American Idol Top 11 Recap: Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Balloons! Cookie from Empire! Uptempo ditties! You can’t say American Idol didn’t bring out all the right ingredients for its “Get the Party Started”-themed Top 11 performance episode.

With a half hour left to go, though, there were no hands (not even those of the SwayBots) in the air, waving ’round like they just didn’t care. Instead, the scene was positively funereal — with Sarina-Joi Crowe (AKA Vocal Perfection All Season With But One Glaring Exception), Nick Fradiani (AKA A Paragon of Consistent Vocals and Charisma) and Quentin Alexander (One of the Coolest Cats to Ever Slink Across My TV Screen) the only contestants still eligible for elimination.

MLB_5085_hires1And yet that musical Chucky doll — the one with a lower register that evaporates like steam on a bathroom window, and who actually said on camera that he knows his cuteness “is a factor” (oy!) — was given the green light to menace our ears for another week?

Injustice happens every season, I know. (#LazaroOverBurnell) Outrage is a a building block of The House That Paid Off Its Mortgage With From Justin to Kelly. (#LuskyStankOverPia) And Fox really ought to reach out to Xanax or Tanqueray to replace erstwhile sponsor Coca-Cola. (#SanjayaOverGina)

Which is why Sarina-Joi’s exit — despite her confetti-shower-worthy covers of “Mama Knows Best,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me” and “Big White Room” — was something I actually predicted at the end of my Wednesday-night recap (even if I didn’t agree with it).

I want to add all the angry emojis to this recap — and the violent ones, too — but to be honest, I can’t find the motivation.

For four seasons now, I’ve watched Sarina-Joi Crowe fight and scrape and dazzle her way into Hollywood Week — and this was supposed to be her year. The premature end to her journey — and yes, I know Wednesday’s “Love Runs Out” was way below par, but still… — has left my heart like a sad balloon floating two inches off the ground behind the bleachers, the one that the high-school janitors missed in their post-prom cleanup. My soul is a cheap grocery-store birthday candle, extinguished by a toddler’s breath, licked clean of frosting and discarded in the trash. And my mind is suppressing the urge to sprint to the nearest pub and say, “Bartender, keep lining ’em up!”

Bit what was it that Skylar Laine sang to us back in Season 11? “The show must go on!” Let’s say it again, this time like we mean it: “The show must go on!”

And with that said, let me offer my letter grades and reviews for tonight’s performances:

Top 11 Performances
Rayvon Owen – Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” — Grade: C+ | The rapid-fire lyrics and intricate rhythms of Rayvon’s song choice led to unprecedented breath-control/pitch problems. Even more troubling, though, was my impression that Rayvon didn’t feel any authentic connection to the words he was singing. Where’s the guy who breathed new and aching life into Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” during the House of Blues showcase? Dude either needs to let us into his story — or risk being frozen out of the competition. (Side note: Were the judges being serious telling him this was his best performance to date — or was it a Jedi mind trick to send him to an early encounter with the guillotine?)

Maddie Walker – Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country” — Grade: B | Maddie’s mic technique felt a little iffy tonight — she held it awfully close to her mouth on the big notes, no? — but for at least half the performance, I saw and heard a star fighting to get out of her cocoon of nerves and inexperience. I’d have liked two extra inches on the teenager’s denim shorts — and a 20 percent decrease in notes that fell just under pitch — but girlfriend’s a work in progress worth following.

MLB_4115_hires1Joey Cook – Iggy Azalea (feat. Charlie XCX)’s “Fancy” — Grade: A- | The most fearless, creative performance of the season thus far — Joey took a Postmodern Jukebox arrangement of the ubiquitous rap hit and took the audience on an unexpected sonic adventure. Her stylistic boo-boo-be-doo proved to be a nice juxtaposition to the ultra-modern lyrics, and if she can start believing she belongs there — the occasional flash of panic in her eyes wasn’t convincing me — she could be the weirdest Top 5 finisher in recent memory.

Clark Beckham – The Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It to the Streets” — Grade: B | This was a completely competent performance by Clark — but when Harry called it “impressive without being inspiring,” I knew exactly what he meant. Sure, Clark ticked all the boxes — he sang in tune, looked handsome, played the piano very well — but where was the fresh twist or sense of spiritual urgency? The more I think about it, the more I’d rather see Clark swing for a homer and completely miss (like Jax, for example) than to go for the bunt and leave us wondering “Is this all there is?”

Jax – Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” — Grade: D+ | I sincerely believe (and hope) that Jax has enough good will from her past performances — we’re not forgetting “Bang Bang” right? — that she ought to survive this faint carbon-copy of a current pop hit. But for folks tuning in for the first time this season, there’s no way they’d have guessed that this tuneless gasptastrophe was being delivered by a woman who’s widely considered a Season 14 front-runner, is there? As J.Lo astutely put it, everything that makes Jax special got “swallowed up” in the execution (or lack thereof).

Qaasim Middleton – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Jet” — Grade: C- | Keith’s credibility went “poof” and disappeared like a magician’s dove the minute he said “I loved it!” I mean, when Qaasim is whirling and twirling and getting us caught up in his outsized energy, his vocals become a secondary consideration. But watching him stuck mostly to a mic stand and strumming his guitar tonight, I was struck hard by the guy’s inconsistent pitch and woeful enunciation (I swear I only understood every fifth or sixth word). Plus, portions of the performance were so cheesy, I half wondered if Qaasim was serving up parody.

MLB_4767_hires1Adanna Duru – Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” — Grade: B+ | Sure, Adanna hit a couple bumps in the road vocally — although about 50 percent fewer than usual, no? —  but her saucy stage presence and “I’m not sorry ’bout it” sexuality were anything but boring. Still, will America vote for that kinda performance? We’ll have to wait and see, though I’d advise Adanna that she should never, ever, ever tell Ryan Seacrest in a post-performance Q&A that she proved herself — that’s up to the audience to decide, girlfriend, OK?

Tyanna Jones – Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” — Grade: A- | Darn near perfect vocals — with just the right combination of explosion, restraint and pep. Plus, J.Lo’s right — this kid is glowing like a lightning bug during your lakeside summer vacation. (Sorry — the melting, dog-excrement-covered snowbanks of Jersey City sometimes send my mind floating toward a distant August weekend.)

Daniel Seavey – Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” — Grade: D+ | I’ve heard teacup poodles sneeze more forcefully than half the inaudible notes Daniel attempted tonight. So c’mon and be kind, pay no mind to Keith’s unspeakable “we’ll see you next week” prediction, and instead — by avoiding text votes and saving yourself the cost of a cup of coffee — help a child get back to his education!

Quentin Alexander – Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” — Grade: B | I’ve got to be honest and admit that the almost tribal percussion and subdued backing vocals erased the relentless propulsion from Adele’s glorious hit — and that Quentin hit a dozen or so notes that made me say “Hrmmm.” That said, the end result remained weirdly beautiful and uniquely Quentin’s… or, perhaps, dude actually did put a spell on me on Top 24 night.

MLB_5395_hires1Nick Fradiani – Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” — Grade: B+ | Nick’s really, really good — but he needs to start infusing his performances with some kind of dynamic explosion if he wants to truly be a contender. The spoken-word “weight of the world” line was as crisp and tart as the first bite of an orchard-fresh apple — but there wasn’t much payoff thereafter in the dude’s arrangement. I’d like Nick to either combust by rocking out a song that’s not known for that energy — or dial it all the way back and lasso us in with a whisper. (Sir, our request has been made, so get to it!)

“Save Me” Performance
Sarina-Joi Crowe – Demi Lovato’s “Neon Lights” — Grade: B | Girlfriend has a monster voice — but “Neon Lights” is such a surface-level pop hit, Sarina-Joi never had the opportunity to bend the judges to her will. (Also, there were some definite “Gack! I’m a goner!” nerves surfacing in the opening half of the performance.) Still, one of the worst early eliminations in Idol history, though… I truly believe that.

Should Be Next Week’s Bottom Three: Daniel, Qaasim, Jax (Daniel going home)
Will Be Next Week’s Bottom Three: Daniel, Rayvon, Maddie (Maddie going home)

On that note, I turn it over to you! What did you think of Top 11 performance night? Who were your faves? Who’s at risk? And should the judges have used their only Save of the season? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments!

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  1. Christian says:

    I’ve never feared that Jax would go home until now.

    • She’s had a tough few weeks. Last night she shied away from having “a moment” by making her song standard and tonight she didn’t do anything special with the song to make it her own. I know JLo told her not to stray to far from the melody and identifiable parts of the original, but that doesn’t mean don’t switch things up. Look at Joey, she took a rap song and made it what she did tonight. I really thought Jax was gonna be the front runner but she could be gone if not next week very soon if she doesn’t figure herself out.

      • Runner says:

        I wonder if that producer-guy had anything to do with Jax’s completely ridiculous song choice?

        • Smokey says:

          It’s a pretty solid bet that he was using that to try to get more promo attention to the song. And it was not a good choice,

          • danae says:


          • The Professor says:

            I agree that it was a horrible choice for Jax. But I can’t imagine Scott Borchetta thinks “Blank Space” needs more promoting. I think it’s more likely that Jax was trying to create a special bond with Borchetta. She’s very strategic: wearing The Dress, trying to mix up slow and fast so she doesn’t always sound the same, etc.

          • I agree with you, Professor. She is like a walking, singing, viral-hit-waiting-to-happen/meme that knows exactly what the public is looking for. The dress was such a smart move and Blank Space, while not a great performance, was a smart move.

        • Temperance says:

          There isn’t any doubt there – he discovered Taylor Swift. And it was a bad move. But even so, Jax was still miles better than Seavey, Rayvon, Adanna, and Maddie.

          • Jill Moy says:


          • I disagree about her being better than Adanna. While I appreciated JAX on covering something current, I felt that she was full connected into the lyrics, she was trying to hard to act like this girl who is over this guy and will end him. Adanna, however was in command of that stage and she delivered a FIERCE performance. Just my perspective

    • Craig says:

      She deserves to go home based on how horrid she was tonight.

      • Andrea says:

        …as much as puppies deserve to die…

      • Eh, there were still two or three worse than her. Which I think is actually more dangerous btw.

        • Nergalsforehead says:

          Votes sent Sarina home for one fail after 2 near perfect performances. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jax was voted off. Nothing to say about Danny boy that hasn’t been said but Nick and Rayvon need to go too. Ridiculously boring

          • Jill Moy says:

            Nick go home??????Are you a comedian?????

          • James T1SK says:

            Rayvon go home??? Are you smoking crack???

          • Holly says:

            I totally agree! Nick and Rayvon may be excellent vocalists, but they are boring as hell. I feel nothing when they sing. And Nick makes funny faces.

          • JBT says:

            They should change the voting format in that it should be cumulative. Their past votes should be added to the current votes. So if you had one bad performance, you don’t necessarily go home right away. If you are consistently bad week after week then eventually you will go home.

          • Jaszy says:

            I completely disagree with you about Nick. I love this dude! He doesn’t bore me at all. I adore everything about him.
            Daniel however…..I wish we could really know who is voting for this dude?!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I’ll tell you who’s voting for Daniel. Middle school (and perhaps some high school) aged girls who are probably also fans of Justin Bieber. How do I know this? Check out Daniel’s Twitter account. He’s re-tweeting pictures of young girls saying “Got my votes in baby!” or “Everyone vote for my husband!” and things along those lines.

      • Tim says:

        She also deserves to go home based on the fact that she named herself “Jax.” REALLY? “Jax?” How pretentious is THAT?

      • Temperance says:

        Then a third of the current crew should have gone home long ago. If Jax was ‘horrid’ than Seavey was horrid raised to the power of infinity, for example.

    • MAB says:

      Me too. I am really scared for her. One bad performance and Sarina is gone so quick we did not have a chance to catch our breath. I didn’t think Jax was as horrible as everyone is saying but she certainly was not at her best. Yes, I am frightened for her. It’s a shame because Daniel is a nice kid but it is the judges fault for putting him through and now there is a lot of hating on him. He just is too green to be part of the top 11 or even 24. I knew once they put him through this would happen. He has a huge fan base and he could even win this thing. Honestly if he does I am through with this show. I would not be able to believe in it again and I am a die hard fan. Really, really sad and I am devasted for Sarina. She is not my favorite but she was damn good and did not deserve to be eliminated this fast. SMH

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        Jax was not,good tonight and probably a notch below Daniel tonight, Quaasim was the worst. All three have pretty big fans bases (I hope Jax does) and that should carry the day this week for her. There are weaker members of this heard who will go down first. Maddie and Adanna, possibly Ravon and Nick. However, another night like this and she will lose enough fans to get Pia’ed. I think that would be a shame because she is one of the people that you tune in. I would think she has enough in the bank to survive.

