American Idol Top 3 Results Recap: Heeeee's Running Out the Doo-ooo-ooo-oor!

AMERICAN IDOL top 3 results recapTears are as vital to American Idol Top 3 results night as FCC-taunting hemlines are to J.Lo’s sense of self(ie).

Indeed, the opportunity to travel back to contestants’ hometowns, to see the misty water-colored memories of the way they were (six months ago), provides endless cross-promotional opportunities with Kleenex or Puffs that have yet to be explored by the House That Is Currently Ruled By Candice Flippin’ Glover.

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Tonight, however, was notable for the lack of waterworks in the packages of Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson. Granted, the former contestant had to sacrifice a third of his screentime to lovingly filmed closeups of Jenny From the Block, while the latter’s video clips mostly focused on goofy hijinks with a little brother named Houston.

(“Did they even show Caleb’s parents? Maybe there’s a sad story there,” texted my pure-hearted mother, not realizing that reality TV producers feed off tragic footage like hyenas gnawing on half-consumed carcasses.)

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At least Jena Irene’s family delivered the goods — her grandma weeping before the soulful diva had even pulled into the driveway, then declaring, “I’m gonna be worse than I am now!” Jena’s Grandpa, meanwhile, got me choked up as he dabbed the corners of his eyes with a crumpled tissue. Also: Can I get a T-shirt that simply says #TeamJena’sBrother?

Nope, nobody will ever surpass Elliott Yamin’s mom for Most Stirring Contestant Relative, but it’s always nice to see ‘em try.

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So what else was on the agenda with the results show expanding to an hour tonight? We had Season 10 champ Scott McCreery singing about sunshine and flip-flops. There was Ryan Seacrest delightedly introducing us to his puppy Georgia (“We didn’t have an oopsie! Yes!”). And we even endured some Obvious-isms from Randy Jackson — “Whoever goes home tonight, they will have missed the finale,” declared the Dawg, who also expects the sun to rise in the morning and his local McDonald’s to have a hot McGriddle on the menu prior to 11a.m. (Runner-up for Worst Randy Quote? “It all comes down to Alex, Caleb and Jena.” Really? But I thought Kenzie Hall was still waiting for her chance to sing!)

Without further sarcasm, here’s how the results played out:

FIRST ONE SENT TO THE FINALE
Jena Irene

LEFT IN LIMBO (THOUGH NOT NECESSARILY BOTTOM 2)
Alex Preston
Caleb Johnson

Before dish eliminations, do you know that despite the production offering umpteen reminders of Caleb’s bronchitis and ailing vocal cord on Wednesday, he wasn’t the only contestant struggling with health issues? Consider this Tweet:

Anyhow, results…

ELIMINATED
Alex Preston, who left on a very high note thanks to a lilting performance of his lovely self-penned track “Fairytales.”

And with that, it’s your turn…

What did you think of Top 3 results night? Did the right two singers make the finale, or are you aghast at the results? Sound off in the comments! And for all my reality TV-related news, interviews and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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744 Comments
  1. Flicker says:

    I’m disappointed that Caleb made it into the finale. Caleb needs a major lesson in humbleness, tact, and class. I hope the Idol machine gives him some much needed coaching–otherwise they may have a rogue idol on their hands. That said, can we really have any expectations of the Idol machine at this stage? After all, no one (NO ONE!) on the Idol staff bothered to tell Scotty McCreary his pants were just not right. Plus, they allowed Danny Gokey to speak #NeverForget

    • OhMy says:

      You think it will matter? It’s not as if he is going to be a star.

      • Stacie says:

        It’s gonna be a good finale. The after-Idol stuff I don’t know what will happen to Caleb or anyone. But a Caleb/Jena finale next week should be pretty good. They have both have been the most consistent performers since Top 12. Sure it could have been Alex/Jena and that’d be fine too, but Jena is clearly the front-runner. I kinda think it’s hers to lose. If she wins it will be the first female to beat a male since Season 6’s Jordin Sparks. Seems it’s about time.

      • Timmah says:

        Oh, snap!

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        @OhMy. LOL! Oh, no you didn’t! I’ve totally lost interest in this show. I just can’t… half of the show is watching JLo’s facial expressions. It’s enough already.

        • M.Freeman says:

          I agree. I am so sick of seeing JLo’s face when the cameras should be on the singers. No one wants to see her stank faces, her gyrating and acting like a fool. And I am so tired of her playing favorites, she is supposed to be impartial. But apparently she didn’t get the memo because she made Jena her pet. I am sorry but Jena is not understandable when she sings, so I hope Caleb wins.

          • Ly says:

            I totally agree with you. I’m sick of J LO too. She has played favorites throughout the entire show, and as a judge, she is supposed to be fair and impartial. And, I can’t stand Jena. Both Caleb & Jena have over-inflated egos. Personally, I was a Jesse & Alex fan, those two had true talent. I don’t plan to watch the finale…I’m done, can’t watch American Idol any longer.

      • Wire Dream says:

        What? Do you think ANY one of these three will be stars? Silly.

        • Ted Sutton says:

          Wire Dream….Jena will be a star, and the 1st wild card to win American Idol. She has taken the path of most winners. They arrive full of talent but nervous. They get comfortable as the weeks go by and them become a star right in front of us. She earned her spot in the final with that Elvis song,
          “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, one of the best performances in Idol History. Yes, Jena is and will continue to be a star.

          And btw, the idea is not so much to win Idol but to win a career. Even if America votes for Caleb, Jena will be touring as an opening act for someone very popular. That girl is a very talented singer, songwriter, and she will do very well. Caleb is a great tribute band singer. Jena is an artist. There is a considerable difference.

          • OhMy says:

            Well, not likely.

          • Jan says:

            Jena is talented, but I wouldn’t count on her becoming a star. Her “winner’s single” is ok, but will it become a hit? If not, will the label even bother to promote her? So much depends on how the label pushes her. If they ignore her like they have Candice, she’ll be in trouble. If they decide to push her like they have Phillip, she’s got a much better chance of commercial success. Talent is great, but there are hundreds of very talented artists who never come close to becoming stars.

          • Jill Moya says:

            TED,

            You are delusional. Jena’s performance was so so! Michael loves Jena. Giving her A PLUS was ridiculous. One of best performances ever????????? NO WAY! Any one of Melinda’s performances from season 6 are superior to anything Jena has or ever will do! That performance would make aELVIS turn over in his grave if he heard it. MUMBLES can’t be understood have the time.

          • Pppppgggggghhhhh! Tee Hee If only

          • Lking says:

            Agree she is young, has a good personality and can belt a song. Not so good in lower register, but auto tune will fix that. But her career could be hampered if she doesn’t learn to pronounce the words she’s singing. Can’t stand the mumbled throwaway she does to the English language.

    • karenb says:

      *1

      love everything in your post. Especially the never forget Gokey thing. Lol

      • JENAinCAPS says:

        #NeverForget – a smartly creative and funny post! : D

      • Jill Moya says:

        TED,

        Meant HALF THE TIME MUMBLES CAN’T BE UNDERSTOOD! I. don’t think she’ll go anywhere! I don’t think she’ll win either. Most people are already thinking she won. It’s not over till it’s over, as the immortal Yogi Berra coined!

        • Luke says:

          It’s ridiculous how you keep repeating yourself. We all know that you don’t have an ear to appreciate Jena. Less=more.

          • Jill Moya says:

            LUKE,

            Don’t have the ear? One doesn’t have to have a great ear to hear smooth dressing MUMBLING Jena! She’s a singer that shouldn’t have made the wildcard! Sorry for repeating but she is in MOOSES class, a wanna be performer who will go nowhere! You must LOVE my posts….you read ‘em all!

          • Luke says:

            Yeah. That’s why I responded. Because I love your posts. No one on this thread can avoid your posts. You obviously troll this constantly.

        • THATS RIGHT JILL! Some guy said it! She is a high school talent contest and not a very good one. They already acting like she is the winner. Caleb is going to pull out his very best! They better be ready to eat some crow! And if I have to see those diaper pants, or hear her talk,or see those dumb glow sticks one more time im gonna throw a bitch fit.

          • I just couldn’t bring myself to care about these two! Jena has a very bad singing technique it makes me think she’s racing with the viewers to choking first. Caleb is a pretty good vocalist but he’s just too bland surprisingly even with his booming voice and cabaret stage moves!

          • Jeremy says:

            But this years singers, this top 3 were the best top 3. I actually like Kristen O Connor but didn’t get to see enough to know for sure. Caleb has a real good voice, listen to those pipes. He is surely going to win. But is it new or original? Not so much. But it will depend on his songs. He’ll probably end up being a good southern rocker like Black Crowes or something. Nothing ground breaking, but soulful and rocking. Jessica was just too weird to me. Her eyes seemed like a serial killer and the Stevie Nicks copy made me uncomfortable. The other hacks before her were just not good enough. Alex is good, but that falsetto is too much, and he isn’t explosive. It makes sense the 2 exploders make it ti the top 2. Jena just sounds too weird to me. She has good range but I don;t like her voice and her age shows.

          • Well thats okay that you dont care, but at least you are not out there stalking people and following them all over these pages. Frickin crazy morons. I saw a 2 foot dog bone at pet smart.it was heavy. Would make a great weapon if I cant get THE WIRE HANGER. Beat them off with it.LOL The dog bone was even to big for my sharpei’s. LOL

          • Ellory says:

            I have disliked Jena since the beginning. People whined and complained about Caleb and Jessica’s “bad attitudes” and Alex’s “boring personality” all season long, yet Jena behaves like a SPOILED ROTTEN BRAT the entire time and people say nothing. The judges have sucked up to her all season and brainwashed many trying to convince she is something special, but during any moment of faint criticism she always pouts like a toddler and her abilities are mediocre at best. The girl has NO lower register to her voice whatsoever! She is nothing more than this season’s Lauren Alaina all over again. Mediocre singing, mediocre looks, bland / entitled rich girl personality and she will NEVER make it in the music world.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Becca,

            I’m with you! She is below average! He singing and speaking voice are both terrible. How could America vote her into this position? She doesn’t offer a thing even in the looks dept.! She’s a mess. Caleb, I truly hope will win. I can’t imagine Jena winning AI! It is unthinkable to me.

          • Jill Moya says:

            WHAT TALENT?????

          • HAHAHA your right!

    • Mike says:

      He’ll be humbled when Jena wipes the floor with him next week. I just hope for his, and the show’s sake, that he can sing next week. If he’s no better then it’s going to be an even more lopsided victory than it already should be.

      • Wipes the floor? You mean to clean up her own tears from losing? She can also wipe the floor clean of Calebs confetti after the show is over. and then SHE will be humbled!

      • Yah, I also noticed that when Jena’s name got called first when they were announcing the final 2, that Caleb gave Jena a big hug. And then I noticed when it was down to him and Alex I heard them both say to each other ” I love You”. (go back and listen). Oh yes, he IS SUCH A BAD AND TERRIBLE PERSON! Doesnt even make sense what you are saying. Doesnt fit to what I just mentioned. You are wrong!

      • Jill Moya says:

        ELLORY SAID IT BEST, HIS DESCRIPTION OF JENA! Compared to you Ellory, I am an inadequate when I describe MUMBLES! WELL DONE!

        • Jill Moya says:

          JEREMY,

          I have to admit my lungs are hurting right now reading about Jena being sexy and you think of her(bj’s)! It made my day. Thanks so much! To me, she offers notta in the looks dept! But, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! Her looks s my female point of view! I’d love to hear what other guys think about that…LOL! KUDOS TO YOU!

          • Jeremy says:

            It isn’t that I think she is hot, there is just something with her mouth and that evil look in her eyes that is sexy. And when she opens her big mouth with those fat lips she has that enormous fat tongue. Jena the BJ Queen!

          • Jeremy is naughty! BJ’S? HAHAHAHAHA She already gags when she sings. She would prob gag during one! Jeremy if you are out there. YOU DIRTY DEVIL! hahahaha

    • Terri says:

      Love your comments next week against the voice I am voice all the way .sick of the A I judges basically handing Caleb a crow, he didn’t sing anything current all year. He’s just another bar singer. I have watched the last of idol

      • Jeremy says:

        Jena sounds like a 17 year old high school talent show. Completely amateur. She has range, but that style is if she is throwing up.

        • Mari McGrordy says:

          Agreed. She has such an annoying delivery. Remember back when she auditioned and Harry mentioned that she does something annoying from the back of her throat when she sings? He said that he thought it was a habit? And to lose it? Well, it went away for a while but now it’s back. It makes one syllable words two syllables and changes the tone of the note. So distracting.

          • jo says:

            I totally agree. Her voice is hard to listen to. You can’t tell when one word ends and another begins.

          • Hey Yah I forgot about that, but you just reminded me. He did sat that! From the back of her throat. And thats what reminds me of the gagging sound. I do recall him saying that now.

        • Jess says:

          You are so off on that.

          • Jill Moya says:

            BECCA,

            Her name is MUMBLES, AKA GAGS!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Bully Alert! That is a clear cut case of name calling. Not something mature adults engage in. Please take your immature bullying off this polite, respectful blog.

        • LOL Well put Jeremy! Her tongue is weird.

        • Jill Moya says:

          JEREMY,

          Great comment! Jena (MUMBLES) makes ME throw up when she speaks….it’s horrible, her voice and phrasing!

          • Jill I never liked her even back at auditions. I thought she was a joke with her ” Im jeeeena. not jena. Everyone kept mis-pronouncing her name Lol THE GAGGING SINGER. Please hire her for your next bar mitsva or wedding! Or funeral for that matter.

          • Jeremy says:

            I can’t believe anyone really thinks Caleb is not going to win. There is simply no way that guy is going to lose. Don’t worry, Jena will be throwing up, I mean singing, for some other band somewhere eventually even if she comes in 2nd place.

          • I agree. Jena would never have got through the front door on the voice, especially since we know that jess didnt make it in on the voice when she tried out. Caleb would have made it on the voice. They had a really good rocker one year. Terry Mcdermot. I dont mean to talk about the voice except their talent is exceptional and american idol isnt as particular and picky about their singers. Thats why we have Jena! LOL There were so many better girls who didnt get through in the top 20. But that is why she is a wild card. America did not pick her.

          • Jeremy says:

            I just don’t like the sound of Jena’s voice, but she has a good voice. She has proven that she has incredible range and has a good voice she is born with. But she is young and will need time to develop that voice and learn how to sing it more professionally, cut out the screaming parts, make it more singing like, and learn to work with that peculiar voice she has and have it flow more. Plus her personality of get your glow sticks in the air woo hoo is a bit too Mickey Mouse for me. But a gifted voice, she has it.

          • Oh Damn. Not the glow sticks. Good analysis! It does seem really disney channel or Nickelodeon.A teeny bopper. I just dont get all the caleb hate. He was barely even talked about in here until he made top 2, and now its all about him and total hatred. But jeremy, this place we are commenting at just must all think alike, because caleb is top 2 and that means millions are voting for him. I think this is like a Jena forum type of place. Im gooing to look around for a place that are fans of caleb. .

      • tealeaves says:

        Caleb’s best performances, IMO, where Family Tree and Skyfall. Both are current songs.

        • And Pressure and Time by Rival Sons and Edge of Glory were current too. But I have to admit I didnt like edge of glory. But loved pressure and time.

        • giselle says:

          Two screamers off the see the world…Both Caleb and Jena have no trouble in the volume department. The difference between the two, IMO, is that Caleb is still singing the same way he did at the beginning of the competition. Harry mentioned to him about changing part of his arrangement so all the songs are not predictable. I don’t see that happening, except for the equipment smashing which is not what Harry meant. I have seen improvement in Jena even from her first singing of “Creep” to the hometown request in the semi-finals which was better.
          Now, people are criticizing Jena’s speech, her backside, her tongue. Why? This is done every year, and it has nothing to do with the way the show is produced. People criticize Idol about manipulating the show, but the types of comments about how a contestant looks are deliberate ways to bring that person down and get voters to focus on those things and vote for the other person.
          Caleb’s song choices may be current, but they are delivered in the same way. A concert of that would be tiresome and not worth the money. Even though he said he was sorry about using the “r” word, would he be just as sorry after he won Idol? Or, would he use it again?

