realised it was a battle that could never be won.

          Honestly I personally believe this is the best judging panel idol has had based on my own arbitrary criteria – which is that they seem to live in a place between out and out praise and out and out Cowell. I guess in the days of Simon, the judges were basically aiming their comments at America. Now, they are aiming them at the contestants, and I think that is better. But I still think America is jaded on judges. And frankly, I am too – I don’t watch either the Voice or the now defunct X Factor primarily because I can’t handle how much those shows feel like they are about the judges not the contestants to me.

          But if we have (what I think) is the best panel ever, and people are still not happy, I just don’t think happy is a place people are going.

    • karyn says:

      I am disappointed but not heartbroken by Jessica’s ouster. But I disagree that “you can’t go wrong with any of the top 4.”

      I will be really irritated if Caleb wins. And no, it’s not b/c of his faux pas. He’s got the voice but no real musical talent or creativity. He’s got a great future as a wedding singer or playing reunions or performing in a casino, where people want the songs to sound exactly like they remember them from high school so they can say, “Oh I remember this song” but will never notice the band that is covering it.

      But I have a feeling that the judge’s relentless (and misguided) pimping of a Jena/Caleb finale will actually happen and then, true to form, the voters wlll opt for the boy instead of the girl at the finale, regardless of who is better. I’m not a fan of Jena’s either (sorry but I’m one of those that finds her voice grating), but she should certainly beat Caleb

      • Gailer says:

        Yes, he’s a wedding singer at best.

        • The Other Leah says:

          that would be one hell of a wedding

          • morghiel says:

            Yeah, I’d get married if I could have Caleb sing at my wedding. Only problems are that voice would be sorely wasted singing at a wedding and I haven’t met a girl yet who’s “retarded” enough to actually marry me.

            As for Caleb’s comments, I don’t think they’ll impact his chances much. Those who don’t like his singing have another reason not to like him, but it’s not likely he would have gotten votes from them anyway. Those who like Caleb’s singing will write it off as a dumb kid shooting his mouth off when he’s suddenly thrust in the limelight. I enjoy singing so his comments don’t effect me since I never look to a singer as a role model. Other don’t so after his comments they still don’t.

        • judi says:

          I think a lot of people are irritated because Rock and Roll is ruling in this years AI, which I know makes all you “pop” or “rap” or “madonna” type music lovers really angry. Caleb rocks, Jena and Jessica will both have careers, and Alex, I just don’t know, seems a little like a Frank Sinatra trapped in a young mans body. His win would be another Taylor Hicks win..He is not an american idol..sorry

          • marie says:

            Alex = Frank Sinatra????? Not at all.

          • HTGR says:

            That depends I’m a pop, Madonna AND rock lover. So Caleb, Jessica, Jena are mostly fine by me. I’m not quite a fan of the way Alex tends to re-arrange things, they just seem kinda weird and off to me much of the time and he chops ‘em up with this odd staccato phrasing a lot of the time which sorta chops of the emotion. But he does seem to be popular.

          • Tiny Tim! With shorter hair. Alex

      • My Krav is Bettah says:

        They pimp a Jena/Caleb finale because this is what the producers want I think.

        • Calebs hometown visits are on u tube. He played at 2 bars. He got 2 keys. One to the city and one to the county. The mayor is hot according to the guys whistling at her. His fans chose dazed and confused for wed night. He plays guitar? His dad a football coach. Good video

          • News channel 4 WYFF Ashville. News reporter said american idol producer quotes “it was the craziest hometown visit the show has ever seen in idol history! u tube!

      • Jessamine says:

        I agree with you, Karyn, but I think Caleb is going to win this thing. He’s the least polarizing of the contestants and has been for some time. Even now when people complain about him, they’re complaining about his comments, but not about his voice. He reminds me of Taylor Hicks in that he consistently delivers but doesn’t generate a lot of dissent.

      • Penny says:

        I’ll be irritated if Caleb wins, too. He’s just too outdated!

      • Blank Slate says:

        Please invite me to any wedding Caleb is playing. I will bring a gift and pay to be there.
        You haven’t been to many weddings, have you?
        Next thing you will pull out the old Simon canard that he belongs on a cruise ship.

        Caleb’s voice is a gift.

    • Shazay says:

      Jessica got the Hayley Reinhart treatment this season. Awesome talent, but judges (Jenny) hated her for whatever reason. Ah well. Next year they need to stop picking hipsters like Alex. Remember when they’d have a mix of soulful and pop and rock, and there was diversity on the show? It’s been too long. Get rid of the judges save…and maybe one night a week like DWTS does now. I always have hope for the next year, when will I learn?

      • Blank Slate says:

        Jess M is no Hayley. Not even close.
        And do you really have ask why J Lopez “for whatever reason” as you say hates a Hayley or even a Jessica Meuse? Jealousy thy name is J Lo.

        She’s not intimidated by the more tween idol in Jena. Jena does not reek of sexy plus voice . This is J Lo’s show and she’s not going to let any of you forget it.

        And THAT is why people are tuning out . This show has lost its heart. Simon liked the camera and the mic, to be sure. But he was not threatened by younger but better talent. He was not competing vs the Idols. Jennifer Lopez’s obnoxious bump and grind burlesque strut across the stage last night SAYS IT ALL.

        • Danny says:

          Blank- yea, 10 years of watching this show and the last 4 have been judged brutally. In Season’s 10 and 11 the talent made up for it. These past couple of years the talent isn’t enough to overcome the irritations.
          ..
          Lopez was the iceberg for the show but it still floated (10/11) Minag nuked it (12) and Lopez returned to bury it.

          A few weeks ago I brought up Kara. I don’t think she’s great, but compared to what we’ve had these last 4 years she’s not looking so bad in hindsight.

        • Li-Li says:

          Totally agree. I hated to see Jennifer be so obvious in her disdain for Jessica, just like she was with Hayley. J-Lo is an egomaniac.

        • Interesting comment. I wasn’t watching Idol when Hayley was on but I’ve heard good things about her. I guess I don’t like Jess M because of the way she conducted herself in Hollywood and although she has talent she had a lot of bad performances. As for J’lo hating her, I don’t think so but a lot of people here are hating on J’ lo. for many reasons. She doesn’t bother me but I think she isn’t the best judge that has ever been on Idol Aloha,

          • Ben says:

            Marilyn – yes, there is a lot of hate on here for JLo – and like you, I don’t see it with most of the criticisms.

          • Hi, Ben, I’m neutral about J-lo even though I’m Puerto Rican from a Brooklyn block now in Hawaii. I think she has a big ego and her voice is well, not as good as many of the contestants. I just wish the cameras were not watching her every expression. and yes, many Latinas wear red dresses for no reason. We love red Aloha

          • albean99 says:

            IA. I didn’t particularly like Hayley although a much better performer than Jessica. I sincerely doubt Jennifer is jealous of either of them. Why would she be? Jessica has a decent voice but she has so much trouble showing emotion (last night was probably the best all season) and her performance skills are lacking. The judges are getting a lot of blame for “busing” her but she did herself no favors.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Marilyn…GREAT FACTUAL COMMENTS!

          • Hi Jill,
            This is my first time writing about Idol so it’s been an interesting experience to say the least. What bugs me about J-lo is that when I’m watching someone perform I don’t want to see her on camera so much, stank face or not lol. Also I read the blog about J-lo dressing in red to celebrate Jess M. departure funny but as a Latina I know we always wear red dresses and the pink one the night before was really too young for her and she got flack for it, so the designer red came out. As a mature woman I had to give up the short pink dresses a while back. Aloha friend

        • Scott says:

          You’re right they’re not even close. Jess is way more talented and plays guitar. Haley plays nothing and over-sings a lot. Jess’ version of “Rhiannon”, “You and I” and “Call Me” were better than Haley’s. However, I liked Haley and her version of “House of the Rising Sun” is untouchable and was a great moment that season.

        • MamaLis says:

          The thought that JLo is “jealous” of Jess is absolutely ludicrous. It’s elementary reasoning and I’m quite certain, is not true. Jess was missing big pieces of “the package” and those absences bothered JLo. That’s the bottom line.

          • Terry says:

            Agree, she’s not jealous, she just plays favorites. Lauren was her season 10 favorite so she did whatever she could to get rid of Haley and get Lauren to the finale. This season Jena is her favorite so she did whatever she could to get rid of Jessica.

      • Xhasenthor says:

        Soul! I wish they’d bring back someone as soulful as Fantasia! I wouldn’t want her to win though because I don’t like winners that are very similar, but it would be pleasing to my eyes and ears to have a powerhouse, soulful Aretha-like contestant once again in AI. Candice was more RnB than Soul, if they’re distinguishable from each other.

      • colton says:

        i dont understand what people always says about Hayley Reinhart “treatment”
        what i remember that hayley (who i love) was one of the few contestants that the judges have truly helped her find her path , including jennifer
        in the beginning hayley was kind of lost,didnt know what singers she is, choosing
        songs that wasn’t her but with the help of the judges , she came down a long way
        to the top 3!!!

        • AlyB says:

          The examples are almost too numerous to list. It was blatant. People who didn’t watch the show regularly noticed. The judges helped her? BWUAHAHAHAHAHA Omg that’s hilarious. How about when they didn’t like her doing country even though IT WAS COUNTRY WEEK. Or wait, when they had the top 4 up there & asked who was best & they said it was a tie between Lauren, Scotty & James leaving her standing there almost in tears. Never mind they made her rush out on the stage for that unscheduled humiliation right before she was next to perform. They claim they didn’t like You & I. Dissed the song even though she was debuting it for lLady Gaga . They week they were to pick songs that were meaningful to them and she did Earth Song, Randy made some dumb comment as if Michael Javkson wasn’t a real superstar and they told her she was somehow wrong for liking that song. I could go on and in and on and on. It was week in and week out. JLo was so super condescending. She treated Haley with utter contempt. I can’t believe anyone would try to rewrite show history and claim she was “lost” and they “helped” her. No wonder AI does some of the stuff we see and call obvious foul on. People buy their BS. Unbelievable.

          • HTGR says:

            +10000
            .
            I mean when Ryan asked who did the best and then Randy responds instead with Haley was the worst, wow. What a cruel way to dig for ratings, trying to egg her on into some big shocking response or meltdown. I heard Steven Tyler interviewed after that and he was MAD pissed at Randy and just slamming the whole thing. He was the one judge who refused to sell out for the rest of that season. (and thus Haley’s interesting little line play in her B&tJ sing out as to which ones she sang walking past Randy and JLo and which she sang walking past Steven).
            .
            Even the so-called ‘mean’ vocal coach tore the judging fakery a new one. Even Lauren Alaina got so upset by it she dared to call out the judging while she was still a contestant.
            .
            Anyway enough of that stuff.

        • Tusk says:

          Who is this “Hayley” people are speaking of?…must not have loved her that much :P

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Haley Reinhart from Season 10. Some people are spelling her first name wrong.

