American Idol Top 4 Performance Recap: Fifty Shades of Gravy

Quick! You have one song to sum up the very soul of who you are as a human being! To quote Dennis Hopper in Speed: “What do you do? What do you do?

If you’re a member of American Idol‘s Season 14 Top 4 (or is it 5?), you stake everything you are on… Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” (say what now?!). A Justin Bieber track (oh hell naw!). Or the “baby lock them doors” jam that defined Scotty McCreery’s Season 10 run (#IDontUnderstandTheQuestionAndIWontRespondToIt).

These troubling choices raise some important questions: Are executive producer Per Blankens and His Ilk (a hot name for a Swedish new-wave band) forcing the remaining contestants to choose from song lists with fewer selections than Kim Kardashian has IQ points? Or have we reached the point in the evolution of The House That Has Never Acknowledged Season 4 Semifinalist Aloha Mi’Sho’s White-Hot Jams where surprise has gone the way of the Dodo bird?

It’s hard to say — seeing how Idol continues to deny us any access to what’s happening behind the curtain. (And yet there’s time for Martina McBride to muddle her way through “Over the Rainbow”?) I’ll just say that this week, I really missed Joey Cook and Quentin Alexander (AKA Those Who Just Missed the Cut for the Idol Tour I’m Not Sure I Want to Attend) and their unique sense of artistry.

Instead, we got Nick Fradiani making a major play for front-runner status with solid, straightforward covers of songs you’d expect him to sing; Jax solidifying a Top 3 slot by using an ill-timed spring cold to bring added emotion to her music; Rayvon Owen confirming the long-held suspicion… that he’s not just teflon, but also quite human; and Clark Beckham stamping his feet like a toddler in the toy aisle and insisting his artistic vision trumps the advice of experienced industry professionals. (I’d have applauded his decision, if, in fact, dude had sounded better on either one of his head-scratching numbers.)

Oh, it needs to be said Tyanna Jones was eliminated rather clumsily in the middle of the episode — she was possibly in the bottom 2 with Rayvon? — then asked to perform an uptempo Beyoncé ditty (to disastrous effect). Surely there has to be a better way to structure this one-night-per-week edition of Idol, no?

But before I go ahead and start flapping my gums again about additional underpublicized Idol alums — do check out music from Alexis Grace and Jason Castro, though! — let me get to my letter grades for this week’s performances:

Songs From the Judges’ Hometowns
Clark Beckham – Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” — Grade: C+ | Like a short person reaching for those rarely used champagne glasses on the highest cabinet shelf — I know of what I speak! — the challenging high notes of Clark’s opening number felt just a shade out of reach… representing a surprising second week of struggle for the fella widely considered to be the Season 14 front-runner. Even the Rev. Beckham Howl (TM pending) on the “la-da-da” breakdown failed to captivate — filling me with the sinking feeling that Clark was subconsciously passing his showcase showdown (confetti shower, major-label deal) to Jax and/or Nick.

Jax – Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” — Grade: A- | There was definite strain in Jax’s vocals tonight — under grilling from the judges, she admitted she wasn’t feeling 100% — but the breaks in her voice and raggedy quality of her tone perfectly fit the hardscrabble vibe of Alicia Keys’ glorious ode to a city of strivers and dreamers. OK, the ending was a little stilted — like J.Lo (MVP of tonight’s panel) I wondered if Jax knew whether or not she still had notes left to sing — but despite the glitch, Season 14’s sole remaining female reminded us of her delectably deliberate phrasing and inherent ability to translate her personal emotion into something downright universal.

Nick Fradiani – Matchbox 20’s “Bright Lights” — Grade: A- | OK, I surrender! Nick is not going to sing Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” (even though he reeeeeally should) or any other out-of-left-field-but-still-perfect-for-him ditty. Surprise is not a garment hanging in his closet, just waiting to make an appearance at a critical juncture in the competition. That nitpick aside, however, “Bright Lights” proved to be the most potent, in-tune vocal of the evening. I cringed a little when J.Lo squeaked “peeeeeeaking!” at the end of his number, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t right. Nick’s confidence grows every week he’s not a member of the Bottom 2, and his years of gigging at small clubs and bars have given him the type of enviable endurance one needs to survive month after month of the grueling Idol schedule. Nick could’ve focused a little harder on his enunciation in certain parts of the verse, but that “for God’s sake turn around” plea mid-song was undeniably stirring.

Tyanna Jones – Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” — Grade: I…’m not going there (she was crying, after all) | “If you’re gonna do one last performance, that’s the way to do it!” declared Keith, who was either A. Being really, really kind about a performance that was maybe only 20% in tune, or B. Simply not paying attention because what did it matter what he had to say at this point, right? Either way, this was an inauspicious end to Tyanna’s Idol journey and a less-than-stellar kickoff to her post-Idol career.

Rayvon Owen – Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” — Grade: B | I know, I know… J.Lo instructing Rayvon on the finer points of acting might have been a little cringe-inducing for those who’ve only seen that “I love your mother’s cookies” mess and not the Oscar-nominated Out of Sight. But “She Who Hails From The Block, USA” had a point about Rayvon’s very pretty but slightly overwrought Lady Antebellum cover. You can hit all the notes in the world, but if there’s not true, pulsing intent behind them, then so what? Rayvon brought palpable loneliness to the verses tonight, but he overbaked the refrain, trying so hard to convince us of his need for a late-night hookup with an old flame that the whole thing just flickered and extinguished right before our eyes.

“Gravy” Songs/Songs Representing the Contestants’ Souls
Clark Beckham – Josh Turner’s “Your Man” — Grade: C+ | Clark’s pre-performance package was almost as awkward as that time in Season 13 when Harry Connick Jr. hoisted a teenage girl on his shoulders. As Big Machine label chief Scott Borchetta and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus questioned his decision to flip a country song into a slow and (trying to be) sexy blues jam and wondered if it might hurt him with voters, Clark shot back, “If this loses me the competition, then I don’t want to win it.” At which point, Mr. Borchetta tossed in a remark about the kid being on a “fast track to the Holiday Inn.” (Ouch!) But here’s the thing: While I’ve got no beef whatsoever with Clark sticking up for his artistic vision, I also think it’s a little early in his career for him to close his ears to expert advice. Clark’s twist on “Your Man” was groove-less, sexless and especially strained at the top of his register — a misstep in both arrangement and vocal execution — and ignoring the warning signs of such a collapse seemed less about integrity and more about obstinance.

Jax – Christina Perri’s “Human” — Grade: B+ | Jax’s vocal was far from perfect, it’s true — as her illness definitely caused some hinkyness on the rangey ballad’s biggest notes. But at the same time, the broken quality of Jax’s under-the-weather voice fit “Human” as flawlessly as Ryan Seacrest’s suits… bringing a palpable ache to a song about relationship insecurities. Was the dramatic “knee drop/swallowed by dry ice” move a bit much? Perhaps. But then again, maybe Jax collapsed to the ground so her ears could avoid a direct assault from a backup singer who began howling over the final chorus like an alley cat with a paw trapped under an anvil. Jax’s ability to remain tuneful in the path of such hurricane-like caterwauling was pretty impressive — and ought to make her a lock for the Top 3.

Rayvon Owen – Justin Bieber’s “Believe” — Grade: A- | I know Jim Morrison has as much to do with Rayvon as the contents of a pickle jar have to do with the Kentucky Derby (it’s late — just go with me on that analogy), but I need to paraphrase the Doors frontman by celebrating the fact that the perpetually-in-danger cutie finally broke on through to the other side tonight. Before: Technical proficiency punctuated by flowery ad-libs. After: Genuine emotional release. It took Rayvon dedicating the “thanks for standing in my corner” lyrics to his mother (who was in the audience) to unequivocally make us feel what he was feeling. But once it happened, oh did we ever. Sure, the final 20 seconds or so got a little mangled (pitch/control-wise) thanks to a percolating ugly-cry (or at least that’s what Rayvon appeared to be fighting), but so what? We finally got a peek under Rayvon’s surface – and what we saw was heart.

Nick Fradiani – Rascal Flatts’s “What Hurts The Most” — Grade: B | While this definitely felt more like a matter of, “Oh, one of the Rascal Flatts dudes is mentoring — I’d better pick his song!” than a genuine display of the contents of Nick’s soul, he ultimately delivered a perfectly fine vocal — and one that, if I’m being honest, I don’t have much else to say about. (So actually, I’m gonna end there, OK?)

And as far as next week goes…

Should Go Home Next Week: Clark (mmm-hmm…I said it!)
Will Go Home Next Week: Clark (brace for another Idol shocker, people!)

On that note, I turn it over to you! What did you think of Top 4/5 performance night? Who were your faves? Who’s at risk? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments!

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530 Comments
  1. Christian says:

    Poor Jax. That background singer really screwed up her “Human” preformance. At least she had the Empire State Of Mind.

    • In rehearsals how did no one tell that background singer to not be shrill and loud and unnecessary. With Jax’s beautiful tone all you needed was a very light touch of background singers, if at all. That was crazy. Wouldn’t say it screwed it up or ruined it, but it didn’t help. I still think Jax did a great job on it, even better than on Empire State of Mind.

    • Nick says:

      Sure, blame the background singer. It certainly didn’t help matters that HER vocals were astonishingly terrible. That is the worst version of the song I’ve heard to date.

      • Jay says:

        You know she’s sick right? lol…

        • Nick says:

          Excuses, excuses. It still was a lousy performance. I am surprised they didn’t bring out the same doctor who was “treating” Lauren Alaina a few seasons back to drum up more pity.

        • Brandy says:

          She actually never said she was sick. The judges implied it and she didn’t deny it. To me she just sounded tired.

          • S. says:

            Everyone has some sort of vocal problem toward the end of the season so she’s not a special snowflake. I don’t remember what week it was, but Caleb got credit for being ill yet Alex Preston was also sick and felt it would encourage pity voting if he said so. I don’t know that Jax is sick, I think it’s vocal strain from singing improperly.

      • Rip Tide says:

        I hate to be the promoter marketing this summer tour. It has DUD written all over it.

        • Hayder B. Hayden says:

          You are absolutely correct. People can complain all they want to about Borchetta and Harry and everyone else, but the they have only themselves to blame for advancing this boring group to the top four. Nick, Clark and Rayvon all have fine voices and can sing a song, but they bore the hell out of me. Jax is by far the weakest singer of the four, but she’s 18, pretty, a little bit edgy, and can be auto-tuned into a pop princess. Her kind are dominating the pop charts right now. Idol stopped being a talent contest a long time ago and has been a popularity contest for years. Forget what you hear on stage. If these four were running for class president or homecoming king or queen, who would win? I suppose it depends on the school, but their relative merits as performers are irrelevant at this point.