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Flicker. I love “#NeverForget” :)

    • Akash says:

      And so the worst season of Idol will end as we always knew it would, with the best contestant (Jena) taking out the douchiest contestant (Caleb). Do we even need to watch the final performances? Will J-Lo take the idol stage on results night for a lilting acoustic version of “I Luh Ya Papi?” (with Keith on guitar natch).

      • deedee says:

        To top off the worst season of Idol, results night will consist entirely of one long continuous JLO reaction shot. We’ll be able to hear what’s going on onstage, but will only see happy JLO, concerned JLO, stank-face JLO, girating JLO, condescendingly bemused JLO, etc. It will be Per’s final cutting edge innovation of the season, and his proudest moment.

        • Jeremy says:

          Did you see the split screen for I think it was Alex, in his hometown with half the screen of JLo’s face? What the hell was that? Seriously asking, what was that?

          • deedee says:

            As I mentioned in another post, I thought the excessive use of JLo’s somber face during Alex’s hometown reel was a foreshadowing of his imminent ouster. After seeing that, I watched Caleb’s hometown package closely for unrestrained gloomy-JLo-face usage. When she didn’t appear, I knew Alex was doomed, LOL. All mysteries of the universe are encoded in Jennifer Lopez’s face.

          • Luke says:

            It’s true. Because they knew Alex was out the door, the show deemed his home package less important so they were able to use half the screen to fulfill their contractual obligation to JLo! So pathetic – how insecure of an “artist” are you when you need that?!

          • rachel says:

            Right??? So weird. I think she might have something in her contract saying she needs so much camera time, because come on, how strange was that?

          • I watched the whole performance show over, and noticed after Alex’s performance he did talk about his illness, right after one of his songs. It went to commercial break and then came back, and he talked about his performance and being sick! Why do these people lie on here. They were all mad that it was discussed by judges and ryan about calebs illness and then said Alex was so GREAT not to talk about his illness. THAT IS A LIE. When they go to commercial and come back, each contestant gives a short rundown of their performance and that is when he said it. If I would not have re-watched the show I would not have caught it. BRAG BRAG BRAG! That is what they do on here. Acting like alex is a saint and caleb was wrong for being sick, and also not his fault that ryan, keith, j-lo all kept talking about it.ALEX DID ANNOUNCE HE WAS SICK ON THE SHORT RUNDOWN OF HIS PERFORMANCE AFTER THE SONG. HE IS NOT A SAINT. Jeremy what do you think of the situation

          • Jeremy says:

            It’s funny. I mean tweeting how he didn’t want to say anything like he is so holier than thou, but by tweeting it, he is saying it. Then to find he actually did say it on TV. That is just hilarious. Makes me think he’s a sore loser or something. But it wouldn’t be fair to judge him on this only. Everybody says stupid stuff at times. But he definitely was not Mr. Humble about his vocal chords. And it’s entirely irrelevant anyway because he didn’t sing poorly so why does it matter?

        • Ggey says:

          OMG, the split screen with Alex’s hometown visit and JLo was the final straw for me. It’s been horrendous all season with the JLo focus, but last night was soooo over the top I was screaming at my TV and then I turned it off. And during Caleb’s performance the night before where 1/2 of the screen time was of JLo gyrating, I simply said to my family, “she looks like she wants to have sex with him. This is great for a family show. They should obviously not let Swedes produce American family television.” And Slezak’s interview with Per Blankens was hysterical and crazy-making; recent highly questionable decisions by producers and directors of popular shows (I’m looking at you too, “Game of Thrones”) and their defense/cluelessness of these actions is laughable and worrisome. Yes, sex sells, but should we be selling it to the swaybot tweens who watch “American Idol?” No, duh. And if we werent being treated to the one-gazillionth shot of JLo, we were cringing at the one-gazillionth shot of the mosh pit swaybots (not to be confused with the anti-rhythm clapbots on “The Voice,” who should quite simply have their hands tied together during every performance). Anyway, the lack of talent, the obvious favoring of certain contestants, the complete lack of coaching these kids received, Jena’s horrendous white pants from the other night (which looked like she’d dropped a load in the front of them) along with the awful wardrobe on everyone this season (because the entire wardrobe budget obviously went to JLo, leaving Harry to wear his own gorgeous suits but the contestants and Keith to pick from the rag bag), the awful sound production, the JLo Show, and all the other points I made previously, and all the awful stuff I didn’t even touch on (Dawg!), I just cry for my old American Idol that used judges who weren’t “famous,” vocal coaches and others who actually coached, sound production that cared that we heard the singing, wardrobe that wanted to make these kids look like stars, I could go on and on. The whole production reeks reeks reeks of extreme desperation and has accomplished what most desperate acts do – the opposite of what is intended. It just makes me so sad.

          • deedee says:

            *nodding solemnly and applauding*
            .
            Yes, YES! I agree with every one of your points. Jena’s poopy white pants; Swedish directors’ questionable decision-making; the thrift store anti-star. anti-stye styling; The JLO-centric camera direction; all of it. Bring back the Idol we know and love. Per Blankens is an impostor! Off with his head! :-/

          • Pk says:

            Very well said. I had to turn away when they did a 50/50 split screen with Lopez’s oversized head on half the screen while Alex was with his mom on the other. That’s why it seemed like Alex’s visit was emotionless – who wants to see his mom cry on his shoulder during the parade when you can get the Lopez glare instead? The show really is becoming unwatchable. I don’t even care if I miss the finale. And the dig she made at Ryan about liking younger…..well, hope he stops fawning over her now. Ugh! This reality tv junkie is going into withdrawal. Maybe they can get Tim Gunn to give them a sound bite of his opinion of “poopy pants”. That would be a lot more interesting than anything related to Lopez and the other pets brought in for show and tell.

            Biana DelRio for the win! Oops, wrong show. :D

          • Jeremy says:

            Yeah this has been a JLo crazy season. Ryan repeatedly makes comments like he is drooling over her which is weird. It is very unlike him. He had a really hot girlfriend that he recently broke up with. What’s that all about? Does anyone think JLo is really hot or care what she says thinks or feels besides her hardcore fans? She is pretty but she isn’t that amazing or in the least bit interesting. Does AI think they scored the most gorgeous intersting woman in the world or something?

          • Pk says:

            *Bianca, not Biana

          • Jeremy says:

            Why do we watch a show that continuously infuriates us? I can’t stand anything do with JLo, and that non stop focus on her face, and her so emotional schtick! I can’t stand Harry and his dumb jokes, and he says good critiques sometimes and worthless ones for others. I can’t stand most of the contestants who either copy other musicians, or think they have made it just by being on the show even before they win. I can’t stand stupid stuff like seeing Ryan’s dog or the Selfie song stupid thing they did. Actually I can’t stand hearing that word Selfie ever again. Nicki Minaj was crazy. Mariah Carey, although I love her, couldn’t form a complete sentence, Steven Tyler rarely said anything negative and was too nice, and Randy is just, yo dude, yo, man, just WTF? I hope Caleb not only wacks the mic stand on the ground, but smashes the entire stage, shoves the mic stand into the speakers, then stands on top of all the rubble and growls like a lion!

        • meg says:

          That is so true. Love all your JLO face descriptions. Per must be working undercover for another network with the mission to make the show totally unwatchable!

    • Amelia says:

      Alex is a class act and will follow many Idol alumni into a successful career. He deserved the finale. He should be proud. He went on sick and did not make excuses, just beautiful music.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Up-vote for Amelia.

      • CAM says:

        Well said, Amelia. It’s kind of ridiculous that the show made a ridiculous number of references to Caleb being sick and never mentioned ANYTHING about Alex. He’s a class act and he will get a recording contract.

      • AngD says:

        I love seeing his tweet about being sick. I noticed during the this weeks show Harry seemed almost annoyed about all the noise being made about Caleb being sick. He even said part of being in show biz was going on sick and people weren’t supposed to know about it.

        • tealeaves says:

          @AngD, you just reminded me that in Hollywood week this season Harry schooled them all about not letting the audience know you are sick.

          • AngD says:

            @tealeaves. He did – you reminded me of that as well. I noticed someone else on here talked about how much more serious Caleb’s illness was this week. True as that may be. Harry did seem pretty annoyed about the fuss being made over it. He said there were many times in his career that he went on sick. I saw on DWTS this week one of the celebs went on with the stomach flu. I didn’t realize he was sick until the next day I read about it. My thing is either cancel or perform but don’t draw attention to the issue. It’s too much like trying to get the sympathy vote.

          • Keith says:

            That is on the producers,not Caleb

        • Ryan Seacrest is the one who told everyone and called the doctor out there,and then the judges kept bringing it up (j-lo and Keith) not calebs fault. Caleb does not run the show or make the calls to tell producers what to do. Come on, he does not have that much power. Blame the show for that ! Not Caleb

          • Jill Moya says:

            Becca,

            I’ve mentioned Briana Oakley many times on posts! Every one of her performances were great (better singer than anyone group week)! They didn’t even pick her as a wild card! She shouldn’t have had to be a wild card. She should have EASILY made top 10 girls. CJ and Gena both got wild cards but no Oakley! The last spot for a wild card was given to Bria, who was dreadful! Talk about an injustice! She will win next year if she auditions! She’s only 17, I believe and can flat out sing! Melinda loves her too! What do ya think?????

          • Also, there was one girl that didnt make it and Ellen was so mad she had this girl on her show. Jessica basset? She is pretty good!

      • jpal says:

        Alex was the most talented. Next week will be a screaming fest, oh well!

        • Jeremy says:

          You only see Caleb as a screamer? He has a real singing voice, not just screaming. Alex has a good voice, but too much falsetto, and not exciting enough for the finale. I think Jason Miraz already mastered that style. What does Alex offer anything new? Depending on what Caleb;s songs will end up being, we will see if he has to offer anything new.

          • TAG says:

            Jeremy-what sort of music does Caleb write? And what instruments does he play? Alex writes and composes music and writes the musical parts for more than guitar. There is a place for writers and composers as well as vocalists. I predict he will be able to sustain more of a career than Caleb. I think Caleb will do fine as part of a band residing in the region he’s from. All the best to him. Without an education, he will need this to provide his living.

          • Jeremy says:

            We don’t know yet what Caleb can write. My guess it will be soulful bluesy rock. We will have to wait and see. Other than that one song we don;t know what Alex writes either. But his guitar playing is it really that important? Couldn;t someone else just do that part? There are many great singers that only sing, such as Meat Loaf, Mariah Carey, Freddy Mercury, usually, Robert Plant, Steve Perry, Bruce Dickinson and whole lot more that made their career by singing mainly without other instruments. Actually, I don;t get AI singers that sit up there with their acoustic guitar strumming chords. What’s the point? They aren’t like shredding far solos or sanything.

          • TAG says:

            Jeremy-you mentioned the kind of music that Caleb will make. He hasn’t done his own original music up to this point, so I think he will rely on others. He has a big voice and is a theatrical stage guy but an artist-I don’t think so. I do know Alex’s music and have heard many of the songs he has written. He will be recording them, I do know. He has sold the most of the contestants on ITunes and the producers know this. He has been bringing in the sales, so there is no risk there. He knew he would be out of there on Thursday night and expected it. He’s ok. As far as the hometown song, his hometown did not pick it, the state picked it. Alex has been doing music since he was very young beginning with violin. He’s quite close to his bandmates and they urged him to try out. Since he is quite shy, he was hesitant, but his pals are the ones who encouraged him to move beyond his comfort range. He lived with his cousin, Jo Dee Messina, a recording artist in Tennessee for a short time and probably was making his way there and would have landed a contract in time. He sent his audition in online and he is the only one from an online audition that AI invited to come and audition live. And by the way my son, a classically trained musician, was in high school band with him.

          • Jeremy says:

            It sounds like you love Alex’s music. That is great! I don’t. I simply am not a big fan of him, even though I only heard that one original he did. It doesn’t move me in any way. I also, don;t like the continuous falsetto he does. But that is just my opinion. I do think he has a good voice though, but didn’t feel much personality from him. Caleb isn’t just a performer, he has a really good voice. Do you not hear how well he sings? But I don’t think he or any of these contestants this year are on the level of the truly great singers, at least not yet. And as far as this show goes, the point is the singing competition, not what they will write afterwards. That is somewhat separate. We don’t know what Caleb will write, but I think he just wants to sing rockin blues. I will definitely not buy any album from any of these contestants. You keep talking about trained musicians, why do I care about this? If Alex or his band mates are classically trained, why would I care? This has no relevance on my liking music of they re trained classically or not. If they know music, that is good, but it won;t make me like a band or not like a band because of training.

        • Jill Moya says:

          Ya Becca, JESSICA BASSETT! They used her for the background while Keth was talking and other singers came and went! Her song LYDIA went on for 90 seconds and then she started playing for her audition (blending right in). After all that, Harry said she’s not ready! THE VOICE OF REASON, JLO, said yes! Then they showed her not getting a golden ticket, so Keith said no too. JLO then was asked by Harry if she thought A GOOD ONE GOT AWAY! She said yes. Jessica appeared in a horrible polka fot outfit and she looked so homely and twice her age! She goes on Ellen and she’s a young great looking girl! The out fit she wore at the audition sure didn’t help her go through. She had a different voice which was great, unlike DIAPER RASH MUMBLES!

      • Mari McGrordy says:

        Well said

      • giselle says:

        If we had known about Alex being sick, too, it might have made a difference. Even though Alex was a trooper and did not complain, one of the judges could have mentioned it or asked Alex about it. I didn’t check out Twitter before the show. I have even more respect for Alex now, but that won’t put him in the finals. I will put my votes for Alex to Jena. I think Caleb might have gotten a sympathy vote that helped him beat Alex.

        • Jeremy says:

          Sick or not sick nothing would have changed Jena and Caleb in the finale as they are the best singers left but also can deliver power. Alex was too mellow to enter the finale even thought a good voice. Just a bot boring for many. But the other singers were very sub par, CJ, Dexter, Jessica, little boy Sam, these guys were so not good enough. So I don;t knwo what Alex was tryign to prove by tweetign that.

        • Jeremy says:

          Alex mentioned he was sick on the show. Why would it make any difference anyway? He didn’t not get enough votes due to bad singing. He sang fine. More people voted for Caleb and Jena with nothing to do with Alex being sick. I don’t get why people think that defined the voting.

      • Keith says:

        Many Alumni?

      • Lori says:

        so agree with Amelia… thank you for mentioning Alex and the fact that he is the only true artist and musician that will prevail this season. As for the screamers, we’ll see where their albums fall, if they fall.

      • TAG says:

        I agree with you Amelia. Alex is a class-act and I knew he was sick when he came home and didn’t make a to do about it. He will have his music recorded-done deal.

    • Gailer says:

      I’m disappointed too.

    • Big Al says:

      I’m not disappointed in Caleb being in the final, but I agree with you Flicker that he needs some major lessons in humbleness, tact, and class. Jena is by far the best “Idol Ambassador”… but then again that doesn’t mean she’s a lock to win. I have to imagine she has much more backing though. Guess we’ll see!

      • Mary says:

        Your right she is not a lock she doesn’t have the correct body parts for the demographics of this show.

        • Big Al says:

          Mary – that is hilarious! Sad but true… Last year they had no choice. It will be interesting to see if she can pull it off. I still don’t see how a classic “rocker” can have as much fan appeal across the US as someone who can fit in the “pop” lane (at least today’s version of “pop” – which is wide open).

        • claudia says:

          If Caleb wins it won’t be because he’s male. It will be because some people aren’t buying the fakeness that is Jena – the pretentious pronounceation of words, the “when I’m famous I’ll be known for just my 1st name” ego, & the smug face.

