American Idol XIII Top 12 Live Blog and Videos

The American Idol XIII Top 12 will perform songs with the theme “Home”. We’re live blogging the show right here! Recap and Videos inside.

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Damn. Things are not going well for this season of American Idol. With the ratings falling, the kids aren’t helping when they deliver mediocre performances as they did tonight. There’s so much right happening here. Kudos to the producers for opening up the song choices. There were many unusual song picks tonight, including tunes by David Nail and Blind Pilot. A song by the rock band,  Rush, was performed for the first time. Some really interesting song choices, delivered underwhelmingly.

The best performances tonight were from the country boys, Dexter Roberts, Ben Briley and CJ Harris.  The girls are going to get their butts kicked if they don’t step it up. My favorite girls–Jena Irene, Jessica Meuse, MK  Nobilette and Majesty Rose were ALL disappointing tonight. Majesty and Jessica have enough good will stored up to save them. But Jena and MK could both land in the bottom 3 tomorrow.  Last week’s bottom 2 dweller, Malaya Watson, saved herself this week with a spiritual performance of  “Take Me To The King.”

Alex Preston gets points for re-imaging songs, but his arrangement of “I Don’t Want to Be” didn’t quite land.  Sam Woolf had another disembodied performance this week. He’s lucky that his sweet voice and countenance will likely carry him for at least several more weeks.  Caleb Johnson has to quit performing like a lounge act.

And Emily Piriz. She’s so foddery, I almost forgot her.  Nobody had even close to a moment tonight.

The judges frustration with this bunch is palpable. Could there be chaos backstage that’s keeping the kids  from being able to rehearse properly? Choose songs? Work out issues with the band? I still believe this is a talented bunch, but something is not happening here. I have to say, that I’m frustrated too.

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The focus tonight is on the HOMETOWNS. A video montage of the Top 12 and their city of origin flash on the screen.

Harry suggests the crowd clap for Ryan’s suit. Jlo, dressed in white, is sporting a giant, ratty ponytail. She says the “talented twelve” has to start delivering. America just ain’t going to put up with that! Harry loves his hometown, New Orleans. HIS CITY. Ohh. We’re going to check into the results in real time this week!

Jena Irene – Farmington, MI – Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall – The song reminds her of taking long trips with her family when she was a kid. Her mom and aunts are here. Her delivery is peppy, and she’s working the stage, but this feels a little subdued.  Jena has the tendency to swallow her words. Her vocal is sounding a little thin here. Keith liked her stage presence and the different side of her. He’s not crazy about the song choice. I agree. Jennifer appreciates the uniqueness of her tone.  Harry liked that she made different choices in the melody. He was waiting for her to bust out. He wanted more. Harry also makes a good point.  Jena shines on her originals. On covers, not so much.  If she doesn’t step it up, she’ll wind up a mid-packer at best –  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 08(1 855 443 6508) or Text 8 to 83676


Jena Irene – Suddenly I See – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Alex Preston – Mt. Vernon, NH – “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw – Alex’s grandma sends a good luck message. She’s from Quincy, MA. We pronounce that Quinzy. Oh right! Alex opened a MIX 104 show for Gavin. He’s a big inspiration. Alex straps on the electric guitar for this. And you know how this song has been done to death on Idol? He totally makes the song his own. I’m not mad at him at all. He completely transforms the arrangement into something new. He’s got a few pitch issues, though. Jlo loves his blue suit. She didn’t like the vocal arrangement. Didn’t think it suited the song. Harry liked that he ended on the 9 again. He thinks Alex is best singing intimate songs. He likes that he stepped out of his comfort zone. He felt Alex was overpowered. Alex admits that the arrangement was his idea. Keith felt the song was around him, rather him being centered in the song. The lack of breath control and pitchiness was a clue. Keith gave the best critique. I think he nailed it. The arrangement wasn’t so much the problem, as Alex wasn’t quite in the middle of it.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 09(1 855 443 6509) or Text 9 to 83676


Alex Preston – I Dont Want To Be – American… by IdolxMuzic

Jessica Meuse – Slapout, AL – “White Flag” by Dido – Jess has included this song in her sets for years.  I love Jessica’s raspy tone and quivery vibrato so much. She brings a bit  of a country vibe to her rendition, but is a bit too…languid here. And she trails off pitch on her phrases.  Last week was a much better performance. It’s like she just woke up from a nap. Harry felt the performance was blase. She was sharp and nobody clapped at her high note, because she was so off. He didn’t feel she was present in the performance. Keith loves the way that she sings. He’s OK with pitch problems if  the singer backs it up with passion. Jennifer loves her look. But she agrees, the conviction was missing. Jessica plans to review the performance backstage. She respects the feedback. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 10(1 855 443 651o) or Text 10 to 83676


Jessica Meuse – White Flag – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Oh…Keith and Harry don’t agree on the pitch issue. Harry sees no reason to sing out of tune. Hm.

Dexter Roberts – Fayette, AL – “Lucky Man” by Montgomery Gentry –  He misses his DAWGS. He trains labs. He dedicates the song to someone back home who has passed on.  Whoever that person is has inspired Dexter to deliver a heartfelt and emotional performance.  This was a fantastic song choice for Dexter.   His delivery is vulnerable, simple, with beautiful intonation. Dexter has totally redeemed himself from last week’s lackluster bro country bore. He gets a standing ovation. The best performance of the night so far.  Keith calls it the perfect song song choice. He liked the liberties he took with the phrasing. He showed his vulnerable side. Jennifer namechecks Scotty McCreery. Every week he did a song that was so him but also surprising. She thinks Dexter did that. Harry calls it “unquestionably the best performance of the night.”  He’s disappointed he didn’t sing about the Saints! Call 1 855 4 IDOL 01(1 855 443 6501) or Text 1 to 83676


Dexter Roberts – Lucky Man – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Emily Piriz – Orlando FL – Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez – She gets the red room treatment. Aw. Her Marine boyfriend sends a video message. Great way to throw her off the game with an emotional surprise, guys! She’s got a horn section behind her as she works the stage. She needs to kick the energy up a notch or two. While she implores the audience to “get loud,” she needs to take some of that advice herself. Kind of snoozy, despte a solid vocal. Jennifer is honored. She closes her concerts with “Loud”. She can’t bring herself to be critical at all. Harry admires her courage. The song is like a locomotion train, and she needed to match it, he says. The production was too big for her. Keith loved it. Oh. Jlo demonstrates a hair whip. So why did Keith love it? He doesn’t say, but he’s sure she’ll be here next week. Harry was ONE HUNDRED PERCENT correct in his assessment. If you’re going to sing a barn burner, you better set a fire first. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 11(1 855 443 6511) or Text 11 to 83676


Emily Piriz – Lets Get Loud – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Caleb Johnson – Asheville, NC – Working Man by Rush – Asheville is music city, if you didn’t know that.  I’m not liking this song choice. There’s no melody to speak of. It’s droney in that metal way that’s pretty awesome if you’re in the middle of a loud party. But as a competition song, not so much. It was kind of a snooze. There’s no denying Caleb’s vocal prowess, however. He also knows how to work a mic. Harry calls him the most consistent of all the contestants. Harry cautions him not to be predictable. “What can you bring to rock n roll to push it forward?” Keith calls his voice an amazing gift. Keith feels it was too much of a band song. Jennifer says she’s been waiting for what he brings to the stage all night tonight. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 13(1 855 443 6513) or Text 13 to 83676


Caleb Johnson – Working Man – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Somebody needs to bring out some 5 hour energy drinks for these kids.

REAL TIME VOTING RESULTS! 1. Dexter 2. Jess  3. Caleb  4. Jena 5. Alex 6. Emily

MK Nobilette – San Francisco, CA – Drops of Jupiter by Train – She’s adopted, and also has 2 moms. and 2 step moms. It’s a big gay party!  Ugh. I hate this song. It’s another subdued performance from MK. But against such a boring song, she doesn’t stand a chance. There are some pitch problems too.  Her most awkward performance yet. I wonder if she was going for something more commercial this week. It didn’t feel like her. She’s definitely headed for the bottom 3 again, and maybe elimination. Keith liked the song choice, but believes she’s still having connection problems. She needs to do something with her guitar when she’s not playing it, he says. She’s just NOT comfortable on stage. Jennifer feels her pushing, but she’s not quite there yet. A sweet performance. Harry is getting the feeling that she doesn’t want to be here. He suggests she practice the things that make her feel uncomfortable in front of a mirror. 1 855 4 IDOL 06(1 855 443 6506) or Text 6 to 83676


MK Nobilette – Drops Of Jupiter – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic

CJ Harris – Jaspar, AL – Waiting On The World To Change by John Mayer – His momma and his girlfriend are in the audience tonight.  Oh hey. CJ is back.  A perfect song choice for his soulful rasp. He’s feeling this song. The question he needs to ask himself before he chooses a song is does this mean something to me? He’s still a little sharp, but I forgive him. Jennifer loves his look AND his performance tonight. Harry notes that he sang sharp, but he’s not mad either!  Honestly, I typed my comment first. Keith says all that’s missing is for him to figure out how to make a song his own.  – Call 1 855 4 IDOL 05(1 855 443 6505) or Text 5 to 83676


CJ Harris – Waiting On The World To Change… by IdolxMuzic

JAMES DURBIN AND CASEY ABRAMS IN THE HOUSE.  The “spiritual advisors” are in the house. Lol at Ryan snarking on them.

Sam Woolf – Bradenton FL – Just One by Blind Pilot – Sam’s cute grandpa is his guardian in Hollywood.   His cousin and uncle are in the audience tonight.  Check out Sam bringing some country flavor to his performance. He’s seated amongst the sway bots. They are blessedly not swaying. Probably clapping off the beat, though. I’m not familiar with this song.  This is very pleasant. But, once again: Beautiful tone. Gorgeous intonation. I am not moved.  Harry feels he’s lacking emotional  dynamics. Harry is correct. He’s one beat. Keith compares his tone to butter. He’d buy his record. Jennifer wants to see more super wow performances.  The kid is 17, which is probably half the problem.  This young man has had some hard experiences in his short life.  Dad couldn’t take care of him, his mom abandoned him! I wonder if his way of dealing with the tough stuff is to bottle up his feelings. It’s scary, but if he could tap into that pain, there would be no stopping him. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 12(1 855 443 6512) or Text 12 to 83676


Sam Woolf – Just One – American Idol 13 (Top 12) by IdolxMuzic

Malaya Watson – Southfield, MI – Take Me To The King by Tamala Mann – This was the first gospel song she ever learned. Being in the bottom 3 last week rattled her. She doesn’t want to go back there. Malaya CALMS DOWN to sing a Gospel ballad. Her trembly voice, in control, reveals an emotional vulnerability. She hits the notes. The high notes aren’t completely on pitch. But they are powerful. The crowd goes nuts. Malaya just saved her ass. Good job, girl. Jen got the goosies. Keith loved the song choice. Vulnerability, power and range. She had it all, says Keith. It was like you were telling a story to us, says Jlo. The performance felt focused to Harry. A few little problems, but the message was there. He’s proud that she stayed in control and saw it all the way through. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 02(1 855 443 6502) or Text 2 to 83676


Malaya Watson – Take Me To The King – American… by IdolxMuzic

Ben Briley – Gallatin, TN – Turning Home by David Nail – Ben comes from a BIG family. And they’re all voting for him! He’s a simple guy who grew up in a simple town. Aw. Poor Ben has no one in the audience. He says they got confused by the theme and thought they were supposed to watch from home. He’s a funny guy.  Now THIS is a good song choice.  A great one, in fact. Ben delivers the tune with so much passion. I’m buying this 100 percent. Jennifer felt it too. She thought the song had a shaky start, but she was with him by the end. Harry didn’t connect to that. He felt like he was being shouted at. I disagree! Keith thought there was too much focus on the technicals. He lost the emotion. Were we listening to the same performance? This is very odd. Aw. Ryan brings out some deviled eggs, Ben’s favorite food.  How is it that I’m agreeing with Jennifer here? Call 1 855 4 IDOL 04 (1 855 443 6504) or Text 4 to 83676


Ben Briley – Turning Home – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Majesty Rose – Fix You by Coldplay – Goldsboro – NC – She misses her preschool kids! The thing about Majesty, is she always connectx to the emotion in a song, no matter what she sings.  Having said that. The verse is delicate, and beautifully phrased. Unfortunately, Majesty goes completely off pitch during the chorus as she attempts to land some big big notes.  Jlo tells her she doesn’t always have to go for those big notes.  Keith recognizes her misstep, but is sure she’ll be back next week. Wow. I wonder if that sounded the same in rehearsal. She completely lost the plot in the chorus. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 07(1 855 443 6507) or Text 7 to 83676


Majesty Rose – Fix You – Americal Idol 13 (Top 12) by IdolxMuzic

REAL TIME VOTING RESULTS FOR THE LAST SIX   1. CJ 2. Sam 3. Ben 4. MK 5. Malaya 6. Majesty

Jennifer says the kids HAVE TO BRING it next week. No screaming required.

  • Matthew Kitson

    And then there were 12

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I miss the brief shots of former Idols in the opening to the show. lol

  • Amy Beth

    Emily’s from Orlando. She should do a Disney song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Harry looks cute in glasses. lol

  • Sassycatz

    I see at least two backwards baseball caps. ;-)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know. Ugh! lol

  • justmefornow

    Keith’s hair gets worse each week, lol.

  • halo9125

    I don’t care wtf her sexual preference is- MK looks ridiculous.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know. It’s really looking hacked at tonight. lol

  • sue

    I love idol so much!

  • justmefornow

    He and JLo shared the same hair dryer malfunction.

  • Matthew Richards

    Check in with our results in real time? What does that mean?

  • AGM2123

    Hoping some of these songs are going to be changed up a bit.

  • Nedsdag

    It’s Gina/Geena/Jeena/Gina time.

  • jcabby

    Go Jena!

  • scoobynacks

    Not slamming her at all when I say she could totally nail the Disney princess thing. She’s definitely that, not Grace Potter.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Jena is sounding good on this song.

  • AGM2123

    The stylist(s) need to be fired. Immediately.

  • Eclipse2000

    So far so good

  • halo9125

    Sound is better than last week thank god.

  • Nedsdag

    G/JEENA sounds awful.

  • dabney_c

    not good.

  • scoobynacks

    Feels like there’s a lack on power in the verse for some reason. I don’t get that cuz Jena’s not lacking in that at all. Sound issues?

  • lola

    Not a good song for her. ugh. And I think I see more than 2 hats.

  • halo9125

    This is a very flat performance.

  • roger

    she sounds great

  • justmefornow

    Meh.

  • Jorge Kassisse Limongi

    Got any streams?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I liked it, but it kind of was the same all the way through.

  • dabney_c

    glad that Randy wasn’t blabbing away before the performance.

  • Matthew Richards

    I was more interested in the background behind her than the singing.

  • sue

    Jena needed to do that on the piano.

  • LeoCS

    Irene’s performance wasn’t bad but it was kinda forgettable

  • AGM2123

    It wasn’t bad, it could have been changed a bit more, and it was too short to be memorable.

  • roger
  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Could barely hear her vocals…or did she sound weak? I hate the spinning-pictorial background.

  • Anna106

    Jena looks better with her hair pulled back.

  • Sassycatz

    It had to be a sharper performance, she kind of slurred too much. She really had to punch it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Maybe, Randy only made comments last week because of the workshop thing? Wishful thinking? lol

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Flat is the word. Jlo is so “the good judge”.

  • mshepnj

    What is up with the shirt wrapped around Gena’s waist? Her hair and makeup looks great but i don’t get the outfit. The performance was better than last week.

  • Hayley_Horan

    idk if i can forgive majesty for wearing a denim jumpsuit.

  • roger

    she does have some interesting fashion choices

  • Matthew Richards

    C’mon, she rocks that ish.

  • roger

    Hopefully!

  • lola

    A bad song choice.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Improvement from last weeks’ house-frau garb. and her hair looks pretty awesome…so let’s forgive her. ;)

  • Francisco Rapalo

    I loooove Majesty, but she looks so bitchy sometimes…

  • Ronnie D

    Jena is like a cross between Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani. Not really
    unique as far as vocals go. Plus, she is still flat on a lot of notes.

  • scoobynacks

    Phfew I thought that was just me. I can’t tell if that was her or the sound. Wouldn’t be shocked if she thought she sounded louder. Maybe she was afraid of being too shouty and held back. No telling what that ear monitor thingy (technical term, ha) was giving her.

  • roger

    oh no you didINT

  • Matthew Richards

    Considering the percentage of girls who leave Idol in the early rounds, Jena is in danger.

