Reality Check: Could Trent Steal the Idol Crown? Plus: We've Brainstormed Fox's Next Great Reality Competition!

Every girl (and guy) watching last Thursday’s American Idol was crazy about a sharp-dressed man named Trent Harmon — who delivered an explosive one-two punch of ZZ Top and Sia covers.

But at this late stage in the competition, was the Mississippi farmboy’s surge enough to carry him past front-runner La’Porsha Renae — or is it possible he could still wind up with a fourth-place finish?

That’s just one question from The House That Did Kendra Chantelle Wrong that my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I tackle during this week’s Reality Check. Also on the docket: Which finalist deserves to fall short of the Top 3, how invested mentors gave us the best Idol week of Season 15, and whether or not J.Lo was being deliberately shady when she forgot the name of one of those mentors.

If that’s not enough, Melinda and I delve into The Voice Battle Rounds and come up with the next great reality competition program — one that could fill an Idol-sized hole in Fox’s 2016-2017 schedule!

Press PLAY above for Part 1 — and below for Part 2 — then share your own thoughts on Idol and The Voice in the comments!

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113 Comments
  1. Karen says:

    Trent may be able to sing but he’s even more boring than Mackenzie. I just don’t see how he will have a career after this. Not that I think any of the other 3 will either. I can’t even remember the name of the big note diva who won a few seasons back and the slew of white boys with guitars haven’t exactly set the world on fire. Dalton is a little more interesting but the singing isn’t that great. The best performances this year have been from Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. Hard to believe that Adam didn’t even win!

    • Karen you are dead wrong and I find your comment Boring! Not Trent!

      • Sarapo629 says:

        LOL Blake i said the SAME THING. Trent has more personality than the other 3 combined. Love him, probably the only one i would buy music from after the show ends.

      • Barb says:

        Steal? Trent does not have to steal the title. He is the best singer, is smart in his song choices, and he deserves to win.

    • Meme says:

      Oh you are SO WRONG about your first comment. Trent will have a career and a fantastic one at that, whether he wins or not.

    • Karen, I find your comment spot on.

    • JoMarch says:

      Boring???? Seriously??? I don’t agree at all; he ‘s sexy and multi-faceted. Mackenzie I agree with; he’s tres dull.

    • Ben says:

      +1. Nobody can deny their talents (specially from the older- experienced)… but none of them feels like a “star”.

      No doubt about Kelly given the best performance from an idol… but… La’Porsha’ “Diamonds” and her duet with Fantasia were amazing too, those were the most memorable performances from an actual contestant this season.. and that’s quite good considering how flat was the previous season about memorable performances (i can only remember Joey cook’ “Fancy”).

      • Joey Cook’s “Fancy” was the bomb; I can see how her style would not appeal to everyone; she’s a bit “niche” but I love her. (But aren’t all these contestants told to “stay in their lane”? Then when they do, they get criticized, etc etc)

    • sandyjeanie says:

      Trent is FABULOUS! But you Karen…are the biggest bore who ever posted a comment! Hit the road ‘Kare…and dontcha’ come back no ‘mare no ‘mare! Hit the road ‘Kare…and dontcha’ come back no ‘mare! YAWN YAWN…SIGH SIGH…ZZZZzzzzzz……

  2. Mike says:

    I think at this point we’ve established that they decide who they want to go home every week. Either they pick on someone for no reason or they praise someone that doesn’t deserve it.

    I also hate that they can’t talk back. I loved it when…someone help me with the guy’s name…the one that went after Harry. I know they’re the experts and the judges, but sometimes they need to put in their place. I won’t miss Harry or JLo. :(

    • joeymeana says:

      Agreed. Just because they are “famous” doesn’t mean they can speak anyway they please to people trying to make it. Pretty sure it was editing on Mackenzie that made it seem like that was the focus. Anyway, not going to miss Harry. Can’t believe they are giving him a talk show or whatever his show is going to be.

      • Kris says:

        Totally agreed that editing has an effect. Dalton (IMHO) should not be in the final 3. I liked him at the beginning, but then he seemed to get a bit cocky. And I think he probably started to read internet posts and realized people were viewing him that way. And then all of a sudden he began appearing more emotional. I may be completely wrong, but there is just something about the way he is being lately that doesn’t seem genuine to me.
        It also seemed obvious to me that the editing and comments from the judges were sooo positive for Dalton (and i felt he didn’t do great on one of the songs at all). But for Mackenzie the editing wasn’t as positive, and the judges criticized both of his songs.
        I just feel it is unfair, because there are many voters i’m sure who are influenced by the judges comments and the editing instead of taking each performance into consideration. My favorites are still Trent and La Porscha, but i just felt i had to comment, because I don’t feel as if Dalton sung well enough last week to be in the top 3.