          This is a terrible final 2. The real talent never got to the voting rounds. Alex is a talented song writer so he may have some success from that but Jena & Caleb should have never made it to the final 40.

          • realmusiclover says:

            Claudia: Multiple thumbs up to you! Agree 100% I can’t stand what Jena does, and Caleb is far from the best talent this year. Much better singers were eliminated weeks ago. The multiple votes system is bogus, and not a true barometer of worthy talent. It just doesn’t seem fair or ethical to me. As for the antics of the narcissistic panel of judges, I guess it was an improvement over last year, but that’s not saying much.

          • Jill Moya says:

            CLAUDIA,

            There is so much wisdom in your comments! Check out Briana Oakley…she capable of winning for sure! I admit I picked Caleb to come in second from the start but Jena….Terrible! Melanie Porras had a great audition! Where is she! We never saw a second audition! Any judging panel that would put BRISTON MARONEY through to the top 15 boys need their heads examined big time! He was absolutely the worst singer to appear on ANY stage! Check him out. He was planted for comedy relief, so I thought!

          • Mary says:

            IN YOUR EYES ONLY – You are entitled to your opinion but that doesn’t make it true. I have no problem understanding what Jena is singing but then again I clean my ears every day. Not that I care for Caleb but he can sing the only problem he is throwback to the 80’s. Was born in the wrong era.

          • Jeremy says:

            There are still plenty of rock bands now. Just because rock music isn’t the top of the charts doesn’t mean it isn’t still relevant. He obviously doesn’t want to be Justin Beiber or Lil Wayne or whatever is in kids Beats By Dre headphones these days. No not the wrong era.

          • Erika says:

            Ew to calling a woman “fake”. This is always the go-to insult for female contestants. Eye roll.

          • Erika says:

            Ew to calling a woman “fake.” Always the go-to insult for female contestants. Eye roll.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Up-vote for Erika. Calling anyone “fake,” man or woman, is uncalled for and unacceptable.

      • C says:

        All right, people. There is no such word as “humbleness”. The word is “HUMILITY”.

      • Jeremy says:

        Caleb is 500 times more humble than probably every famous rock star out there. At least he isn’t trashing hotel rooms and shooting up heroine. WOW! You guys think the music business is one big Disneyland ride or something?

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Or shooting up heroes! ;-)

        • Erin says:

          Well, you got to give him time… he’s only starting out :-)

        • Syb says:

          But the difference is that he is not a famous rockstar. He’s a slightly famous reality show contestant who wants to be a rockstar. It’s all about context.

          • Jess says:

            I don’t find that Caleb lacks humility. I mean I don’t know him personally, NOR do you all who are accusing him of having his head hanging low. LOL. What’s so great about humility anyway? LMAO.

          • Jeremy says:

            He is not a rock star but his attitude is hundreds of times more polite than most singers that sing heavy rock. I always call people on the internet retards too. I say Craigslist is Gathering of the Tards. I am also not some horrible person and retard just means idiot. The guy is not some super dick anyway. You guys obviously do not understand The Rock! Caleb is the most professional singer in the competition. Alex was professional too, but just not a powerhouse for the finale. Jena is like a girl with a great voice that is performing for her high school talent show.

          • syb says:

            I don’t even expect humilty. It’s not the cockiness that bothers me. It’s the disdain for the American Idol audience that puts me off. I don’t have to cut him a break any more than I would expect those who think he’s better than your average garage band slacker have to vote for someone else. I don’t like him, so I’m not going to vote for him. I’m sure those who do like him will.

        • I agree Jeremy. I think he is always really nice to the other contestants and always fun to watch. He always looks like he is having a good time. Disneyland ride. Exactly. Have any of these people talking on here ever been around any musicians?

    • Jeremy says:

      Asked if his opinion of social media had changed since being on the show, Caleb replied, “Yeah, it gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me.”

      How can anyone not think this is funny? Americans are way too sensitive. That is funny as hell! Do you think rock stars live wholesome lives? Led Zeppelin was known for being absolute horrors! Kieth Moon of The Who would annihilate hotel rooms and what about Jim Morrison? Caleb is liek kindergarten compared to these guys in attitude.

      • deedee says:

        He’s on an uber pop culture tv show, Jeremy. By his own admission, he’s catering to “old ladies” and “retards”. This does not scream Rock Star!

        • Jeremy says:

          The old lady comment was sarcastic and he said the internet is full of retards demanding he plays certain songs. That does not mean all fans and all the audience are retards and old ladies. Look at what he actually said. The internet is full of retards.

      • Jeremy! he said one bad word and these people are not going to get over it. Compared to people like Kanye West and Justin Beiber doing way worst stuff and doin it all the time. As for rockers, bad things always come out of Axel Roses mouth, and Hetfield from Metallica has been known to have crude words LOL. I guess we are in fairy tale land where everything is sweet and innocent. Dont cuss. Be humble. Dont say anything wrong because american idol has become the Disney Channel. I sometimes wonder if these people have lived sheltered lives. Oh well, People are voting for him and he is in the finale so there is not as much hate as they are making it seem.

      • TAG says:

        Who ever said rock stars have class. It’s about class and judgement and Caleb has a deficit in these 2 areas. He does appear to be kind to his teammates, at least. I don’t know Caleb personally but I can speak to the fact that Alex is a modest and sincerely decent individual and comes from a very wholesome family that has taught him solid character traits.

    • Eurydice says:

      Oh, I think the real world will give Caleb that dose of humbleness.

    • Gg says:

      Where are Caleb’s parents

    • Dave says:

      Caleb gets more grating with each passing episode. Did anyone else notice how, in the results show “dinner chat” scenes, he just basks in polite praise from the other two, and doesn’t say a thing about how great anyone else performed? It’s all about him.

      I want Jena to wipe the floor with him.

      • Jeremy says:

        Who cares? Caleb is representing ROCK! You guys obviously do not understand what that means. He isn’t representing woo hoo J Lo pop music let’s dance and boogie woo hoo! Let’s all be so wholesome. He is way nicer and polite than most rock musicians out there famous or not. He knows he is good and he knows he can win. The guy is the moist professional singer in the entire show this season. Jena is like a 17 year old high school talent show. But anyway, if you like her that is fine. That;s your taste. But Caleb shows he has done gigs for years.

      • Keith says:

        You do know that those are edited.We don’t know what they didn’t show

      • That is a joke. That seventeen year old “susie cream cheese’ wiping the floor with caleb. He has gotten about 7 (or more) standing ovations from keith and j-lo, in fact they get up halfway through the song. Jena only had a couple of standing ovations. Alex didnt have one until he did “stay.” SORRY Thats a friggin joke. LOLHAHAHAHA Wipe the floor. Tell her to get the towels and mop and clean the bathroom.

        • Jeremy says:

          A 17 year old high school is going to beat a well experienced professional rock powerhouse like Caleb? You have got to be kidding me!

          • Lking says:

            I think we are missing the point, this show isn’t on Disney, but close enough on Fox, with its uptight , stuffed shirts delivering gloom and doom daily. They want a Disney Princess, who besides Carrie, has gone nowhere. They made a point of picking contestants who they thought would make them look good, heck with what the quality of the contestant was. Wow did that backfire? Lol. How Caleb even made their mediocre cuts I have no idea. I think he just kinda slipped through. Keith and Jlo then proceeded to blow smoke up our butts each week, while Harry at least tried to critique the performance. They expected Majesty Rose in the finals. It’s all rather funny how this season just blew up in their faces. I think Caleb has a harder edge than we see as he has been struggling for a number of years. Rock is rock, it’s made for bad boys! I will be amazed if mush mouth gets more votes than he does. In retrospect this season with the most amateurish group to ever hit an Idol stage, it’s been a hoot watching Sam looking to bolt off the stage or faint.

          • Jeremy says:

            The producers do not manipulate the show or results. Jimmy Iovine wants to sign whoever wins as that tells him what America wants, so then he can make millions of dollars of them. Who wins has no impact on viewers, which has no impact on advertising. I predicted Jena and Caleb in top 2 with Alex in top 3 weeks ago. It is obvious. Caleb will win. Not form some manipulation but because it is logical. Do you think Jimmy wants to sign someone who was manipulated to the top? He could just call them up and sign them himself without the damn show.

          • HTGR says:

            It was long said that show producers and record producers were sometimes at odds since what worked best for one wasn’t necessarily best for the other.

          • Yah I dont think she is going to keep up with Caleb. He is going to really bring his performance even more. Cause this is it! Puts on a great show. He also has the whole southern vote now that Jess is gone. Her gagging singing is horrible. You know harry told her back at rush week that she has a weird sound she makes in the back of her throat. Do you remember that? We know what he meant.

      • Matrix says:

        You do know that these dinner conversations are totally scripted, right? The contestants are just saying the lines they are given.

        • HTGR says:

          Yeah I have to say there is a 95% chance that they are all reading off cue cards right off camera. Most behind scenes stuff they have cue cards or in other cases they have someone hidden just off camera getting someone all worked up or asking all sorts of leading questions on these types of shows. That is why you can’t trust cuts scenes or any apparently crazy or this or that rants contestants go on behind the scenes.

          • Jeremy says:

            It;s so funny for someone like me who has worked in Hollywood only a little but I have close friends as producers and directors, to hear people try and explain how it works. No the conversations are not scripted. Reality TV usually is not scripted. They give topics or guide them in a direction but there is no memorizing of lines. Also they film so much footage, and then in the editing room piece together a story. You can actually create a separate story by editing, and even edit out of context and not in linear time. Like someone can say something and then 10 minutes later say something else. And you can edit it to make what he said later appear to come first. Unless it is an obvious scripted line like “Let’s all take selfies now for Ford” or something, I say the dinner conversations are not scripted by possibly guided.

          • HTGR says:

            It depends, sometimes little bits are directly scripted.
            .
            Something about the dinner conversations and chat in the park seemed awfully unnatural. They may not be literally scripted, but it sure seems like someone just off camera or just before was kinda prepping them and guiding them to some extent and as you say at least a few lines are clearly scripted.
            .
            And you are not the only one here who has ever been there or behind the scenes of something, etc. Just saying.

    • linda says:

      Oh pleaseee They will all be done over. wait till they get a
      label deal. Geez!!!! I don’t think Jena is all that I cant understand her words when singing, the one I say One song she did do good was “creep” but that’s it. remember she had been in the bottom 3 a couple times. CALEB is awesome and consistent !! Yes he is a rocker but I have heard him do some softer stuff. He even wrote a good song that wasn’t rock.(u-tube) “Down to the river” He should win !!! AWESome!!!

    • CALEBBBBBBB WIN !!!!

  2. Mike says:

    Really want Alex vs Jena (well, First option was Jena vs Jessica)… But still happy with Caleb vs Jena.

    On another note, Dear Slezak, can you confirm that the last “Number of onscreen firings/resignations/major job changes: 18” via tvline.com/2014/04/04/may-sweeps-scorecard-2014-spoilers/2/ is: RANDY JACKSON? Please tell me it’s a YES! :)

    • Jena and Caleb have been in the front of the pack for awhile now. I know that Caleb was a little off last night, and has a big issue when he was disrespectful in that interview a couple weeks ago, but performance wise, he deserved a place there. I think Jena has a good shot at winning the whole thing. I don’t think it’s for sure in the bag for her, but she has the definite edge.

      • Flicker says:

        As someone awesome recently said, Idol needs Jena to win. She has all the goods (talent, presence, eloquence) to revive the show, the viewership, the sales. They need someone relevant. She brings it.

        • HTGR says:

          Hard to believe but Jena would be only the second winner ever not from the South (well I guess Arizona (Jordin) is neither here nor there, so maybe call her the second and a half). Purely only the second ever from either the coasts or the North (not sure anyone from the northeast or Cali will ever win hah). First ever female winner from north of the Mason-Dixon line. First pop/rock female since, I forget, but I’m guessing back to Jordin Sparks??

          • Juju says:

            The Mason-Dixon line only went as far west as Pennsylvania. That means Lee DeWyze, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen, Kelly Clarkson and David Cook did not grow up anywhere near the southern part of the Mason-Dixon line. DeWyze and Cook were also north of the Missouri Compromise line, and Arizona, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri were never part of the Confederacy.

          • MAB says:

            Lees Dewyce wasn’t from the south.

          • Klementine says:

            Actually, parts of Arizona were part of the Confederacy, as hard as that is to believe, but it’s true. Also, the western most battle of the Civil War was fought in Arizona, between Tucson and Casa Grande.

          • HTGR says:

            @Juju – oh come on, none of them were south of it’s latitude and that is obviously the point
            @MAB – yes, Lee and he is the one I speak of. I said Jena would be the first female and second overall.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Juju, Missouri was certainly part of the Confederacy. The Border Wars between Kansas and Missouri are epic. Rent Ang Lee’s great movie “Ride With the Devil”.
            Had it not been for the Civil War the James Brothers would have been simple farmers.

          • Ted Sutton says:

            What is most significant is that Jena will become the 1st wild card winner of American idol.

        • Jan says:

          Even if Jena becomes a huge star (which is a longshot), I doubt it would revive the show. Phillip Phillips has sold over 5 million copies of “Home”, his album went platinum, he toured with John Mayer and is selling out his own headlining shows, etc — and none of that has done anything to help revive American Idol.

      • Just so everyone knows I googled vocal chord hemorrhage and I hope Slezak sees this. Adriana Grande and also singer Maxwell have had this injury,

        • Danny says:

          Isn’t that what Shania Twain had too?

          • Shania Twain? She may have, For sure maxwell and ariana grande had it. It came up with the google search I did.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Shania Twain developed some sort of stage fright when her marriage to Mutt Lange ended but she’s performing in Vegas now.

        • BuyJenaIrene-WeAreOne says:

          Jordin Sparks also had one in early 2008 right before she was going on tour with Alicia Keys, forcing her to cancel a few dates. It was vocal and career threatening for her, though. It took awhile of complete vocal rest to heal, and even after she was healed and able to continue performing, you could hear the strain in it for a few months. You really have to be careful they don’t go unchecked.

          • Yes it is very serious.So I wish Slezak would realize that caleb is way sicker or maybe even in pain. He made a point of comparing their sicknesses.

        • Name This Tune says:

          As well as Adel and many others. It is a common injury.

          • Adele also? wow many singers have and some had to cancel tours. Im dealing with all kinds of HATE posts right now cause I am a Caleb fan. Dont these people have anything better to do? Funny, never got this many posts back before he was chosen for the final two.

    • HTGR says:

      Jena & Caleb seems sensible enough for the finale, although Jessica should’ve at least been there for the top three and even finale. Not so clear cut this year though.

  3. Danny says:

    All 3 of them had good runs. I’m glad its Jena and Caleb. I would have been happy with any of the two though. Alex was 4th this season for me, but close enough to 1 that IMO had he won it I would have been good with that too.

    • After Caleb performs with KISS that might close the deal!!I have seen their show and it is phenomenal. They use so much fire and caleb will rock it with them. Best damn show on earth. Thats why their tickets for their tour for a ‘soso” seat are 4-600 dollars. Front row? Make a guess. Its nice of kiss to take time out of their tour to go on American Idol.

      • The guitarist for KISS is from my city Portland Oregon! Tommy Thayer!

      • Danny says:

        I replied but don’t know where it went. So if this is repeat, sorry. I saw Kiss too. They do put on a good show. No way would I pay todays prices to see them though. For that matter I’m not paying todays prices to see anyone. $30 or so is my limit.
        ..
        As for Idol and Kiss, they kind of changed my mind some on Adam. I always liked the guy. I had him #4 in his season. I always thought he was creative, took chances, etc. He was a pretty good singer to boot. When I saw him with Kiss though, it almost seemed as if he was understated compared to those guys.
        ..
        I wonder how Caleb will look next to them. My guess is he won’t look like a bad boy.

