American Idol XIII – Top 8 – Live Blog – Performance Videos

Tonight, the American Idol XIII Top 8 will revisit their auditions songs. Plus…duets!  We’re live blogging the performances right here.

Remember! You’ll be able to BEGIN VOTING AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW! Here are your Voting FAQs  Phone number list HERE Supervote HERE.

It’s the first time American Idol reprised the contestants’ audition songs as a theme. It served one purpose–helping this year’s wobbly cast finally deliver a solid night of performances. Everyone was at their best, singing songs they were comfortable with. It did seem strange to waltz down memory lane, not even half way through the finals.  The move, could be seen as an attempt to finally squeeze a moment out of this crew.  There are talented singers, to be sure, amongst the finalists. But nobody has been able to deliver a star-quality performance that would get the internets talking.

And they still haven’t. But on the other hand, while some of the duet performances were problematic, the reprises were all solid to very good. Critics should be kind.

The best performance of the night, for me, was Jess Meuse’s original song, “Blue Eyed Lie.”  She’s never as good singing a cover as she is with her own material. I think she’s the best songwriter of the bunch, and has a career ahead of her if she manages to get signed after the show. I think Jena Irene is very good too, which is why I wished she would have been able to perform an original tonight. She gets points from me for trying to change up the ubiquitous “Rolling in the Deep.”  I didn’t love the arrangement, but she did have some stellar vocal moments.

Caleb Johnson and Dexter Roberts chose audition songs that didn’t air. A very shrewd move for both singers.  Dexter could have sung the perfectly serviceable Casey James song, “Drive.” But instead, he chose a ballad, which he pretty much nailed. After a few weeks of generic bro country, this was exactly the thing he needed to do.  I don’t know enough about Caleb’s songwriting abilities. But maybe it was smart to save that bullet for later. His twist on Aretha’s “Chain Of Fools” was like a David Cook move. Caleb has barely misstepped in this competition. He’s in it for the long haul.

Alex Preston keeps chugging along. He consistently delivers artistic and surprising performances. Alex and Jena Irene put a quirky, delightful spin on “Just Give Me a Reason.”  These two perform cover songs that never sound karaoke, for better or worse. They were the most original duetters of the night. A perfect match.

Sam Woolf will remain safe this week after his reprise of “Lego House,” the song that endeared him to the multitude.  The beautiful tone and lovely intonation were still there, but without the intimacy of the audition room, Sam seemed lost on that big stage.  He looked totally uncomfortable duetting with Malaya Watson as her pitch fell apart on “Lucky.” The whimsical song suited the two on paper. But neither have the confidence to pull off a relationship duet. Next time, Sam would fare better paired up with one of the other boys. Ditto Malaya, who managed to perform Aretha Franklin without totally going off the rails. She’s learning.

CJ Harris continues to have pitch problems.  In an interview this afternoon with reporters, Keith Urban talked about how some contestants hit a “wall.” Meaning they go as far as they possibly can go in the competition, and need to get out there and grow in the real world. I think that’s where CJ is at right now. He sang especially sharp in his duet with Dexter Roberts.  It won’t hurt Dexter, but CJ, I think, is toast.

The judges are being very careful to add a dollop of encouragement even if they criticize a performance.  It IS important to encourage these mostly nervous nellies, even when it’s necessary to deliver some constructive criticism.  I see Harry and Keith especially, making an effort to really help these kids. I still maintain this is the best judges panel Idol has ever had. I don’t miss the days of dumb cliches, mood altered ramblings and glib putdowns. This panel takes their job seriously. I hope the kids are at least considering what they have to say.

***

Let’s revisit the auditions, back when American Idol XIII was full of so much promise, and the ratings didn’t make the baby Jesus cry. The show opens with footage from those golden days of yore, because soon, the Top 8 will perform their original audition songs. Except this time, on the big Idol stage.  The idea is to compare and contrast. See how they grow! Or not. It’s back to the start!

Before the contestants perform, they hang at the judges table with Ryan to chat first impressions. They judges weigh in on the contestants’ journey, while Seacrest grills them.  The idea is to conjure a few warm fuzzies. It’s so weird. We aren’t even half way through the finals, and we’re reminiscing as if it were the finale. The video packages include family members talking about how adorable and or naughty the contestants were as children.

Jessica Meuse – Blue Eyed Lie by Jessica Meuse – Jessica is the first Idol to sing an original song during the finals, for America’s votes. That’s one for the record books.  She starts off accompanying herself on guitar, before the band kicks in. I love this song, for it’s dark, grungy vibe. In her element, Jessica is fierce, intense and oh-so-cool.  Easily her best performance in the finals. She needs to sing her own songs.  Keith calls it a great start to the show. She reminds Keith of Grace Slick. He also loves her ferocity. He hopes she works on moving her body during her performances. Jlo said there’s something that happened when she sang the song. It was really perfect. She can hear her album. It reminded Harry of Cher or Nancy Sinatra, which is an odd comparison. He doesn’t think she needs to move if her delivery is intense. He quibbles over the arrangement a bit, but he loved it. –  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 10(1 855 443 651o) or Text 10 to 83676  – Download from iTunes


Jessica Meuse – Blue Eyed Lie – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic

CJ Harris – Soul Shine by the Allman Brothers – CJ promises that tonight will be better than his audition. Will he be able to stay on pitch? This version, with the full band, is more upbeat, less intense.  Eh. The pitch problems are still there. They aren’t going to be fixed in a minute.  But it’s obvious he’s trying, and as always, CJ delivers an emotional and energetic performance.  I hear a little more rasp there than usual. I hope he’s taking care of his voice.  Having said that, I think I prefered his passionate acoustic version. Jlo feels it was better than the first performance. She feels his soulshine!  He touches people, that’s his gift as an artist, she says.  Harry says he’s special enough to be here. He can tell he’s been working on his pitch. He’s proud of him. He warns, if CJ doesn’t sing in pitch, the label will auto-tune the crap out of him. CJ’s dad takes the stage to give him a hug. –   Call 1 855 4 IDOL 05(1 855 443 6505) or Text 5 to 83676 -  Download from iTunes


CJ Harris – Soul Shine – American Idol 13 (Top 8) by IdolxMuzic

Jena Irene and Alex Preston – Just Give Me a Reason – Pink feat. Nate Ruess – Two of the most unique singers in the competition duet, and it’s pretty great. There are a few pitch things here and there, but they’re blending nicely together and bringing emotion and chemistry to the performance. Jena is doing best with the eye contact and connection, which helps to draw the typically internal Alex out of his shell. Nice job! Too bad there isn’t an iTunes studio recording.


Jena & Alex – Just Give Me A Reason – American… by IdolxMuzic

Sam Woolf – Lego House by Ed Sheeran – As the judges discuss what a ladies man Sam has become, he’s standing there looking like a deer caught in the headlights. Poor guy.  Oh. Remember how he sped through Lego House in his audition? He’s vows to slow it down this time. He’s accompanying himself on the guitar again.  The girls scream! The band kicks in, with the background singers. His pure crystalline tone always sounds so pretty, especially on this song. It’s his best performance in the finals, but he’s still lacking that emotional connection. He looks so scared on stage.  Judges comments after the break! That never happens on Idol.  Harry thinks “connection” is the word, rather than confidence.  He suggests that he pick one of the screaming girls and sing to her. Keith thinks he’s getting better every week. He’s happy with where he’s headed. Harry shushes the screaming girls!  Jlo can’t get a word in edgewise.  –  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 12(1 855 443 6512) or Text 12 to 83676  – Download from iTunes


Sam Woolf – Lego House – American Idol 13 (Top 8) by IdolxMuzic

Jessica Meuse and Caleb Johnson – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – Man, they’re really making Jessica channel Stevie Nicks again? This is OK, if a little karaoke. Unlike Jena and Alex before them, they’re not bringing anything new to the song. But they are both performing the hell out of it. Caleb, especially, is WORKING IT.


Jessica & Caleb – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around… by IdolxMuzic

Malaya Watson – Ain’t No Way by Aretha Franklin – Malaya’s dad is on stage as Ryan and the judges discuss her. Interestingly, Malaya almost didn’t try out, because she thought she’d be brushed off as too young.  Malaya looks VERY pretty tonight. A soulful, bluesy performance, girl is making the song her own. There’s some oversinging on the chorus, but it doesn’t spoil the song. She’s learning her lessons well here. No more wall to wall scream-a-thons from Malaya!  Keith loves her growth, and her ability to control her performance. “You’re blossoming into a star,” says Jlo. “You’re going to run away with this competition.” Harry says she’s doing everything right. Again, he suggests that she work on her runs. He’s right, she oversings the runs. If she learns to rein that in, she’ll be golden.   Call 1 855 4 IDOL 02(1 855 443 6502) or Text 2 to 83676 -  Download from iTunes


Malaya Watson – Ain’t No Way – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Real time voting:  These stats are meaningless. But whatever. So far:  Over 21 1 Jessica Meuse 2 CJ Harris 3 Sam Woolf 4 Malaya Watson   Under 21 1 Sam Woolf 2 Malaya

Dexter Roberts – One Mississippi by Brett Eldredge – Dexter was originally montaged. All that was aired was a snip of his other audition song, “Drive” by Casey James.  He’s seated on stool, with a mic. This is a heartfelt country ballad, with piano accompaniment.  Dexter ain’t going anywhere this week. Honestly, I don’t understand why he doesn’t do more ballads.  He connects in an authentic way that he doesn’t on the country pop he favors,  and his vocals sound pure. There’s a little cry in his voice that’s totally working for him tonight. “Well I guess you showed us!” says Jlo. She loved the nuances in his voice.  And she gives a shout out to Allison Iraheta, who did a lovely job on backup vocals.  Harry says he sang the crap out of the song. He did just what he needed. He was touched by it. Keith says he’s grown in leaps and bounds. Keith advises him to think more about the lyric than the sound of his voice.  –  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 01(1 855 443 6501) or Text 1 to 83676  – Download from iTunes


Dexter Roberts – One Mississippi – American… by IdolxMuzic

Sam Woolf and Malaya Watson – Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Well. THIS is all kinds of awkward. Malaya is off pitch pretty much throughout.  Sam looks super embarrassed.  It’s like a badly rehearsed high school musical performance. FACEPALM. NEXT.


Malaya & Sam – Lucky – American Idol 13 (Top 8) by IdolxMuzic

Jena Irene – Rolling in the Deep by Adele –  We learn from Jena’s mom, that she has been driven and fiercely independent since she was a wee one.  A new arrangement has Jena starting off slow, with piano accompaniment.  It’s a slinky, sexy version of the song.  I prefer Adele’s propulsive arrangement. This version loses all of the urgency.  C’mon song. Kick in!  Jena has her moments here, though. She redeems herself at the end, with a big, impressive finish.  Well, yes. She did try something different with a super familiar song. But I wish she had sat behind the piano for this. Or had performed an original song at her audition.  Another break before the judges comments. Harry no longer thinks she has a speech impediment. Keith loved that she made the song her own. He loved every second of it. Jlo advises her to come out every week, blow everyone away, and try to win the competition. Translation: BE IN IT TO WIN IT. No matter how many words you use, it’s still pretty trite advice.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 08 (1 855 443 65o8) or Text 08 to 83676 Download from iTunes


Jena Irene – Rolling In The Deep – American… by IdolxMuzic

Dexter Roberts and CJ Harris – Alright by Darius Rucker – MY EARS ARE BLEEDING. CJ is singing sharp again. Dexter, bless his soul, stays on pitch. Too bad he’s so dull. Clunky clunky performance sounds under-rehearsed.


Dexter & CJ – Alright – American Idol 13 (Top 8) by IdolxMuzic

Caleb Johnson – Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin –  Jlo remembers Caleb from Season 10. He had the voice, but he needed more time to grow. Caleb’s parents confirm that he was a very loud little boy.  Caleb was also montaged during the auditions. We heard a snip of an original song then. He’s sticking to an iconic tune. Not willing to take the risk? Nevertheless, he gives Aretha the classic rock treatment, and it becomes clear what he’s up to.  Giving a girl song an entirely new twist avoids comparisons with the original, and wins artistry points. Especially when the arrangement is awesome and the vocals killer like they are here.  Watch out for Caleb people, he’s headed for the Top 3. Keith calls Caleb a Blues Warrior and a Rock and Roll Viking. Tee hee!  Jlo says he kills the audience every single time. Harry would love that for him to sing something that wasn’t so…loud. Nice job, but try something else next week, he says.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 13(1 855 443 6513) or Text 13 to 83676 –   Download from iTunes


Caleb Johnson – Chain Of Fools – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic

Alex Preston – Fairytales by Alex Preston – He explains that he wrote the song after a college break up. He’s still friends with the girl, though!  Funny, they never mention that Alex’s cousin is country singer, Jo Dee Messina.  Beginning and ending the show with an original!  Like Jessica, Alex really comes alive singing his own music.  The song is a little repetitive, but it fits Alex like a comfortable old shoe. Beautiful tone and phrasing and his guitar work is exquisite.  The performance really shows off his impressive artistry.  Jlo notes that he’s stayed true to himself since the beginning. Harry enjoyed it. He liked the arrangement. Keith says, “Great job”  He’s proud of EVERYONE tonight –  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 09(1 855 443 6509) or Text 9 to 83676 – Download from iTunes


Alex Preston – Fairytales – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Real time voting: 21 and over 1. Dexter Roberts 2. Jena Irene 3. Caleb Johnson 4. Alex Preston  Under 21 1. Jena Irene 2. Dexter Roberts 3. Alex Preston 4. Caleb Johnson

Time to kill! Bringing Randy up on stage.  Tomorrow: Daughtry performs!

  • WiltedYouth

    A moment of silence for Annie Barrett, EW’s Idol recapper who was recently let go from her job. She will be missed.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com/ Caroline B

    Boo! :(

  • Blueknight24

    Hey everyone!

  • julesmn

    What??? Nooooo.

  • sue

    Live stream anywhere? :(

  • jcabby

    Hoping for a good show tonight!

  • Blueknight24
  • Kimmy Moores

    Boy did AI really pick a crap time to make Harry a judge.
    If they’d just done it like…2 seasons ago.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Baby seacrest

  • Blueknight24

    How old is he?

  • Blirel

    Ready!!!

  • Kimmy Moores

    I’m just happy we’ll get to see Jess and Alex in their greatest element, singing their own songs. That’s just awesome.

  • Eclipse2000

    I honestly think it’s an advantage if it’s a good song.

  • Vetle

    Whaaaat, WHY?

    …Can she go to TVLine and cohost with Michael and Melinda now? I miss her input from the Idolatry days. Her and Kristen, frankly.

  • Ronnie D

    I just hope they bring it tonight!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Seacrest? 39 I believe

  • Blueknight24

    That’s a good promo. lol But I’m still loving Angie’s Set you free.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Fairytale and Blue Eyed Lie are good songs too, that’s the best part. They’re most remembered for those songs.

  • Blirel

    I can’t wait for the duets tonight

  • Kimmy Moores

    Yup, he hits the big 4-0 this year.
    Damn he’s been doing this for forever

  • julesmn

    What the heck is Alex wearing?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Has Sam always had that kind of weird smile? lol

  • Blueknight24

    Wow! He looks the same..

  • sue

    Thank you so much! I love you! :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know! I lol’ed when I saw him.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Who’d of thought that the nice kitchen table cloth I misplaced would end up around JLo’s body?

  • Eclipse2000

    Sam got a stupid serial killer smile

  • jcabby

    He looks like he’s on vacation

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol It is a bit creepy.

  • Blueknight24

    Wow Duet? Let’s see.

  • Kimmy Moores

    1-800-YESS to Jess going first

  • btheg

    Are Alex and Sam roommates? Maybe sharing closets.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    What in the world is Jlo wearing?????

  • julesmn

    I’m guessing Jess is doing the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet.

  • Blirel

    Yes my fav is going first Jess i love Blue Eyed Lie

  • Kimmy Moores

    An expensive table cloth.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK. Already starting the major time killing.

  • halo9125

    WTF is the harness Jess is wearing?

  • AGM2123

    The contestants looked like they were in front of a firing squad when they were up on stage.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That red dress sort of clashes with her hair.

  • lola

    Jess has no personality whatsoever IMO

  • Kimmy Moores

    Oh…this time killing is demonic

  • J3$$!C@

    The dress is a horrible fit on Jessica and J.LO for that matter.

  • halo9125

    And moronic.

  • scoobynacks

    Yes, Jess’s birth was totes just like Pearl Harbor, Jess’s mom.

  • H.A.

    Jessica looks lovely tonight. Her makeup and hair looks great.

  • Blueknight24

    1990? really… I’m getting older. :(

  • Kimmy Moores

    I had no clue she and I were that close in age…even though I knew..
    It’s weird hearing the actual year.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Will Jessica lose the rights to her original song?

  • btheg

    Looks like the same dress Christina Ricci wore in “Casper”

  • LeoCS

    Oh, god, a lot of filler tonight.

  • Blueknight24

    Me too, She looks mature though.

  • lola

    They all looked like they didn’t want to be there. By now they should be used to it. No progression.

  • Tommyo2000

    Why is she on top of a hat box

  • scoobynacks

    Why would she? They have to license it like they would from anybody. Original songs performed on Idol don’t magically become Idol’s property. She probably gets money from the iTunes sales.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Why do I feel like the accompaniment made the song slower?