  • jcabby

    I’m with Harry. Jena needs to show a bit more energy. However, I do dig her voice.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Yep.She needed to do better.

  • scoobynacks

    Defintely a risk if the other girls do well. It’d make me very sad to lose Jena now though.

  • Ronnie D

    She gets squeaky sounding when trying to sing in her upper register. She is very unsteady when singing low notes as well.

  • Vetle

    So, I understand Jena did a mediocre performance? I can’t forgive America if they send her home though…

  • scoobynacks

    Oooh I need to hear her sing “Just a Girl.”

  • Ronnie D

    I think it’s going to happen lol

  • AGM2123

    I feel like Jena has a chance to be saved by the judges if she’s put in that position.

  • Buba

    It wasn’t great, but it was far from terrible. Definetly deserves to go through, unless the rest of the night is really good.

  • BonnieDee

    Yes. I liked the performance, but she’s stronger on the piano. Only good news is people don’t have to wait until the end of the show to vote now so maybe going first won’t be such a bad thing.

  • Matthew Richards

    She was already in danger because America didn’t vote her in the first time. She did just enough last week to outrun Malaya, Mk, and Kristen.

  • Sue tiedemann

    She could have done better.

  • roger

    They wont save some on top 12 week.

  • Matthew Richards

    Or maybe I’m wrong and she got the top votes last week. Who the heck knows?

  • Nedsdag

    Nah!

  • dabney_c

    ugghhhh … old tired song.

  • AGM2123

    I wonder what the mentality is behind picking these songs. Are they picking songs that will just get them through to the next round, or are they picking songs as if it could possibly be their last performance? I think more do the former rather than the latter, and it’s kind of sad.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Alex has opened for Gavin DeGraw.

  • Amy Beth

    It shouldn’t matter at all since the #s are pre-assigned.

  • roger

    love this song, but its olllld.

  • justmefornow

    I hate those stupid hats Gavin wears.

  • BonnieDee

    I thought it was fine, just not her best.

  • scoobynacks

    I think that’s an issue that can be fixed with vocal training though. Nerves are probably screwing with her breath support. That’s why the more experienced/trained singers are gonna have an advantage. Not that they’re necessarily better, but they’re less likely to squeeze those vocal chords because they’re thinking of the high notes. She needs to relax that throat. Love her tone, if she trusts it and focuses on technique things could go really well for her.

  • Sassycatz

    Sometimes he reminds me of Elvis Costello.

  • Nedsdag

    I keep forgetting that Alex is from an area of the country that doesn’t support AI contestants from there.

  • roger

    i can see that

  • Matthew Richards

    I’m from New Hamsphire too, and my Memere is named Theresa too. Lol.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Apparently they are determined to make MK look more ridiculous and laughable each week…..

  • dabney_c

    he has? Why is he on idol and not the voice?

    p.s. hating this rendition.

  • vtu

    Oh no, Alex. This is not sounding good…

  • Ronnie D

    Cute brother Alex. hehe beards ftw!

  • mshepnj

    I swear the swaybots are sucking the energy out of the room.

  • BonnieDee

    What’s with the sound. We can’t hear anyone.

  • AGM2123

    Where is he from again?

  • HermeticallySealed

    I actually kind of like this version.

  • Nedsdag

    Three words for the hats: male pattern baldness.

  • roger

    sounds weird.

  • dabney_c

    he looks like the guy from pretty in pink.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Are the floods Alex’s own idea? It appears that’s going to be one of his trademark looks this season. lol

  • justmefornow

    Yeah somewhat, but Elvis didn’t sing with such an affected tone.

  • halo9125

    WTF is that thing on Sam’s head? Oh yeah and this sucks.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Sounding really good

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Oh.No.Alex. the most appealing thing about this performance is the back-up singers/chorus.

  • scoobynacks

    Eyes open more, good for him.

  • roger

    No, I don’t like this.

  • LeoCS

    The band’s arrangement is kinda bad in Alex’s song.

  • dabney_c

    awful.

  • vtu

    Yes he does, right down to the styling.

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Awful falsetto. Sad.

  • lola

    Alex, mediocre …..what the heck was that supposed high note? Oh Keith & Harry don’t look happy.

  • Sassycatz

    I mean, looks, style and fashion sense … especially the latter.

  • Eclipse2000

    He’s safe

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    not digging alex

  • roger

    not happy with that.

  • mshepnj

    Apparently Alex waded through a flood to get to stage. LOL J/K

  • supersonic

    That was terrible and so is that outfit he’s wearing.

  • hhhisthegame

    um wtf was that that was horrible.

  • Matthew Richards

    Torn. I loved that rearrangement, but his voice cracked in quite a few places.

  • Anna106

    Wasn’t crazy about that from Alex.

  • H.A.

    Not Alex’s best performance but I think he’ll still be safe.

  • roger

    i hate the rolled up pants

  • Nedsdag

    New Hampshire. New England doesn’t vote for their own. Isn’t that right, Angie Miller?

  • Eric Ascher

    I liked it, with the exception of a few hicups.

  • Amy Beth

    The audience response is so completely out of touch with the performances.

  • roger

    i agree with jlo. That scares me.

  • jcabby

    I have to agree with J.Lo on everything she just said.

  • Ronnie D

    Not really feeling Alex tonight.

  • Jason Gorny

    I really feel like JLO has stepped up this year with her judging! Much better than season 10/11 =)

  • scoobynacks

    Ha, love when Harry or anybody starts with ‘how ya doing?’ Never good…it’s like JLo saying ‘you look so pretty.’

  • lola

    agree with everyone who said it was terrible.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I didn’t enjoy that performance from Alex.

  • halo9125

    Note to Alex: get rid of the stank face. Learn to take constructive criticism without looking pissy.

  • Dancin VI#81

    alex is related to jo dee messina? she is on twitter saying his nanny is her moms sister

    Jo Dee Messina ?@jodeemessina 1m

    Awe. That was my moms sister . My auntie Theresa #idol

  • roger

    So true. I think she realised during the auditions that she needed to up her game.

  • Eric Ascher

    Didn’t he just say last week that he was too introspective? Hypocracy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith is very astute. That’s exactly what the problem was.

  • Anna106

    I hate that they boo any time a negative comment is made…I guess the audience is trying to show support for the contestant.

  • Matthew Richards

    Harry Connick is saying what I’m thinking again.

  • dabney_c

    Alex looks confused, lol.

  • hhhisthegame

    Keith and Jennifer both have stepped up this year because I agree with everything they both just said.

  • vtu

    So impressed with the judging so far this year.

  • justmefornow

    lol. Ducky

  • roger

    Damn, these judges are so much better than past judges.

  • Eric Ascher

    He’s still my favorite guy (alongside Caleb).

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    Jlo is on point tonight, what happened

  • Sue tiedemann

    He was just okay.

  • sue

    I still love you Alex! Go blue suit!

  • AGM2123

    Slapout is an awesome name for a town.

  • hhhisthegame

    I hope Jessica brings it tonight, because I loved her audition but haven’t loved anything since then. Alex and Jena are two of my favorites and so far they’ve kinda been pretty bad.

  • mshepnj

    Thank you Keith! I really like Alex but that was kind of… messy.

  • scoobynacks

    Cheers to whoever found Jess singing White Flag on youtube.

  • Eric Ascher

    he should be. he got the exact opposite critique from Harry last week.

  • Nedsdag

    Go, Slapout, go!

  • ETK

    Alex is very talented. I’m glad Harry praised him for his creativity, because Alex really does have it in him.

  • BonnieDee

    Jess looks cute.

  • hhhisthegame

    Also I think most everybody underrates Ben Briley. I think he’s always been great since Hollywood. I hope he impresses tonight.

  • roger

    this best be good if she has sung it for years.

  • Anna106

    Jessica is actually a really pretty girl!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that the stylists have messed with Jessica yet. Or, they tried, and she told them to take a hike. lol

  • roger

    she looks super pretty tonight

  • ETK

    She sounds like Miley

  • Jim Benson

    I I really liked Alex tonight…

  • mshepnj

    Oh I like this!! Go Jessica!

  • H.A.

    Jessica’s makeup looks so much better and she sounds great.

  • scoobynacks

    Love Majesty rockin’ out to this.

  • Tommyo2000

    Ok she’s killing it… Two lines in!

  • vtu

    Jesssica is a little off key tonight.

  • Sassycatz

    She sounds like she could be on the show Nashville! A better Scarlett.

  • dabney_c

    Not loving this.

  • BonnieDee

    Yes. This is great.

  • AGM2123

    I like this.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    hahaha Majesty is grooving

  • scoobynacks

    JLo is speaking with vigor to Keith. This concerns me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m enjoying this from Jessica.

  • vd88

    So I guess Jessica is country now?

  • Matthew Richards

    Dido’s White Flag is one of my favorite songs ever. Her highlights look amazing.

  • roger

    hmmmmmmm, I don’t know if her voice suits it. It sounds harsh to me.

  • hhhisthegame

    Ouch wtf was that note

  • Eric Ascher

    I liked last week 1000x better than this week. This isn’t her best.

  • Matthew Kitson

    A step above the others

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Oh god.

  • maddkat

    not feeling that song at all

  • Ronnie D

    Jessica sucked the life out of that song with her sad Stevie Nicks impersonation.

  • dabney_c

    exactly.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    She is very pitchy–but I still like it better than the previous two. :) (Bet they won’t mention her pitchiness) Go Jess…

  • roger

    I would give her a 6.

  • justmefornow

    These performances so far are a little snoozy.

  • lola

    agree!!

  • scoobynacks

    She did country a couple weeks back. I think she’s aiming for Bonnie Raitt so rock/blues/country.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    They are all pretty much sucking badly so far…..

  • halo9125

    She hit a few clunkers.

  • Jim Benson

    Hmmmm not really caring for Jessica at all. She looks great but this was not her best tonight imo

  • ETK

    kinda sharp

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    That was good

  • roger

    I don’t like it.

  • mshepnj

    I like the grit she added to that song. Very nice.

  • dabney_c

    This song needs more delicate vocals.

  • Hayley_Horan

    i think she sounds kind of nasally.

  • lola

    Should I be embarrassed to say I have never heard this song?

  • Nedsdag

    Slapout’s last note was underwhelming.

  • hhhisthegame

    I like this season better than last because at least its interesting but so far nobody is living up to the potential I think they all have.

  • roger

    booyah he did.

  • Eric Ascher

    you aren’t the only one.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    It was good but I wish she made it more understated

  • mshepnj

    Well, hmm. I liked it.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    wow harry that was harsh

  • Eric Ascher

    Alex was better than her, at least this week.

  • AGM2123

    They did mention it, but I agree she was better than the previous two.

  • halo9125

    Yes but he was right.

  • Anna106

    Boy, the judges have a lot of “buts’ tonight…lol

  • H.A.

    Harry needs to GTFO.

  • Shawn Jang

    Claws between Harry and Keith!

  • Celebrity Bug

    What was that Keith?

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Yes, but barely…and it was UBER-pitchy.

  • Sue tiedemann

    She was just okay. She did better last week

  • roger

    I think if they are picking all of their favourite songs that they have already sung lots, then maybe they aren’t giving their best

  • Buba

    The judges are so good this season

  • scoobynacks

    Harry needs to keep being awesome.

  • dabney_c

    Why, because people can’t handle the truth?

  • Matthew Richards

    Am I the only one who loved that? I felt like she was singing the whole song in an off-pitch for a certain emotional effect. Her vocal was consistent throughout.

  • Jason Gorny

    I wonder if Randy is hurting the contestants’ ability rather than helping them. I think Jimmy was a much better mentor. Wish he came back…

  • LeoCS

    I prefer her rocky side, like last week. I don’t like this ballad style. She had some flat notes, like the big one, but it wasn’t out of key like Harry said.

  • vd88

    More understated. Can you get more understated than that? lol

  • Amy Beth

    Uh oh, complementing her look, never a good sign.

  • sue

    The judges rock this season!

  • Ronnie D

    Listen to the original and you will see how this pales in comparison.

  • Nedsdag

    It’s hard to believe that I am watching this show for the judges and not for the singers. Is this The Voice?

  • roger

    I can’t even remember who sung first.

  • halo9125

    Wow these kids REALLY need to get rid of their pissy faces.

  • Eric Ascher

    That’s the way to handle critcisim.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    I really didn’t think she was off pitch at all, but the performance itself was kind of anticlimatic, it didnt really go anywhere

  • BonnieDee

    This is so much better than all the “beautifuls” and “yo dawgs.”

  • scoobynacks

    She’ll hear it. I didn’t like the vocal on Youtube either. I think that song doesn’t suit her. I think MK would nail it.

  • Vetle

    I agree! I just wish she showed a BIT more commitment. :)

  • Chris

    Good advise from Keith. Jessica looks great, but not her best performance

  • roger

    So far I’d say Alex, then Jena then Jessica.

  • Shawn Jang

    Are the contestants chicken breasts? Cuz the judges are just grillin’ them one by one!

  • dabney_c

    Me neither. I think int was Jena/Gina/Jeena/Geena

  • hhhisthegame

    I don’t get how everybody is doing so bad live. Jena was so good on her wildcard performance what ahppened? Jessica had an amazing audition too….Alex too…anybody can go out this week. Ugh.

  • AGM2123

    Those first three are my favorites; if they did badly, what can I expect from the rest?

  • Matthew Richards

    That’s the one area I thought she was a bit lacking, too.

  • roger

    Hope Majesty gets the pimp spot!

  • scoobynacks

    Yeah this has me concerned.

  • Sassycatz

    Uh oh, Slezak’s going to go all Carly Smithson on us. (He’s all ready to buy contestant #3’s album.)

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    yes

  • hhhisthegame

    Maybe Jessica’s voice just doesn’t suit the stage somehow. But I hope she figures it out….I’m so disappointed in her lately.

  • mshepnj

    Oh my gawd… it’s backwards baseball caps and shirts around waists and flood pants. I’ve become an old fart when it comes to fashion I guess, because no likey.

  • AGM2123

    I’m waiting for the minute JLo goes back to her old ways.

  • dabney_c

    .

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    everyone is looking so sad tonight hahahaha

  • AGM2123

    None of what I’ve seen so far could be considered fashion.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I agree. She was my favorite but not today!

  • HermeticallySealed

    ::Shrug:: While I wouldn’t call any of the performances stellar, they weren’t horrible either. All in all, they seem to be the same quality most past contestants were at top 13-10. Honestly, I’ve enjoyed the three better this week than last.

  • sue

    Everyone is freaking nervous tonight or just having an off night. They still sound decent. I guess it time for Sam and Majesty to shine tonight. hahah

  • Guest

    In this season isn’t a contestant that you know that is gonna rocker out… like Joshua, Candice, Chris or Haley

  • dabney_c

    I don’t think he’s chosen his “it” girl yet, though..

  • justmefornow

    Here’s some fun. Shot from the audience. lol

  • hhhisthegame

    I gotta disagree there. It seems like one of the weakest years ever. I miss Adam Lambert or Chris Daughtry killing it from day 1.

  • Anna106

    I have a hard time taking someone in a backwards ball cap seriously…must be my age.

  • scoobynacks

    Nah, I’ve loved that song and listened to Dido’s version a lot back in the day. She didn’t do a great job. It seemed tentative to me which was weird because we know she has it in her set. I don’t think she was off-pitch on purpose. She acted like she was gonna go back and listen to see if she was and try to grow. If it was on purpose, she’d have indicated that her intent was to try to do what Keith was talking about and maybe she didn’t get there. I don’t think she meant to do that.

  • hhhisthegame

    And last week and the week before that?

  • Vetle

    Uh… Caleb? Majesty? Or what do you mean? :p

  • vd88

    I sometimes think these contestants don’t actually view this as a competition. For some there’s no urgency, or excitement, this is truly like y’all careers, just act like you wanna win.

  • dabney_c

    Is the show 2 hours?

  • Tommyo2000

    The guys need a serious make over

  • JudinNH

    Alex may have missed his mark tonight but I’ve got in 100 votes for him through Google and American Idol dot com. He deserves to come back! Now where are my phones?

  • Ronnie D

    She needs a LOT of training.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Which is why I said most, not all. MOST contestants tend to be at this level

  • mshepnj

    No, I liked it too.

  • Francisco Rapalo

    yeah, but these aren’t superb performances…

  • Anna106

    Harry is funny!

  • justmefornow

    lol

  • Jason Gorny

    Like Angie did last year :)

    #hungergame

  • dabney_c

    Jessica always looks so sour.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    ok guys lets move on to the next contestant

  • Chris C

    Gee, I felt Jess wasn’t into the song but actually liked her voice more tonight than on any other night. Apparently I shouldn’t have.