        • I agree. I wont pay those prices anymore. I just saw Bullet Boys and that was a blast. LOL SMOOTH UP IN YA! 25 bucks. Thank god I saw all the bands ” back in the day” when ticket prices were very good. I think they will tear the house down and caleb will help.

          • Danny says:

            I hear ya on going back in the day. My last concert was Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). Tickets were $5. Parking was $10. What I remember about that show was these 2 people were standing up in front of us. We wanted them to sit down. Back in the day they would have been up all concert dancing. I told my friends to not worry about it, they’d be sitting down within 5 minutes. Sure enough, they tired out before the first song was over and sat down pretty much the rest of the show.
            ..
            It was a hoot to watch them fast dance the first minute, slow down some the 2nd, start panting the 3rd minute, then sit down before the song was over.

          • Im going to Yngvie Malmsteem next month and cant wait. Awesome guitarist! Yah when I went to Alice In chains last summer people were there and brought their teenage children. Made me realize where in the hell did the years go?Tickets were 90 bucks , but yet front row. So ya I saw old people with their kids and then some 24, 25 year olds and was thinking,How do they even know who this band is?

          • Bonnie Raitt played at my dad’s bar back in the day (the 70s). Salty Dog in Connecticut.

          • Oh I love Bonnie Raitt. Yah the concert prices are crazy. You cant get a decent seat to a rock concert for under 400 (and that is somewhere in the middle of the stadium). Who the hell said rock is dead or “dated’? The rockers are making all the money.

          • The Beach says:

            Thanks for bringing up Bonnie Raitt and Dire Straits…two of my all time favorites.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Not familiar with Dire Straits, but I also love me some Bonnie Raitt.

          • The Beach says:

            Leah, you owe it to yourself to check out Dire Straits. They were great and their singer (Mark Knopfler) was also one of the best guitarists ever.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Note taken. I’ll be sure to check them out.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I saw KISS in 1974 for 12 dollars, LOL. Thank goodness I saw all the bands “back in the day” as well. My neighbors paid hundreds of dollars to see The Eagles. I think I paid ten bucks to see them and five bucks to park.
            And yes, Leah, check out Dire Straits!

          • Yes, all of the concerts were 12, 15 20 dollars at most. Easy to go have a good time and rock out.

        • Jo says:

          Actually kiss played ceasers Windsor last year and tickets were starting at around $30 and we had free tickets available to us for being members of the casino loyalty program. Unfortunately couldn’t go due to no babysitter but a friend went and said it was awesome!

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        KISS is gonna be on the show. Oh, darn. Now, I’ll have to watch…. :)

      • TD says:

        Re: “After Caleb performs with KISS that might close the deal!!” Caleb will not perform with KISS on the competition show on Tuesday. He’ll perform with KISS on the finale (final results show), so the votes will already be in.

      • mary says:

        You do realize that his performance with Kiss is after the final performance show on Tuesday; Therefore, will not come into play for votes. Actually I think it just proves that he is a throwback rocker and not current.

        • Caleb is a throwback rocker huh> I recall jena did Heartbreaker Pat Benatar from the 80’s, Barracuda Heart from the 80’s, Joan Jett, I Love Rock and Roll from the 80’s, Creep by Radiohead from the 90’s, Cant help Falling in Love elvis from the 60’s. These as well are throw back rocker songs. So I guess she is a throwback rocker too. There is no disproving this song list. She performed every one of these.

          • Jill Moya says:

            GIVE ‘EM HELL, BECCA!

          • As a matter of fact I an right now! Stupid people

          • Im fighting the good fight!. I may have to borrow your wire hanger!

          • Jill, there is one lady that is following me everywhere on these postings like a stalker. Seriously, I told her to go post and stalk someone else. She is everywhere. Crazy people that sit behind the computer screen. GIVE ME THE WIRE HANGER

          • Jill, I have to laugh, I think I am the” new Jill”. Im fighting with everyone out here and I am telling them off good. Im sick of being nice. Im not usually mean but Im learning fast. Some of these people think they know everything about music and singing and they know nothing. I can tell that you are smart and you know your music! I miss ya!

          • Mary says:

            Difference is Jena didn’t do a straight cover she changed it up to fit her music style and made it sound more current. Barracuda was probably the closet to being like the original. The only song Caleb took a chance and I will say it paid off was Skyfall.

          • They were all covers. Heartbreaker Pat Benatar was exact cover, so was Barracuda, and Jena’s creep is like radioheads. starts out slow., and then guitars pick it up. Exact copy. I have all of these albums, so I know she did copies of the originals. Also the one” EVERYONE THINKS” she made original “Cant help falling in Love”, she copied that version from Ingrid Michaelson who is someone Jena used to tour with and she did the EXACT performance of Ingrids. As for the other songs she did nothing to make them current. I am a huge Pat Benatar and Heart fan so I know the songs well. Also a radiohead fan. That is one of my favorite albums. Exactly the same version.

          • And Jeff Gutts (x factor) can never be beaten as the best cover of creep!

          • Now, Do you mind not following me all over and placing your stupid responses to my comments everywhere. Are you a stalker? Every damn place I look your snarky answers to my postings are there. Either your crazy or a stalker. Go bother someone else for a change. You must be a very unhappy person to constantly place your negative postings. Just go post to someone else. Bug off stalker.

          • LOL! Jill’s wire hanger should have its own blog and username!

          • I need to borrow it! This has turned into a “hate caleb” campaign! GET ME THE WIRE HANGER! If the wire hanger gets its own blog, I will be there.

        • Southern vote always takes it . Caleb has the southern vote! Sorry

    • Danny says:

      If ya like Alex, I think ya’d like Dire Straits. I was hoping he’d do Skateaway. Although an older song, I think it would have fit him real well.

      • Eric S says:

        I’ve never seen anyone compare Alex to Dire Straits. Wow. I guess I don’t see it. Alex will never touch Dire Straits or ever be in the same league. Dire Straits were always able to do up tempo songs with ease. Alex struggles with those. I just don’t see the comparison.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        The only Dire Straits song I can imagine Alex singing is “Brothers in Arms”.

      • Keith says:

        Alex is nothing like Dire Straits,I would love to see him try Telegraph Road-lol

      • leftcoastl says:

        Love DS/MK & tend to like your “Skateaway” idea, Danny. You, anyone else, ever hear Paul Simon-ish spots in Alex?

  4. Tiff says:

    Aww, I really wanted an Alex-Jena finale. Oh well. As long as Jena wins, I’m fine with either of these guys…

  5. Tiff says:

    Also, the JLo close-ups during Alex’s hometown footage were ridiculous. Please make those stop. And Randy…sigh.

    Scotty’s new song is pop junk with a country accent. I like his singing, but MAN that song was terrible.

    • Danny says:

      Easy now Tiff. Nothing says “New Hampshire” like a close-up of Lopez.

      • The producers really really wanted Jennifer to cry. I think their best shot of that was during Jena’s hometown visit, but when they were showing JLo with the split screen they were showing buildings and random things. Nothing really to get all emotional about. It’s crazy. I know the producers love the split screen but that was absurd.

      • TAG says:

        Spent all day in his hometown today at a festival-really is a beautiful place. Too bad JLo ruined the presentation. JLo is the antithesis of New Hampshire.

    • LADY_in_MD says:

      I’m totally convinced that it’s in her contract to have atleast 5 close ups during everyone’s performances or video montage

      • AlyB says:

        I can’t imagine what else it could be. Surely it’s bubbled to the surface over there that what started out as simply irritating then morphed into a joke, is now driving people just crazy. A split screen of her watching the hometown visit footage? oh just ….I can’t anymore with them. It’s becoming the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen on this show. Someone counted 13 cut aways to her last night during Caleb’s performance. Now tonight we get a split screen. At least someone, somewhere had the sense to say no to making us watch her instead of the hometown footage all together.

        • Owen says:

          I know. It’s almost satirical at this point.

        • marie says:

          @deedee, I had the same thought, that Blankens was intentionally going WAY overboard on the JLo closeups to tease/annoy Slezak. I would hate to think that was true, but….
          I was literally yelling “STOP IT!” at the TV during Alex’s hometown footage. My wife had to tell me to calm down!
          There have been a number of irritating factors on the show this season (as well as, to be fair, some delightful aspects too), but the excessive cutaways to the judges and to La Lopez in particular have been among the MOST infuriating.

          • ara says:

            I put up my hand and covered Jlo’s face. What I find curious is that they only did it with Alex’s package. Why?

            Also, isn’t Alex’s last name Preston? Why do his parents have a different one? I hope someone’s remarked on that in the other comments which I still have to read.

          • Erika says:

            Alex’s middle name is Preston, his last name is Philbrick.

      • The Beach says:

        The only way to get through this is to turn it into a drinking game. Take a shot every time they flash to JLo. Of course, you’ll probably be wasted 15 minutes into the show but…..

    • Owen says:

      As opposed to the stupid remarks that JLo has it in her contract she must be on screen .22 seconds of every minute the show runs, I’m guessing the desperate producers think, “oh, we have a movie star and one of the top five or sex most beautiful people in entertainment on our show…we should show her often to boost ratings.” I guarantee you that’s what’s behind all this latter-season JLo closeups (notice they started when the ratings began to really sink). It ruins performances, but I guess I can’t begrudge people trying anything to keep their jobs.

    • Matt says:

      J Lo was giving off a major Effie Trinket vibe during Alex’s hometown visit.

    • Erin says:

      I have not been as outraged as some here about the amount of closeups of JLO and how long the camera lingers on her, but that was indeed downright ridiculous. It looked like an error, like they were showing the wrong person by accident. Slezak, I would be personally insulted at the thumb to nose PB gave you when you graciously tried to help him and his drowning production out by pointing these issues out to him, and he pulls that crap.

      • HTGR says:

        “Slezak, I would be personally insulted at the thumb to nose PB gave you when you graciously tried to help him and his drowning production out by pointing these issues out to him, and he pulls that crap.”
        .
        +1

      • JENAinCAPS says:

        I got my back up about that, too. Michael Skezak contributed many fine and helpful points to the conversation and I was annoyed when his input was dismissed in such a phony and handled way.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Per Blankens…I don’t even like typing that name. Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are easier on my finger. Those poisonous berries can’t land in his wine fast enough.

      • Kim R says:

        It was so off that I wondered if it was a mistake as well and they put the camera on the wrong person. I had to look away it was so irritating. :)

    • Shel says:

      First things first – totally agree with @ Tiff that Scotty’s new song was terrible. I feel badly for him, because I do like him. His voice sounded great, but those lyrics! Oh….mi….gosh.
      .
      I could not believe the extended close-up of JLo during Alex’s hometown date. I, too, wondered if it was a mistake. It wasn’t even going back and forth. The camera just stayed on her – even moving to a closer close-up at one point. Plus, her face was so impassive! Was she thinking, “this is sweet but he has no chance”? It was weird, then off-putting, then just plain creepy.
      .
      I even thought – maybe Alex moved out of his camera spot or did something they didn’t want on air. I do not even remember the JLo shots during the other 2 hometown dates. If there were any, they must have been minimal because I’m hyper sensitive to them now. The Alex hometown had to be the longest, continuous shot – though runners-up would be her dancing to Dazed and Confused last night and a few weeks back during Jessica’s song – when I am pretty sure JLo was on screen more than Jess.

      • deedee says:

        The JLO split-screen shots were shown only on Alex’s hometown package. And since her face looked “upset” rather than “moved”, I understood it to mean that Alex was the one going home. Why Per Blankens found this to be a necessary dramatic device, I don’t know.

        • marie says:

          Again, you and I had the same thought, deedee; I saw JLo’s expression as deliberate foreshadowing of Alex’s ouster.

    • lla says:

      I know. What’s the deal. I think Pers B is in LOVE

    • Angela says:

      Agreed on Scotty’s song. They could play it alongside the other stuff I hear on our local country station when I take the bus to work and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

    • SJ says:

      Tiff, agreed about Scotty McCreary’s new song. I haven’t been impressed with any of his stuff. However that song is pure crap. It really annoys me that that kind of sh*t song gets so much attention and air-play yet so many truly talented artists making phenomenal music can’t get the recognition they deserve.

      • Jill Moya says:

        BJ,

        Your comments about Scotty are SPOT ON!

        • HTGR says:

          And yet the judges and production painted him (and Lauren) as the greatest vocalist and entertainer in history and trashed Haley at every step and yet you also still try to claim Haley wasn’t bused??

  6. Kristi says:

    Did anyone else find Caleb’s hometown video to be “cocky”? I couldn’t really think of the right word, but I didn’t feel teary-eyed like I always do with those.
    So sad to see Alex go. He is so much more creative than Caleb. I loved how Harry immediately stood up for him. Very happy for Jena though :) I’ll be rooting for her 100% next week.

    • Danny says:

      At this stage I’m sad to see any of em go. They’re all good. They all gave it their best and they all wanted it. A case could be made for any of them. I’d include Jessica in the mix too. A case could have been made for any of the top 4.

    • Tiff says:

      Yup. Caleb’s hometown visit was cocky and immature, full of boy chest-banging with his brother. I was pretty annoyed.

      I’m pretty sure Alex is Harry’s Idol.

      • Holly says:

        First let me say I am NOT a Caleb fan. But I think I understood the cockiness with the home visit footage. Alex and Jena both had large family gatherings featured in their visits. Obviously, they have extremely loving families with tons of support. Caleb’s “family” footage was sad. It was only on screen for a few seconds, but I counted four people – his parents and brother. Then they cut to the lame footage in the limo of his brother talking about “not even being drunk or anything.” No doubt Caleb is embarrassed and disappointed. No excuse for his arrogance, but at least that explains a few things.

        • Flicker says:

          Point taken, Holly. Thanks for bring up the other side of things

          • Yah the way people act makes me so mad. I feel for him, as I too have only ONE family member, my son. Some people dont have big familys and arent as fortunate. And everyone better watch out because when he performs with KISS its going to blow the roof off and will make ANY OTHER performance seem boring. Because I have seen kiss and their fire show alone and their craziness and calebs craziness will be the performance of the night. MARK MY WORDS

          • mary says:

            @Calebs we already saw Kiss perform on American Idol with Adam Lambert so sorry really nothing new and I doubt it will be better.

          • Ted Sutton says:

            Hey calabswachofan…that performance will be on results night and will not count in the voting.
            It will have no effect at all on who wins the Idol Crown. NONE!

          • Ted. Oh well good !playing with kiss will be his reward after winning the whole thing then! And when you said that wont effect the vote yah , but the southern vote is the biggest and caleb has it so sorry to say! Jess was the last one to share the southern vote with caleb . There were only 2 winners NOT from the south that have won idol.EVER See Ya!

        • Um, No I doubt Caleb – he of the hookers and cocaine AND retards comments – is embarrassed and disappointed

        • AlyB says:

          Interesting. Instead of thinking that he acted the way he did because he doesn’t have a lot of support, I actually thought that maybe the way they act is the reason he wasn’t surrounded by more close support. Lots of fans that are strangers just following someone on a tv show but no family friends, neighbors, close friends. When you consider that the way he behaved was him on what should have been his best behavior as a contestant on Idol, I can only imagine what he’s like in an uncensored setting. Honestly, it could be a bit of both.

        • Thank you for having such a great heart. I mean that! Even though you are not a fan, you said something that really makes sense. People always pick on and make fun of “Calebs pathetic home visit.” It kinda made me think of my own isolation of my family of 2. Made me sad for him and does explain maybe his attitude.But then again, what “rock guys in bands” dont have attitudes? Rap also! The rappers and Rockers usually do. That is part of the sale. But I still dont see the arrogance part. I think he is great. Also I will always stick up for the under dog or the one who is being hated on!

          • mary says:

            I would hardly classify Caleb as the underdog. People are responding to his immature nasty remarks he made so sorry I have no sympathy for him. He needs to filter what comes out of his mouth. Every action has a reaction.