          • Tusk says:

            I know, I’m being facetious (thus the “must not have loved her that much” comment, to the poster’s claim that “I love her”… especially to his claim they tried to ‘help’ her :P smh
            .
            BTW I posted “Haley’s American Idol Journey” in 3 parts on my Youtube Channel under user name “HaleysTusk”, since Fremantle is allowing posting of their vids. It includes all the pre performance set up as well as the critiques. 3 1/2 hours of Haley’s Journey :)

            I would post the link to the 3 part playlist, but I think TVLine doesn’t like linking to sites outside of it’s site.

          • Tusk says:

            Sorry, the facetious comment was meant for “colton” not AlyB :/
            (posting from phone, it’s hard to line these up, sorry AlyB ;) )

          • AlyB says:

            @Tusk Go it :) At first I thought oh no did I blow the spelling? lol. When I’m on my phone my posts end up full of typos and I really should proof before posting but yeah, I get it was a reply to someone else. It does get confusing when there’s no more reply button and the thread is still going. Thanks for clarifying though :)

      • pj russell says:

        I couldnt agree more Sha/ J lo was obviously jealous of the competition. It shows her insecurity and every chance she got she broughr Jessica down. I guess Jess should have shown her ass off more like J Lo does but she doesnt have the money yet to do that.
        Caleb should win it now. Alex should have gone home ten shows ago and I cannot see why his unusual and boring talent is still there.

      • Jessamine says:

        Shazay, I completely disagree that there’s no diversity among the contestants this year. Last year was stacked with balladeers, but this year we have had a huge variety! Alex, Majesty, MK, Jessica, Caleb, Jena, Dexter–none of them sounds remotely like the others.

    • Tammy says:

      That’s how I have watched AI for the last 3 or 4 years. I only watch the performances, I skip all the rehearsal, judges, Seacrest, etc. It’s quick and easy that way. I don’t watch the elimination show anymore either because I can just look it up online. Now I watch the judges on The Voice during the earlier shows but once it goes live for America to vote…. I just watch the performances and move on. Well that’s if I’m still interested in any of the contestants. Josh has ties to the town I live in so I’m watching to see what happens with him.

    • Maria says:

      I can actually take that more than seeing any more of the contestants sitting around having scripted conversations over a meal.

    • judy says:

      totally agree with you, i am so sick of watching the fashion show of JLO and letting the singers dress really in rags. Is it the judges votes or ours.

    • Ella says:

      This! I just can’t anymore! PLEASE DON’T SHOW THE JUDGES DURING THE PERFORMANCES! PLEASE!!! It ruins them, it is destructing! IT IS BORING!!!

    • Marilyn says:

      I’m so glad someone voiced what I’ve been thinking all season. I don’t want to see the judges faces while the contestants are singing – and all the waste of time in the judges being introduced and walking out. Just seat them at their chairs and be done with it. It’s about the contestants not the judges. Also, Randy doesn’t seem to have an original comment just reiterates what Jennifer says. Harry came across disconnected at times, tired of Lopez and Keith seems tired of the other judges.

  2. Danny says:

    Micheal- I’ve thought of something. Ya may or may not agree with it. I’m thinking the Idol PTB aren’t inviting Melinda back because she’s not tripping over herself in praise of Randy. I’m glad she doesn’t, but it crossed my mind that since she’s not a kiss up they’re not going to help her out any.

    • LB says:

      That has occurred to me too. I’m guessing her involvement with Reality Check (and its previous iterations) have burned her bridges with the show.

      • Tess says:

        What’s the excuse for not inviting anyone else back then? Surely there are several former contestants with music to push who would love the invite back to promote it. Sure would beat a half hour results show with nothing but filler.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Great point, Tess!

        • Danny says:

          Tess, I can see your point. The thing with Melinda though is she’s one of the top 10-12 in the history of the show. She’s better than most of the ones they’ve brought back. I’m not recalling if Siobhan was brought back or not. I don’t think so though. That would be the only singer better than Melinda who wasn’t brought back.
          ..
          Even then, me thinking Siobhan is better is only an opinion. If ya think Melinda is better I could see that. In that case, Melinda would be the best one who never got brought back. Come to think of it, Siobhan didn’t say great things about Simon after the show. So maybe she got some backlash too.

          • deedee says:

            Siobhan better than Melinda? You shocked me with this one, Danny. For me, Siobhan was one of the most annoying, and most ridiculously overrated singers the show has ever seen. I thought she was just awful – like … joke-contestant-awful at times. Yet people still bring up her name when discussing favourites through the years. Yikes! Clearly I’m missing something.

          • Danny says:

            Deedee, we can’t always agree. You’ve gotta be wrong sometimes =) Seriously though, Siobhan was my 2nd or 3rd fav of all time. I’ve got her in a tie w/ Allison. Haley’s 1. Bo would be 4. That list is pretty consistent.

            After that the next group varies in order, but I’d have Crystal, James, David C, Carrie, Melinda, Kris, Matt, Adam, Top 7 of Season 11- Individually maybe none of them belong, but as a group I loved em, Daughtry. I started watching in Season 4. So Kelly’s not on my list because I didn’t see her on AI.
            ..
            I’m missing some names I’m sure. I’d probably have a few different names if I made the same list next week. All those names have been back except Melinda and Siobhan.
            ..
            If you think Melinda is better. I can totally understand that. Ya can’t go wrong with either one (well, I guess you can w/ Siobhan). That kind of makes my original point though. In that case, Melinda would be the best Idol to not return. A lot of Idol’s who weren’t nearly as good have come back. My thinking is it could be because she’s not kissing tail now that she’s off the show.

  3. If they are going to keep the judges for next season then I vote for a new mentor of rotating mentors of Idol alums, including Melinda Doolittle, David Cook, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry. That would be amazing. Randy needs to go. I’m nervous about his song choice pick for the contestants next week.

    • Danny says:

      From my understanding these will be the judges we’re stuck with next year. They’re doing auditions in their respective home towns. I took it to mean these are the ones coming back. If so, I’m not enthused. Then again, maybe after 10 years of this show, no matter who dissects a song after it’s sung isn’t going to appeal to me.
      ..
      I’d like to see a season with no judges. Mentors only. They could get more songs in. By now people know what they like and don’t like. A judges comment isn’t going to influence them very much. To listen to 90 seconds of singing and then 5 minutes of what was good or bad about it has lost some of it’s appeal.

      • Gina says:

        Ah, but can Americans actually be trusted to vote without someone guiding their way and telling them if they like what they hear??? I completely agree with you. I would love ONE reality singing competition to do this. Leave judges out of the equation and let us decide. That would be awesome.

        • Mary says:

          Gina America does decide and unfortunately there wasn’t enough voters that wanted to keep her in. I truly believe this year the votes have been based on performances and Jessica didn’t have a great night last night. Jessica should look at this as a learning experience, she still has the tour to perfect her craft and who knows what comes after. I would of liked her in the top three but it didn’t materialize. I won’t blame the judges ultimately it was the voters.

          • Matrix says:

            I agree that the voters decide, but given that CJ hung around for so long, I don’t know how one can conclude that the vote is directly correlated to quality of performance.

          • Danny says:

            CJ did connect. His personality took him further than his musical talent would indicate. Overall though, this year has been pretty accurate in terms of who placed where. Season 11 was pretty good too. Ya couldn’t go wrong with any of that top 7.

          • Tess says:

            Honestly though, until the show started to blatantly bus Jess, she was considered on par with the other 3 and an easy pick for the final 4… then they started bussing her and suddenly she’s shown in the bottom 2 for two weeks and everyone thinks she’s got little to no chance of a final 4 spot that everyone previously thought was a near lock. Her “Gunpowder and Lead” wasn’t the awful mess the judges made it out to be, but people believed their hype and suddenly she was hanging by a thread each week. Granted, I think she sabotaged herself a bit with those song choices (though I would contend she would probably have picked other songs if there were better choices to go with – I’m betting the list was short and I can’t wait for Michael to ask her in his interview why she chose what she did this week) but the show was setting her up to go for weeks now. And with the limited voting now, those who might’ve otherwise power-voted to combat the judges’ bussing could only do so much in that regard to help her. But there was a time in the competition when she was one of the last 3 to wind up in the bottom and it took the judges’ bussing her to get her down there.

        • AlyB says:

          I’d love that too. Seems that TPTB aka Network Executives, believe they need that “star studded” panel to draw an audience. I’d love it about 1,000x more if any of these shows really made it about the contestants. I like the idea of rotating mentors that Danny mentioned. Maybe just have that week’s mentor give feedback after the performances and a good emcee for week to week continuity. Do lots of behind the scenes kinds of stuff if they must have filler. No idiocy from a panel on show nights. I’d be in heaven and yeah I think they’d have a hit show on their hands.

        • Smokin' Mark says:

          Excellent question. Something tells me if it wasn’t the judges’ heavy-handed interventions, the final three would probably look different next week. I definitely think Jessica Meuse would be there instead of Alex.

          • Ben says:

            What you smokin’? I honestly simply can’t understand why anyone thinks the judges would have seen Jess there instead of Alex – or put another way, why they think someone who has never ever been in the bottom two was the next lowest vote getter. My bet would be on this; that if the show released voting totals for every week of the season, Jess never once got more votes than Alex.

          • Smokin' Mark says:

            I guess we’ll never know on that. Either way, I stand by my original statement that the judges’ critiques had considerable sway on voters. The unconditional acclaim given to Caleb, Jena, and Alex has helped them with voters while the endless fire and brimstone thrown at Jessica has taken a toll. The fact that Jessica made it to the top-four after being savaged every single week says a lot about her appeal on Main Street…and my hunch is that it would have taken her further without the judges’ heavy-handed Hunger Games tactics.

          • MAB says:

            And Alex had terrific critiques last night?

          • Smokin' Mark says:

            Not terrific, but with Alex there was always an undercurrent of “this guy’s a genius” amidst every critique. With Jessica, the judges accentuated the negative on nearly every single performance and made it clear they didn’t want her to win.

          • Becky says:

            They have wanted a Caleb Jena final since she announced they were going to prom together.
            Jessica and Alex will soar in the music .
            But to be a judge and not be impartial is too hard for Keith or Jennifer.

      • Ben says:

        I really think you have put your finger on it Danny – I don’t think you can find judges better than this. For all their faults, I think these judges have the one thing that is most important… they genuinely care about what they are doing. I’m honestly not sure idol could do any better.

        • Matrix says:

          I thought the past season of the SingOff represents what good judging looked like. Jewel’s comments were more brilliant musically than Harry’s. The judges made great comments without distracting from the show. They kept their comments relevant and brief. These AI judges have made the show a circus IMO.

          • marie says:

            Yes, the Sing Off judges are the gold standard for TV singing competitions. I had high hopes at the beginning of this Idol season for the current judging panel, but they’ve proven disappointing with their inane camera hogging hijinks and producer-driven biases. Not one of them could hope to stand in Ben Folds’s shoes.

          • Ben says:

            Sing Off judges are great, I agree. But if the sing off judges did idol, I bet people would be calling them out for being too passive, dull, technical (in a negative way) before long. Seriously, idol can’t win with its judge choices. Sing off is lucky because its audience tends to be people who truly get music (not just like listening to it). That sounds completely douch-y of me, but I don’t mean that as a snobbish remark, just my experience of who watches the sing-off.