  • AdamSLM

    I wish Jena had done White Flag. She’s my favorite. Whose with me?

  • Nedsdag

    Pugsley Dexter is next.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Oh…so, if you ‘feel’ the song but you can’t sing in key…then it’s “okay” according to Keith. Lol…nice standard. ;)

  • Matthew Richards

    It’s one of my favorite songs, actually. I like how she changed it up and felt more uncertain compared to Dido’s more resolved surrender. I’ll watch it back again, though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Puppies! lol

  • scoobynacks

    Speaking of hats, maybe MK needs to go with Annie Lennox hair and lose her hat thing.

  • dabney_c

    Ugh with the hats.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Backwards baseball cap. Ugh! lol

  • Anna106

    I took it to mean that passion > perfection.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    whats up with the hats hahaha seems like hes singing at a barbecue

  • vtu

    Sorry, but the baseball cap just says to me that the contestant didn’t care enough to shower or comb his hair for the show. I don’t need suits or whatnot, but at least try to look like you’re approaching the show like a pro.

  • scoobynacks

    Nope, didn’t get a word of that, Dexter.

  • Chris

    There were some notes that deserved a “that was a little pitchy, dawg!” But, I’ve heard it so much, I don’t need Randy.

  • Campbell Ballon

    He actually looks better in a hat.

  • hhhisthegame

    I hate Dexter. I hate him more knowing he’s not going out for at least four weeks or more.

  • lola

    I like Dexter now because he has 2 dogs. Don’t care about his singing.

  • btheg

    Jo Dee Messina just tweeted: “Just walking in. Cousin @realalexpreston is on idol tonight. I know what he’s singing. Hee hee” – so another contestant with famous country music family?

  • dabney_c

    Nasally and nothing special.

  • Karen C

    I agree. There have been contestants that were terrific from the start. Both Adam and Chris Daughtry, and also David Cook had many outstanding performances by top 12.

  • justmefornow

    lol. I thought it was just me.

  • Amy Beth

    And it doesn’t even match the outfit. It’s so random.

  • Tommyo2000

    Generic country … But country all sounds the same to me so I could be very wrong

  • Anna106

    Ouch!

  • HermeticallySealed

    Meh, a bit like last week. He’s not bad, but not terribly interesting either.

  • Francisco Rapalo

    wtf? with the lows…

  • AGM2123

    Look, it depends on the singer and the situation. I love The Avett Brothers, and they’ve hit some off-key notes in live performances…but that does not detract from their performances one bit. But if you’re on Idol, you stick to getting the notes right.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, at least he’s on key. lol

  • Nedsdag

    I guess Pugsley Dexter will not be in the bottom three this week.

  • Sassycatz

    He’s enunciating. That’s a step up and I’m touched by the sentiment.

  • vd88

    Yes, I need ppl who’ll die if they can’t win. lol Seriously just give better performances. I feel like you should know if your performance is just too mellow, so so, not anything special. You should try and amp it up, do something, sing better, you should know this isn’t
    good enough in rehearsal.

  • BonnieDee

    Better than last week. I think he will make it through because I thought he was done last week.

  • dabney_c

    Keith is trying hard to like it.

  • Matthew Richards

    Actually really liking Dexter tonight :)

  • jcabby

    That was Dexter’s best. Now that sounded good.

  • Nedsdag

    But he liked it.

  • Shawn Jang

    I don’t like how Harry never claps. It’s actually very rude.

  • Vetle

    I don’t care for country, but this was not too bad. I think Dexter is pretty likable – people pile a lot of unnecessary hate on him.

  • Ronnie D

    I feel like i’m at a back woods bar during last call when Dexter sings. And yes, there is a deer head stuffed and hanging on the wall.

  • scoobynacks

    I swear, I’ve heard the hook and that’s mostly it. What hand the singer got dealt, God only knows. Couldn’t make out that lyric. Speaking of God, you know that’ll save him this week, no pun intended.

  • AGM2123

    That was the perfect song…to put me to sleep.

  • dabney_c

    Love JLo’s hair tonight!

  • lola

    lol…my sentiments exactly.

  • scoobynacks

    He messed up the lyric? How could you tell?

  • lucky721

    I think Dexter is my least favorite contestant. I am not a fan of his performance again tonight.

  • Pat H

    Paula said, “You look beautiful” JLo says, “Hi, Baby!” Then it comes!

  • BonnieDee

    He never claps? I’ve never noticed that.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Well, no pitch issues. But I didn’t love that song….but, that’s my taste.

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Majesty look amazing. Her is an ARTIST.

  • Eric Ascher

    If he wins, I quit. I really just don’t get the appeal of this.

  • vd88

    Lord knows I love some generic country.

  • Nedsdag

    I’m the exact opposite. I want to redo her hair and brush it out.

  • roger

    i will never vote for dexter

  • Ronnie D

    I think that’s where he is getting his singing lessons from. hehe

  • Karen C

    Just wondering, are they selling the songs on Itunes this year? There’s nothing from last week there.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Absolutely lifeless performance

  • shell29

    I’ve got to give it to Dexter-he sounded good tonight.

  • Eric Ascher

    Scotty? Surprised JLO? That’s a spit-take worthy line for me.

  • justmefornow

    lol. JLo comparing him to Scotty.

  • LeoCS

    Dexter’s fans will buy that snoozefest.

  • dabney_c

    Ooo, I like the chunky, rolled-out-of-bed messiness. It’s a look.

  • Anna106

    Jennifer was half right…he needs to surprise us but he hasn’t.

  • Francisco Rapalo

    ThankyouThankyouThankyou!

  • AGM2123

    A few episodes back, he said he was a judge, like an Olympic judge, who doesn’t clap or give standing ovations. His job is to evaluate.

  • Nedsdag

    I’ve seen bed head done better.

  • scoobynacks

    The only real hate I have is for my inability to understand the lyrics he’s singing. It cuts into how much emotion you can convey if I have no idea what you’re singing about. I want to appreciate what he’s trying to say.

  • HermeticallySealed

    “Best of night?” mmmmkay

  • hhhisthegame

    Caleb’s doing Rush???? AWESOME!

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Hmmmm…I disagree. My ear needs to hear good pitch and (mostly) singing on key for it to be pleasing. Otherwise, most anyone can be a ‘singer’, Lol. But, maybe that’s just me…

  • Matthew Kitson

    Jess was better than dexter,yet she gets railroaded

  • Matthew Richards

    Hell, I’ll even throw some votes his way.

  • lola

    Do they look in the mirror before stepping out of the door? Rush! Caleb!

  • dabney_c

    Gotta be “Closer To The Heart”.

  • Ronnie D

    Clever lyrics in country music? Harry is off his rocker tonight. lol

  • Anna106

    That about sums up the last forty minutes!

  • scoobynacks

    Not really. The hook was the only part that was that clear. Most of the first verse was muffled.

  • justmefornow

    Caleb needs to wake everyone the f*ck up, lol.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Rough night on idol when Dexter’s been the best so far……

  • Jim Benson

    Dexter does absolutely nothing for me. Eh he was alright.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    I know right

  • Chris C

    Dexter is one of my favorites. Enjoyed it. Not outstanding but enjoyed it. Better than the previous ones tonight. Except I still liked Jess’ sharp voice…

  • Amy Beth

    It’s a true statement, but it’s not a compliment.

  • dabney_c

    She was absolutely not great at all.

  • girlygirl

    In what way? Because aside from both being country artists, I don’t see much similarity.

  • BonnieDee

    She was doing well iMO and then hit a really ugly note and went down from there.

  • lucky721

    I also liked Jess better.

  • Dancin VI#81

    lol and my first thought was she arrived late and didnt have time to do her hair

  • AdamSLM

    1) Dexter 2) Jena 3) Alex 4) Jess

  • Ronnie D

    Nope, but clooose. :) Another one of their well known songs, and not Tom Sawyer.

  • Amy Beth

    I guess you didn’t read the song spoilers.

  • Vetle

    I can see that, people just tend to word it pretty harshly. :o
    I have seen it especially towards Dexter.

  • Eric Ascher

    Majesty tweeted me that she thinks they will…but we shall see. I hope they do.

  • Matthew Kitson

    More lively performance than this sleeper , IMO

  • Francisco Rapalo

    1) Jena 2) Dexter 3) Alex 5) Jess

  • Dewayne Boyd

    I understand every single word Dexter was singing. So not sure what you are getting at.

  • Ronnie D

    He will fit right in on country radio.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Dexter was the best so far.

  • scoobynacks

    Huh, would never have guessed that. You’d think if his connection to her was gonna get him anywhere, it would’ve by now though. Not really the same style of music so I dunno what strings she could pull. Just shows that musical ability is nurtured in some families.

  • Nedsdag

    I think Dexter is the best so far and that’s not saying much.

  • BonnieDee

    I felt bad for Jess when they continued discussing how out of tune she was AFTER the break.

  • vtu

    Sorry, but no. I like Jess better, but she was off key and not projecting any kind of performance emotion. Dexter had both of those things nailed (though I’m still not a fan).

  • Tommyo2000

    So what exactly,surprised Jlo with that song?

  • dabney_c

    LOL! No, I don’t read spoilers. They ruin everything. But then, I end up feeling like an idiot when I’m the only clueless one. :-D

  • BonnieDee

    Yes, that was no surprise.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly. lol

  • lucky721

    I don’t think they do because half the guys look like they just rolled out of bed and walked straight on stage.

  • Shawn Jang

    Just because you understand his words, doesn’t mean other people do.

  • Ronnie D

    That wasn’t an American Idol winning performance. lol

  • Matthew Kitson

    Certainly didn’t see dexter emote anything

  • Nedsdag

    Who cares if Emily has a boyfriend?

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    I wish we had a judge like Gordon Ramsay on Idol

  • BonnieDee

    Emily. Not my favorite.

  • colette

    I’m glad Idol is getting hip to current pop tunes, but geesh. Can we please have back some of the songs with melody and coherent lyrics and a range that really shows the singer’s ability to both sing and interpret a tune? I hope these singers, who seem so limited so far in their musical knowledge, will actually be forced to pick some golden oldies soon. OK, have at me….

    This is cumulative, folks. I’m not just talking about tonight, or any particular contestant…

  • vd88

    Okay you didn’t have to say his whole name Emily.

  • chillj

    me, too. I thought it was intended to be as it was.

  • AGM2123

    I’m pretty sure no fan wrote that question.

  • Sassycatz

    Where is he?

  • justmefornow

    That Marine looks 12.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Ugh, there’s the sympathy vote. Lol

  • jcabby

    That was sweet for Emily! Very cute!

  • ETK

    she looks like Allison Williams

  • scoobynacks

    He seems like a sweetheart. No need for people to be mean to him. It’s just a function of being a good ol’ boy from Alabama that he sings the way he does, and it shouldn’t take much work to improve. It’s like with Alex and the eyes open thing. Just work on that one thing and you improve light years with the audience connection.

  • girlygirl

    Dexter is just too generic for me. There’s nothing really wrong with his performances, but there’s nothing really different about him, either.

  • mshepnj

    Man there’s a lot of talk tonight.

  • Matthew Richards

    No, but it was a quite good one. Better than most people who’ve gone tonight.

  • AGM2123

    There’s a reason they’re golden oldies.

  • vd88

    Yes way too much talking.

  • Nedsdag

    I can’t hear Emily!

  • Dancin VI#81

    ugh

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    well one thing is for certain she is going to be better than jlo

  • Hayley_Horan

    less band, more microphone.

  • dabney_c

    Gawd, I hate the pageanty taped blurbs as they head for the stage.

  • Ronnie D

    omg panning for votes bringing in the army bf, very smart Leah, I mean…nvm

  • BonnieDee

    Ugh. This song.

  • Tommyo2000

    Emily ugh!

  • vtu

    God, they’re all off key tonight (except Dexter). What is going on?!

  • jersey

    No energy at all

  • dabney_c

    Stiff and awful.

  • scoobynacks

    So hard to keep up. I write a few sentences and there’s dozens of comments to get back to.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not fond of this song, but I think that Emily is singing well.

  • Dewayne Boyd

    And that is their problem, not mine or Dexter’s. These are people who already don’t like him just piling on the haterade.

  • AGM2123

    This is too low for it to have the energy it needs.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Really good karaoke

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    Dude…seriously?

  • dabney_c

    yikes.

  • halo9125

    Oy vey.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Spoke too soon, it kind of fell apart as it went on.

  • mshepnj

    That’s not really a singer’s song, is it?

  • scoobynacks

    Ow. That high note was not good. What’s with the ear monitors? It has to be that right?

  • Chris C

    Hmmm…not sure about JLo’s song…like it better when she sings it.

  • AGM2123

    This is what happens when you pick a horrible song.

  • btheg

    oh man, they just gifted Emily the support our troops votes! and the spanish-speaking vote! Emily’s fate has just changed drastically.

  • Matthew Richards

    I don’t understand this song choice. She’s known for being one of the better singers in the competition, not a better dancer. And she’s weirdly not hitting lots of the notes.

  • Nedsdag

    Very underwhelming! Oh, and by the way, STFU, JLO!

  • BonnieDee

    PLEASE be honest Harry.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh. Appealing to the Latino voters? lol

  • Amy Beth

    Why doesn’t she get to lip sync?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Really bad. What’s up tonight?

  • Dani

    Flat. But because of her boyfriend, she gets a pass.

  • Vetle

    I appreciate that she went uptempo, I just wish she picked a song with an interesting melody and a more dynamic vocal.

  • lola

    No energy. Wrong song choice again IMO

  • AGM2123

    If he’s going to be honest, he needs to insult JLo by criticizing that song.

  • Eclipse2000

    What a suck up song choice.

  • Jim Benson

    I smiled thru her performance. I thought it was pretty good not great.

  • dabney_c

    He’s right on.

  • jcabby

    Yes Emily! Love that Latin flavor!

  • dabney_c

    Oh, Keith.

  • Tommyo2000

    Stop… Jlo was gracious and said exactly the right thing

  • shell29

    Harry’s on point.

  • lola

    Harry is correct!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I agree with Harry.

  • Sassycatz

    Harry is right!

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

    Thank you, Harry.

  • Dancin VI#81

    ok muting jlo and keith blah

  • Anna106

    Emily just doesn’t seem to have the personality to sell a song like that.

  • Nedsdag

    Disagree! Plus, JLO should know better. Harry was right. It needed more energy.

  • Campbell Ballon

    I gotta admit…….loving the judges better than the singers.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I love Harry! He thinks like I do

  • chillj

    The analyses are excellent tonight. And I don’t think anyone is getting picked on.

  • BonnieDee

    I’m a military spouse but I’m not voting for that mess.

  • Banished

    So weird. I think the band and singers are really trying not to overpower these guys, so now everything seems quieter, and just a little off key. That being said, tonight is 100% better than last week!

  • Tommyo2000

    Love or hate Jlo .. She just hot, Sofia varaga has the same thing..

  • Dani

    Caleb is secretly Canadian. He better not mess it up, for Canada and Rush’s sake.

  • chillj

    She is. But I don’t think she sold the song.

  • dabney_c

    As I mentioned before, I grew up in Geddy Lee’s neighbourhood, lol.

  • hhhisthegame

    Very strange song choice since the memorable part of it is all instrumental. I love Rush but that’s probably the worst one he could pick. But let’s see

  • vd88

    Again these ppl are not treating this as a competition, I swear they’re just like singing any ole type of way no type of feeling or anything, just amp it up.

  • scoobynacks

    Can I just say that even though I thought Harry was totally right about Emily, she had a more believable sass in her eyes. It felt more authentic than with Ooh La La.

  • AdamSLM

    1) dexter 2) jena 3) alex 4) emily 5) jess

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    “Rush” “Rush” Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush….whatevs, Caleb. Not many people care THIS much about “Rush”…just sing the damn song.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Gotta support my fellow Cuban but come on girl….not much challenge in the singing department with a Jlo song….

  • Ronnie D

    wow Ryan can be a jerk…

  • girlygirl

    Why? To me, supporting the troops has nothing to do with voting for or not voting for someone on a reality singing competition.

  • Matthew Kitson

    First line, Caleb already best of the night

  • dabney_c

    Man, this guy is good, but SO old fashioned.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You’re just finding that out now? lol

  • Nedsdag

    CALEB NEEDS A BAND!!!!!!!!

  • Jim Benson

    Caleb reminds me so much of Meatloaf it’s distracting

  • roger

    caleb needs to sing chris cornell

  • lola

    Rush has better songs than this one.

