Reality Check: 'All Bets Are Off' on American Idol! Plus: Is Crazy Failure Worse Than a Total Lack of Risk?

“Baffling.” “Crunk.” “Taking chances.” “Butt booty naked.” “Shrinky dink.” “Bear running through the woods.”

These are just a few of the unexpected words and phrases spicing up the conversation on this week’s installment of Reality Check — where my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I dish the crazy, back-to-back Top 12 and Top 11 performance nights on Season 14 of American Idol. (Sorry, Sarina-Joi Crowe’s elimination left us too devastated to dig into The Voice this time around.)

What it all comes down to, my friends (yes, that was a sly Alanis reference), is that Idol has brand new front-runners after a week that was the living embodiment of Diana Ross’ “Upside Down.” Yet while we find plenty of time to celebrate the emergence of Joey Cook and Tyanna Jones as the proverbial “Ones to Beat,” we also offer up some very necessary advice for Qaasim Middleton, Jax, Clark Beckham and Rayvon Owen.

Also, another Important Debate arises: Is it better to try for greatness and fall flat on the floor (yes, that was a sly Carrie Underwood reference) or to take absolutely no chances and leave us uncomfortably numb? (Fret not: Melinda channels her inner Olivia Pope and handles this topic.)

So press PLAY above for the full Reality Check experience — then hit the comments to #IdolAgree or #IdolDisagree! (Don’t you just love it when I use Fox-approved hashtags?)

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