          • danin says:

            They are excellent judges on Singoff. They have a very very brief ,could you even call it a season? My question is if they could maintain that kind of composure and focus for nearly 5 months.

          • HTGR says:

            Basically the Sing-Off is such small potatoes that they can actually afford to keep it real. It’s kind of funny that the bigger the deal and more money is involved, the faker it becomes.

          • HTGR says:

            Also they don’t have to go over the top or do this or that nonsense out of fear that if they don’t pump up drama or K.I.S.S. they might not maintain a large enough audience base for the $$$$$.

    • NJIdoloonie says:

      Wouldn’t it be great if a theme week was the contestants had to duet with a former contestant????

      • Danny says:

        I had never thought of that. Excccccelllennnnnt idea. I love it.

        • Terry says:

          I like that idea too but not all former contestants are equally beloved so I think, depending on idol, it wouldn’t be fair to the current contestants.

      • LibbyxD says:

        That is an awesome idea!

      • Jill Moya says:

        I found a contestant the three can duel with…..BRISTON MARONEY, the worst singer ever. Maybe they can bring back William Hung to do the honors! Now that’s competition!

    • spider3tattoo says:

      Add to that getting rid of JLo, and I’d be in. I am completely disheartened about this show I once loved. The blatant manipulations, the subliminal ones from the mouths of the so-called judges, and the edits. I am so done.

  4. Kaba says:

    I have seen more than enough of JLos face for the rest of my life.

    • Gina says:

      Right? It’s disgraceful. They couldn’t even keep the camera off of her during Jessica’s final sing-out. They can’t keep the camera off her at all. I’m sick of all the judges but she is the worst.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Funny how they didn’t show her face when Jessica snubbed her attempt at a hug and turned her back to her. Man that made me happy, a great idol “moment”

        • Kaba says:

          Oh my God I just saw it. Ugh, so happy.

          • Terry says:

            Good for Jess! “Cruella de Lipsync” needs to get the f-ck off my TV, so sick and tired of the camera cutting to her every f-cking second!!!

        • AlyB says:

          That was the best thing about tonight. Good for Jess. How fake can you be running up there to hug her. I’m sure JLo was just trying to get some more camera time by getting her hug in before they cut away from the live broadcast.

        • Lili says:

          I’m done with Idol… unless they change the panel once again. I’m tired of all three of them, especially Jennifer. And their faces. That is one of the most annoying things on “The Voice” and “Idol” does it too. I’m really sad that I’m not going to know Slapout, AL. As Tina Fey’s daughter once said: *I want to go to there!*

          I’m rooting for Jena now. Alex is good, but I don’t know… I can’t connect with him. Ok, he sounds great most of the times, but I always feel like he’s showing off. Look how talent I am, I won’t even try to engage with the audience. And Caleb is just too juvenile. He sounded very ignorant with some stuff he said during the season. Musically, he’s not my cup of tea, to be honest. More screaming on stage than I’d like to listen.

          Thankfully, Simon Cowell will be back to the panel of THE X FACTOR UK alongside the amazing Cheryl… and I’ll have a nice singing competition to watch later this year. It’ll be so much fun! Can’t wait!

          • Name This Tune says:

            I guess you’re done because TV Guide is reporting that all 3 will be back.

          • DeeAnn White says:

            Hahaha!!! Love your comment Lili! I LOVE the Tina Fey line and use it all the time! I also just so happen to live in Slapout,Al. We would love for you to come to here. And for the record to all—the parade in Slapout is scheduled to begin at 10:00 tomorrow morning—with JESS MEUSE as the Grand Marshall. Just hoping she is able to make it HOME! Slapout residents could not possibly be more proud of the way she has represented us. So BRING IT Jess; and Slapout, Alabama GUARANTEES YOU ALL that Jess Meuse will ROCK ON!!!

          • HTGR says:

            Slapout, Alabama. Haha, man, what an awesome name.

        • Jase says:

          Not to defend J-Lo (she’s awful) but honestly, Keith was EVEN WORSE all season in terms of never giving Jess credit. J-Lo still managed to defend her during Pumped Up Kicks etc, but Keith was always careful NOT to tell her she was good and always included a bunch of negative (and repetitive) critiques. And he was the one constantly shaking his head in dismay when other people (like Sam and CJ) were getting eliminated over Jess and he was grinning like a chessire cat when she was announced the loser tonight. Really, he’s the worst when it comes to piling on Jess. Let’s not be sexist and let him off the hook.

          • HTGR says:

            It did seem like Keith (and Randy) dogged on her the most. Since they would add in out of place comments during results nights about her.

          • Luke says:

            Sexist?! Is it possible he didn’t really notice her applying the notes in regards to her performing? Why should he praise her if he’s not feeling it? None of the judges saw her improving. I didn’t either. I frankly think Harry and Keith say exactly what they are thinking – and are not a soundboard for the producers. That’s what I like about them.

          • HTGR says:

            @Luke – what about Keith results show comments though? When he totally dogged her out and either praised or didn’t dog a couple others who had the same or worse issues?

        • Eileen says:

          I couldn’t agree more. Bout time someone stood up to her! Awful, unfair, biased judging, jhowlowcanyougo. You did yourself proud, Jess! Keep being true to yourself and you’ll go places!

      • LLA says:

        ITA Seemed as if JLO’s face was shown for at least half of Jessica’s sing out. It’s pathetic

    • Matrix says:

      Amen, Kaba!

    • Danny says:

      I hear ya. I’ve used up my allotment of bricks to throw through my tv. Bricks are expensive yanno?

    • GuitarBlue says:

      Some have even said that if J. Lo is back next year, they will no longer have a tv tuned to Fox on show nights. Plenty of other things to do besides watch clips of J. Lo all night. I know some who dropped-out of watching Idol half-way through the Nikki-Mariah episodes, ;now it’s fed-up with J. Lo, that is turning more away.

  5. HTGR says:

    Did you ever notice how Randy seems to basically give away who is going home when he does his overview…. EXCEPT for last week when they thought they wouldn’t have to reveal it and he faked it up and made it sound like Jessica was and deserved to go home (even though he knew it was Sam, just to tarnish her one extra bit more in the viewers eyes and have it sink in more that she is the one to go). Good old Randy. This dog never learns new tricks.
    .
    Anyway as soon as he basically said Yellow saved Alex you knew Jessica was a goner.
    Oh well, I’d have liked Jessica, Jena, Caleb for top three, my fav three of the top six I’ve seen and it would’ve been nice to stick it to TPTB.

    • Danny says:

      Randy is all knowing. His spot on, astute observations are not to be challenged.

      • HTGR says:

        Yup, which puts proof to the dirty tricks last week. Since he made it seem like she was going home and deserved it when he knew Sam was going home. He just never expected the contestants to not all vote yes and thought he’d be safe in having made it sound like Jessica would’ve gone home. Dog needs to stop rolling in the mud and get back his self-respect.

        • Danny says:

          Hit- This comment is actually serious. Do ya really think he’s got any respect to get back? He spent 9 years as Simon’s lap dog. No one cared what he said. They just wanted to hear what Simon would say, and to a lesser extent Paula’s goofiness. Then he gets the lead role and promptly hands it to Lopez.
          ..
          Along the way he makes a fool out of himself over Haley. Then he follows with 3 more years of nothing but stupid cliche critiques. I didn’t see Season’s 1-3, so maybe he had some then. Since I’ve been watching he’s never really had any respect.

    • Mary says:

      I think we all new it was Jessica Randy didn’t have to say a thing.

      • HTGR says:

        Enough weird stuff went on this week that you never knew and her last song was awesome first note to last.

    • RRM says:

      Jessica pretty much gave up on the competition I think…she knew after Sam got eliminated she would be next, and no way was she going to escape judges’ scrutiny over her performances whether she did them well or not. Her attitude in the first two performances were pretty much a give away.
      I hope she finds success though…really liked her.

      • HTGR says:

        Yeah and she can write her own music and that helps a TON. Otherwise you are totally doomed without mega-backing. She went out on a good note with her own song there. Wish her the best. A shame to not see the hometown and I bet we’d have heard great stuff from her next week.

        • karyn says:

          This is exactly the reason I think Caleb will never succeed. If you don’t write your own songs, you are at the mercy of the production company to get you good material. Caleb has a good voice and on original material, perhaps may not sound and look like he belongs in a cover band. But without that, he won’t go anywhere – especially if he shows the poor business judgment he showed last week in that interview. Whatever you think about what he said, everyone has to agree it was stupid to say it.

          • ElleKay says:

            Caleb does write original music with his band but didn’t perform it on the show since he’s not the sole songwriter. Jess and Jena were/are my favorites of the top 4 but I thought I should give credit where its due.

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah you make some good points. (apparently he has his own band, do you know if they were a cover band or did they write stuff to though?)

          • HTGR says:

            Hah ok I now see what ElleKay wrote. The danger of responding to this site from email, you have zero context when you post!

          • The name of Calebs band is Elijah Hooker and yes they have originals and they do copy songs, both. On u tube, a GREAT copy of nirvanas heart shaped box slowed down and beautiful with just a piano. There are a couple of originals too.

      • claudia says:

        I don’t think she gave up. I think her song choices were forced on her. I especially don’t think she would have ever picked “Since U Been Gone” for herself.

        I will be voting like mad for Caleb & Alex to make the finale. I’m ready for Jena’s smug face to be off my TV.

      • MamaLis says:

        I sort of think that on some level, Jessica thought perhaps she might have been saved last night – thus the sudden breakdown/onset of uncharacteristic tears. Honestly, people either really liked her or not! Yet despite the polarization and some “glitche” performances, she kept getting voted through.
        Up thru last night it was all a big fun “WHATEVER” to her… “it was ALLLL GOOD.”
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        Then last night, after results, dramatic difference in reactions.
        I mean, obviously, it was sad. It was just a 180 from the confident “whatever” of the night before.

  6. Blinged Up says:

    Dammit. That’s all I can think of to say, which is why I’m a reader instead of a writer.

  7. Tom says:

    Oh Jimmy, to think we ever doubted you. This season might have had more oomph he was still there instead of that doormat (I refuse to acknowledge his name, lest I be bombarded with innocuous platitudes).

    • Smokin' Mark says:

      You gotta believe Jimmy would have at least made an attempt to hold the judges to account over their gratuitous backstabbing of Jessica. Jimmy called BS a few times over the years, most notably last year when the producers’ favorite Amber got a standing ovation for “MacArthur Park”

  8. Blinged Up says:

    And……Ryan NEVER said Alex was in the Bottom 2.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      Right, he just announced who was making “Home Trips”. Anyone of the now top 3, could have been 2nd lowest in votes. The odds had Jessica leaving, and was no surprise..

      Tonight does put an end to the speculation that Caleb’s remarks would get him eliminated. …..In the larger universe of Idol watchers, it made little difference, and most probably did not know anything about it.

      • Danny says:

        Guitar- Right. I didn’t know about it until Reality Check on Monday. Even then I had to Google it. I’ve gotta believe that most who don’t come to these blogs wouldn’t have any idea.

    • Julie Anderson says:

      I haven’t watched the show, but the AI twitter feed said Alex and Jess were the bottom two.

      • spider3tattoo says:

        Alex and Jess were the last two standing. It was never said that they were the bottom two, or that the others were the top two.