          • OH FOR GOD SAKES Get over it! Like YOU HAVE NEVER SAID dork, moron, weirdo, psycho, dimrod, derilict, dipsh**,dork, dufus , dingbat,nincompoop,pinhead, boob, bimbo.I guess you are a saint because you have never a downgrading word in your life! And that makes you better than all the rest of us. Incredible. What a joke.

          • Mary Mary Quite Contrary Busy Body You dont know what the H** you are talking about. Bunch of gabbing. Go water your flowers!

        • Jessamine says:

          I understand how brothers can be competitive with each other, but I felt very uncomfortable when Caleb patted his brother’s stomach as if to say, “Dude, you’re bigger than I am!” His brother looked horrified and annoyed. Caleb then did it again at the end of the show when his brother joined him on stage. It was like he couldn’t help himself. I felt awful for Houston!

      • Trouty Mouth says:

        Alex is probably the one out of the three with the most musical knowledge, so I’d see why he’d be Harry’s Idol.

      • TAG says:

        It’s rather a redneck rocker vibe.

    • Brigette says:

      Cocky and fake, like he was saying everything he was SUPPOSED to say. “Hey, thanks guys, I couldn’t have made it here without you…you retards!”

      • Danny says:

        I get the feeling Brigette isn’t one of the old ladies Caleb made cry. I like Caleb, but your comment is a hoot. Love it.

      • HTGR says:

        lol
        all the same i don’t wanna personally get on any contestants, but that was a funny comment.

    • Flicker says:

      Completely, Kristi. It was super uncomfortable at times.

    • Sandy says:

      Alex is by far the most creative writer and singer. I’m looking forward to his career. I’ll be rooting for him and buying his music

    • Gailer says:

      Caleb is cocky in everything, cockiest contestant ever

      • JENAinCAPS says:

        I disagree. I don’t see true arrogance. Other than when performing, I personally don’t think Caleb has a lot of confidence. There is some dullness and a lack of energy in his demeanor at times and then at other times he’ll express some pent up mental energy or share his thoughts utilizing no filter at all. Initially I thought it was a matter of a young man trying to be funny, but I never picked up on any real humor or wit. Other than his God-given big talent, I don’t think Caleb has a lot to say or contribute to a reality TV show. I don’t think Caleb is a deep or big thinker either, but since he’s loud and large and throws off energy, an onlooker might assume he’s big in other ways and he’s just not. It’s his talent that is big.

      • Matrix says:

        No- the cockiest AI contestant was the one who said “You can check me out on iTunes.” Who was that?

        • Jeremy says:

          Caleb knows he will win, he knows he is good and he is used to performing because he has experience. He is not even close to cocky of real rock stars. He acts like a fun guy, yet listens patiently to the judges and follows what they say. He isn’t a sap, he has some balls, but I do not see him disrespecting anyone on the show. Most of the contestants are just below his level. Cocky was Phillip Phillips who ignored all advice and had an attitude of he couldn’t give a crap about even being there. Remember having to sit trough his Dave Matthew copy performances with his constipation pain face? Still can’t believe he won.

          • Jill Moya says:

            JEREMY,

            Hope you don’t mind, I replied to several of your posts today as they are so accurate! You are so right about Phillips! He was boring and cocky as heck! I’ll go even further saying I feel Phillips is only an average singer who should never have even been in the top 30! He, like Alex, always looked like he needed a toilet with his leg movements! Jessica was clearly the real winner that year! I laughed at some of his auditions with his goofy look and body movements!

          • Jeremy says:

            My favorite AI last 2 years was Hollie Cavanaugh. When she sings I feel so much emotion from that voice. I think she has an incredible voice. If her own songs will be good, probably not. Go on youtube and just randomly pick one of her songs from 2 years ago. I haven’t liked any contestant s much as her since. I didn’t like Jessica or Joshua or Phillip. Thought Jessica and Joshua were screaming annoyances. Actually, I hate most of AI and I do not understand why I keep watching it. I hate most of the judges and the contestants. Why do I watch it?

    • Jeremy says:

      Caleb acted like a man who can handle being a rock star. No he didn’t get all sappy. He;s singing rock, not curing cancer.

    • Harry stands up for everyone when they get voted off!

  7. antz says:

    Arrgg nooo!!!!

    • Kim R says:

      Pretty much sums it up for me. I know Caleb has a great voice but he seems to be a one trick pony. I don’t think his concerts would be varied enough for my taste. Jena is sweet and so talented and Alex, well he’s my favorite. What an incredibly creative, artist person he is. The hometowns of Jena and Alex were so touching (except the split screen with JLO through Alex’ segment. That was so off!) but Caleb’s was not. I found it telling of what kind of person he must be. You reap with you sow. I am hoping for a Jena win but am so disappointed that Alex is not in the race anymore. :(

      • TAG says:

        Don’t worry Kim-Alex will be launching his original music so we will hear more from him. He and his pal write prolifically so there is plenty of material to record. So excited to follow his journey!

  8. Anon says:

    Caleb’s retards pull through ;)
    Seriously though, hope he wins.

    • MC says:

      I actually like Caleb (and I also like Jena…omg, I like two completely different people at the same time…Yikes, what’s up with that?), but that was the funniest comment of the night imo. This will be an all-around excellent finale because Caleb and Jena are dynamic, exciting performers who are also competitive. Candice and Kree were technically wonderful, but they were somewhat reserved as performers (especially Kree imo). I really think this will be one of the best finales in AI history.

    • deedee says:

      Now there’s a name for his official fan club! Which reminds me, do any of the contestants have the traditional cutesy fan group names this year – like, “The Yaminions”, or “Claymates’ or “Archies”? Or does nobody care that much anymore :-\

  9. Name This Tune says:

    Imagine a bad boy rocker winning American Idol. It’s too ironic for words.

  10. :( says:

    God I can’t believe it’s the final two already! Say what you want about this season, but I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life once it’s all over. It started out rough, but I’ve grown to like it, as long as Caleb doesn’t win haha.

  11. GuitarBlue says:

    Alex and Jessica both got to do their own songs in the send-off slot, so that is a good promo for both of them.

    • HTGR says:

      it was also about the best either has sounded, which speaks a bit ill of how idol runs things, but well for them in the future

  12. Owen says:

    Not my first choice, but I’m okay with the Final Two. I’m okay with the season as a whole as well.

    • Danny says:

      Owen, yea I don’t think it was a bad season in terms of contestants. The #8 or 9 of most years aren’t that great. The top 4 this year IMO were all pretty good. Season 11 had 7 real good ones and Season 8 had 6 real good ones. So this years talent is on par with most seasons I think. The challenges from this season came from other areas, not the contestants.

    • marie says:

      Ditto. I’d have preferred Alex over Jena, but I’m fine with this final two. I would have been fine with any of the top four.

  13. Jessica says:

    I called this finale a bit ago so I’m thrilled! I believe the voters have gotten it right all season long. No country and WGWG finale-yes! :)

    • Danny says:

      Good point on the voters. There’s been some minor disagreements along the way- like I would have had Jessica top 3. No major surprises though. Everyone pretty much came within a place or 2 of where they should have. The voters got it right. That’s one thing about the show that was improved.

      • HTGR says:

        Yeah and one way The Voice utterly tanked this season :(. I think there was a lot of placing as many five spots off for the major talent this year, a mess of voting :(.
        Maybe the new voting system on Idol helped a bit.

        • Danny says:

          The Voice may have better singers- but Idol’s voting is better. Even then I’m not sure if the Voice has better singers or not because they get to sing about twice as long. That gives them a better chance to develop their songs. I’m with ya on it tanking. I think even Blake and Adam are getting bored.
          ..
          My 3 favs over there are out. My 4 favs on AI- after adjusting from the early favs- made top 4.

    • Idolhead Ed says:

      This will be the first year we get WGWP. And she will be the winner they’ve been looking for since Carrie.

      • Idolhead Ed says:

        Also the first ever Wild card winner.

        • JENAinCAPS says:

          Yep, I think about that now and again. The judges added Jena to the show p not unlike the way Simon Cowell added Melanie Amaro to his show. Wasn’t Melanie into fake accents, too? ; )

        • Jill Moya says:

          Don’t count your chickens! Caleb could win!

          • Yes Jill! I all of the sudden am getting bamblasted with awful comments cause I am a caleb fan. Funny thing! Before I was just basically talking to you and michael johns. Its just since he made top 2. The hate is coming through my computer screen. Its fuuny too. They are already calling jena the winner and talking like she already won! Michael Slezak way back during top 13 predicted caleb would go home at top 8. Didnt happen! He very well might win. I think I liked it better when I just had fun with you and Michael Johns.

          • Dont be so sure and call out Jena as the winner.!The southern vote is HUGE and that isnt going to jena. Also it will depend on the performances that night and I know caleb will perform like crazy! People are sick of this bubblegum type artist, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift. There are too many bee bop teeny bopper artists out there. The southern vote will take it. You all might have to eat some crow! Remember Seahawks Versus Peyton Manning. All I heard for weeks is how great Peyton manning was and that for sure Seahawks would lose. Guess what, Bronco’s didnt just lose, they got completely run over by Seahawks. Dont be so sure about this whole Jena thing

          • HTGR says:

            It was plain as day that the Seahawks (or same had it been Niners) would run all over the Broncos. Heck just look at the energy in the NFC vs AFC title games! The AFC game was a joke in comparison, molasses.

          • Oh my gosh I was not a football fan ever until I saw Richard Shermans rant and got to know everything about the Seahawks. Im from Portland Oregon, so seattle is our neighbor. That was the first game I watched and now am a huge fan.I will join ‘the 12th man and go to the games this next season. The loudest fans in the world!

    • Thea says:

      This is the first Top 2 I’ve ever called from the jump (as much as I loved Kree, I thought Angie had it in the bag and even though my bf called Phil from his audition, I was really pulling for Joshua!). I’ve got to say though, I really wish it were Alex or Jess up there with Jena. Caleb is great vocally, but there hasn’t been much variety and I personally don’t see myself buying anything he’d put out in the future. I am, however, not-so-patiently awaiting the rest of the Top 4’s coming albums. =)

      • Jill Moya says:

        BECCA,

        HATERS, HATERS HATERS! Caleb is gonna beat the wannabe diaper wearing (MUMBLES)! Anyway I have mentioned before on posts it’s fixed and once the 2 in the finals sing, the following morning I will know FOR SURE! YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW, BELIEVE ME! Maybe then I can rid all the NON BELIEVERS!

  14. JM says:

    The wrong person went home.

    • Erin says:

      Agree, I really wanted Alex from the beginning. I knew he was doomed when he said “If I go home now it was still a good run” and the DJ said “It’s been a GREAT run.” I sighed right then.

    • Ben says:

      I agree. Caleb is a great singer, but the attitudes that he and Alex each took to the fact they were ill speaks volumes about the class of each of them. I don’t mind Caleb winning the show from a musical perspective, but I have really gone off him and just don’t want him to win from a personality perspective.

      However, I think Jena is going to win, which would be our first wild card winner ever, and that would be just kinda awesome.

      • Danny says:

        Ben, I agree that it would be awesome if Jena won. I’ve got a different reason though. She’d be the first winner from Michigan. We’ve got the Lions up here. Jena would be a nice change of pace.

      • kelly says:

        But it was the judges and the show that made such a big deal about Caleb being sick, not Caleb, so I’m not sure that was his fault. I don’t know why they kept mentioning it with Caleb and not Alex. Either it was an effort to push through who they wanted, or the doctor thought a vocal hemmorage was more serious than what Alex had. Not sure which!

        • Shannon says:

          A vocal hemorrhage is much more serious than bronchitis because it can permanently damage a person’s vocal cords. Caleb had bronchitis when he sang “Faithfully” and no one mentioned it on the show.

        • Ben says:

          It has been implied that the choice was personal – ie Alex did not want anything said and Caleb did, so I do think this was directly his fault. I may be wrong, but that’s certainly the way it seems. And Shannon – I don’t disagree that a vocal haemorrhage is much more serious (I was making this point last night) but if it was really serious its cause to take Caleb right out of the competition (a similar injury took out a singer on Australian idol once). So, clearly, not serious enough to stop him singing. The much bigger effect was that his singing was effected.

          • Angus says:

            Alex mentioned it on his Twitter, before the show, and then again after the show, while saying that he didn’t want it mentioned. LOL. Caleb said nothing….the Judges did.

          • Jeremy says:

            Why did Alex write that? It’s as if he is saying he lost because he didn’t get a pity vote? Nobody voted out of pity. Caleb’s voice was shot, not Alex’s. Alex’s vocals were good and had nothing to do with why he didn’t make it to the top 2. He simply isn’t as liked as Jena and Caleb. That tweet was weird. “Didn’t want to say anything” then you say it.

        • Thank You! I have been trying to say that all day, but they blame caleb for the announcements of his sickness over and over again. That was Ryan and the judges that did that!

          • Jeremy says:

            Caleb wasn’t just sick, he lost most of his voice. That is serious! It had to be known. Not sure why Alex resorted to such a stupid tweet.

    • CAM says:

      Agreed. I admit Caleb has a good voice, but I don’t find anything original about him. I was really hoping for a Jena/Alex finale. If NH had picked Fairytale for him to sing. he might not have gone home. Does anyone know if it was in the list of songs they could vote for?

      • Thea says:

        I believe someone on another recap said it was between Story of My Life and A Team. You know how the producers love their short lists. :sigh:

  15. Kaba says:

    At this point I’m almost inclined to believe he’ll win.
    I like a Caleb/Jena finale though I would have preferred an Alex/Jena one.
    Sorry, ever since I saw Caleb I never once considered him Idol winning material.
    This could have been a Caleb/Anyone (minus CJ, Ben, Dexter) finale and I would have sooner seen the other person winning than Caleb. Not once have I ever looked at Caleb and felt “he could legit be the next American Idol”.
    Way I see it? I’m voting for Jena next week.

  16. kp says:

    So disappointed.

  17. Maya says:

    Well of course Caleb made the finale, because the production made sure to let us know that #CalebIsSick to tell us that we should vote for someone the judges have been lying to us about that for weeks (goosies from pitch problems… Frickin JLo)
    Guess what? #AlexIsAlsoSick so why did we not know about it?
    Can we just instant save Alex? Please?

    • Owen says:

      Okay, really. Why would production care who is in the final two? If it’s for ratings then why did they go to all the trouble to give Jessica the “bitch edit” and then not pimp her to see what would happen? If it’s for the recording, Jena, Alex and Jess are way more marketable then Caleb. Production doesn’t give a rat’s ass who will win this thing. There is no “script” Keith is following (really Slezak?) Now, the judges have favorites. They obviously bias the viewers toward these favorites. Which is their prerogative (we may not like it but there isn’t anything unfair about it). It was far worse in the Simon days when Simon had a financial stake in whoever wins. And really, judge pimping doesn’t even work. The panel Lee DeWyze’s year practically gave the crown to Crystal Bowersox early on, praising her every week, anointing her at the finale. But the American public have their own ideas. I know life is unfair and your Idol doesn’t make it through and it’s easier to put the blame on someone tangibly there. But come on.

      • Dave says:

        Owen, stop making sense as you will surely confuse the obsessives! Oh, I must be an idiot, they will always fall back on their confirmation bias and immediately write you off as naïve. No confusion for them.

      • Anise says:

        Well said. Viewers get upset if judges give lukewarm critiques, saying that their lack of support hurts the contestant’s voting chances. However, viewers also get upset if the judges shower the contestant with praise, claiming they’re only doing it to lull fans in complacency and skip voting. Like you said, in the end, the public votes for what it wants and the impact of the judges is at best occasional and extremely limited (probably even more now that caps have been placed on voting).