    • JM says:

      Quentin, who, unfortunately, paid dearly for defending himself to Harry and went home too soon.

    • Israel Moore says:

      Quentin the spelling is wrong but thats his name

  3. JM says:

    “Feel my wall of shade…” Love Melinda!!!
    I don’t think Trent goes home. He definitely won the night, and I think that got people to vote for him. I’m more concerned about La’Porsha. People may give extra votes to the boys (Mac and Dalton) because they think one of them will be going home. So that leaves La’Porsha twisting in the wind. I hope it doesn’t happen, but that’s who I’m worried about.

    • I’m an AI “virgin” (my first year watching believe it or not) and I’ve been looking at past seasons of Reality check and Idolotry to brush up on my Idol history and the “best” singer or the presumed front-runner is rarely the one who wins. (Jena Irene, Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez, Allison Iraheta, Crystal Bowersox). It tends to come down to who builds the most devoted fan base (which does not necessarily translate into sales after the fact.)

      From what I’ve seen online the most devoted fan bases belong to LaPorsha and…Dalton, actually. I think LaP and Trent should go on to the finale but I’m not sure one really good night is enough to carry Trent, if people suddenly decide they needed a reason to vote for the best male vocalist and last week did it, or if Dalton’s devoted fans carry him all the way to the end because they really connect with him. (I’m a member of the renaetion but I can see scenarios where we get another all-male finale because of voting.)

      • Red says:

        There’s a lot of contributing factors that could bring about an all male finale. The viewing audience is overwhelmingly female and primarily from the southern half of the US. Only one winner in Idol history has been from north of the Mason Dixon line. La’Porsha’s style is anything but current and she’s visually unappealing. It’s doubtful anyone would want to listen to an entire album of her endless runs that lose the point of the song. Scot B. has to make an album with whoever wins and La’P is simply not marketable, not for music and not for concert ticket sales. I realize she has some loyal fans, but IMO she is ridiculous.

        • Red, I didn’t know only one winner is from north of the mason-dixon line. That seems crazy to me (being a nothernern) but given the show’s demographic, that makes sense.

          And I am a LaPorsha fan who finds her visually appealing, loves her voice and would go to see her in concert. And judging by the number of hits her performances have received on YouTube and conversations I’ve had with people every day (including fans here) I am not the only one. If you don’t find her appealing i respect your right to your opinion but please own it as such.

          I think it’s a bit presumptuous to say that she isn’t marketable; most of those WGWG have done so great on the charts. That’s not what really seems to drive voting anyway.

          • Mary says:

            Thank you. I will admit that I am not into her style of music but she has one h..l of a voice. It is sad really that people put judgement on others due to what they look like, but I just chalk it up to being shallow and shows their insecurities. I think she is marketable however; I don’t know if Scott is the one for that job.

          • Shazza says:

            Thanks Janice & Mary for putting my exact thoughts into words

        • Edit: that should read “most of those WGWG HAVEN’T done so well.”

        • Whitney says:

          Not to be a nit-picker, but technically the number of Idol Winners not from the south is 4: Nick Fradiani (Connecticut), Lee DeWyze (Illinois),David Cook (Missouri), and Jordin Sparks (Arizona – considered West, not South). =) But 10 winners from the South still makes your point SUPER valid!

          • HTGR says:

            Missouri is still Middle America though. Until last season it was pretty much true that nobody not from MIddle America would win. And two of those three times times when it did happen (one only last season, first ever for the Northeast), they stacked the top 10 with relative few from Middle America. I forget, but I think it was Jordin who was the only one who ever one outside of Middle America when the top 12 had a strong mix of people from all over include top contenders from Middle America.
            You’d think CA would surely have some winners, but I think in places like LA, CA, etc. the contestants get lost, they don’t seem like home town big deals to people there, they already have a zillion established stars living there.

  4. Timmah says:

    True they were hard on Mackenzie, but let’s face it, he’s awful. Dalton is almost as bad. This is a race between Trent and LaPorsha.