    • J says:

      I truly think Alex is the most popular of the contestants. I know the focus has been on Jena and Caleb, but he never was in bottom 2. However, I think there will be some bussing going on from the judges towards Alex.

      • Mary says:

        The last few weeks the bottom has not been into play so it is hard to say who was actually there, remember Caleb never been their either and Jena only once in the beginning. I still believe performance each week is the key, if any of them have a off week next week they probably will be toast. I just hope since they don’t have a say in it Randy and the judges choose well for the contestant. Sorry to say but if Alex makes the final two it will be a boring competition. Caleb and Jena works the stage, Alex stands in one spot.

      • karyn says:

        I agree that reading this board exclusively gives you a skewed idea of how all of America is thinking. Almost everyone here has been very pro Jena/Caleb for a long time with no mention of Alex but I read another blog or 2 when this one wouldn’t open on my phone a week or so ago and was shocked that both the bloggers and those commenting were talking like the crown was Alex’s to lose. I think it was top 5 week and they raved that Alex owned the night (which is how I’d felt about the episode) – on a week when Slezak and this board had little to say about his performances.

  9. karenb says:

    Where in the world has Kieren gone?! Lol

  10. Gina says:

    I’m so sad. But, I knew it was coming. You can only dodge that freaking bus for so long. I knew she was leaving a little later than you did, Michael. I knew when they had Jessica quoting how much she wanted top 3, how much it would mean to go to Slapout, how important it was to her. She was quoted more than the others. Doom. But, she has nothing to be ashamed of. She is original and lovely and, hopefully, someone will snap her up and she will have a successful career. I have all her iTunes recordings and I thin she is very marketable…and will probably be a much more comfortable performer without the producers minions staring her down every week.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      She was already more comfortable in her sing out performance Gina, singing her own song. She is going to be just fine once she leaves the confines of Idol, I think this show did for her exactly what she needed it to do.

    • Smokin' Mark says:

      Yep, I could tell as well that the unusual frequency with which Jessica was featured in tonight’s coverage that the producers were already waving around their bloody T-shirt.

  11. Gaby says:

    I am completely satisfied with the top 3, these were actually the ones I wanted. I would be fine with any finale combination.

    • Danny says:

      I felt that way about the top 4. No matter who left this week- and next for that matter- I’ll be a lil sad. They all did pretty well though.

  12. Rose says:

    I have to say this was probably the most emotion Jessica put into a song. I realize its due to being both devastated and pissed that she was the one cut, but maybe someone should have pissed her off before she sang each week instead of after, it may have helped her. While she has a great voice, she sings like a robot, much like Carrie Underwood did when she was one Idol.

    • MC says:

      ITA with your first two sentences. The emotion from Jessica was palpable and the song sounded great. I don’t like the word “robot” in reference to human beings, but I see your point there. I think Carrie was often stiff on stage due to her inexperience at that time, but that’s a natural part of the growth arc in a young performer. A human growth arc. “Robot” is just too demeaning a word imo.

    • kaikenna says:

      Yes, finally some real emotion rom Jessica. This is what she needed to tap into and I do believe that is what the judges were trying to get out of her. They weren’t dissing her to diss her. They were trying to draw her out more because she wasn’t letting go and going their with her emotions and her performance. I”m glad she showed that side as her last performance. And let’s be honest, based on last nights performances, she was the one to go home.

    • Does says:

      I don’t think Jessica is comfortable enough with herself to give a performance in which she makes herself vulnerable and makes a deep connection with the audience. Her voice is great, but IMHO she uses it to cover up her insecurities, and it shows. That’s why the word “robot” gets used. It may be an unfair word, but it is zeroing in on something real that is problematic in her as a performer. You can just feel it. To me it looks like she has some stuff to deal with about herself if she’s going to achieve success on another level.

      • MC says:

        I would prefer the term emotionally vacant to robotic because it implies Jessica can regain the emotions. Robots will always be devoid of emotions and are not dealing with any “insecurities.” The term “robot” also doesn’t accurately describe Carrie as we saw her on Idol. Carrie had some stage fright issues back in those early days and robots, as we all know, are incapable of feeling fear.

  13. crusty says:

    Hope Jessica finds a label to market her songs and teach her stage presence

    • Jill Moya says:

      She should make copies of her music and go cross country and sell the cd’s out of her trunk as before! A LABEL?????? Who wants a talent matched by millions and millions of others????????

    • Gale says:

      The kind of stage presence Jessica needs is an intrinsic musicality and this can’t be taught. Every time she would move on stage out of the rhythm (of the band who was playing right behind her!) it made me cringe. Although I will say that there is a distinct double standard, as Alex never once strayed from standing squarely in front of the mic, and the judges never called him on it.

      • ElleKay says:

        Carrie’s stage presence wasn’t any better during her season, and Okie pride was about the only thing keeping me from throwing more shade on her because of it..She has since made me eat crow and proved your point wrong.

  14. Pk says:

    Saddened but not shocked. And darn it! My DVR cut off the last minutes of the show. Did Jess really snub she who I refuse to name cause she’s not worthy?? Hope so cause can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Jess will be just fine, but it may take me a little while. Is anything more heartbreaking than seeing the stoic cheerfulness break into tears? Rhetorical statement cause there isn’t.

    • Pk says:

      *stoic cheerfulness she’s maintained turn into tears*. Sorry. :(

    • Danny says:

      I didn’t see a snub. Had she done it I would have loved it though.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      yes she did, she clearly turned her back to her, one of the top 3 “moments” of the season :)

      • Pk says:

        Then I put in a special request for Monday’s Reality Check to properly insert that footage and replay it as often as possible. GIF it please. Pretty please?

      • Danny says:

        ok, I re-watched it. The way I’m seeing it is she’s hugging Randy. She doesn’t even know Lopez is there. Then she goes to hug Jena and she see’s Lopez in the process. Jess glances at the witch, but she continues to Jena and hugs her. I guess there was a glance there. I’m not sure if that was a snub or not. If it was, good for her.

    • Timmah says:

      I’ve seen a lot of goodbyes on this show, but that one really got to me for some reason.

      • ME says:

        I agree! I have watched AI since Kelly Clarkson and I can’t remember a sadder send off. I felt like I could literally see Jessica’s soul being crushed. It was hard to watch.

        • Emma says:

          It was weird, I was like ‘somebody please give that poor girl a hug’, it was so cold. Complete opposite of when CJ was eliminated. Odd.

          • tealeaves says:

            My recording cut out just as she ended the song. Apparently there was a lot of hugging after it since people have discussed who she did not hug because she was hugging someone else.

  15. darcy the slutty twin says:

    A sad, sad day. Good thing David Cook, Michael Johns, Matt Giraud, Michael Sarver, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, Phillip Phillips, Heejun Han and Dexter Roberts are here to comfort me with their own staging of a “Magic Mike” number. I truly hope Jess finds success post-show. It will be hard for me to watch the coming episodes and looking at the mugs of evil J. Lo and Keith Urban!

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Glad to see you’re as sick of those two as I am Darcy, holy cow did Keith just become unbearable this year, I would rather listen to Randy babble incoherently than Keith’s phony B.S.

    • Michael Johns says:

      The way he clapped his syringe-holed arms when Alex was announced safe. Ugh.

      • karenb says:

        Ok what ?

        • Michael Johns says:

          He couldn’t hide his joy when Alex was declared safe. It’s as if he wants to show Jess he’s happy she’s booted out. And his phony ‘Come on, Jess!’ remark when she’s about to deliver her goodbye performance, and the way he phony-bobbed his head as if he really enjoyed the performance but was actually stoked that he won’t see her again next week. UGH!

          Keith was famous for his c*k* habit a couple of years ago that’s why I said ‘syringe-holed’ arms. But that is totally irrelevant.

          • karenb says:

            Yeah I understand the part about Alex and the part about Keith’s c*k* problem. I guess I just associate syringes with another sort of problem. Great user name btw. You went out way too early ;)

          • NedPepper says:

            Keith had a co*k habit? Yeah, I can kind of see it. ;)

        • Michael Johns says:

          Thanks. Ryan was a douche at my elimination. He fake-saved me.

    • Jessamine says:

      Darcy, all I can think of when I see Paul McDonald’s name is Slezak’s recap in which he described Paul as flapping around the stage like a wounded bird. Is he doing that in your living room? I’d love to get an invite!

  16. Lisa says:

    Alex is coming home to Manchester, NH. Wooooot!!! By the way, my company owns 4 hotels in Manchester, 3 Marriott and 1 Hilton if anyone is looking for rooms for his visit.

    • Danny says:

      AI Party at Lisa’s!!!!!

    • Wait, he doesn’t live in Manchester, he lives in Souheegan Valley. Is he coming to Manchester? Where? I want to hold up signs for him! :)

      • LeahKittyS says:

        He’s coming to Durham, home of the University of New Hampshire, to put on a concert in our hockey rink. It will be open to the public, and I’m going to see him!

        • Jealous. Unless what OP said is true, I’ll have to bike two hours both ways to Mont Vernon if I want to see him. Lol.

        • Jessamine says:

          Leah, we expect a full report!

          • MAB says:

            I just put all Alex’s music together in a album on my iPod and played them all one right after another. There are 10 of them counting his originals he had on iTunes before the show. It is quite good and I am enjoying it tremendously. He may not win but he will without a doubt put out an album and I will be first in line to get it. He really has a gorgeous voice.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I’ll do my best. Not sure how good my seats will be, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

  17. Mary says:

    Not surprise due to last nights performance, but darn I was really hoping for a miracle. Man I wish she had shown that emotion more in her performances, she might of stood a chance.
    Jena better make the top two or I will be signing off before the end. Caleb is a 80’s wannabe and Alex isn’t my cup of tea.

    • NJIdoloonie says:

      Exactly – she needed to show more emotion in her songs. What took her so long? I think she was really crying more for Slapout, than herself. Don;t worry Jess – the town will still stage a homecoming and the local tv stations will cover it. Tho, I wonder what the judges would have picked as a song for her (do they still do that?)

      • Mary says:

        Yes next week unfortunately is three songs: Judges, Randy and then a repeat performance chosen by the audience. I think the repeat one might happen during their home visit, because they have the radio stations involved.

  18. GuitarBlue says:

    Have a few people here tonight watching, 2 of them just said that now they have no further interest in show, that it will be dull without an underdog to root for.

    I think the top 3 are all good in their respective wheelhouses. I correctly picked in the pool, that Jessica leaves tonight, —-she was getting better and better at bringing some pzazz to her performances, and making the top 4 was a good accomplishment for her.

    She won’t need to worry about selling CD’s out of her trunk after the tour, I’m sure she will have some doors open to her.

    • Lisa says:

      There are different speeds of growth in each contestant. I’m not completely surprised, because Jess’ performance growth was a little slower. I’m still certain she will be successful. It’s a shame though, I’ve liked her from the beginning. On the other hand, I am happy that Alex & Jena made it. Those 2 and Jess have been my favorites and I will continue to support Alex & Jena. I’d still love to see them in the finals.