        Also, does anyone really think the producers are smart enough to manipulate an entire nation of viewers into voting any particular way? We are talking about the same people who keep bringing Randy back, after all…

      • HTGR says:

        Is that you TPTB?
        .
        Anyway, yeah of course some of the conspiracy stuff is wack, but it’s proven that some is real, so can you blame people for bringing it up every possible chance? The show has only itself to blame. (and if you’ve ever been behind the scenes of TV, you’ll see how much more faked up it is than you think)
        .
        So yeah probably 70% of the claims are just tin foil stuff, but sad fact is, probably 30% of it IS for real and again, the show jumped the shark a while back and you can’t blame anyone for always seeing the worst manipulation in every little thing at this point (anmd sometimes the claims WILL be spot on truth).

        • Ben says:

          Unfortunately HTGR you are right about the fact that the show has done itself no favours in the past with manipulation. However, I think Owen is right here – the producers do not care who wins. And if they did, they would be looking to eliminate Caleb, not keep him in, for marketability purposes.

          However, the producers are much more likely to care who is eliminated. Take the saving of Sam. They want to keep certain people because they have a perception it keeps a certain dynamic. Regardless of the fact that I do believe the judges opinions are their own, I don’t think the choice to save necessarily is.

          A lot of it is tinfoil hat. But small things – things that can be justified as remaining within the context of a ‘fair’ contest – definitely do happen.

  18. Jenna says:

    Can we please discuss Alex’s final performance? What a way to go. That was incredible. He was so dynamic and raw. Excuse the vague cliché, but, he left it all on the stage. So glad he chose to sing his original too, because it just shows that from beginning to end, he was a genuine, bonafide artist. I’m really proud of him and I have no doubt that he will be successful.

    • Shel says:

      Totally agree. Alex killed it tonight. Love his original and cannot wait to see where he goes next – I’m sure it is going to be great. I was sad to see him go. I liked all of the Top 4 performers, but had been giving the bulk of my votes to Alex and Jena. I thought I would be happy and sad whatever the outcome, which is what has happened. But…..I realized that I am more disappointed about Caleb making it to the end than I thought I would be. I can’t shake that interview, and watching him during his hometown visit, I couldn’t help wondering when he thanked people, was he sincere, or were those the people that had p*ssed him off?
      .
      That said, Caleb has seemed a little “off” to me for weeks now. His face is often completely blank. He becomes animated answering a question or performing, then back to blank-faced-stare. I do wonder what is up with him – maybe the whole Idol grind was too much for him. Maybe it was extreme tiredness – I felt like I saw some “blankness” from Jena and Alex last night and tonight. Hope they all can get a little rest!

      • Danny says:

        Shel- you’ve got some interesting observations. I’m asking this seriously, are you by any chance a psychiatrist? If not, are you a people watcher?
        ..
        My answer to you would be to the best I can recall, top 3 week usually is off some. They add a song, go home, and have less time to prepare. So while it’s probably a lot of fun for the contestants, it’s also probably very draining. That would be my guess. I thought all 3 were a bit run down too.

        • Shel says:

          Thanks, Danny. I have enjoyed reading your posts on here. I am a people watcher from way back. ;>

          I think they were all probably sick too, if Alex as honest last night. I can’t imagine how tired they must be! They were at hometowns on the weekend, and didn’t even find out two of their songs until then. Alex is someone, I think, who really works his rehearsals. I think that’s what was a little bit missing from his Randy’s Pick performance – one more day.

        • HTGR says:

          yeah contestants have said in the past that they are exhausted beat heading into top three and then top 3 is the craziest most exhausting week of all and they are just wiped

      • They are prob all so exausted.

    • Sandy says:

      You are so right about Alex! Very talented, sensitive artist. We’ll be seeing a lot of him. You don’t have to come in first on Idol to win millions of fans. Just ask Adam Lambert.

    • Jeremy says:

      Alex has a good voice but he isn’t a powerhouse. It made perfect sense for him to go home. If Alex is smart he will move to LA and audition for bands and make it on his own. All he has to do is look for bands that need a singer and he will have his pick. Just do not go back to Mont Vernon. Stay in LA dude and just audition for a killer band!

      • TAG says:

        One of Alex’s band members is in engineering school and is in a professional band as he manages his full time studies. The other one got into Berklee and continues to write prolific music. Both are excellent musicians. He doesn’t need to look for better talent.

        • Jeremy says:

          Those factors do not necessarily mean they are the right musicians for Alex’s band though. They might be. He should move to LA, and gather whatever musicians he wants. Rent a recording studio, practice with the band. and get his songs down. Record demos then send it out ASAP and get signed. The question is can Alex write enough good songs for a full album? We don’t know. If not, he should join someone else’s band or find a co collaborator. He should use top 3 AI as a huge selling point. But would he songs be interesting or good enough to have a huge fan base? We also don;t know. That’s the problem with AI is it is singing other people’s songs. Vocal chops does not equal quality song writing.

  19. Brigette says:

    Called this top two weeks ago, although I was hoping it would be Alex instead. Caleb is talented, but Alex is the real deal–an artist all around and a classy guy. If Jena doesn’t win, I will be surprised, shocked. I can’t imagine Caleb beating her. I just can’t.

  20. David H says:

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Harry was personally disappointed that Alex didn’t make it into the finale. I contend that he would not have stood for Caleb.

    • Flicker says:

      Interesting, I had that same feeling watching Harry tear up at the end.

    • Kaba says:

      Of course Harry wanted Alex in the finale. Harry’s a musician and of all the contestants Alex is the only musician. Sure the rest of them have instruments and stuff but, no. Look back at the intricate things Harry would commend the kid on. Ending on the 9 is one of many things.
      Can’t say I disagree with Harry on it either. A few weeks ago a finale with Alex would have left me thinking it was bound for boredom, but I change my mind on that. Oh well, I think he would have had the most superior coronation song.

      • MAB says:

        Jena and Caleb’s songs are available on iTunes. Does anyone know whether Alex’s will be too or are they just going to chuck his. So far I can’t find it on iTunes.

      • Jeremy says:

        Alex lacks originality. He sounds like a mix between ColdPlay, David Gray and Jason Miraz. Jessica was a copy of Stevie Nicks. Phillip Phillip was such a Dave Matthews rip off. Seriously, I wish AI did not accept rip offs and applauded more originality. But Alex has a great voice and if he moves to LA and auditions for bands he will be good. Something tells me he will go back to NH though.

        • Kaba says:

          You can’t honestly say Alex lacks originality and not peg Caleb for the same right. Can you?

          • Jeremy says:

            I think Caleb isn’t that original, you are right. But I don’t feel like he is copying like Phillip Phillips with Dave Matthews or Jessica with Stevie Nicks. I feel Caleb is being himself, and not emulating anyone. He seems more versatile than Alex. Alex is pretty much Jason Miraz style with a bit of that boring new pop stuff I just hate. Caleb sang Lady Gaga, Zeppelin, Adele and sounded great with them. That shows more versatility to me. But Alex has a great voice and very few mistakes, so if he is smart, he will move to LA and audition for bands and start playing gigs. He’ll be good. Forget about the show, find your own way. If he goes back to Month Vernon NH he’s done. Alex top 3 from AI, the guy could have tons of bands to chose from, or start his own. He needs to stay in LA though.

    • Shel says:

      I disagree. I am pretty sure that Harry has stood for every voted out contestant, at least for the last half of the season. I have thought that was a very nice tribute to each of the artists whose time had come. I was very pleased to see him stand firs for Alext, however. I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry remains a mentor in some way to Alex.

  21. Kaba says:

    Even without spoilers I just knew Alex was toast tonight.
    The only one to be given the JLo split screen treatment? I am convinced that anyone who gets the JLo treatment in any way shape or form is destined to lose. If she isn’t kissing your ass then pray she isn’t burning it because you won’t prosper if she is.
    I’m also 100% convinced he knew he was going home. He tweeted that he was annoyed, and then his slightly irksome girlfriend came to his aid and showered him with a consolation speech about how much she loves him and stuff.

    • karenb says:

      I agree -I think Alex knew. He looked pissed tonight. Not sad.

      • Kaba says:

        He took that L far too easily in my eyes. Call him impossible to emote with his face but there is no way in hell someone would be that unphased unless they knew from the get-go

        • Shel says:

          I don’t know if he knew-knew, maybe just felt it. He mentioned on his hometown date to someone that even if he left this week, he thought he had a good run. That person corrected him, saying he had a GREAT run. I agree. (Lacking any confidence might not be surprising considering how JLo had spent last week “judging” his performances as not as “big” as others.)

    • Gailer says:

      I think Jlo gave it away, she knew

      • Maureen says:

        He knew when his hometown wasn’t able to chose “Fairytales” (his original song), nor one of his best performances (e.g. “Always on My Mind” or “Say Something), but they gave Caleb “Dazed and Confused.”

        • Erin says:

          This is all One Direction’s fault!! Ok, maybe not directly, but why couldn’t Alex sing any of the songs you mentioned or even “Falling Slowly”?? He’s had so many sweet moments on that stage.

      • Jeremy says:

        I knew it was Caleb and Jena about 5 weeks ago. How could you not?

    • Jeremy says:

      The editor had no idea who was leaving. Seriously you guys and your AI conspiracies are just lost. Some editor did the split screen and did not have the results.

      • MAN says:

        I am sure the editor knew Alex was leaving. There was a leak before the show even aired who was being eliminated on twitter. I think even Alex knew he was going. I am not saying in was a conspiracy but it was certainly something. Why would Alex’s homecoming be the only one with a split screen of JLo and from her face I knew the leak was true and Alex was going to be eliminated.

      • Kaba says:

        It’s not a conspiracy? Please stop putting words in my mouth, it was just a rough guess based on his reaction…and the fact that there were spoilers released.
        It doesn’t help that prior to the night he tweeted that he was “annoyed”.
        Jillian went all mushy girlfriend showering him with I Love You’s and You’re A Winner type stuff.

  22. Jobless says:

    This is the right finale imo, but Jena is the only correct winner so it really wasn’t that big of a deal to me as long as she got through.

    • Jeremy says:

      I do not like Jena’s voice. Not the only correct winner. Her voice is not pleasant for me and sound like a 17 year old high school talent show. She has range, but clearly sounds like she is amateur. But I just do not like the sound of her voice. Would like to see a real rocker win for once!

  23. Beth T says:

    Would have preferred Jena and Alex, but it almost doesn’t matter since I’m Team Jena all the way!
    (Caleb with Kiss? He’s no Adam Lambert!)

    • LibbyxD says:

      Not a big Adam fan here but I had the same thought as you did. That was a great performance with Adam and Kiss. There is no way in hell Caleb is going to ever come close to that.

      And-oh yeah-major eye roll at Caleb when he heard about Kiss. Didn’t he fall down or something? Oh the drama

      • AlyB says:

        He tried to jump into his brothers arms complete with wrapping his legs around him. Of course that didn’t work out so well. His brother couldn’t hold on to him and just kind of dropped him on the stage. What I found odd was how instead of saying how thrilled he was, he kept saying “that’s my brother’s favorite band. My brother loves KISS.”

    • Jessica says:

      I’m for Caleb but didn’t like the Kiss idea either. That was Adam and they already played. Not a good choice by AI

  24. MAB says:

    I haven’t complained all season about the JLo close ups but for the love of God why did they have a split screen of her during Alex’s homecoming. That was totally off.
    I wanted an Alex/Jena finale. I am hoping for a Jena win now because I just can not imagine Caleb as the American Idol. He is such a loose canon.
    I am positive Alex is going to do fine. He has so much talent and I think out of the three he will have the most success.

    • Gailer says:

      I’m voting for Jena! I can’t let meatloaf win this poor show 😄

    • Jeremy says:

      I have complained all season about the damn JLo cam and jumped up about to attack my TV when it was split screen at Alex’s hometown. What the hell is that? Please, someone tell me what board meeting decided we must watch JLo’s face constantly?

  25. karenb says:

    Every season when the top 3 have their visits I always remember Kris Allen’s “don’t cry Momma”. Gahhh

  26. Jill Moya says:

    Well, every year I pick 2 singers from their first auditions and every year my picks get to the top 2, winning about half the time! Only exception was season 6, I had Doolittle to win! She made 3rd place. I picked Briana Oakley and Caleb Johnson! I think I’m a decent judge of talent! Well, at least America got rid of the 2 wannabe talents, Jess MISS PERSONALITY, and Alex, MR. HANDSOME! I posted yesterday Alex was leaving today! Oh well, what’s his autograph worth now (as if it would ever be worth a dime)??????

    • ayhr hhh says:

      If you predicted Kris Allen to win before the live rounds, then I have a bridge to sell you.

      • CAM says:

        My guess is Jill is boasting a bit too much.

      • Jill Moya says:

        I had Adam Winning, actually! I guess I shouldn’t have boasted like I did but I feel pretty good this year about doing so well! I still think Oakley had the best voice and should be here….for sure!

    • LOL! Jessica has a certain type of personality so your “title” is invalid! You always poop on Jess, Jill! Give it a rest! I love that woman!

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Up-vote for the sexy Australian man!

      • Jeremy says:

        Have you not heard Stevie Nicks, Jess copies her.

        • They sound a bit similar, but I can live with that. I DIG IT. There, tell me I can’t and shouldn’t buy her music.

          • Jeremy says:

            You can like whoever you like, but I don’t think Jessica can go far if she sounds just like Stevie Nicks. The only time I thought she sounded good were those times when she didn;t sound like Stevie Nicks. I think it’s intentional. AI has this problem of people trying to too hard to be someone else and the judges do not seem to find it a problem. Then I’d look in her eyes and I would just see a psycho. Like the kind of chick grab a knife in the middle of the night.

        • Taste is subjective so what you’ve told me is completely irrelevant ( I kinda like her stoic and seemingly PSYCHO endeavor inside) and while I agree that Jessica isn’t gonna blow up in the mainstream market, I believe she can carve out a living for herself in her niche, and I will buy anything she’s going to put out that is GOOD. And I’ve heard her originals on YouTube and the woman is very good, and I’m not praising her as a fan but as an objective person who is inclined to singing and songwriting,

          • Jeremy says:

            I respect your opinion. I just as disturbed by the Stevie Nicks part and her personality. I can;t stand any AI contestant that emulates another singer. I really liked Holly Cavanaugh 2 years ago. I thought that girl was golden.

        • Thank you. Different strokes for different folks, been that way ever since.

        • Oops. It’s “demeanor”, not “endeavor.” (Though the latter also fits)

      • Jill Moya says:

        M J,

        Keep it up! THE WET NOODLES ARE WAITING FOR YA!

    • Ben says:

      Jill, you really are just ever so slightly annoying, did you know that? What is the point of getting a signature for ‘what its worth’? Signatures are rarely worth money. If Alex was to turn into a global superstar and then drop dead a few months later, it might. This is not the 50s. People get signatures for themselves, to demonstrate and remind themselves that they were there at a certain place and time.

      I have a number of signatures of far more famous people than anyone who has been on Idol. Would they sell for anything worth selling them for? No.

      PS its not hard to pick people who make the idol finale from Hollywood Week. I always pick who I think will win at that point. I had Clay, Fantasia, Carrie, Katharine, Cookie, Adam, Crystal, Scotty, Jessica and Candice. This year, I had Caleb. Yep, I missed season 6 as well, I had Melinda. I honestly don’t think this is much of a brag. For one thing, how is it a good judge of talent? I also though Haley was completely useless and was going to end up being a season 10 Sanjaya at that point. For another thing, I don’t think having a good eye for who will get votes is the same as having a good eye for talent at all. Am I to believe Lazaro was more talented that Burnell? Dexter more talented than Malaya? No. The only real skill it is, is spotting who is going to be popular enough to win, not who is going to be talented enough to win.

      • Jill Moya says:

        BEN,

        First of all, I pick 2 contestants from their ORIGINAL AUDITIONS! People I know are amazed year after year when I open my envelope! I put their names in a sealed envelope. This year I had Brianna Oakley and Caleb Johnson written down, in that order! I’m sorry you don’t approve of my comments about Jess, Alex etc. I felt they were overrated and shouldn’t have went as far as they did. Others have called fellow commentary LOSERS, MORONS and worse and once in awhile someone will complain. With me, everyone complains! At least I don’t say Loser, Moron, etc. I’m entitled to my opinions so relax, it’s not the end of the world that I make comments that aren’t popular to most!