  • BonnieDee

    I didn’t hear what Ryan said.

  • Amy Beth

    I bet this is the band’s favorite of the night.

  • scoobynacks

    Vocally she’s still a bit too sweet. I don’t think she realizes she’s not pulling it off when she tries to rock out or do uptempo.

  • Tommyo2000

    He’s got the 80s rock,god thing going

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    OH…WAIT! Is Caleb a Rush fan ???

  • Sassycatz

    Missed that guitar player from Minor’s band.

  • mshepnj

    There’s no denying that Caleb has a powerful voice and precise intonation. His style is just not my cup of tea.

  • Nedsdag

    It’s more like a combination of Meatloaf and Jack Black to me.

  • jcabby

    Really love Caleb’s voice and stage presence.

  • dabney_c

    Aww, I adore Ryan!

  • BonnieDee

    Best of the night.

  • AGM2123

    It is dated, but I like that he puts all his effort into it and actually sings well.

  • ETK

    That was sassy

  • Sassycatz

    He has a voice.

  • roger

    easily best of the night. love his voice, don’t love the package

  • JudinNH

    Why are the mics so low???? Terrible mixing tonight.

  • vd88

    I swear it so many comments, when I make a comment ten more just pop up. I can’t keep up, even when someone actually replies to my own comment, I can’t keep up.

  • girlygirl

    Caleb imay be a little too old fashioned, although he can sing and is entertaining

  • Vetle

    Say what you want about Caleb, his vocal is pretty much spot on, always.

  • dabney_c

    harry is right again.

  • Nedsdag

    Harry is the man!

  • AdamSLM

    1) caleb 2) dexter 3) jena 4) alex 5) emily 6) jess

  • Matthew Richards

    Why was I not captivated by that performance like last week?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Caleb’ s vocals were killer. Easily best of the night

  • Tommyo2000

    Harry spot on …. Nothing not done 1000 times..

  • scoobynacks

    Perfectly valid analysis. A lot of people let the latter interfere with the first part and they won’t acknowledge talent.

  • Vetle

    Omg, Harry is so good as a judge. Brilliant advice.

  • Karen C

    I thought Caleb is fantastic. Love his voice.

  • supersonic

    Gotta agree with Harry.

  • Anna106

    I like Caleb’s voice a lot!

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Agree Harry. Caleb needs to become more current and versatile.

  • shell29

    I don’t care how ‘old fashioned’ he might be-Caleb brings it every week. Fair critique by Harry-I hope Caleb listens.

  • AGM2123

    If Caleb can figure out how to change things up, he could win.

  • dabney_c

    I’d love to hear him sing Beth by Kiss.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Because Caleb is too predictable?

  • BonnieDee

    Keith was better than Harry that time.

  • Ronnie D

    Standing ovation for Caleb!!!

  • justmefornow

    Caleb was the best of the night so far. But he needs to show how he can be a current recording artist.

  • Banished

    Unless he can change it and make it more current, Harry would trash him!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Or at least, less predictable.

  • scoobynacks

    Harry wasn’t wrong, but Scotty was pretty predictable. Predictable, talented, and he won. That’s the thing. They tell them to figure out themselves as artists but if they try to do that consistently, they get yelled at for not being outside the box. He kinda needs to do an Adam Lambert type of thing I guess. Rock out but surprise.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I don’t care how old fashioned Caleb seems. He can put on a good performance and rock the house!

  • Jim Benson

    Caleb does come off as a lead singer of rock band. Not a bad thing necessarily but if he’s gonna win Idol he needs to become a solo artist

  • Anna106

    AI must have fired their hair stylist before this group arrived.

  • supersonic

    No, he doesn’t. No one needs to sing Chris Cornell other than Chris Cornell.

  • JudinNH

    I’d love to hear Caleb sing some Meatloaf “Bat Outta Hell!”

  • Shawn Jang

    I don’t know where you’re getting that from because I haven’t seen anyone said that Caleb is not talented. He is talented, I’m just not a fan of his style like mshepnj said.

  • Matthew Richards

    It felt more like he didn’t really believe what he was singing? Even though the vocals were great? I don’t know.

  • Ronnie D

    Harry you sing jazz and your telling Caleb to not be predictable lol

  • vd88

    They must’ve fired the clothes ppl too.

  • shell29

    Seriously. He could really go deep in this competition if he can show some versatility.

  • dabney_c

    True. But it’s a departure for him, yet still a 70s rock band cover, and that’s what he’s good at.

  • LeoCS

    Caleb needs to sing some ballads. He has the voice and skills to do it but for some reason he isn’t doing it.

  • Vetle

    But Harry is not a contestant who is singing for vote.

  • scoobynacks

    Quick observation about the Noah trailer. Huh? Don’t recall battles and explosions in that story.

  • AGM2123

    Ryan needs to stop trying to be one of the guys.

  • chillj

    Caleb’s song seemed like a band song or a guitarist’s song, not a singer’s song. It wasn’t melodic.

  • Shawn Jang

    Because he likes to sing old rock songs.

  • dabney_c

    He can end up in Rock of Ages on B’way.

  • AGM2123

    Lots of people listen to band and guitarists’ songs…there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • scoobynacks

    Plus jazz singers are kinda the opposite of predictable. The riffing and playing with notes and rhythm, etc.

  • Chris C

    Like to see Caleb (a fav) do something not-so-rock like Durbin did with “will you love me tomorrow” (still a fav performance). Caleb’s got the voice to do other than rock

  • garlandk77

    Caleb is great at what he does. The question is how much the typical Idol voter like this kind of music. For many Idol viewers, this of hard rock and Caleb’s grungy, wild-haired look will not be appealing no matter how “good” it is.

  • sue

    Playing it safe till he gets to the top 10? Yeah I want Caleb to slow it down. He is too predictable.

  • LeoCS

    But old rock songs include ballads and heartfelt songs.

  • Tommyo2000

    He should watch videos of five finger death punches house of the rising sun or bad company… Not that he is any way that type of singer, but they totally modernize and make those songs theirs… That is what he needs to do to take it to the next level

  • callitags

    He’d sound great, but it would be a really predictable choice for him. Unless he’s able to bring something new to it, he’ll just seem like a Meatloaf impersonator.

  • scoobynacks

    Maybe Faithfully by Journey. He’d have some great edge and yet it’s a ballad.

  • justmefornow

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. Next week switch it up to a power ballad. He needs to change the tempo from week to week.

  • chillj

    I kept wanting a guitar solo in the middle. he needed to do a vocalist’s song.

  • Banished

    I loved Bo Bice and Chris Daughtry because of their ability to pull off rock. Bo made it a little farther in the competition, but neither ultimately won. Voters are teen age girls who like to swoon over either girls they aspire to be or cute boys. Caleb doesn’t have the hot factor. Chris did, and Bo did to some extent…

  • Shawn Jang

    Ew. Dexter’s leading the votes.

  • hhhisthegame

    Ughhhh Dexter….

  • Matthew Kitson

    Looks like the jess railroad gave her votes

  • Ronnie D

    Meatloaf is way more dramatic with ruffled sleeves and operatic vocals lol

  • BonnieDee

    Hmmm. I think they’ve trying to get sympathy votes for Emily now.

  • dabney_c

    Why give the rankings and kill the mystery?

  • shell29

    LOL..Dexter #1

  • vd88

    Dexter’s #1 really, ppl really love their generic country don’t they?

  • Eric Ascher

    UGH.

  • Dani

    OMG revealing the results, that is so discouraging. Wow, Dexter, I wonder who is really voting.

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh, Mk does have two moms!

  • mshepnj

    Alabama loves its Idols.

  • scoobynacks

    I think it’s to encourage people who haven’t voted to get a move on. Emily’s fans might go ‘omg I better vote’ and they were just gonna sit on it before.

  • Shawn Jang

    Help people vote for their favorites who are in the bottom.

  • Dancin VI#81

    could be a way to motivate voters to vote more for their favorites

  • dabney_c

    MK, chuck the Bieber hat.

  • halo9125

    I love this song- she better not butcher it.

  • Matthew Kitson

    State tattoo?

  • Dancin VI#81

    lose the damn hat

  • vd88

    Eww what is she wearing?

  • BonnieDee

    Just a horrible outfit.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not fond of MK’s overall look tonight.

  • Annatree

    Dexter in the lead… but does facebook voting reflect the true voting? there are alot of ppl that don’t have a fb account.

  • Nedsdag

    Another region that doesn’t vote for AI contestants.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Shaky start

  • jersey

    I can only picture Ace singing this song in a very cheesy performance :-)

  • scoobynacks

    Pausing for breath in the middle of phrases kinda bugs me.

  • Dancin VI#81

    :( not good

  • Sassycatz

    Well, just remember Caleb’s fans probably just started voting. ;-)

  • AGM2123

    Like I said, the stylists need to be fired.

  • Tommyo2000

    A bit off key

  • Banished

    but she sounds good, no?

  • Ronnie D

    Emily’s snooty attitude will be her demise.

  • Nedsdag

    They have stylists on this show?

  • dabney_c

    Slezak is going to compare this to Mishavonna Henson’s rendition. Place your wagers, folks! ;-)

  • justmefornow

    lol. Country rules.

  • chillj

    San Francisco is a cool city, but, holy cow, four mothers???? That is an overload.

  • Tommyo2000

    Yeah the hats are the beiber effect… Ruining this great country in my opinion….lol

  • dabney_c

    Awful.

  • Nedsdag

    MK didn’t bring anything new to this song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not a very confident performance, I thought.

  • scoobynacks

    I don’t get that as a style choice. Maybe look at a different hat than that one. Try to look less like Justin Bieber. She’s pretty. Whoever did her makeup really highlighted her features well tonight.

  • Matthew Kitson

    I don’t get the Mk love. Very generic and blase

  • Ronnie D

    I love my mom dearly, but one is enough lol

  • AGM2123

    I assume they do. They usually did other years.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I wanted MK to do better….

  • Matthew Richards

    My cable box is tiling in the middle of Mk’s performance. I didn’t like the parts I did see.

  • Nedsdag

    Slezak should start the AI Losers Hall of Fame.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I turned and just listened to her and I would not buy her record. Not good!

  • mshepnj

    I think the baseball caps are a crutch, not just for MK.

  • Dani

    I still like her voice, but she isn’t living up to my expectations. If she is gone tomorrow, I would be sad but understandable considering she is not delivering.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Being in b3 last week, Mk very much in trouble

  • Nedsdag

    One of her moms looks like N.Y. Jets coach Rex Ryan.

  • Jim Benson

    I was hoping for more from MK…not great

  • chillj

    I like her tone, but it is a little insecure.

  • Shawn Jang

    MK is the equivalent of Jillian minus the tears.

  • Anna106

    Well, at least the judges are giving advice!

  • chillj

    Usually, more than enough..

  • Annatree

    MK sound better this week but she still might be in trouble.

  • AGM2123

    Hard to believe this is the top 12…I am underwhelmed.

  • Ronnie D

    Drops of Jupiters is one of the lamest songs ever. MK’s vocals were way flat. I was rooting for her but she doesn’t seem to push herself at all.

  • btheg

    No, MK has FOUR moms!

  • roger

    hoping Majesty does fix you! In the pimp spot!

  • shell29

    Thank you Harry. MK listen to what he’s telling you!

  • garlandk77

    The way MK’s eyes wander uncomfortably during her performances suggests a lack of confidence that causes the viewer to disconnect from the song.

  • Tommyo2000

    Majesty please save the night!

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Caleb has been the best so far for me. I had such high hopes for MK but between her ridiculous get ups and the dull performances, she won’t last long.

  • scoobynacks

    She did not look happy when he said that stuff. I have a feeling she’s gonna tune him out.

  • Ronnie D

    I thought it was Janet Napolitano lol

  • shell29

    Exactly. That’s a big problem for her.

  • Jim Benson

    MK is in real trouble. She needed to be outstanding tonight. She does not have a big fan base or come from the South…I think she’s a gonner

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I have to admit that–between last week and this week–I’m a bit surprised they couldn’t find a better top 12/13. I was hoping for vast improvements this week, assuming last week was a bad-week fluke. So far…no improvement.

  • dabney_c

    right?

  • scoobynacks

    To me the best version of Fix You to shoot for isn’t even Coldplay, it’s the Kelly Clarkson cover. Such raw emotion and soaring high notes, phenomenal.

  • roger

    half way through and only one good performance (Caleb)

  • chillj

    I think she would be better without the lashes and glop. She has to be uncomfortable with it and her make-up is counterpoint to her outfit. It is not consistent.

  • jms

    That’s my problem with her. I wanted her to do better after her great rendition of All Of Me, but I was extremely disappointed with her the past few weeks.

  • Ronnie D

    I wonder how the summer tour will sell….

  • dabney_c

    It’s marginally worse than last week.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s what struck me about the whole performance. Very little confidence, and the projection of that insecurity isn’t entertaining to watch.

  • mshepnj

    Harry is the designated “tough love” judge. I like it. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s giving constructive criticism. I wanted to love MKs performance but that wasn’t wonderful and it seemed like she hit a rough patch and all the wind went out of her sails. She wilted and looked kind of defeated when she left the stage.

  • dabney_c

    I wonder if there will be a summer tour.

  • lola

    IMO these people will go nowhere after Idol is over. No stage presence, weak vocals,no saavy whasoever in their vocals, appearance or general attitude. Duds all of them. Am “this far” from giving up on this season.

  • Vetle

    Caught up with Jena’s performance. I liked it, definitely not the worst performance, but I’m slightly scared.

  • sue

    Why is everyone still so nervous? What the heck is going on? The sound still seem a bit off. They should be doing a lot better than this. Wrong song choices? Wrong arrangements? Wrong mentor (Randy)? Yeah it’s Randy’s fault. Someone WOW me already! SAVE ALEX!

  • Sassycatz

    In the old days, it usually clicked in at top ten. That’s when you got a small clothes budget to shop with and the stylists really started working because you were going to be on tour eventually.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Same here….

  • Chris C

    I felt like she wasn’t feeling the song. I want her to do well, but missing something each week; but still better than some other performances.

  • Jim Benson

    Ok goodbye.

  • mshepnj

    I like the makeup but I think the baseball cap is a crutch and hides her beautiful face.

  • Anna106

    So there’s hope down the road…

  • scoobynacks

    There’s totally a nerves issue. I wonder if things are going badly in dress rehearsal. Maybe they know what’s coming and are dreading it so they get tight.

  • AGM2123

    Ooh I like Kodaline!

  • zubin

    I am starting to get the feeling that the contestants are not getting any helpful mentoring behind the scenes to help them pick songs that work for their voices and personas and allow them grow into themselves from week to week. Why are they not hearing the kind of feedback the judges are giving as they start to prepare for the week, well before they hit the stage? The show stands or falls on whether it helps the contestants look their best and grow into relevant, polished artists. That’s something the people behind the Voice seem to understand much better than the group now producing Idol. While I don’t disagree with the judge’s feedback, it’s not enjoyable or entertaining watching all the guts of that process for two straight hours. It’s dispiriting for contestants and audience.

  • btheg

    if only votefortheworst was still around, just so we could see the MK caricature.

  • Buba

    What a mediocre night. My only hope is Majesty.

  • Sassycatz

    What is it with all these European artists?! Can’t they introduce American artists?

  • Roimeister

    Somebody needs to bring out some 5 hour energy drinks for these kids.

    hilarious

  • scoobynacks

    Don’t you meant ‘murican artists?

  • justmefornow

    Well none of them right now have what it takes to make it, IMO. And I certainly wouldn’t pay money to see any of them perform live.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    That would be awesome but I think their choice at this point would be Dexter.

  • mshepnj

    Yay! No hat!!!

  • vd88

    Seriously my comments tonight have all been about this. This is their careers this is not like a regular singing thing where ppl are just singing all carefree. like this is a real competition. They don’t view this a competition and I don’t understand.

  • Matthew Kitson

    See ya

  • Nedsdag

    Like who?

  • jms

    I remember last week the show started horribly and ended on a bunch of great performances. The thing with this week is that the people who were a part of that amazing second half already went for the most part.

  • Joanie Yan

    I’m already done. The performances are equivalent to a high school talent show.
    I will watch for Phillip Phillips tomorrow though.

  • Matthew Richards

    I HATE this song with a burning passion.

  • BonnieDee

    CJ is starting out good.

  • Amy Beth

    Most unexpected choice!

  • Anna106

    C.J.’s voice sounds good on this!

  • Tommyo2000

    Meh … It’s a meh song and and meh performance…

  • Dancin VI#81

    im liking this

  • jersey

    CJ sounds better than most of the performers tonight

  • dabney_c

    I really, really can’t stand Per Blankens’ over-stuffed production.