  19. David says:

    Couldn’t care less about the remaining singers. This is the worst year of Idol in a while and I’m really turned off at this point. The majority of this year’s sonnets were really bad. Jessica wasn’t great like some past contestants but she was better than the rest of this year’s sorry contestants. This is the first year that I’m kind of done watching. They need to get rid of Harry and JLo next year if they have any hope of making it better. They absolutely added nothing to the site and weren’t fair or objective with Jessica. She never had a chance. When they take more time to run her down than some of the time that she does singing there’s a problem.

    • Georgia says:

      Keith was far more critical and condescending to Jess than Harry every was. Harry critiqued her, but he did it with respect. Keith and Jennifer showed her nothing but disdain. I’ve been rooting for Caleb since the start but I am honestly surprised he didn’t get sent home tonight after his careless attitude towards his fans. I’m truly happy to see Alex in Top 3. I would be okay with any one of them winning it now.

      I read a lot of comments about Jena’s ‘accent’. To me, she sounds like what Katy Perry would sound like if Katy could actually sing (ie, without autotune). I’ve thought that since the first time I heard her – in fact I felt that she was going for that sound.

      • Danny says:

        I don’t get all the talk about Jena’s accent. She lives near me. She sounds normal to me. I don’t really consider the midwest to have an accent. I think of accents in the south and the east coast. I’m totally missing out on what people are getting at with that subject.

        • Georgia says:

          I don’t think it’s an ‘accent’ (which is why I put the word in quotes), I think it’s a style – and a choice – to sing that way. It was pointed out right from the first audition. It doesn’t happen when she speaks because she’s not choosing to enunciate that way. Don’t get me wrong – it doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I like it. Still sounds like Katy Perry to me (again, if Katy could actually sing).

        • NedPepper says:

          She sounds like a Midwesterner. I don’t know what the hell people are talking about with her “affected” voice. Ignorance?

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            She sounds like she’s from the upper Midwest. We sound more like hillbillies when you get farther south.

          • my krav is bettah says:

            she’s from a western suburb of Detroit. Its north midwest.

          • NedPepper says:

            Yes, that weird mix of Canadian, Chicago and that Minnesota lilt which comes from many Swedes settling in the Northern Mid West. I’m well aware. He accent is normal. She sounds like she’s….from Michigan. Which is where she’s from.

          • M G says:

            Are you talking about her speech or her singing voice?  I don’t hear anything unusual or an accent of any type when she talks.  But when she sings, there are sounds that come out of her mouth that cannot be attributed to the region.  I was born and raised less than 50 miles from her.  That is not a typical pronunciation.  It sounds affected to me, as though she were trying to emulate Lorde’s accent/pronunciation.  It isn’t something that she does consistently, but when she does, it sounds weird as hell to me.

          • Stormy says:

            No, Ned. She deliberately changes her pronunciations. Recently she pronounced station as sty-shun as though she was cockney or aussie. She does not sound midwestern when she sings.

      • Take1 says:

        Not to be dismissive of the issue but, when you think about it, what percentage of the AI’s total actively voting audience (which I’d guess is at the very least a third of their total viewing audience if not more, so at least a few million) do you think even knew about Caleb’s word choice incident? It got picked up by a handful of articles online that maybe a few thousand people all together read but it wasn’t exactly national headline news and, outside of its weekly time-slots, most viewers aren’t concerned about keeping an eye out for any AI-related news. Of those who did know about it, how many do you think where genuinely offended enough by it to not vote for him in the future (assuming they were voting for him at all previously)? I browsed a few of those articles and a lot of people where giving him the benefit of the doubt, so even among the people who knew about it there were many willing to let it slide. I’m sure he lost some support but nowhere near enough to derail him. Especially at this point in the competition where many people have already picked sides and aren’t going to be quick to jump ship. Plus, his apology helped to throw some water on that fire before it raged, so he probably salvaged a good portion of those voters he initally put off.
        No way that little “r-word” kerfuffle was going to make the rounds fast enough and make a big enough splash to put a dent in Caleb’s votes.

        • Exactly, I watched some of his hometown live show on u tube and the newscaster said the producers of idol said” That was the craziest hometown visit ever. Channel 4 WYFF carolina. Full live Hometown concert at WWW fox carolina. He played 2 venues and they could not fit everyone in. He loves his fans. He took time off stage to sign autographs and he took so long producers had to tell him 3 times to start performing.

    • meg says:

      I so agree with you, David. This is the first time in 13 seasons that I will not watch the final three. The judges have been so biased. Don’t know how Jessica kept that pretty smile week after week. These three finalists have no charisma at all.

      • Mary says:

        In your opinion they have no charisma and I might even agree with you on one of them, but I think Jena is a beautiful personable person with a great voice. It is easy to blame the Judges for Jessica leaving but the truth of the matter if anything the VOTERS are at fault. It is obvious there wasn’t enough voting for her to make the top three. In the 13 years the judges have always been biased, this is nothing new. Geez Simon was downright rude and nasty to Kris Allen a few times but the VOTERS still have final say. I have actually enjoyed these judges the most. I believe they tried to pull out the best in all the contestants. I might not always agree with them but I truly believe all the contestants benefited from their comments even Jessica.

        • Stormy says:

          I vehemently disagree. The producers choose judges who will go along with the behind the scenes manipulation and agenda. Last year the agenda was “A Female Winner At All Cost”. This season it’s “Cultivate Younger Viewers”. I dearly wish they’d get judges who don’t have adjustable ethics. Put Cher, Jon Bon Jovi and Babyface in those seats. Of course that won’t happen because there is no honesty on this show. Also, let the public start voting from Hollywood Week on.

          • Mary says:

            You don’t think Simon, Paula and Randy manipulated? Come on lets be real. No matter who they get for judges somebody will complain if they say negative stuff against their snowflakes. This is a reality show first and foremost, yes producers will manipulate however; after 13 season the viewing audience are intelligent enough to not be swayed by them. That is why the majority were thrilled that Jena and Alex voted no and sent Sam home. The simple truth is Jessica did not receive enough of the VOTES pure and simple.

          • Stormy says:

            I wasn’t talking about Jess. I meant that overall, the judges are not at liberty to speak only for themselves. There are guidelines from TPTB that they are expected to follow. It explains [to me at least] why they would cut a singer like Maurice Townsend and keep one like Dexter. Of course I believe it was true with Simon and Paula etc., but they too were the pawns of the management. I believe the judges are expected to be company men/women. Cher would not play that BS game, nor I believe would Jon Bon Jovi not sure about Babyface. But judges here need to leave their personal integrity at the door. I think the last couple of weeks, that hasn’t been sitting too well with Harry.

          • Matrix says:

            @Mary, to hold a perspective that three celebrity judges taking 5 minutes to overemphasize what was lacking in a performance (virtually every time) will not affect voting is simply unrealistic. To label people who call them on it as over sensitive because someone said something negative about their “snowflake” is a copout explanation. I like Jess a lot, but I don’t like when the judges violate a sense if “fairness” with any contestant. It’s not there wasn’t any truth yo their feedback. It was the obvious lack of equity in the pickiness of their critiques between contestants. It’s not right to take a microscope to one contestant and applaud another when the have similar or worse violations.

  20. My Krav is Bettah says:

    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE

    • Lisa says:

      Exactly! All of the remaining contestants will find success, but you’re right only one of them can win the title. It doesn’t mean any of the others aren’t ripe for successful careers. I really think the top 4 were the right top 4. As for the top 3, I really can’t complain that much. At this point, yes, I’m not fond of Caleb, but I can’t really say that it’s way off base for him to have made it this far. No matter who went home, I couldn’t say that. But alas, only one can win.

      • Mary says:

        Exactly it might not be the ones I would of picked but all four have talent. I really would of loved the two girls and Caleb, sorry Alex not my cup of tea, in the final three with Caleb leaving after top three. I am praying the Jena makes top two because I really want her to win.

    • Karen says:

      Yes there can only be one winner, but we all know…just because you win doesn’t mean you’ll be successful. Contestants in second third and fourth places have had more success than the “winner”. If by some chance Caleb wins, I think he’ll be going the way of Taylor Hicks.

  21. Jill Moya says:

    I have 3 words to say…..YESSSSSSS! AT LAST!

    • Danny says:

      But now that Jess is gone, who are you going to be cranky about next week? You’re not your cheery self if you don’t have a contestant to wail about.

      • Jill Moya says:

        Oh Daniel, I think Alex is next to go. He’s so handsome, destroys the arrangements and should use the toilet before he sings! I will admit however that Jess was Lovely, compared to this cat!

        • Michael Johns says:

          This is the only time I think I will agree a little about what you’ve posted, Jill. LOL

        • marie says:

          Why are you fixated on Alex’s toilet requirements? It’s truly getting a little sickening. But I’m sure you like that. I’ve said it before, you must be a very sad person and I hope you find some peace and contentment.

          • Matrix says:

            Des anyone think that Jill is purposely making provocative comments to get just the reaction she is getting on this board? Maybe if people stopped responding to her, she wouldn’t have as much fun as I’m sure she is having now.

          • Pk says:

            Agreed. Still think she’s stage mom though especially since most of her bile was aimed in one direction. She graduated from troll to bile demon during Hollywood week. Wish we had an ignore button.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Marie…WHATEVER…DOES THE TRUTH HURT YOUR YOUR SENSITIVE SOULS??? WHATEVER!

  22. Khs says:

    Damn, America gets it right again. Great voting this year….so far. And I actually enjoy the dinner/picnic chat sessions. I like hearing them talk with one another despite a probable producer influence. It’s going to be a great top 3! Time for Alex to step it up. Cannot wait to hear what Jena does next.

    • Jill Moya says:

      I have been accused of leaving comments to get reactions from people and I’m “HAVING SO MUCH FUN!” You are delusional, just like these 3 remaining. POOR JESS… Why don’t you complain about how nobody will let it go! Geez, she was so plain looking and her voice was irritating! It’s funny, many people say she sounds like a goat, farm animal, etc. Nobody bashes them! WHY???????? I respond favorably to a comment and instead of the commentary I respond to getting bashed, Everyone let’s me have it. t least I don’t say, WHY AM I BEING SINGLED OUT!” You cry babies say Jess was singled out and complain, complain, complain! At least I’m not a cry baby and take it hard how people react to me! That’s life….YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE FOLKS!

  23. MAB says:

    I really felt bad for Jessica. She was not my favorite but my heart broke for her. I am glad Alex made it but unless either Caleb or Jena does something awful next week I see him as finishing 3rd. Jena and Caleb have been pimped for this finale for weeks now. Even with Caleb’s foot in mouth interview he couldn’t be stopped. He gave a decent apology with the same interviewer that he made that blip too. I am putting it behind me but I still don’t want him to win. I just don’t like his music. I like rock but he is just too loud. He is a great entertainer and will probably do great in concerts but I just don’t enjoy listening to that on a CD. I raised three sons and listened to so much of that heavy rock stuff during their teen years, I just can’t take it. It gives me a headache. Jena, I enjoy more but mostly when she is at the piano. Creep and I Can’t Help are two of my favorite performances of the season. Alex is my favorite and I love his style of music. His original recordings are beautiful and out of the three I will definitely buy his music. Looking forward to it.