  • Matthew Kitson

    There’s the shoulder

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nice, simple staging, but I’m not fond of Jessica’s wardrobe choices tonight.

  • chillj

    Who put Jessica in that fugly dress?

  • btheg
  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m enjoying this song though.

  • AGM2123

    Honestly, I said this a few weeks back, but whoever is in charge of wardrobe needs to be fired.

  • lola

    she looks like she’s in her 30’s or older.

  • Kimmy Moores

    This dress is all sorts of unflattering.
    She looks like (and just does) she has stronger legs than most track runners I’ve come across.

  • chillj

    That dress sort of clashes with her personality.

  • rl231

    Jess sounds really good!

  • maddkat

    Really like that song but that dress and those shoes…yikes

  • BonnieDee

    She sounds great.

  • scoobynacks

    The lyrics are really well done. It’s got a hook. Girl could write her album and sound amazing.

  • julesmn

    I love the song. Hate the dress.

  • Nedsdag

    I liked this song, but then again, I like Slapout Jessica.

  • Shawn Jang

    Most comfortable I’ve seen her on stage!

  • Anna106

    The camera needs to stay waist up!

  • Blirel

    Wow that was a great way to start the show she is bringing it

  • Vetle

    I am really starting to love Jessica as an artist.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I was mistaken in thinking that she would.

  • jcabby

    Jessica had the crowd with her! Very nice from her.

  • chillj

    Annie is the best they have got. What happened to her?

  • Jason Gorny

    I hope Jess going first doesn’t put her in the B3

  • Matthew Kitson

    I wasnt aware this was project runway. Could honestly care less of the dress, etc. Killer performance

  • Kimmy Moores

    I’ve been begging for the stylist to be fired, but after what they put Jess in…and allowed her to walk out in front of national television in that…
    No…someone must be punished.

  • H.A.

    Jessica isn’t very ladylike to carry a dress. She needs to stick to her rocker outfits. Her hair and makeup looks great though.

  • justmefornow

    Song was ok. She sounded good. But she looked like she was wearing Grandma’s shoes with that horrid dress.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Somebody did bad on Jessicas wardrobe. I liked her song with that raspy sound.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith is right about needing to move her lower body.

  • Anna106

    That’s exactly what I was focusing on, Keith!!!!

  • Sassycatz

    That’s a good song for a newcomer.

  • WiltedYouth
  • Kimmy Moores

    It was, but that dress is just sooo evil o.o

  • BonnieDee

    Keith just asked if she was wearing Harry’s shoes! LOL

  • sue

    Jessica looks beautiful but she does need to move more.

  • Ronnie D

    Well her shaky vibrato is finally under control lol. I actually thought she rocked it tonight. Her hair looks amazing, too. Good job Jessica.

  • halo9125

    Grace Slick, Stevie Nicks- make up your mind people.

  • Shawn Jang

    Now they’re pushing the judges’ twitter accounts onto us? No thank you…

  • Sassycatz

    They want her to move, but then they put her up on a cube.

  • scoobynacks

    lol now Cher and Nancy Sinatra.

  • Blueknight24

    That’s a nice song, but unfamiliar song is very risky to perform.

  • lola

    Maybe they are given clothes choices and the artists themselves make the final decision. Just an awful dress & shoes.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I really liked this, but I imagined a bit more rocker edge/intensity to the song >.>

  • sweetpea1979

    Ya’all know the contestants get to help pick their outfits. The stylists don’t just force them into something. I guarantee she had a say in wearing that dress. I don’t think she’s the type of person that would go onstage with something she didn’t like

  • Emme2885

    Come on, you guys, judge the performance not the wardrobe. She sounded great!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Her facial expressions gave the performance, didn’t need a lot of movement.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com/ Caroline B

    And put the camera at such a low angle that the microphone blocked her face for most of the song!

  • Kimmy Moores

    Right? LOL

  • lola

    Just move a little. Again they are bringing this up. Like the feet are nailed to the stage. Could never watch or pay for more than 1/2 hour of this robot like stance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Why is CJ wearing that formal jacket with a T-shirt with a pattern? lol

  • Kimmy Moores

    Will we hear this song in tune from CJ?
    Greater question…did he even sing the song in tune at his audition?

  • H.A.

    Maybe that was the best of the options they gave her. I can’t imagine her going to the mall and buying that on her own.

  • scoobynacks

    I don’t know what they want her to do. Wiggle her hips? Stamp her feet like Alex? So confused. Sometimes you stand there with a guitar. If they want her to move around more, give her the setup she has in her other concerts–she probably feels comfortable outdoors on stage (not sure who’s she’s been with but she’s been hustling for awhile and she’s from Alabama). This is kinda weird. I get not being eager to go near the swaybots.

  • shell29

    I’m just not a fan of Jessica’s voice. Not my cup of tea.

  • Anna106

    That’s the best ‘original’ I’ve heard sung in the competitions on Idol.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    If that had been Majesty or Malaya instead of Jessica the judges would have given that performance a standing O and compliments galore.

  • Blueknight24

    Cj on dead spot? Oh boy, you’re going home for sure.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Keith meant that she needs to loosen up her stance a bit. It looked like her feet were nailed to the cube. lol

  • Matthew Kitson

    Band should be on the stage though

  • lola

    A more professional entertainer could work on a cube and be fine with it.

  • H.A.

    Why do people keep complaining about Jessica not moving enough. Does anyone ever say the same about the guys that are WGWG.

  • chillj

    That actually doesn’t look like anything she would choose. First off, she is usually in pants and second, she does a pretty good job of dressing for her body. That dress is horribly unflattering.

  • RodMod

    Even Taylor Swift has appropriated a bigger stage persona in recent
    years. Standing in one place in a sold-out arena is just a big NO-NO.
    Even if you are a Country-Pop singer.

  • lola

    Yes, I’ve complained about all of them since day one.

  • Kimmy Moores

    “Sam/Alex! You need to move more!”
    Things the judges never say. Lol

  • LeoCS

    Actually they did that season with Alex and Sam.

  • btheg

    Typically when working with a stylist you just give them an idea of your “style.” They give you options of their interpretation of that “style”

  • justmefornow

    True. But I find them just as boring when they stand still all the time too.

  • Anna106

    That’s true! What was distracting to me was the the way her dress hung & the position of her legs…but loved the song!

  • scoobynacks

    Standing in one place for the entire concert is a no no. Standing in one place for one song ain’t.

  • Nedsdag

    Thank you! Alex looks like a mannequin up there when he sings, yet no. one. says. anything.

  • girlygirl

    the stylists used to take the contestants shopping. They had a wardrobe budget every week. Don’t they do that anymore?

  • sweetpea1979

    According to several articles and reports, they go on shopping trips with a stylist and they get about $450 weekly to buy whatever they want. The clothes are theirs to keep after the show.

  • chillj

    I suspect they are persuaded. MK ended up with a lot of make-up, which was kind of counterpoint to who she was and who she wanted to be. Sometimes these people just look totally trussed up, foreign to who we know them as.

  • H.A.

    Akex is a “true artist” he doesn’t count.

  • girlygirl

    yes, actually.

  • czt

    They must have cut the budget on wardrobe and makeup/hair. I keep watching for the contestants to step up and look more like professionals. The contestants still look like they are dressing themselves and doing their own hair/makeup. In the past, that has been fun to watch the evolution of the contestants.

  • lola

    Agree!

  • Sassycatz

    Sang out of tune as a kid…. Hmm, times haven’t changed.

  • julesmn

    But the judges never come down on him like they do Jess.

  • girlygirl

    Keith Urban is 46 years old

  • Nedsdag

    Whatever!

  • justmefornow

    He’s just as, if not more boring than her anyday. Total snooze.

  • Kimmy Moores

    How old is Keith? What…34? [whoops, 46]
    Why do I feel like he looks as if he’s trying to reclaim his teenage days?

  • Matthew Kitson

    46

  • RodMod

    This is my first time seeing CJ’s audition. And I’m so unimpressed. I remember all the hooplah surrounding him online.

  • justmefornow

    They should. I ‘d never pay to see him live. Way too boring.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Jess was pretty good but not good enough to become the Idol

  • H.A.

    Exactly. Every week they keep beating the drum on Jess. I never feel like they do the same week after week with the boys.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Is it possible that I am bored already with CJ?

  • RodMod

    He hasn’t taken any advice at all, has he?

  • Nedsdag

    TBTH, are any of these contestants Idol worthy?

  • btheg

    “but we can fix that.” -can you?

  • Prime_Minister

    I like CJ as a person, but he is STILL singing out of tune (although not as badly as before). Wouldn’t be upset if he left tomorrow.

  • LeoCS

    None of them are this year but someone has to be.

  • Ronnie D

    CJ proves you can make it through hard times for sure. Parents were jail birds and he still managed to stay on the straight an narrow and chase his dream. Thank god for grandparents. :) Very inspiring IMO.

  • scoobynacks

    Yeaaah so Fox just broke into Idol to report on the Fort Hood thing. Um, how’s this gonna affect voting? Cuz CJ’s performance is getting stomped on etc. I realize there are priorities here, I’m just trying to figure out how it affects the show tomorrow.

  • lola

    There is really no line between teens and adults these days when it comes to clothing & hair. Look how you want and don’t care what anyone else thinks. And he & Harry look hot!

  • justmefornow

    None of them left would win in a past stronger season. But someone has to win by default and I really don’t care who it is this year, lol.

  • shell29

    I honestly don’t think he’s capable of staying in tune.

  • Vetle

    Definitely not his worst, but very middle of the road.

  • sweetpea1979

    Hey, I don’t hate this. CJ definitely won’t win, but he deserves some credit here…this song isn’t bad.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I love your reply! No one has the “IT” factor for me either!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Well, cj is making small improvements, but still off.

  • Anna106

    I go to the Blind Willie Blues Festival most years & a lot of the singers sound like CJ…I kinda like it!

  • btheg

    maybe it was a fan of CJ’s? strategic move? (too soon.)

  • jcabby

    This was better than last week from CJ.

  • lola

    I’m in central New York and they did not break in.

  • czt

    I didn’t see him sing more than the first 10 seconds before Fox special report broke in. I wonder if they when they will show his whole song.

  • Ronnie D

    My American Idol has been interrupted with a news report about a shooting.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Seems like they’re overreacting, and under reacted for jess

  • Blueknight24

    Autotune? Ehhem to Jlo. lol

  • czt

    Wisconsin they broke in

  • Anna106

    My Fox didn’t leave CJ.

  • http://butterbeanjunction.com/ Connie D

    I am in Galveston TX and it is still interrupted. Go figure.

  • scoobynacks

    Weird. It did some places. Ryan’s a pro, he’s bound to be aware of this. The Fox producers are probably being informed what’s up because the President’s talking and they have to keep it in mind.

  • czt

    I wonder how widespread it is — they are still talking and now heading to the Pentagon for more coverage

  • justmefornow

    CJ was better, but he still sings in his own key. And lol Harry, not he or anyone else BUT the winner is coming away with a record deal.
    Please.

  • julesmn

    I’m in Minnesota and they didn’t

  • Matthew Kitson

    Are you near forthood? May be certain local affiliates breaking

  • Blueknight24

    I bet Caleb and Malaya for duet.

  • Nedsdag

    CJ’s still scratchy, but this is what is to be expected from him.

  • chillj

    Fort Hood?

  • czt

    With Fox breaking in with their newscast, I wonder if they will use this opportunity not to have anyone go home this week?

  • Vetle

    Never heard anyone sing “Just Give Me A Reason” well live on these shows. Hope Jena and Alex can do it justice. It’s definitely not one of my favorites from Pink though. :/

  • lola

    This shooting situation in Fort Hood, Texas has been going on for a couple of hours and is pretty much over with. My Fox station did not break in. I am in Central New York.

  • Ronnie D

    It’s a national story not local.

  • Anna106

    Georgia….no

  • justmefornow

    My Fox in the Philly area hasn’t been interrupted.

  • shell29

    FOX didn’t break into programming here in Atlanta…

  • Ronnie D

    Not sure I’m watching a live stream.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Okay, thought just give me a reason would be jena/alex

  • scoobynacks

    Shepherd Smith was apparently with Fox News NY which he declared when they sent us back to regular programming. I wonder if that has anything to do with why NY didn’t have a break in coverage.

  • czt

    No, in Wisconsin

  • Nedsdag

    New York didn’t have any interruptions.

  • Ronnie D

    I am in Northern NY! It’s returning to American Idol now though.

  • chillj

    Idol often does a terrible job. I don’t think the contestants could think some of this stuff up.

  • scoobynacks

    It’s one of mine and one of her best. It could be brilliant. Alex, I feel, would definitely be a good substitute for Nate.

  • czt

    But I think it may be widespread enough to interfere with voting.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Two performances and wasn’t impressed. Just an okay for me!

  • scoobynacks

    Oh it definitely was. Enough people are going ‘what the–?’ If CJ goes home tomorrow, can we be sure it was performance based? How’d the rest of his song go? What did the judges say?

  • Anna106

    Wonder if they’re going to the duets because of the interruptions.

  • Vetle

    It’s a good song, I think I am just a bit sick of it. Haha. :p

    One of my favorites must be Try (for the message) or Family Portrait. And Trouble for its craziness. :p

  • Nedsdag

    WTF is Alex wearing?

  • Shawn Jang

    LOL ALEX.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Anyone else get kicked off the blog with a “404” message?

  • Kimmy Moores

    My tv wasn’t interrupted…and I did not like CJ again tonight.
    It was wobbly at his audition and from what I heard just the same (if not worse) as her performed.

  • sweetpea1979

    Please can we ban Alex’s hats for the remainder of the season?

  • Kimmy Moores

    And now onto Alex’s shirt now that I’ve seen it…
    I weep for him.

  • Blueknight24

    Is this the new fashion trend in the US? OMG!

  • julesmn

    I kept having a problem until I used MJ’s link to the blog from Twitter.

  • maddkat

    What are these people wearing?????????

  • Kimmy Moores

    Yup

  • justmefornow

    He looks ridiculous and really uncomfortable.
    Another stupid hat as well, lol.

  • scoobynacks

    Ha, fair. It has been hammered into the ground. I loved Pink’s performance of Try and Just Give Me A Reason. I assume that was the Grammys. What a pro, that woman has some lungs.

  • Ronnie D

    Well at least they didn’t interrupt Caleb lol

  • Anna106

    Only if your two year old dressed you..lol

  • AmberNass

    I did

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I thought a couple of performances ago that he just doesn’t have the ability to sing in tune. He can’t leave soon enough for me.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Somewhere Jillian Jensen is sticking pins into a Jena doll.

  • scoobynacks

    Oh dear, this arrangement is making me nervous.

  • Nedsdag

    Is she afraid Jena will throw a Slushie at her?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Alex has no stage presence whatsoever in this duet. lol

  • Blueknight24

    very OFF!

  • Kimmy Moores

    This arrangement….not liking it at all. Why’d they start Jena so high just to go so low?

  • cheese

    I wish I could unsee Alex’s whole ensemble.

    So maybe they should have rehearsed this. . .

    I think Sam would have sounded better on that (but he would have been just as boring and maybe wouldn’t have had such an amusing outfit)

  • Nedsdag

    Jena can sing, but I just cannot warm to her.

  • justmefornow

    He never does.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Afraid Jena will steal her maaaaan LOL

  • Shawn Jang

    Alex you’re bringing Jena down!!

  • H.A.

    I don’t like this song for Jena and Alex. Jena is sounding to screechy and Alex flat.

  • Anna106

    Alex looks like Huck Finn!

  • scoobynacks

    He’s being attacked by a blue boa constrictor.

  • sweetpea1979

    Jena’s too powerful for Alex and the arrangement is too high for her. Some nice moments, but not great overall

  • Vetle

    I think Jena is kinda effortless on this actually. It’s a hard song.

  • jcabby

    Alex and Jena sounded good together.

  • Ronnie D

    Alex looks like a bohemian Kurt Hummel. lol I don’t think I have ever seen a straight guy dress that gay. hehe

  • shell29

    Jena sounds good on this duet.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I’m going to have to watch Alex’s performance facing away from my TV tonight.

  • H.A.

    That was not a good duet. They should have had Jena and Caleb.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Nice duet. They blended well.

  • Prime_Minister

    I would have preferred Jena on the melody, and Alex on the harmony since her voice is naturally louder

  • lola

    Alex is just singing the words. No expression whatsoever. He keeps pulling down his shirt.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol True, but he’s a smidgeon more animated in his solo performances. I’ve never seen a singer with such an expressionless face. lol

  • Emme2885

    Thought they did great.

  • sue

    I love that duet! Awesomesauce!!!!!!!!! Go Jena and Alex!

  • sweetpea1979

    Why no judging on the duets???Were they already expecting train wrecks?

  • amadcow2

    Sam looks terrified… I guess his natural expression.

  • scoobynacks

    Doubt it, there’s a plan for staging and not having them sing too close to their solo song. It’s been worked out to occasionally do a duet and give them time to get into a different head space if they still have more singing.

  • czt

    I hate when they show contestants getting “made-up” before their performance.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I think he hates it too.

  • RodMod

    Agreed.

  • Blueknight24

    I can’t take any of those outfits.

  • chillj

    I didn’t like Jena’s half of that duet, but I liked Alex’s tee shirt.

  • lola

    Yes, that would have been great.

  • czt

    Sigh — the memory of Hailey and Casey or Adam and Allison….