        Sarina hadnt had enough time to build a loyal,fan base the way Tyanna, & Jax have done.

        • Jaszy says:

          It’s impossible for any of the contestants to be worse than Daniel. JAX was not worse than Daniel. What are you smoking? Yes, it wasn’t her best performance, but it was not, in the slightest, an awful performance. It was just okay…WAY better than Daniel’s frog-croaking voice during his performance.

          • Tommyo2000 says:

            I love Jax, but she was bad. Daniel want good, but he was better than she was. Its an opinion BTW… And I don’t need your stupid ” what are you smokin” comment. I know music and she was bad.

          • Jill Moy says:

            Jax wasn’t much better, but she was better, which isn’t saying much! Hope they both go soon!ax never was this wonderful singer she was made out to be!

        • Daniels is totes adorbs! All my friends are power voting Daniel. Ignore the all haters like Jaszy and text 9 to the number 21523! Do it for Daniel, he so soooo kewt!

          • Jaszy says:

            Thus provng why Daniel does not deserve to be on the show based upon his vocals, which you mentioned NOTHING about! You only like him because he’s cute! I’m not hating on him, cause there’s nothing to hate on. His voice sucks compared to the other contestants. I am sorry, the majority of people agree with me. However, it does not mean that he won’t get through, since people like you vote like crazy simply because of the way he looks.

        • Jaszy says:

          Hey, I know music too and Daniel was bad. Like I said already, it was not JAX’s best performance. However, there is no way on earth that Daniel will ever give a better performance than JAX. The votes do not prove anything because one person can vote as many times that they want within the time limitations. So, if Daniel ever gets farther than JAX, trust me, it is not because he is better…
          You people have got to be kidding me to think that his voice is amazing, hence the aforementioned smoking comment.

      • Meme says:

        I think someone was guiding Jax to do something a little more mainstream this week, but in the process, she completely lost JAX! Hopefully the voters will give her another chance based on her past performances. Jax needs to stay true to who she is, and Taylor Swift’s songs don’t really fit that mold. If Daniel ends up winning the season, I will most likely join you in finding something else to watch next season. I’m not saying he doesn’t have some musical talent, but he’s just way out of his league here. Please let him go home, America, to practice for a few years before his popularity robs others of deserving opportunity!!!!

        • AlyB says:

          He is out of his league. Watching him perform is like sitting through a high school talent show. I’m embarrassed for him because I think even he knows he doesn’t belong there. I just wonder how many more deserving contestants will fall while he sails through. His presence is really putting a damper on the show for me this season.

          • froggybottom says:

            Daniel is going to take out every more talented singer one by one- down they’ll go like dominoes. It’s the producers/judges fault. They wanted a teen boy for the tween watchers to crush on and support. Its exploitative. His parents should be worried about him. Tyanna is the real young phenom of the season. Some of the others are unique and fun to watch as well. They are all too emotional to sing right after the announcement that that they made it, though. It’s hurting their performances.

        • Daniel Is Bae says:

          Ewww! I wish peeps on here would stop comparing Daniel and his fans to Justin Bieber and JB’s fans. Justin is, like, really old and covered in tattoos. GROSS!

          Daniels is totes adorbs! All my friends are power voting Daniel. Ignore the haters and text 9 to the number 21523! Do it for Daniel, he so soooo kewt!

    • Smokey says:

      Jax lost a little ground tonight — however the survey (so far) above shows Rayvon,. Daniel and Qaasim as the bottom 3 for tonight.

    • Marta says:

      Did you all see Daniel holding Sarina Joi in a long embrace before her save performance? I don’t care if he was my best friend, in that moment I would have been like, “Get OFF me, dude”. She was really classy about her exit, but you could tell it broke her heart.

    • Linds says:

      She is one of my favorites, but this was not her “singular sound” and I hope she does suffer to badly.

      Tyanna & Joey knocked it out of the park tonight.

      And….. Keith Urban wins best judge’s comment of the night: “Sit down, Harry.”

      • Linds says:

        Clarification: I hope Jax does NOT suffer too much- I want her back next week

      • JoMarch says:

        Please don’t use Keith Urban’s name and “best judges comments” in the same sentence. That guy is a dolt. His praise for Daniel Seavey and for Qassim’s pathetic performance solidified my low opinion of his judging capabilities. Harry is the only one giving constructive, honest critique and JLo is there for her camera-loving appearance.

        • Holly says:

          Exactly! Did you see the way she shouted Harry down in the middle of a very honest and constructive critique? Can’t remember who it was – probably Quassim or Daniel. And it was well-deserved criticism.

        • Jill Moy says:

          Didn’t Harry say this was Daniel’s best performance???????? Harry loved BRISTON MARONEY, perhaps the worst singer on earth (if the sounds he makes is singing). Last year he went through to top 15 boys, if it can be believed! I think JLO is now THE VOICE OF REASON and she has become a decent judge!

          • marie says:

            Curious as to why you keep bringing up Briston Maroney. He’s not even a footnote to a footnote in Idol history, but you constantly keep harping on how awful you think he is.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Because if I guessed Jill’s true identity correctly, then she’s actually an American Idol reject from Season 13 who never made the live shows and is bitter because she feels Briston (and some others) stole her place in the Top 30. Supposedly she was rejected this season as well, hence her vitriolic return.

          • Jill, you are the voice of reason here. JLO is surprising me this season in a good way

          • Jill Moy says:

            IDIOTSAND HE’S THE WORLD’S WORST SINGER! Everyone talks about San. and Laz. as being terriblead nobody asks them why! GET OVER IT! THOSE TWO SANG YEARSAOq BRISTON SANG LAST YEAR!

          • Jill Moy says:


            Thanks for agreeing about JLO! She is now a competant judge, surpassing the other 2 “SOFTIES” LOL!

    • I would say that I think she has a strong enough fan base to get her a couple of weeks, but I was saying the same thing about Sarina.

    • if she is the lowest vote getter the judges will use the save on her

      • Jill Moy says:

        Hope not….she’s horrible!

      • They usually dont use the save until at least top 6.

        • Jill Moy says:


          But these judges think JAX

          IS GOD’S.
          GIFT TO MUSIC! They will save her!

          • I always thought that they dont use the save until around top 6. Not by any rule, but just by what I have seen in the past seasons! Also I dont think they think she is that great anymore! Other contestants have moved upward in the last 2 weeks that are more artistic and interesting!

          • James T1SK says:

            S8 save was used top 7
            S9 save was used top idek
            S10 save was used top 11
            S11 save was used top 6
            S12 save wasnt used
            S13 save was used top 8
            I really thought they would save Sarina… Then i cried

        • Jessica Sanchez got her save way lower than that!

          • Jill Moy says:


            Well, we agree 99.999 % of the time…LOL! I think the judges DO LOVE ordinary JAX and will WASTE a save on her! Speaking of Jessica, it brings back memories! How Phillips robbed Sanches is anothermatter I could go on and on about (I won’t do it, too many haters). An ordinary phillips wins?????????? But, I made big money on that outcome as I had info in advance who would win (nobody believed me when I told dozens of people he’d win! But, another story another day. I mentioned all this last year!

          • MAB says:

            Sure, Jessica should have won. That’s why she did so good post idol. Phillips shouldn’t have won yet he was the third highest grossing Idol last year just behind Carrie and Kelly. Gee, I wonder how that happened.
            Maybe heaven forbid Jill you don’t know what you are talking about?

          • Jill Yah I remember that save! That was a pretty good season! No one seemed to like the season of Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb! I thought that was an excellent season!

        • Jill Moy says:


          I posted my Voice picks on last Voice blog!

        • Jill Moy says:


          People don’t realize Danny Boy is good for ratings; people tune in to see if his journey continues!


          • Also about Daniel, I live in his area, and I heard that even if he has to go home Scott Borchetta (spell)/ loves him and will still sign him BECAUSE what is said it is not always about the singing voice! He has the highest twitter followers and his voice is still changing. Also they said Scott likes to find “young talent” like Taylor was! There are pics of Daniel and Scott together on his facebook! What a surprise! Just found out too, his father is a pastor here in the area at a local church. I actually think he will make it pretty far! As long as Quentin and Adanna dont go home yet, Im ok with that. oh yah and now Daniel has “The Wolfpack Grandmas (LOL) that use to vote for Sam Wolf voting for daniel. This is actually a fan base Sam Wolf Had! Funny! The Wolfpack Grandmas!

          • MAB says:

            Actually Jax has the most Twitter followers by over 2000. Daniel has 27.1 and Jax has 29.4.

          • Hi MAB Thats not what afterbuzz tv said on their hour long show about American Idol. Afterbuzz are the ones that go to all the live shows and do the interviews of the kids. You can watch the show and its kind of like tv line! Performances discussed. These guys didnt like Joeys makeover. But I will say the good news about Jax they did mention! They said that right now, Jax and Daniel are the most marketable. They said its not always about the voice quality. I guess according to them Jax and Daniel are the most polular. Twitter accounts and u tube views. Both of them are in the lead. They said that Scott likes to start “young” talent so he can train them “his” way! If you go watch, all the afterbuzz shows are dated so you can watch the most recent. These afterbuzz people were really laughing about the makeovers, which they had last week. There are small interviews backstage with the kids you can watch too! I know you like Jax! Happy for you that they said she and Daniel in the lead popularity wise! Hey watch some of these shows. They are fun! They are on every week after American idol like a recap! But I still love My Melinda and Michael on Mondays also!

          • MAB says:

            Is the AfterBuzz show on YouTube? I remember you mentioning it last season but I didn’t know where to look for it. I went on Twitter and that is where I saw how many followers each has. It matters but I have seen contestants with the most Twitter followers get eliminated regardless. Heejun Han and Jessica Sanchez had the most in season 11 yet Phillip still won.
            I do like Jax a lot because she is so unique. She lives about 20 minutes from me. I don’t think she is the best singer but I find her to be interesting and each week I wonder what she is going to do. I just think she has star quality. I also really like Clark. He has a gorgeous voice. I think there is a good crew this year. They are all pretty talented. I know you like Quentin and think he also is very interesting. It is going to lose any of them at this point.

          • MAB Yes on u tube just type in afterbuzz tv American idol season 14 Episode 18 and 19 for last weeks after show! Thats weird that you live 20 minutes from Jax, cause I live around 20 minutes from Daniel. Portland and Vancouver just a bridge separates the 2 states! J-lo tweeted these guys during the show because when it airs right after each american idol show, people can message the show live. So If you ever watch it after the AI show , they want people to tweet and comment along

          • MAB says:

            I just found it on YouTube. Thanks a lot it sounds really interesting. I also watch Lindsey Parker’s The Day After. She does one for both Idol and The Voice. I find that through Twitter. I follow her and she tweets when it is up.

          • Have fun and watch some of the interviews that you can click on. So next week on thurs night after american idol we will be looking for season 14 episode 20! Hey let me know how you like it!

          • MAB I just went over to rewatch afterbuzz and they gave Michael Slezak and tv line great compliments! Thats great!

          • MAB says:

            I am going to have to check out that show it sounds interesting.

          • Jill You are also very correct about the ratings when it comes to the suspense of Daniel!

          • jennvozik says:

            When the conspiracy theories in CAPS arrive, it’s time to tune out.

    • Mary says:

      Unfortunately I know what you mean, with this format there is no room for error. That said I think she might have a fan base already so she should be okay. Bummer Sarina left and child who shall remain nameless stayed but I have a feeling this is going to be the case. He has peeps that will get him through – here for the duration. I rather everyone sing and then announce who is going home or do it at top of the show. It is not enjoyable to watch them sit there sweating it out to see if they are a goner.