          • Nan says:

            Unfortunately Jax is not pretty and auto tune can’t fix that. Do you imagine that Katy Perry or Rihanna would be that successful if they looked like Jax? She’s an exceedingly plain jane hiding behind a borrowed image. Getting all outlawed up won’t sell her to the masses. I don’t mean to be unkind, but facts are facts.

          • karyn says:

            The problem with Idol is not with this group of 4. Except for Joey going when she did, America has gotten it right each week.
            The reason the show sucks at this stage of the season (and this happens every season) is that (1) this same group that had us all excited 6 weeks ago or so has now done the same karaoke thing for weeks and we’re bored with it and (2) at this stage they are pumping the show full of filler to keep it the same length it was when it had twice as many performances.
            They could fix this by making the singers do full songs at this stage – prove they can master the dynamics of songs and tell a complete story rather than chopping the song up and jump straight into the high points of the song. They should also consider having singers do several numbers in a row to show they can actually fill a stage and keep our interest for more than 90 seconds at a time. This would also force them to mix up their song types – you can’t do a concert (even a mini-concert) with 3 mid-tempo songs but have to learn master a bigger range — and we’d also get to see them after they’ve settled in a bit and aren’t so nervous. My guess is that all of these singers would be much better in this format.

          • karyn says:

            My comment that everyone left at the right time except Joey was referring to the top 12 but that may have included Sarina Joi, in which case I misspoke. She left way too early. In fact, I basically like the 4 we have, but I’d trade any one of them for Sarina.

          • Li-Li says:

            Well said. At the end of this week’s show I thought: I don’t care to watch this show any more. For me Jax is the only interesting one of the four who gives a unique sound to everything she sings, even if she sounds like one of several “unique” female vocalists who are popular now. Nick is a great bar singer with a nice smile. I can’t believe he’s made it this far. Clark was interesting early on, but during the part of the performance where he’s not soulfully growling, he looks like a deer in the headlights. He lost me at ‘Moon River’. Rayvon is camera candy, but do we really need Luther Vandross Lite right now? I can’t help but think that Simon would have pummeled all of these singers. The mentors (and judges) don’t seem to be helping them get any better from week to week.

          • MAB says:

            Clark and Jax has always been my two favorites from day one. I always felt Clark would win and Jax would be runner up. Now I really want Jax to win because she has the best shot for success with Scott. I think Scott and Clark will be a disaster together. Clark is better off free from Idol. PP had a hard time working within the system, Clark would be disastrous. Clark could be another Sam Smith, he has a beautiful voice but if he can’t compromise with the Lable he will go no where.

        • JERSEY GIRL says:

          sure you are right, only 5 really? what happened to the top 10. Idol is going DOWN!

          • Jill Moy says:

            LI LI,

            JOAX IS ONLY INTESTING TO A GROUP OF HOUND DOGS….MAYBE THEY WOULD LIKE JAX THE HOAX AND HER TERRIBLE SINGING!

      • Temperance says:

        They weren’t terrible. Period.

        • Kimberly says:

          I thought Jax sounded awful too :(

          • Jeremy says:

            I think I figured out Jax. She is like an Avryl Lavyne for teenage girls who are kind of in between Disney and first putting on make up. She is kind of gimicky teeny bopper pop fake kind of thing. Like she is acting. Maybe like you’d see in some Disney musical or something. I can see her being popular among the 11-15 year old girl crowd. It’s just not genuine or mature enough for adults though. Too foo foo for my taste. Contrast her with Nick. Nick seems like you are watching a guest band perform on Idol. I mean, he has this in the can. He is the only one that really seems like a professional musician. That’s the reality folks. It’s like Bono vs. a bunch of Honey Boo Boos.

          • Amy says:

            I’m with you, Jeremy, re: Nick. I’ve held back here all season, since I was one of the few fans he has here. While I “got” some of the critiques about him, I happen to like a solid “bar-band” musician, who’s mature, hasn’t shown one bad move, personality-wise all season, and has delivered solid performance after solid performance. Nothing wrong with any of that in my book, it’s what I personally love. I get it too, even as a fan of his, I was always waiting on a little more emotion to show, some depth from inside the rocker dude….but he’s been slowly progressing and coming out of his shell on that…I think he will continue to grow more there in his career, if he gets one. He’s solid. He’s talented. He’s a band guy. And I love it. ….and ……icing on the cake…..My town gets and Idol hometown visit this week!! Yay..Idoloonie heaven (now I just have to get coverage at work!) Anyway, disclaimer…I started this season during auditions, with Clark & Rayvon as my favorites…but early on for several reasons given here over the season, I fell off that. I like Rayvon’s voice and personality…but something’s a little too melodramtic vs. real in performances and corny, for me. But, I wish him well. Clark, I wound up not liking on so many levels and felt he was over-hyped as the season progressed…just didn’t like his voice as much as I thought I would at first, too much of the same, souless eyes and dull personality…and yes…bad moves during mentoring on this episode. Michael’s assessment above, spot-on for me.
            All that said….so glad Nick is peeeeeakkkkinnnng now. :) Now that he’s made tour (good, bad or indifferent), and hometown visit…I’m happy with whatever else happens. But suddenly seems like he might be able to go all the way. Idoloonies love a good dark horse.

        • S. says:

          I’d use the word “godawful” myself, and they absolutely were.

      • jen mac says:

        I have to agree

        • Jill Moy says:

          Well, my pick NICK still kickin’…may extend my streak of 1st or 2nd! Picked from day1!

          • Jeremy says:

            I had Nick picked the week after tryouts. He is miles ahead of all of them in professional performing. Hmmm I wonder why? Oh maybe because he really is in real life! Nick deserves this! Clark killed his votes acting like a tool!

          • JayNC says:

            Yep to me there is Nick and then there is everyone else. Should be him and Jax in the finale.

          • JayNC says:

            Clark really screwed up last night and glad AI highlighted it. I respect him trying to keep true to himself, but if he doesn’t translate that into music people want to listen to and buy, then he will stay playing for change on streetcorners. To snub his mentors was stupid stupid stupid and I hope it costs him the competition, which it seemed to me was in the bag until last night.

      • jen mac says:

        Yes it was pretty miserable

      • Sherr says:

        You’re obviously tone deaf.

      • Meh says:

        The back up singer was most definitely out of tune.

      • Agreed! Jax is not good, PERIOD!! Nick is boring. Rayvon and Clark are best singers but getting bussed!

        • Mary says:

          They might be the best singers but will go no where after the show. Neither have the personality to become a worldwide star. How can you say Nick is boring and not the other two. I don’t care for any of the remaining contestants, but Jax does have the potential for pop music. Time will tell.

          • JayNC says:

            Of the two remaining only Nick and Jax have any potential for a future in music.

          • Wayne Cox says:

            Time did tell. If Nick were not boring, he would, at 29, already be somebody.

          • Tom22 says:

            Haha Wayne — you might be somewhere on that “time did tell” quip. The only exception would be if he were a great song writer and might write some song that struct a connection.. but then the chances of that making a star out of someone 30 years old is fairly slim too. Never say never though I guess.. I’m sure there are one or two exceptions over the last 15 years?

      • Tom22 says:

        it wasn’t that bad.. sorry you thought it was terrible but it wasn’t. Would have won any high school singing competition and likely a regional competition.

    • Amy says:

      Question for site mods, that’s been brought up before…why after posting does this site not leave us where we left off, but instead, we have to scroll back through tons of posts to find our spot again, time after time? Makes reading this site take way too much time.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        No kidding. I wish they would fix that problem.

        • Nan says:

          Just look at the space indicator on the right hand margin before hitting Post Comment. Then scroll it down to where you were once the comment posts.

      • Granny C says:

        Absolutely 100% agree!

      • The Beach says:

        Yep, it’s very irritating and didn’t use to be that way.

      • Tahoe Mike says:

        I use the find feature (Ctrl-F) and search for my name. It allows me to jump through my posts. I also use the “end” button to jump to the bottom of the page to click the show more button because the find will only go through the reply’s that are loaded.
        I too hate the way this comment board works, but those are my tricks for dealing with it.

      • JayNC says:

        Thanks for pointing that out – it is intensely annoying. I place my pointer on the scroll bar to help me find my place, but once you have to go to “more messages” it is impossible.

    • Meh says:

      I thought I was missing something with that horribly out of tune back up singer. Yikes. Hope she still has a job today. I am not sure if I have ever witnessed a back up singer sing so poorly on one of these shows before last night.

    • mfree says:

      I thought it was rather weak that somehow the piano magically kept right on playing after Jax got up from it on Empire. Either play it or not Jax, but don’t pretend.

    • joe privatez says:

      I mentioned last week (in a reply) how at this point in the season there are still a bunch of pitch issues (for all). The example I gave was in last year’s Top 5, Jessica Meuse sang “Only Human” in pitch and on key with a range that Jax may never attain. I had to fast forward thru Jax’s rendition so as to not ruin that song in my brain.

    • Ann VerWiebe says:

      Shrill, loud and sharp!

  2. Kim Moores says:

    What were the ‘standout’ performances that I should watch? Poor Tyanna, Rayon really does have 9 lives.

    • Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

      Rayvons believe, nicks what hurts the most, and Jax’s Empire State of mind (she was sick, so it’s not her fault)

      • Joe says:

        They were all subpar. Slezak should clean his ears cause nobody deserves an A with those performances.

        • Mary says:

          Glad I didn’t waste my time watching. Chicago Fire and SVU was really good. Sorry to see Tyanna leave, but she really has been slipping the past few weeks. Is Rayvon the season 14 winner? Who is voting for this guy. Nice voice but man. I really don’t care at this point who wins. If the finale doesn’t have good guest, might not watch that either. I will just u-tube my favorites. This format has really ruin American Idol. I do not see why they couldn’t have everyone sing then do the bottom two. I don’t think anyone has given a knock out performance due to this.

      • jen mac says:

        She never said she was sick!!! tired maybe but aside from the vocals the arrangement went no where even Jlo was disappointed in it she said it was the wrong song!!! I agree

    • Nan says:

      IMO Rayvon had a MOMENT tonight. And he and Nick were way above their usual game. Clark was a mess, pure and simple and IMO he looks and acts like a spoiled toddler.

      • JM says:

        Absolutely, Rayvon had a MOMENT tonight. His singing to his mom was the most authentic singing moment he has given all season. Loved it!