  • chillj

    There is a deer in headlights aspect to it.

  • Vetle

    *cough*CrystalAndLeeToo*cough*

  • lola

    You got that right!

  • Blueknight24

    Plus Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet.

  • Ronnie D

    Alex sounded hot lol. He sounds good singing out of his comfort zone.

  • chillj

    How would you know he is a straight guy?

  • AGM2123

    I was expecting them to be put together, but not on this song. Maybe they’re expecting to put them together later in the season.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, I’ve only enjoyed Jessica’s performance.

  • jersey

    Lol so many differing opinions on that duet!

  • justmefornow

    Wait. There’s another one coming up after the break.

  • julesmn

    Me too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It was a mismatch in voices.

  • BonnieDee

    The duet had no emotion whatsoever from either of them. Jena was too loud and neither of them sounded like a couple in distress, which is what the song is about.

  • Ronnie D

    Because he doesn’t shave his armpits.

  • Matthew Kitson

    What the heck is this riot promo?

  • BonnieDee

    I’m back on the Jessica train. She just needs to sing her own songs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol At least Sam smiles. Alex looks blank or like he’s smelling something very unpleasant. lol

  • Kimmy Moores

    Alex looks like he hated that so much lol

  • Nedsdag

    I liked Slapout Jessica’s performance.

  • H.A.

    I hope so. Maybe they expect a top 4 with them included.

  • Nedsdag

    Is it me or does Harry dye his hair?

  • Kimmy Moores

    Sam’s smile….oh

  • AGM2123

    This is so awkward.

  • RodMod

    UGH…I’m so bored…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    He looked very uncomfortable. lol

  • Matthew Kitson

    Sam just has no charisma

  • RodMod

    David Cook had the largest head of any of them! LOLz! #NeverForget

  • Kimmy Moores

    Why am I more embarrassed for Sam than anything?
    Like…family is family but oy vey something is just off putting about this.

  • lola

    My guess he dyes it.

  • H.A.

    Sam is not cute at all. He’s so creepy.

  • Nedsdag

    Which one of Sam’s parents is deceased?

  • lola

    True.

  • cheese

    Sam’s audition was the only thing I liked from him, so I don’t mind hearing this again. Also, he’s not wearing a straw hat and a scarf, so yay.

  • Sassycatz

    *That* was an alien head.

  • Ronnie D

    Harry is a big metrosexual.

  • Anna106

    He’s so young looking!

  • RodMod

    Indeed, it was! Haha!

  • julesmn

    Or leaf prints on his shirt.

  • Matthew Kitson

    I know, lol. Lyndsey parker liked it

  • Kimmy Moores

    What is with these lamps? I’m already lost.
    I feel like I’m looking at a living room from the 80s

  • LeoCS

    I get afraid when they’re joking with Sam that he’ll get angry and start to stab someone.

  • supersonic

    So far, I haven’t enjoyed any performance. And I don’t get the hype about Jessica. She says she was an evil baby? She seems like that all around.

  • Anna106

    Last week…light bulbs. This week…lamps!

  • amadcow2

    what, is Sam’s super power to attract light fixtures to himself?

  • BonnieDee

    He sounds good here. And he lost the hat, which is a good thing. He looks cute.

  • Sassycatz

    Omigod!!! Last week it was lightbulbs all around him and this week it’s lamps! What’s the deal?!

  • Matthew Kitson

    What is this arrangment? Kind of hating it

  • koshka2

    Lamp commercial!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They just put the light bulbs from last week in lamps. lol

  • cheese

    Oh no, not backup singers on this song. Yuck.

  • H.A.

    Yawn!!!!

  • Vetle

    Next week he plans to add couches.

  • maddkat

    This pretty bland

  • supersonic

    Lyndsey parker liked it

    Of course she did.

  • Blueknight24

    He’s selling those things. wanna buy?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    TPTB are determined that Woolf will light up the stage?

  • Kimmy Moores

    I feel like he’s awkwardly in the middle of a lamp auction.

  • sweetpea1979

    Sam continues to look scared to death at times, but I think this is the most confident he’s looked so far

  • lola

    Large head big……………….brain! Vanna White & PAt Sajek both have huge heads. What does this mean? Nothing!

  • chillj

    This looks like it is being shot in the Home Depot lighting department.

  • RodMod

    Perhaps the Family/Estate of Thomas Edison is a fan of Sam’s?

  • RodMod

    GOOD ONE! LOL!

  • Sue tiedemann

    The judges look like they like Sam

  • Matthew Kitson

    He sapped the life from it

  • Nedsdag

    And to think at one time I thought Sam could win AI. I think he’s out this week.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Lol, no commentary?
    I smell subtle pimping

  • Matt Gillam

    Ahhhh that was so good Sam

  • maddkat

    wait what no judges remarks????

  • chillj

    A subliminal suggestion he is generating electricity?

  • jersey

    He’s a like able kid but so boring and nervous.

  • H.A.

    The teen girls seem to love Sam. I just don’t get it.

  • Emme2885

    Was the song about lamps? If not…….why AI?

  • lola

    LOL lamps, light bulbs & HOme Depot. You guys hit the nail on the head!

  • Anna106

    There’s just a disconnect between lyrics & feelings for Sam. It must be an emotional bridge he can’t crossed!

  • Shawn Jang

    They’ll be after the commercial break.

  • Roimeister

    commercial break between performance and comments? what the hell?

  • damo

    After watching the voice battles, the first duet paled in comparison.

  • Kimmy Moores

    If Sam is safe into next week I’m calling it now, intimate candles everywhere. It’ll look like a sex scene setup.

  • justmefornow

    It’s really a shame. He has a nice voice. But he’s so introverted and awkward of a performer. And that creepy nervous smile….
    The entertainment industry would eat him alive.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that Sam can develop a more engaging stage presence during the show. He’s improved very slightly, but he’s kind of hit a wall.

  • Sue tiedemann

    He could win if the tweens think he is cute. Who cares about the voice?

  • czt

    He is just too young. Should have waited a couple of years.

  • Matt Gillam

    The emotion still wasn’t all the way there yet but I think it was much better than in the past

  • Jim Benson

    Perfect. Sam.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Could be they’re trying to catch up from fox stations that broke in for the ft hood story

  • Blueknight24

    Kinda sleepy episode. hay.

  • Ronnie D

    Sam looked and sounded great. He is still growing a lot as an artist.

  • Sassycatz

    What’s next? Chandeliers? Flashlights? Lava lamps?…. Spotlights? (Is that what they’re trying to suggest.)

  • Nedsdag

    Amen! The last duet with the One Direction song had more emotion than the Jena/Alex one.

  • chillj

    Which outfit was that?

  • Anna106

    He’s got the voice…just not any emotion.

  • czt

    No, they just broke away and we didn’t see more than 10 seconds of CJ singing and no judges comments. It came back right before the duet between Jena and Alex.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Candles. I’m telling you now. Candles everywhere.
    Candles in the audience as well as Sam sings a boring and lifeless rendition of “Hallelujah”

  • Sassycatz

    Maybe they should just unleash a bunch of lightening bugs.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Next week’s theme is 1970s and he sings “You Light Up My Life”?

  • Sassycatz

    Candles in the Wind!

  • chillj

    He really does not connect with a song. Not at all.

  • jcabby

    He has so much potential. I hope after Idol he goes on the right path to becoming an artist.

  • Ronnie D

    Can Jlo get any more close ups? Maybe that will help her new single lol

  • cheese

    I think they just showed how his first audition sounded much better.

  • RodMod

    OMG to the quick recap. LOL!

  • H.A.

    Sam is boy band material.

  • Matthew Kitson

    For the millionth time, this isn’t the voice. No comparison

  • chillj

    How are his armpits?

  • Ronnie D

    I hope so too. He was at least looking up and around into the audience tonight. He just has to overcome that stage fright I think, which will come in time.

  • girlygirl

    Didn’t he have candles last week?

  • jersey

    I agree. Hopefully he can gain confidence on the tour because his voice is really pleasant.

  • halo9125

    It’s got to be in her contract- that she gets X amount of screen time per segment.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Nope, lightbulbs. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is Sam getting better every week? I can’t tell. lol

  • chillj

    Perfect. It is an intro.

  • Ronnie D

    He is too young for me to tell lol

  • Kimmy Moores

    Wait..we’re getting a decade week for once? God bless

  • Vetle

    Imagine Sam singing Fireflies. The staging.

  • chillj

    No, he is not.

  • dabney_c

    First time I really enjoyed Sam.

  • James

    I am pleasantly shocked that the Alex & Jena duet was as good as it was.

  • dabney_c

    hahaha

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s reached a point in this competition where the judges are praising the smallest increment of improvement as a big leap. It’s almost patronizing, IMO.

  • julesmn

    What the heck did Harry call JLo?

  • RodMod

    Harry’s flamboyant gay voice is very SPOT ON! Yaaaass!

  • lola

    he sounds exactly the same as day one to me.

  • dabney_c

    Jenny Ferlopez, lol.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Love me some Richard Marx…still hung up on “At The Beginning” from the movie Anatasia.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Actually, I thought that he was better in his audition clip.

  • AGM2123

    Flashlights would be awesome. I’d vote for that. Maybe those little ones you put in your purse.

  • RodMod

    I certainly haven’t seen anything.

  • cheese

    I randomly watched the Phillip/Elise version of this a few days ago.
    Gross, did Caleb get highlights or something?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Jess/Caleb! Yes!!

  • RodMod

    Pure comedy!

  • lola

    Sam will never be able to do what the judges are telling him. I don’t think he understands.

  • Amy Beth

    Or Candle in the Wind

  • girlygirl

    Based on the fact that he’s been in the Bottom 3 in the voting a couple of times, I don’t think the tweens (or anyone else) are overly invested in trying to get him to win

  • Joanie Yan

    He sounds worse to me plus he has no stage presence.

  • scoobynacks

    Knew it! Caleb and Jess.

  • Q3

    I hopped into Idol for 20 minutes to see if the good part of the season had started yet. But thing I saw was all the lamps! Guess I’ll check back in a couple weeks.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Thank God Jess is performing with Caleb, hopefully Caleb will bring some intensity out of her.

  • lola

    Caleb is looking messier. I like that! Love his boots too.

  • julesmn

    Jess looks a million times better in this outfit.

  • Nedsdag

    Now THIS is chemistry!

  • AGM2123

    Good voices together!

  • justmefornow

    The whole season is judged on a curve. A C+ performance any other year is an A this year.

  • shell29

    LOL…calm down fangirls! Did they feed them extra pixie sticks this week?
    Sam did sound good tonight.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK, at least these two have some stage presence. They sound good too.

  • supersonic

    Two people I don’t like because they don’t seem like nice people.

  • dabney_c

    Can she sound more like Stevie Nicks? Jeez.

  • RodMod

    This is pretty solid. But Caleb’s not as solid as he can be. Jessica is carrying this one!

  • Kimmy Moores

    Am I wrong for enjoying this much movement from Jess?
    I need to enjoy it while it lasts..

  • Jason Gorny

    I feel like I’m watching a battle round from the voice lol

  • BonnieDee

    They sound good.

  • LeahKittyS

    The looking at the person in the audience thing is accurate. When my dad and I went to the American Idols Live! Tour in 2011, he was wearing a Ramones T-shirt. Paul McDonald looked at us in the middle of his song and gave him a thumbs-up. It made us both really happy.

  • scoobynacks

    I Luh Ya, “Anastasia.” Great movie.

  • jcabby

    Caleb and Jess sound great!!

  • Joanie Yan

    At this rate the show will be off the air in a couple of years.

  • Matthew Kitson

    This duet!! Yes!! Perfect

  • chillj

    Now Jessica looks like Jessica! She’s back!

  • Sassycatz

    He *wants* her and is intimidated by her. (Yes, I am making up my own stories in my head.)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I agree. MAJOR grading on a curve this season.

  • H.A.

    I still wish it was Caleb and Jena but this was a good duet. Not great but good.

  • halo9125

    First decent thing I’ve heard/seen all season.

  • czt

    Jess looks so much better in this outfit!

  • Kimmy Moores

    It’s Papa Watson!

  • Shawn Jang

    Why does Idol continue to dress the contestants like they’re 30 years older?

  • dabney_c

    Malaya’s dad is kinda hot.

  • chillj

    I just realized how big her voice is.

  • shell29

    I like Stevie better.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Jess/Caleb finale please?

  • AGM2123

    It’s that or like they dressed in the dark.

  • Nedsdag

    I’d watch that one.

  • supersonic

    I wouldn’t watch that.

  • Emme2885

    Caleb & Jess were wonderful together.

  • chillj

    Six million.

  • julesmn

    Me too.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Loved Jess and Caleb’s duet!

  • Shawn Jang

    Jess/Jena.

  • Anna106

    Yeah, Harry’s advice seems so common-sense…you’d think he’d come up with that himself! SING TO SOMEBODY!

  • Nedsdag

    Me neither. Jena/Jess I mean.

  • RodMod

    Ha! That’d be some interesting backstage footage for this bland filler.

  • RodMod

    Same here! I was surprised.

  • czt

    I would!

  • Kimmy Moores

    This could either big a big leap or giant step back for Malaya in terms of control…I hope it’s the leap

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Both of the performances that I have enjoyed tonight were Jessica’s.

  • RodMod

    Malaya has come so far since that audition.

  • dabney_c

    Loving Malaya!

  • Kimmy Moores

    I’ve always hated all the dress + actual tennis shoes combo.
    Why?

  • czt

    Ugh the glasses are back

  • RodMod

    This is one of my favorite tunes by one of my favorite singers. DON’T MESS THIS UP, MALAYA.

  • supersonic

    I wouldn’t watch that one, either.

  • scoobynacks

    They aren’t cutting into coverage for this, but just saw on Twitter there was a shooting on Kent State’s campus.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Uh oh,What happened there?

  • chillj

    I only read her stuff. Sad.

  • scoobynacks

    Malaya’s mom (ETA apparently her cousin, in my defense, Malaya’s pretty young) is adorable. Singin’ along in the audience.

  • Sassycatz

    At least they’re not making these girls wear stilettos.

  • Amy Beth

    No Fort Hood

  • dabney_c

    Gosh, also Ft Hood.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Props to Malaya bouncing back from that entry mistake

  • Nedsdag

    Someone’s getting goosies!

  • czt

    Cousin

  • H.A.

    Wow. Malaya sounds great. This is the first time I’m really feeling her. She’s taking it to church.

  • dabney_c

    Go Allison Iraheta!

  • Karen C

    I thought Caleb and Jessica sounded terrific, though I thought Caleb had the emotion of the song down better than Jessica did. He had the intensity but she smiled most of the time.

  • Ronnie D

    Caleb and Jessica were fantastic!

  • Emme2885

    I had no idea Malaya could sing so well. I’m amazed.

  • scoobynacks

    No way would Malaya remain upright if they did.

  • RodMod

    I love you, Malaya. But…don’t ever attempt to do another Aretha Franklin tune unless you can nail those runs. Aretha Franklin is like…not only the queen of soul…but like the duchess of vocal runs.

  • Sassycatz

    She can deliver. This girl has a career ahead of her.

  • justmefornow

    It’s like a 40 year old singer performance, sung with braces. lol

  • Vetle

    I love that Malaya is one of those rare 16 year olds who are able to UNDERSTAND every word. Great performance.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Yep, its her cousin!

  • halo9125

    OMG get the damn camera off of JLo.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Well damn, I liked

  • maddkat

    that was nice but I drifted off in the middle.Too lazy…

  • jcabby

    Wow Malaya. That was gorgeous!

  • czt

    She is going to be a beauty when she grows up

  • Nedsdag

    What a difference from a month ago. Keep it up, Malaya and you may get a hometown visit.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I doubt she would’ve if AI hadn’t hit her with this theme week.

  • dabney_c

    Malaya is just … sunshine.

  • lila6089

    Malaya sounds very bland to me………

  • H.A.

    Finally. Malaya. That was a fantastic controlled performance. The best so far tonight.

  • teekee

    My very first time really liking this girl! Good job!

  • julesmn

    Who do you want in the finale?

  • RodMod

    I will say, however, that Malaya’s voice shined best when she belted up in her higher register.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh no. JLo told Malaya that she was going to win, which means that it’s not going to happen.

  • halo9125

    If only this girl had waited a few more years- she could have been a force to be reckoned with.

  • chillj

    Reminds you of an urban commuter?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, too soon.

  • RodMod

    I JUST SAID THE SAME THING, HARRY! RUNS! THANK YOU! #AFFIRMATION

  • Nedsdag

    Unlike other contestants, Malaya is a quick study and she will listen to Harry.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that Malaya was good, but not great.

  • Ronnie D

    That’s where Malaya picked up her pitch? LOL Good one Dad.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Curses Mama Watson!

  • shell29

    I’m enjoying seeing the growth in Malaya. So much potential there.

  • RodMod

    Good point!

  • Blueknight24

    Good Job Malaya!

  • chillj

    Everyone loves her. But when she hits a high note I wince.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Dexter’s up?
    Time to make my dinner for the night.

  • scoobynacks

    I’m skeptical that anybody actually listens to and then–this is important–follows through on Harry’s advice here. If she had, she’d have not needed the same note as last week.

  • onlooker

    Idol probably won’t be around in a few years so she has struck while the iron is hot.

  • dabney_c

    Yeah, but Idol’s days might be numbered.