      • Pete S says:

        So totally agree with you on the format. I think it gives a real advantage to the people who sing early and don’t have to sit there getting more and more nervous about whether or not they’ll be picked. I don’t know if they’re going in order or not…I don’t remember Ryan saying “in no particular order” last night (does anyone remember).

        But yeah I agree, let them all sing, then announce who is going home. That’s the format So You Think You Can Dance went to when they lost results shows and it seems to work pretty well.

        • Lucia says:

          Yes, Ryan said ‘in no particular order’ several times. I agree that the format is weird. On the other hand, if they all sang first, then the ‘loser’ would have to perform when it’s already too late. Guess that it should be at the beginning of the show if they have to continue this way.

      • Jill Moy says:

        I don’t care how much Phillip makes…he stinks just like that farce Fantasia, who sounds like a big 10 year old!

    • Nephtalia says:

      JAX and Daniel are Idol only hope of a comeback.

    • ABox says:

      Sarina-Joi should not have been up for elimination in the 1st place and should have been saved by the judges in the 2nd place. Anyway, I’m now ready to make my projection as to who’ll be this year’s winner … drum roll please… If Idol’s history is any guide, and it most definitely is, it’ll be this season’s favorite WGWG who’s also from the south, Clark Beckham.

    • Well Michael said who should be in the bottom 3. But I dont think there is a bottom 3 anymore, is there? They just arent saying who is in the bottom and sending the loser home. Its so weird!

  2. flicker says:

    Dianel is out of his league and they need to be honest with him, but I hate to say it, Sarina Joi didn’t do well last week nor did she do well with her save song. I’m loving Joey, Tyanna and Quentin more and more.

    • flicker says:

      btw, michael, did you end up moving to gin?

    • flicker says:

      I’ll throw it out there too that clark may have the vocal chops, but he keeps on disappointing with utter lack of emotional connectedness

      • Runner says:

        Agree about Clark, um, he is just not connecting for me anymore. I was so in love with hime a few weeks ago, and now, I’m like that’s-nice-but-meh.

      • I just cant, when I noticed he has girl boobs! Exercises your pecks clark. Just EEwww. Girl boobs on a guy is such a turn off. I dont care how good he sings!

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Wow, that’s awfully shallow of you. My boyfriend is far from a size 2 but that doesn’t make me love him any less. Why should body fat influence your opinion on a singer?

          • Actually it doesnt, it depends. I have guy friends that are large size and bigger built and still they dont have girl boobs. Leah Kitty, its not body fat, body fat ok anywhere else but there! The fact that he ISNT an overweight guy makes it weird that he has that. I do know that some medications for depression cause that in men. Wonder if hes on meds. Im not putting that down either so dont jump on me about that too. I used to be on meds for panic attacks!

          • MAB says:

            I agree with Leah on this and I don’t care what your reasoning is. This has nothing to do with his performance. You hide behind the annoymity of the Internet and say things you would never say to these kids faces. I am pretty sure they read these post and it is very hurtful. I think these kids have enough stress and pressure on them that they should not have to read nasty post about things they have no control over. Then to insinuate he may be taking medication, who do you think you are? Are you perfect? I am so tired of this blog being so cut throat and rude. I cringe when I read some of the stuff posted here. Nobody should be posting anything they wouldn’t be saying to the contestants faces. Becca, what happened to you? When you first started posting here you weren’t like this. You just got meaner as time went on. Does it make you proud?

          • Mab I am not mean. I know about meds, because I am a medical transcriptioist and what is wrong with being on a medication? Some meds like respridol to caues hormonal changes in mens breasts. I was just wondering, because his build otherwise is great! I dont appreciate what you are saying about me being mean! Those comments you made about Daniel on the other page arent very nice either.. But reading your comments I saw that Clark is one of your favorites so you are taking it personally,

          • MAB says:

            What comments did I make about Daniel. I said he seems like a nice kid but I don’t think he is ready and yes I will be upset if he wins. I did not attack him as a person.
            Becca, I know you are not a mean person deep down but people say such horrible things about these poor kids because they are anoymonus with the Internet. I picture them reading some of these post and being devastated. I know I would be and they have enough to deal with with the new format. I really feel for them. I read an article once about someone who got so upset after reading some of the stuff on the Internet about them that they gave up singing for years. That is just so sad. You are right by saying it is not just you because it isn’t but I feel like I know you because we had a few conversations last year. I liked Alex and you liked Caleb. That was okay. People have a right to who they like and their opinions but when a opinion is just a nasty statement that is not okay. For instance Phillip is my favorite idol of all time. When Jill said he stinks, she says it like it is a fact but it is not a fact. To her he stinks but not to millions of others. You can say he is not my cup of tea or I don’t care for his singing but to make a statement that someone can’t sing or is ugly or fat it is just hurtful. It is okay to have an opinion as long as you realize it is your opinion but may not be the feelings of someone else.
            I just feel that somewhere along the way you forgot what an opinion is and what being mean is. Just re-read some of your post and ask yourself if you would like someone to say that to you. Okay. I hope you understand what I am trying to say. I apologize if I made you feel I was singling you out. You are right there are so many nasty comments on this blog but that does not mean because they do it it is okay for you to do it. It has to stop somewhere.

          • danae says:

            We just need to ignore any bodily remarks; thus, ignore the boob obsessed one.

          • Oh whatever! Give me a break! I have seen bad comments everywhere. Someone said Tyanna looks like a man, one person said she was homely, someone said Qaasim looks like a ugly ventriloquist doll, someone else called Quentin an emu! Get off your high horse! I cant say a man boob comment? I think the other comments are worse than a man boob comment. Just whatever. Shut up! You are a boob.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            And you and Jill are big fat meanies! Why do you feel the need to tease me and call me names? I’m on the verge of crying from the flashbacks you’re giving me of my bullied days of middle school. That’s it. I’m out of here. I’ll take my comments back to MJ’s Big Blog. At least she has a zero tolerance policy for trolls!

          • The Other Leah says:

            It sounded like a personal attack on his body type to me…

          • Leah Kitty Chicken little is a shallow body type comment against someone too. You didnt say anything to that person. ????? Only Im shallow? So who really is the bully here?

          • LeahKittyS says:

            “Chicken Little” was the nickname for Season 5’s Kevin Covais because he looked a little like the Disney character. Ryan Seacrest called him that, and it caught on. It has nothing to do with Daniel, only that Daniel is a lot like Kevin in that he’s not ready for this level of competition.

          • dax says:

            no one on this planet cares about your boyfriend’s boob size………are you nuts!

        • disgusted says:

          You slag the physique of a beautiful singer, double down with a slanderous hypothetical psych evaluation you are in now way qualified to make, and then get offended when you’re criticized? You are quite a piece of work.

          • Jill Moy says:

            LEAH K,

            I was just agreeing with Becca!I have never attacked you in any way. It seems like everyone comlains about my comments when others say worse! Stop complaining about me! These are my opinions! I have really toned down my comments from last year. Leah, I like a lot of your comments and want to tell you so, but I don’t because how you attack me! I am really sorry if Becca and myself hurt your feelings….WE DO NOT MEAN TO! I have alwaysbeen criticized by peoplebu I am surprised Becca is under attack!She is one of the nicest peopleon this sight! Leah, don’t take our comments so personally….Please! I am sorry if you were hurt in any way….OK????? TRUCE?

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Jill, I accept your apology, but I have a hard time believing you were not trying to hurt my feelings. Calling me “mommy dearest” and threatening to send me wire hangers? How is that civil or polite? And for the record, I never trash talk contestants or compare them to undesirable things. My favorites were Alex and Jess last year, but I still supported Caleb because his music fits the style my dad and boyfriend listen to. I only “attack” you because I want you to understand how it feels when you “attack” Idol contestants and your fellow commenters. When I was little and I would throw tantrums, my mom would mock me just to show me how annoying I was so I’d stop. I’m sorry, but I can’t keep contributing to this unregulated environment. Enjoy the rest of the season, you won’t have Mommy Dearest telling you what to do anymore.

          • Jill Moy says:



          • MAB says:

            I feel really sorry for you Jill, something very bad must have happened to you to cause you to be such a cruel,
            angry person. What you think of Jax is your opinion and you are entitled to it. What you are not entitled to is thinking you are the only one with an opinion and yours is the only one that counts. I happen to think Jax is extremely talented. That is my opinion and I am rooting for her. To be honest I think all these kids are talented and I give them a lot of credit and admire them for having the courage to handle the stress of this competition. What makes it harder for them is to have people like you who go on line and rip them to pieces forgetting that they are human beings not paper dolls with no feelings.
            i am done and will not reply to you again. It is just a waste of time and all it does is feed your inflated ego.

        • dc says:

          also, it’s pecs, as in pectorals. Pecks is what birds do.

          • Jill Moy says:

            Leah K, I wouldn’t hurt you, believeme! You seem decentand have great comments. I guess I.
            brag a little as I do so well pickingwinners on these shows!I guessI have that knack. I amaze myself sometimes! Like I said, I enjoy your comments and I really want to get along with you! The wire hangers are a privatejoke with Becca and myself.Joan Crawford beat Christina with these type hangers as portrayed in the Movie MOMMY DEAREST. It’s a joke. Sorry about that LEAH!

          • DC LOL Funny you caught that about pecks! The funny part about that is Im a transcriptionist! I have to laugh at myself right now! Medical transcriptionist too, so yah pectoral, medical terminology! Oh Well we have spell check when typing medical reports!

          • Leah Kitty, Ok I dont know why your so upset over one comment over a mans chest! For god sakes I voted for Caleb. He doesnt have “the perfect build”. So Im not shallow on body type. In fact I sat here last year and listened to people calling HIM fat!Leah If Clark is your fav singer im sorry I said what I said. Mommy Dearest is an old movie and private joke!

          • Leah Kitty Im sorry and hope you accept my apology. You seem like a nice girl. Im sorry you were bullied. I should not have said anything at all. I guess i thought you were “picking” me out of the crowd to confront. Im surprised though that when people say “Chicken little” about Daniel and “he looks 11” those are both slams on Daniels body type, because he looks 11 means very small. He is only 15, but I guess its ok to slam his body type. Why hasnt that upset you also? I guess thats why I felt personally attacked by you, I only said one thing about Clark, But many, many things are said about Daniel and before that Shi, people were putting her body type down. Im trying to be real here. It seemed like you only chase after me and Jills comments and dont confront anyone else. And by the way Im not just sticking up for Daniel (I vote for Quentin) Daniel does need to improve his singing!

          • Jill Moy says:


            GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SCULL, JAX IS A NO TALENT SINGER. AFTER THIS SHOW, SHE WILL NEVER BE HEARD FROM! Just like Jessica Meuse (MOOSE) and Jena Irene (diaper butt)……they are going nowhere! You will see. As for me, I’M FINE! YOU ARE DELUDED IF YOU THINK JAX HAS TALENT!

        • Temperance says:

          Dude, he’s got a great chest, and he’s been putting more on. You have some really unrealistic ideas…

          • Jill Moy says:


            Calling females DUDE is a Randy Jackson ignorant thing……GROW UP “DUDE!”

          • Jill Moy says:


            Whoever said my opinions are the only opinions that matter? The fact does remain that what I state usually comes true, especially picking winners! My record in the last regard is impeccable. You don’t need to respond to me! I need you like I like listening to Jax!

        • MAB Saying Im repulsive went to far. Im not. I voted for Caleb, That says right there Im not picky about weight and so forth. Medical field personnel talk more openly about medications without judgement , i guess you could say. Then people outside of the medical field think only CRAZY people are on medication. Not true! I saw that you really took offense to the medication comment. Do you know that millions of people take it? Look at James Durbin, one of my absolute favorites had High Functioning Autism and OCD disorder and he mentioned his meds really help him out! Just loved his personality. I think that you thought I was putting Clark down IF he was on meds. I have no idea if he is!. I only know that certain medications and Sterroids too can cause Gynecomastia. That is the medical term for the condition. I never said Clark cant sing. He is actually one of the best, but Quentin is my favorite because he is so emotional Im sorry we had a misunderstanding.