  • Shawn Jang

    Pitchy.

  • AGM2123

    I like CJs personality. Not inspired by the song choice, but at least he’s putting effort into it.

  • halo9125

    GFL that ending- blech.

  • Ronnie D

    I’m excited to see Phillip tomorrow :)

  • Chris C

    Liking CJ, good song choice for him. Didn’t look like he was having a lot of fun though, lol

  • Sassycatz

    If I knew, than they wouldn’t be new would they? We are a far bigger country and I think we might have a few artists that the judges can introduce us to.

  • dabney_c

    Another coffee-shop-level performance

  • scoobynacks

    zactly. We don’t know who they are and if they were being introduced they’d be snuck into The Voice or something. The Voice is “introducing” Christina Grimmie and I’m just fed up with Ringerfest 2014. She toured with Selena Gomez as her opening act. That’s what happens when American artists get shown to the public these days.

  • Buba

    I liked it.

  • lola

    lol..not yet. I said “this far”

  • Matthew Kitson

    Too gritty for the song

  • LeoCS

    I think CJ’s song is boring but his performance is on point and will please a considerable part of the viewers.

    Plus, he’s charismatic, which always grab some votes.

  • Anna106

    I liked CJ’s choice & delivery! That’s a great song with his background story.

  • roger

    totally agree

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Another mediocre performance. Maybe they all need to drop the guitars and concentrate on just singing.

  • Jim Benson

    I kinda liked that from CJ…

  • Amy Beth

    How long are these songs? Did he even get a full verse?

  • sue

    Sad night.

  • Tommyo2000

    Keith nailed it

  • Ronnie D

    Please, no playing the race card CJ.

  • halo9125

    Here’s irony for ya: the ONLY good part of this show is the judging.

  • Matthew Kitson

    So Harry’s a hypocrite

  • AGM2123

    While the last few seasons have not been stellar, I keep thinking about the contestants…like Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, who put some effort into their song choices and performances.

  • btheg

    Oh shoot, Harry just threw John Mayer some mad intonation shade.

  • Chris C

    I hate when they say to make it your own, not do a “cover.” When they change it up (like Alex did) then it “doesn’t work” or something, would have been better to sing it straight…

  • chillj

    Keith and JLo look like they went to the same hairdresser.

  • LA944

    OMG Blind Pilot!!! I love them!

  • Vetle

    The backdrops aren’t as thuddingly literal like they were in season 11/12 though. :p

  • Sue tiedemann

    and Scotty McCreery

  • shell29

    I’m convinced that CJ is always going to be ‘pitchy’-he just can’t change that. It was just an OK performance for me.

  • Tommyo2000

    I don’t get these 90 second versions. We have a two hours show. Songs should be up to 3 minutes

  • Cary Gonzalez

    If the judges weren’t so pretty, I would have tuned out by now…

  • Annatree

    ok at this point I’m just waiting for Majesty. Bet she got the pimp spot.

  • scoobynacks

    No, he’s saying CJ proved his point. He sang sharp, but it’s possible to do that and sell the song. When the others were doing it, it distracted from the song.

  • Jim Benson

    I have hopes for Sam …love Blind Pilot

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

    The song spoilers were in reverse order. I just figured that out, so now I have guesses as to who goes next (in which order).

  • scoobynacks

    What’s funny is when he got criticized for it, he was staring daggers at Harry. Don’t hate Harry for pointing out your sharpness CJ.

  • Jason Gorny

    Majesty RoseI think has the best stage presence and vocal that helps her give memorable performances. I mean I can remember most of her performances aside from Sam. The rest, not so much.

  • Buba

    I don’t understand how a season that was so great at the start could end like this. WTF is happening to these contestants on the live rouds?

  • Nostradamos

    And to think Kenzy was passed over for ALL of these kids…..WTF?

  • dabney_c

    Haha, maybe. But all the little talky bits squeezed into every second of available space is making me nuts. It adds nothing, and even takes away from the buildup to the performances.

  • vd88

    Exactly, not to mention the Joshua or Jessica’s, ppl who seemed like they were fighting to win, where all those ppl at.

  • LA944

    I love them too! Can’t believe they covered on AI

  • scoobynacks

    Anxiety. Knowing millions are watching live makes it feel like a performance instead of what it probably felt like before, an audition. The people deciding your fate are doing it from thousands of miles away in some cases, not the 3 at the desk. If they don’t like you, it could totally be personal. May not have anything to do with your voice.

  • Nedsdag

    If Sam gets over his nerves, he could win this.

  • AGM2123

    No, never Scotty McCreery. I am never referencing him when I’m praising past contestants.

  • Sassycatz

    How do we know she wouldn’t have ended up the same as these guys?! (And I like her!)

  • btheg

    Sam – best styling so far.

  • Tommyo2000

    Stupid with all the girls sitting around

  • BonnieDee

    Nobody’s bringing emotion or originality.

  • chillj

    Sam looks really stoopid.

  • Tommyo2000

    But I like what he is doing

  • shell29

    Singing to the fangirl swaybots? LOL.

  • Amy Beth

    I don’t care how he sings. Negative points for the hat.

  • disqus_l9306FWZtD

    Now I like that hat actually:) Smooth tone Sam
    .

  • halo9125

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…………

  • Anna106

    Sam’s got a great voice, but man, he needs some performance skills!

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

    Wading knee-deep in swaybots. Oh no.

  • Chris C

    Sam is more relaxed tonight.

  • vtu

    I don’t know if that’s it. Kris Allen actually talked about this in an interview a couple of weeks ago. He said the stage/set is a lot smaller than it seems on TV, so it didn’t feel like performing for millions. (Of course, he may have just been better at compartmentalizing than some of today’s contestants.)

  • dabney_c

    Boring.

  • Matthew Kitson

    You aren’t Jason mraz, stop trying to look like him

  • AGM2123

    This hat trumps a baseball cap.

  • Matthew Richards

    Sam is so bad at connecting with an audience. There are a bunch of fangirls in front of him and he’s treating them like they don’t exist.

  • jcabby

    Very nice Sam! I really liked it!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Forgettable song choice

  • Anna106

    Harry nails it again!

  • Nedsdag

    So it’s Majesty, Ben, and the girl with the glasses and braces left, right?

  • chillj

    No, it doesn’t. This kid must be really uncomfortable. That just isn’t who he is.

  • dabney_c

    Harry – right again! ding ding ding

  • scoobynacks

    I wish I were at the point where hormones would make me think that was dreamy instead of just fine.

  • Tommyo2000

    The judges are pretty harsh tonight…. But spot on … Gotta hand it to them

  • chillj

    We all do.

  • justmefornow

    Too many stupid hats tonight.

  • dabney_c

    No you wouldn’t, Keith!

  • Jim Benson

    Good job Sam. His Vocals have always been good , tonight he delivered

  • vd88

    God why are these ppl so low key when they’re singing. Can y’all please amp it up just a little. lol

  • Amy Beth

    But it’s too small for his head.

  • scoobynacks

    Stop guaranteeing that, Keith. You told Emily that, I think, and Harry would probably beg to differ.

  • Annatree

    agree with Harry and Keith… Jen haven’t spoke yet but I am sure she will always love everything.

  • jersey

    He told Emily that and I think he may be wrong about that.

  • BonnieDee

    Oh, Malaya looks really cute.

  • dabney_c

    Although, I think he’s right about Sam.

  • shell29

    He’s the male version of MK…but because he’s a cute boy he can get away with it.

  • LeoCS

    I thought AI had banned this cheesy thing of singing circled by young girls.

  • chillj

    And the shirt makes him look scrawny and narrow shouldered. #LoseTheLookSam

  • Matthew Richards

    Like butter? Did Keith Urban just quote an SNL sketch?

  • hhhisthegame

    Ben and Majesty still have a chance to match Caleb tonight

  • Amy Beth

    End? There’s a whole lot more to go.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    And so the snooze fest continues….

  • Vetle

    Majesty getting the pimp spot with Fix You? I can like that!

  • BonnieDee

    OK, somebody who wants to win this show please stand up. Sing your ass off and MOVE us!

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

    He didn’t tell us to talk amongst ourselves or give us a topic. ;)

  • halo9125

    That’s buttah to you lol.

  • Ronnie D

    Wow I’m surprised Sam escaped the clutches of the swaybots, they looked hungry! lol

  • dabney_c

    Sam’s mellowness reminds me of SCTV’s Perry Como bit.

  • scoobynacks

    Oh I’d be surprised if Sam went home but still, Sam seems like he could end up accidentally drifting out of the competition early because people that loved him at first are just sort of coasting. The power rankings blog here just laid out how far he’d fallen. A lot of people considered him one of the favorites, suddenly he’s mid pack.

  • Sassycatz

    Hey, the end of May is right around the corner but the end of January was only yesterday!

  • Matthew Richards

    I actually have high hopes for Malaya this week. They’re saving her for the end, maybe she’ll do something interesting. Of all the critiques levied at her, not being energetic enough isn’t on the list.

  • jersey

    I feel no connection to any of these contestants this year. Its a good thing the judges are more entertaining than usual.

  • dabney_c

    Simon always looked for the steel in a contestant’s eyes. None of these guys have it tonight (so far).

  • sue

    Come on Malaya! Bring it and save the show!

  • zubin

    Here’s a thought: maybe they should have each judge take turns acting as a mentor for the week so that the contestants can learn from working with them rather than have to hear all this negative feedback when the performance is over. Clearly Randy is not doing his job properly. If the situation doesn’t improve soon, this season is done for.

  • Tommyo2000

    Idol is so much more watchable when the judges are saying what I want to say … What a turnaround from last year when Amber would stink the place out and be told “you are a star”

  • Buba

    Sure, but so far it has been really disappointing for me. It seems like most of them aren’t even trying…

  • justmefornow

    WTF? Isn’t P2 performing too?

    American Idol ?@AmericanIdol 2m
    @Alicia_856 Tune in tomorrow to watch @DurbinRock perform on the #idol stage!

  • BonnieDee

    I like her look tonight.

  • vd88

    See Candice wanted to win last season and it showed in her song choices, singing style and everything. I’m not sure I’m getting that from this group.

  • Sassycatz

    I think everyone but Caleb is actually bald.

  • Annatree

    hell I forgot that was Randy’s new “job”. lol. I have completely tune him out.

  • Anna106

    Maybe we’re just remembering our favorites after they had about a month of live performances under their belt…what’s wrong this year?

  • perfectstorm

    Phillip has already been announced for tomorrow.

  • koshka

    Are the contestants trending younger this year? They don’t seem to know what to do to best present themselves.

  • koshka

    can understand what she is saying.

  • scoobynacks

    Malaya looks better without the dark lipstick.

  • AGM2123

    Malaya is sooooo eloquent.

  • Tommyo2000

    Love the hair!

  • dabney_c

    She’s so cute.

  • halo9125

    And Michael Orland confirmed it on Twitter.

  • Montavilla

    Did the judges give Candice even one styling criticism last year? I seem to remember her looking great every week.

  • Nedsdag

    Is this a Christian song?

  • roger

    hopefully soon your favourite is majesty

  • Banished

    I think she is just so freaking adorable! I hope this goes well…

  • scoobynacks

    Liking the makeover. So so much better. Big hair can work with her too, but she needed to not have both a big look AND a big personality for a few weeks. People need to see her and not be distracted by the loudness.

  • roger

    agreeeee

  • halo9125

    OK this is too much like a high school talent contest performance

  • mshepnj

    Redemption for Malaya.

  • H.A.

    Malaya sounds like she has marbles in her mouth. She’s cute though.

  • BonnieDee

    Here we go.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    It’s becoming screamy so they’ll love it…

  • koshka

    couldn’t agree more. I think the marbles will eventually do her in.

  • roger

    When I see Malaya, I remember the people who missed out because of her getting in.

  • AGM2123

    Hey, at least she’s trying.

  • stef

    Screechy

  • dabney_c

    She has a little boy voice.

  • garlandk77

    I thought old-fashioned metal braces were obsolete. I never see anyone with them. There are better choices available that can be removed when needed.

  • hhhisthegame

    Malaya proved tonight she doesn’t deserve to be here. I can’t see her doing any better. She tried her best and it just wasn’t good

  • Matthew Richards

    WOAH! This girl has pipes! Best of the night by far!

  • Nedsdag

    Malaya? MALAYA? MALAYA?????!!!!!!

  • Amy Beth

    Braces!

  • justmefornow

    James never mentioned this at all. Could they have just added him I wonder?

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, though I felt the mush mouth was not so prominent this week. Like her hair.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Ash Wednesday, and she took us to church

  • vd88

    Finally I’m interested, only took an hour and 30 minutes. lol

  • roger

    seems like people either love her or hate her

  • Chris C

    Malaya’s best performance so far.

  • halo9125

    Agreed, but the other types are very expensive. Maybe they’re just not in her family’s budget.

  • shell29

    Much better this week. I still think she needs a little more ‘cooking’ (she’s so young) but not bad at all.

  • jcabby

    Yay Malaya! A lot better this week.

  • BonnieDee

    The best comment of the night from Harry.

  • Banished

    I like her, but fear she’ll be in the bottom again:(

  • Annatree

    I was thinking the same thing. or if the metal was affecting the way she speak/sing.

  • BonnieDee

    Nah I think she’ll be safe this week.

  • mshepnj

    Another baseball cap.

  • James

    I wasn’t expecting that.
    Malaya’s new look is great and that was by far the best she has been.

  • roger

    Malaya would have been the Vote for the worst contestant

  • koshka

    glad I’m not alone.

  • Buba

    I highly doubt it

  • koshka

    Nah, I think there is worse this year.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Yeah, but those cost a lot. Trust me, from someone who had braces

  • chillj

    I love this girl. I’m not sure she can really sing, although she was far better this week, but I love her.

  • btheg

    honestly, it happens every season, and it’s so f-ing disappointing. I wish they’d just strip down their live performances more often. The original raw vocal talent we see during auditiions gets drowned out by big production/loud band and inhibited by those f-ing eye pieces and expectations to dance around the stage, and wanting to do “fun” upbeat songs for the audience. (i.e. Malaya’s hot mess last week.)

  • H.A.

    Not in all cases. Metal braces are still the best kind. The removable ones are for less extreme cases.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    I thought that was a messy screech-fest…..

  • dabney_c

    Oh, no, tons of my students have the metal braces. Maybe adults opt for the tanslucent ones that make you look like you need a good dental hygienist.

  • Sue tiedemann

    To me she was just okay. Not my favorite

  • Sassycatz

    Maybe they should just throw up their hands and have the contestants sing songs from the baseball park.

  • Hayley_Horan

    Not when we’ve got Emily Piriz…

  • LeoCS

    It’s not only about the voice. It’s the whole package. She would have been VFTW contestant no doubt about that.

  • Banished

    I feel the same way!

  • Chris

    Many docs still use metal braces for teens and they’re still cheaper than the trays or invisible braces. I see plenty of them at my kids school.

  • Matthew Kitson

    I think it’ll be Mk/Jena/cj

  • Ronnie D

    Malaya got the key change right but it still seems too high for her voice. Ouch. I havent heard screeching like that since I ran over a cat with my lawnmower.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that was good, but a little screechy on some of the notes.

  • maymirabella

    I do not think he is playing the race card, not at all. He is just stating that people should not judge others by the their race, gender, sexual orientation, heritage and so on. It is actually quite a universal statement that is often said.

  • hhhisthegame

    I think it would have been MK honestly

  • LeoCS

    Emily doesn’t annoy anyone. She’s fodder. Fodders aren’t VFTW picks.

  • Dancin VI#81

    turning into two hours i’ll never get back please make it worth the wait majesty !

  • maymirabella

    I liked it too plus he was singing with sucn emotion, I agree with Harry , I could feel the emotion of the song

  • dabney_c

    So many to choose from this year!

  • Roimeister

    Alison Iraheta’s “oooooo” in the background were better than any note coming out of Malaya’s mouth, IMO

  • Chris C

    A lot of people on twitter loving Malaya tonite. Think tonite was her best of the live shows, but not the best of tonight’s show.

  • Matthew Richards

    Dang, Malaya is a really polarizing singer on her good nights, isn’t she? The “shriek brigade” is out on full patrol in these comments :P

  • roger

    just watched a kelly clarkson youtube clip singing fix you. Amazing. Bring it Majesty!

  • cableknitgal

    Much better performance from Malaya. I believe the braces cause her to mumble a bit and she was sharp at the end. But I love kieth’s standing O. He believes in her.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I’m not even into rock music but enjoyed Caleb the rocker.