    • joeymeana says:

      Tbh, I would listen to Mackenzie before I would listen to Dalton.

      • Timmah says:

        I’ll admit it’s something of a toss-up. Neither one of them belongs in a top 4 of American Idol.

        • Jonny Z says:

          Don’t know if anyone will find this interesting or not — A group of young women in a local college cast or in production support for a musical play, were asked who they liked best on the American Idol competition this year. Of 16 people taking the question, 9 of them never watch Idol, too busy or not much interest in the show… . 2 more said they only have watched intermittently, and did not know who the top 4 were. Of the 5 who stated their likes, 2 preferred Trent and 2 preferred LaPorsha, and 1 was still on the fence between the 2. No one preferred MacKenzie or Dalton.

      • I’m just the opposite, I would listen Dalton!

      • Mary says:

        I would listen to Mac live before Dalton but neither one really excites me. My favorites left too early.

  5. Israel Moore says:

    Karen are you talking about Candice glover? I do wish that she and a few others had simon or someone that pushed them so people would vote, buy their albums, or at least, remember them like you just said you can’t even remember her name, but a troll like me who listen to her love song and I who have nothing cover every day does. As far as this season La’porsha and Trent I love both Trent and dalton her good looking I just want to date one or both of them, and Mckenzie has lost some of the annoying things that I hated from his run on the voice. The thing is I see Ameican Idol now and Im bored the production is just awful. we definitely need better judges or someone who not going to read from a script Harry, keith, jlo im over I feel like there is no carrie underwood or kelly. because when idol adds tristian, gianna, lee jean and takes out Jessica and shelbie Z is annoying to me if you’re not going to make this a singing competition if America is really that dumb which some episode they can’t even make me believe that these are how America voted because hello Avalon seriously? Need to be gone. And based on performance my final three would probably be Laporsha duh, Trent he is so Hawt, and this thirds spot I have no Idea it should probably be Mckenzie, but everyone is probably going to pick the sexy dark angel so Laporsha, Trent, Dalton are the final three. hope I didn’t step on too many toes.

    • Israel, I rewatched the Hollywood week episodes from 2013 recently (the year Caleb Johnson won) and there were SO MANY good singer who inexplicably did not go any further. (Spencer Lloyd, anyone?) Even Jena Irene, my favorite for the win going into finales, was not that impressive onstage in Hollywood week and I probably would have cut her if I were a judge. I assume that’s probably been true of every year, sadly. (I don’t understand why so few black male singers make it to the final 24 and then final 10 every year, the talent in 2013 alone was tremendous.)

      I have a feeling you’re right about the final 3 or at least that I would hope LaP and Trent end up there, but there’s all sorts of ways it could go awry. Not that the producers care anymore.

  6. MyFavoriteSong says:

    If 19 E (and others who are in charge) were smart, and given they have first dibs on the top 24??? they should follow in Cowell’s footsteps from the X Factor and put together a boy band and a girl band with the best losers. Can you say One Direction? Why not? Probably would be more successful than any solo artist that has come out of AI in the last several years.

  7. I REALLY hope Trent and La’Porsha are in the finale. They have the best voices left by far and either would be worthy.

  8. Becky says:

    What is Jennifer Lopez’s salary? $15 million a season? And she can’t prepare any better than that to know who the freaking mentors are? No wonder the show has tanked. Americans do have expectations of their millionaires.

    • Lizzie says:

      Jennifer has a TV show (Shades of Blue), Idol, a music career, and young twins. Give the girl a break if she didn’t care who the mentor other than Sia was.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Ummm — so?? Whether or not she has a “music career” is a subject that could produce a great deal of debate. Nonetheless, those are choices she’s made (and to some degree has been fortunate enough to have) and given the salary she’s getting for Idol, she needs to be more attentive.

      • David4 says:

        If I don’t do my job I’ll lose it and I’m not making 15 million dollars a year sitting at a table for only a fraction of a year.

        • Mary says:

          I agree that she should have known or at least retain the name since Ryan said it a couple of times, but it probably was just a brain freeze at the time. It happens to the best of us, gosh talk about blowing it out of proportion.