          • MAB says:

            I am very sorry I called you repulsive. I do not feel you are replusive but I felt what you said sorta was. I just felt that speculation about someone you don’t even know about whether or not he is taking medication for whatever reason because you think he has boobs was just distasteful. it has nothing to do with his music and it is just a bit tacky. I don’t only feel this way about Clark. I hate some of the other things that were said about other contestants from other posters. The thing is not one of you would say these things to any of their faces, yet you are saying it online for all to see including them. I just think one of the guides to go by is not to say something about someone that you wouldn’t say to them in person or want said about you. Okay, let’s put this to rest and start over.
            I think Quentin is very talented and deserved the wildcard. I really like all of them even Daniel, I just feel he is so young but who knows maybe he will surprise us all. I know one thing I give all these kids a lot of credit. I can’t imagine how frazzled their nerves must be with this new format getting called safe and then immediately having to give a good performance so you can start the whole process over again next week. Could you imagine how poor Sarina felt being the last one sitting there all alone, then having to sing for her life and then getting rejected. People say they signed up for this and knew what they were getting into but I wonder how many really do until they are living it.

          • further disgusted says:

            So now Clark has gyno? Not to interrupt your reality, but is there ANYWHERE you can evince this? Clark is a jock, he looked sharp last night, those are PECS, not BOOBS! I have to guess you are self-medicating after misdiagnosing yourself as freely as you do others. Maybe it’s time to see an actual professional about getting your meds tweaked, whatever “Medical field personnel” may be – oh right, non-spelling transcriptionists – they can no more diagnose than any other layperson. Lord knows there are enough quacks WITH licenses! Good luck (& good grief).

          • Done! Have a nice Day!

          • Good name for you! PGHH! LOL

          • MAB its ok. The” Im Done” comment was not towards you but the other person! Ok so I do love Quentin and Qaasim . Lots of really bad comments about Qaasim too. I just ignore them because he is a great entertainer at least! What you say is true about it being tough for all of these kids! I kind of have a soft feeling for Daniel because I am a Mother and the poor guy is just gettiing ridiculed everywhere, not just here! He is just a baby. That is prob why he shouldnt be in this environment! Yes what happened to Sarina was horrible and prob humiliating. Couldnt there have been a different way? She is sitting there in the only ‘RED’ chair left. It was horrid!

          • MAB says:

            I also feel bad for Daniel. I raised 3 sons and I know how I would feel if I read some of the stuff that is going out on the Internet about him. It is not only here, Lydsey Parker said he should keep away from Twitter for a while. I wonder if it was my child I would have held him back knowing how hurtful this can be if he wasn’t ready16 year old that is mature enough to handle this kind of pressure and rejection. The longer he hangs on the worse the hate will be and I fear in the end it may break him and he will back away from music all together which would be a shame.

          • Well I am from his area and he thinks they just liked him at first because he plays 12 instruments and that they put him through for “musical talent” rather than singing talent. That was on the news. Yah my son was small like that for his age going through school. He is grown now, but I think the “mother” in me is starting to come out to defend Daniel! Not as a contestant but just as a person! LOL Its not his fault he is still getting votes! I felt bad for him when he said “i didnt expect this”. He knows people dont like him! Im using all my votes to try and keep Quentin in. Qaasim I like too ,but I think he gets tons of votes, so Im throwing my votes Quentins direction. Did you ever watch x factor. I just havent heard a voice like Josh Krajiks in a long time. So Unique!

          • MAB says:

            Josh Kracik was my favorite that season. I loved him and still do. I purchased his album. I also really liked Alex & Sierra and Jeff Gutt. Those are my three favorites coming out of the XFactor. The year the cowboy won ( forgot his name) I didn’t like anyone. To be honest I was sorry the XFactor got cancelled. I think they were just finding their way the last season.

          • On the voice so far i Love Sawyer and Cody! Now Sawyer is Daniels age, but home schooled and seems extremely mature for his age! I heard a rumor they might bring x factor back? Do you think so?

          • MAB says:

            I just had a half finished post that disappeared and I don’t know whether it posted or not. Anyway I am not going to go over it again except to say, I agree, even though I feel Daniel is not ready and should be sent home, I feel sorry for him because of all the hate out there. I just hope it doesn’t cause him to back away from music all together. It takes a rare 15 or 16 year old that could handle this kind of pressure and rejection. They really should raise the age to at least 17.

          • I think the best thing is Im sure the kids are supportive to each other. So that could get them through the social media hate stuff! I got meet and greet when the idols were on tour and someone asked Caleb what was the worst thing about being on the show. He said social media, and all of the other kids laughed and agreed, nodding their heads. So I think they all get through it together. Daniel at least seems to be adored by his fellow contestants, they are always picking him up and hugging him! He is from a very small town called Camas Washinton. Which is combined with Vancouver Wa. At least if he gets home, he will be so welcomed by his schoolmates. They think he is a huge star right now!

          • MAB says:

            I also noticed how close the contestants are and how much they adore Daniel especially Jax. It’s nice that they all are so supported of each other. There are time I think that the contestants

          • Oh I also loved Jeff Gutt! His version of O Holy Night is sooo good! I did like Beatrice Miller on the season you didnt like.

          • MAB says:

            She was good probably the best that season.

          • MAB says:

            Shoot my post keep disappearing before I am finished. What I was saying sometimes I think the contestants are more mature than the posters on this blog. I remember season 11 some of Jessica’s fans were brutal against Phillip and anyone who supported him. They literally ripped him apart with hate. Yet Jessica and Phill were very close and there was nothing but respect for each other. I’ve seen it in other seasons too. The contestants become a family to each other and have such respect and support for all of them even though they are competing against each other. In the mean time people are killing each other on the blogs in support for their favorites. It is hysterical. My God sometimes you would think it was a matter of life or death if their favorite is eliminated or don’t win. The funny thing I noticed many of the contestants stay close post idol. It’s like they are glued to each other because of all the pressure they experienced together. It’s kind of nice. I always say we should take a cue from the contestants on how to get along especially in seasons10 and 11.

    • Ginger Snap says:

      It’s getting to the point where I am ready to vote for the worst.

      Daniel Seavey!

      • Well is “Vote For The Worst” still active? They are the ones that kept in Lazaro, Sanjaya and so forth. Maybe they are still up to their tricks! Remember they would vote for the worst every year and loved to see Simon pissed off! It would always get good talent sent home because they would keep voting for the worst one!

        • I think Lazaro lasted right up to be the last male singer because of “vote for the worst”

        • Jill Moy says:

          Becca, I agree with you on the boobs on men! I think you need more hangers for mommy Dearest!

          • Yah! It seems like Leah Kitty is always going around “calling people out” for being rude. I have seen her do that to you too! But I seem to remember some RUDE comments she made herself last year about Caleb and his looks and performance, so she has no room to talk! But she doesnt bother other people if they make a comment that seems rude, only a few of us! BRING ON THE HANGERS! Hey Leah Kitty! If you read this, how come your not “cornering and calling out” almost everyone that says terrible crap about Daniel?

          • James T1SK says:

            Maybe because Daniel is terrible

          • Well Jill, NEED A TRUCKLOAD OF HANGERS AND COMET,INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH for mommie dearest, daddy dearest, and crummy sister dearest. I now have a family to wipe out! LOL NOOO MORRRE WIRRRRE HAANNGERS! said Joan Crawford! God that movie just for some reason cracks me up!

          • Jill Im also a huge fan of the movie “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane” which Joan Crawford is in. OMG Betty Davis is a nut in that one! Joan Crawford says in her soft meek voice, “if I just wasnt in this wheelchair. Then Betty Davis screams out ” BUT’CHA ARE IN THAT WHEELCHAIR BLANCH, YA ARE! LOL LOL LOL LOL Betty Davis walks around scuffing her raggedy slippers on the floor and her lipstick is smeared almost up to her nose! LOL LOL LOL WTF?

      • C says:

        If I was voting for the worst, it wouldn’t be for Daniel! I can’t say for sure who I’d vote for at this point because I didn’t get to see all of last night’s show, but I’d much rather see Jax or Joey go before Daniel.

        • Reasonable. says:

          In reality, the old VFTW site only had a very limited number of actual followers that blogged on the site and appeared to be enthusiastic about following the advise of voting for their pick.

          It was more of a satire on the show than any real influence on the outcome. There were not tens of thousands of people blindly voting from their picks. In fact if there were a hundred blogs on their thread, 60 of them would be raging against the site in every dirty word known.

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA, We’ll callthem THE DEAREST CLUB! You are hilarious. I busted a gut on all the DEAREST CLAN! You’ll need 3 truckloads of hangers!

  3. BobL says:

    Tyanna, Tyanna, Tyanna, Tyanna.

    • Runner says:


    • margi209 says:

      While I really like some of the other contestants, the moment Tyanna sings, I can see her on a concert stage, holding her own and then some. I love her vocals, her energy, her charisma, her stage presence, just everything about her.

      • Smokey says:

        In my opinion, she was #1 tonight – first time so far in the competition that I would say that — but she was really bringin’ the fire tonight.

      • Kara says:

        Once I got over her mannish look at times I rather like her now.

        • Maybe they could teach her about make-up, hair, she might still be learning all of that! She was the best tonight though!

          • Jill Moy says:


            You are right about her blasting ipeople when she does it herself! We all have our opinions and when I say someone stinks, they end up stinking and show their true colors….like JAX….a

            BIG 00000!

          • For the girls I think Tyanna and Adanna are my favs. I liked Adanna Duru from the very start. The 2 Q’s are still my favorites!

          • MAB says:

            Both you and Becca say more than someone stinks. You insult their looks and anything else you could get your fangs into. Yes, there are others that are not so nice but you two are the worse offenders especially when you act like you are the only two on this blog and have your back and forth conversations tearing someone apart. I usually never say anything but you guys are just repulsive. Becca before you hooked up with Jill you were not like this. I actually liked you. We did not agree on which contestant was our favorite but you were not mean. It’s okay not to agree but to be so rude to anyone who doesn’t agree with you is not okay. Maybe you guys think it is fun ruining this blog for everyone else but I think you should be ashamed of yourselves.

          • Jill I do this ever year to figure out popularity of contestants. I look at everyones amount of views on their u tube american idol performance. Jax is the highest with 470,000 view and then Daniel with 272,000. The others have around 30,000 0r 40,000 views! Daniels video “Im Yours has 272,000. Omg Nick has 9,000. Im still checking them all

          • Kiki says:

            I don’t think she’s the makeup type. Do any of you remember Tracy Chapman? Tyanna’s barefaced look reminds me a lot of her. I like it, and I hope they never doll her up. I don’t think it would fit her personality.

            Tyanna’s definitely a real star, and I predict right now she’s going to win Idol this year. She’s current, but If we were back in the 50’s and 60’s, I could see her hanging out with all the legends, too. She’s just solid.

          • Tracy Chapman! Of course! She is very good!

        • Kail says:

          Damn Kara I’d love to see what the hell you look like. You must be an Angelina Jolie or Beyonce doppelganger here. That was real shallow of you to make such a comment. Tyanna is beautiful outside and definitely more on the inside than you.

        • Oh wow, you people are relentless!

        • dax says:

          you are a complete loser

      • Stephanie says:

        I totally agree with you. I would even go see her.

      • Meme says:

        She is the one to beat right now.

    • chris says:

      While I thought she was great, it did bother me that she seemed to be borrowing Janelle Monae’s act. She’s a joyful performer that makes me smile but she needs to develop her own style and not be a copy of another.

    • Tom22 says:

      Yay, a positive comment to jump in on! Yes Tyanna was really good and boy was the show current tonight! I expressed some doubt last week if they’d have time to prepare for so many performances this week and while last night didn’t really captivate me tonight’s show was incredible. I don’t think there have been many idol shows over the years with this many very strong performances on one night at this point in the competition with so many singers left.
      The band was really up on it’s rhythms , tight as a group, arrangements gave the singer’s voice the ability to come through without running them over (unless they stood in the way. I didn’t think Jax was quite so terrible as some are making her out wasn’t creative; she wasn’t great, but it was at least better than average karaoke. I’m sort of glad she didn’t do her funny inflections again and I think we needed a cleansing song from her overworked image. She’ll get through and come out stronger for it.