  • roger

    one mans shriek is another mans emoting

  • hhhisthegame

    To me Ben is by far the most underrated. I’ve liked him since She Talks to Angels. I hope he shows what he can do tonight.

  • Nostradamos

    So Harry busted Jessica’s balls for singing sharp and then let Malaya break every mirror in my house?!?! WTF??

  • dabney_c

    Another one with no onscreen charisma.

  • roger

    I don’t like Ben, as a human being.

  • James

    Harry is so good at being a judge, he is always honest and he offers genuine critique to the contestants without being over the top mean like Simon would do.

  • scoobynacks

    Fodder is always the VTFW pick initially. They like to keep fodder around to screw with people. When they run outta the low hanging fruit, they pick others.

  • koshka

    Thats on site I’m glad is defunct. I don’t mind mocking, but they took it to a whole new level. These kids would be minced by them.

  • roger

    I think he doesn’t care if no one buys his albums, because, nobody does buy his albums anymore. So he isn’t worried about alienating his fans, he just says it how it is.

  • ealbino

    My gosh everybody is awful????????

  • vd88

    Wait didn’t we see Dexter already, oh wait that’s Ben.

  • Dancin VI#81

    do you know him? lol

  • ETK

    Ben sounds nice.

  • mshepnj

    They actually showed empty chairs?

  • Banished

    Harry knows Jessica has performed and has done it for a living so she should know better. Malaya is just a shy kid going for her dream.. May not be fair, but sure that’s why

  • Matthew Kitson

    What??

  • Ronnie D

    I do agree with him!

  • Chris C

    Hmmm…this year might be between Caleb and Ben, final 2! Unless others step it up!

  • Anna106

    Wow, Ben sounds pretty good…and even better when I just listen.

  • Nedsdag

    The way it’s going tonight, which girls will be in the bottom three?

  • roger

    he just bugs me, calm down people.

  • hhhisthegame

    I honestly don’t think they sound even remotely alike. I dunno why people lump them together.

  • vd88

    These ppl fashion senses are just UGH

  • scoobynacks

    The Oscars did that for some reason and I got confused. I tend to like seeing people, not empty seats, but okay.

  • Eric Ascher

    what an improvement from Ben. I hated him last week. This week he was listenable.

  • Shawn Jang

    Ben’s performance is my favorite so far.

  • roger

    like if he was standing on the side of a cliff, I would probably give him a little nudge.

  • Sue tiedemann

    WOW! Ben did better than I expected!

  • H.A.

    I just don’t get the Ben love. He’s so average.

  • Annatree

    Listening to Ben and waiting for Blake to press his red button. lol getting my music shows miss up. ps. I am listening to AI not watching it.

  • roger

    Can’t wait for Majesty.

  • koshka

    You’re probably right, but geez thats sort of ridiculous. It should be doled out evenly.

  • Tommyo2000

    Please god no

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Ben’s wardrobe ensemble? anyone? And a hair wash would be nice…

  • Nedsdag

    For once, I disagree with Harry. Ben sounded good.

  • scoobynacks

    Preach Harry. I agree there. I wasn’t in love with that.

  • Chris

    Did the stylist get a discount on baseball caps? I haven’t seen this many hats since they did an Idol softball game.

  • dabney_c

    Not one of these guys so far can be a star. Not one.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    No, Harry “everyone in the room” is NOT “talented”. And we don’t “know” this.

  • roger

    BRING IT MAJESTY! It has been painful waiting!

  • Anna106

    If we had to pick one country singer, I’d take Ben over Dexter.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Ben was good…in a “it’s 2:00 AM at the bar, I’ve had too much to drink and this is the song I needed to hear to call it a night” way….

  • Chris C

    Aww Harry, I’m just not agreeing 100% with you tonite. 3rd time at least. I agree with JLo, feeling was there. That’s why I think Caleb and Ben best so far, both at home on stage and more feeling in it..

  • lizland

    i’m not a big country fan, nor do i like high male voices. but I like Ben for some reason. He’s good and voice has character.

  • dabney_c

    Ewwwwww.

  • Shawn Jang

    Yeah you eat those eggs judges. Eat’em!!

  • scoobynacks

    Most homoerotic thing Seacrest has ever said on Idol. What was that?

  • jersey

    lol, I love deviled eggs too :-)

  • vd88

    I was joking but hell shave Ben’s face & turn his cap.backwards, it’s Dexter all over again.

  • koshka

    LOL

  • Matthew Richards

    lol

  • Anna106

    Now that’s funny!

  • Sue tiedemann

    I don’t agree with the Harry on this one. I actually enjoyed Ben today! I thought he was so good compared to last week.

  • Roimeister

    WTH? where did Ryan get deviled eggs during the song? the same place Ellen got pizza during the oscars?

  • Ronnie D

    The way things are looking the finale might be in a cow pasture.

  • koshka

    There are probably too many to count.

  • Amy Beth

    I feel like I’m watching a different show than the one Ryan is hosting.

  • Shawn Jang

    What did he say?

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    or at your local Starbucks.

  • Vetle

    You sure? He said “My tongue isn’t nearly as talented as yours” to Adam once.

  • Matthew Kitson

    If Ben could show that excitement on stage, he could be great. Pieces are there

  • scoobynacks

    Provided they don’t get too funky with what they put on the yolk. I like straight up salt frankly. Spices or veggie bits, bleh.

  • dabney_c

    Shocking that this is the crop they came up with.

  • vd88

    Well considering the rest of the group I think he fits right in.

  • Chris C

    Looking forward to Majesty. Only girl on my fav list this year. Apparently a guys year for me.

  • Ronnie D

    Ben needs a makeover, bad. His vocals were out of tune again tonight. Did he do a shot of Jack Daniels or something before going on?

  • mshepnj

    Completely agree. Also, if I MUST see a baseball cap – I’d rather it be worn with the bill in front. :)

    Seriously, I’m on the fence about Ben, but I feel enjoy his performances more than Dexter.

  • chillj

    Really.

  • Tommyo2000

    It’s funny because they can’t have anything on them.. You know Ben wanted to wear his CAT cap

  • Sue tiedemann

    Ben was my third best performer today. Sorry but I think he did a great job.

  • scoobynacks

    I don’t know the exact quote but it was something about putting that in your mouth and letting it happen. He kinda purred it too. That’s what made it even weirder. You know he knows what that sounds like. I think he does it on purpose.

  • vd88

    I miss Malcolm Allen.

  • Aidolfan

    Season 12 > Season 13.

  • Vetle

    GET IT MAJESTY.

  • Ronnie D

    Ben does NOT have an incredible voice. Keith give me a break.

  • btheg

    ugh yes, cannot wait for Majesty!

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Isn’t she still a teenager?

    And btw…love her hair !

  • Shawn Jang

    Damnit, I missed it! I love ryan.

  • scoobynacks

    “When I was younger” at least doesn’t mean ‘when I was 7′ so glad about that. Makes me feel less old cuz I can pretend they mean 19 when they say teenaged years.

  • Matthew Kitson

    How quickly we forget. Besides top 3-4, they were really bad

  • jcabby

    Freakin’ love Majesty.

  • jersey

    I was thinking the same thing

  • Chris C

    OK – Majesty in the finals. Against…?

  • Amy Beth

    She looks really young, but she’s 21.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’m afraid my expectations of her are too high. Let’s see.

  • shell29

    She’s in her early twenties.

  • Ronnie D

    Deviled eggs on stage? Disgusting. I can see the salmonella spreading now.

  • dabney_c

    The only star in the bunch! Majesty must win.

  • mshepnj

    I love her. I just love her.

  • Anna106

    How old is Majesty…preschool teacher?

  • Sue tiedemann

    Not incredible but better than a lot of the others.

  • Vetle

    I want the audience to stop clapping.

  • Tommyo2000

    So much better without the guitar …. She instantly came alive when she put,it aside

  • Annatree

    why are they clapping!?

  • Amy Beth

    OMG, she was great and the crazy staging almost ruined it.

  • Nedsdag

    What’s wrong with the microphones?

  • Matthew Kitson

    What the heck is this arrangement? Wasn’t good

  • scoobynacks

    Seriously, kudos to whoever did the makeup tonight.

  • roger

    I haven’t been this crazy about a contestant in a while.

  • dabney_c

    bad note.

  • Chris C

    Majesty – backup singers get in the way sometimes.

  • jersey

    Ouch. One really bad note

  • Aidolfan

    Lol. Mostly everyone has been bad since rush week and the judges are not really helping them.

  • supersonic

    I hate Coldplay so I’m not liking this performance. And that sounded like a bad note.

  • AGM2123

    This song cannot be fit into 90 seconds.

  • halo9125

    This is a very poignant song- but I’m just not feeling this rendition.

  • roger

    I like how she isn’t singing the actual bridge. Making it her own! BOOYAH!

  • H.A.

    Majesty’s hair looks fabulous.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Whoa. Had no idea…

  • maddkat

    the screaming at the end ruined it

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Love Miss Majesty…but Harry is spot on with his critique.

  • shell29

    She was so good up until that point.

  • Matthew Richards

    She did not disappoint.

  • Sassycatz

    I like her, but those back up singers just over powered. I applaud her for trying.

  • lizland

    I like Majesty alot, but that was a big old nothing.

  • Shawn Jang

    She messed up the second half and you could tell she knew by the end of the song.

  • roger

    shut up jlo, you can’t sing big notes.

  • Chris

    Ouch. Good until the big note. And is her hair purple??

  • AGM2123

    That felt so rushed. It ruined it.

  • Campbell Ballon

    The whole show was a “big old nothing.”

  • roger

    overall a terrible terrible show.

  • lila6089

    This is embarrassing…..such poor performances tonight. Not a star in the bunch :(

  • hhhisthegame

    caleb and ben were the only ones good tonight

  • roger

    seriously a shocking night.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Wow, even Majesty was mediocre tonight….

  • koshka

    sadly, this season is not shaping up well

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t know. Idol has the shittiest microphones of all the singing shows and yet it’s the oldest show. Maybe they still have the same mics from season 1.

  • jersey

    So confusing that they keep the same numbers every week. It should be simpler but Im so used to the old system!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Goodbye Mk

  • roger

    It is hard to sing 90 second songs, but still, those were ALL terrible.

  • FinalFantasy13

    that was weak from majesity.. Carrie underwood actually sings that song so much better and she is a power house country singer..

  • dabney_c

    Per Balnkens sure does love his multiple split screens, eh?

  • ht23

    Those voting clips were hilarious.

  • AGM2123

    I’m not sure about this supervote results thing.

  • lila6089

    Even Ryan sounds bad. Maybe its the sound system.

  • vtu

    Yup, I think you’re probably right.

  • Anna106

    Someone said ‘high school talent show’…have to agree tonight.

  • Sassycatz

    See! The person going last barely has anyone voting yet.

  • Chris C

    Surprised at the supervote results so far.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Indeed.

  • scoobynacks

    I haven’t even voted yet (and a lot of people haven’t) so it’s silly to look at those votes right now. I didn’t want to put votes for a favorite and then watch them bomb later and wish I hadn’t.

  • roger

    bit stupid because majesty just sung! SO stupid!

  • Nedsdag

    Coldplay can do no wrong with me. JMHO.

  • Matthew Richards

    The supervote is the exact order they performed in.

  • AGM2123

    I think they picked contestants this year that had potential to grow…but they haven’t grown fast enough at this point.

  • roger

    One thought for them all – you can all do better.

  • shell29

    I don’t understand the point of showing these ‘supervote’ results now-especially since Majesty just got off the stage.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Felt like Mk just didn’t really try, while others tried too hard

  • scoobynacks

    I didn’t know she does that song. I’ve heard Kelly’s version though.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Send them all home and start over…..

  • Vetle

    Good point. Vote for Majesty and Jena guys (heh). :)

  • Anna106

    Too many singers…not enough song.

  • koshka

    I don’t usually go for “grow” contestants. Guess I might be out of luck.

  • roger

    2 hours of my life that I can’t get back.

  • Chris C

    Yeah, I agree. A few I wanted to get through, thinking I’d see “growth” but not much so far. Missing Jimmy I this year!

  • shell29

    Amen to that.

  • AGM2123

    I’d take Jimmy over Randy.

  • Matthew Kitson

    It was 1 bad week, sheesh

  • Buba

    Not a single good performance tonight… Majesty was great in the beggining of her song, but then she started screaming and it all fell apart.

  • H.A.

    The judges are getting fed up with mediocrity.

  • FinalFantasy13

    and malaya went from the worst last week to the best this week… even if she was a tad shrill she was commited.

  • Eclipse2000

    No because CJ was in front on MK

  • Ronnie D

    Majesty. I think she was nervous or something because she was off, and like her!

  • Sassycatz

    I think they should all sing back up for various stars, knock around the music industry a few years, get and lose a record deal a time or two, and then end up on The Voice, then everyone will love them. LOL.

  • koshka

    Wow I can agree with that. Randy is like a cockroach after a nuclear armageddon

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

    That was miserable. And too many of them had intonation problems, so I put some of the blame on Idol. I am not a fan of their sound team at all this year, for a number of reasons.

  • Ronnie D

    I think a lot of us are.

  • MichaelG

    Well, they chose them…so….

  • Brian

    Majesty is my fav, but she definitely should stick to the more soulful laidback thing she has going on. She has a great voice, but it’s effect is maximized when she conserves it, know what I mean?

  • MichaelG

    2, actually.

  • Ronnie D

    Not the songs though.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    It was beyond bad. Not even Majesty sang as someone who belongs there. I don’t see star quality in anyone in this group.

  • chillj

    I thought that was a gorgeous performance. I love the song, any way. Nice choice.

  • mshepnj

    She just celebrated a birthday, so she might be 22 now. She looks young but has more confidence than the other women in this top 12 and most of the guys too.

  • chillj

    Everybody had at least one bad note.

  • chillj

    You need to stop taking to yourself.

  • FinalFantasy13

    she made a pleasent song unpleasent to listen too at the end.. Not feeling majesity at all tonight she should of nailed that it was in her wheelhouse.

  • H.A.

    In the past at this point in the competition we’ve had some amazing performances. This year some are good but no OMG amazing. There are maybe 2-3 good contestants the rest are just bad.

  • lizland

    can’t even rank them. no one was really “best” for me, but I’d say MK was worst. at least there were no disasters. just about every year there are true disasters in these early rounds

  • LeoCS

    I don’t think any contestant really stood out tonight. Overall it was more consistent than last week, but it had less exciting moments.

  • Kesia Monteith

    I don’t know what to say about tonight…this does not bode well for the show down the road….

  • FinalFantasy13

    unfortunatly the contestants and the entire production in general are not that good this year.

  • Nostradamos

    Oh, what could have been….. http://youtu.be/Yb4wXtjCMuw

  • MichaelG

    I am certain they had guidance from Idol in their song choice. Still, the problems tonight go well beyond song choice.

  • KNsMama

    Ironically, I liked MK much better this week, at least vocally. I still think she needs major style help. Not overly feminine, but at least not so ridiculous looking.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Just now got to see the vids (am travelling and am in Nashville for a conference:)…being from the South, I had no idea that anyone would have trouble understanding Dexter. He was perfectly clear to me, not kidding.:)

    I think he sounded fine, but hubby who’s a tougher critic shrugged. He didn’t think he was anything unusual so that doesn’t bode well…

  • dabney_c

    Production utterly sucks.

  • Pat H

    I haven’t watched yet, here on the West Coast, but your comments are making me think it is Season 9, redux??!!

  • scoobynacks

    Sure about that? Really? If a contestant is determined to do something stupid and the song clears, I doubt there’s much said beyond a ‘well I wouldn’t but okay…’

  • LA944

    Yeah it was a pretty disappointing night.
    Jena–one of the best of the nite IMO She has a distinctive voice & she has personality
    Alex–interesting –he’s def musical–but he just lacks tv personality. He needs to take some lessons from his Nana. At least she has some pep-lol
    Jessica–like her voice. She also doesn’t have a gr8 personality for tv. She had some problems–but nice song choice
    Dexter–good job
    Emily–I just think it seemed like a high school performance.
    Caleb–He’s one of the most professional of all of them. I don’t care for Rush–but he was fine
    MK–Not a good nite for her.
    CJ– Very average. He’s likeable though
    Sam–First of all, I love Blind Pilot–so I’m partial because of the song choice. He sang well. I wish he hadn’t been placed with the sway bots because it takes the focus of the performance. Also, cutting the song so much kind of hurt it–but that’s AI
    Malaya–Decent in the beginning then went off the rails.
    Ben–it was ok
    Majesty–Great in the beginning. Her voice is beautiful. But, she went off key at the end. I don’t think she could hear herself against the band/backup singers and tried to push it too hard. Still she was my fave of the night

  • Matthew Richards

    Bottom 3: Jena, MK, and Emily. Calling it.