  • btheg

    DANG WHO WAS THAT GIRL? She’s officially de-Urkled

  • czt

    That is the reason I love Idol — to watch the growth of contestants. The next weeks should be really good

  • Emme2885

    Dexter, ugh…….nothing to see here.

  • Sassycatz

    If she had waited, unfortunately, the show might not have been on and she would’ve had to play second fiddle to Pharrel or Adam or Shakira of Blake or Usher.

  • Ronnie D

    I remember when Whitney Houston and Mary J Blige sang Aint No Way on Divas Live many years ago. Malaya has a looong way to go. lol

  • RodMod

    I actually prefer her high notes. The seem to be more easy for her to control. And usually are pitch-perfect. It’s her iffy lower register that makes me wince.

  • dabney_c

    It took a looong time to get to this point this season.

  • chillj

    Except for that tiny rain cloud that is her upper register.

  • shell29

    True-this show doesn’t have a few more years left.

  • justmefornow

    Yup. But right now she seems like the awkward ugly duckling girl in the teen film before the miraculous makeover at the end.

    I don’t see any real star quality with her though, unfortunately.

  • Kimmy Moores

    This^

  • Blueknight24

    YAS! She’s the Haley this season.

  • Vetle

    Malaya gets the award for most rapidly improving…. ever on the show? I think Malaya is gaining a lot of momentum at the right time.

  • RodMod

    Yes. I don’t even like to sing this song around the house because it feels so blasphemous. And I can actually handle it decently… :)

  • Nedsdag

    She’s like the tortoise from the Tortoise and Hare. Watch out for her.

  • czt

    True, and without any “it” contestants to keep everyone excited, I can see your point. However, I think that most season had the growth rate of this season, but again, there is no “Star” to keep everyone excited.

  • chillj

    I watched the TVLine reality check today and winced at last week’s performance. The high notes aren’t even music; they are shrieks. Tonight wasn’t as bad, but it wasn’t music.

  • dabney_c

    Yeah, that could be the problem.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Malaya def. Most improved, while Sam/dexter have been stagnant basically

  • chillj

    That is an understatement, armpit guy.

  • shell29

    Very possible! I remember I didn’t like Haley at first but she just kept getting better and better each week. She won me over big time.

  • LeoCS

    Malaya is improving but she still far away from the typical resident belter from American Idol (Candice, Jessica Sanchz, Pia, Jordin, et cetera).

  • RodMod

    Melinda Doolittle on Twitter:

    “As a huge Aretha fan, I missed a bit of the maturity that song requires,
    but Malaya is great and I need to hear her sing that song in 5 yrs.”

    I agree.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I liked what Malaya said. I always enjoy when the reason some of these contestants go overboard is because they just couldn’t help themselves.

  • lila6089

    Very far away………

  • Listening

    You know what I had written Malaya off like two weeks ago. I said she wasn’t ready and she should be gone but last week and this week was such an improvement. It’s hazy but I do recollect that I had liked her last week and this week she was really close to being great. She’s right on the edge. Now do to last week and this week she certainly doesn’t deserve to go yet. She’s really reigned in her voice and shown much better control. She’s always been able to emote but now her emotions aren’t messing with her vocals as much because before she would have some train wrecks.

    This was good, I liked it.

  • czt

    She has personality plus but glad she has calmed down a bit

  • jersey

    That was an interesting breakdown of votes

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Melinda is right on the mark. She has a way of making a point very clear, but in the nicest way.

  • lola

    ryan sounds soooo sleepy on this season’s Idol. not much enthusiasm

  • Kimmy Moores

    Massive eyeroll to that vote counter crap….
    Even larger eyeroll to that “under 21″ voters crap.

  • Nedsdag

    Dexter squeezed his butt into those tight jeans.

  • Sassycatz

    Especially since Malaya just sang.

  • Matthew Kitson

    You dissapoint me under 21 voters

  • dabney_c

    I agree. He’s not the Ryan of years past.

  • Ronnie D

    Malaya still goes sharp on the high notes. Watching Jlo’s reaction made me chuckle it was almost like she wanted to cover her ears.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Goodness Dexter was one ugly baby..

  • chillj

    Me too.

  • supersonic

    Dexter looks like his mom. Heh.

  • RodMod

    Yes. Melinda truly is a breath of fresh air.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, but this entire season is major grading on a curve, so Malaya is being praised for performances that pale when compared with great contestants of other seasons.

  • shell29

    Aw, Dexter was a cute baby.

  • Nedsdag

    I expect to see Dexter back next week.

  • scoobynacks

    I wonder if he finally hit the energy wall. Ryan’s so busy.

  • Ronnie D

    I bet you shave yours.

  • dabney_c

    This season of Idol has made me h.a.t.e. backwards ball-caps with a fiery intensity.

  • RodMod

    I can see your point.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Really quite meaningless.

  • btheg

    is putting your baby in a barrel a typical candid in Alabama?

  • justmefornow

    When Dexter talks, he reminds me of Boomhauer from King of The Hill.
    I can barely understand him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interesting. I’m liking Dexter on this song.

  • Nedsdag

    He’s seen the recent ratings.

  • scoobynacks

    She seems to think it’s about feeling and trying to belt, but she doesn’t have the technique to keep from going shrill.

  • dabney_c

    Dexter showing his tender side. Not horrible.

  • RodMod

    Allison! *_*

  • lola

    Would have loved hearing Dexter on Disco week…if there was such a theme this season. lol

  • dabney_c

    ROFL

  • Kimmy Moores

    This wasn’t bad, but it ain’t making me like him >.>
    <.<

  • RodMod

    Me, too! O.o

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Much better and less karaoke than his “anthemic” songs.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris’ producer Charlie Peacock must be watching idol, he just offered to produce Malaya.

    Charlie Peacock @charliepeacock
    @brian_mansfield @mdoolittle For crying out loud, can I produce the child? Brian make it happen. Hello dear Melinda!

    brian_mansfield @brian_mansfield
    Dear @MalayaTinaB & @AmericanIdol: Grammy-winning producer @charliepeacock has offered to produce you. Will happily put you in touch.

  • Nedsdag

    Like I said, Dexter will be back next week.

  • Niall

    Jessica had the first “moment” of the season for me (Caleb came close a couple weeks ago). I am so glad she did an original in her audition because it shows label heads and producers what she can do with her own stuff. I’m also happy for Malaya. Improvement like hers is the stuff of AI seasons from years past. It’s fun seeing someone “get it.”

  • maddkat

    didn’t like it

  • BonnieDee

    Yes he actually put some effort in this week.

  • Sue tiedemann

    This is the best Dexter performance. I actually like it!

  • justmefornow

    This has been the best he has ever sounded.
    Song was boring though.

  • Ronnie D

    Yeah I agree. She should sit down and listen to her own recorded singing voice so she can hear where she goes off pitch. Belting isn’t necessarily a nasal head voice like she seems to think it is.

  • czt

    Good job!

  • jcabby

    Dexter sounds good on ballads, I have to admit. I liked it.

  • RodMod

    Is it a good or bad thing that the audience began clapping before the performance officially ended?

  • dabney_c

    Gaaah!

  • Matthew Kitson

    That was so awful

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I have to say that this performance showed me that Dexter is a better vocalist than I had thought.

  • H.A.

    That was his best performance but Dexter will never win Idol.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Yesss, proper props given to Allison Iraheta.

  • Nostradamos

    I’d much rather see Malaya and Chris Tucker do a comedy movie….than hear either of them sing. She does have great comedic timing.

  • AGM2123

    Just bring Allison out and have her sing on her own.

  • czt

    Nice to see Alison and give her credit!

  • shell29

    Me too. He sounds good…I think the country fans will love this.

  • sweetpea1979

    10 times better than ever before from Dexter. Love that they have gotten rid of the stupid theme nights (big band, musicals, etc.) and are letting them sing songs they’re comfortable with.

  • dabney_c

    Harry, isn’t it “a great ear”?

  • btheg

    he’s the busiest guy in the business.
    i can’t imagine doing a 5am radio show then having to put up with the same Idol circus 2 nights a week.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Now if they could just make Allison close the night with “Cry Baby”
    Or her Halo Circus song “Gone”…
    That’d be most ideal

  • Ronnie D

    Not everyone, I don’t.

  • DLP

    Oh noooo!

  • chillj

    Not going there.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Still bored me to tears

  • halo9125

    Did Dexter sing? I think I zoned out…

  • WiltedYouth

    SAVE THE ROCKER! <3

  • dabney_c

    Gawd, we all could have told you S8

  • lizland

    Having them sing songs they all probably practiced for 3 months before their audition is paying off in a better night of music, at least. Dexter was pretty good and just put Sam in trouble, I think.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I liked Dexter’s performance today!

  • btheg

    i can assure you Keith, Dexter does not have “everything else going on.”

  • maddkat

    I couldn’t.I don’t even know who she is.

  • Matthew Kitson

    So I batted 1.000on duet picks

  • Ronnie D

    Wow, really. lol I’m hearing the total opposite. Her mid range tone is beautiful, but her upper register sounds like she is tightening her vocals chords and making her sharp.

  • Vetle

    Allison. <33333 And I think the contestants are doing pretty well! No trainwrecks, all are pretty solid, some stellar performances.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Malaya and Sam?
    This is like mixing water and pop rocks..
    Baking soda and vinegar…

  • chillj

    That was good. He ain’t going home this week.

  • RodMod

    Haha! I’m very interested in this performance.

  • jersey

    4th place behind Kris, Adam, and Danny :-)

  • dabney_c

    Well, I meant we crazy idoloonies who know ridiculous details off the top of our heads.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Can we yank CJ out of that assessment?

  • julesmn

    I wish I could forget Danny.

  • onlooker

    He has “everything else going on” for a “country” dude.

  • czt

    Yup!

  • czt

    Come on — he was entertaining in a weird way

  • Kimmy Moores

    We all do.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I actually had forgotten about Danny. I thought that Allison was 3rd. lol

  • Ronnie D

    Dexter sort of reminds me of a young fat Elvis.

  • dabney_c

    He brought us Kristen With Glasses.

  • Nedsdag

    Tabasco and corn flakes.

  • justmefornow

    Don’t feel bad. I didn’t watch that season either and had no idea who she was if it wasn’t for this blog.

  • chillj

    Nice job. An he looked good, except for the scrimy beard growth.

  • Vetle

    Maybe! Haha, I don’t think he was bad though, just OK. He should be worried.

  • Blueknight24

    Water and Oil?

  • btheg

    mixing the Under-21’ers two favorites.

  • czt

    There are billboards of him all over Wisconsin for Lens Crafters

  • Kimmy Moores

    Neither water and oil are exciting. One has to be exciting and hyper-esque the other has to be blaaaand

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    Dexter was pretty great, Im shocked

  • dabney_c

    lol, of course there are.

  • Sassycatz

    Except Elvis was a young fat Elvis and, later, was an old fat Elvis. So, Dexter is a mashed up version of two Elvises.

  • julesmn

    How could I forget Kristin with glasses??

  • dabney_c

    Great song!

  • Karen C

    I thought Dexter was the best I’ve heard him, and I could tell it was Allison on backup. Glad they recognised her.

  • chillj

    Sam sounds excellent. I thought he was Harry!

  • Kimmy Moores

    Malaya is acting the hell of this. I love it lol

  • amadcow2

    So is this #idolrequest thing the theme for next week?

  • jersey

    I feel like they’re trying to give Sam a little personality support in this duet, lol.

  • dabney_c

    Yikes, a little weak.

  • AGM2123

    Oh man the harmony sucks.

  • RodMod

    This song was tailor-made for Malaya’s voice. Did not expect her to sound so great. (Harmonies could use a little work.)

  • sweetpea1979

    Oh, yikes. Malaya is the one that sounds off here

  • shell29

    I think this was Dexter’s best performance to date. To be honest, I enjoyed him (with Allison’s backing vocals) better than the two previous duets from Jena/Alex and Jess/Caleb. Nice job Dex.

  • Kimmy Moores

    The ambulance couldn’t save these harmonies..

  • scoobynacks

    Poor Sam. They keep trying to make “fetch” happen. He’s obviously uncomfortable with professing fake love on stage as if it’s real.

  • maddkat

    this isn’t good. Sam is so awful

  • lila6089

    High school talent show?

  • dabney_c

    Why do you call him fetch?

  • Nedsdag

    Ugh, Geeeena!

  • RodMod

    Glee sometimes is the bad version of Glee already…so… ;)

  • scoobynacks

    I think you mean Elvii. ;)

  • amadcow2

    Malaya will be great on Broadway

  • dabney_c

    The key is wrong for Malaya.

  • julesmn

    Bad junior high talent show. No. Not liking this.

  • Karen C

    This is like a bad version of Glee.

  • RodMod

    YES!!! LOL!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Malaya is carrying this all the way

  • Kimmy Moores

    I was gonna say Malaya…and I like Malaya..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The harmonies were very bad on this song. Didn’t enjoy that at all.

  • AGM2123

    Sam has a nice voice, but needs a lot of work on everything else.

  • halo9125

    That was god awful.

  • jersey

    Again, Sam always sounds spot on, just boring.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Sam just needs to go

  • justmefornow

    That was like talent night at the local H.S.

  • jcabby

    Sam and Malaya are so adorable.

  • shell29

    That was a bit shaky.

  • lizland

    Sam sounded good on the opening, but man they shouldn’t sing together ever again. Sam needs to sing some Buble. He would sound great on that.

  • AGM2123

    “I went to Dubai.” Come on, JLo, at least try pretending to be human.

  • RodMod

    I think it’s a Mariah Carey reference. She tried so hard to make “fetch” happen last season. LOL.

  • btheg

    i did too when i walked in!
    then he crashed back down to sad Sam as soon as the harmonies started

  • halo9125

    She’s too dumb to be human.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Jena looks like a carbon copy of her mother

  • Ronnie D

    Oh no. I don’t think I can listen to anyone sing Adele but Adele.

  • lola

    Trainwreck duet.

  • Listening

    Malaya totally dominated that. she is so expressive and can really emote. Also I thought Sam went flat near the end.

  • AGM2123

    I don’t know, I’ve met some pretty dumb humans.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Hence why this week is either a big help to these contestants..or a huge kick in the shin for them

  • AGM2123

    The background music should not be playing during the audition tape.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that the vocal problems in the duet were Sam’s fault.

  • Vetle

    That duet should never have happened. Not representative of Malaya’s growth these past weeks.

  • halo9125

    Too many good performances of this song in recent history- I think it’s a bad idea to even attempt it.

  • RodMod

    When Jena sings my larynx starts to hurt. :S

  • Nedsdag

    Haley nearly pulled it off.

  • scoobynacks

    It’s like mixing Adam Lambert and Randy. (Ha, not really, just trying to go with the exciting vs. not so much)

  • lila6089

    Yeah. I love his voice but I don’t see any personality at all.

  • dabney_c

    Ooo, a little hotel loungy

  • Kimmy Moores

    Her voice gets loud…soooooo fast. Goodness it’s huge

  • halo9125

    Hollie Cavanaugh did a good job too.

  • AGM2123

    I like that she’s changing it up a bit.

  • hesh R

    Even when Sam has a Delilah on the stage to sing to he still looks blank. Malaya clearly ousting the former frontrunner.

  • Nedsdag

    Jeeeeeena sounds off.

  • maddkat

    what is she saying? Can’t understand a word.

  • dabney_c

    Interesting take on this song.

  • RodMod

    Sounds like something Drake would rap-sing over. LOL.

  • Chris C

    Next week should be interesting. On twitter, Ryan wrote: Tweet me a song and the contestant u want to hear sing it with #idolrequest… next week we’re taking requests :)

  • scoobynacks

    Noooooo it’s a “Mean Girls” reference.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t like this arrangement.

  • Ronnie D

    I hope he is prepared to use Auto tune.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Liking this unique arrangement

  • Vetle

    I looove this rearrangement. The subtle druuuums. Living for it.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I can’t even notice if her diction is bad…I know this song near perfectly I just add the lyrics to the singer already.

  • Anna106

    What’s wrong with the music?????

  • H.A.

    The arrangement is terrible but Jena looks gorgeous tonight.

  • AGM2123

    I don’t know, I like it…it matches her style.

  • btheg

    she should sing acapella ALWAYS.

  • RodMod

    Jena has nice teeth! :D

  • halo9125

    On the other hand, Jena should NOT move the lower half of her body….oh yeah- this is not good.

  • Dani

    Sounds like an RnB song. Jenna isn’t an RnB singer. >.<

  • amadcow2

    I actually love this from Jena a lot

  • Blueknight24

    I think she need to clean her throat. hmmm

  • chillj

    Hard song, and the arrangement doesn’t do a thing for her voice.

  • Nostradamos

    Shouty

  • scoobynacks

    I’m not calling him fetch. Youtube “fetch” and Mean Girls. I’m sure the clip is on there. The quote comes in handy more often than you’d think.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I like this arrangement

  • AGM2123

    Yeah, I thought was awesome (awesome compared to other stuff this season).

  • sweetpea1979

    Jena was sounding so, so nice until the very end when the screaming started. She just needs a little more control of the belting.

  • Nedsdag

    That wasn’t standing ovation worthy, but they’re going cream all over this performance.

  • maddkat

    worst of the night , even worse then Sam and Malaya duet

  • Anna106

    That’s the best Jena has looked….imo

  • dabney_c

    Interesting, but I wouldn’t listen to this over and over.