      • Jill Moya says:

        BEN,

        NOT MUCH OF A BRAG???? Here’s an unknown singer singing “FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE!” I heard get for 5 seconds when I wrote her name down TO WIN! She by rights should have one! That was the worst I ever did from picking 2 from original auditions! I always hit the winner or runner up! KARAOKE BATTLE USA was a great show in 2011! The winner wins the USA title, then gets to compete against many countries in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN IRELAND! I heard Cassandra Mae sing for about 10 seconds and told my friends present that Cassandra will win USA and WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! Well, she won it all! I don’t like to brag but my record speaks for itself and is the truth! So, check out CASSANDRA MAE JOPP! She can sing and has great showmanship! She is better than Carrie Underwood who hardly has a vibrato! So, you saying I don’t have a knack for talent is incorrect! I may be bragging and you may feel I’m arrogant! Truth of the matter is it’s all true and I’m not ashamed to admit how good I am at judging talent! If that’s bragging…..SO BE IT! THANKS! JILL!

        • Jill Moya says:

          BEN,

          I Typed in a few words wrong…Hope you can figure ‘em out!

          When I pick my 2 original singers to win A I, I seal names in an envelope! I don’t listen to all first auditions, then decide. The 2 can be in the first part of the first show! I don’t change my mind and open the envelope to redo the picks, even If I later like someone else! So, I feel I am a great judge of talent and I won’t mention it ever again, and thanks for reading all this BEN! JILL!

    • marie says:

      Will you kindly shut the hell up about Alex’s looks already? And just go crawl back under your rock too. You’ve been stinking up this comments section for far too long now. Thank you.

      • Jill Moya says:

        Marie,

        TEMPER, TEMPER! You must have low self esteem as you use lower case for the “M” in your name! Did you go to school?????? Anyway my answer to you is….DON’T HATE ME CAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL!

  27. carol says:

    Alex is a musical genius. He will go on to great things.

  28. Rbotha says:

    Caleb making the top 2 is an insult to Chris Daughtry, James Durbin, and Adam Lambert. Alex deserved it much more.

  29. danin says:

    I think Caleb brings fun to this show. Yeah,he’s goofy and all and he’s also fun.Yeah, it was curious that we see a shot of his father at the end on stage. And maybe there is some heartbreak in his family. If so I hope he finds real love somewhere..I also love the music he sings.It’s a welcome counter balance to today’s bubble gum music. It was good to see Elliott.Now if they would only let him sing!

    • OH MY GOSH You just said everything I agree with . He is super funny and makes the show more exciting and you can tell the judges , producers, and the band even just love him. He is good times! He always fist pumps everyone and hugs everyone. I love it!

      • Jessica says:

        “Confidence is key” and that is going to help you win in life also lol. Caleb and Jena definitely helped make this season fun!

      • Jill Moya says:

        HI BECCA,

        I did pick Caleb to win! I’m not thrilled with his personality but who cares! He can rock! You have been his biggest supporter and I am so glad he made it, especially since you wanted it that way! At least FROSTY THE SNOWMAN WITH THE VALUABLE AUTOGRAPH IS GONE! Next on the list is classy dresser MUMBLES….SHE’LL LOSE! Thanks Becca.

        • Frosty the snowman, and before that the Stepford Wife. Cant wait for next week! Dirty Diaper Pail Pants is next to go.

          • LOL Stepford Wife! But I must say, I find wooden and stoic personalities appealing! I guess something’s wrong with me!

          • Well I can actually understand that! Its the mystery. If they are kind of “stepford” then you say, Whats going on in that brain?, Cant tell what the person is thinking at all, so it is very mysterious. Which can be alluring!

        • At least caleb doesnt wear Tom Sawyers rolled up pants or Betty Boops Diaper Pail ballon pants!

        • Oh I see that this vicious “know it all” stalker lady is commenting to you too. God she must have a terrible life.

          • Jill Moya says:

            Becca,

            You are too kind! SHE IS NO “LADY!”

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I think I found the perfect way to make you realize how annoying you are to the rest of us. Every time you call someone, be it an Idol contestant, a famous singer, or a fellow commenter, a mean name, I am going to reply with “BULLY ALERT!” Maybe that will let you know when you have crossed the line. Why am I reacting? Because your hate button gets triggered every time someone says something nice about Jessica, Jena, or whoever else you dislike, and you can’t let anyone say anything nice about them without saying something nasty and hurtful in reply. So get ready, because now I’m pulling the trigger on you.

          • Who Oh! are you talking about he stalker who is answering and looking for all of our posts? Or someone else?

          • Leah Kitty, As far as the bully alert thing. Everyone on here is super mean and super full of hate so I will fight back for the contestant I like just like everyone else does. This is actually the first site EVER That I have posted comments. First time ever meaning just posting here only and just started posting about 3 weeks ago. Cant believe how mean people are and I did start out as a nice person when I started 3 weeks ago. I was respectful about everyones contestant, but now as the weeks have gone by, The caleb bashing is so extreme and hateful that I cant wait for the whole damn thing to be over. And until then I will bash right back just like every other mean person. Some lady name Eileen posted here and said this was the most hateful caleb bashing site and the other ones are not like this. I hope that stalker stays away from me too.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Caleb’s Wacko Fan, that was directed at Jill, not you. And not everyone here is mean and hateful. Angie, Ben, Danny, Elizabeth, Jena in Caps, Marie, Thea, Darcy the Slut and her Evil Twin, and lots of others are polite and respectful with their opinions. I’m sorry you got such a bad first impression of this blog; for the most part, we are really good people.
            And for the record, I like Caleb. My boyfriend loves his style of singing and theatrics, and hearing Caleb sign makes me think of him. He’s like the music my dad listens to. And I have forgiven him for his careless use of the R-word. And I would be okay with him winning. I’d even buy his album. We don’t all hate him as much as you think.

          • OhThank You Leah Kitty. I have met a few nice ones! After american idol is over I doubt that I will go on another blog. I hardly use my computer(for anything) until 3 weeks ago when I came here. If this is what social media is like, than I dont want a part in it after the show is over. At this point I dont even care who wins. Im so frustrated, it makes me want to cry. Im just glad caleb will get a new car, both will. I think he has a more unfortunate life than Jena. I also hope him and Jena have a good time at her prom. It will all work out in the end. The top 2 always get signed, so just even that coupled with the new cars makes it ok and that just might be enough!

          • Leah Kitty. Im happy to inform you also that the people you named(the nice people), none of them are the STALKER women I was talking about. I dont want to say her name thinking it would just make her follow me more!

  30. Kim Moores says:

    Can we stop to imagine Caleb being crowned as the American Idol? No?
    That’s what I thought.
    That honestly might be the most…catastrophic(?) thing to happen for the show if he is.
    I dunno you guys, I seriously cannot imagine a world in which Caleb goes on to succeed in the industry. I really can’t.

    • Holly says:

      Agreed. Yes, he can scream like a “real” rocker, but he is as fake as the Emperor’s clothes!

      • Kim Moores says:

        He just seems more vintage than an antique store. Not something I’d listen to. He’s entertaining, but not a worthy winner.

      • loribell says:

        +1

      • Jill Moya says:

        LEAH,

        You need a HATER ALERT! I don’t BULLY anyone! I give my opinion! I was actually gonna agree with you on a couple of your posts but decided not to! Why would I associate with a person who is so hateful? Mind your own Business! If someone wants to fire back at me, let them reply! What are you, MADAM ENFORCER of the site??????

        • JILL YES. THAT BULLY ALERT, She posted under me. To call anybody out as a bully on this site is ridiculous! What,? They can bash caleb on 3 different pages of crap and I am supposed to stay neutral. Everyones bullys here! And I started out nice 3 weeks ago. NOT ANYMORE. Hand me the wire hanger. Some people think they are the boss of this comment site!

        • LeahKittyS says:

          @Jill Moya
          So calling people delusional, tone-deaf, or comical when they’re not trying to be, all of which you have done…you don’t consider that bullying? Making people afraid to express their opinions, that’s not bullying? Making people afraid to even read the comment section because someone is spewing venom on their favorite singer, that isn’t bullying in your eyes?
          Well, I don’t know your life experience, but I certainly know what bullying is. To me, you sound exactly like the boys in 8th grade who made me afraid to come to school. The ones who called me names and mooned me and did things to trigger my Asperger’s outbursts and get in trouble with the teachers. You have brought out the worst in me, just like they did. They all knew that I love American Idol, one of the things they picked on me for. Adam, is that you behind this alias? Carlos? Jake? Josh? Nick? Ozzie? Tyler? If it is any of you, knock it off. You’re giving me serious PTSD.

          • Jill Moya says:

            LEAH,

            Calling someone TONE DEAF is not MORON or LOSER! I WOULD NEVER CALL PERSONS THAT! I give my opinions! I compliment people too and as much as I disliked MOOSE (JESSICE), I admitted I felt bad when she cried and I also said I give her credit for trying! I have a heart, contrary to popular belief! I get a lot of people who hate my comments! Oh well, to each their own! I respect that! So take off the BULLY ALLERT! YOU ARE TOO MEAN…LOL! HOW BAD CAN A PERSON BE WHO WILL FED EX A SPECIAL SHARPENED WIRE HANGER TO BECCA TO BATTLE HER STALKER AND CALEB HATERS??????????

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Bully Alert! You called Jessica that name again. That is not the sign of a mature adult.
            It doesn’t matter what the name is, if you call someone something other than their real name, or an approved nickname, that is bullying and I will flag people for it. Jessica did not approve of being called an animal, and neither did the writer of this blog. So it’s off limits. I tolerate it once or twice, but you’ve been doing it for weeks. So knock it the hell off.

          • HTGR says:

            Yup, you’d never be personally super mean to a contestant and never call the miserable ugly B who should be hacked up with a wire hanger something like a moron or a loser, good grief, no way!! I can’t believe someone actually thinks you’d call the scu###g ugly zombie joke of a contestant either of those two words! Where ever could they get such an idea??? Where?????

          • Jacob says:

            everybody is tired/bored with you constantly trotting out your apparent “Asperger’s victim card”, you are disgusting and if bullied, you probably deserve it!

  31. Denise says:

    This was the producers picks from the beginning of the season. They bookended the shows week after week, did multiple weeks of duets together, JLo and Keith promoted them as the final two…and honestly, I don’t think either one is very talented. I stopped watching last week and don’t care who wins, but I wish the judges and producers would take a lesson from Harry on being impartial.

    • Kaba says:

      That’d require they grow a backbone and learn how to not be strong armed by the producers just out of fear of losing a check.

      • mary says:

        Seriously, I don’t think either JLo or Keith needs the check.

        • HTGR says:

          You’d be surprised. Sometimes the more you have the more you need. Yeah they sure as heck don’t need to sell out, certainly not JLo, so it was pretty sad to see her do that instant 180 in S10.

  32. Kimbo says:

    Fine with the final 2.
    Chances are the only people I’ll remember from the season are Malaya, Majesty, Alex, and Jena. Maybe Sam if he produces anything as magical as his song “I Tried”

  33. jaxguy says:

    Caleb has, by far, been the most entertaining performer this season. His vocals are extremely strong. The problem I think for most people is they only care about rock from the 80’s, at least the ones who watch Idol. Caleb is the best pure rocker they have had in a very long time. I would love for him to win.

  34. kp says:

    Sigh. Just one more boring pop princess and an over cocky young man who only sings in tune when he is full out yelling. Oh well perhaps next year……

    • Jenna says:

      I’d hardly call Jena a “pop princess.” She has performed various Alternative staples on the show, from “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence to “Creep” by Radiohead. Heck, she’s performing with Paramore next week, one of the most influential alternative artists in the industry right now. She has also dabbled with some electric dance music. I don’t think it’s fair to label her like that, when she’s actually pretty versatile. I can’t say much about Caleb, though. I was begging for Alex in the finale.

      • GuitarBlue says:

        I like Jena and she has brought some youthful sparkle and a few surprise type of songs to the mix……………………………………………….

        Although I can rarely understand the words in what she’s singing. Oh well, a lot of today’s top 200 songs are hip-hop / rap music is beyond understanding the lyrics as well.

  35. Dakota says:

    Took me 9 min to ff thru tape of show, didn’t care at all who was going home, didn’t want to hear one friggin’ word from JLo. If Kiss is going to be on finale, will ff that also because Gene Simmons talking and/or singing makes me homicidal. Maybe Sam W can sing with them, just for a little surprise. Okay, going to watch Elementary.

    • JJ says:

      Elementary is wonderful tonight so good choice. Caleb and his brother look like the local stoner kids going nowhere fast. I work in a high school and I tried to imagine what kind of young ‘rock’ fan would call Kiss his favorite band – it’s kind of sad.

  36. Brittney says:

    I’m really upset
    I will not be watching the finale next week because the only one I cared about just got eliminated.
    I hope Alex gets signed. I know I will be buying anything he releases.
    I’m glad that Alex went out on a high and singing his original song though

    • Penny says:

      I won’t watch the finale either. Yuck!! Such a disappointment.

    • tealeaves says:

      Alex did you out on a high note. You got that right. He was the best this week on performance night. All three songs were very good. Then for his sing off he was able to sing his own lovely song.
      He had never been in the bottom all season. I was a bit shocked he then got voted off after having such a good night on Wednesday.

  37. P says:

    I’ve been rooting for Alex since he auditioned. He has been the only contestant who CONSISTENTLY took risks and changed things up. Was he perfect? Of course not, but he was always genuine. He’s the only contestant in years that I’ve said I’d actually buy his album after it’s all over. It’s a shame to see him not being able to compete for the crown. Jena deserves her spot. She’s proven that she’s capable of taking risks and being ready for radio and live performances. Caleb is good, I can’t deny that, but his personality is just so off putting. Regardless of what he said during that interview, he was boring and cocky and just seemed like someone who’d annoy the heck out of me. I hope Jena is able to win over him. I don’t want him to be the new face of Idol.

  38. Lu says:

    So happy Caleb is in the top 2. I would have liked it to be Jena going home though. Caleb has been by far the best singer this season. He deserves the win. I know he will make it no matter the outcome and I will be buying his music.

  39. c says:

    You know what I like about this group? It’s like they KNEW they were in a crappy situation. They KNEW that JLO was getting 65% of their screen time. They probably knew that the ratings were down and the naysayers wee putting them lower than the ideal Idol seasons.

    But the Hunger Games reference just reminded me how supportive the contestants have been to each other all season. This might be one Idol tour with going to.

    As long as Ms Lopez isn’t there.

    • HTGR says:

      Yeah the Hnger Games reference was a cool thing they did.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Continuing with the Hunger Games joke I made yesterday:
      If the Top 13 Idols ever break out of prison after poisoning Per Blankens, they ought to slip a few berries in J-Lo’s wine next. And how about Randy’s while they’re at it?

  40. LeahKittyS says:

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

    Step 1: Go to leahlovesnature.deviantart.com
    Step 2: Look in the box on the left hand side entitled “Newest Deviations.” There should be four squares with writing in them; click on the top left one. It will be marked with today’s date (5/15).
    Step 3: Feel free to comment either here or there.

    I’m bummed. My fellow Wildcat fell just short of the finale, just like my home-state girl Angie Miller. But I’m not surprised; New Englanders aren’t as passionate about voting for their Idols. And I know he’s gonna be fine out there. As soon as he makes an album, I’ll buy it. Heck, I might go and get his old EP on iTunes. And my boyfriend is happy that Caleb is in the finale. And I got my Jena. I had a feeling it was going to be close. So here’s to an exciting finale and the end of another season!