    • Lisa says:

      People said that about Phil Phillips too. Don’t count him out just yet.

      • GuitarBlue says:

        Here’s something about P squared that is interesting……….. ask several college girls if they know who he is, along with naming a couple of his recent songs that have been, or currently are on the charts. …………………………………………………

        Almost all will know him ……………….. then ask them how he got his start in the big picture of the music business ………………….. most will not know it was American Idol. There is a Pop – Rock universe of music buyers out there that pays no attention at all to American Idol.

      • MAB says:

        Lisa, you are right. I remember thinking he would never be able to get passed Jessica and Joshua. Even to the last minute I thought Jessica was going to win. I was thrilled when Phillip won and still follow him and have bought every piece of music he’s dropped.

        • Lisa says:

          Exactly. I never thought Kris Allen would be able to get by Adam nor Allison either. This is a situation we’ve been in very often, and the one that’s NOT the powerhouse has pulled it off. We really can’t count him out. Although, yeah, every so often the powerhouse does win (Candace), so it’s completely up for grabs.

    • Davey says:

      I’d only buy music by Alex and Sam. Jena’s music holds little interest for me.

  24. Michael Johns says:

    Everyone, go check Jessica’s Youtube page. She’s got good stuff there. Lots of original songs that showcase her amazing voice and ability to write lyrics and hooks. This is all I could give Jessica now since she’s out.

    • Pk says:

      Do they make money if you watch their videos? Someone I know mentioned in passing that he started getting paid at some point. I hope so cause I’m gonna go watch all her uploads just in case cause I want her to succeed. I’m sure Slapout will give still her a huge welcome back once she’s released from prison–oops, I mean Idol.

      • Michael Johns says:

        I believe if the views start going off the hook YT will put ads on the videos and that’s how you will earn money.

        • GuitarBlue says:

          I don’t know if the contestant/artist gets anything from it because of the Idol contract – if the video is produced, recorded and song licensing fees paid by Idol…………

          I have read in articles on the money side, that everyone on tour will make over $50,000 from the tour……………………

          If the first album pay to the winner has not changed in the past 3 or 4 years, I was told the winner will be paid around $350,000 upon completion of the album, even if the album flops,— that is the guarantee.,

          • Michael Johns says:

            If the vids are Idol-produced. She’s already uploaded more than 30 videos on her YT page pre-Idol and her original song, Wash Me Down, has already accumulated more 200,000 views which is fascinating since her covers don’t reach more than 20,000.

        • Timmah says:

          YT ads don’t pay diddly. You get hundreds of thousands of views and get pennies.

    • Mary says:

      I think that was part of her problem. It was hard for her to connect to other people’s song. If they had allowed her to do more originals I think America might have been surprised.

    • (its becca) thought you might want to know jess had her own hometown. she said she was expecting 3 people to greet her. Its on u tube and very touching. Huge crowd, fire engines,cops and they had their own parade.

  25. danin says:

    Jena’s gonna win.A white girl hasn’t won sunce Carrie.

    • becca says:

      Jena is white, She kinda looks a little latin.

      • Jill Moya says:

        How about GYPSY?? LOL!

        • Ana says:

          That’s incredibly offensive – is there really no mod on this site?

          • Jill Moya says:

            Ana, I know a huge family of gypsys. She looks just like them! They are from Hungary. They all lie and say they are Italian; ashamed of their heritage. This is fact!

          • lostinthought says:

            @Jill Moya. Roma (not “Gypsies”) often lie about their ethnicity because they were murdered in a genocide you may or may not have heard of – it;s called WWII. At that time, European countries forcibly registered their populations by ethnicity. Learn some history. It may not help with your general nastiness and trollishness, but it will help with your ignorance. Then again, bigots believe what they want, despite the facts. Sorry for the off-topic post, but a correction was necessary. In the face of bigotry, silence is not the answer.

            This site should delete your post.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I would guess she’s of Italian heritage.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Yes. And I heard somewhere that she’s part Asian.

      • danin says:

        I think I read she’s Armenian.Though her last name sure sounds Italian.I am of Italian descent too.Always though I’m too white too be black & too black to be white. I think the prods are making an effort to even out the WGWG epidemiv of the last several seasons like they did last year. I feel bad for the dudes of color including latinos,native Americans, asian,afro-american as wel as the young girls of the above ethnicities and races,excluding the black chicks who’ve done pretty well.It’s like those kids haven’t had much of a chance on AI.Fortunately, the voice is another stage for them.

        • Stormy says:

          That is probably because Idol’s core audience is southern and midwestern white. And they are also the ones who will attend the concerts on the tour and buy the music. There is no rap on Idol and little hip hop or R&B. Naturally minorities don’t do well on Idol.

          • Susanna says:

            Candace won last year. Ruben, Fantasia and Jordin are other winners of color. I don’t get how anyone can claim minorities don’t do well on this show. I’m white, from the midwest and adored Candace. I voted for her with the same kind of fervor I voted for Haley. I love a great female vocalist with a creative flair and a little edge. Obviously other people feel that way too.

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah, minorities, at least certain minorities, have actually won these shows are larger percentage of the time than their percentage in the general population. Granted some who have been great have also seemed to get a surprisingly early send home, but then again I guess you can say the same about plenty of non-minorities too.
            .
            On a side note, surprisingly enough, contrary to popular claims, a cute, thin, pop white girl is actually THE single rarest winning type on these shows not the single most common!

          • Stormy says:

            Candace won because last year was the most manipulated season of them all. It was a Female Winner at Any Cost. The top thirteen by design included the weakest roster of male singers in Idol’s history. Prior to that, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phil Phillips. Do the math.

      • Jill Moya says:

        Lost in though, That is bull! This family and their friends total over 300! They admit they are gypsy! They all do slip and falls, car accidents, etc. (at least these people do)! Again, they admit they are gypsies! Get it! I heard it from the horses mouth so your history means nothing! Why erase my post! She has the same features as the family and she talks EXACTLY the same way as they do… EXACTLY, EXACTLY! So before you criticize, check your facts! I wasn’t being racist or whatever you thought! I’m saying she looks like them, especially the 19 year old I’ve talked to a lot! She could be Jena’s twin! Another thing they practice is they marry their first cousins! Most of them are married to their first cousins! I am stating facts! I’m not saying Gena is gonna marry her first cousin! I am saying, I can spot Gypsies (as they call themselves) a mile away and Jena has all the traits! That’s all I’m saying! They also told me they say they are Italian because society doesn’t accept them in good standing! This is from their own mouths! That my friend, is the most accurate history, not the war, etc., etc.! Thanks for reading!

        • danin says:

          Susanna, I don’t know if you were responding to my post,I said men of color do not do well on this show. In 13 seasons,all of which I’ve watched, only Reuben won.

        • Susanna says:

          Dear mods (if you exist) Please ban this flame baiting troll. Enough is enough.

      • marie says:

        “Asciutto” is an Italian surname. I read somewhere that she’s of Italian and French background.

  26. Nedsdag says:

    I’ve never seen judges so happy to see a contestant leave. I mean, how many times did they give a contestant they didn’t like a standing ovation? This is a first, right? ;-)

    • Fojo says:

      They were applauding themselves for finally getting rid of her. “We did it” said Keith to Lu Lopez

      • Smokin' Mark says:

        I’m a little surprised J Lo didn’t have a button on her chair to push that collapsed the stage where Jessica was standing and dropped her into an alligator pit. That was probably next week’s gambit if Jessica made it to the top-3.

      • Jill Moya says:

        You are wrong! JLO had genuine tears in her eyes while Jess was singing! She was sad to see her go! She is not a good enough actress to fake that sad look she displayed on her face! Everyone is reading too much into JLO vs. Jess!

  27. Jill Moya says:

    She was “SLAPPED OUT” of the competition! Thank you America! PRAISE GOD!

    • God says:

      Jill, as I’ve said many times, not interested. Please read the restraining order. War and pestilence are more pleasant jsyk.

    • NedPepper says:

      Oh, look, an troll. And not even a clever one.

    • Brandy says:

      The staleness of that joke is so pungent I can taste and smell it through my computer.

      • Jill Moya says:

        My GOD people, have a little sense of humor! How about I bring over my violin and play for you cry babies who hated to se POOR TALENTED JESS! You all have my sympathy! I never saw such time wasted on such an ordinary singer. You’d think she’s Leann Rimes!

        • BrazenSongBird says:

          Hold on! Leann Rimes is your definition of a great singer? This explains alot!

          • Stormy says:

            Well, that gives everyone an idea of her taste. LOL Nothing so satisfying as when a troll humiliates herself.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Brazen
            Rimes has one of the best voices EVER! Let’s see Jess tackle “BLUE”, that Rimes sang when she was a youngster! Anyone who thinks Jess is better than LEANN RIMES, needs a straight jacket! Maybe you prefer Taylor swift Who is laughable!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            How DARE you! Taylor Swift is an ANGEL in every sense of the word! Looks like one, talks like one, and SINGS like one! I’ve followed her career from the beginning. She is a GOOD ROLE MODEL, an INSPIRATION! And so is Jessica Meuse (pronounced “muse” as in Greek spirit of music, of which she is a QUEEN)! Taylor and Jess are BEAUTIFUL in every sense of the word! Faces, voices, and personalities! You, on the other hand, are as STUCK UP and PHONY as they come! Wonder why I’m typing like this? I want to show you how annoying YOU sound to the rest of us! I can’t even name one song Leann Rimes does. Why? Because she’s IRRELEVANT! Completely and totally IRRELEVANT!

          • Jill Moya says:

            Brazen
            Also, Rimes has been a star from 13 years old. She sang the best National Anthem at a baseball All Star Game that was the best in sports history; and she was very young. She has won awards in her field for years.. Grammy’s, Country awards, etc., etc. A girl who just got “SLAPPED OUT ” of AI, is never gonna compare! SORRY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE! Maybe you love Carrie Underwood, a singer without a vibrato who is so overrated it’s pathetic! Had she not been on Idol, she’d be hitting Karaoke Bars, at best!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            You know who else is an angel? Carrie Underwood! She’s GORGEOUS, never misses a note, sings from her big HEART, and speaks up for good causes! Stop trying to tear down the angels, you big fat meanie demon! And don’t bother calling me immature, I’m not nearly as bad as you!

          • HTGR says:

            Really, Rimes sang the best SPB in the history of sports? So she did a better job than Whitney Houston and Renee Fleming????????

  28. Davey says:

    It’s obvious the producers want Caleb and Jena to be in the finale and I’m thinking they want Jena to win. I don’t think Alex was in the bottom 2 but they wanted to set it up that way. This show is never subtle in its manipulations.

    I don’t have a lot invested in this group but I guess I like to see Alex win rather than Jena who I don’t think Jessica wanted to hug tonight.

  29. Miscellaneopolan says:

    Okay, it made for an amusing framing device, but structuring the entire review around how Jennifer Lopez dislikes Jessica was a bit much. Sometimes a red dress is just a red dress, yeesh.
    .
    That said, never chance, Slezak.
    .
    I’m sorry to see Jessica go, although the writing was sort of on the wall. I wish they had let contestants like her and Alex do more of their original music- that was pretty clearly her strength.