  4. Jake says:

    Sarina is the most robbed contestant in Idol history since Pia

  5. Angie_Overrated says:

    Joey and Tyanna might be my two favorite Idol contestants… ever. I swore off this show after last year’s train wreck of a season, but wow, I’m all in in 2015. Good stuff!

    • flicker says:

      agreed, they are my two faves and this is in a season filled with strong guys too (except for daniel of course)

      • Lisa says:

        I kinda feel bad for Daniel. Its not that he’s bad, per se. He just isn’t quite ready. Now, because they put him through too soon, he lost a REAL opportunity. Instead of being given a real shot at winning, he’s become this year’s Sanjaya, Lazaro and Sam comparison that keeps getting through and pissing people off because genuinely good and more ready singers are being sent home. He’s getting pushed along by the teen/tween votes, and will probably be here, like his predecessors, until the top 5. That seems to be the point where others can outvote the tween/teen vote.

    • Runner says:

      Totally agree. I just love what they bring. Love it!!!

    • Kaba says:

      Joey was killer tonight.
      She’s awesome!

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        I was reasonably certain I loved Joey, but it’s a fact now: Joey is ridiculously awesome. She won’t win, but I will buy whatever that girl ever decides to sell me. She has won me over and then some.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            For some reason I feel like Joey Cook is America’s apology for leaving Lilly Scott out of the Season 9 Top 12. And especially after tonight, I say apology accepted.

          • MC says:

            It feels like America wasn’t ready for Lilly Scott, but they are now ready for something different. Joey is good in this niche brand of music, but Lilly might have been even better than her. However, timing is everything and the AI fans were not ready to accept Lilly at that time (but I thought Lilly was great and many of us were upset with her early elimination that season).

          • Ben says:

            Well said Leah.

          • JM says:

            Thank you, LeahKittyS for mentioning Lilly Scott! I loved her, too. and was so depressed when she didn’t make it. She should try the Voice.

        • Hi says:

          I prefer Joey’s brand of quirkyness over Jax’s. It’s a bit more nuanced and jazzy as opposed to affected and hipster-ish.

      • Timmah says:

        At first I thought Joey had gone too far this time in making the song her own, almost unrecognizable at first. But then she brought it home so beautifully. I’m Team Joey all the way!

        • AlyB says:

          I had begun to see Joey as more clownish than artist. The outfits and kitschy instruments detracted from and overwhelmed the quality of her voice for me. That changed tonight. I loved her performance and hope she continues in this more serious presentation.

        • Tom22 says:

          Like she mentioned on the show, what she did was basically a cover of a group called Post Modern Jukebox’es arrangement of the pop hit. Joey sung it excellently and deserves real credit for a great performance but the arrangement and “making it her own” was mostly from the re-scored version by PMJ. If you liked it you s should check pmj out on youtube. Former Idols Casey Abrahms covered Stacy’s Mom with them that style and Haley Reinhart covered Habits PMJ style with them.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Who would have thunk it, Joey reaches front runner status. I have liked her right from the start

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Bob! :)
        Kudos for calling Joey so early. I always liked her, but she and Tyanna are just doing things for me that I didn’t know this show was capable of doing at this geriatric point in the show’s life cycle. So good, right?

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          I have been worried that her manic behavior and nerves might get the best of her Angie, but tonight not only did she kill that song but she calmed down considerably while doing it. When I found out she was singing an Iggy Azalea song(which of course I had never heard) I took the time to listen to it prior to her performance, and I could tell she could do something special with it. Easily my favorite performance in the last two seasons of Idol.

      • Ginger Snap says:

        For pure artistry and originality, Joey outshines Jax 10:1. I’ve never voted Jax, and don’t care for her affectations. But Joey always interesting.

    • Ben says:

      Angie – thats why you should always take each season on its merits.

      Having said that – Sarina being gone is tragic.

  6. Sarina-Joi is gone and Daniel Seavey is staying? Really, that’s what’s going on? This season has a ton of talent, but if more and more contestants that deserve to be there continue to leave and Daniel sticks around then this season could turn disastrous, quick. Daniel is a nice kid, but c’mon. The ranking of these performers is so tough when some great performers really struggle like they did tonight, like Jax, Rayvon, Qaasim, and even Quentin. I think they tried a little too hard to change things up and it didn’t really pay off. On the positive side Joey Cook, Tyanna and Adanna had great nights.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Sarina absolutely deserved to stay over Daniel, but she’d have been next out anyways. Her last few performances have been — how to put this gently — pretty bad. She peaked with her high kick and it was all downhill from there. Sweet girl and I love her voice, but it wasn’t meant to be in a season this good.

    • mquincy says:

      Ironically, in Jax’s case it seemed like she struggled too hard not to change it up. She should just trust herself to make the song hers with her crazy arrangements instead of trying to do a copy.

      • MAB says:

        I really think she was coached by Scott to do that especially with a Taylor Swift song. She was also criticized for changing it up too much last performance and so maybe next week she will balance it out, if she is still around that is. You are right by saying she should trust herself to make her son hers.

        • MAB says:

          To make the song her own.

          • Smokey says:

            One of the Judges usually say they either should have made the song their own, or should not have changed it up so much. The Judges themselves often don’t really agree and it is usually impossible to please them all………………… and voters often throw-out the useless banter/opinions of the Judges and just vote for who they like.

          • S. says:

            She made “River Deep, Mountain High” her own and wow was that a stinker. It’s arguable which was worse, that or “Blank Slate.” I can totally see Scott not letting her mess with it. I think though that he thinks she’s hot stuff and one reason they didn’t wanna save Sarina is that Jax might need it.

      • Mary says:

        It was just the wrong song for her. That song has angst to it and her soft voice even if she changed it up would of sounded flat.

    • Runner says:

      I don’t think they “deserve” to be there at this point, if they don’t sing well. And Sarina was sinking fast, I am sorry to say. I am very happy for the singers who continue hone their skills under such intense pressure though – like Joey and Tyanna.

      • Just my opinion but I thought Sarina was worse than Daniel tonight! I just love how Adanna and Quentin are moving their way up quickly! Nick was good too.

        • If you can, go listen again Daniel was actually more in tune than Sarina, the whole song was flat just like the other night! Im not one that votes for Daniel, but I will admit, he sounded a lot better tonight! That reminds me I need to vote for Quentin right now! LOL

        • I dont know if Im right, but I feel like Joey might go home next week! I would pick Daniel, but I think he has too many voters, all I know is I hope its not Quentin! Jennifer loves him, so I think she would use the save for Quentin.

  7. Ethan says:

    Top 24 started out with crazy potential, enough to be the best season yet, but if America keeps making choices like these then it’s gonna be a difficult year to watch

    • margi209 says:

      And this is different from most previous seasons how?

    • MC says:

      I’m just not crazy about these guys. They’re just not appealing to me. Nick lacks dynamics, Clark is too technical and lacks emotion, Rayvon is wildly inconsistent and Quentin is a little overrated imo (didn’t care for his Adele cover at all). I won’t comment on the other two guys. There’s some talent on the female side and that’s the only reason for me to watch at this point. Tyanna and Adanna bring energy and dynamics every week, Joey brings unpredictability and Maddie is a dark horse contender. It’s best not to comment on Jax.

      • Angela says:

        This is how I feel. I like Quentin a little more than you do, but overall, my interest is more focused on the female contestants-they’re stronger and more memorable, for the reasons you note. When I hear the guys in general, I just kinda go, “Eh.” *Shrugs*

  8. Michael says:

    I weep salty tears of sadness for Sarina and celebrate Joey and Tyanna for bringing it again!

    • C says:

      I couldn’t believe that Sarina was eliminated last night, but when she sang her song, some of the notes were SO far off where they should have been that I was fine with the decision. And you KNOW they’re not going to use the save in the first week.

  9. BobL says:

    And way too high a grade for Qaasim.

    • Gailer says:

      D- at best. He was disrespectful too. I need Simon back to bring some respect back to this show.

    • Runner says:

      That was such a weird performance from Qaasim. I had to re-watch it to convince myself that that just happened. And it did.

    • Omg Have you guys seen the american idol voting poll? Voting is who you think will go home! The top four for going home next week are Daniel, Maddy,Jax and NICK? What? The “bars” that go across the graph are just about equal for all 4 of these contestants. In otherwards no one is really in the lead. So this is from the american idol fans voting on this graph! I found this graph on Daniels facebook page and I was looking there trying to get clues on who exactly is voting for him. I think all of the contestants have this on their facebook pages. You have to go to their FAN facebook to find this and vote. Or maybe even on the AI site! Why is Nick on there?

  10. Gailer says:

    “The worst performer on the voice is better than the best performer on Idol”
    I stole that from somewhere because I agree. It’s sad!
    I blame the judges

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Normally I’d agree with this statement, but not this year. Both Idol and The Voice have some crazy good talent this season.

      • flicker says:


      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Hopefully The Voice doesn’t lose it’s mojo once the live shows start, as it often does. The Voice may have better singers but for some reason Idol always generates way more blog interest. I think the major point in support of The Voice is that singers like Daniel, Lazaro, or Sanjaya, etc etc, never see the live shows, so never are open to the whim of the voting public.

      • Viajero says:

        I agree that they both have good talent this season, but I think The Voice still has a lot more of it.

    • safado says:

      You must not be listening. Joey, Clark, Rayvon, Quentin, Tyanna, Jax and Nick are all top talents. Adanna and Maddie are growing each week. Qaasim will shine if ever he’s given the right song–and it’s not “Jet” or “Sir Duke.

      Sarina Joi’s early derailment was puzzling, because she clearly has skills. Daniel’s charm (and pre-teen appeal) will keep him on the show for a while, but that’s hardly surprising. Charm always carries some contestants part of the way. It’s helping Maddie, too.

      I think this is one of the best casts in a long time.

    • Im sorry I kind of agree, except I think Christina would love Tyanna and Quentin and pick them for her team. The others I dont think would even get chairs turned, if they were on the voice!

      • Ben says:

        Tell that to Adanna…

        • Ben Oh Well Adanna is my fav girl and the 2Q’s are my fav guys, but the voice is way more”technical” than idol. I dont think many of these guys from idol would get a chair turn. But the reason I said Tyanna might get a chair turn, is she sounds technically perfect. Intonation as Harry puts it! But yet Adanna is my fav because i like her wildness and I think she is full of fire.

          • Temperance says:

            I’m not sure that I agree with that, but the Voice is a show that pull from the professional pool, not the undiscovered newbies. Apple and oranges. And you have to acknowledge that the Voice has a brutal and pretty offputting format for eliminating contests, yet still fails to find hitmakers.

          • Temperance yes I know they look for professionals and u tube stars, different format. None of the talent shows right now, are finding hitmakers! Not in quite a while.

  11. Lili says:

    American Idol 2015 is unpredictable. Sarina Joi could have won last year. I think this season is going to be shock after shock after shock…

  12. Runner says:

    There were some competent performances, but for me, Joey and Tyanna were off-the-charts stellar. It’s amazing watching Joey grow and Tyanna is a natural. I am over Jax now and I trying to hang in there with Qaasim, but um, really dude?

  13. Jake says:

    No way maddie goes home. She’s the only one this season waving the country flag. That should hold her for many weeks.

  14. Phan says:

    Worst results since the Season 9 Top 16 massacre.

  15. CK says:

    So who is going home instead of Daniel next week? My money would be on Jax, but it could also be Rayvon or Maddie. I blame the judges. Why they put Daniel through to the top 24 is beyond me, but it happened and now we are going to have to watch him ascend to the top 6. I know Daniel gets the age excuse all the time, but isn’t Tyanna like a year older than him? If she can slay night after night, so can he.

    • Gailer says:

      It’s not Daniels age, it’s his lack of talent, Tyanna is great, he couldn’t get cast in his high school musical

      • Yes he would get in his high school musical if he was just playing instruments and not singing! Do you know he plays 12 different instruments? I just wish he sang as well. I saw him on local news playing his cello and it was beautiful. I know that no one likes him here, but he really is just a little boy. Its not HIS fault he has many voters.