        • idolisover says:

          Rayvon is a really bad singer and also messed up on the lyrics of his song. Believe the Lap Dog Judges of “Everyone can sing in America”. Where is Simon? These were the two worst seasons of Idol. Meatloaf wannabe “Caleb Johnson” Testify sucked up about 10k sales in the first week release. First week sales should be in the hundreds of thousands not 10k. Now with Rayvon or Nick being a possible winner you maybe looking at a new low of about 2k or less sales in the first week. If both were to win, wow Caleb Johnson sales doesn’t look so bad. Defend the show like most people here seem to be doing. The only singer in the top or bottom 4 that has range is Clark but what the hell is that saying since this is not a singing competition all of sudden according to Harry who said performance trumps everything. What a bunch of Crap. Weeks earlier he contradicted himself. Get some real judges for American Idol. Is this the last season for American Idol?

          • Alan Dvorkis says:

            Could not agree more. He did say Jax was pitchy but now that does not matter, when in prior weeks it was all that mattered. Clark does not want to listen to the boss, so now they are out to get him. He is easily the most talented of the bunch. Nick is a bore, has zero star quality, but they are trying to get him home now. Rayvon has sung the same every week since day one. Again, I could not agree more

          • Tyler says:

            That is really strange. Clark didn’t listen to Boy George when he wanted Clark to sing Every Breath You Take a key lower. And the judges loved it. I guess when you disagree with Scott–it’s a different story. Hypocrites.

          • Nick says:

            LMAO @ calling Rayvon a bad singer. You are insane.

          • Jill Moy says:

            Hundreds of thousands of sales 1st week…..Stop.
            dreaming! You’re living in a fantasy world! Norah Jones’ debut album sold almost 27,000’000 copies and I doubt if she sold hundreds of thousands of albums THE FIRST WEEK!

        • soundmanager says:

          But with all his training why does he breathe into the mic… Poor technique, excellent voice.

      • Alex says:

        Nick had the biggest MOMENT of the night for me. He’s never sounded better, and like JLo said, he’s peaking at the right time.

        • Jeremy says:

          I predicted Nick in the top 2 the first week after tryouts. He is the most advanced performer. He is a genuine singer more in tune and in key than any of the others. He is the real deal. A total Pro! What he needs to do is a power ballad because we have not had one magic Idol moment yet this year. Anyone that can’t comprehend Nick is the best, go back and watch his last performance tonight. Spot on professional perfection. Mix of heart and spot on vocals. He isn’t some teeny bopper gimmick fake pop star like Jax. Nick is the man. Come on Nick, give us that Idol moment we’ve been waiting for! I bet Scott wants nick because he knows he is dealing with a mature musician, not some tool like Clark.

          • Amy says:

            Ok, so don’t understand this site…I guess my longer post needs moderation?? anyway…Go Nick!!!….and #Hometown visit for us! Wow…lol…this is BIG. :)

          • Clark is the best! Other than Clark my favorites have all left. I like Rayvon’s outlook and enjoy him vocally, so he can be my number two. I used to like Jax ‘s style in the beginning, but now she seems totally contrived and full of herself. Nick totally puts me to sleep from day one until now. Sorry he is just a plain snooze fest. Just don’t get his popularity at all.

        • Morisot says:

          E-X-A-C-T-L-Y! (…and even Michael caved — grin.)

        • Jovannia says:

          J Lo just wants to screw Nick… thus the peaking comment

      • Brandy says:

        Agreed! Voting for Rayvon as much as I can!

      • Meme says:

        Clark was not a “mess, pure and simple”; he was just trying to be himself and do the music that feels right for him. If you were told to be something other than the authentic you, what would your response be?

        • Macy says:

          I agree one million percent — I have much respect for artists who stay true to themselves. And I completely disagree with Michael that Clark’s second song was “groove-less, sexless” — I loved its sexy blues vibe.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Haven’t really watched this season, but I’d say Nick was probably the best. Not amazing, but pretty good.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I have watched this season and haven’t really been a Nick fan but he was quite good tonight IMO.

        • MAB says:

          I haven’t been a Nick fan either but tonight I stood up and took notice. The thing with Nick is I have a hard time looking at him with the faces he makes when singing. He’s cute and all but it just looks weird.

          • karenb says:

            And don’t forget the hair lol. Dude’s got nice teeth tho 😁

          • JM says:

            Yes! I’m glad someone else noticed that. His awkward ‘turn head to the side and purse lips’ movement really distracts me from the music. So much so that I don’t even remember his performances later.

          • chris says:

            Why have the judges never mentioned the faces he makes when he sings? They nitpick everyone else.

        • richard says:

          Same oh same oh

      • richard says:

        Least talented of the group. Same sound on every song.

        • Erin says:

          Completely agree. When oh when will they criticize Nick for not arranging anything ever (except the bewildering serious take on Billy Joel’s upbeat and funny Only the Good Die Young). He is in any bar with a band or karaoke machine, but since he has eyebrows that move, he will beat Clark. Sigh.

      • Jill Moy says:

        ANGIE,

        YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SHOW? PALEESE! You post over 25 comments every blog….miss know it all! You don’t stop yappin’!

        You truly are OVERRATED, NICE NAME YOU PICKED….IS THAT YOUR LAST NAME ?

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          A) You’re an idiot. Please shut up.
          B) I have barely watched Idol all season. Please find these 25 posts of mine per Idol blog. I’d be curious to read them considering I didn’t write them.
          C) I think you thought your last sentence was clever, but allow me to be the first to assure you that it was only clever in your mind, not in actuality.
          D) Please refer back to point A. Point A is very important indeed and is worth repeating.

          • Kim Moores says:

            Yasss Angie Yassss!

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            @Kim – I typically ignore her posts, which is what most people are FINALLY doing (thank you everyone!), but sometimes I slip. I do feel sorry for those with mental illnesses and do my best to accommodate and be compassionate to the less fortunate, but enough is enough here. Normally the phrase “are you off your medication?” is a nasty slam, but in this case, I mean it quite literally and am asking out of concern as opposed to snark.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            lol Angie, I am actually proud of myself for not supplying any troll food for most of this season, except for the occasional slip. When Joey was eliminated this particular troll went on a 7 or 8 post rant, bad mouthing Joey in every conceivable way, and for a moment I almost went there, right to point A. But I didn’t.
            That doesn’t mean I’m not happy that you did.:)

          • Jill Moy says:

            ANGIE,

            And think, I defended you last week on a blog (of course you never responded to that)!

            I would never tell anybody to SHUT UP (even you)! YOU ARE THE TROLL BIG MOUTH ON HERE!

            I’m announcing I WILL SING OFF AGAINST YOU ANYTIME ANY PLACE! No, I don’t sing opera ! BUT I WILL SING ALL OTHER GENRES AGAINST YOUR PHONY A$$!

            I guess you will then find out who I am! BUT TO SHUT YOU UP. IT WILL BE A PLEASURE!

            We need to put money in escrow and then make arrangements! You can pick the judges!

            So, here’s your chance big mouth! I’m tired of your miss no-it-all-comments!

            I want it worth my while! I’m talking big money. not a few thousand dollars!

            THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT! If it’s a go respond to this and we’ll figure out the rest!

            Why don’t you pool your money with Kim, your sidekick!

            This excites me! Please lets do this! I’m ready when you are! I am very serious MISS OVERRATED!

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            @Bob – I know the best policy is always to ignore him/her, but like you, sometimes I fail in that regard. Someone constantly referring to a young woman as “the bride of Frankenstein” isn’t something that should be rewarded with any sort of response. It’s a lot easier to shut people like that down in real life, but on the internet, they just keep going and going and going….

          • Jill Moy says:

            ANGIE,

            YOU MADE FUN OF ASHLEY! I DON’T BELITTLE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT LIKE YOU!

            I SEE YOU WON’T ACCEPT MY CHALLENGE FOR A SINGOFF! YOU CHOSE TO PUT ME DOWN INSTEAD! I knew you were a coward!

            Everyone on here can see you’re a coward! I will out sing you or anyone you choose in your place! You had your chance! I got your answer below!

            Let’s just ignore each other! You proved you can’t sing and you’re all hot air!

            I wanted tohold our competition in Portland Oregon, where I will meet Becca (she comments on here) this year! I was to make arrangementssoon! I’d love your followers on here to attend!

            PEOPLE ON HERE…..YOU CAN SEE Angie Overrated won’t put her money whrre her mouth is and meet for a singing competition! ALL YOU HAD TO DO IS SAY YES BUT YOU DIDN’T!

            I was expecting you to get it on! I am disappointed! You have proved to be a phony! I’m not wasting my time with the likes of you anymore….COWARD!

      • Jill Moy says:

        ANGIE O,

        Just want to repeat the fact that I don’t attack and make fun of people who comment, only the singers! You are the troll, but nobody says a thing to you? Why?

        I proved you are a phony, openly challenging you to a. sing off! I put my money where my mouth is! You can’t sing! People, IT’S BULL!

        Let’s just not read anymore of each others comments! I won’t read a liars comments!

        • Jill hey Its Becca, What the heck is goin on here? GET THE HANGERS! I have been only watching the voice and will comment there! This is really the first year I DONT Have a favorite left in the top 4 or 5 in idol! They are so COMMONPLACE and vanilla. All of the interesting people went home! And not only interesting ones went home, also good singers like Adanna Duru! Even Daniel was interesting because we all were waiting to see if he would improve, Qaasim was a great performer, Quentin mesmerizing! They are all gone! Im still amazed by Sawyer, so Im watching the voice! I was hoping this sing-off would be here in Portland!

          • By the way, Daniel Seavey just did a local performance and packed the place, lots of screaming little girls. He is doing well here in the Portland area! He is NOT the best singer, but such a sweet kid that I hope the best for him! Maybe he can get a really good vocal coach and keep improving!

          • Jill Moy says:

            Yeah BECCA,

            I am fresh out of wire hangers!

            I was at the big fight in Vegas…..I knew Mayweather would win! Everybody was there! Anyway I’m going to that venue I told you about (with great talent) tomorrow!

            Yeah, as you can see on the post, I offered to sing anything but opera against Mommie Dearest know it all big mouth! I was actuallythinking of you holding the money while we both come to Portland Oregon! If she agreed I was gonna ask you to do that for us! I trust you that much!

            I will never read any of her comments again! She’s a phony who makes fun of people who comment! Even last year she hassled me, talking about her “producers!”

            I was praying she’d say YES! I had people already trying to make arrangements! I’m disappointed as I wanted to prove to everyone on here she can’t sing! She’s probably an old hag with no teeth! She goes on and on and on, yappin’ away…..25 or so comments each blog! She has a great last name….OVERRATED!

          • Jill I picked Mayweather also! He is a beast!

          • Jill Moy says:

            GOOD FOR DANNY BOY! I wish him the best! I would like to see him when I’m there! Glad he’s doing well! Well, I need Nick to continue my streak! India over on TV needs to be at least runner up for my streak to continue as well (I’m losing faith in her! Bad song choices)!