  • hesh R

    Thank you Jena for making rolling in the deep your own! It was not as boring as I thought it would be.

  • czt

    She looks like a star and sings like a star!

  • chillj

    I think she has a thick tongue.

  • Chris C

    I just don’t connect with Jena. Don’t know why.

  • halo9125

    (Bracing myself for the pimping)

  • Kimmy Moores

    Dexter and CJ?
    Just when I thought I couldn’t hate this night after I sat through Cj….

  • Matt Gillam

    Damn Jena! That was a moment

  • koshka2

    Wow, I really hated that arrangement.

  • Amy Beth

    I thought they always had the next song picked out by the previous performance.

  • dabney_c

    I HATE that they cut to commercials before judges’ critiques. That’s twice tonight.

  • halo9125

    Because all she has is a loud voice with no nuance or emotion.

  • Listening

    Umm Jena isn’t emotionally believable to me. It’s just like she said I want to do this cool arrangement and actually forgot about the meaning of the lyric. I didn’t feel the anguish of the song I felt nothing.

  • Jim Benson

    Wow. Jena. Wow.

  • Vetle

    The acapella notes in the beginning were gorgeous. I liked the dynamics. Not sure if I liked it better than Decode, have to watch it back, but she definitely gets points for creativity.

  • julesmn

    So Caleb is singing last again. How many times has he gotten the pimp spot this year?

  • RodMod

    My larynx hurts whenever she belts out notes. Yes, seriously! Maybe her vibrato and facial expressions are causing me to feel that she’s straining. And I don’t think she is. Hmm…

  • Matthew Kitson

    Loved it. If you’re doing adele,need to mix it up. Well done

  • Nedsdag

    You are not alone. Why can’t I like her?

  • AGM2123

    Dexter and CJ are both wearing some sort of denim vest contraption. Will this foreshadow the quality of their duet?

  • czt

    Agree, Hollie did a great job!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I just thought that it sapped all of the life out of the song.

  • Matt Gillam

    I could see how some people wouldnt like it but I loved it because it really fit her style. I’m glad she didn’t come out and do a straight cover

  • jcabby

    It sounded weird.

  • H.A.

    Jena should have done this song on piano with that arrangement.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I liked the arrangement but this certainly wasn’t her best.
    It had all the makings to be the best she’s given us…then idk. It didn’t hit home to me.

  • Vetle

    ^this.

  • Tommyo2000

    She did what she had to,do. The song is so over done, she had to change it up.

  • dabney_c

    It seems to be a really polarizing arrangement.

  • chillj

    There was twenty seconds of very smooth there.

  • RodMod

    Hmm…I think that can explain my disconnect with her. And my ailing throat.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I liked Jena last week but not today.

  • Ronnie D

    It’s sad. Sam was trying to sing two part harmony and Malaya couldn’t even sing in tune. lol

  • czt

    They have to save the best for last. Perhaps he deserves the pimp spot?

  • Matthew Richards

    I loved what Jena did to Rolling n the Deep.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Thank you.
    I love Malaya, but this girl is poison to duets and just any performance that isn’t her alone from the looks of it lol.

  • rightnow

    Rolling in the Deep has been so over performed on Idol.

  • Aaron Krandel

    Jena turned Adele into Lana Del Ray, or might I say, JENA!!!!! YES!!!! >>>

  • chillj

    Yeah, I was thinking he was carrying the tune and she moved in and out of it. He has good pitch, even if he doesn’t feel it.

  • shell29

    I give her credit for not doing a straight up karaoke version of the song. I’m not sure that I’m liking this version but I give her an A for effort.

  • halo9125

    Over performed, better performed…..

  • Brendan

    it’s actually only been performed twice. once by haley and once by hollie.

  • Matthew Kitson

    . Sam takes the cake there for worst

  • Vetle

    She was locked down by the theme though.

  • RodMod

    These hastily created recaps are funny to me for some reason. You just know they rushed backstage to piece the footage together.

  • Ronnie D

    He has great pitch which makes his voice at least pleasing to the ear. Malaya needs a lot of work if she ever expects to impress people out in the real world with her live singing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, Malaya has more than her share of pitch issues.

  • maddkat

    Jlo is useless

  • chillj

    I actually think that might put her in the bottom three.

  • Nedsdag

    Oh, so now she’s the TCO now, eh?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    JLo is trying say, “Ya gotta be in it to win it!” lol

  • supersonic

    That’s what I figured. So, after that overrated performance last week, are they just going to have him sing last all the time now?

  • lizland

    so is JLo saying she isn’t doing that now or she is doing it and should be the model for others? i’m confused

  • fuzzywuzzy

    But, JLo had just told Malaya that she was going to win. lol

  • Kimmy Moores

    She’s an adorable baby

  • AGM2123

    They probably needed the commercial break in order to do it.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Goodness……Cj and Dexter…

  • shell29

    I agree regarding the nuance & emotion. She really needs to improve on that. I think the potential is there.

  • Nedsdag

    Shock boot, anyone?

  • jersey

    Who’s last? Alex or Caleb?

  • maddkat

    Yikes

  • supersonic

    I don’t connect with her, either.

  • czt

    Ha

  • hesh R

    Why couldn’t they have made the show one hour and spared us these duets?

  • Brendan

    alex is last i think because the performances have been going in the order of the instagram picture american idol posted.

  • MichaelG

    ditto Keith. Harry is the only one I listen to.

  • Blueknight24

    Wow US top one trending topic on twitter #MalayaAndSam.

  • lila6089

    These two sound really good together!

  • mamacitabaja

    Oh my.

  • Vetle

    CJ singing duets is scary. He’s off-pitch even when he has rehearsed.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh no. CJ sounds horrible next to Dexter (who is singing on key).

  • MichaelG

    Not good, country boys….

  • Nostradamos

    Good lord…stop this torture….WTF is CJ even on this show…and Dexter either for that matter?!?

  • Kimmy Moores

    I’m actually going to thank Dexter for not allowing CJ to derail this performance.
    Thank you

  • shell29

    Oowee this is awful. CJ is killing this (in a bad way). :(

  • lizland

    they both sound horrible to me, until toward the end.

  • halo9125

    Oy vey #CJAndDexter

  • MichaelG

    Yes on CJ…but Dexter is doing other horrible things himself. This sucks…

  • hesh R

    This Dexter and CJ duet is brutal. Not liking it.

  • Nedsdag

    CJ cannot harmonize at all!

  • Ronnie D

    Jena sort of gave Rollin’ in the Deep the Lorde treatment. Lorde is incredible though. Jena still struggles with high notes. I think she tries to sing out of her range sometimes.

  • Shawn Jang

    #bottomtwoduet

  • Matthew Kitson

    Worst duet

  • julesmn

    Exactly

  • btheg

    Keith loves when Jena changes an Adele song, but disgusted when Majesty dare changed an Avicii song or Alex dare changed a Gwen Stefani song.

  • dabney_c

    I wish they’d get rid of the “walking through the audience” crap.

  • LeoCS

    CJ is incredibly pitch, to everyone’s surprise.

  • scoobynacks

    We have a winner. Caleb’s next.

  • Kimmy Moores

    It was like watching a demonstration on singing in tune live and doing the exact opposite….

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that it’s embarassing that someone who sings so consistently off key as CJ has advanced this far.

  • RodMod

    I’m not a huge listener of country, but I feel like I’ve heard a million and one songs on country radio that sound exactly like this.

  • Blueknight24

    Sorry but the whole US love Malaya and Sam duet. lol Can’t believe it.

  • RodMod

    OOOOOOHHHHHH! Sorry! LOL!

  • shell29

    True-they both sounded bad to me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If he can’t sing the melody on key, there’s no hope that he can harmonize.

  • chillj

    I don’t think the contestants much like it either. Then they go up the stairs and the cameras shoot their butts.

  • AGM2123

    I don’t remember the Avicii song…but the No Doubt song was a problem. The new arrangement did not reflect the tone of the lyrics at all.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Dexter was good on the duet but CJ was off key!

  • H.A.

    So far the voting system has been working. CJ’s time may be up soon along with Sam than Dexter so we can finally have a real show here.

  • Ronnie D

    She is overrated IMO and I don’t even remember her performance. Only the cringe worthy Bennie and the Jets hehe

  • Kimmy Moores

    I’ve asked God to remove the sound of 3 AI moments from ringing in my ears. I’ve finally found a 2nd one…
    The first is Gokey’s “Dream On”…CJ and Dexter duet is the second.

  • chillj

    I kind of think the same thing of Malaya, but I think I stand alone.

  • czt

    No Lazero songs?

  • dabney_c

    Also, it makes the finals feel too informal and high school talent-show. I liked it better when the stage was raised and set back from the audience/judges seating — and with a proper backstage to disappear into.

  • Ronnie D

    Well all of the Muppets in this car commercial were at least in tune. lol

  • jersey

    lol

  • supersonic

    From what I saw of the CJ and Dexter duet, it didn’t sound that bad. And all of these pitch problems that CJ has — I’m not hearing them. So, is there something wrong with my ears?

  • Matthew Richards

    The three solo performances that have made me want to vote so far: Jessica, Jena, and Dexter.

  • Ronnie D

    Sam has this in the bag.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Several steps ahead of that since I stopped watching before he hit the point of no return.
    Stop watching top 9 week. Didn’t return until he left.

  • weareallinnocent

    No, not alone.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, Malaya has some pitch issues, but not nearly as bad as CJ. This entire season is almost a disaster for me.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Nope, you don’t stand alone, I am not impressed with Malaya at all

  • lila6089

    I think I’m the only person that actually likes C.J.’s rough voice.

  • chillj

    Wow, I noticed. What a surprise.

  • czt

    I actually liked most of the solos tonight!

  • Kimmy Moores

    Cmon Caleb with “Chain of Fools” lol

  • Nedsdag

    I liked Jessica, Malaya, and wait for it, Dexter.

    This may all change when I hear Caleb.

  • Vetle

    Throw in Malaya and I agree! CJ and Sam did OK, but not good enough to vote.

  • H.A.

    NO!!! Bite your tongue.

  • jcabby

    Rock it Caleb!

  • chillj

    I think she is every bit as bad, she is just more entertaining.

  • shell29

    I don’t think he’ll go as far as a couple of guys from previous seasons (who actually won).

  • justmefornow

    Nope. I think her tone is very grating, especially when she reaches for but doesn’t quite hit those top notes.

  • chillj

    I like it. I also like his look.

  • Sue tiedemann

    He could win not because of his singing but the tweens love cute boys!

  • Matthew Richards

    I actually thought Malaya did really well too, but Aretha’s version is so much more mature that it spoiled me. CJ really improved this week.

  • chillj

    And his body.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I get this feeling Caleb is the same now that we has years ago when he auditioned in prior seasons..

  • lila6089

    I don’t hear C.J.’s pitch problems either……

  • scoobynacks

    Keep talking, Caleb.

  • Nostradamos

    Dude…shave that peach fuzz…if you don’t have the testosterone to grow facial hair, don’t try until you do…..

  • tomr

    Really really really disliked Jena’s version of an iconic song! Anybody notice that Keith always gives Malaya a standing ovation even when she is offkey.

  • supersonic

    I’m not hearing the supposed pitch problems he has.

  • H.A.

    I love this crazy dude. Him and Malaya are hilarious.

  • Kimmy Moores

    For once I thank the stylists for not taking Caleb back to the dark days of whatever the hell those pants were…

  • chillj

    Apparently the same thing as mine. I don’t hear his pitch problems so much, but can’t abide Malaya’s. go figure.

  • scoobynacks

    I thank them for not owning the Meatloaf thing.

  • RodMod

    You betta school Malaya in how to sing those Aretha-style runs, Caleb! C’mon now, brutha!

  • scoobynacks

    The Idol team is literally taking us to church. Check out that backdrop.

  • dabney_c

    I wish he kept it more soul, less rock.

  • justmefornow

    Yup. He’s just doesn’t have as much competition this year.

  • julesmn

    Not liking this arrangement.

  • supersonic

    This is terrible, but they’re going to praise the hell out of it.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’m late to the party, but did anyone else get the impression that Alex and Jena really don’t like each other?

  • Vetle

    This song needs some resurrection after Katie Stevens.

    Loving this so far.

  • MichaelG

    I’m bored Caleb….

  • Nedsdag

    Now THIS is how you rearrange a familiar song, Jeeeeeeena!

  • supersonic

    Exactly.

  • RodMod

    “eeeeeeEEEEASSSAAAAAAAAYYYAAYY” HALLELUJAH!

  • Kimmy Moores

    Not enough soul, but my brain is geared to make stank face to this song…
    Oh well

  • Nostradamos

    So Caleb gets more people on stage…when all the others were stripped down stages?!?

  • chillj

    Nice song, Caleb!

  • Matthew Richards

    He only sang one note before you posted.

  • scoobynacks

    Nah, they’re both shy. The difference is she’s working through it. I think Alex is just super awkward. Jena was trying to pull him in with eye contact.

  • Kimmy Moores

    I keyed in on that big time

  • AGM2123

    Why does JLo look scared or worried?

  • maddkat

    lol, JLo looks horrified

  • justmefornow

    He’s doing very well so far. But lol at JLo’s face.

  • Ronnie D

    I got spaghetti and a cheap bottle of wine. Nice lyrics lol. Dexter and CJ made me think of taking a snack break. Zzzz

  • RodMod

    “CHAAAAAAAAIIIIN OF FOO–OOOLS-AH!”

    THIS CHILE CAN SANG!

  • Sassycatz

    She’s horrified by a real singer.

  • jcabby

    Sing it Caleb!! Loved it!

  • MichaelG

    This awful arrangement shows how uninteresting the melody really is.

    But…wait for the judge’s jizz party…

  • chillj

    She is too young for him to be close to interested.

  • supersonic

    No, he didn’t.

  • H.A.

    That is how you rearrange a song. Caleb rocked that.

  • RodMod

    I caught that, too!

  • dabney_c

    Speaking of Alex, has he gone yet?

  • Nedsdag

    I think they jizzed more during Jeeeeeena’s song.

  • lizland

    I can’t believe it, but Caleb has somehow made this boring to me.

  • Matthew Richards

    Is your tv faster than mine or something? Lol.

  • scoobynacks

    Don’t act like he could’ve sung it in any way that you’d have liked.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Guess I’m in the minority, but performance of the night

  • julesmn

    Yes, Harry. Exactly.

  • maddkat

    That was terrible and the judges are all about it. lol
    Harry is right.He sounds the same week in and week out.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Pimp spot.

  • Vetle

    I was thinking the exact same thing as Harry.

  • sweetpea1979

    Caleb just has such a sense of who he is and is so durn consistent. I agree with Harry, would love to hear him sing a ballad or something a bit softer.

  • amadcow2

    Loved Caleb

  • scoobynacks

    Dear Caleb, do NOT sing Stairway to Heaven.

  • jersey

    pimp shirt

  • jcabby

    I loved it. I thought the rearrangement was awesome. He brought it on that stage.

  • Kimmy Moores

    “Chain of Fools” is one of a number of songs I’d much rather not hear slowed down.

  • dabney_c

    Ahh. Thanks. I kept thinking Caleb was the pimp spot and thought I missed Alex.

  • halo9125

    Actually that would probably be ideal for him.

  • supersonic

    Harry is right.He sounds the same week in and week out.

    Harry is just noticing that now? I’ve been saying that since week two.

  • Nedsdag

    He and Malaya truly got my attention. Slapout Jessica and Dexter were next.

  • hesh R

    Caleb and Chain of fools is like pickles with peanut butter. It just doesn’t go together.

  • Matthew Richards

    That was good, but not the best version I’ve ever heard. I blame Fantasia for her performance being so iconic.

  • scoobynacks

    JLo’s constantly making odd faces, even when she likes something. I really don’t know if she realizes it, but it weirds me out.

  • tomr

    The sound people need to adjust when they switch from those with good tone to those that sing loud. Much prefer a good voice over a loud/screaming one!

  • AGM2123

    I mean Caleb can do something different, not sing a ballad.

  • H.A.

    Harry’s ears are getting old on him. He must hate rock music.

  • Vetle

    He won’t. He’s smarter than that.

  • AGM2123

    It was good, I liked it. I guess if it was the only time we heard Caleb sing, the impression would be even better. Harry’s right, it’s time to do something different. If Dexter can sing a ballad, Caleb can too.

  • lizland

    That is great advise from Harry.

  • AGM2123

    I’m pretty sure he’s said it before.

  • jms

    That actually sounds kinda good.

  • Guest

    Please sing a Meat Loaf song next…

  • MichaelG

    botox

  • thedeviledadvocate

    My three favorite performances tonight so far, Jessica, Jessica and Caleb, and Caleb.

  • supersonic

    I’m always bored when it comes to Caleb.

  • lola

    but didn’t Caleb already do something :quiet” ?Can’t remember the song.

  • scoobynacks

    Caleb’s song requires that. It’s their own fault for singing audition songs that didn’t need that backing. Besides, nothing stopping them from trying to get it. How do we know Caleb wasn’t the only one to ask?

  • justmefornow

    My guess, there may be no emotional depth there with Caleb. And that would be exposed during a ballad.

  • dabney_c

    The kind of rock that Caleb sings is from Harry’s time.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I though it sounded good!

  • Nedsdag

    He did his Zeppelin song for the year.

  • supersonic

    Must be.

  • btheg

    That’s what I thought he meant. But country dudes need to have… physical appeal too right–or at least what country gals find physically appealing?