    • Owen says:

      Do you know why they put Daniel Seavey through? Its a friggin’ TV show! The kid creates buzz. No one remembers who comes in third each year–but EVERYONE remembers Sanjaya. The Daniel Seavey’s help keep this show on the air. The Daniel Seavey’s allow you to come on TV Line and complain about a show that otherwise might be canceled. Don’t get me wrong, talent sells the show as well. But there are many things that go on to make a TV show (especially a reality TV show) popular. So don’t get all high and might and indignant. Daniel Seavey helps allow for the weekly joy that IS American Idol.

  16. Kim Moores says:

    Taraji failed us tonight.
    What we needed was for Cookie Lyon to come through and drag that teeny bopper travesty off the stage.
    Joey was the hot topic of the night.
    Jax = worst of the night
    Quentin wasn’t his best, but it had his signature and his eyes really have a power to them
    Clark is damned beautiful….still, he’s getting a bit one-note, same with Qaasim
    Tyanna, yes hunty yasss

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Jax was not stellar. I want to like her but something falls flat for me. One thing we learned tonight is that rocking out is not her thing. Keeping it soft and intimate seems to work well for her voice type.

      • Kim Moores says:

        There’s an edge to her voice at times that would make you think she can do so…
        then she tries and you just want her to sit back down.
        I’m tired of her being the apple of everyone’s eye.

      • Christian says:

        Im wondering how far Jax will make it.

      • Runner says:

        For me, she only does one thing well. I’m fine with that. Own it. And do the heck of it. When they don’t just do what they do best – we end up with Qaasim torturing a Wings song? Wings?! I like when they challenge themselves but not if they sacrifice everything that was interesting about them in the first place.

      • msemmyjones says:

        I agree, I want to like her so much more than I actually do like her. She has a very interesting and pleasing tone to her voice, but unfortunately her range and abilities are extremely limited. She gets into trouble when she goes to do big notes like she tried tonight. She’s getting by on her artistry, which is definitely there when it comes to song arrangement, but her very small vocal range is her downfall in my eyes.

      • patdamico says:

        I want to like her, too, but I’m put off by two things: her nasal tone really begins to grate after the first 45 sec’s, and there’s something very pre-packaged about her that I can’t quite put my finger on. She has artistic potential… we’ve seen brief moments of it… but I feel like she’s paying too much attention to keeping “on script.”

    • SaraPo says:

      I so never comment but had to give kudos for your Cookie comment lol also is it just me or does Clark look like James Marsdens blonde doppelganger?

  17. Scott says:

    Lazaro. Sanjaya. And now Daniel. Singers (“Singers”) that Idol makes us hate. Wouldn’t it be awesome if he actually won and just flopped as an artist? Perhaps then the Producers would stop foisting unformed child “artists” on us.

    Now, I don’t blame him for being on Idol. What kid his age wouldn’t want to be doing this? It must be a great time, albeit very hard work! But why doesn’t he get honest criticism from the judges?

  18. Jobless says:

    Given the point in the competition we’re at, it was one of the most absurd eliminations in Idol history. I did expect her to go home before her time, but to have it happen right away is insane.

  19. Owen says:

    I have no idea what the judges (and Slezak this week) are talking about with Nick’s “Wake Me Up”. Dude took us on a journey. Dude told a story. Dude took a song I love, but have heard many, many times and moved me anew with it!!! You know that thing when you’re watching Idol and you are so sure about a performance and then you look up to find everyone feels the opposite and you wonder if everyone was watching the same thing…

    • Kaba says:

      No, he really didn’t

      • Owen says:

        I’m not kidding. I always thought Nick was good (and UBER hot) but nothing he ever did really stirred me. This was an “all of a sudden I’m sitting up” Idol moment for me. And I’m actually a little hurt for him that he seemed to give it his all and it wasn’t appreciated.

    • Runner says:

      Testify, Owen! But I just find him adorable but generic. He needs to dig deeper.

      • Owen says:

        I honestly think he dug deeper into that lyric than Aloe Blacc does.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          ITA Owen, I think he could be said that Nick has not hit a bad note all season, but I also agree that because it’s idol, he needs to pick a song that is a little more dynamic now, because as we all now, singing perfectly is sometimes not enough for idol. You have to kick over mic stands, moonwalk, have balloons falling from the sky, or do a song that makes Keith move his shoulders to show us he’s grooving to it. UGH

    • Jaszy says:

      I’m right with you Owen! NICK is my favorite GUY on Idol! I don’t usually get into the boys as much as I do the girls, but Nick’s changed all of that! I love everything about him!
      He’s one of the more consistent performers of the batch. Just…I’m rooting for him.

    • dax says:

      go to bed.

  20. Won’t happen, but if Jax were to sing for the save next year you KNOW she’d be saved, “too early” naysayers be damned.

    I can’t even be mad at Daniel. It’s not his fault. My burning hatred goes to the producers, who KNEW they had a Sanjaya/Lazaro on their hands and did NOTHING. He’s going to surpass more contestants. It’s going to be a poison to what could have been a brilliant season.

    • Gailer says:

      Yeah, I keep thinking Savion could still be here blowing away this top 11

      • Smokey says:

        Thing is, I don’t think they will save Daniel when he gets cut – they will go with the flow, tell him he’s very young and has a big future (then forget about him and move-on) ……………I also doubt that they will save either of the Wildcards, Quentin or Adanna when their time comes, because they have technically already been “favored” once by pulling the wildcard to get them in.

  21. Angela says:

    Yep. I’m with others on the Sarina thing. She may have had an off night, but there’s no question that she’s still way better than Daniel, and should definitely be there over him.
    As for the people who are still there? Tyanna, Joey, and Adanna were the standouts tonight, for sure.

  22. Sarah says:

    I’ve always disliked the “save,” but I was thrilled tonight that the judges could actually use it for the first episode. That way we could forget about it and Sarina could come back and make up for her not-amazing performance last week. She really is one of the best this year, so the fact that Daniel got more votes than her is pretty disheartening. It’s time for him to go. Also, I haven’t been a big Joey Cook fan, but she surprised me tonight and I really liked her performance.

    • Smokey says:

      Things can take a big turn in a week. Especially when voting is split across 12 contestants . Song choices are especially critical in this stage and they won’t use a save this early. Idol has been burned by that a couple times in the past.

  23. Kaba says:

    Joey giving Woodbridge VA a great rep ^_^
    Tyanna was great as well.
    Quentin seriously can do no wrong in my head. I dig the dude so much, he just has an aura of good vibes and coolness.

  24. Angel says:

    Alright Michael but where is your critique of the “Lyon Brothers” performance along with the long linger shots to Jlo and Harry chatting? They made my night :-)

    • Mary says:

      They put all the idols to shame no comparison. That was one of the best performances ever on idol. The ironic part I am not into hip hop but I love Empire and have actually downloaded some of the music. I love Jessie voice.

  25. Craig says:

    – Tyanna and Joey top my list this week, with decent enough contributions from both Clark and Adanna. I think it’s safe to say these four were the best tonight if whatever combination one wants to put them.
    – Poor Sarina-Joi. She picked the wrong time to bomb. Weak performance this week followed by a really bad Wild Card performance sealed her fate.
    – Quentin wasn’t at his best tonight but he was good enough to stay over a few others. It does worry me though that he did well prior and didn’t garner enough votes.
    – Daniel was the best he’s ever been. Unfortunately, his best is still mediocre and warrants his immediate dismissal.
    – I fear Jax cannot do anything other than sing soft lullaby-style songs. Every time she tries for something louder or more upbeat she tanks. She was, again, absolutely terrible tonight and was probably the worst out of EVERYONE.
    – OK, it’s official. Qaasim cannot sing. After tonight if he must stay I just want him to get on stage and do some fancy dancing for 90 seconds.
    – Yup, it’s also official, Rayvon is still a bore even when he’s trying not to be. Also, his much-praised falsetto sounded like crap tonight.
    – I always forget about Maddie. I think that says it all about how memorable she is.
    – And I almost forgot to mention Nick here. See above.

    • Puchinsmom says:

      Craig, I totally agree with your “Quaasim cannot sing” comment. That was PAINful tonight. Awful. But I agree that watching him dance would be great.
      I wasn’t lovin’ Clark at all either. I thought it was a poor song choice. Good original, but he didn’t sound good with it at all.
      Joey and Tyanna were the best by a mile. Adanna may be turning into one of those surprise dark horses. Come out of nowhere. Happens a lot on this show. Part of the fun.
      I think Harry forgot his meds tonight, btw.

      • Smokey says:

        Qaasim lost some ground tonight, …..and is rated in the bottom 2 by several sites with after-performance surveys or grading…………………….

        Jax lost some ground as well, but dropping from usually in the top 3, down to around the middle. —

    • JM says:

      Craig, I agree with all of your comments except for Rayvon. His voice is still like butter to me. But I do agree that he needs to inject more emotion into his performances. However, AI producers clearly agree with you since he went 2nd on Wednesday and 1st last night.

  26. LeahKittyS says:

    No, this isn’t the result I wanted, either. But I’ve been watching Idol for too long to let this sort of thing bother me. It happens every single year, and at some point you just learn to take it. Sort of like a flu shot for someone who hates needles (me). Still, there is one good thing coming out of this, besides all the worthy contenders who are still here. There will be absolutely no way of predicting who stays and who goes. Especially when Daniel finally goes. And that always makes for an interesting show.

    • Sarah says:

      Yep, Daniel is the Lazaro of this season. Every year the producers put someone into the voting rounds who isn’t good enough but has the “cute factor” or whatever nonsense, who then ends up staying longer than the really talented contestants. SMH.

      • ctz says:

        Danjaya Arbos

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        Daniel isn’t Lazaro. Daniel,has talent and a lot of it, he just isn’t ready. He should have a great career in music someday. Lazaro will not… I kind,of,wish people,would give the kid the respect he deserves. I only wish they sent him packing before the top 24 and told him to come bak at 17… Assuming idols still,around.

        • Sarah says:

          I completely agree with you. I was comparing Daniel to Lazaro because they’re both contestants that shouldn’t have been put into the voting rounds, but were and are taking the spots of better contestants.

    • Smokey says:

      Some people watching the top 12 show with me, were splitting their votes around to Sarina, Joey, Adanna, Tyanna, Qaasim and Nick ———- I said that they can end-up with a big surprise elimination if much of the country votes like that. And so it goes.

      ……. This time it was Sarina, who was considered at the very least a top 4 or 5 contender this year in about every poll. When they like 4 or 5 different contenders and spread the love around, thinking that the big favorites will sail through anyway, we get a surprise.

    • dax says:

      obsessive compulsive much!

  27. I am SHATTRED!!! I am flabbergasted about sarinas horrible elimination!!! #NoPartyAfterAll However, I was happy that Joey, Adanna, Tyanna, and Quentin fought for it!!! :)

  28. Hayder B. Hayden says:

    This season is shaking out very strangely. Sarina-Joi lost all her momentum last week, and tumbled off a cliff this week. she needed a flawless performance tonight, but that was too weak to waste time discussing. Clark and.Nick are smooth, competent, and as exciting as cold spaghetti. I hated Quentin’s arrangement, but his vocal was precise and utterly without passion. Qaasim proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not a singer. I don’t know what everyone is hearing when Tyanna sings, but it isn’t an idol champion. I predict she will be the next to go, followed by the vastly overrated Jax. Meanwhile, Bieber lite will continue to warble his way into the top 7 before he runs into trouble. Adanna, meanwhile, is growing into a force to be reckoned.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      You predict that Tyanna will be the next to go?
      I predict that you will be very very wrong with your prediction!

      • Hayder B. Hayden says:

        I hope I am wrong. Right now, I have her sitting in the middle of the pack in terms of talent. But voting rarely tracks performance at this stage. If it’s not Tyanna, then it will probably be Adanna, and that would be a tragedy.

        • Puchinsmom says:

          Hayden. Really? Tyanna is just a natural. A joy. The most consistent performer this year. Not one bad performance. I think she could win. I like others a lot, but she is just amazing. I think you may be in the very tiny small miniscule minority.

    • Runner says:

      I think Jax has more of a chance of going home than Tyanna at this point. But we shall see…

      • Smokey says:

        My guess is that the bottom vote-getter this week will be between Daniel, Qaasim, Adanna or Maddie. That based only upon survey feedback —- and the probability that girls have a much harder time staying-in once the live voting starts, otherwise the girls would all be considered safe.