    • Jonny Z says:

      I note that people say “The Voice” is all about the Judges, which is actually how the show was based to begin with – as a competition based upon selecting singers and coaching skills between 4 current well-known stars —

      but Idol has spent huge sums of money, especially on J Lo,, on “Judges” who have who have not been able to find a real “American Idol” (RE: highly successful artist out-of-the-gate) for the past 3 years. And given the exposure they get from the show, the Idol “Judges” are helping themselves much more than they are helping a young artist to succeed. Check-out the album and song sales, Billboard charts and indicators the past 3 years. Phillip Phillips Jr. was the last one who rocked the charts after his season and he has been in the charts several times since his win.

  9. Betsy says:

    Melinda and Mike, you guys are on point! That is exactly how I felt! Alison was way too much, way too over the top! Xtina needs to wheel her in a bit!

  10. christopher bee says:

    The Wall of Shade TV Show! Yep bring it on.

  11. Maxxx says:

    Is Idol a final 3 instead of 2 this season? That’s what my TV listings say

    • Mary says:

      I believe it is or they will eliminate at the top of the show like they did to Jax last year. Jax wasn’t my favorite but I didn’t agree with the way that went down.

  12. BethRo says:

    I’m going to miss these two doing idol so much. They’re why I watch…

    • Diane says:

      Yes, LaPortia can sing, but she mostly stands there and sings, something others have been criticized for. Trent is great, deserving. MacKenzie, no way! Now, Dalton has charisma which I think an Idol needs. I think he will continue to grow. Just think that winning for him would light up his life. He seems sad. He can work the audience, he can sing pretty good, he is cute. He needs a break. I want him to win, but doubt if he will.

      • tealeaves says:

        LaPortia does not just stand there and sing. She has a lot of personality while singing. She moves around the stage. She engages with the audience.

      • Mary says:

        Do you even watch the show because LaPortia does not just stand there. Charisma is not staring into the camera. This is a singing show, or at least I thought it was, not lets feel sorry for someone and give him a trophy. Actually, I really don’t know if Dalton could handle the stress because it is obvious he doesn’t take criticism well. He received his break being on the show and making it to the top 4 the rest is up to him winning or not.

      • We’re apparently not watching the same show – did you see her move and own the stage during Come Together, No More Drama, Dead or Alive, Elastic Heart? The number of times she’s been “still” have been in the minority. Trent and MacKenzie don’t move all over the stage as much as she does, they stay with the mic the entire time. Only Dalton of the top 4 inhabits the stage as much as LaPorsha does.

  13. Angie_Overrated says:

    Haven’t been watching Idol, but based on these clips, Mackenzie is far better than Dalton. But it’s also a lot like saying “I like stale graham crackers better than spoiled sour cream.” They both suck, but there’s still a strong preference.

    • Red says:

      IMO MacKensie is so beige he could fade into the background. He’s 23 looks and acts like he’s 15 and has zero star quality. Dalton is no great shakes as a singer but he has charisma and could have a career as an MC along the lines of Ryan Seacrest, Joey Fatone or Alfonzo Ribeiro. He’s so likable.

  14. I’d like to think that Trent and LaPorsha are going all the way to the finals and – given overall body of work thus far, I’d want LaPorsha to win, but I’ve been watching past seasons of Reality Check and Idology and there are several ways this season can go based on history: 1) LaPorsha gets knocked off a la Joshua, Jhud, Allison, Elise, Haley and Syesha and we end up with two guys in the the finale because of devoted fan bases and because AI voters have a history of sending the WGWG all the way, regardless of who the best singer is. 2) Dalton goes up against LaPorsha in the finale because they have the most devoted fans (people seem to either love or hate them passionately; Trent doesn’t fire passion in quite the same way although he deserves to be in the finale IMO.)

    Based on past history I’m actually a little worried about LaPorsha becoming the next Joshua, Syesha, Jax, Allison….

    I agree that this was Trent’s best night and he was SUBLIME in both his performances, which he desperately needed if he’s going to make it to the finals.

    I don’t understand why Scott, Harry, et al took the lyrics of Dead or Alive so literally (where is the Harry who used to ask “Do you understand what the song is about?”) It’s obviously a metaphor for being a touring musician (“on a steel horse I ride”). Elastic Heart wasn’t as dynamite as Diamonds or No More Drama but it doesn’t always need to be. I love that this week was the flip side of No More Drama – the triumphant Warrior Queen.

    I feel for MacKenzie – all of a sudden the judges bring the claws out? That could actually backfire in a big way and gain Mac a lot of sympathy votes.