  • Ronnie D

    Jlo said right at the end of the show that they had to pick the right songs. It’s up to the contestants to decide, not anyone else.

  • cheese

    I liked half of Jess’s performance, half of Majesty’s performance, Alex’s grandma, and my fastforward button.

  • LA944

    LOL

  • stef

    Turning Home is probably my favorite David Nail single. Ben doesn’t do much for me with his version, seems a little eccentric plus forced on the chorus.
    But yipes, they really have very little time to develop a performance with the amount of time in these segments devoted to actual singing. He might have done better to curtail the long slow intro and have more of his time after the song picks and starts to roll into the chorus.

  • thirdtime

    All of the girls need to really step it up, or they are going to get stomped by these guys. I was so disappointed in Majesty this week, one of my favorites and she started out so strong but then completely lost it. And my other favorite Alex sounded way off tonight too. Hopefully they are both still safe though. Disappointing night for performances.

  • koshka

    Interesting.. cuz I don’t see the guys exactly killing it.

  • thirdtime

    I agree, it’s like none of them were completely horrible, but none of them were great either.

  • thirdtime

    And she calmed down a lot, and had a complete makeover. She is really trying.

  • AdamSLM

    so much potential in this batch of contestants. where are the standout moments? why have i never heard a performance that i will remember in a week? Season 11 stands out for me because like every week with people like jessica, hollie, joshua, skylar, elise even phillip, there were standout performances. Each week those contestant gave the performances of their lives and I am just continually disappointed this season by the performances. I dont know what to make of it now :-/ its now top 12, performances should be epic!

  • JTN

    Yep. Same bottom three I’m predicting. In that order of safeness too. Emily’s gone, I think.

  • thirdtime

    Me neither, it was a pretty disappointing night all in all, but I think some of the guys are more popular to start with.

  • jms

    So far it’s pretty bad but not THAT bad. Hopefully most of these contestants just had an off night (otherwise it’ll get ugly), but if there’s ANY solace, the bad contestants last week stepped it up mildly (Dexter and Malaya) and most of the good ones last week were off so hopefully it’s just that.

  • MichaelG

    MK and Emily, I’d have to say are shoe-ins for B3. Not sure about Jena.

  • Amy Beth

    But Emily’s dating a Marine. Gotta support the troops.

  • Chris C

    Already looking foward to next week. They better be rethinking their performances and song choices, need to stand out like they belong there, future recording star, performer…

  • MichaelG

    Sure about that? Really? They can do whatever they want? Fox will air them singing whatever shitty song they like? No guidance?

    Dubious.

  • mshepnj

    At the risk of being pelted with rotten fruit, Kensie seemed incredibly nervous in a couple of her appearances – especially the chair episode, and I wonder if her nerves completely overwhelmed her in the dress rehearsal. Also, I think her voice sounds like it could use a little time to mature. I would expect to see her again next year and hopefully make it to the finals then.

  • alt28023

    I like Jess’ take on White Flag as well as the first 2/3rds of Majesty’s. Are we getting studio recordings this year coz I really want versions of the songs that have been cleaned up.

  • Matthew Richards

    I actually like that some frontrunners are failing to deliver as much as they usually do. Makes the season unpredictable.

  • KNsMama

    Wow Malaya! Great job girl!!!

  • Swind

    Yikes! What a bad night. Alex and Jess weren’t as bad as they said, but not great.

  • dd999

    A turn-about night for me! I thought Jessica and Alex’s songs were very ‘bland’ and a bit boring. My favs tonight were Dexter, Caleb and I thought Malaya chose a nice song, and sounded much better this week!

  • Matthew Richards

    People seem to forget that the voters didn’t even send her to the Top 13 the first time. Her support seems to be over-stated, and she sang first and had a mostly forgettable performance. And she’s female in an early round. All things that don’t bode well for her.

  • ealbino

    I dont understand why I’m so underwhelmed by everyone this year. The coaches are better but the talent and new rules are not on par

  • Eclipse2000

    My prediction for bottom 3

    Malaya
    Emily
    MK ( Going home )

  • Dewayne Boyd

    The problem is, a lot of the Top 13 were also much better in Hollywood. They are clearly not getting good advice on song choice, and it seems more and more that this group is not full of versatile contestants or those who can weave their best work into a any song. So they need the right tunes.

  • teekee

    I understand him too. Might be a southern thing.:)

  • teekee

    Me too.

  • Kariann Hart

    Maybe MK doesn’t read Twitter. The stupid hat could cost her votes. Her performance needs more passion, if she wants to be on that tour.

  • Jason Gorny

    I wonder maybe it’s because Nigel is not on Idol anymore. I think he was always pretty good when it came to spotting talents. Idk much about Per’s ability to spot talents.

  • Swind

    I’m not basing my votes on what I saw tonight, but from the last few weeks. I don’t think tonight won anybody many new fans…except for maybe Dexter =/

  • CanadianLady

    Yeah! I knew Dexter could sing, and I was very pleased with what he did tonight. He is not bro country. I’m petty sure he’s traditional country.

    And I’m loving the judging, especially Keith’s. But even Jlo is pretty good.

  • ptebwwong

    I don’t think Jo Dee can currently help Alex with his music career. She did have previous #1 hits. But her career hasn’t been going well for a long time. In fact, her current album was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Sad, but true.

  • jms

    Yeah, tonight was not great in the least, but it wasn’t THAT much of a disaster. It’s not enough to make me stop watching this show. I’ll definitely forget this night ever happened, though.

    Not even worth tiering people this week because Caleb and Ben were the only ones worth tiering in the top, Malaya and Dexter in the middle and everyone else bleh.

    1) Caleb – Caleb’s always awesome. I don’t really give too much of a damn about current, because whenever I try to think of good and appealing awesome songs…. most of them are either old or not suited for Idol. Gotta say that I think he does need to do a ballad.

    2) Ben – I think Ben is very underrated. He’s got some substance behind that voice. I thought he improved a lot, I can get behind him.

    3) Malaya – She totally did get too screechy at the end, but I thought
    it was great and a good improvement over last week (although she
    would’ve improved over last week if she farted up there). She’s
    interesting. Please stay.

    4) Dexter – MASSIVE improvement over last week. Definitely caught some feels from it. I mean, I still think he should probably go next week, but if he keeps it up he may be here longer and I won’t be as mad about it.

    5) Sam – Competent performance, I thought. Superficial note, this guy needs a burger. Not just because the other guys are big, but he genuinely looks kinda gaunt….. Okay, now about the performance, it was pretty sleepy but he’s got a good pleasant tone.

    EDIT: 6) CJ – Forgettable but better than last week. If he trends this way, he’ll be “….oh yeah, he’s there, he’s getting better” next week. But jeez I was so bored.

    7) Majesty – Okay, I hate to be so exaggeratedly scathing (okay I kind of do like hyperbole), but honestly? The last 1/3 of the song was the biggest disappointment since the Top 12 reveal in S9. Suddenly she pulls a Denver Broncos on the high note. I really wish she’d get a mulligan on that song, because I think she can do it without butchering it, but my God, I was almost peeved. Probably because I like that song and Majesty so much and I expected a lot. She’ll come back next week, and I’ll probably love her again, but for tonight, hugely disappointing.

    8) Jess – Another disappointment, another butchered note after a competent performance. What’s the deal with the butchered notes ruining what could have been great performances? Gah.

    9) Emily – I actually kind of did like the song choice, it was interesting, but it definitely needed more energy. For a song like that to put you to sleep you gotta be kinda boring.

    10) Alex – What was that? That definitely was off. One of the most disappointing performances of the night. I’ll give him a pass, though, because, like Majesty, I really like him and think he’ll do better next week.

    11) Jena – She had the energy, she just didn’t have the notes. She could be so much better.

    12) MK – I agree with Harry, it’s almost like she doesn’t want to be here at this point. And I’m kind of with mj, she totally could be one of my favorites. But it seems there’s some insecurity or lack of investment in herself that’s holding her back SO MUCH.

    I will say, I kind of don’t want anyone to leave tonight. Out of the finalists, everyone has given at least one performance that I’ve liked except for MK, but I really want her to stay because she’s got potential (for the record, Caleb’s the only 2/2 so far… that is, I’ve liked both of his performances). I guess I’d choose Emily. B3 will have MK, Emily, and either Jena/CJ, and MK or Emily will leave.

  • jms

    I like unpredictability, but not in this way.

    You do have a point, this season’s not a lost cause because of one awful night. Actually, everyone except MK has given at least one performance I’ve liked in the finals, and if you go back to Rush Week, MK was one of the best. Leads me to believe there’s potential.

  • jms

    I think it’ll be one of either Jena, Malaya, or CJ joining the other two.

  • Eclipse2000

    I don’t think CJ is in trouble this week because of the southern vote. I think Malaya will be in the bottom 3 with MK and Emily…… With MK going home. She didn’t do much to advanced her from the bottom 3 last week.

  • jj

    you know that when the judges critiques are the most interesting part of the show, it wasn’t such a great night. sincerely hope this season turns around soon, because there is still time… but so far, it’s just not great.

  • jms

    Still have faith. Last week was largely better. This week was pretty awful, but I think most of the bad people last week were good this week and vice versa, so I think there’s still something there for this group.

  • jms

    I think Malaya did enough to keep her out of the B3 this week. Will America agree, I’m not sure, because it may take a stronger performance to fully recover from last week.

    MK and Emily are shoo-ins, IMO, and MK will be going home (sadz).

  • Jorge Kassisse Limongi

    Thanks!

  • jms

    I hope so. I really want a studio version of Jess and Majesty’s songs. Both brilliant song choices, but both butchered by one sour note.

  • jms

    There’s time and a few eliminations. If Jess, Majesty, and Alex recover from tonight it’ll get better from here.

  • Barliro

    I kinda liked Jess’ performance. Was preparing myself not to like it because of the comments and all. Or maybe it’s just the song. Haha. My favorite for tonight was Malaya (from worst last week to being the best this week) and Jess.

    I think the bottom three would be: Jena (or MK), Cj, and Emily.

  • Barliro

    Considering that aren’t really great performance tonight, her’s stood out. I think she’ll be safe.

  • jms

    I’d say 1. Last week really wasn’t that bad, it just took 5 or 6 performances to get to the good stuff and from then on it was actually good.

  • jms

    Hope you’re right. I still think America will remember last week’s not-so-great performance and that may hinder her though.

  • Matthew Richards

    Remember AI5’s 2000s week? And the country week that followed? A season can have at least two off nights in a row and still come out smelling like roses.

  • PinkClouds20

    My favorites tonight are: Majesty, CJ, Caleb, Jessica, and Dexter.

    I think the bottom 3 will be Jena, MK, and Emily.

  • Eclipse2000

    I don’t think she did enough. It was okay, but nothing special to keep her out of the bottom 3. I don’t think she’s leaving tomorrow.

  • Eclipse2000

    I don’t think she did enough. It was okay, but nothing special to keep her out of the bottom 3. I don’t think she’s leaving tomorrow.

  • Eclipse2000

    I don’t think she did enough. It was okay, but nothing special to keep her out of the bottom 3. I don’t think she’s leaving tomorrow.

  • Eclipse2000

    MK is 100% in that bottom 3 and most likely going home. CJ isn’t leaving yet. I don’t think Jena will be there neither.

  • Eclipse2000

    MK is 100% in that bottom 3 and most likely going home. CJ isn’t leaving yet. I don’t think Jena will be there neither.

  • jms

    I wasn’t an Idol fan in S5 but I remember hearing some bad stuff about the 2000’s week. True. I think every season I’ve watched (since S7) has had a night as forgettable as tonight. If it makes sense, I remember “forgetting” nights.

  • jms

    I wasn’t an Idol fan in S5 but I remember hearing some bad stuff about the 2000’s week. True. I think every season I’ve watched (since S7) has had a night as forgettable as tonight. If it makes sense, I remember “forgetting” nights.

  • jms

    I wouldn’t be surprised. I think Jena or CJ may replace her, though. Jena was forgettable and at the beginning of the show, and CJ was meh.

    If Malaya does make B3 I think it’ll be more a result of last week than this week.

  • jms

    I wouldn’t be surprised. I think Jena or CJ may replace her, though. Jena was forgettable and at the beginning of the show, and CJ was meh.

    If Malaya does make B3 I think it’ll be more a result of last week than this week.

  • jms

    I wouldn’t be surprised. I think Jena or CJ may replace her, though. Jena was forgettable and at the beginning of the show, and CJ was meh.

    If Malaya does make B3 I think it’ll be more a result of last week than this week.

  • jms

    It really was mostly that one note, but it was coupled with a relatively sleepy performance.

  • jms

    It really was mostly that one note, but it was coupled with a relatively sleepy performance.

  • jms

    It really was mostly that one note, but it was coupled with a relatively sleepy performance.

  • jms

    JESS HAS THE HAT NOW TOO!

    ….Ya know, the hat disdain is a little excessive for me IMO, I kinda liked that look.

  • jms

    JESS HAS THE HAT NOW TOO!

    ….Ya know, the hat disdain is a little excessive for me IMO, I kinda liked that look.

  • Eclipse2000

    True about Jena and that could hurt her. I don’t think CJ was meh. He was better than most people, but at the same time he’s not 100% safe. I just think the country/Alabama vote will carry him until top 10. I guess it’s just the matter of opinion. I do think we both agree on MK going home. So basically the rest don’t matter lol.

  • Eclipse2000

    True about Jena and that could hurt her. I don’t think CJ was meh. He was better than most people, but at the same time he’s not 100% safe. I just think the country/Alabama vote will carry him until top 10. I guess it’s just the matter of opinion. I do think we both agree on MK going home. So basically the rest don’t matter lol.

  • Ronnie D

    He was making fun of a dad in the audience because he was bald. I can’t remember exactly what he said but it was rude lol

  • Ronnie D

    He was making fun of a dad in the audience because he was bald. I can’t remember exactly what he said but it was rude lol

  • Ronnie D

    He was making fun of a dad in the audience because he was bald. I can’t remember exactly what he said but it was rude lol

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Why was Alex dressed up like those dudes from That Thing You Do? Anyway to me, Alex was still the best and most interesting of the bunch. I’m kinda angry with idol. Season after season, they cast such a boring cast. Their problem is they are too caught up with the damn typical casting. Just throw caution to the wind, and stack the deck for crying out loud!

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Why was Alex dressed up like those dudes from That Thing You Do? Anyway to me, Alex was still the best and most interesting of the bunch. I’m kinda angry with idol. Season after season, they cast such a boring cast. Their problem is they are too caught up with the damn typical casting. Just throw caution to the wind, and stack the deck for crying out loud!

  • jms

    I have to rewatch CJ, tbh. I think a part of my choice for him in B3 is my aversion to the song lol.

  • jms

    I have to rewatch CJ, tbh. I think a part of my choice for him in B3 is my aversion to the song lol.

  • maymirabella

    I was thinking the same thing. I am glad I am not completely alone. I keep thinking if only he had the wildcard spot that Kristin O’Connor took. I think Malcolm would still be there and doing well..but then again, perhaps I would be wrong and he would be having the problems this entire bunch is experiencing. But I still think Malcolm just had one bad night in semi finals and then the judges just decided he was done and instead to give the spots to others

  • maymirabella

    I was thinking the same thing. I am glad I am not completely alone. I keep thinking if only he had the wildcard spot that Kristin O’Connor took. I think Malcolm would still be there and doing well..but then again, perhaps I would be wrong and he would be having the problems this entire bunch is experiencing. But I still think Malcolm just had one bad night in semi finals and then the judges just decided he was done and instead to give the spots to others

  • maymirabella

    I was thinking the same thing. I am glad I am not completely alone. I keep thinking if only he had the wildcard spot that Kristin O’Connor took. I think Malcolm would still be there and doing well..but then again, perhaps I would be wrong and he would be having the problems this entire bunch is experiencing. But I still think Malcolm just had one bad night in semi finals and then the judges just decided he was done and instead to give the spots to others

  • roarpen

    Watching the west coast feed. That Dexter kid is good. And I hate country music.

  • roarpen

    Watching the west coast feed. That Dexter kid is good. And I hate country music.

  • Kariann Hart

    Keith and Jennifer look like they are enjoying being there and doing heir job. Watch Harry, he does not look happy. He just doesn’t seem to be into the music. I hope that changes because his comments are good.

  • Kariann Hart

    Keith and Jennifer look like they are enjoying being there and doing heir job. Watch Harry, he does not look happy. He just doesn’t seem to be into the music. I hope that changes because his comments are good.