          • Jill Well Danny boy needs more practice singing, but he is just so dang cute and I cant say that some of these others on idol are any better singers than he is. At least he has likability and smiles and doesnt make baby whisper noises like Jox strap. At least Daniel was real! AND I guarantee Daniel would never say the things Clark Beckam said to the mentors and Scott.

    • KatyLynn says:

      Rayvon will go after Clark. They need Rayvon to get passed Clark, then they can throw him under the bus after they threw Clark under the bus and backed up over him. They want Nick/Jacks final 2.

      • Jill Moy says:

        ANGIE, I meant your answer was above my last long comments! I’ve told a lot of people about this and now no more arrangements will be made! I didn’t challenge you to not follow through! I, again am disappointed! Think of me how you like! The fact is you are stupid and need to shut up (That is what you said to me; I don’t say that to people like you do!)!

        Too bad, you brag about singing opera and always think you know it all! My guess; You are an old hag and homely where I am young and beautiful!

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      There were no stand out performances. This was another boring show in perhaps the worst season of AI ever.

    • JayNC says:

      Both of Nick’s, and Jax “Empire”. You can skip the rest and not miss a thing.

  3. Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

    I’m gonna miss Tyanna. At least she made it on tour so that’s a positive. My favorite of the night was Jax and Nick and rayvons last song choices. They really delivered tonight

    • Joe says:

      Just shocked at the way they handled her. The girl was crying her eyes out and they made her sing for her supper. I swear AI this season has no heart.

      • JayNC says:

        But that is the way it has always been – the person voted off sings a farewell song and it is almost always terrible.

  4. Jax and Nick and even Rayvon (when he picks the right songs) are trying to win the competition, Clark is trying to set himself up for later. I think Clark has taken his foot of the pedal and the rest are driving right by him. If Rayvon sings more songs like “Believe” and never be so overly-dramatic again like his first performance then he can stay over Clark and I wouldn’t even be mad at it. I like Clark but he has made bad decisions recently or isn’t listening to anyone anymore. It’s unfortunate but the others are really stepping it up.

    • Caroline says:

      Setting himself for what though? Scott B is not going to sign Clark if he doesn’t win. And I can’t see any other major label jumping up and down to sign him. Maybe a Christian music label?

    • Sue Stanley says:

      Clark may not want to do exactly what someone else says…..

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        It worked for Phillip Phillips. I think he should be proud for sticking to his guns. He said that was his gravy song, I believe him. How can you go against what you believe, sing a song that someone else says is YOUR GRAVY and sing it with emotion? Not one person asked that question.

        • Tyler says:

          As I said before–this is nothing new for Clark. He stuck to his guns and sang Every Breath You Take in a key higher than what Boy George suggested. And the judges loved it. But when you go against Scott–the judges hated it. Hypocrites. I lost a lot of respect for the judges. One minute they’re slamming Quentin for singing out of key. But then gave Jax a pass for the very same thing. Again–hypocrites. Clark for the win!

          • But Clark did not sound good on that song. Everything about it was just poorly done IMO. If his instincts had worked then that would be one thing.

          • Tommyo2000 says:

            The difference was Quentin was almost always singing off key. The judges have to bring it up as criticism. Jax is usually on key, so going off isn’t something that needs to be corrected. if it continues then she should get the same treatment as Quentin

            Also, while it may have hurt him on Idol, you hope that he looks back at what was and gets a vocal coach who can help him. It is advice that will benefit his entire career.

          • Meme says:

            CLARK FOR THE WIN!

        • Lisa says:

          The difference between the end result for Clark versus Phillip Phillips is that Phillip was successful. Clark THOUGHT he knew better, whereas Phillip actually did, which was evident by the end result.

        • Jovannia says:

          I agree. If Clark had taken the advice and didn’t sing it with emotion the judges would have criticized him on that. I think Clark is da…… if do and da if he don’t. da being short for another word

  5. Christian says:

    I’m also curious if Michael got the title idea for the recap from one of Kitty Wilde’s (GLEE) insults towards Marley’s mom?

  6. esqape says:

    I’m voting for Rayvon, just because he’s the best vocalist left. And tonight he showed true emotion. Can’t ask for anything more.

    • db says:

      Are you drunk lol

    • Benjamin says:

      I’m on team Rayvon 2!.. but just ’cause i’m still poisoned by my favourite singers eliminations.. you know… just to troll idol supporting the most boring contestant every week!. The anger lead me to the dark side!. xD

    • richard says:

      Cannot you not see what’s happening?Ryan is trying to save this loosing program by promoting a long shot as an idol
      Rayvon should have never been saved, don’t you see, how many times has been saved. Nick and Rayon least talented of many.

      • Amy says:

        I do not get your assessment above about Ryan saving idol etc??
        And Nick…you’re just wrong on that.

      • Jeremy says:

        If you think Nick has no talent, you have proven you don’t have a very good musical education. He is the most in tune and in key and the most professional and genuine singer and performer of the bunch. To be honest, he is almost to good to be there. It is like bringing in an already accomplished musician to compete with a bunch of amateurs. I knew he would get to top 2 from the beginning. Now I have no doubt he will win. It’s a joke.

        • froggybottom says:

          I agree. Nick is great. The show is almost too hokey for him. Nice to see him emerging at the end as a frontrunner. I hope Tyanna gets signed as well. The right people could help her shine.

          • Jeremy says:

            Yeah Nick is too advanced for this show. He is so a real professional musician, I think some people needing the overly dramatic foo fooness can’t grasp why Nick is the best. He isn’t acting, he is a band frontman.

        • Simon says:

          Clark will still win. He’s so popular that nothing can change that anymore.

          • Jeremy says:

            Yeah Clark will win. He will win a plane ticket home were he can continue to play in his bedroom since Clark is really all Clark wants to play to.

  7. Jessamine says:

    Rayvon has turned into Syesha Mercado! (minus the show tunes)

  8. idoloonieme says:

    Goodbye Rayvon, that was a good run! Your technically good, but you’re quite contrived for me – because if not, I mean America will not put you always at the Bottom 3 right???!!! You can consider though what Melinda stated that people just forget voting for him after he’s being saved but whatever. And for people (including Michael) thinking that Clark possibly not winning this whole shebang – B I T C H please! AS IF!!! LOL!!! Another thing, his eyes are so blue and so gorgeous – but there’s no sex in his dead eyes!!! LOL!!! But I can consider it though – him going home since voting mechanics since S13 is different already. I appreciate Jax’s contribution of being a colorful artist in the show so she’ll be fine as a great runner-up (with Scott by her side arguably pushing her to be the winner). And Mr. Fradiani, you’re such a one hot Italian man!!! Thank you for the supply of your drop-dead sexiness every single week (despite your pedestrian-sounding vocal) in an another-arguably-boring season.

  9. Kim Moores says:

    Also, why did they make Tyanna waste her time preparing a second song? Is it too hard for them to just give the close out performance to the eliminated? It’s the least they can do since they eliminate the same night. Sounds like she was brutally dismissed after her send home performance.
    Also, that’s so messed up doing it in the middle of the show.

    • Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

      Amen to that

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Kim Moores – good point. I agree! The final “sing outs” were always one of the best parts of the show. I thought it was awful at the time to say “okay, you’re gone, now sing” but it’s better than this.

      • Amy says:

        Good point, I agree. End of show would be better. I guess they want to end of high notes now. Idol needs all the positivity it can to survive another season, perhaps?

    • JM says:

      Making Tyanna go in the middle of the show was absolutely ridiculous. No suspense whatsoever and a lousy way to say good-bye to someone.

      • T. B. Hammer says:

        At least they gave her a nice showing/review of the journey on Idol. First time this year anyone has had that, They just threw the others out with nothing but a bus ticket and a box-lunch.

    • Love Tyanna says:

      SO true! My heart breaks for young Tyanna.

    • Jeremy says:

      Oh boo hoo tyana had to prepare an extra song. You’ll have to do a lot more than thta in the real music industry. I read Mariah Carey was working 20 hour days at one point.

      • Kim Moores says:

        My point is that unfortunately this isn’t the damned sane thing. It’s a waste of their time to have her prepare a song only to perform one on this show. That too hard to understand? Or do you think American Idol and the industry are the same thing still?

  10. Zach Woolsey says:

    YES! Shocker! Go home Clark! Let it happen, PLEASE.

    • Gailer says:

      I wouldn’t care that’s for sure

    • Rip Tide says:

      Clark, like one or two other “anointed ones,” was highly overrated.

      • DL says:

        Not really. His voice is pretty insane. However, he still feels like he needs to find himself as an artist, whereas the other contestants seem fairly settled, in that respect at least.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          ^This

        • Smokey says:

          He’s got a great, powerful pitching arm, but throwing balls all over the place. He needs to settle-down from the wild hurling of screamer notes and put his powers into a smoother pace. …………………….

          He is smart enough, gifted in fact, to learn guitar, piano, etc. (which are entirely different motor skills) and have a good voice besides. ………………….

          But, he is not projecting one of the images that can catch-on … beyond the college or State singing competitions………..

          he’s not the “Bad Boy/KMA attitude” guy that many are attracted to in music ….,,,,, not the smooth crooner that stays in the soft Pop or Easy-Listening Pop ballads game,,, or the young phenom that can capture the fancy of young teens that go for cutting-edge Pop, rap, hip-hop or Country. ……….He is a talent that needs the right guidance toward a Blues/Jazz/Rock Alternative pocket of the business.

        • Rip Tide says:

          None of these five have a future beyond small clubs, bowling alleys, or, perhaps, with a few acting lessons, a part or two in a Lifetime or Hallmark movie. Just keeping it real.

          • MC says:

            Bowling alleys? Lol. It’s good to have a laugh because sometimes I think people take these talent shows way too seriously.

    • Business TIme says:

      What do you mean shocker? They spent this whole episode throwing him under the bus. Two or three weeks ago, J-Lo called him boring. Save for that one time Scott said something about his song flying up the iTunes chart (and it did), they haven’t pushed him at all.

      All three judges literally told him he was WRONG for wanting to be true to himself. This was such a “we know this guy won’t sell, but he’s getting votes, so we need to really go after him” episode.

      • Jeremy says:

        Clark threw himself under the bus. That was pathetic how he was acting. He tells a rich, famous record exec who gave Taylor Swift her start at his actual studio that he knows better than Scott. HAHA Unbelievable! He won;t even make it to Holiday Inn.

        • Macy says:

          He held his ground in terms of what music he wants to perform, rather than performing music he doesn’t care about, just for popularity. That to me shows integrity as an artist — loving music for music’s sake, not for sales.

          • karenb says:

            Exactly Macy. #nosellingout

          • Jeremy says:

            You missed the point with what Scott was saying to Clark. He was trying to help Clark win the American Idol singing contest, not make him be someone he isn’t and stomp on his artistry. Because Clark thought he knew better, he now won’t even come close to winning. You guys all took it to mean he wanted him to be someone he isn’t and stomp his artistic value. Please, don’t be so ridiculous! See ya Clark, how proving nobody can tell you anything was worth having to play in from of 10 people the rest of your life. Self righteous brat! Nick was going to win anyway.