    I don’t get Dalton. I feel for the kid, I wish him well but…

  15. Also I would totally watch “Wall of Shade ” if Mike and Melinda were involved in some way. SIGN ME UP. *lol*

  16. tealeaves says:

    Hysterical Reality Check! Thank you for the laughs.
    Now I am concerned Trent could go home! To me Chandelier was an Idol moment. Until this Reality Check it had not occurred to me that he could be in danger.

  17. Momo says:

    I guess they indirectly touched on it, but I want to know what Michael and Melinda thought of Dalton’s breakdown at the end of “Bird Set Free.” Even though I’ve liked Dalton all season, that felt like a really contrived moment to me–there were no tears when he looked up and he sort of chuckled in a weird way too. Honestly it really bothered me, and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. Anyone else feel the same?

    • bradybunch4u says:

      He was embarrassed and mouthed sorry.

    • Red says:

      He’s bi-polar. His medication diminishes tear production, so when he is emotional he seems to cry but no tears come. And that would be embarrassing. Many people laugh a little when that feel humiliated in public.

    • CD says:

      Read somewhere -during the song Dalton saw his mother and she was crying so he basically did his best to try to make it through the song before losing it.

    • Barb says:

      I totally agree!

    • Kris says:

      100% agree!! I understand he has a condition, but it just seems to me lately that he is trying to play to the audience to gain votes. It just didn’t seem genuine to me. I have a friend who is bipolar, so I do understand their emotions can change and be affected, but for this specific performance it did seem a bit contrived.

  18. DAN says:

    TRENT was AWESOME in his most recent performances and has CLEARLY SURGED into the lead as LAPORSHA flopped during one of her songs, forgetting the words to ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ in a sloppy performance, fatal to her cause.

    • Mary says:

      Singers, even top superstars, have forgot their lyrics, not the end of the world. I thought she cover quite nicely on it and at least she didn’t just stop her performance. One mishap doesn’t make it a sloppy performance. Trent did a great job on both of his performance. The top three should be Trent, LaPorsha and Mac, however I have a feeling it will be the three amigos.

      • Red says:

        True, but she messed up the second song as well. She swallowed the words and mumbled through some of it. And if you look at the later part of the show when the cameras showed them in their chairs she looked very concerned. She knew she messed up.

        • Emma says:

          And the judges never said one word about it, they just completely ignored it. Viewers notice, and when the singer isn’t called out on it, they tend to not vote for that singer. I think she could very well be eliminated this week.

  19. TRENT was AWESOME in his most recent performances and has CLEARLY SURGED into the lead as LAPORSHA flopped during one of her songs, forgetting the words to ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ in a sloppy performance, fatal to her cause.

  20. jw says:

    Hannah and Maya did a better job on “Elastic Heart” than LaPortia.

  21. brother andy says:

    There’s a difference when an artist is “present”, “self-aware” or “self-conscious”. The first is being open to the situation (just “being”) like La’Porscha, the second is about watching yourself in the Third Person like Mackenzie, and the third is self-critical like Dalton.

  22. Bruce Wayne says:

    A.B.L = Anybody But La’Portia…..we don’t need the final Idol winner to be another screaming banshee who pulled the pity card for support last week. She won’t sell 12 records, much less downloads as long as she weighs 300+ pounds and 50 of that is a wig.

  23. reality says:

    a white guy cannot steal the crown. the voters put the white guy only tag on it like a decade ago.

  24. grrr says:

    quote of the week:
    “I will always take an inspired attempt over soulless perfection, any day” (Keith urban)

  25. Val says:

    The past few years I have watched Idol up to Hollywood week, and then I just watch Reality Check. I will miss hanging out with Michael & Melinda – their cheeky, knowledgeable wit; their love and respect for each other and for the show which means they can challenge shortcomings with affection not mocking. I guess I will now have to not really watch the Voice with them (until Wall of Shade premieres) Thanks M & M :-)

  26. sorry you are wrong Dalton should not be in 4th, you think his movements and emotions are calculating then you need to see him perform when he is not on the show because on his hometown visits he did the same thing and it was not planned and I did not see anything wrong with his vocals, thought he sung way better than Mackenzie did. You need to listen others songs Dalton has written and sung and he has a beautiful recording voice! you are just way to over critical of him.

    • Mary says:

      Auto tune is a wonderful invention. People base their opinions on watching the show, previous work shouldn’t factor into it. He has been in a boy band before, so sorry he probably has his act down pact. If you like him, enjoy, many of us don’t really care for his voice – that is life.