    • Shel says:

      Thanks for posting the website and directions! I am late to this party and wondered how to find out what I was missing. ;> Can’t wait to check it out!
      .
      I’m very glad Jena made it to the Finals. I thought I would be happy with any combo of the Final 4, but have become a Jena super-fan these last weeks. The only finale that would have totally bummed me out would have been one without her.

    • Danny says:

      Alternative Step 1. Re-arrange your sock drawer.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Wow, Danny, why are you turning on me at the very end of the season? Or is this someone else posting under Danny’s name?

        • Danny says:

          Leah ya must know that I could not pretend any longer.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            But, but, but…I don’t understand. You’re the one who asked if I was going to do a follow to “American Idol Horror Story.” You gave me the all clear when I told you my idea. And you’ve had my back this whole time. You put me up to embarrassment! If you hadn’t asked for another story, I wouldn’t have done one this year! When I said I was commissioned, you were the one I meant! Tell me this is some kind of sick joke!

        • Danny says:

          No, I’m not turning on ya. It’s probably Jill or just whoever. I just got done reading it. I’m at my folks for the night.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Phew. Okay, good. Ignore my rant below; I posted it before I saw the truth.

          • Danny says:

            All’s good. If ya think about it, when I don’t agree with someone I like I’ll tell em without being a dink about it. A lot of times it makes for fun debate.
            ..
            Of course I’m a dink about the judges. They get paid millions and are irritating. They don’t count though.
            ..
            With your story there’s nothing to disagree about. So my guess is that it’s some guy who thinks he’s going to get a date with Lopez for “saving” her on a blog she doesn’t even read.

          • Danny says:

            One last thing. I’m off to bed here (how do I end up going to my folks and tell someone I’ve never met that I’m off to bed instead of my mom and dad? Yeesh!!). So if anymore Danny’s reply tonight, they’re not me. Adios and keep up the good work.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            LOL Thanks, Danny. Good to know we’re still friendly. Sweet dreams. :)

          • JENAinCAPS says:

            I don’t get this Danny imposter business at all. It’s discouraging witnessing cruel behavior towards nice people. If the original friend Danny is innocent and I tend to believe he is, then the cruel, imposter Danny is bullying both Leah and her friend. It’s so wrong!
            .
            I’ve been to the kingdom, Leah, and hope that while Alex is ensconced in the tower, he finds King Ruben’s diary inspiring reading material. Surely Alex will get some rest, relax and then start writing new songs. : )

          • Danny says:

            I’m back. My folks had flooding troubles last night. Those pesky laundry tubs. Yesterday night and today I was taking care of it. I’m no pro, but I think I did a pretty good job.
            ..
            What Leah said above is pretty much true. She asked for opinions on her story this year. Like before she wrote it. I said I wanted it to be more positive (I think that’s what I said, it was something along those lines). Last year was too dark or something. Anyway, whatever I said to her about last years story was said in a way that we’re still friends. It’s not like I’m gonna start ripping her when this season’s story is a lot better. If only Lopez could improve like that. (Jussssssssssst joking)
            ..
            Anyway, Jena thanks for the props. I don’t feel the least bit bullied though. Yea some liar’s trying to get some kicks, but I think of bullying more along the lines of people who know someone making their life hell. This is pretty mild in the scope of life.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Hi, Danny! Good to hear your parents’ flooding problem is fixed. And for the record, last year’s story was only dark because of how rough last seas

          • Jill Moya says:

            Danny,

            I don’t play games…Twasn’t I! If a commentar slips on a banana peel, I’ll get blamed….LOL!

      • Thea says:

        C’mon, mods! You’ve singled people out before for multiple comments under the same IP address, can we get a little help here?

  41. Tim says:

    Caleb seemed surprisingly well tonight, as well as in the taped “post-show dinner.” That’s quite a recovery from being told 20 times last night how sick he was (yet never being told that Alex had to be on antibiotics). I hope next week’s voting crowd sees that as I do, a heavy-handed ploy for Caleb sympathy votes. He really comes across as egotistical and undeserving, even in the hometown visit. Yuck. That’s not an Idol imo. So, go Jena!

  42. Jill Moya says:

    I also think the Caleb homecoming was cocky on Caleb’s part! He is arrogant as heck! But, I picked him from day 1 and I just don’t like Mumbling Jena! I still feel many singers who were eliminated early are superior to these 2. We knew it would be these 2 in the final as they were the most consistent for many weeks now….at least I believed so! In a very strange kinda way, I would have liked to MAYBE see Alex win! REASON: THE FACES HE WOULD HAVE MADE WHILE THE CONFETTI FELL WOULD HAVE BEEN HILARIOUS! IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE COMEDY EVENT OF THE CENTURY!

    • Now that I imagine it, it would have looked totally awkward, and funny as hell. LOL

    • Jessica says:

      I always cringed at the idea of Alex winning *shudder*. Glad he made it to top 3 and glad he’s not in finale. I know he can’t his face (and poor guy can’t really smile big) but he definitely could have engaged with audience more. He couldn’t even hold my attention when talking. Him and Jessica both. Personality is needed in this business.

    • Keith says:

      It’s a singing contest,who cares if he is cocky

  43. Name This Tune says:

    Consider the precedent set last night.
    No more nice guys. We’ll be seeing more microphones getting whipped next season.

  44. NedPepper says:

    Blech. Caleb in the finals…thanks, JLo.

  45. Irina says:

    So done with this show!!!

  46. I wonder how Gene Simmons and Kiss feel about performing with a clown that called his fans “retards”…. Hmmm, they probably love it

    • Blank Slate says:

      Here’s all Gene Simmons cares about if performing:

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      And laughing all the way to the bank

      • Eric S says:

        You are so right about Kiss now. They are like a corporation. And Gene just cares about the profits.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I made the comment previously it will be nice to see them singing rather than on the financial programs.

      • deedee says:

        After 40 years of touring, that’s all I would care about, too. I imagine the novelty of performing wore off a couple of decades ago.

        • Blank Slate says:

          No. If you love art, you perform the same as if you’re starting out or 40 years down the road.

          KISS has always been merchandise -based before music making.

          • deedee says:

            That’s the thing – Kiss has always been a gimmicky rock act that happened to catch fire. I’m sure they’re all still amazed that it continues to have such a following.

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah, I mean just today from Led Zeppelin was saying, at 70, he’d love to get on stage and tour today still. I can’t say I ever got the KISS thing at all.

  47. Liz says:

    I so hope Jena wins, l can’t wait to buy her CD. If she does win, she will be the first winner since Fantasia who was ever in the bottom two or three.

    • Simon says:

      Candice was in the bottom 2 in top 4 week. And Kris was in the bottom 3 in top 5 week.

      • tealeaves says:

        As I recall, Kris was not in the bottom the week of top 5. Kris was never in the bottom. It is Adam that was in the bottom 3 that week. It was foreshadowing for what the final vote would be and yet many people were still shocked a couple weeks later.

        • MAB says:

          Both Kris and Adam were in the bottom along with Matt top 5 week. Kris was sent to safety first and Matt was eliminated.

    • Jill Moya says:

      LIZ,

      You and her parents will be the only persons buying!

  48. Marsha says:

    Really wanted a Jessica. Jena. Caleb top 3. I just did not care for Alex Preston. Therefore I am happy with the top 2 and will be happy with either result. I like both Caleb and Jena.Alex just left me cold. Maybe it’s an age thing I am 57 and Jena and Caleb are more in the style I like Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, Heart, Pat Benatar, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rush, and Neil Young. Would have loved Jena’s take on White Rabbit and Caleb’s on Keep Rockin In The Free World

    • Ro says:

      Marsha, I’m 57, but I don’t live in the past. Who would even recognize Caleb on the radio?

    • Jessica says:

      I always wonder why we can’t get some of that rock back? I think if Alex can be called current and “exciting” -so should Caleb. I know Caleb may hate it but i still always think of him being like Meatloaf and that is a compliment. We need more of that passion-today.

      • HTGR says:

        I think we can. People keep saying that he is so old fashioned, but really?
        .
        People forget that modern type pop, hip-hop/rap, singer/songwriter were all going on at the same time in the 80s.
        .
        So it’s hardly like rock is some old thing. It’s not like 1930s or 1950s or 1910s pop or something so out of era and place it won’t have much of a chance.
        .
        Modern pop culture basically got created during the 80s.
        .
        All that happened is the angsty/harder music crowd first went grunge and then pop culture went urban instead of suburban worshipping in the 90s and instead of hip-hop/rap being the undercurrent, rock became the undercurrent, but there is no reason it can’t flip back more into the front again, it’s not pre-modern era. I almost felt like it was about to happen last year, but then hip-hop/rap seemed to get a bit of a resurgence this year.

        • Jeremy says:

          Caleb does not sound like Meat Loaf just looks like him. Bat out of Hell from 1977 is one of the greatest rock albums of all time with some of the most spectacular vocals ever recorded. If you want to hear Meat Loaf in top form, listen to For Crying Out Loud. Caleb is in no way on that level. Caleb sounds more along the lines of Soundgarden/ Black Crows to me. For AI, he is great! For the real professional world, good, but not on the level of the true greats. For AI standards though. I am rooting for him and am 100% sure he will win.

  49. Eileen McCarville says:

    Why don’t most of you post a giant “Welcome to the Caleb Hatred Club” sign, including you, Slezak?! Caleb has an amazing voice, outstanding performance ability, precise pitch and, from what I can see, a caring and humble spirit. I’ve pretty much lost all respect for Slezak. Have you had any music training, Mr. S.? Or do you just enjoy insulting people who have real talent because you lack it yourself? I recall you treating Adam Lambert the same way.

    • Kim Moores says:

      Sorry people don’t like Caleb. Well…actually I’m not.
      You’re more than welcome to not be apart of the recap.
      I tend to do that when I’m not in favor of what I see being talked about.
      Please stop pulling the “Do you have any musical training” because if musical training was a necessity for assessing the show then majority of the voters would back off.

      • Eileen McCarville says:

        I am free to express my opinion. By the way, I asked Slezak that question, not you.

        • Kim Moores says:

          Eileen, the chances of Slezak even paying you the mind of day are slim as it is, trust me.
          “I am free to express my opinion”
          You mean just like everyone else? Yeah

          • Eileen McCarville says:

            To Kim Moores. Yes, I am free to express my opinion “just like everyone else.” And, if you read that sentence thoroughly, you will see that the question about music training is for Slezak. The comment about the sign is indeed for everyone because there are more negative and sometimes mean comments about Caleb here more than on any other site I’ve read.

          • Kim Moores says:

            What? Are you going to have some kind of nervous breakdown if I answer your question? Upset I’m telling you what practically anyone, Slezak included, would have said about your question?
            Funfact, JLo has no real musical training last time I checked. She’s paid to judge these people. Funny, huh?

        • Shel says:

          Not to nitpick, but your line was: “Why don’t most of you post a giant “Welcome to the Caleb Hatred Club” sign, including you, Slezak?! ”

          “Most of you” is not just asking one person. Adding “including you, Slezak” only makes sense if you had some people you were adding him to.
          .
          Not a big deal, I just read it as a question to the board, not just to Slezak. Besides, the point of a public board is that the public gets to comment. (Oh no, I definitely have Randy’s “obvious remark syndrome.”)

          • Eileen McCarville says:

            Yeah, I think you you do mean to nitpick, Shel. “Most of you” is to the majority of the commenters, including Slezak, who slam Caleb. I was under the impression that this is a “news” article which would be more objective. Rather, it reads more like an opinion piece which is subjective and would ruffle a few feathers.

          • deedee says:

            No, Ellen, this is not “news”, and Slezak is not obligated to be impartial and objective. Michael has his favourites every year, just like the rest of us. He’s also the best Idol recapper/analyst out there, and a pretty fantastic writer.
            .
            Also, you should realize that when you post on a public board, you should expect feedback from other posters. That’s the way it works.

          • deedee says:

            *sorry – Eileen, not Ellen.

        • Joe says:

          I have it on good authority Slezak is both Julliard & Berkley trained. He is not only a certified master of the pan flute but plays the French Horn like a young Boulliard DeChamps. He wrote his first opera at age 3 but then burned it while attempting to make grilled cheese with his mother’s iron. At age 6 he recorded a live album at Rikers Island penitentiary that was destroyed by mole people. He sang backup uncredited on Donna Summer & Barbara Streisand’s “No More Tears/Enough Is Enough” single but was blackballed from the recording industry for being in a constant state of ennui. You can often find him singing uninvited with Gospel choirs around the NYC area. He once sang a mash up of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Don’t Cry Out Loud at a NY Liberty basketball game but there was no one there to witness it other than Rosie O’Donnell who too distracted to hear it trying to get digits from a lanky power forward. He’s currently working on Broadway musical based on 2.5 hour version of Juice Newton’s Queen of Hearts sung in entirely in French. His musical credibility is impeachable Ellen.

          • Jan says:

            Hilarious, Joe! Glad I muddled through so many comments … almost quit reading, but I would have missed your genius remarks.

          • leftcoastl says:

            Joe, Joe, Joe…tell me your pen’s on payroll somewhere! Brilliant!

    • Just so everyone knows I googled vocal chord hemorrhage and I hope Slezak sees this. Adriana Grande and also singer Maxwell have had this injury, both had to cancel their tours. That is pretty serious. Also vocal chord hemorrhage can result in having to get surgery. This all came up when i googled it. So alex may have bronchitis but so does caleb . Caleb has bronchitis, sinusitis and this horrible vocal chord hemorrhage. He is way sicker. I also wonder if it is painful. I know I had just a normal throat infection once and it hurt so bad.

      • Eric S says:

        I have a feeling they played it up though. I don’t buy at all that he’s as sick as the two you mentioned.

      • Faye says:

        Caleb didn’t say “against doctor’s recommendations, I’m going to sing anyway” The doctor they trotted out approved him to perform so, in my opinion, he wasn’t in dire circumstances.
        I will be interested to hear what kind of edit Caleb gets next week.

        • Approved him to perform, but at the same time dont talk. Oh yah he was in fine shape.Lol

          • Jessica says:

            I agree Caleb’s fan. He had more going on than just bronchitis. Normally I’m not one for a Dr. coming on stage but his voice was pretty bad and he still sang well along with added more to his performance than Alex, who never has added much to anything besides changing a song around- which got him to the top 3.

          • Jessica Thank You, I think I lost a post somewhere, it disappeared. So yes I think he is very sick! He still did a better job than anyone, considering the circumstances.

          • I definitely think they played up his issue. I just don’t buy that Idol would have even let him perform if he was in that much trouble with his vocal chord.

          • Okay then why would they “play up” an issue with calebs vocal chords, when most of you always say the judges favor Jena and they are pimping jena to win. So then why would they give a flying leap if it was caleb, or alex in the finale with her and go out of their way to do all of that? they would not care who makes finale with jena if they think she is the winner and would not go out of their way to bring a doctor out and do that whole bit. So now its switching from judges pimping jena for the win to pimping caleb?

    • Eileen, YES YOU ARE CLEARLY MY HERO! I agree. But I think most of the hate is just HERE, after all millions are voting and caleb is in the finale. But I think he is caring and always funny on the show. I love his voice. You know when Jena got called first, Caleb gave her a big hug and then told Alex he loved him. Michael Slezak also didnt like Phil Phillips( besides adam lambert) because he wanted jessica sanchez to win. Thank you Eileen for you positive words for once.

    • Hi Eileen I am a huge fan of calebs. Where are there some other sites you have been reading? A lot of hatred here. You would think caleb is a serial killer or jodi arias, for petes sakes.! It would be great to checkout the other places. Let me know.

  50. Davey says:

    Finally can stop watching Idol this year. I liked Caleb until he called his fans retards and Jena is one of the worst singers to make it to the final two. Whoever wins won’t be getting my money. Meanwhile I’m buying Alex’s next single .

    • TAG says:

      I’m buying it as well and he will be putting out some of his original music. Looking forward to more of his artistry!

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