    • Kam says:

      Clark is the BEST of the lot, he just needs to find his stage identity, I mean every week the judges kissed his arse, while giving him pointers for improvment, Harry said Clark was perhaps the only musition in the contest, and he didnt need to do anything stage wise just sing to win. But he didnt Follow direction, from that slezzy looking hobbit, and now the hater`s are out, crying “burn the witch”
      Nick sounds like every pub-band singer out there, you know, the ones that cover everyone else`s songs because they dont have any creativity of their own , oh im sure if you lived in his area, you`d know that`s exacly what he does. Im not saying he`s bad, far from it, but go to your local Pub and you`ll find a dozon Nick`s
      Ravon is what we would get if Skynet had actually been real, and the Terminator won. A machine that simulates human emotion, and sings in perfect pitch, i`m glad he had a “moment”, or was his program just upgraded?
      Jax isnt bad, and might be the only real contender to Clark, she`s certainly one of the most marketable, she`s got a creamy come f#$%k me voice and is hot, but she lack`s Clark`s talent, Maybe she could have Clarks baby that might lead to something special lol
      My money`s on Clark, unless voting get`s rigged ;-)

      • Yo says:

        I think Clark is a very capable singer, also, and was the best one for a long while, but I don’t think he will be winning this thing now.

        • Kam says:

          Yeah it sounds like that might be the case, although if it was up to America who know`s, but Clark not winning might be more up to Managment not wanting him too. Either way, i think Clark Bechem is a name we will hear more off regardless of if he wins or not, Might actually do him better if he loses, i dont think it will be long before he`s performing and signed up

          • Mary says:

            I don’t see that happening at all. He might make a name for himself in a niche area but he is too old fashion to make a splash. I can’t imagine a top name label signing him at all.

      • buttercup says:

        I agree with you Kam! Sure, Nick sings in tune but his voice is very common and he sounds like every other guy that can sing. Apart from the fact that he looks more comfortable in stage now than 3 weeks ago, I dont See any difference with his 2 performance (or his entire performance this season). Clark is definitely a very talented guy and had a lot of great moments. And again I agree with what you said about jax who can somehow compete with Clark, coz she is very artistic! she is the only one left (since Joey has been eliminated) that can make the finale more interesting! :)

      • khes says:

        AGREE….. 100%

  11. Jaszy says:

    People always seem to be going crazy over Clark’s screechy behind….Nick is where it’s at! I’ve always loved Nick. He is definitely peaking at the right time. I really hope he surpasses Clark.
    Nick and JAX are it for me!

    • Smokey says:

      IMO – Nick & Jax were the top 2 of tonight’s performances

    • chasman55 says:

      Nick sounds the same no matter what he is yelling. He’s always on the edge of being off-key, adn getting boring. Rayvon, I thought did ‘Need you now’ very well, with great emotion, as previously recommended by the judges. Yet the judges now called his performance over dramatic. I’m not a big Rayvon fan, but I think it was one of his best performances. I think the judges are trying too hard to be critical. So they throw something out there and it just makes the judges look stupid or insecure. You CAN just say ‘great job’, when it’s a great performance. Judges are way too critical of Clark. What do you want him to do, cry up there? And Harry give me a break about not being in the pocket. His performance of the Stevie Wonder song was better than your song performance. More in the pocket, more in the groove, and with more soul. Go back and watch them both. Clark and Jax should be the final 2. By far the best talent. JayLo, you should always go last, so you can build on the other critiques. You’re neither confident or accurate on your critiques when you go first, most of the time. So if you go first, I would recommend saying something positive.

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        Agree with everything you said. I would add that the best of Rayvon, still is not very good. He is a bit less boring than Nick, which is saying something.

      • Jeremy says:

        Nick sings and performs correctly, in tune and like a pro. Try and look at him from an adult musician perspective. He is the real deal. If he is not your taste that is one thing, but he is a genuine experienced musician, and he understands restraint, not karoke theatrics. I predicted he’d win the first week after tryouts.

    • Gailer says:

      No nick is Ben Haenow from xfactor uk lol

    • Lisa says:

      I’ve been on the Nick and Jax train from the beginning. Of course, I also have liked Clark and Rayvon’s voices as well. However, it sounds like Clark’s head is getting too large for the AI stage. I won’t be surprised if he ends up going home next week, and not necessarily because of his singing. Rather, it will be based on his whole reaction to the direction provided to him.

  12. Jaszy says:

    I liked JAX’s first song better than the pitchy Human. If you don’t have control over your voice, one should not sing that song. It’s such a hard song to sing for most people because of how the melody is navigated. India on the Voice – who has one of the best voices – she was all over the place with the pitch and notes not coming out. Jessica Meuse – my favorite last season – sang Human and did fine but it was still a little weak. Tess Boyer, season 6 of the Voice sang Human and it wasn’t that good. I don’t even think Christina Perri can sing that song well live.
    With this being said, I still love JAX and I hope her fans come out in droves to support her!

  13. Jaszy says:

    Nick does remind me of Rob Thomas, Harry is right! They’re voices are so similar! Love it! Rob Thomas’s album cradlesong is a gem. This is the kind of music I see Nick making. He’s like the lovechild of Rob Thomas and Daughtry! Still waiting for him to sing Daughtry’s Home.

  14. metitometin says:

    How is Rayvon still on this show? He sounds the same and puts me to sleep with every song. Clark, Jax and Nick are head and shoulders above Rayvon, who should have been eliminated long before now, if not for the Twitter save.

  15. Jaszy says:

    Nick and JAX! Nick and JAX! Nick and JAX!
    I really hope these are the final two! Clark has to go. His screechy high notes grate on my nerves. Rayvon stepped it up but his voice is just a dime a dozen; he’s not too exciting either. No matter how good he sings, I’m just never excited by him.

    • Jeremy says:

      Interesting contrast Nick and Jax- Jax is a teeny bopper foo foo gimicky kind of pop star, and Nick is professional genuine real raw emotion rock. I don’t think many adult men would go for Jax. She reminds me of Avryl Lavyne. I fyou like her that’s cool, but it’s all very acting like to me. Clark just went full moron with Scott! He;s toast. Tyana had this fabulous voice but again, too Disneyish due to her age, Rayvon too crying fake high note wimpy for me, although his voice has been way better past 2 weeks as he finally stopped the non stop falsetto. Nick is like seeing an accomplished musician and he deserves to win. What Hurts the Most may be the most advanced professional performance this season so far. I feel that anyone who doesn’t understand why What Hurts the Most is great, doesn’t really know music well. Sorry. My predication is Nick is going to give the Idol Magic performance next week we’ve been waiting for. Nick and Jax in finale!

      • Amy says:

        Yes, Jeremy I’m with you al the way re: Nick…all the way all season. But very few here were on board. I posted another long post but it didn’t show…hello moderators?? I’m going to try once more…

        • Jeremy says:

          Nick is for people a bit more mature, maybe musicians and people that understand what a pro is. He isn’t flashy like Jax. He is genuine without any gimicks. HE may be hard to get into for teenagers who want the flashy Disney gimicks. He always appeared miles ahead of almost anyone. But lately he has been miles ahead of even himself. He truly deserves the win. He’s the real deal.

          • I’m an adult male and I prefer Jax, and honestly anyone else in the top 12, to Nick.

            Nick is bad karaoke, emphasis on bad.

          • Jeremy says:

            If you think Nick is bad karaok or even bad, you simply have very little music education. He is the only want in key ALL the time and sings correctly. He doesn’t have a super ballad style, but there is nothing bad about him, even if it isn’t to your particular taste. He sings like a professional who has experience, not someone with bells and whistles trying to emulate what they think a pop star should be. Nick will win and I will bet anyone money on this.

  16. Angie_Overrated says:

    Watching tonight’s episode has really crystalized my love for India Carney. When she can sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow better than a gazillionaire country star (like, way better… it wasn’t even close) and Human better than the Idol frontrunner, I think I need to stop being hard on the girl.
    I had to laugh when I saw Slezak’s B+ on Human. I’m guessing he’s a Jax fan? There were some serious Lazaro Arbos notes in there.

    • Nick says:

      Yes he is a huge Jax fan and grades her on a hilarious curve. Her first performance was like a B- and her second was like a D.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        That makes more sense now. Not that India’s performance of Human last night was an A+, but it was leaps and bounds better than that mess. D sounds about right. Maybe a D+ for the melodramatic drop to her knees.

    • Nick says:

      Note he gave India a C+ and Jax a B+ which is just laughable. I’d like to see what he scored Tess Boyer from The Voice a few seasons back cause her version was better than both.

      • Christian says:

        A-

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Tess was the best of the three. I’ll agree with him there. But C+ for India and B+ for Jax is gut-bustingly hilarious!

        • Kimberly says:

          If India’s version was in the C family as Melinda would say, Jax’s version was a big fat F for failure. I can see her pre-planning every anguished expression and action she does in every performance. Nothing authentic about this girl whatsoever. More like play acting with below average vocals each and every time.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I don’t have that strong of an opinion on the matter as I haven’t closely watched this season, but I was left scratching my head about how she kept harping on honesty. It’s like people who tell you over and over how self-confident they are; if you’re really self-confident, you wouldn’t feel the need to tell me this. To quote Hamlet, “methinks the lady doth protest too much.”
            Honesty and/or contrivance aside, that vocal sucked. Though still arguably better than Martina McBride.

          • jen mac says:

            Yes, I agree every expression was pre-planned. Her Empire was a D- for me, it was a very simple version no wow factor at all and the vocals aside from a cold were pitchy like they always are. She was screechy over affected. JLO was correct it was not the song for her. You need a huge voice to pull that tune off Jax doesen’t have it. Human was again way to pitchy, I couldn’t understand half of the words either. Her emotion was a poor attempt at acting I didn’t buy it. I give that on a F. It’s one thing to sing with pure emotion but her performance was way over the top.

      • Nick, I loved Tess Boyer so much. She has it all…..

    • chasman55 says:

      I thought Martina McBride’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ was absolutely beautiful. Didn’t think she could still hit those notes.

    • tealeaves says:

      Somewhere Over the Rainbow is overplayed. First you subtract 2 grades for lack of original song choice. So the artist really needs to nail it to get a great grade. Kat McPhee had a moment and possibly her only memorable performance (at least it is the only one I remember) with a more or less standard version of that song. Jason Castro later had a fantastic performance with the cool Israel Kamakawiwoole version of the song. If someone else is going to perform it past a top-12 performance, then it needs to be more memorable than either of those 2 performances.
      In fact, Martina McBride performed the SAME 75 year old song on Idol the same week as India performed it on The voice! That’s a good indication of just how uninspired a song choice it is for these shows.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        It’s a showcase piece for good singers that’s not particularly showy, which is why it’s sung a lot. The biggest technical challenge is the first two notes on some-where. India nailed that. Martina did not.