    • After reading these comments all season I find that almost all of the commenters that favor Dalton are female, not quite caring about his voice but more about how cute he is and feeling sorry for him….this is a singing competition people

  27. Mary says:

    Great show M & M. I agree with on most of what you said but I really don’t think the bus was coming for Mac. Unfortunately this week his voice, or style of music, is not for either classic rock or Sia songs. Can’t believe I agree with the judges but they were correct on their remarks.
    Harry did keep belaboring the point which was annoying and I really believe JLo has a brain F…t on Stevie name but it wasn’t the end of the world. The question is who will win and who deserves to win. The top two should be Trent and LaPorsha however; I have a feeling it won’t go that way. To tell you the truth I am not so sure Scott would know how to market these guys.
    I know this is probably wrong, but I am excited for the Finale and seeing past contestants. I don’t really care who wins at this point, because to be honest I probably wouldn’t purchase any of their music.

    • // To tell you the truth I am not so sure Scott would know how to market these guys. //

      Mary I tend to think you’re right – but I’m not sure they know how to market ANYBODY given their track record. Very few AI contestants have actually received contracts or they have been quickly dropped; others like Px2 have sued to get out of restrictive contracts. Even artists that seem like they should be slam dunks they mismanage, drop or ignore.

      My best hope is that these contestants can find the people within the industry who believe in them and can best showcase their gifts. The good news is that the industry is not as restrictive as it used to be. Lots of people are making videos and singles that go to YouTube (Tori Kelly did just fine without AI, thank you); artists are using social media to raise awareness and raise money for tours. But that can also make it more difficult in that there are seemingly more artists than ever competing for our attention, and for the slice of the pie from recording companies for touring and promotion.

  28. Good grief. If there ever has been a contestant who has advanced heads and tails above the rest, it is Trent. Sharp Dressed Man was fantastic, but what he did with Chandelier was pure emotion and art!
    LaPorsha is great and she will be a great star, but she does not show the diversity of talent that Trent does. Nor do the other two.
    I predict Trent and LaPorsha in the final.

  29. bradybunch4u says:

    I am going to laugh so hard if LaPorcha is there shocking boot. She forgot lyrics and over sang (screamed ) both songs.

    I actually agree with them judges, Dalton sounded great. Bird Set Free moved me. I do not expect Sleaze or Borinda to get that an inspired attempt is better than soulless perfection. Calculated emotion is worse. Melinda as your career went no where one would think you would figure this out by now. Also Melinda was it ok when Trent cried, LaPorcha cried and Kelly cried during performances?
    Why did they not receive your wrath but Dalton does? Your duplicitous.

    Trent was fabulous. He learned restraint. I hope for a Trent vs Dalton finale. Two showmen, different styles. Both perfect at what they do.

  30. marie says:

    Yes, yes, yes, it SHOULD be Trent and La’Porsha in the final, with Mackenzie taking third, but I still have a sinking feeling that won’t happen; that at least one folks of those will cede his or her rightful place to the less-deserving Dalton.
    I completely agree that Dalton’s act seems contrived. It makes me weary.
    I’ve been a Trent fan since his startlingly good audition, and I think La’Porsha is a terrific singer. Mackenzie makes me smile.
    I am having a hard time believing it’s almost all over…I think I’m just resisting the idea.

  31. Angie says:

    Trent was awesome!! So much talent! I would definitely buy his music over everyone else in the competition. He can sing anything!

  32. Mary says:

    Is reality check going to continue after Idol ends? I hope so because the Voice needs reality check!

  33. karenb says:

    Hey Slezak-I know this season is flying by way too fast-but I was wondering if you’ll be interviewing any of the contestants? I always enjoy those interviews!

  34. I think it’s time for Dalton to go then MacKenzie. They both have underwhelming voices MacKenzie’s voice is a little smoother and even though all of his arrangements sound the same at least he’s good sticking to where he sounds best. Dalton on the other hand still sounds like the second lead in a high school musical.

  35. grrr says:

    It’s not funny anymore without the short video-clips in the middle!!

  36. Lking says:

    I love these recaps but I don’t always agree with them. I think Dalton should go into the Finals and Mackenzie go home.

  37. TMac says:

    Why do they call this “Reality Check”? They should call it “American Idol Check” – 19 minutes on Idol and 3 minutes on the Voice. Whatever will you do when Idol is off the air?