    Or does Dexter have that?
    (Any country fangirls, please let me know if you’d hop on Dexter’s tractor.)

  • scoobynacks

    I thought it was supposed to freeze your face to something neutral, not something that implies you smelled a fart while being attacked by a ghost.

  • dabney_c

    He always sounds good, but he turned Chain of Fools into a generic 70s classic rock song. Time to do something different.

  • weareallinnocent

    Skyfall

    But it’s Adele, so not too quiet.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Amen. I thought it sounded good…but was sooooo boring

  • Kimmy Moores

    Those stylists saved Alex from further embarrassment

  • Sue tiedemann

    I think Caleb should stick to who he is and keep singing like he is. I don’t agree with Harry that he should do a soft tender ballad. That is not Caleb’s style!

  • dabney_c

    Cut your hair, Alex.

  • AGM2123

    I don’t know if I would consider that quiet. It’s a pretty powerful song.

  • H.A.

    Caleb reminds me of the Idols from the past who can SANG their butts off. Ever since instruments have been introduced the focus has been lost.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    For Caleb, that was “quiet”. Everything is relative. lol

  • Kimmy Moores

    Keep talking Alex…so Jillian can hunt them down lol.

  • scoobynacks

    It’d be too on the nose though. He needs to surprise. It’s almost better if he rearranges something to a ballad or sings a song that was originally a ballad done by a female rocker. He’d nail Stairway to Heaven sure, but then again it’s so cliché. The only thing worse would be if he sang Freebird or Hotel California.

  • Jason Gorny

    wait did he say he had a thing with a guy?

  • jcabby

    Awww Alex.

  • Blueknight24

    Caleb is so overrated. Rickey and the band should have more credit though.

  • supersonic

    That’s not quiet.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’m happy that this whole show is a Jessica/Alex sandwich.

  • torngorn

    Angie miller and Janelle are in the audience sweet!

  • Anna106

    think he said ‘girl’.

  • Nostradamos

    Alex…..he’s the face in the dictionary under “fugly”….

  • scoobynacks

    Anybody think Alex’s audition style made him look like Wormtail from Harry Potter? Lil bit, in the face.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Alex looks like he’s smelling a fart again. lol

  • Kimmy Moores

    The bitch face is sooooooooooooooooo strong when he sings this song

  • lkingcorn

    On the West Coast and been reading posts on the first few contestants. Between the bad wardrobe choices, killer (literally) smilyes, the off pitch voices, the lamps, etc. I can’t stop smiling–too funny

  • Nedsdag

    So the night started with an original and ends with an original.

  • RodMod

    Hehehe!

  • Anna106

    Awww…..he’s quirky looking.

  • jersey

    Alex has grown on me.

  • LeoCS

    Basically Harry wants a rock singer to not sing with a rocky voice. I think he just doesn’t like rock singers and that’s all.

  • Emme2885

    You mean like a wart?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Enjoying this song so much more without watching Alex perform it. lol

  • H.A.

    This is very good. I would buy this.

  • lizland

    I think my favorite two songs tonight were the originals! Both great songs and strong performances.

  • Guest

    why

  • jersey

    Ha! No, in a good way :-)

  • Kimmy Moores

    This is the most comfortable he’s looked all season.
    I might actually buy this on itunes

  • lila6089

    Alex is the best of the night for me!

  • btheg

    this is a fantastic song.

  • dabney_c

    Pretty good.

  • scoobynacks

    Riiiight, so disagre. He gets criticism, not universal pimpage, because he’s so loud and not expressing his softer side. How does that equate to overrated? I think the Idols individually are basically getting the credit they deserve (maybe Malaya gets too much). As a group, they’re being overpraised. Caleb isn’t.

  • RodMod

    Okay. That last “No reaSUHN” was pretty damn fantastic!

  • Nedsdag

    Thank you! The song sounds great, but I have a hard time looking at Alex.

  • Matthew Richards

    iTunes link for this one?

  • supersonic

    That song really doesn’t have hit written all over it.

  • julesmn

    The only two songs I bill be buying are the originals.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Alex has the best musicality this season

  • maddkat

    1st and last performers doing originals were the best of the night for me.

  • weareallinnocent

    Great Job, Alex!

  • mamacitabaja

    Omg, me too!

  • Ronnie D

    Caleb oozed blues and soul. Everyone else still pales in comparison to him.

  • RodMod

    Thought I was the only one! ;)

  • AGM2123

    What is with all the denim tonight.

  • jcabby

    I really like this song. The lyrics, wow. Alex makes me want to buy the song!

  • hesh R

    Alex performance was dull. Not a way to close the show.

  • chillj

    Alex was in the zone: he felt that song!

  • Kimmy Moores

    I disagree, but whatever. Meh

  • weareallinnocent

    MJ has them in the song spoilers thread.

  • dabney_c

    Best episode of the season. I just wish Majesty was here, too. :(

  • chillj

    He is sensational.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Seeing people actually vote for Dexter makes me weep.

  • RodMod

    Dexter and Jena are leading. Hahaha!

    EDITED TO ADD:
    The laughing is to keep from sobbing.

  • scoobynacks

    People will start to notice if he ignores Harry’s advice though. It always bites contestants in the butt because he ends up being right. (e.g. Emily).

  • Nostradamos

    So….why is Alex allowed to do the same damned thing every.damned.week….??

  • AGM2123

    Who is voting for Dexter? Please stop. Not that he was the worst tonight, but just stop.

  • chillj

    But it has “hellluva good performance” written all over it.

  • hesh R

    If Alex just performed, why show the real time facebook results?

  • scoobynacks

    He isn’t.

  • Matthew Richards

    How is Jess not even in the Top 4? I’m guessing because she went early. So dumb.

  • weareallinnocent

    He’s done an original every week?

  • hesh R

    Dexter is better than CJ and Sam though.

  • supersonic

    For real. I was bored.

  • Blueknight24

    His voice is nothing,if you remove the band and some effects on his mic.

  • scoobynacks

    I would’ve loved to get a full version of her audition song. Ugh. Worst time to go out for her. That was a highlight for Majesty.

  • chillj

    Yes, he is totally at ease with himself in this. Nice to see.

  • hesh R

    Is that Randy on stage? Why exactly?

  • Vetle

    Only the last half.

  • AGM2123

    All three of them can go for all I care.

  • julesmn

    She was in the first group and was #1 with the over 21s

  • Trina

    Agreed. Vocally tonight he blew them out of the water.

  • Matthew Kitson

    This season, Alex has the musicality, Caleb the performance, and jess has the experience/maturity

  • btheg

    keep forgetting about Randy!

  • ETK

    Caleb Jena & Alex or Jessica == top 3

  • weareallinnocent

    It’s in his contract that he has to have screentime, however meaningless.

  • Nostradamos

    Same kind of song, exact same “performance”, same, same. same…..booooooring……

  • AGM2123

    As you should.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s ridiculous and meaningless.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Either cj or Sam will/should go

  • lizland

    I definitely have a favorite top 4. In no particular order: Alex, Jena, Jessica and Caleb. Both tonight and for the whole thing. As long as none of them go home this early I’ll be happy.

  • Vetle

    Omg. If we had swapped CJ with Majesty. This would have been one of the best solo nights. Still can’t believe she got fewer votes than CJ and Dexter last week.

  • chillj

    Perfect analysis.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that Dexter was very good tonight. I feel the way that you do about CJ though.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    This will sound annoying but Cj’s performance is even harder to watch considering we could have gotten a full version of Violet Hill.

  • ht23

    It’s interesting, though, that he just performed, but has more votes than Caleb with people under 21.

  • Guest

    ALL the Roll Tide fans, Country bros, and Billy Rays and Bobs of the USA.

  • dabney_c

    I’d like to hear him do the national anthem.

  • jms

    Good top 4. Fully agree. I also suspect Malaya may give one of them a run for his/her money if she continues to grow. She’s actually strong enough for me to not want to exclude her at this point, so I’m gonna go with a Top 5.

  • justmefornow

    Interesting that Caleb is in last place with the 21 and younger voters. He’d be a nightmare for A&R at Interscope. Good luck.

  • weareallinnocent

    lol that’s what I’m saying.

  • Kimmy Moores

    Oh I wasn’t saying it was bad, but uuuugh.
    And I feel that exact way about CJ too.

  • nystargate

    Sam and CJ will be bottom three – not sure who the other member of the bottom 3 will be. I’ll guess Dexter, if I have to.
    CJ will have the least votes and the judges will save him because his performance was broken into by coverage of the shooting.

  • transient1

    I think he looked fine singing tonight. He looked comfortable and he seemed to be engaging with the audience more. I think it’s time to get used to his non-traditional entertainer appearance and put it behind you.

  • weareallinnocent

    nice

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I try to, but then he pops up on my television to remind me. lol

  • weareallinnocent

    Agreed

  • jcabby

    Caleb, Alex, and Malaya have my votes!

  • Sue tiedemann

    Caleb, Jess & Dexter based on today’s performances.

  • H.A.

    Caleb, Alex, Jess, and Jena are my top 4 picks.

  • Ronnie D

    Alex is a good songwriter. I can’t imagine the songs he can write if he keeps going. He sounded great tonight as well.

  • Blueknight24

    What’s the rank? I turned off my TV already.

  • dabney_c

    I don’t mind CJ like most people here, but I’d swap Sam or Dexter for Majesty for sure.

  • jt45

    1) Jessica – I really love her original song. So cool that they get
    to bring it to life in front of millions of people. She has such a good
    voice. I wish she could have a moment on this show though. If she did,
    she could win. But it will be Top 7 next week and even though she’s
    sounded good on every performance, she hasn’t had anything that makes
    anyone go ‘wow’. She looks AMAZING!

    2) CJ – He
    seems like such a good guy. I can’t hate on this. The band was so loud,
    but he sounded good. I can’t get over how good of a guy he seems. That
    made the performance for me worth it. I feel like he needs to stay based
    on that alone. It was definitely touching.

    —> DUET [Jena and Alex] – Both sounded good, Jena particularly. But this was short and pointless.

    3)
    Sam – He did well because it was a song that suited him. No moments
    though. That’s his problem. He’s consistent and consistent isn’t great.

    —>
    DUET [Jessica and Caleb] – Mmm… again, they sounded good, but I don’t
    get these duets. The songs aren’t that great and the performances are
    short. Candice and Angie did a killer duet last year. That’s how these
    should be if they’re going to do them.

    4) Malaya –
    Wow. This was stunning. Is she becoming my favorite? I don’t know. I’m
    not a die-hard fan of any of them like I have been of contestants in the
    past because the show isn’t huge anymore so I’m not as invested, but
    She is just getting better and better. Those notes she was hitting. I
    can’t. I hope she can keep this going and that the voters realize this and keep her going. She’s so young, so I’m hoping she is smart enough to notice the momentum and can keep it up.

    5)
    Dexter – Um….well he’s lucky. It seems that when he does the upbeat
    songs he’s just your typical country crooner playing a show, but when he
    does the slower ones, it’s a notch up. For me, I think this was his
    personal best performance since the show began, but then again, I still
    feel like of the 8 that are left, he is one of the bottom people. The
    others are just better. And that’s not even supposed to be a diss, just a
    fact.

    —> DUET [Malaya and Sam] – Most pointless duet of the night. Nice voices, boring performance. That song didn’t even close to suit Malaya.

    6)
    Jena – She is so lucky to be blessed with such a distinctive voice.
    That can really take you far in both this competition and in the real
    world. I don’t know how far she’s going to go in the show, but I think
    she can potentially make it “big” when it’s over. I put that in quotes
    because we don’t really hear of too many of the contestants much in the
    more recent years. I like that she changed this up and it was really
    great. She looks good tonight. I hope that means she read my posts from the last couple weeks :lol:

    —> DUET [CJ and Dexter] –
    Their voices don’t mesh too well together, I don’t think. Dexter’s voice
    works better for this song. But that doesn’t mean anything. Another
    forgettable duet! Moving along now…

    7) Caleb –
    That was your typical Caleb performance. And that’s not a bad thing at
    all. It was really good! He’s such a strong singer. I have a hard time
    seeing him going home anytime soon. Just a powerhouse. Not my favorite song for him, but whatever. Doesn’t really matter.
    Oooohhh… Harry made a good suggestion! Caleb has been belting all
    along, I think it would be a very smart move to do something softer next
    week. Now I’m excited for that! Because clearly he’s going to do it.
    Harry does not tell you to do something softer and then you come out and
    do something huge again.

    8) Alex – I want his voice so bad! It’s so good. One of his best performances. These songs are good. Loved it.

    RANKINGS:

    This
    is really tough! Everyone was so good tonight! I hope this isn’t just
    because they’re going back to something they chose in the beginning.
    There were no bad performances. The only thing missing was Majesty!
    :lol: I’m so happy they are finally stepping up. It is that time in the competition.

    1) I have to give number one to Malaya. Those notes.

    2) Alex

    3) Jena

    4) Jessica

    5) Caleb

    6) Dexter

    7) CJ

    8) Sam

    Bottom 3? I
    think CJ is a shoe in for bottom 3. I don’t want him to go home though.
    I like him and he’s got something there, I just think people will
    forget his performance over the others. I think Malaya, Alex, Jena and
    Dexter are 95% safe, but who knows with the voting system this season.
    Neither Jessica nor Caleb have touched the bottom 3, but I think one of
    them will be in it tomorrow night. Hopefully Caleb, only because I’d
    hate to have to watch Jessica be in the bottom 3 after performing a
    great original song, although I think they both performed on the same
    caliber tonight. Dexter and Sam are my least favorite of the 8. I
    honestly think they should be the next two to leave. So I am hoping
    that, since Dexter did decently tonight, Sam gets the boot. But I really
    don’t think that’ll happen. I have a feeling CJ will get thrown the
    life vest because Sam was in the B3 last week and Dexter’s fans aren’t
    letting him go yet. If Dexter sings another slow song next week, I’m
    sure he’ll stick around even longer. Sigh. So my guess is CJ will get
    the boot. B3 I’m thinking will be Sam, CJ and Caleb, but again very
    likely could be Jessica as well.

  • Blueknight24

    What’s the rank? I turned my TV off.

  • Kirsten

    Real time voting: 21 and over 1. dexter 2. jena 3. caleb 4. alex Under 21 1. jena 2. dexter 3. alex 4. caleb

    Well, that’s pretty consistent. I guess Sam, Malaya, CJ and Jess need to be thinking about packing their bags while Dexter, Jena, Caleb and Alex can buy the extended warranty.

    It is kind of interesting to see Dexter doing so well.

  • Miss Blue

    If Dexter wins this season it will finish AI for good. Any shred of credibility the show might have left will disappear into the ether.

  • Prime_Minister

    That was just for the second half of performances. The first four contestants were ranked separately.

  • czt

    Best show of the season so far

  • Kirsten

    Oh, thanks. I missed that. LOL. Well, that makes more sense.

    I still remain surprised at Dexter’s high votes. Did he actually have a good night (I can’t watch it for another hour).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, he did (and I’m NOT a fan of the kind of country music that Dexter sings).

  • Prime_Minister

    Yes, unfortunately. I’m not putting any of my office pool points on him, that’s for sure!

  • Kirsten

    Yes, he did (and I’m NOT a fan of the kind of country music that Dexter sings).

    When people who don’t care for him or like his style of music say he did well, he must have. No fan goggles to get in the way.

  • hesh R

    I said the same about Lee Dewyze.

  • Blueknight24

    Jessica might losing people’s interest if she still continuing her bland attitude and performance.

  • Blueknight24

    Bye guys, I had so much fun reading your comments than the actual show. lol

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    This was pleasant and contained some nice surprises.

    Jessica Meuse – Blue-Eyed Lie – This is the Meuse I’ve been waiting for, the one who’s Shawn Colvin’s and Liz Phair’s angrier, grungier country cousin. I am happy.

    CJ Harris – Soul Shine – As always, looks like the most engaged, authentic, earthy performer ever… and sings sharp. The singing compares unfavorably to the similar-style artist busking at the Tempe Festival of the Arts street fair on Friday afternoon. *sigh*

    Jene Irene & Alex Preston – Just Give Me a Reason – Hipster boy attempts to retrieve failing relationship with EDM girl whose party-down attitude balances his neurotic moodiness. I’m not sure if it’s good, but it’s hilarious.

    Sam Woolf – Lego House – When Michael Franti performs on a stage with many lamps, he is not upstaged by the lamps. The same cannot be said for Woolf.

    Jessica Meuse & Caleb MLM Johnson – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Karaoke but in an adorable way, since they both play off each other convincingly.

    Malaya Watson – Ain’t No Way – Has fully internalized the concept of subtlety and of having dynamics to convey different emotions. Light years beyond her early weeks in professionalism and enjoyment value.

    Dexter Puppy-Lovin’ Roberts – One Mississippi – Yup, right on schedule, here’s the missing dimension. I’m not really into this sound but made it all the way through, so he must have sung nicely.

    Malaya Watson & Sam Woolf – Lucky – Straight out of the Bad Michael Bublé Impersonation Contest. They don’t just lack chemistry; they appear to sap each other’s talents.

    Jena Irene – Rolling in the Deep – Ooh, a twist on the overplayed hit! It’s weird but I love it because she’s treating it as an opportunity to bring out the meaning of the over-familiar lyrics rather than an excuse to belt.

    Dexter Puppy-Lovin’ Roberts & CJ Harris – Alright – Gives the impression these two had never met before this performance, much less rehearsed.