      • Jared says:

        SOTR is a song that Martina’s been singing for years. She’s recorded it live before, and it was flawless then. She looked really thrown last night, her ear monitor was giving her problems and she looked distracted. I was bummed for her, but normally that song is easy for her.

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      Slezak always inflates the grades of his favorites. Jax and Quentin have been the beneficiaries all season. I can SEE why he likes her, but when I close my eyes and LISTEN, it just isn’t there. She is, however, exactly the type of performer for whom auto-tune was created. Give her some decent songs, auto-tune the hell out of her vocals, and she will sell records. I’m sure that’s how Borchetta sees it.

    • MC says:

      You should start a fan club for India.

  17. Luke says:

    RAYVON IS IN THE FRIKKIN’ TOP 4 PEOPLE!!! #TEAMRAYVON !!!!!

    ….. That’s all and thank you.

  18. Jules says:

    I get that Mr Slezak is not a fan of Clark but I think those grades are harsh. Borchetta school of grading. That was one of the worst things I have heard a mentor say to someone. Singing at the holiday inn. Clark got hit hard with the bus. why can’t contestants be allowed to be themselves. Borchetta loves Nick because he’s so pediatrics. Easily mold able. He bores me. Jax is okay but not my fave. I actually think Rayvon was the best overall tonight.

    • Holly says:

      Exactly! Tonight was scripted to be “throw Clark under the bus” night because he has put it out there that he will be true to his musical style. Therefore, not at all mold-able by the “Big Machine.” It was actually a little sickening to see Harry Connick Jr. (a very specific niche artist if there ever was one!) following the script so faithfully. So much for Clark being the only “true musician” left in the competition!

      • Lisa says:

        Perhaps that comment about him being the only true musician went to his head, and tonight was a “Reality Check” for him…Pun intended.

      • Eurydice says:

        If Clark’s musical style is “not good”, then there’s no point in sticking to it. It’s great to have strong opinions, but you have to be able to back them up with strong performances – and this time Clark couldn’t do it.

        • Jeremy says:

          When a record exec king looks at you and tells you what to do on the singing contest that you need to win for him to sign you, you listen to him! Bye Clark. Have fun playing open mics back home.

          • Macy says:

            Unless he’s asking you to not be authentic to yourself. Which he was.

          • Jeremy says:

            You guys all missed the point with what Scott was saying to Clark. He was trying to help Clark win the American Idol singing contest, not make him be someone he isn’t and stomp on his artistry. Because Clark thought he knew better, he now won’t even come close to winning. You guys all took it to mean he wanted him to be someone he isn’t and stomp his artistic value. Please, don’t be so ridiculous! See ya Clark, how proving nobody can tell you anything was worth having to play in from of 10 people the rest of your life. Self righteous brat! Nick was going to win anyway.

        • Lisa says:

          Agreed, but that’s the difference between Clark and Phillip Phillips. Phillip did the same thing, but he gave killer performances when he decided not to go with the direction that was given. If you succeed, it works to your advantage, and establishes that you truly know what works for you, but if you fail it’s nails in your coffin.

    • BobL says:

      Right. I have said it before, but I feel the need to say it again: Scott Borchetta is a complete tool. I hate absolutely everything about the man–his greasy hairdo, his ridiculous facial hair, his endless stream of platitudes and cliches, his smugness . . . Yeah, I get it, the guy has been successful, but that had much less to do with him and much, much more to do with Taylor Swift and a variation of an H.L.Mencken quote: Nobody ever went broke underestimating the musical tastes of the American public (I mean seriously, just listen to anything on contemporary country radio). I like Clark a lot more after tonight; I’m so glad he stood his ground against the greaseball.

      • karenb says:

        +1. That Borchetta is a tool.

        • Smokey says:

          My girlfriend said that Borchetta reminded her of some of the old Dracula Movies she seen on the AMC classics channel.

          Not that dislikes him at all, likes Taylor Swift, but thinks Taylor did what she wanted to do and Borchetta just had the good luck to be in a position to sign her – and then went along for the ride.

          • karenb says:

            Probably!

          • Macy says:

            Absolutely agree!!! Riding Taylor’s coattails, but how much did he really do to mold her? He was just lucky enough to be in close proximity to someone with a lot of talent. Quite similar to Randy Jackson producing Mariah Carey — because Mariah is successful, does that mean that Randy is a genius??

        • Cobra says:

          +2
          Scott Borchetta is the Country Music Anti-Christ.

      • JM says:

        I agree that Scott is a tool, but that doesn’t change the fact that he (and the singer from Rascal Flatts) was right about Clark’s song choice.

        • Tyler says:

          He wasn’t right.

        • Jeremy says:

          Scott, a famous rich highly successful record exec of as very successful record label is a tool to you? This shows you really need to rethink things a bit. Taylor Swift, a money making pop mega star, is who she is today because of Scott. Scott bleeds success! He is anything but a tool. Maybe you should go hang out with your buddy Clark since he also knows better.

          • joey says:

            Yeah, except Taylor Swift sucks

          • Macy says:

            Hate to break it to you, she would have been successful with or without Scott. If someone is looking to identify the secret to Taylor’s success, the answer will not be “Scott Borschetta”. I am completely against the way he tried to railroad Clark to be something he is not, and then was rude when Clark stood firm.

          • Jeremy says:

            Taylor Swift does suck, but she is a mega million dollar commercial product, and Scott had a huge hand in that. The record execs and producers are crucial elements to success of commercial pop music. Taylor Swift would go nowhere if she wasn’t picked up and marketed properly, and this was done by Scott’s team. If you want to be a huge hit, which American Idol is about, Scott is the man!

      • Jeremy says:

        Scott, a famous rich highly successful record exec of as very successful record label is a tool to you? He bleeds success!

      • Yo says:

        You forgot his vanity, which is always entertaining.

      • mfree says:

        Don’t forget Scott’s stinky “Music Has Value” leather jacket that he never seems to take off. Ewww! Don’t listen to him Clark! Win or lose, at least he tried something different that he believed in, unlike Nick “I’m going to sound like a cover band” Fradiani. And who is JLo to say what is or isn’t American Idol material? The show and it’s winners need to continue to evolve if they want to stay relevant and interesting.

      • I agree with this SO much. I voted for Clark last night.

      • joey says:

        A big Amen to you BobL. Borchetta is rich and famous, but so was Ray Krock, the founder of McDonald’s. Because he was rich doesn’t mean that he made good food.
        .
        Borchetta is the Ray Krock of music. Plus he’s an asshole. He’d be the mayor of Sodom and Gomorrah back in the day.

        • Macy says:

          hahahahaha — love it

        • Jeremy says:

          Except Scott holds the key to these brats futures. Gues what? The music industry is cut throat! I read Mariah Carey used to work 20 hour days! Scott may be the nicest these brats will ever encounter in the real world of corrupt record execs and brutal industry tactics. When you stand face to face with the CEO of a record company looking to sign you, you shut up and give the guy who holds your future in his hands and listen to him! Scott doesn’t need any of them. They need him. When you write your own songs and you are ready to record after you got your contract, then you can discuss your artistic integrity and what you want to do. Until then, you’re just another punk ass spoiled kid with a dream to be famous. Go join the other dreamer millions out there. Good job Scott telling it like it is!

          • joey says:

            Maybe Clark took a stand because he doesn’t really care if he wins or not. He’s had some exposure on national tv, and now can maybe turn that into a viable, if small, music career. Not everyone wants to own a private jet. Not everyone worships at the altar of fame, fortune and mega-consumerism. You go Clark. Start your own mom and pop music business. You wouldn’t enjoy flipping musical burgers for Scott (Mephistopheles) Borchetta anyway.

    • karenb says:

      Yes-Major bus-age tonight. The judges really piled on. Hope Clark goes through and shows them up. And yes, I like his music. For those who want to write him off though-remember Phillip Phillips holding his ground over and over? And the grey shirt? Lol. That being said-I’ve commented on this before-watch Rayvon win the whole thing. You heard it here first!

      • Smokey says:

        If Rayvon would win the show, it could be a lot like when Javier Colon won The Voice……….. a good singer with a lot of range, but the voters seem to quickly forget to buy the music once a little time goes by,,, and the next talent show starts. After a year or two, the fame has faded and they are playing small venues and just making a living at it.

    • Caroline says:

      Yes, Clark was being thrown under the bus and the confrontation was edited in a way to try and make Clark look as bad as possible. But in my opinion, Scott B’s advice about that song was right on. That arrangement was very much Holiday Inn hotel lounge-y. Musicians have to be able to listen to advice, take criticism, consider other people’s opinions. Clark came across as being totally unwilling to do any of that. How does he expect to work with producers, co-writers, etc in the music industry once he’s off the show if he only wants to do things his own way and refuses to listen to anybody else’s opinions. That kind of attitude will not help him in the long run. There’s being true to yourself as a musician and then there’s being an arrogant person who thinks he knows more than anyone else and only wants to do things his way. That can be a very thin line, and Clark was definitely straddling that line tonight.

      • Smokey says:

        While I can see many of your points are right-on about Clark’s dispute with Borchetta — many artists who have had a good run in the business — will often say that they fought tooth and nail to do the music their own way……….

        … And many record companies that “handle” their signed artists their own way,,, on what they want to produce——– also loose their shirts on it and have had to sell-out, merge or shut-down due to cash-flow problems.. …………….

        One thing that’s becoming evident, is that Clark is getting more and more flack on his ability to “connect” or “emote”, etc. —- and it’s scaring Borchetta to have to give him the automatic winner’s first album contract and promo package.

      • Erin says:

        Agree. Clark has to consider the feedback, because what he’s feeling is not translating on stage and it has to be addressed. Having said that, it’s sad that he will be going home while karaoke king Nick will move on. He’s not bad, but he does not change one note of any song. It’s killing me!! At least Clark has an artist inside (misguided artist, but artist just the same). Obvious the machine has shifted their backing to Nick now.

      • JM says:

        Well said, Caroline.

        • chasman55 says:

          Maybe it’s just me, but I think way too much emphasis has been about the ’emotion’ being shown (visibly). I’m into the music, and melody mostly and of course the lyrics, and
          how they are sung and sound believable. Most of the music hear is on the radio, or on a video. The music and voice is what matters to me, not the ‘connection’ .I really like Clark and think America will too. He’ll be back next week and will be going to the final 2 unless FOX does there own thing.