  30. Danny says:

    Someone else brought up a snub. I didn’t see it, but figured it was Lopez who got snubbed if it happened. Was it Jena?

  31. Ben says:

    For me, this what the right top 4, and the right top 3, from a very long time ago. I’m honestly ok with any of these three winning the show.

    • Danny says:

      Ben- I’d agree. Though I would have been fine with any of the top 4. One thing I wanted to say to ya, but it would have been buried last night. You brought up the positive energy vs the negative energy thing. That’s exactly it. Despite the aggravations of the judges and the stuff w/ Jessica, overall I think this year is generally positive. Irritating a lot of times, but generally positive.

      Last year was 99% negative energy. As much as I can’t stand Lopez, she’s a peach next to Minag.

    • Mary says:

      I agree it was the right top 4 and to be honest based on the performances the night before the correct top 3, not that it is what I wanted. Truthfully I only want one of these contestants to win the other I honestly wouldn’t purchase their music after the show. However; I won’t cry fowl if that contestant doesn’t.

  32. AlyB says:

    I’m so sorry to see Jessica go. It’s not like 4th place finishers haven’t been able to do well post show but I was so hoping to see her at hometowns and get her into the finale. JLo got her wicked wish. I heard the judges are all coming back next season. I don’t known if I can stomach another year of her picking a favorite teenager to gush over and being so unjustly cruel to yet another adult female that sings better than she does. Can’t say I’m not used to having my favorites getting eliminated on this show but dang that was sad tonight. Someone seriously needs to put Randy out to pasture. He’s worse than useless and it’s kind of embarrassing. So Caleb’s fans voted him through even after what he called them. That’s actually some kind of wickedly hilarious irony. Whatever. I’ll just be quiet now.

    • Danny says:

      Aly- Exactly. We know the routine by now. 1 female gets bussed. 1 teenager gets over the top praise. I didn’t like it when I was for Haley and I don’t like it this year rooting for Jena. Then add in this year we don’t get to see a full song by any of the singers. 1/2 of the time is spent showing the judges. Uggh.

  33. Thea says:

    Poor Jess. I knew it was coming, but I still had hope. =(

  34. becca says:

    caleb number six on i tunes rock chart too! Im happy with the top 3! When is it that they get a brand new car? Is that the 2 finalists?

    • Danny says:

      Yes- the 2 finalists. But due to budget cuts to be able to cover Lopez’ salary, this year each finalist will be getting a 3 speed bike with a Ford sticker on it.

      • becca says:

        And also to cover her expensive wardrobe, they had to take the contestants to k mart or worse the nearest flea market for performance clothes. For real, who is dressing them?

        • Jill Moya says:

          Becca, you know what would have been great….If Jess looked straight at JLO and banged her head over and over while she was singing the way JLO did on I Luh Ya Poppy. Now that would have been classic tv! Anyway, one down, one to go….Alex next with those faces he makes and toilet motions along with his immaculate wardrobe…..LOL! How are ya?

      • becca says:

        And for the tour they will have to sleep on the bus and eat mcdonalds. They dont have enough money for even a” Days Inn Motel”

      • becca says:

        There will not even be showers so they will have to hose off at each gas station stop on the tour! hahahahaha.

    • becca says:

      American idol broke so they will get a smart car! hahahaha

    • Lisa says:

      Finalists get a new car.

  35. toadily says:

    So sad to see Jessica go, especially after showing such spirit. Loved her voice, honesty, steadfastness under adversity, beautiful smile, striving to embody the judges’ critiques, and her farewell song was terrific, what her fans had been waiting for. But it was ghastly having to endure cameras lingering on JLo. I wanted to throw my wine glass at the TV! Please stop the incessant JLo overexposure! There’s a great opening for one of you Idoloonies.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      Among the 4th place finishers on Idol and some other talent shows over the years, I think Jessica will see opportunities above the average, She has had enough exposure now, that if Interscope doesn’t play a hand with her, there will be some smaller Indie Labels that will give her a spin for sure…………………………………….

      And I’m not one who automatically thinks everyone I seen in a top 13 or 5, or whatever — is going to make it in the buss, —- because most will go back to a normal life with a little singing at local gigs here and there. But Jessica had a very distinctive voice and has become a better skilled artist over the weeks.

      • Timmah says:

        I’m hoping she does well, and I think she might. I don’t remember the last time I heard an Idol do an original song that sounds like it could be on the radio. I think that gives her an edge over most contestants who are just good karaoke singers and fade away after the show ends.

  36. db says:

    I think they finished me off this year and next. I always liked J-lo but that was over the top the other night. The lack of objectivity is what it is and that’s how they are going to continue to play it. The elvis song was good, I listened to it again, but it wasn’t run on the stage and kiss and hug good. I guess Alex better pack his short pants and red shoes and click his heals cause he is headed to Kansas it seems. Anyway, Mike have always enjoyed your shtick and good writing skills. Saludos to everybody. But they have gotten way to distasteful for me. Out of here.

  37. SS says:

    Oh good God every single recap for the last month or more has just focused on the judges and their alleged conspiracy of hatred toward Jessica Meuse, aimed specifically at her and no other contestant, but now this recap has really just gone completely over the top…

    Seriously, implying the reason why J-Lo wore a red dress was to celebrate because she new Jessica was being voted off?

    The judges gave her completely honest and valid feedback every week, nothing that I’ve ever disagreed with. The judges loved her and gave here plenty of positive comments especially in the beginning. There was never this conspiracy to vote her out just because she was a female. The problem was her performances just weren’t cutting it! I’m glad she’s finally gone now, it was her definitely her time to go this week if not long before, and now that’s she’s gone maybe we can get a more reasonable and objective recap before the season is over?

    • tealeaves says:

      Ah, but did the judges give everyone such honest feedback? Did they tell caleb last night that you Give Love a Bad Name was complete karaoke? Did they tell Jena Bad Romance was a hot mess?

    • HTGR says:

      How do you explain the sudden Yes/No vote last week (and how they made Randy imply Jessica was going home even though he knew she wasn’t since they didn’t think the actual bottom vote getter would be revealed)?
      .
      What about how a day and half before she performed this week the producers suddenly ran up to her and said oh gee actually you know well we’ve just suddenly decided that we won’t allow you to perform your original song this week after all, find something else! Can you believe that? Still using that old dirty trick of theirs? Wow.

      • Mary says:

        I agree with SS it is getting tiresome. Have you ever thought that maybe they said the same thing to Alex and Jena, I don’t know if Caleb has any originals. I believe the third song was sprung on them due to the previous week that everyone didn’t vote yes. You are directing your anger at the wrong people blame the VOTERS they had her eliminated not the judges.

    • Ben says:

      Completely agree SS with every word.

  38. xxxx says:

    If Caleb wins Idol will be in trouble. He just isn’t current and I don’t know who would buy his album. Since Jessica is gone I could care less, but Alex winning could help the show alittle

    • tealeaves says:

      It will not be good for Idol if the winner is someone who calls his fans retards. At least, that’s what Captain Obvious told me.

    • jaxguy says:

      I don’t even know what current is? Any good music is current for me so I guess they are all good. For me it’s about who sings best and who is most consistent. Right now for me that’s Caleb with Jena a close 2nd. Alex doesn’t feel anymore current than the other two.Caleb’s song choices reflect how little rock is played on the radio but it’s still a very popular genre and he is a tremendous rock singer. One of the best Idol has ever had. Good music of all genre’s is relevant anyway so who is to decide what is current. Its apparent most people who watch this show only listen to top forty radio so the contestants have to choose songs the audience know. I remember 2 or 3 years ago when Suburbs by Arcade Fire deservedly won the Grammy for Album of the Year people on web sites were moaning they had never heard of AF and Eminem should have won instead. The reason they wanted Eminem to win is they had actually heard his music on the radio and Arcade Fire was not a top 40 band. And even though they had released two great albums before Suburbs they didn’t fit that mold of glossy studio produced top forty music. So for now my interpretation for current is whatever songs are played on the radio fifty times a day. (That doesn’t make all of them any good by the way.)

    • The Other Leah says:

      There are plenty of people who love prog-rock, arena-rock, AOR! We are constantly brushed aside or ignored. People don’t realize that there are a lot of people who are dying for new music in that vein. Don’t discount Caleb.

  39. rmd1064 says:

    Thought that was one of Jessica’s best if not best performance of the year. Sang with emotion, almost anger, with a bluesy growl I had not really noticed before. Maybe when pressure is on, she is just too nervous to move and own the stage. And when she was voted off, a release of emotion. She brought a little Haley swag in that last performance.

  40. sheba says:

    Looking forward to your hangout with Jess next week, Michael. I expect you two will have much to talk about! She’s certainly had the most interesting journey of the season.

  41. Brigette says:

    When Jessica made the comment about how 3 months was “almost half a year” I was overwhelmed with affection for her. So sad that she didn’t make top three, because I think last night’s show could have put her there (I didn’t think Alex did that much better). But honestly, I’ve thought for weeks and weeks that top three would be Alex, Jena, and Caleb. I’ll bet you anything it will be a Jena/Caleb finale.

  42. lla says:

    Cruella de Lipsync.–Ha! I love that.
    I did think that HCJ looked a little guilty when Jess got the boot. I think that is why he has kind of backed off from totally busing her the last wk or 2/3.
    Anyway, I am very disappointed because I’m really a fan of Jess. TPTB really had it out for her from the beginning. She was a class act throughout!
    Jess is a strong songwriter and has a really cool and distinctive sound. She seems very determined to have a career in music and I think she will be successful. Not sure if it will be on a huge level because of how crazy the music world is these days–but do well enough to be comfortable. Hopefully, Jess will connect with the right people when she gets away from the evil clutches of the 19 mgmt or whoever it is now.
    Damn, when she started crying I felt so bad. I wanted to go through my tv and Slap-Out all the judges and producers.

    • Timmah says:

      HCJ is the only one on the panel that seems to have a conscience. You could see in the last few weeks that he was trying to stray from the script and support Jess a little bit.

  43. NedPepper says:

    The judges manipulated this. They got what they wanted. And don’t think Jessica wasn’t aware of it. Those grey eyes were drilling holes into the judges. I quit this show before because of producer manipulation. I came back this season to give Idol a fresh start. And it’s the same tired song. The two chosen ones and everybody else. And a guy with an inflated ego, calling his fans “retards” is one of the chosen. It bothers me. I watch TV to escape BS, and this show just piles it on. Over it.

    • Timmah says:

      I’m just about out too. I don’t know if I can stomach the inevitable busing of Alex next week.

    • Smokin' Mark says:

      I lost quite a bit of respect for Keith Urban this year. If anything, his busing of Jessica was even more transparent than J.Lo’s (that “Compass” group effort was terrible but it did highlight the vocal prowess of “THE GUYS” according to Keith…..as if Dexter and CJ did fine but Jess brought them down).

      • Julie says:

        Does anyone remember the earlier shows when after every performance of Jessica’s, the first thing Keith would comment on is her appearance “how great she looked” but it came off as really creepy?