      • Hayder B. Hayden says:

        Alright. I listened to all the performances again this morning, this time with headphones. Tyanna was better than I gave her credit, but I still think she’s in trouble, and here’s why. In a perfect world, Daniel, Qaasim, and Jax would be the bottom three. They were by far the weakest performers. But AI is not a perfect world. Daniel, despite all his weaknesses, will probably skate through for two or three more weeks. Qaasim will benefit from the fact that voters overwhelmingly favor male performers over females, especially at this stage of the show. We would see two or three more girls go home before baby bieber gets the boot. Joey is trending up. One bad performance could send her reeling, but last night was a home run for her. Maddie is improving, and as the lone country voice, she will coast for a while. That leaves Jax, Adanna, and Tyanna. I think Adanna and Tyanna have overlapping fan bases and are competing for the same votes. Sarina-Joi made up the third leg of that triumvirate, but she slipped up and now she’s gone. Between the two, I llike Adanna more than Tyanna, but it’s probably a coin flip between the two of them for the voters. I would not, however, be shocked if Jax dropped below the two of them. I think her support is slipping fast.

        As I already mentioned, Tyanna is better than I gave her credit last night. And she is undoubtedly popular on this board. But the preferences of this board in no way reflect the voters nationwide. If they did, Daniel would be gone already, and Sarina would still be here. Quentin would not have required a wild card save. CJ would not have made the top 6 last year, and Jena Irene would have handily defeated Caleb. I’m not saying that posters on this column are wrong, they just don’t accurately represent the voting public.

    • JM says:

      Tyanna going??? Thank you for the laughs…

  29. Lemon says:

    Joey’s makeover was perfection! And her “duet” with Rickey on the Upright Bass….my favorite performance of the night. I had given up on the women this year, but Joey lured me in with this one. It was perfectly on pitch, intelligent, entertaining, fun, and cool. And congrats Quentin! Really enjoying the creativity of these two.

    • Owen says:

      Yeah, remember just a few scant weeks ago when everyone was talking about it being another “boys” year…? Don’t get me wrong, A boy will win. If Caleb Johnson could win over Jena Irene, unless they fix the vote again, the glitter and balloons will never fall on another girl. Of course, I would have never come close to believing we’d see six African Americans in the Top 12… so who knows…

  30. Marta says:

    After all these years, this one hurt. This one hurt bad. Sarina had a lot left in her, and I can’t believe it’s over for her.
    That being said, I don’t mind the one night a week, but it sucks as a format. The pressure and nerves and anxiety of singing right after your name is called is not a good look on anyone. And TV wise, it reads as a game show….not a well-rehearsed talent show.
    And yes, I’ll blame the format/sound mixing on Sarina’s mess at the top of the show last night.

    • Runner says:

      I know. Right, Marta? When I saw it was just Nick and her, I made peace with it before the commercial break. It’s too bad. I just wanted her to make it to the Top 10 so she could go on tour. Oh, well… I agree, this format was not the best for her….

      • LeahKittyS says:

        You’re assuming there’s going to be a tour. Can we be so sure of that after what happened last year? They reduced the number of stops, downsized the venues, got rid of the live band and had everyone sing to backing tracks. Heck, they didn’t even learn any songs that hadn’t already been done on the show that season. I’m afraid at some point they’re going to scrap the tour altogether, and this might be the year. I’m not even planning on going, and my dad and I have been to every single one since Season 8.

    • marie says:

      Totally agree about the format, Marta. But Idol is far from the #1 show any longer – as alluded to even by Ryan – and now gets scheduled around more popular shows rather than having other shows scheduled around Idol. I hate the added pressure on the contestants that the single-night format imposes.

    • deedee says:

      Yeah, I was thinking exactly that while watching last night. Idol feels like a game show now. “Tyanna, come on down! You’re the next contestant on American Idol!!!”. It’s just such an awful format, I have no words.

  31. Ethan says:

    Sad to see Sarina-Joi leave, like it HURT.. By the time Ryan called Daniel’s name I was like “f**k, I can’t” and knew Ms Crowe was a goner. And Neon Lights was.. alright. Vocally awesome but really wish she did some other song..

    Honestly (shocker) Adanna was my favorite of the night. She hasn’t been a favorite, but she has probably been the most improved besides Joey with her nerves. Adanna graced the stage and was FLAWLESS (well some pitch stuff but I didn’t care.)

    What is it going to take to get Clark to be number 1 again? Like him, Adanna, Tyanna, Quentin, Joey, Jax, and Rayvon could be an amazing top seven, but he isn’t getting any emotion out of his performances and keeps thinking “okay I need to make a sound that makes me get a stank face” and he hasn’t really made on tonight. Then again, he’s not the only one needing improvement in that top seven… cough Rayvon and Jax cough

  32. Temperance says:

    Wow, Sarina-Joi going home is insane, especially considering Seavey is still there. Totally insane.

  33. NikkiQM says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like Joey’s voice? I’m all for being unique but her voice is so affected and fake sounding to me. I just can’t get into her. I though Adanna did much better tonight and I haven’t been her biggest fan. Nick was good but boring, same for Clark. The highlight of tonight was Tyana for sure. But to be honest idol is going downhill I recently shared old idol clips of Kelly and Adam and Kris and Carrie and Jessica with my daughter and these contestants are no where near as good.

    • MC says:

      Good comments. Lilly Scott had an avant-garde approach, but she also had a better voice than Joey imo. I have to give Joey (and Lilly) credit for pushing the envelope on a show that usually favors conventional singers. It takes some courage to do that. It will be interesting to see if Joey can continue to improve. The mentor mentioned that Joey recently found (through coaching) an “extra gear” in her voice. I think Joey has definitely improved in the last couple of months and the “extra gear” is what propelled her to a spot in the top ten.

    • CMB says:

      Next time you’re looking at clips of past winners, remember that you are probably watching performances that came a little later in the season. I think even my favorites like David C. and Kris improved as the season went on. It takes a few weeks to get used to these live performances.

    • Mytake says:

      I lived Lily Scott but I think her voice is much better than Joeys. I like Joey but I agree that she’s created a somewhat affected character. I also don’t understand how so many tonight loved her. To me it seems she has very little range and she isn’t singing so much as sing-talking. Don’t get me wrong, I really do find her unique and interesting but I’d put her in the bottom half of the pack.

      • MC says:

        I also still prefer Lilly because she had a more natural delivery and (for me) a more pleasing tone. Having said that, the mentor correctly pointed out that Joey has found an “extra gear” in recent weeks.

  34. PFitzDC says:

    Ahhh, Michael, one of the things I love about you is your eternal optimism that “America” will do the right thing. And they don’t–inevitably, every single season, there’s at least one underdog singer who the judges should never have put through when they had control and this individual is embraced by votes in a rabid way that defies reason. And yet you always are shocked, SHOCKED when they go through far into the season. I love that you think better of the viewers, not that they deserve it. We will see Daniel for some weeks to come.

    • Mary says:

      How true you are about Daniel, especially if Scott thinks he can do something with him. Mold him into a new Bieber. This year the cuts are going to hurt due to the fact of strong contestants.

      • Meme says:

        Neither Scott or anyone else could do something with Daniel right now. The judges should not have let him through the 1st door, and the same thing can be said for some of the other contestants as well. I sit and watch and just scratch my head wondering how this kind of thing happens when “superstars” are on the judges panel. This show should be about giving opportunity to exceptional singers who have a real shot at a career through this platform. It’s not a pageant for cuteness or an effort focused on building someone’s confidence by encouraging something that just isn’t ready or not there at all. I would never tell my children they are great singers and to pursue a music career if they can’t sing in tune. :(

        • Mary says:

          First of all the producers are responsible for putting the contestants through and don’t believe the judges really have a say about it. I agree he should not have been put through but there are many of Pop stars who cannot sing to save their life and they are making a living doing just that. The way the music business is now it is really a hit or miss if you make it even if you can sing. It is pure luck and label support.

  35. marie says:

    So far this has been a rather strange season; people who are stellar one week are mediocre the next. I felt a little sick when Daniel was called and I realized that either Nick, Sarina, or Quentin would be the one to go, but with a talent pool THIS large, there will be sorrow after sorrow with each week’s elimination. Daniel, who seems like a nice enough kid but is swimming in the deep end of the pool when he can’t even dog paddle yet, will stick around for quite a few more weeks while more worthy singers are voted off before him. That’s Idol; there’s one every season.
    Joey was superb. Don’t know the song but what a fabulous arrangement. I want to hear that woman sing jazz. I would pay money tomorrow to hear her sing – jazz and other genres.
    Tyana was exceptional – truly exceptional in that she, like Alison Iraheta before her, makes me re-think my customary disapproval of very young contestants on Idol.
    Jax, still one of my favorites, disappointed me tonight. But we’ve heard what she’s capable of, and I’m glad she has another chance to dazzle us.
    Quentin, who has also mesmerized me on past shows, was also somewhat off his game tonight. I was anticipating a possible genuine “Idol moment” with Rolling in the Deep, but I ended up agreeing with Harry that it seemed superficial. Still glad he’s still here: he’ll recover.
    Don’t get me wrong, Qaasim is like a sudden fresh breeze in a room full of stale beer fumes, and I adore him – he’s just so likable, and what a performer – but the McCartney song unfortunately highlighted his vocal shortcomings. I think there’s a voice in there somewhere, and I hope he is able to coax it out.
    Heartbroken about Sarina-Joi. But that’s what I mean about the incredible talent this year: one misstep and you could be out (especially this early in the season before firm fanbases have formed). Too, too soon.

  36. Lesley says:

    I was going to do your poll vote like I do every week but I’m like…I don’t care!
    I’m so furious with the outcome tonight. I mean really..2 weeks ago Sarina was told she was the best singer there & then not use the save?
    I’M DONE!!

    • Joy says:

      I thought she should have been saved, too. It’s early, but if not her, who are they holding out for? Michael, you’ve often brought up the perception that the production and judging favor men — the history of the save certainly seems like a prime illustration. If they let Sarina-Joi go this season only to save one of the midpack guys in another couple weeks…grr.

  37. James says:

    If nothing else, Qaasim proved he cannot sing. He must go.

  38. Sburg says:

    Only performance I liked were Rayvon. Even though when he hit his falsettos he was a bit off, compare to the male performances that follows I thought his was the best (at least memorable). I would have given him a B-. I l love Clark but his performance tonight was not his best and not as memorable as the one he did on Wednesday…C+. and, Quassim not only disappointed me with his song tonight but also his behavoir…D-. He needs to calm down. I’m not into “quirky” but Joey delivered a great performance along with Tyanna, both of these young ladies…A’s in mybook. I don’t like the way this show is trying to push Jax and the little 14 year old on the viewers….or should I say trying to manipulate the viewers with these contestants. Sorry, Sarina left…it should have definitely been Daniel, Adanna, or Maddie. but, they can’t eliminate Maddie because then they will not have any one representing the “Country” genre. so, I think she is going to be there for a while.

    • safado says:

      It’s surprising to me how much Rayvon is undervalued here. Are we all watching the same show? He’s been one of the standouts every week. Such beautiful vocals.

      • Viajero says:

        I thought his falsetto just wasn’t good tonight. He shouldn’t have tried to hit Ellie Goulding’s high notes. He was really straining there and was uncharacteristically pitchy. A very underwhelming performance.

      • Mary says:

        He has a beautiful voice but he needs to kick it up a notch. I am not so sure AI was the way to go for him.

      • JM says:

        Yes, I love Rayvon, too, but I have to say that he does need to inject more emotion into his performances.

  39. Lemon says:

    I want to see Quentin sing JJ Grey’s “The Sun is Shining Down”, with Rickey on acoustic guitar. Quentin has exactly the right emotional voice and performance ability for this, and it would be an amazing idol moment.

  40. Jill Moy says:

    Well, my 3 still in it (picked right away from start with no changes), Tyanna, Adanna and Maddie! I’ve said from first time, Jax is not good and overrated! Whenever I say that they end up stinking up the place (like Sellars last year)! Her voice is weak and phoney! Well, Daniel stays again. He’s another San. and Laz! They stink but move on and on. Too bad Savion, Loren and Sarina are gone in favor of Daniel! A real shame!