      • karyn says:

        It isn’t only in the music industry that this is an issue but in life in general. We’re all told to go with our gut and don’t sell out, etc. but we have to figure out a way to do that while not ticking off the people who have the power to sabotage us. That’s probably one of the biggest challenges these kids face b/c they’ve never had to deal with the music equivalent of office politics in the real world. Clark’s problem was one of diplomacy. With a little creativity, he could have stood firm on keeping to his style but worked out some bugs in the arrangement with Borchetta, while having Borchetta rave about what a great artist Clark is and being gung ho about making music with him.

    • MAB says:

      Last week the confrontation between Harry and Quentin happened on a live show so it could not be avoided but tonight what they showed between Clark and Scott was edited to make Clark look bad. Then he went first twice tonight and got really harsh critiques. It was without a doubt a bussing and I don’t usually believe in that. It is obvious Scott does not like Clark and is pushing for a Nick and Jax finale.

      • Erin says:

        THIS. They have figured out that the performance issue of Clark is un-fixable so they are moving on. Not once have they called Nick out for doing note for note versions of his song choices, but Clark has been thrown to the wolves for his interpretations.

        • karyn says:

          This interpretation only makes sense if they had been pimping Nick over Clark all season, which they have not. I do agree with you though that Nick has always been given a pass on “making a song his own.” I like Nick but the one time he did rearrange a song, I didn’t care for it (Only the Good Die Young) and the rest of the time he’s doing exactly the original – albeit a really good cover.

      • T. B. Hammer says:

        This is a very good observation. Running Clark first on both rotations was a slap-in-th-face to him,,, if not a beating with a rubber hose. The producers manipulate however they can, editing,,, side shots, asking the judges to pile-on.

    • Cher says:

      Borchetta looks smarmy and sleezy. I don’t think he is any better of a mentor than Randy Jackson was. AMerican Idol is circling the drain. I think Clark has it. Just like Phillip Phillips he is staying true to himself. They set him up tonight with criticism and threw him under the bus. Unfortunately, he will probably go home. Anyway, how many winners of this contest does anyone really remember? Very few!

      • Amy says:

        I agree with you Cher re: Borchetta…everytime he’s been on screen this year, I get that vibe, exactly! Add to that the ‘sessions’ with his ‘marketing divas’ last night…the whole “process to the top” is smarmy looking. Ugh. That said…those contestents are so hoping for the chance to “smarm” their way all the way to the bank. And can’t blame ’em for that, if you have the stomach for it.

        • Jeremy says:

          Scott is a highly successful record exec that makes dreams happen who bleeds success! He knows what he is saying and what he is doing.

    • rose says:

      100% agree…what kind of a mentor says stuff like that…there is a better way..in any event–he is looking for an artist that fits his label and it’s not Clark. So since he is THE label and THE mentor this year, he will sabotage any he can’t sell. I for one, think Clark is in the right even if he doesn’t win this competition.

      • RD says:

        Being the head of the label the winner is going to be signed to has to be a conflict of interest. It’s blatantly clear to me that Scott Borchetta is perfectly capable of manipulating the competition and ultimately getting the winner he wants to work with and can make the most money off. Why wouldn’t he? I believe that seeing how the intro to his second song had been skewed against him threw Clark off enough to give a less than solid performance. At this point,I would say that Borchetta’s label is not the home for Clark anyway,and he’s better off looking elsewhere once he’s out of the competition.

      • Jeremy says:

        You guys all missed the point with what Scott was saying to Clark. He was trying to help Clark win the American Idol singing contest, not make him be someone he isn’t and stomp on his artistry.

  19. Amber says:

    I can’t stand Jax’s voice

  20. Summer says:

    JAX is the American Idol Winner. She’s the best VOCAL & most innovative contestant this year.

  21. Holly says:

    I like Clark. He’s the only one who’s music I would buy at this point. Sorry, but today’s over-dramatic pop music does nothing for me (Jax and Rayvon) and Nick is a good but boring cover artist.

  22. khs says:

    While I don’t disagree with your letter grades for Clark’s performances or your assessment that he should be the one to go next week, I cannot believe you actually wrote that he was acting like “toddler.” Especially after how you so vehemently defended Quentin. Blinded by your own bias. Clark’s explination post performance was so much more riveting than both of his performances combined. I’m glad he had the opportunity to speak.

    • Amber says:

      ^THIS!

    • Holeigh says:

      Thank you! I don’t agree that he should go home, but Clark explaining his thought process was actually interesting. He didn’t throw himself around and I see nothing wrong with being convicted in your own style. Both songs had good moments, however he needs to get it together or he could be in trouble. Clearly Scott just want another Taylor Swift to parade around (Jax). I think it’s gross how all the judges jumped on the bandwagon like Clark did anything other than explain that certain grooves make him feel things.

      • T. B. Hammer says:

        Yes, the Judges seem to mostly just fall-in-line with any situation where there is controversy and help TPTB to extend the beating, dissing and pounding of the errant. But then, those 7 figure contract salaries may have an influence on how they Judge things.

        • Nan says:

          In the end, it’s business. There’s the business of Idol [ratings] and the substantial salaries for Ryan etc.. Then there’s the recording contract etc. SB seems to think Jax is marketable [I disagree]. Clark has zero chance for a career on a national level.

          • Macy says:

            That is so not true — he may not have a “pop” career but there are many nationally-known musicians in all kinds of musical genres.

    • karenb says:

      I’m glad he had the opportunity to “clear that up” for them. Lol. Quentin lives on.

      • Sid Neeto says:

        I’m surprised Harry didn’t tell him that he should be grateful for all the advice, and that if he doesn’t appreciate it, he should go home… .. oh wait… I forgot…. he’s white.

        • tealeaves says:

          Now, now. As I recall, Quentin said it sucked that the 2 best singers were in the bottom 2. That’s why he was told he could go home if he wanted to. Not because he disagreed with the judges about his own song choice.

          • Sid Neeto says:

            Quentin was told that he could go home because High Horse Harry mistakenly believed that he was referring to the whole show when he said “this sucks.”

        • Jill Moy says:

          SID,

          KNOCK IT OFF WITH THIS RACIAL BULLSH**! RACE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HARRY’S REMARKS TO QUENTIN! YOU ALL MAKE EXCUSES FOR QUENTIN!

    • JM says:

      Um, no, Michael isn’t being biased in this case. They are completely different situations as I stated in my comment below.

    • MAB says:

      Wow, so on point which goes to show you if, it was Clark and not Quentin last week Michael would have been all over his case and Clark spoke his mind in private not on the live show for all to see. I feel so bad for Clark.

    • Ash says:

      Yep! Its crazy Quentin was just showing his passion but Clark was supposedly acting like a toddler… It such bull

    • Woodmeister says:

      The difference between the Quentin incident and Clark’s situation is that Quentin was encouraged, if not actually pushed, into speaking his mind while he was in an obvious emotional state.

      Clark probably did not get the best edit, but he basically ignored the advice of two people who make a pretty good living in the music business and was quite arrogant about it. Then he gave a piss poor performance. I’m glad he had the opportunity to apologize but he did the damage to himself and I’m wondering how sincere that apology was.

    • timewarpnut says:

      ITA! He very respectfully explained himself and seemed to know that he was getting “bussed”. He still has the potential to have a moment on the show. I just hope he gets the opportunity!!

  23. Emoji says:

    Jax was downright horrible tonight. Human was a pitchy mess and her first one just didn’t work. Seems like they have it out for Clark now.

  24. screan says:

    I liked Clark’s version of Your Man way better than Scotty’s. I also feel like “honesty” is the last word to describe Jax’s carefully crafted uber emotional performances. Sorry it makes me gag. She has a good voice. Don’t enjoy her performances

    • everart says:

      I think Jax is an experienced stage performer, and what seem like antics on television probably work well on a club or arena stage for a rock/alt artist. I like Jax’s music and style a lot, but there is a lot to be said for performers on Idol who sing with sincerity to the camera. It’s a different art. I’m not a big fan of Adam Lambert’s musical style but he knew how to be exciting yet sincere on camera while barely moving a muscle. Kimberly Nichole on the Voice (from Seattle!) has the sincerity AND the theatrics down pat. Love how she reinterprets alt rock songs. Of course, both AL and KN have amazing vocal chops.

      AL didn’t win, Daughtery didn’t win–does anyone actually still think that winning Idol is the best move for a career outside? Being in the top 10 is a great move for a career. Only album from this crop that I’ll buy for my iPhone will be Joey’s first album.

  25. kel says:

    I liked Clark until tonight. He was not good. Obnoxious with him thinking he knows more than experienced music people turned me off. His song choice was boring. Team Jax and Nick!

    • Meme says:

      Wow … I didn’t take it that way at all. I think he knows what kind of music he wants to do and does best; and if he doesn’t win because he refuses to be someone other than who he is, then at least he’s been true to himself. I actually liked his version of “Your Man” better than the original, and I downloaded it from ITunes right after the show tonight.

  26. Jess Hahn says:

    Nick does nothing for me. At all. His voice isn’t distinctive, neither is his performance style. How is he still around?

    • karenb says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more Jess. I honestly don’t understand all the Nick love. And I’m all for a wgwg lol. He’s so forgettable imo-I could not tell you one song that he’s sung this season. Tonight’s songs included.

      • Kam says:

        Nick is just running off America`s love of Karaoke and Pub Cover Bands, he`s a reminder to everyone that not everything that glitters is gold

    • I used to be a karaoke DJ/hostess, and I swear to God, he sounds like every male karaoke host between the ages of 25-45. The first time I heard him sing I was like “OMG, he totally went to the same school as all of those dudes.” I don’t know why they all sing the same, but they do. And he is one of them. I hate it.

  27. Gailer says:

    “Surely there has to be a better way to structure this one-night-per-week edition of Idol, no?”

    Please oh yes please! Idol has been ruined by this format and these judges!

  28. Mytake says:

    I wonder if viewership numbers dropped since Joey and Quentin’s eliminations. I didn’t watch tonight and won’t the rest of the season because I have no interest in anyone that’s left. I do enjoy reading Michaels recap and usually the comments here too but tonight I find myself even skimming the comments since I’m no longer invested in how any of them do. On the voice I am still very interested in 4 of the singers left. AI has really screwed up this season.

  29. Not enjoying the bussing of Clark. Way to stifle a great artist. Why can’t we just let them be themselves? All four of them are talented and have a legit shot at the title so enough with the judges antics to force one person or the other to win.

  30. KatyLynn says:

    Clark is so talented. I can’t believe even you are part of throwing Clark under the bus. The judges and Scott Borchetta were so unfair to him. He definitely got thrown under the bus.

  31. Jay says:

    I’m gunna give credit to Jax.. Not the best, but taking on Alicia Keys and Christina Perri while your sick is well…CHALLENGING! Some fools in the comment section won’t realize that.