      • I used to like Keith Urban , but I agree.He is smug and arrogant. Maybe he thinks he is TOO hot because Nicole Kidman is his wife. He seems snobby. Maybe being an idol judge (and all of the idol women screaming for him has gone to his head. More than we even know

    • HTGR says:

      +1
      .
      I came back for the last few weeks only to see a greyhound fleet parked around back the very first results night I watched all season (when Keith and Randy slammed her down when she had had a pretty solid night the night before).
      .
      And then the trick voting thing last week when she didn’t end up in last (although Randy, for the first time ever, mysteriously was NOT prescient and did NOT foresee who was going home).
      .
      I mean it wasn’t as bad as S10, for one, since she wasn’t like miles ahead of everyone and getting 100% of the negativity day and night (of course they learned a little from that, as to their horror, Haley made hometown, remember when they still held a hometown for Durbin anyway? the only 4th placer to ever get a big hometown visit (even if the show mostly didn’t cover it) and ‘forgot’ to have filmed various back scenes for Haley).

      • NedPepper says:

        It was the Haley season that made me quit the first time. That girl blew away one note hillbilly and pageant girl. That fact that Haley, with that dynamic range and huge talent, isn’t a star is baffling to me. And it all started by being humiliated by Randy and JLo on a weekly basis. I always want to believe that America doesn’t just fall in line with everything the judges say when it comes to orchestrating a finale….but it happens every year.

        • HTGR says:

          Same here (in fact, pretty much everyone I personally know quit watching after that season too). +1
          That season was worse though since she was light years, clearly, ahead of the ones they were pushing.

          • Terry says:

            They had the biggest drop in viewers in the history of the show from season 10 to 11 and it’s been downhill ever since. I was rooting for Haley in season 10 also and it was absolutely infuriating to watch her be the only one criticized, on more than one occasion, when she didn’t even deserve it. Not to mention the totally unbalanced amount of screen time the others got compared to her. I don’t expect non-Haley fans to understand but it makes complete sense to me how a lot of people would have been fed up after season 10. I mean it was ridiculous how she was treated. I wish she had knocked her top 3 night performances out of the park and made it to the finale, but unfortunately she had a rough night and the country kids prevailed. A disappointing end to an otherwise very entertaining season, despite the blatant manipulation at least I had someone to cheer for who had so much raw talent and a great growth arc. Gah, I miss Haley, I wish she had been more successful in the “real world” so I’d still be able to see and hear her. Oh well, que sera.

  44. Michael Johns says:

    I rewatched the elimination video. Jessica did snub J-lo. The look on her face when she turned her back on her. Haha. I noticed Randy and Ryan were pretty sad about what happened tonight. Not sure if it’s because they knew what was really happening behind the scenes that they feel for her or they were just sad to see a contestant so heartbroken. Anyway, Best Idol Moment 2014.

  45. Mark says:

    This is the time of the year when good people get sent home. It’s inevitable. Once all the low hanging fruit is eliminated and all that is left are talented performers, someone who doesn’t deserve to get cut will, in fact, be forced to leave. The rules require it. I feel bad for Jessica. She was tarnished by the unfair edit syringe Hollywood Week, but it was her own inability to connect with the audience that ultimately sealed her fate. At this point is more of a popularity contest than a singing contest, and Jessica had too many aloof performances to build a big enough following. She was one of my favorites, but I’m not surprised she’s gone. I wish her success post-idol.

    • S7 Fan says:

      Mark – well said. And your describing many of Jessica’s performances as “aloof” is accurate, in my opinion, even though I was fond of her.

    • MamaLis says:

      Interesting you say that. Early in the season I followed someone’s suggestion and watched Jessica’s youtube channel. The first thing I noticed was that she had a real song-writing talent. Her originals were quite good. But the second thing I soon noticed was that she was always ALONE. If there was ever anyone that needed the kinesthetics and energy of a band behind her, it’s Jessica. Yet here she would be standing in these clubs – other band GEAR behind her – totally alone, and stiff as a board. Whenever she was standing there (the way she does), the energy in the room seemed to be ……… flat.
      |
      So the question I just had was why? After all this time as a musician and music that really lends itself to a band, WHY is she still doing the same thing, and alone?

  46. tealeaves says:

    Michael, please ask Jessica about the song selections. Why did she perform so many Haley songs? Were they the best options from short lists? Were they suggested to her from the producers/staff?

    • Nichol says:

      I looked at her twitter and she posted an interview she did following last night’s show. She was asked about this and confirmed it was a short list (didn’t say how short). She did say that she had to learn 2 of the 3 in one week since they were new for her. Of the 2, one was a ‘last minute’ replacement and only had 1 1/2 days to learn it (the Pink song). She had planned to do an original song but word came down at the last minute from the Network that no original songs were allowed. That resulted in her choosing the Pink song. It kind of sounded like she wasn’t the only one affected by the ruling though. Interesting though.

      • HTGR says:

        Man that’s kinda bad. And it does seem fishy. Who would be hurt the worst by not getting to do their own song on the critical 4 to 3 cut? Jessica. They have pulled variations on that exact same stunt in years past too. Maybe that is also why she sang that with such a hell with you attitude.
        And they wonder why ratings sink and sink and sink.

        • sosideirish says:

          Absolutely spot on! I am so disgusted with the producers and the judges and their handling of this. I admit that Jessica was not one of my favorites in the beginning, but their treatment of her (and her persistence in spite of it all) put me solidly on her side. Talented lady with a lot of class. I wish her the best!

      • tealeaves says:

        @Nichol, thanks for the info. That also adds some background to how happy she was with her performance of the Pink song. I think she did a good job with it. It is very unfortunate they did not allow original songs this week. I would have loved to hear her sing another one.
        .
        I wonder about the other weeks, too. She also sang Call Me and Riannon which Haley sang, and Haley sang Gunpowder and Lead in a group performance. Were they all songs on a very short song list for the week?

      • HTGR says:

        But she was the only one they dogged for not having chosen songs that were enough her! That’s nice, ban her from her own song last minute and then dog her for not picking songs that were enough her!

        • Nichol says:

          I have to agree with your sentiment. I’d have liked to hear her sing another original as well. To her credit, she didn’t say all this in a complaining way but was rather matter of fact about it. I have a lot of respect for the way she handled the obvious challenges she faced.

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah she’s taken it well. There is no other way. The whistleblower always gets more hate than the wrongdoers in most walks of life. If she starts complaining she’ll get labelled a B or whiner or intimidate the many sellouts and phoneys around some of whom can matter for progress in career, doesn’t matter if she or someone has every right. The sad fact is there is no way to win if the show goes against you. There is nothing you can do or say, but just take it with a smile and hope viewers and people that matter in the industry see it for what it is and get out of it what you can. Also for them, unlike for the viewers, it truly is a big part of their life, so for them getting bitter about could have an actual affect on their life, so it’s better for the contestants to just take it as best they can with a smile and get over it as soon as they can no matter fair or not and just look at whatever all the plus sides were.
            .
            And reality TV viewers are often a jealous lot, jealous of people up there and they don’t like to see them act even a hint ungrateful or do any talking back, doesn’t matter if they are getting run over, bused, abused, whatever, they just want them to be good little Idols and take it with a smile and judges can never be wrong or fake or phoney so there is nothing the contestant can do (although I think people have been catching on more and more, a few season back you were labelled crazy if you dared mention things were half-scripted and heavily manipulated, now it’s finally starting to seem you are the odd blog viewer out if you don’t think they do at least some shenanigans throughout the entire process).

    • Mary says:

      They weren’t Haley songs.

      • Terry says:

        I wish she had done a Haley song. She could have done a country version of “Hit the Ground Runnin”, it would have suited her perfectly! And I’m not just saying that because it’s my favorite song off “Listen Up!”. Hahah

  47. JLo's next victim says:

    If I was Jess I would sung Dylan’s positively 4th street (you’ve got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend…) or Marc Anthony’s I Need to Know as the break up, Redneck Woman as a shoutout to her base. And stood 3 feet away from the judges table singing Meredith Brooks B!tch. As the LOVE SONG.

    Fortunately for the panel, Jess has more class than I would have had.

    You’d think we could have been spared 6 shots of the evil queen’and her Aussie minion during the Blue Eyed Lie closer, but a contract’s a contract.

  48. tealeaves says:

    I liked this top 4. But Jessica was my favorite. IMO the show loses a lot by having her go home this week. I would have liked to see a home visit to Slap Out. I would have been much more interested to hear her performances next week than any of the other 3.

    • GuitarBlue says:

      “”” IMO the show loses a lot by having her go home this week”””” That’s how some others see it as well — things are now too predictable, …

      The battle for survival on the show is now much less interesting, except for the dedicated fans of one of the top 3.

      Otherwise, it doesn’t matter because you either like all 3 and don’t care who wins———–
      or, you’re not a motivated fan of any of the top 3 and don’t care who takes the crown. ,

    • JENAinCAPS says:

      Absolutely and truly, tealeaves. GMTA

    • Just looked on utube and jess got a huge welcoming from her hometown regardless. she was in tears. Good for her. She got the royalty treatment even though she wasnt top 3

  49. JessFanSigningOut says:

    Our favorite, Jess, is gone. : ( It’s time again for us to stay later at the beach for the sunset hour. There is no need to rush home and watch Idol. I’ll check MJ’s big blog for videos at my leisure. It was an arduous season. I’m glad it’s over.

    • Tori says:

      Arduous works.
      I think I’ll tune in for the finale and the group song with the Top 10 dancing and wearing white. It’s a “wear white” before Memorial Day tradition because this is SHOW BIZ.
      LOL

    • DeeAnn White says:

      Well said.

  50. LeahKittyS says:

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

    Step 1: Go to leahlovesnature.deviantart.com (this is my profile)
    Step 2: On the left hand side of my page, there is a box entitled “Newest Deviations” and four squares with writing. Click on the top left one; it will be marked with today’s date (5/8)
    Step 3: Feel free to comment on it either here or there

    I’m sad to see Jessica go; she and Alex were my dream Top 2 for a while. But OMG Alex is gonna have a concert here at UNH! And I’m going! I’ve never been to one before! I had to miss Angie’s last year because I was still in school! And now the show is coming to me! I just went around my dorm building and told everyone I know! AAHH!!!

    • JENAinCAPS says:

      Leah, last week the story at the website was fine, but clicking on todays story doesn’t work. “An error occurred while displaying this deviation.” The cutest thing… for a moment, quite briefly, your story was scrolling in the little box. Only a few words per line, but like I said, it was really cute.

      • JENAinCAPS says:

        Okay Leah, we’re back in business! I’ve been to the kingdom of Towrum, domain of Queen Fantasia and her charge, the High Lady Diana. No techie kind of
        problem this time. Thank you!

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Good to know. By the way, I hope you caught that Lady Jennifer of Towrum is Jennifer Hudson, not Jennifer Lopez! J-Lo already made her appearance as the siren that drove Captain Harry mad.

    • Danny says:

      A Jena comment hit me. When Fantasia won, Jena was about 6 years old. So to a 17 year old, Season 3 would be ancient times.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        OMG I didn’t even realize that! Thank you!

      • Ben says:

        Danny – is that not incredibly freaky? There are people auditioning for idol now who don’t remember when there was no idol! It’s insane. That, and when I realise how much younger than me the sports superstars are.

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