    Caleb MLM Johnson – Chain of Fools – Yup, Aretha Franklin as performed by your favorite rock band of the 1970s. He knows what he’s good at and what his fan base likes, and he does it convincingly.

    Alex Preston – Fairy Tale – He continues to be the character that Elvis Costello would play in a David Lynch movie. I’m not opposed to that.

  • Trina

    The same was said about Phillip Phillips.

  • Matthew Richards

    That makes sense! Lol.

  • Matthew Richards

    Let it go.

  • frumpus

    How did people even see CJ sing? Fox cut away and put on some stupid news report when he was singing.

  • frumpus

    This show lost credibility the year Kris Allen won.

  • Matthew Richards

    Thanks!

  • Trina

    I was in the next room when he started singing, when I came back to the TV and saw it was Dexter I was like WTF? IMO his voice sounded gorgeous.

  • MichaelG

    lucky you…

  • Guest

    Caleb should something not loud per Harry…. how about Faithfully by Journey?

  • Vetle

    1. Jessica
    2/3. Jena
    2/3. Caleb
    4. Malaya
    5. Dexter
    6. Alex
    7. Sam
    8. CJ

    imo. Think we might see a surprise in the bottom three though (unless they’re doing a bottom two), Dexter might escape it again. Tonight was kinda stacked.

  • Guest

    Was it the Ft Hood shooting?

  • MichaelG

    Now here I agree.

  • Ringo Pascual

    Base on the performances and comments, it looks like we are at the stage where everyone now has a favorite or two and over-praises them regardless of the performance. Even the judges. Not sure what people are hearing in Malaya’s; to me it sounds like she has a mouth full of braces an nothing remarkable behind them. Caleb is a throwback, but he fails to wow me ala Durbin. Jena strikes me as over-wrought and affected. Alex Is less talented, nerdier, uglier P2. I did think Jess looked hot as hell with her new hair style; but she’s my favorite so no criticism.

  • Matthew Richards

    Alex in 6th? Huh?

  • weareallinnocent

    This may have been covered earlier before I joined, but someone reminded me. What’s with Sam and weird lighting? Last week bulbs, this week lamps. What’s next, chandeliers?

    I agree, both times the lighting upstaged him.

  • Matthew Richards

    I voted for him! :) He was great tonight, and I love country.

  • Guest

    He needs the lighting to cover up his no emotions persona… even Mr Spock has more emotions. IMO

  • frumpus

    No she won’t.

  • Matthew Richards

    He did a jazz-scat number last week. How is that the exact same as this week?

  • Guest

    Malaya should transfer some energy over to Sam.

  • thirdtime

    The show wasn’t cut in, in my area. But that sucks for CJ.

  • Roimeister

    poll?

  • dabney_c

    bah-dum-pum *ching*

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    If you’re under 21, Caleb MLM Johnson’s musical style dates from your parents’ childhood, if not from when your grandparents were dating.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    The lamps should transfer some energy to Woolf.

  • Swind

    MJ, you posted Jessica’s number for Jena. Her correct number is 1855-443-6508

  • MichaelG

    Or how about something that’s current and doesn’t sound dated…perhaps something from the last 2 decades even?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, it’d be HCJr’s childhood. The music he’d associate with the first stirrings of puberty would actually be disco, followed by New Wave.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I thought Dexter did good today! Better than previous weeks.

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    Give me a minute

  • justmefornow

    lol. Even James managed to squeeze in some Muse and 30STM.
    Seriously, Caleb needs to pick some songs not decades old.

  • thirdtime

    I thought it was a great night. I fail to see what everyone sees in Malaya though. She’s good, but in my opinion it should be her or CJ going home tomorrow night. I enjoy both of them but I think the others are better. Best of the night for me was Alex, because I really liked his original song.

  • Trina

    He did Adele’s Skyfall. Oh and Edge of Glory. I dont know why there’s this notion he only does old songs.

  • Swind

    Best night so far of the whole season! It actually felt like a different show.
    Here’s how I saw it:

    1. Jena
    2. Jessica
    3. Caleb
    4. Alex
    5. Dexter
    6. Malaya
    7. CJ
    8. Sam

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    My thought is that we’ll see newer material from the Meat Loaf Muffin when we get to the two-song weeks: one oldie for the core fanbase and one newer song to try to broaden his appeal and prove his commercial viability.

  • tomr

    Jena and Malaya are so overrated/praised that it’s getting obnoxious. The sad thing is that noone has a voice as good as Candice and we see how well that has gone.

  • thirdtime

    Does anyone know the iTunes rankings for them?

  • justmefornow

    Not Rock. If he wants to prove he’s a marketable modern rocker, he needs to pick something in that genre less than 10 to 20 years old.

  • Roimeister

    LOLOL I’m just giving you a hard time :)

  • Swind

    Same exact for me.

  • Roimeister

    with as low as the iTunes ranking have been, I’m guessing they might be in the Top 5000 right now

  • Trina

    Because you dont need a good voice today to achieve success. Post AI you need catchy songs that will grab peoples attention.

  • justmefornow

    I must really be an anomaly because I would be considered in the “core” fanbase, but love and only listen to modern rock.
    Seriously, I don’t think I could drive without my radio on Octane.

  • WhoDat2012

    New Orleans…NO

  • blujaylao

    Alex is at 130

  • carola99

    Man.. Now Dexter is gonna win Idol? Never saw that coming.
    I guess he did good for tonight, but I really hope there is still a chance for someone else to win…

  • tomr

    Sad to say that you are correct. Gone are the days when great voices were appreciated and supported through sales.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Yeah, I meant HIS (specific) core fanbase but was typing in a heedless mind-on-dinner way. [ETA: Okay, I was thinking of lamp jokes.]

    I envision MLM’s fanbase as the viewers who believe there’s no good music after 1980. This week pandered to them while pulling the “I must hear old songs flipped, like in theme weeks in glorious S7″ crowd into the fold. The Gaga-sounds-like-Bon-Jovi-doing-Joe-Cocker was an effort to broaden his base, too.

    I’m sort of hoping he resists being pushed into doing the big, cheesy ballad after which there’s exclaiming about how vulnerable and emotional and bedroom-eyes he is… but then TPTB will just hand him the asteroid song at Top 3 anyway.

  • Trina

    Yep. We’re in a period where auto-tune can fix all voice problems. In my perfect world Josh Ledet would be a huge star today (for me still the best male singer ever on AI). In a different time period his voice would have been appreciated.

  • Roimeister

    6 of them are ranking in the Top 1500… that’s better than this point last week, I think

    130. Alex Preston – Fairytales (American Idol Performance
    203. Sam Woolf – Lego House (American Idol Performance
    257. Jessica Meuse – Blue-Eyed Lie (American Idol Performance
    724. Jena Irene – Rolling in the Deep (American Idol Performance)
    1003. Dexter Roberts – One Mississippi (American Idol Performance
    1052. C.J. Harris – Soul Shine (American Idol Performance)

  • macfae

    I just bought Alex’s “Fairy Tales” …it’s a good song and I love what he does with his voice….the runs and jazzy bits.

  • pj

    I voted for the bookends… Jess and Alex.

    Eta: It’s a risk to do an original that nobody knows in a tv karaoke contest and both were great. Caleb was good but played it safe. Liked Dexter tonight too, but no votes. I see Ryan Tedder in Jena’s future.

  • dawnage01

    I’m just starting to watch tonight’s episode and….my girl, Jena didn’t let me down. I LOVED how she re-arranged the song and controlled her voice!! Oh, all of her vocal colors and nuances. Jena’s unique mezzo-soprano voice is like a soul food meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, and greens dinner! I.Love.It.

  • ptebwwong

    Current iTunes Rankings of this week’s performances

    130. Alex Preston – Fairytales (American Idol Performance)
    203. Sam Woolf – Lego House (American Idol Performance)
    257. Jessica Meuse – Blue-Eyed Lie (American Idol Performance)
    724. Jena Irene – Rolling in the Deep (American Idol Performance)
    1003. Dexter Roberts – One Mississippi (American Idol Performance)
    1052. C.J. Harris – Soul Shine (American Idol Performance)

    Idol performances from previous weeks charting

    683. Alex Preston – Story of My Life (American Idol Performance)
    1339. Sam Woolf – Hey There Delilah (American Idol Performance)

  • macfae

    his performance hasn’t even been televised yet on the west coast. I am betting it is going to sell well.

  • justmefornow

    He should try something like this ballad from Pop Evil a current modern Hard Rock band.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayinoAPSEOQ

  • maymirabella

    Malaya has become one of my favorites. I so enjoy her energy, her voice, her stage presence, the whole package and she has improved each week.

  • dawnage01

    Finally – Jessica uses that big voice of hers to her advantage. These past weeks, I think that she’s chosen songs which haven’t shown her range and power to full potential. Jessica’s got so much potential & I hope she keeps growing. :) Yay!

  • dd999

    Every week, someone else takes the spotlight. For me, it was Dexter tonight …singing ballads is the way to go for him. I also enjoyed DJ’s song and hardly noticed pitch problems. Then, I also was impressed with Alex and the song he wrote. Caleb is always good, but glad Harry suggested a slow ballad next week…his voice is so good, bet it’ll be awesome. I didn’t care for Jena’s version of the song she sang. Malaya keeps improving. Jess wrote a nice song, but, I keep waiting for her to belt out something much more challenging. Sam has such a nice voice but every week his singing is too withdrawn imo, but as he matures bet we’ll see a different more involved singer. and he’ll be really good!

  • PinkClouds20

    My favorites tonight are Caleb, Dexter, Jessica, and CJ. My bottom three prediction: Sam, CJ, Alex or Dexter.

  • maymirabella

    For me tonight, the top 3 were all the girls, Top 4, add in Alex.

  • dawnage01

    I actually didn’t dislike CJ and Sam Woolf this week, woohoo! I’m still not their biggest fans, but both sang songs which really fit their voices. Malaya keeps improving week on week and I love the control that she demonstrated tonight. She can really sing and I want to see what she’s going to do next. She’s so interesting!
    Plus, I wasn’t indifferent towards Caleb. I haven’t been a fan and I haven’t disliked him either. He’s been a solid, consistent performer and I loved how he flipped “Chain of Fools.” Good job tonight.
    Also, Alex did great tonight. There’s a certain charm about him which makes you feel comfortable. He sang and performed on point. Loved him!

  • thirdtime

    Alex just jumped to #95 – go Alex!

    ETA: And now #79, still rising. I can’t wait to see how high it goes after his performance airs on the west coast.

  • maymirabella

    Interestingly for me tonight, the three girls were my favorites and I am not a fan of Jena but I found the girls most interesting tonight with also giving Alex some major props for his original song. But I do not want to see another girl go tomorrow. I was most bored with Sam but even he did better than usual. They all did better this week and all were good this week. ..I even found CJ interesting and he sings with such emotion.

  • PinkClouds20

    Alex reminds me of a young Van Morrison.

  • thirdtime

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Jena’s mom is enjoying the spotlight as much as her daughter?

  • LA944

    I thought this was the best show of the season. Everybody stepped it up and it turned out to be a decent theme.

    Really liked Jessica’s song. Sounds like a country/rock hit to me. Def will download it. I think some of them had their strongest performance to date (Jess, CJ, Dexter, Sam, Malaya) And the ones who didn’t have their best week–still did very well. Gonna take another listen to Alex’s song to see if I’ll download it.

    Have no idea who is leaving tomorrow. Probably should be CJ or Sam. I think they will use the save if it’s any of the others.

    Liked Alex & Jena’s duet as well as Jessica & Caleb. The others didn’t go as well lol. Still nothing close to Casey & Haley though.

  • Shannon Hayden

    he has a girlfriend

  • Anancus

    Good call, but in other words: nothing has changed since day one.

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    For me the big winners tonight were Alex and Jena. Both solos were unique and well done and they teamed up on arguably the best duet of the evening.

    After those two come Dexter, Sam and Caleb in whatever order you like. I’m growing weary of all the criticism on Sam. I believe because he was a frontrunner at one point. He and Caleb still have the best vocals of the group,

    Next you can put Jess and Malaya. Both sang well enough but neither one makes me feel anything. Jess’ original song is good though.

    Sorry CJ…. your continued sharpness flattened the performance.

    I thought this was a good show overall.

  • maymirabella

    Yes, there is something about her mother that I found strange and off putting….but I do like Jena but I think her mother loves the attention she gets via her daughter.

  • lkingcorn

    Jessica and Caleb looked and sounded like they know what they are doing and singing. Enjoyed this performance. These two should land in top three. Know the girls are screaming for him, but Sam is boring IMHO.

  • merkureye

    I read it very differently. From what I observe she seems merely supportive. I don’t pick-up any “stage mom” vibe at all. It is natural to be happy for our children to be successful. I see only happiness for her daughter’s obvious artistic growth. It is fun to watch our kids excel in public forums. Just my opinion.

  • lkingcorn

    Good one!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “but then TPTB will just hand him the asteroid song at Top 3 anyway.”

    Yay! lol

  • Peg

    I thought Jess was the best tonight love her original song. Hope to get to see her in concert some day. Caleb was good, but to me he didn’t kill it like last week. Alex’s performance of his original song was excellent. It’s past time for CJ to go.

  • pj

    It will be CJ or Sam.

  • pj

    She may be the dark house, but I am biased.

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    Thought Sam pulled it up tonight. CJ and Dexter, Jess or Malaya

  • lovetheusa1776

    Enjoyed all the performances tonight, but Malaya, imo, has the potential, with experience, to be an electrifying performer.

  • pj

    I’d be shocked if it turned out to be Dex or Jess

  • Matthew Kitson

    Still think he has no chance. He’ll be gone within the next 3 weeks

  • Liteasy

    I don’t get the Malaya love – she has a squeaky voice that is not pleasant to my ears. I would rate here in the bottom 3.

  • macfae

    it’s sitting at #68 now ….I’m excited to see how high it will go.
    His and Jessica’s were my favorites. Hers is at #175

  • WhoDat2012

    Bottom 3: CJ, Sam, Jena

  • knave

    People who like his voice? I’m not even a fan of country, but I think he has a gorgeous tone.

  • Prime_Minister

    I like Keith’s take on contestants hitting a wall – sums up how I’d like to see the competition play out.

    I think the following contestants have hit the wall in the competition, and are unlikely to make the changes we want to see in the next 2 months: CJ and Sam

    I think all of the others (Malaya, Jena, Caleb, Jessica, Alex, Dexter) can continue to show us growth in the next several weeks – I’m hopeful that the best is yet to come from them.

  • jms

    Alex is an amazing talent. I kind of want to not like the awkward marching thing he does with his legs. But the guy is almost magic, IMO.

    Caleb as well. Loved his rework of that song. Gotta see everyone else still.

    Dexter totally saved his ass. That was really good! Nice Allison shoutout. Dexter can totally nail a ballad. If only he could find a way to convey that feeling into the anthemic songs he always does (and always fails at), he’d be pretty good. Still hope he leaves soon, but I love his ballads.

    Jessica nailed it too. So far of the performances I’ve seen, loved all 4 to a degree.

  • hayes

    What do I need to do to get the director of this show fired? Seriously, I don’t need tight closeups of JLo every 10 seconds. They are so ill-timed too, like missing key moments during the performance. It’s ridiculous.

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    Jessica will be the last girl standing even if Malaya and Jena do backflips on stage

  • teekee

    CJ will not be saved.

  • jms

    I need those closeups but they need to be a little bit lower….

    jk

  • Happyhexer

    Physical appeal is helpful but not a prerequisite for country dudes . . .

  • Happyhexer

    Good question. But I only heard them mention it once, so IDK.

  • Vetle

    Ooops. I guess he didn’t make an immediate impact. I’ll definitely move him up to third. Below or in the middle of Jena and Caleb.

  • Anancus

    Amen. It was especially egregious tonight.

  • Dianne

    I still don’t get what anyone sees in Dexter. I can’t take much more of him!

  • Dianne

    I sure hope so. I am going to buy her song, first one this season!

  • JustJam

    Unless he pulls off a Tate Stevens due to country bloc votes…honestly anything is possible at this point

  • Madilo

    45 Alex Preston – Fairytales (American Idol Performance) so cool :)
    Will they give him the money ?

  • HKfan

    Yes…my daughter said it the first time she saw him…..

  • Karen C

    I thought everyone was pretty good tonight. I liked Jessica’s and Alex’s originals. Both are really good songwriters.

    I really liked what Caleb did. I disagree with Harry that he has to do something softer, I think it would be more important that he does something modern rock. Even though I love his voice and his performances and arrangements, he does sound dated and in order to really break through he has to sound more modern. And there is modern rock that he could do, like something by Muse or 30 Seconds to Mars, or Foo Fighters.

  • pollop

    why do I see jlo’s face in the middle of every performance. is it me or they focus jlo’s face more often this season

  • Madilo

    She’s not ugly, so there’s nothing to complain lmao.
    But i think you’re right.

  • justmefornow

    lol. Not anymore. They ditched all their throwback acts like him last fall.

  • pollop

    I know she’s beautiful, but I want to see more of the contestant like in older seasons.They will only show the reaction of judges when the contestant were doing something great or memorable, but since this season has no moment(only solid performances) up until now, their showing jlo’s reaction as if she’s having goosies in every performance.