    • The show used to be called “ideology” (and at one point “idoloony”) when it was focused solely in AI; it became “reality check” when M & M started adding commentary about The Voice.

  38. Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

    Wall of shade OMG!!! Mariah, Aretha, and Patti would be the best judges probably EVER!!! 😍🙏😱 #TeamMimi

  39. Judith L Edwards says:

    I’m really rooting for Trent. That guy is not only surprisingly sexy – but, boy, he knows how to perform. Way to go, Trent.

  40. jag says:

    I think the judges should be eliminated :/

  41. Sue says:

    He’s my favorite by far. He deserves to win!!

  42. Maxine Wiltz says:

    La ‘Porsha~ or Trent. Either or should win the contest. There is no stealing going on. I follow Trent on Periscope. I follow La ‘Porsha on You Tube. They both had been in the business of trying to get really notice. Idol made it possible. Now, in the up coming future which one will land the top of the chain? We have a Beyonce already. We have a Adam Lambert already. Where will the two fit in? Sonika, has a real opportunity to reach the top of the chain. But, it will take a lot of work. She could become a international artist. If, she gets the right people around her. She reminds me of Celine, at a lower voice range. So, let’s put in our vote.

  43. Dave says:

    Love Reality Check, but please look up the lyrics to Wanted Dead or Alive for homework.

    Not about a cowboy.

  44. judgingidol says:

    Wall of Shade is a genius idea! LOVED Trent this week and hope he goes through to the finale. Feeling kind of concerned that La’Porsha could be a surprise early exit.

    • I’ve been looking at past seasons of Reality Check and Idology (the previous incarnation at Entertainment Weekly) and I’ve realized that it’s a pattern with the show – the best vocalists, the ones who “should” win or at least rank higher, get eliminated.

      What I’ve noticed is that the most vocal and devoted fan bases seem to belong to LaPorsha and Dalton; they are also the most divisive contestants based on internet reactions IMO. That could either mean Trent sails on through to the finale (and perhaps the win depending on his performances this week) or that he’s in as much danger as LaPorsha (or anyone else at this point.) I want a LaP-Trent finale but Dalton in the finale is a possibiliy based on voting numbers (and producer shenanigans.)

  45. Jeanne Grier says:

    I have been impressed with Trent (and LaPorsha) since the auditions aired. Trent is a very capable vocalist, he works hard and has humility. No problem with seeing him win Idol, just as long as he and LaPorsha are BOTH there. They are the best vocalists and deserve to be there. I am so glad to see that he has found his niche and I agree that effective mentoring can draw out the best in the contestants. I think it is wrong to attack Jennifer Lopez every week. She is a high profile personality and I suppose it is to be expected, but why not just give her the benefit of a doubt…she had a lot on her mind and momentarily forgot the name of the mentor. Just allow people to live…while you live your own life. Everyone will be happier.

  46. vocalfan-no-bs says:

    Sonika could have used more confidence coaching. She sings so much better than Mac and Dalton, as did several who were eliminated early. She excelled on her Sia song. “Loved Me Back To Life” !!! Fortunately and finally on iTunes, or we would have never heard this gem..

    • Jonny Z says:

      true – if it was purely a singing competition , and not getting caught-up in other popularity factors and side-stories — she would have easily outlasted Mac and Dalton. But popularity is a huge factor in this show to win it, yet as mentioned by others here — the people who voted through the winner, sometimes have little interest in buying their music afterward, as the last 3 winners have small sales numbers comparative to the past years before them.

    • HTGR says:

      Yeah Tristan and Olivia too. And of course the early, early cut one who they didn’t even let go live.
      Trent is pretty good though. LaPorscha does have a voice.
      In terms of what I’d listen to I’d probably be more likely to buy Tristan, Olivia, Sonika stuff as far as this season goes. LaPorscha’s runs going crazy going to church style isn’t my most listened to style and even Trent probably isn’t either. They do have voices and talent though. I might listen to some Dalton type stuff but his voice too often is weak and I’m not sure more years would polish him to the level Tristan, Olivia, Sonika could hit or LaPorscha and Trent can manage.
      .
      I wonder what a final season, had it taken place 1-2 years from now with Tristan, Olivia, Sonika, the girl they cut before even giving her name just about, and then the rest mixed in would have been like.

  47. Blondage says:

    “Wall of Shade” is the show I want Michael and Melinda to do each week after Idol ends!!!!