  41. Andrea says:

    The only thing that will help after this disaster of a performance results show, is seeing Sarina interviewed by Michael Slezak, and maybe even getting an acting part on FOX’s “Empire”. She had such a great personality and voice. This emotionalized format didn’t allow her to truly shine like she was capable of. :(

  42. kevstar says:

    Harry is totally right. Quassim was awful. Keith saying this was best? Sorry, no. He is sucking like Daniel. So, Sarina had a bad couple of performances, but Daniel has a slew of them.

  43. ctz says:

    Ugh, I hope we don’t have to listen to Danjaya Arbos too much longer….

  44. Epazote says:

    BOO. All night long, I kept saying “Sarina!” for the next chair. Come on, voters.

  45. Gabriel Oak says:

    Agree. Sarina’s departure was much too early. Did not like Maddie, Jax, Daniel or Quassim tonight. I still think Rayvon is good, I don’t think it helped him going first tonight. We all know Daniel is going to stick around too long.

  46. Rip Tide says:

    I used to get tired of seeing the comments that always say “The Voice is soooo much better.” Have to say after tonight, they’re right. This Top 12 is awful. The “good” ones were pretty bad.

    • I P Frehly says:

      Were the judges drunk tonight? Are they tone-deaf? Or have they just become masterful bs’ers and liars?

      • Rip Tide says:

        Trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Too many too-young contestants again. The only way to save this show is by doing something drastic–raising the minimum age to 20. No more high school kids and variety show acts. Get people in there who have been in this business and have a few experiences and miles on the tires.

    • The Voice Yes! Waiting to see Sawyers battle! Now that is a 15 year old kid that is MEGA talented!

    • Sholton says:

      I’m really surprised that no one has mentioned jesse kinch from THe Rising Star. The absolute best from any singing talent show ever! Check out his I Put a Spell on YOu on U tube. Awesome talent.

      • Sholten Yes Jesse Kinch was my favorite from the beginning of the show! Absolutely loved him!

        • Jill Moy says:

          Kinch was another one I heard for a few seconds and declared him the winner! BECCA, WE BOTH KNEW HE’D WIN! He was only good singer on RS!

          • Yes he was sooo Good! I really hope he got a good record deal!

          • Jill I saw what you wrote. Thank you for saying Im one of the nicest people. I think you are so full of personality, and funny, your very nice. If you do perform in Portland please let me know! Would love to meet you! You also have very good taste in music and talent obviously! I consider you already a good friend!

    • Meme says:

      The Voice casts winners! “Singing” is about pitch, tone, range, power, and a delivery that is inspirational if you want me to buy your record or attend your concert. Idol needs to take a lesson from The Voice and cast winners … then people will be excited to watch the competition unveil.

      • Meme yes Talent on the voice is sooo great! I want to see Sawyers battle, and I think it is next week. Sawyer and i also love Cody Wickline! All of them are just great!

      • Jill Moy says:


        We will meet in your home town for sure! You have been a great friennd and have defended me pkebnty of times! You are also funny and know your music too!

        I don’t know why I’m mentioning this, but I have an ex-girlfriend (I’m straight, not that kind of GF!) who is absolutely the finest singer who God ever created! She’s black and she’s now 29 years old! I met her at the MGM in Vegas. I actually signed her up as her manager. I made a few bucks, actually pretty good money for a year. Problem was I paid for her demo, clothes, etc., etc. and she owed me for awhike. That wasn’t so bad, The bad part was she received a karge personal loan from me and I now have to sue her. I introduced her to people and she never would follow through. This girl has the prettiest highs and fantastic lows! She is superior to Carey, the late Whitney, etc., etc.! It’s a shame that she’s robbed the world of hearing her sing! She wiuld win any of these shows easily! You wouldn’t want tohear anyone else! Whenever I watch these shows I say to myselfm If only oeople got to hear her! These singers oale next to her! Doolittle paales next to her! Anyway, I’m gonna give you a copy of her Demo when we meet! You’ll hear for yourself. Zshe just doesn’t want the big time! If only she would. DARN! I think about this every day!

        • Jill Moy says:


          Sorry for typos (mosty o’s for p’s). I hope you can figure them out! Thanks!

        • Jill, cant wait to hear it! So this singer and you parted ways because she wasnt paying you back the loan? I hope you get all you money back. LOL yes I can read through the typo’s.

          • Jill Moy says:


            I want to address a couple things you mentioned: I also loved Amber Holcumb and Angie Miller. I feel Amber may be the besf Idol ever, when you combine Singing and Beauty! Angie isn’t far behind! Both were great talents for sure! Baby Jane, the movie was also one of my favs. Great stuff!

            As for the singer I mentioned, yes, she owes me a small fortune. She is so ungrateful.I signed her up for The Voice one year. It was August 30th. I am pretty sure it was in 2011. I took her to The Great Western Forum in Inglewood California.I dropped her off and picked her up about 6 hours later. She told me they put you in groups and you all go in a room then a section sings in front of a few judges. She told me out of the 100 or so in her group, she got the only call back. The next morning I was at a Chevron gas station and I struck up a conversation with a man and it turned out he was one if the judges that she sang for! I asked him if a beautiful black girl sang with braids almost to the floor . His eyes lit up. Not only did he say it was the best audition he ever heard, he said he can’t see anyone else winning. I swear this is true. Well, she said to me later that evening she didn’t want to go back! She saud, “screw them!” She had no patience and disappeared the next morning and I didn’t see her for a ciuple days. I almost left without her. Anyway, I’m a great singer in my own right but when it comes to singjng, SHE HAS NO PEERS! I remember she was singing at a gig and was singing UPSIDE DOWN by Diana Ross and she was getting lost in the song. I don’t know what was going on. I went on stage and helped her through it. That had never happened to her before. Turns out she really didn’t rehearse it much and didn’t know the song. I remember that night because they asked me to stay up on stage and sing a song with her. So we both sang Proud Mary, Tina Turner style and got a standing O!

            Anyway, I think I compare everyone to her and that is why I am so hard on singers, which is unfair. She has such range and power. She sings Aretha’s Chain of fools and the song is too low for her, the key it’s originally in. She sings it in a much higher key!

            Commenting on her brings back memories. But, we’ll never hear her as she just doesn’t want to do anything. Thanks for reading these long comments.

          • Jill Moy says:


            I’ve tried twice to leave long comments for you and it just won’t go through. It was more abiut her!

            I akso want to say that I too love Amber and Angie. Amber is perhaps the best Idol ever when you couple beauty with singing ability. Angie isn’t far behind. I also like the movie Baby Jane….A classic. Maybe this short one will make it through. My others were very long. Thanks.

          • Jill Moy says:


            I tried to mention a few special moments with her and myself but won’t go through. I tried to tell you about her and The Voice.I will try again later!

          • Jill Moy says:

            She got a call back on The Voice, one of only a handful that day and never showed up (a few years ago)!

          • Jill Moy says:

            No long comments will go through. Anyway, she has no peers (judges exact words). She is unforgettable with her chops and beauty. Oh well, I guess I judge everyone against her which is unfair. That is why I guess not many singers appeal to me!

          • Jill I dont mind reading long comments. What you have to say is interesting about this singer. She could be one of those talented types who doesnt care, I guess about fame or money, or maybe is afraid to compete with others on a talent show! Jill, I knew you were someone important! You have such great taste in singers and music! Usually we can pick the winner!I watched this “Afterbuzz tv American Idol last night. These are the guys that are backstage interviewing contestants after each show. Then they do a video, (Like Melinda and MIchael) but its on the same night as the show! They said Daniel has the most twitter followers and Jax second! Anyway its an hour long and they discuss each performance! While I was watching this J-lo tweeted them to say how great she thought Daniel was! They love Quentin and Clark! This Afterbuzz also has interviews with each individual kid! Pretty Good! I also watched this last year! They have a lot of “inside info”. They said Scott Borshetta (spell??) likes to get talent very young, like he did with Taylor! They also said Jax is not as popular as she first was and is fading,while Adanna might surpass her! Quentin is still my fav!

          • Jill I just looked on Daniels twitter page thingy and What? Adanna Duru is in almost every picture with him and then he has her pictures everywhere? Something going on? He Says he is excited cause Steven Tyler complimented him! I went there to see if it was true that he had the most twitter followers. It looks like its true. Now worried for Quentin to stay! I will throw all my votes to Quentin!

          • Jill Moy says:

            Long one went through hours later. INTERESTING!

          • Its going to be difficult for us to try and pick the winner this year. But remember when Scott said to Adanna Duru that this years winner was going to be more edgy than before? Adanna IS edgy. but who else could be edgy? To be Honest Tyanna is the best vocalist! For Real! She really is! But Quentin and Adanna are still my favs!

          • Jill Have you seen this Sawyer kid on the voice. He is 15 also but must have an old soul. He is pretty mature. Oh God He is so good! Also Cody Wickline! These 2 I think will end up frontrunners!

          • Jill I also check u tube views for AI performances to get “an idea” how the votes might be going! Jax over 400,000 views, she has the most,Daniel is second with 272,000 views on Im Yours song u tube, Nick only has 9000 views. Most of the others have around 70,000 views. Oh Tyanna has 100,000. So Daniel and Jax are in the lead for u tube watchers, but I dont know if that tells us enough about the voting! Why does Nick only have 9000? He is really good!

          • Jill Moy says:

            Well, you know who I’ve got on The Voice and A I this year. I’ve constantly mentioned it on each blog because at the end of the season when I have the winner and runnerup or both, people can’t call me a liar! I hope my streak on these shows continues. The Voice I don’t watch so my picks are from the circumstances I mentiond on the blogs. I also mention on A L how I choose, never changing picks either!

            Yes, singer I mentioned just doesn’t want the fame, I guess.But it boggles my mind why not! It’s just that she has it all and robs everyone of hearing her,. Gosh, I could tell you of many more things she could have done and didn’t but that could take up a whole book! She ripped me off so why do I keep talking about her, oeople have asked me. It’s hard to let go because I see all these singers and they are all so inferior to her..

          • Jill Moy says:


            Just listened to the kid Sawyer. PRETTY IMPRESSIVE! I read your comments on X Factor. I liked the show. I like how Simon was honest and blasted people! I liked Allona Santiago. Too bad they dressed a young girl like they did or she may have won. Michael never gave her good marks and she was so good, and the best showmanship around. I liked how one year they showed who got the most votes in order. I am tired of Seacrest saying, “in no oarticular order”….WHY NOT LET US KNOW WHO GOT THE MOST VOTES IN ORDER! WHAT’S THE BIG SECRET?????????????????????????

          • Jill Yes that was the year Beatrice Miller was there because she was at the bottom of the board and was so upset. I did like how they showed the votes I want x factor back!

          • I know who you like on AI but who is your pick for the voice? Give me a clue!

  47. kcforshort says:

    Longtime lurker and lover of Slezak’s Idol recaps — going back to his EW day, and I’m now posting for the first time out of sheer frustration and sadness after Sarina’s dismissal. I haven’t watched live Idol shows since Candace Glover managed to win, but Ms. Sarina and Lil’ Miss Tyanna pulled me back in this season. Now I’ll be skipping the show & watching youtube highlights again because a singing competition that cuts the best singer out of the gate isn’t worth my time. Even when someone with talent manages to make it through the tweener voting gauntlet, they don’t get any real backing or promotion (like Candace). This is why I’ve come to prefer The Voice…posturing judges and all, because it’s mostly about the singing. Also, why have a panel of AI judges who are best known for musicianship & dancing vs. singing?! Sarina and others could run circles around them all!

  48. Es says:

    WHY IS DANIEL ON THIS COMPETITION? There are more talented competitors who deserve to stay in the competition! Just shows little tweens vote for cute not talent and artistry!

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  50. WL says:

    Talk about lost credibility. If the new mentor Scott thinks Jax was “great” ….. We’re in for a long season….And Qaasim’s vocals were terrible.

    • Mary says:

      Per his interview voice isn’t everything, which I guess is true due to the AUTO TUNE world we live in. Where American Idol was voice first stage presence second, can be worked on, I guess Scott feels the opposite. Wants the showmanship then he can just auto the first. I had a feeling this was going to happen when he came on board. I just don’t understand why we cannot have both.