  • Kirsten

    General Thoughts:
    1) I liked the repeat of the audition songs. It’s nice to hear the full songs and what they sound like with a
    full band.
    2) Thanks for Keith mentioning that the shoes should let you be able to move. I’ve been railing about that for years. If you look fantastic in the shoes, but they make you walk like Bambi learning to use your legs, don’t wear them.
    3) The photos-hopping of the numbers into the old pictures was kind of amazing and kind of creepy.
    4) JLo was not a judge for Season 8. Awesome-sauce that she’s a fan of Allison. She just may be a fan of the show.

    Performance;
    1) Jess – This is the performance I was waiting for from Jess. She has the talent to write songs that she can sing. This song fits right into her vocal range and vibe. She was so connected and had a lot more dynamics in the song. The band filled the song out nicely. I was less happy about her standing on a giant soup can lid. Congrats on being the first person to sing an original on the live shows, Jess! (9/10).

    2) CJ – A return to the song that probably kept CJ afloat for weeks despite some seriously off-key early live performances. The audience wanted to hear that soulful CJ again and he really connected here. Audition songs are typically songs you know inside and out. So the confidence level and the living-breathing of the song are at their best. CJ kind of slid off the band near the end, so it didn’t end quite as well as it started, but good job. (7.5/10).

    Jena and Alex – Does Alex pick his wardrobe by sneaking into the other contestant’s rooms and stealing random pieces in the dark? Ryan’s gardening pants, Majesty’s shirt, Sam’s hat and Caleb’s scarf. Dude! This duet did not work for me. I hate Jena’s affected singing (can’t she change it up just once – everything sounds the same) and Alex’s voice is not a good substitute for Nate. I also see he lost the battle of the pitch selection because it was in the right range for Jena and not for him. Their voices just don’t work together. I wish they would stop trying to make male/female duets happen and have more same sex duets. Alex with Sam or CJ would have been far more interesting. I will say that Alex did a better job of externalizing the song, but it did kind of feel like Jena was dragging him along. This duet was under-rehearsed (5/10)

    3) Sam – That is a hard song to sing and Sam just sings it flawlessly. His tone is just so beautiful and he’s phrasing is fantastic. He’s never out of breath at the wrong time or struggling to find the song. He sounds very current. He is improving at connecting to the audience. I love that song and he does such a great job of it. (8/10).

    Jess and Caleb – This was much better than the previous duet. These two really sound good together and the duet makes sense. I did think that Caleb was going for a dramatic intensity while Jess looked like she was more amused, so that was a bit of a disconnect. Jess won the battle of the pitch selection, but Caleb wasn’t too far off of where his natural voice wants to go. They at least sounded like they had practiced (7.5/10).

    [RANT INTERLUDE: If a father is taking care of his child, HE IS NOT BABYSITTING!!! And he is not saint. He is a parent]

    4) Malaya – Wow. Has she ever improved from her audition. It is nice to see how much she has learned from the vocal coaches. Just compare her breathing from the audition to now. She has so much control. I said last week I want to see her sing something other than a ballad, but she didn’t have the choice this week. I hope for something mid-tempo at least next week. I have to admit that I did get distracted by the urge to reach through the screen and clean her glasses. Urk! (8/10)

    5) Dexter – The hallmark of country songs is telling us a story. Finally, Dexter decides to tell us a story. That was so much better. He’s fantastic when he let’s us inside his walls. So many emotional nuances and he sounded so great with Allison. Bonus: He ennunciated! (8.5/10)

    Sam and Malaya – This started absolutely gorgeous. Sam’s crystal clear voice getting into a song. Malaya’s sweet response which showed a new side of her voice. Then they started singing together and it instantly became a HOT FREAKIN’ MESS. Did they practice together at all? Sam won the pitch selection battle because Malaya did not stay on pitch at all once they started singing together. Or maybe Sam is just always on pitch regardless of which scale they decide to sing in (Non-duet portion 8.5/10, Duet portion 1/10).

    6) Jena – Holy reverb, Batman. That machine was dialed up to 11. I really like the intro because Jena finally tried something different. But, then the intro stopped and she went back to her Jena-izing of the song and it sounded the same as everything else she sings. Swallow the consenats, stretch every vowel onto 3 notes, pound every melody into the exact same phrasing. Sure, it was different from the original, but it was no different than every other song she sings. I could not listen to an album of that. She went a little flat at the end of some of those phrases. (Intro: 9/10. Rest of the Song 7.5/10)

    CJ and Dexter – For two people in the same genre, this should have worked so much better. JLo’s horrified expression matched my own. Poor Dexter, CJ ruined this. The strange thing, is I think CJ won the pitch selection battle, because it was not in Dexter’s home range. I guess they went with CJ’s in hope that he would stay in tune, but he did not. (2/10)

    7) Caleb – Well, that certainly was a twist on the original. This song has been done a bazillion times on Idol, but never like this. He was angry about being on the chain and he wasn’t going to take it anymore. I like that he slowed it up. But again, it did sound a lot like what he has done before. He needs to mix up his own sound. He can do it. BTW At one point, I thought Emily had joined the back-up singers. (8/10)

    8) Alex – That is a good song, I just wish he was not so nasally sounding. Plus, I wish that his face reflected the lyrics rather than looking irked that somebody is in the “9 Items or Less” line with 10 items (and being further irked that the sign should technically read “9 Items or Fewer”). He should be a song-writer. I see he stole another one of Majesty’s shirt. This one looks better on him. (Song: 9/10. Singing 7.5/10. Facial Expressions: 5/10).

  • cheese

    Finally, everyone sounded decent. None of them are exactly appealing to my musical tastes, but at at least they all sound like they belong there (finally) (well, except maybe CJ).

    Jess was probably my favorite, but her iTunes recording kind of hurts my ears based on the snippet I listened to. Alex’s song sounds like Jason Mraz adding an affect to his voice and singing a John Mayer album filler track from 2006. Which I guess people like based on its sales but I can’t get too excited about it.

    I’m wondering how Caleb will respond to Harry’s call for a quiet song. If he comes out and sings a Passenger song or something, it could be pretty amusing.

  • chillj

    They focus on her so much I think her eyes look rheumy. Something tells me that is not a look she is going for: could be the lights making her eyes water.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” Alex – That is a good song, I just wish he was not so nasally sounding. Plus, I wish that his face reflected the lyrics rather than looking irked that somebody is in the “9 Items or Less” line with 10 items (and being further irked that the sign should technically read “9 Items or Fewer”). He should be a song-writer. I see he stole another one of Majesty’s shirt. This one looks better on him. (Song: 9/10. Singing 7.5/10. Facial Expressions: 5/10)”

    Exactly my feelings about Alex. lol at describing Alex’s facial expression as “irked”. I agree and sometimes that changes into a more sour expression, like he’s smelling something bad. Because of those expressions, I enjoy Alex so much more when I just listen to him. There’s too much of a disconnect between his singing and his facial expressions, and I find that distracting and it takes away from my enjoyment of his music/singing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that it looked like she may be suffering from mild allergies or something.

  • ladymctech

    Just so he doesn’t ever take on David Cook’s Light On…

  • jga94

    The Sam and Malaya duet was so hilarious….it was as if Sam was thinking “Malaya, why are you acting like you’re in Glee….chill, man”….it was so awkward….

    And Sam….bless his soul….seems afraid that the screaming girls will try something really outrageous while he’s on stage….his rendition was beautiful though…..

  • chillj

    That could be it. I have them; they swell. I don’t really think JLo has looked so hot this season: I think it is a make-up change of some sort. If you have allergies, pink on the lids isn’t a workable look. I think the cameras should focus more on Harry. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I think the cameras should focus more on Harry. :)”

    Best idea ever! lol

  • catlover84

    JENA!! I LOVED that arrangement of Rolling in the Deep. And I LOVE Alex’s original song. I’ve always wanted a studio recording of that song since his audition, so I’m glad the theme was audition song. Their duet was the best duet of the night too. Jena/Alex finale please!

    Anyway, for me overall it’s the best performance episode this season. Even Sam was good. He really has a very pretty voice.

  • Liteasy

    I do not agree with your assessment of Alex and Jena – their performance was the best of the night IMO. Malaya is still squeaky and not pleasant to the ears.

  • jga94

    Everyone did fine….finally. I am nervous for Sam…I know he’s not going to win with the type of performances he turns in but he has the type of tone, voice, phrasing, musical sensibility that I look for so I hope even he does not win, he won’t give up….try and hone his talent, write more, perform more, feel more…

    I saw a YT video of Ed Sheeran when he was 17 and boy was he dorky (he’s still dorky) and his eyes were all over the place while performing….and look how he is so connected now….I hope Sam realizes that there’s so much more room for improvement but that he has things that’s just God-given and cannot be learned so all is not lost….

    But I think CJ and Dexter go before him….and maybe Malaya….

  • albean99

    This performance was her best yet but I still think her voice is decent but nothing special. She doesn’t seem to do as well when it’s not her song which could be a problem for her.

  • albean99

    I loved Jena & Alex last night, including the duet. I prefer the arrangement that Adele did but liked that Jena brought something different & did it well. I like Alex’s original a lot.

    This was the best performance for Jessica but I’m still not feeling it. She just seems like a lot of other bar band type singers. She does seem to have a lot of fans so will be fine. Caleb performs well but the genre he wants to do doesn’t interest me. I like him a lot when he tries something different though.

    I think Malaya has improved so much since the beginning. I like that she’s scaled back from being so OTT early on. Sam was better than the last few weeks but I haven’t seen what I liked early on. Dexter was better but I’m still not seeing him standing out in country. CJ should leave this week and if it’s him I don’t see them saving him. Anyone else then maybe.

  • Tinawina

    That was a not-painful set of videos to get through. Last week I didn’t even watch about half of them. This week I made it through everyone but CJ.

    This will probably make me quite unpopular around here but I thought Dexter gave the best performance. Yes, that freaks me out too.

    I liked Jess’ song better than Alex’s. I liked Alex’s lyrics more than the song, though the song wasn’t bad.

    Caleb was good. Malaya was good, but I still feel she gets overrated a little. She gets graded on a curve because she’s getting a lot better very quickly but she’s still not THAT good to me. Not yet anyway. But at the rate she’s going maybe she will be in a few weeks. LOL

    Jena’s voice sounded good but I was not crazy about the arrangement. She should be safe though. Still not quite clicking for me and I don’t know why. I’m still struggling to feel the magic with her when she’s not behind a piano.

    I’ve given up on CJ. Nice guy, very connected to what he sings, can’t get it together pitch wise. That duet. OUCH.

    Sam. Oh, Sam. He’s like Pinnochio… still trying to be a real boy as opposed to wooden.

    I have no idea which dude is going to win. Caleb or Alex I guess… I supposed Dexter could sneak in the finals though. Maybe Jess could take it if she caught fire just because *nobody* has really caught fire yet.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that you meant to respond to Kirsten, since I didn’t post anything about Jena or Malaya.

  • HKfan

    Jlo’s skirts are so short……everyone must get a right eyeful when she’s on the edge of the stage shaking hands at the beginning!!!

  • 10DogMom

    That’s exactly what happened to us, and I couldn’t believe they would let it go on and consider that fair to CJ. Not that I would vote for him, but it certainly doesn’t seem fair.

  • Marko

    Jena’s mom is IN IT TO WIN IT!

  • Kariann Hart

    I think the camera man is in love with Jennifer Lopez. A few less shots of her and more of the contestants would be appreciated. We know she’s beautiful, but let’s see more of the other folks.

  • Kariann Hart

    She probably has those cheerleading panties underneath. At least that would be the proper thing to do.

  • Kariann Hart

    There’s too much of a disconnect between his singing and his facial expressions, and I find that distracting and it takes away from my enjoyment of his music/singing.

    I never realized how important the shape of the mouth is until this season. Several of the guys have a difficult time smiling, if that makes any sense.

  • Kariann Hart

    I posted my response before I read yours. You are correct!

  • Brian

    Idol should allow them to perform original songs every week. This is a GOOD thing they can offer that the Voice currently does not! I feel like lots of people would rather hear people like Jessica and Alex sing their own songs each week.

  • maymirabella

    LOL I love it, Marko. Nominee for best comment on this thread..LOL. Maybe we should introduce Jena’s mom to David Archuleta’s Dad and we have a match made in Idol Hell. LOL

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    LOL I thought Dexter had the best performance too. And I’m not a fan of him. AT ALL.

  • maymirabella

    I am beginning to think Alex has this won, he is WGWG , not cute WGWG, but it works with Idol voters, and he is Quirky WGWG with talent. I think everyone is else is just competing now for number 2, 3 and for that hometown visit. Right now, I think the top 3 will be Alex, Caleb and Jessica..none have been in bottom 3. I will predict these 3 get hometown visits. Of course, if we get a shock boot of Jess or Caleb, then perhaps Jena sneaks in there or Sam…but I doubt Sam has enough fans

  • maymirabella

    Yes or maybe colored spanx or something…some of those spanx cover quite a bit..so hard to tell

  • maymirabella

    I hope Malaya stays longer than CJ and Dexter and Sam..but I worry about her.

  • Kariann Hart

    It has gotten to be too much. I thought the camera man is being paid $1000 a shot.

  • maymirabella

    I don’t get it either except Dexter hits the notes and he is not sharp or flat that often. I just find his performances so generic, so average, rather boring, same with Sam

  • maymirabella

    I love Malaya and her voice. But I can understand where you are coming from as I do not get the Sam or Dexter love..both are boring to me.

  • Kariann Hart

    I think Caleb is doing just fine. I am familiar with Foo Fighters, but don’t know the others very well. Of course, I want him to do some classic rock, so I’m on a different page.

  • Kariann Hart

    Go to any bar in Nashville and we’ll hear more just like him. Dexter really isn’t anything exceptional, but I’m sure his fans will keep him in there.

  • Marko

    James Durbin sang Muse and 30 sec to Mars, back in season 10, pretty much out of tune. I think Caleb could kill both songs.

  • onlooker

    I am not a “country gal” though I do like some traditional country music. I would not “hop on Dexter’s tractor” but I guess there is a long queue of country and non-country gals waiting to enjoy the “pleasure” of riding on his tractor. A little fame can work miracles.

  • Kariann Hart

    I loved James – must go check out those songs. Thank you.

  • WhoDat2012

    I agree that Dexter gave the best performance. I ‘m predicting Dexter and Alex will make the top 3. CJ is on his last leg and that leaves the country vote all for Dexter.

  • Marko

    Dexter looks like a nice guy with reasonable good voice & talent and I don’t mind country music. For some reason he’s in my top 5 list of the most boring Idol contestants of all time.

  • Ringo Pascual

    For me, it always starts with the eyes. And I see Alex emoting very little through his. It varies mostly between self-occupied fear or squinty distaste. Not pleasurable to watch.

  • Marko

    I loved James too but these performances weren’t good.

  • Ringo Pascual

    This got me to thinking about each of the performers eyes. Sam’s are gorgeous but not much expression — all we see is shyness. Jena’s are pretty and she emotes well. Jess is out of this world and she can emote (like last night) but often doesn’t. I like CJ’s — he emotes warmth and pain well. Caleb is meh to me — nice eyes but no vulnerability expressed — mostly confidence. Dexter’s are porcine–but there is confidence. And Malaya hides behind those huge glasses blocking me completely out. If I were trying to help their performance, I’d ask them to listen to a recording of their songs and look in the mirror trying to express the emotions of the song in their eyes and face. I bet it’s harder to do that while performing but practice should help.

  • Karen C

    I love when he does classic rock, too, and love what he’s doing. But one criticism I have seen about him winning is how he would fit into the current music scene. If he could show he can do something more current, he might be unstoppible because I think he is one of the best if not the best performer this season.

    Especially Muse does the kind of theatrical rock that Caleb does well with, so that’s why I think something from them would be good for him. There’s a song called Stockholm Syndrome that I think Caleb would sound awesome on.

  • Karen C

    I do too, I think Caleb would do terrific with them. I would have him do something else from Muse, but he would be terrific on Closer to the Edge, or Bury Me from 30 Sec to Mars.

  • Karen C

    I think you are probably right, they are the most consistent. I think Alex and Sam might be splitting the vote, and Alex is more seasoned so I think Sam won’t make it quite so far.

  • Kariann Hart

    I would like to see much lighten lens on Malaya. I understand that blocking out point.

  • ohreli

    I enjoy her reactions. I think they keep cutting to her because she really shows on her face how closely she is paying attention to the music…sometimes she just looks like she is one with the performer.

  • ohreli

    Agreed!!! I made a comment just before the start of the live show about Sam not fully smiling. The sides of his mouth rarely go up to make a full smile, and it makes it hard for the audience to connect to him. I was wondering if it was an actual physical impediment. A few people thought I was being petty or over-critical of him and someone (maybe MJ?) said that he is just shy and will blossom….but it hasn’t happened. I wish someone would give him smiling lessons (and maybe Alex too) because it could be the one thing keeping them from becoming real stars!

  • ohreli

    It looks to me like Alex is thinking a lot about his singing, and what he is going to do next….The judges have often told a contestant to “stop thinking,” and I think they should give that advice to Alex. He needs to trust his “artistry” at this point and just let go.

  • ohreli

    I responded to a similar comment by Kariann…Jlo is so fixated on nuances in the performance and she seems to be so completely unselfconscious about showing her feelings on her face. I love seeing her reactions to the performances.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Agreed. Every week I check out the group photo and Alex, Sam and Dexter just don’t know how to smile.