    • Jaszy says:

      Kudos to JAX! Love her even though she needs a lot of work!

      • MC says:

        I’m not sure Jax belongs in the final four if “she needs a lot of work.” Having said that, it’s too late to derail her train. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins the whole thing. Jax is probably the odds-on favorite to win after Clark was thrown under the bus tonight.

      • T. B. Hammer says:

        Yes, and Jax is only doing what about every young female artist does, or tries to do, when they are trying to establish an “image” or “identity” in the overcrowded field of music,,,,, talent show contestants—- and youtube music contenders…………

        and she has been successful enough to make top 4 and has to be a contender for at least the finale………..

        I don’t think she is “fake” at all, she is just putting-on a show, the same as other young female rising hopefuls do. Those who follow some of the young rising talent in Pop or Country or Alternative —- don’t see anyone doing just the same style, dress or humble little act in every show or music video……… they put-on a show with what they do. ………………

        and that is what Jax does as well…..she does need to quit sticking her tongue out in the after-performance clips. She isn’t at Miley’s care-less level yet.

  32. kevstar says:

    If Clark leaves, I’m done. This show has gone way down in the ratings. It isn’t even a Top 30 show anymore. This is the first year since Country Bumpkin Idol where I considered not watching the finale. Look for Survivor to beat this show’s dead carcass! Lol

  33. db says:

    Rayvon stinks no matter what ya say dude blows.. dont get..dont get it. Also you should question the edit package like you always do…..

  34. Andres says:

    WOW for me nick stole the night!! Both of his songs could be hugh hits richt now! Im downloading both of them. Jax was pretty cool too, clarks worst night, and i didnt like rayvon too much, need you now wasnt good, and believe was good but not that much. Based on tonights episode clark should leave the competition, but looking the entire season, rayvon should leave and i think thats going to happen.

  35. Loved your comment on Clark throwing a tantrum (which he did. Like a mini-me of Harry)

    • Monty says:

      why can’t people show emotion? You keyboard terrorists love to poop on the guys. Look at Jax who had the pitchiest performance since CJ last season and critique her instead. Clark was the only one who was criticized by Scott. He knew what they were trying to do (get rid of him)

      • T. B. Hammer says:

        Bringing up CJ, heard someone say they couldn’t even classify his singing as pitchy, because he was rarely anywhere near the key the song was played in to begin with….. And Dexter mumbled through most good song choices, so no one even knew if he was pitchy or not.

  36. paul says:

    Someone here has absolutely no ear for music. I’m looking at you Mike Slezak

  37. Rtlc Church says:

    These singers sound like amateurs on American Idol. WORSE SEASON EVER!!!THE JUDGES ARE HORRIBLE.

    • BobL says:

      This may well be the worst season, but it has nothing to do with the judges. Harry told Jax after her first song that she had all kinds of pitch issues. And we are in THE TOP FOUR!! a top four singer on a singing show should not have all kinds of pitch issues. Nick, as someone above said, is just a cover artist. To me, all of his songs sound pretty much the same: strained and boring. Rayvon does often have a beautiful tone, but all season I’ve been waiting for him to really blow me away. It hasn’t happened yet, although the second song last week was his best yet. Clark is OK, but I’m not sure he’s had one song yet where I’ve loved it the whole way through. Dang, where are the Melindas?? I really think she may have spoiled Idol for me. Every single song she did was spot on with pitch, rhythm, phrasing, energy, expression. Nobody this year is worthy of working as her dressing room attendant. Idol is becoming more and more just another reality show. Singing ability is pretty far down on their priority list.

      • MC says:

        Sarina and Adanna were very good vocalists, but they became mere footnotes in this very strange season. The AI judges used to rally the voters around the truly superior singers, but that doesn’t happen anymore imo.

    • Gailer says:

      I agree, I blame the judges for putting through very flawed performers

  38. Rtlc Church says:

    They were all off pitch. I love the voice singers better. This is why AI ratings are horrible. They kill the talent.

    • Charleen says:

      Just think on The Voice, someone with genuine talent like Mia Z is booted first and on Idol someone as bad as Jax is a shoe-in for the finale. Just pitiful really!

  39. Tanya Dunlap says:

    glad im not the only one that cringed when they heard the back up singer on Jax’s song Human. they should fire that girl

    • jen mac says:

      There was no way Jax could hit that note, that was planned so you wouldn’t hear how horrible jax really sounded. Jax is way to overrated. Her emotion was way to fake and the dropping to the floor was just a way to gain more votes i’m not buying into that

    • Nedsdag says:

      Why? She sounded better than Jax.

  40. darcy's evil twin says:

    I love Clark, but his rendition of “Your Man” made me miss Scotty McCreery.

  41. Monty says:

    Jax was horribly pitchy during Human. How did she make it this far? I don;t get her. she is a caricature really and quite annoying. Scott must have some skank teen crush. How else coudls he make it this far?

  42. karenb says:

    Harry was telling Rayvon (?) not to worry about the pitch problems as long as he showed emotion and was into the song. Then what was wrong with Quentin?! Grr

    • Charleen says:

      He also said Jax was great despite her pitch, in his own words, being “all over the place.” Idol selective criticism at its finest!

  43. TiaGata says:

    I haven’t made kt through a full season of AI since Candice Glover won…I loved her and Kree so I hung in there to the end, which I hadn’t done since season 8 when Kris Allen won and the STAR Adam Lambert was born. I said all of that to say – I stopped watching this season the week Quentin and Harry had that “run in”… I thoght Tyana had a change but they crushed her spirit early on and she never fully recovered.

    For the 1st time in the Voice’s history I’m enjoying it more than AI, and have a need to watch the performance show each week…My apologies for talking about The Voice.

    • everart says:

      I agree, never watched the Voice before, but loving my girl Kimberley Nichole!! Think she’s the best combo of voice and star power since Adam Lambert. Lots of great singers on the Voice right now.

      Also don’t understand the whole Harry Connick crap–he’s a great musician, yet never talks about actual music and acts like a grumpy grandpa. Made me remember why I don’t watch most seasons of Idol, or only watch key performances marked B or above by Michael later on youtube! Melinda and Michael make Idol much more fun :)

  44. Jaszy says:

    I’m laughing at these people on here talking about the bussing of Clark! Smh! I can’t stand the dude and I’m like “Go ahead and ride on over him, bus!”
    I wanted Clark to go home ages ago. He’s not as good as everybody thinks he is. He yells his high notes. He’s too screechy and he never hits them spot on. He shows no emotion in his face. His eyes are lifeless.
    He’s musically talented, but…no…Clark should go.

  45. Jaszy says:

    JAX is very talented, but she just doesn’t always pick the right songs for her soft voice! I don’t think she knows how to choose a song that’s absolutely perfect for her!

  46. Cathleen says:

    why haven’t the mentors helped school Nick to stop the facial grimacing when he sings. His voice is is great to listen to but it’s hard to watch him sing. He needs help from a vocal coach to make him become a better performer with better eye contact skills and a less rigid facial manner. Thank you.

  47. MAB says:

    I am worried about Clark. He was on top all season and tonight could send him home. I am happy my second favorite Jax did well. TBH I like all the top 4 but it would be hysterical if Rayvon winds up winning. He has a connection with someone upstairs.

    • karyn says:

      Yeah, there is something about the voting changes that make it more volatile. I never would have guessed that one bad performance would send Sarina packing, then it happened again with Joey (actually, hers wasn’t even a bad performance, just less Joey-like than we’d come to expect). Tyanna actually got the benefit of the doubt for a couple weeks and Rayvon still is for some reason. That said, Rayvon is finally giving us good performances, so I suppose all the Twitter voters knew what they were doing.

  48. Meme says:

    My 2 favorites tonight were Rayvon’s “I Need You Now” and Clark’s “Your Man”. Both of their versions were better than the originals, I thought. I bought both from ITunes! Go Clark and Rayvon! Stay true to yourselves and let us hear your best next week.

  49. Sherr says:

    Oh my. I’m not a country music fan but have always loved Martina McBride’s voice. Until tonight, when she attempted to do Eva Cassidy’s version of Over the Rainbow and failed miserably. It was painful to hear someone that good sing so badly.

    • Meme says:

      Eva Cassidy’s version is just stellar. Loved everything she did in her short life.

    • Amy says:

      Yes, Sherr! I was shocked too. I’ve never heard her sound bad..and that was bad. I’ve even seen her in concert, and performing Rainbow, stunningly, just two years ago. Don’t know what that was about? I even wiki’d her age during the performance, because I started to wonder if it was just that or something….but she’s not that old, 48. Still, things can change, or maybe something was just up last night. Haha…she caught Jax’s bug?

  50. JM says:

    Did Clark learn NOTHING from Quentin’s experience? If people think you’re acting like a petulant child, you will be voted off.
    Now, IMO, Quentin was misunderstood, but obviously others sided with Harry, and unfortunately, Quentin went bye-bye.
    The same thing will happen to Clark, except this time deservedly so. Because Clark wasn’t misunderstood, he clearly chose to go against sound advice. Apparently, his success on iTunes has gone to his head, and now he thinks he knows better than anyone. Next week: Bye-bye Clark.

    • Meme says:

      He doesn’t think he knows better … he just knows the kind of music he wants to do. It’s all a matter of opinion anyway, and everybody has one.

    • Davey says:

      You think Clark’s fans are suddenly going to disappear because if one week? Anyone who’s watched this show for years knows how the producers try to manipulate viewers. They may want Nick and Jax in the finale but that doesn’t mean I will vote for them.

      • chasman55 says:

        Then you really believe that we, the voting public, actually pick the winner and all the others progressing on? There’s no way Joey was voted on that many times, if any.

        • pinkfluffyunic0rn says:

          I voted for Joey every week…..She had a good voice, she was quirky, she was an artist, and she wasn’t like anyone else out there right now. Those are all qualities that I like in music I buy. I also voted for Quentin, as he had a raw energy about him; I could imagine him easily killing on a Prince song (if Prince allowed his music to be used by Idol). A few of the others occasionally got votes from me, but I appreciated the uniqueness and artistry of those two and they always got my votes. The problem for contestants like them is that too many people who don’t buy music vote. It’s a popularity contest, not a singing competition.

    • Alan Dvorkis says:

      Actually, he stuck to his guns. He wanted that as his gravy song as that is what he believes. Using anothers choice for his gravy song would be performing a lie. I do not think any legitimate artist could or would do that. I respect Clark for staying with the song he believed represented him, rather than sucking up to some know it all.

      • Ava says:

        I agree with Alan. Let the contestants be artistic. They shouldn’t all have to be cookie cutter singers. Plus I thought he did show emotion. The judges aren’t always right.