  • Jcasa12

     My first thought when I read “mediocre performances” …mentor Randy Jackson. Randy might be putting too many things in the contestants heads when all they really need to do is sing. They should bring back Jimmy Iovine next week IMO.

  • Jcasa12

     My first thought when I read “mediocre performances” …mentor Randy Jackson. Randy might be putting too many things in the contestants heads when all they really need to do is sing. They should bring back Jimmy Iovine next week IMO.

  • Jcasa12

     My first thought when I read “mediocre performances” …mentor Randy Jackson. Randy might be putting too many things in the contestants heads when all they really need to do is sing. They should bring back Jimmy Iovine next week IMO.

  • mitchellvii

    Ok, what is the deal with all the baseball caps? Good lord. who styles these people?

  • mitchellvii

    Ok, what is the deal with all the baseball caps? Good lord. who styles these people?

  • mitchellvii

    Ok, what is the deal with all the baseball caps? Good lord. who styles these people?

  • mitchellvii

    Mk’s lack of musicality in her voice is catching up with her.

  • mitchellvii

    Mk’s lack of musicality in her voice is catching up with her.

  • mitchellvii

    Mk’s lack of musicality in her voice is catching up with her.

  • roarpen

    That Caleb really rocks.

  • roarpen

    That Caleb really rocks.

  • PinkClouds20

    I would be very happy if Jimmy Iovine came back. They also they need to bring back the celebrity coaches.

  • Kariann Hart

    Alex is on the wrong show. He’s been where most of these kids want to go.

  • Kariann Hart

    for MK?

  • Matthew Kitson

    What makes you think she would have been better? She had that 1 Hollywood moment. I think she would be facing the same problems as everyone else

  • Kariann Hart

    Caleb needs to go far in this competition. The tour is going to need his energy!

  • Kariann Hart

    Caleb needs to go far in this competition. The tour is going to need his energy!

  • Matthew Richards

    Malaya and Jess were the only two I threw 50 votes at.

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

    Reminder:

    Will be deleting all off topic posts. The topic is tonight’s episode of American Idol.

  • carola99

    At this point if things continue to go this way the top 2 for the finale will be the mediocre country dudes Dexter and Ben. Ugh…
    Watch them crush all the girls. What a shame and waste of a season.

  • LazerTron

    Mostly because she seemed very comfortable and confident on stage.

  • Kariann Hart

    Oh dear, I can’t take another Country vs Country finale!

  • LeoCS

    Can I point out the good part of the show tonight? The judges’s criticism. For a long time it hasn’t been so spot on. They aren’t afraid to tell the right thing. All of them are giving good advices.

  • carola99

    Me neither! I love country music but not those two.
    So lets just hope Majesty brings it towards the end!

  • jms

    I think most of the contestants misinterpreted the theme, it was supposed to mean “songs that remind you of home”, not “songs that will send you home”.

  • Incipit

    I wasn’t anticipating watching this episode – because I only recognized two of the songs – The GDG song I don’t like – and “Waiting On the World to Change”, which has been way overdone, IMO. Nevertheless, I sat down to watch it – and fell asleep. Literally.

    So thank you once again for the videos, mj. I’ll have to catch up with the performances…so I can make sense of the comments – but it doesn’t read as if I missed anything by nodding off tonight. smh. Can I blame Randy?

  • b_james

    Another thing I’m not liking is the new set and the CONSTANT camera angle changes. It’s really hard to focus in on the contestants and feel the emotion.

    I also found CJ and Jessica’s voices incredibly hard to listen to tonight.

  • Jon Glass

    Does anyone know if the songs are on itunes or if they are not doing it this year?? help!

  • Jon Glass

    Does anyone know if the songs are on itunes or if they are not doing it this year?? help!

  • Matthew Richards

    “Honey, jazz isn’t white noise. It’s black moans, red screams, and blue lullabies.”

  • Matthew Richards

    “Honey, jazz isn’t white noise. It’s black moans, red screams, and blue lullabies.”

  • Matthew Richards

    “Honey, jazz isn’t white noise. It’s black moans, red screams, and blue lullabies.”

  • Joystickenvy

    Thought it was too fast and her phrasing was all wrong. Major pitch problems in the middle too.

  • Joystickenvy

    Thought it was too fast and her phrasing was all wrong. Major pitch problems in the middle too.

  • hayes

    When the judges pile on negative after negative after negative feedback, it doesn’t help the contestants still waiting to perform. I’m all about honesty from the judges, but man, I wish they wouldn’t nitpick on every single performance. Especially Harry. “I like it, but…” I would gladly accept lying by omission. But let me add, JLo is on point with the judging this season. Maybe the contestants make it easy on the judges? :/

    Anyway, I, too, am underwhelmed by tonight’s performances. Emily/MK will be going home, I think.

    And can I just say, MK can pull off dressing like a teenage boy, but with those long-ass eyelashes? Not a good look.

  • hayes

    When the judges pile on negative after negative after negative feedback, it doesn’t help the contestants still waiting to perform. I’m all about honesty from the judges, but man, I wish they wouldn’t nitpick on every single performance. Especially Harry. “I like it, but…” I would gladly accept lying by omission. But let me add, JLo is on point with the judging this season. Maybe the contestants make it easy on the judges? :/

    Anyway, I, too, am underwhelmed by tonight’s performances. Emily/MK will be going home, I think.

    And can I just say, MK can pull off dressing like a teenage boy, but with those long-ass eyelashes? Not a good look.

  • The Guest™

    Especially with Emily and that J.Lo’s Let’s Get Loud…

  • The Guest™

    Especially with Emily and that J.Lo’s Let’s Get Loud…

  • The Guest™

    Every time I see MK with that backwards cap, it reminds me of that D-bag Bieber. Not a good first impression. Dexter and Caleb were the tops tonight IMO.

  • The Guest™

    Every time I see MK with that backwards cap, it reminds me of that D-bag Bieber. Not a good first impression. Dexter and Caleb were the tops tonight IMO.

  • Barliro

    Jenna’s performance was forgettable. Plus she opened the show. And the fact that she was a wildcard contestant considering that she did pretty well during rush week.

  • Barliro

    Jenna’s performance was forgettable. Plus she opened the show. And the fact that she was a wildcard contestant considering that she did pretty well during rush week.

  • Joystickenvy

    That falsetto note was ROUGH, so was the last note. She was just off pitch the whole way through, but yeah, better than the first two. Lol at bad hair Keith and his doesn’t matter how off pitch you are if you just sing louder advice. We always used to joke that “we may not be good, but we’re loud!”

  • Joystickenvy

    That falsetto note was ROUGH, so was the last note. She was just off pitch the whole way through, but yeah, better than the first two. Lol at bad hair Keith and his doesn’t matter how off pitch you are if you just sing louder advice. We always used to joke that “we may not be good, but we’re loud!”

  • Matthew Richards

    There got to be too many of them ;)

  • Matthew Richards

    There got to be too many of them ;)

  • Matthew Richards

    There got to be too many of them ;)

  • Matthew Richards

    I’ve actually been saying she should sing Let It Go.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’ve actually been saying she should sing Let It Go.

  • Joystickenvy

    I took it to mean that Keith has been breathing too many fumes at the hairdresser ;)

  • Joystickenvy

    I took it to mean that Keith has been breathing too many fumes at the hairdresser ;)

  • Joystickenvy

    I took it to mean that Keith has been breathing too many fumes at the hairdresser ;)

  • Joystickenvy

    I get a lot of compliments from people about the “passion” or “emotion” in my songs when I sing, though part of that is just loudness…..but when I listen to recordings of myself the pitch problems make me cringe. I think to be a great singer you need tone, pitch, phrasing, timing and connection to the material. Keith’s suggestion that nothing else matters if you have “passion” is silly, but he’s not that great a singer, so I’m not surprised.

  • Joystickenvy

    I get a lot of compliments from people about the “passion” or “emotion” in my songs when I sing, though part of that is just loudness…..but when I listen to recordings of myself the pitch problems make me cringe. I think to be a great singer you need tone, pitch, phrasing, timing and connection to the material. Keith’s suggestion that nothing else matters if you have “passion” is silly, but he’s not that great a singer, so I’m not surprised.

  • Jon Glass

    I really don’t like the new set either. The stage just looks weird. I really miss the stage from Season 7, 8, and 9

  • Jon Glass

    I really don’t like the new set either. The stage just looks weird. I really miss the stage from Season 7, 8, and 9

  • Jon Glass

    I really don’t like the new set either. The stage just looks weird. I really miss the stage from Season 7, 8, and 9

  • Joystickenvy

    More than a little. It was nice to see her actually smile and look happy in the package. Every time she has been on camera tonight she was glaring and she was very tentative in her performance. I like her voice, but I’m losing hope for a good performance before she gets the boot.

  • HKfan

    He was even worse at messing with the contestants head.

  • macfae

    I’m giving Alex and Majesty a pass this time around. I was disappointed with his song choice and underwhelmed by her delivery. However, their other performances have won me over. .same with Jessica. She may have sung sharp throughout but I didn’t care until she hit that bum note. But I’m standing by the 3 of them for now.

    I started backing Ben because he’s from my area but I’m getting more attached to him because of his talent.

    Caleb gets votes for entertainment value but he absolutely needs to show some originality.

    I don’t know what’s up with MK; she was so much better initially. She is coming across as uncomfortable and unfocused. She may go home.

    Jena was mostly forgettable – I do recall that she seemed to be having fun at least. . Emily couldn’t keep my attention and Malaya showed emotion but was not good

    Dexter and CJ redeemed themselves somewhat. I was ready to send both of them home last week.

    Sam is likable when he sings but I couldn’t tell you now what he sang. It’s as if he sings the same song every week..

  • Joystickenvy

    She was very loud, so according to Keith it doesn’t matter how out of tune she was.

  • http://elizabethrosalyn.com/ Elizabeth Rosalyn

    Yeah, the set, the camera angle switches, and those awful background graphics are all such distractions. I think that’s part of the disconnect.

  • macfae

    those are the 3 who I expect in the bottom also. It’s going to be all girls for sure.

  • Aidolfan

    This season is giving season 9 vibes. It just maybe that there are too many GUITARS every week. Its like some of them are hiding behind them. They could do like season 10 and play it but not every week.

  • macfae

    I seriously think that Randy could be a problem behind the scenes. I know for a fact that he is bugging the hell out of me on the screen. He is taking up entirely too much on air time..
    He needs to go away .

  • Dlynne

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this…they need to put the guitars away for a couple of weeks. For most of them, the instruments are a distraction from giving an impassioned performance. Playing that guitar or piano has to be second nature, and for most of them it’s not. For a show or two they just need to sing! Really sing for their lives.

  • macfae

    I think a lot of the criticisms tonight were legitimate even if they were sometimes inconsistent or gave conflicting advice
    But all of them need some guidance, because at this point they all should be bringing it a lot stronger.

  • macfae

    So am I.

  • frumpus

    Have you seen her singing on youtube? All of her performances are as good as her Hollywood moment. The producers are idiots for not picking her.

  • frumpus

    Song choice shouldn’t matter, these kids need to be able to sing any song.

  • Joystickenvy

    Another disappointing week. Predicting an all girl B3. MK, Malaya & Emily, though Jena could also make an appearance. Emily had the worst overall performance IMO, but Malaya & Majesty had some impressively off notes in a night of generally out of tune singing. Caleb & Dexter were least terrible. Ben & Sam didn’t have any horribly off pitch moments, but super boring. CJ was better than last week, but pitch off through whole song again. Alex’s song choice and arrangement were bad choices. I liked Jessica last week, but she had a lot of pitch problems this week. MK was super tentative and the song didn’t suit her. Malaya had some nice moments, but the end got screechier and more out of tune the louder she got. Majesty hit some of the most painfully off pitch notes of the night, but I think her likability and decent performance last week will save her. I really hope week three is better :/

  • JustJam

    Don’t get too carried away with the vote rankings they reveal early in the show. The country boys come from small towns that fully support them so I was not surprised that they dominated it. However, things can change overnight. My top 3 was Malaya, Ben and Jess. I predict another all-girl bottom 3 which will be Emily, MK and Jena.

  • JustJam

    Agreed. Couldn’t they find more versatile country-pop/rock artists for this season? The only country person I like is Jessica because she can also sing rock.

  • JustJam

    I think Jena since she was a wildcard like Kristen and at the moment she’s not making much impact.

  • Joystickenvy

    I think it would be better if they were getting this feedback in rehersals, which they might be if they are working with actual vocal coaches and not Randy, but it is feedback they need to hear. Most of them are capable of being much better than they have been. I think Harry is honestly annoyed by how bad they are and not just trying to be the mean judge. I think his feedback is more useful than Keith telling them it’s ok if they sound terrible as long as they have passion.

  • sue

    This was a very frustrating night because these guys do have so much more potential. Half of them actually did better last week. If Uncle PB is reading this, I want him to let the contestants sit backstage. The whole going through the crowd thing to the lounge is stupid. They need to go backstage to regroup and breathe when they are done. I don’t want to see a bunch of sad faces after they have bad critiques from the judges. They look so defeated.

    What happen to the element of surprise? I miss Nigel, for reals. lols Revealing the supervote was not a good idea either. Did they really think this would be a good show watching it in rehearsals? Really? These guys seriously need better mentoring. JImmy Iovine was actually better. What happen to studio recordings and itunes?

    The sound was off too, I think? I feel terrible for these contestants. Hopefully things will get better. I still have hope for them. It can only get better right? Why aren’t the extensive team teaching these guys how to move around and look at the camera? The new producers have got to get it together. The ratings are in the toilet and this isn’t helping at all.

    I guess MK, Emily or CJ is going home. Even my favorite Alex had an off night. They should just have unplugged idol next week.
    Well we got great judges this season and a bunch of nervous not ready for teevee contestants. Sads…. :(

  • Valarie

    The only one who could sell me an album so far is Ben. The judges delivered a weak crop of contestants. Harry is a constant drone of negativity. Surely, he can advise these kids without chopping their legs out from under them. Idol should consider a mid season replacement for him.

  • HKfan

    Just watching Idol now…..CJ’s on. I asked my 12 yo to guess how old he was, and she said 45, she was very shocked when I said 23…and she thinks Alex looks like a younger wormtail from the Harry Potter movies…not a good compliment.

  • HKfan

    I just watched Malaya…i thought it was awful, not quite as bad as last week, but not good. I just don’t like the sound of her voice.

  • HKfan

    I’m not understanding all the dislike for Emily….I think she’s one of my favourite girls at the moment. She’s pretty, seems nice, has had consistantly good vocals, and tries to work the stage and perform…

  • HKfan

    Must say Harry is beginning to get on my nerves…..I’d love for him to get up there and sing and be judged….bet he wouldn’t be perfect!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It seems like Alex has had a lot more performing experience and at a more significant level than the other contestants. His twitter profile:

    Alex Preston Verified account
    @RealAlexPreston
    American Idol TOP 12 Season 13 FOX 8/7c 20 years old. As seen performing with Backstreet Boys, Gavin Degraw, Labrinth, Nina Nesbitt, Of Monsters and Men & more.
    Nashville, Tennessee · youtube.com/lessthanthreenh

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The judges frustration with this bunch is palpable. Could there be chaos backstage that’s keeping the kids from being able to rehearse properly? Choose songs? Work out issues with the band? I still believe this is a talented bunch, but something is not happening here. I have to say, that I’m frustrated too.

    I’m blaming it all on Randy. lol Seriously, I can understand why the judges are frustrated. There’s a lot of talent in this group, but for me, only a few of them seem to want to entertain and can connect when on stage, but few have been able to combine great vocals with that. Alex has performed with the Backstreet Boys and Gavin Degraw, so he should be far more experienced than the rest, but the guy has a negative stage presence that takes away from his performance. Sam has no spark and it’s not enjoyable for me to watch MK show how uncomfortable she is onstage. These three seem to have a problem in showing their personality in their performances. Majesty knows how to perform and sing, and I thought the first part of her performance was great, but then for some reason, the second part went off the rails. I think that the frustration comes from believing that these contestants are far better than they have been the past couple of weeks. Still no mention of an Idol tour this year (have they canceled it?). I would have thought that competing for a spot on the tour would give these contestants some motivation to excel.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” If Uncle PB is reading this, I want him to let the contestants sit backstage. The whole going through the crowd thing to the lounge is stupid. They need to go backstage to regroup and breathe when they are done. I don’t want to see a bunch of sad faces after they have bad critiques from the judges. They look so defeated.”

    Yeah, that’s not enjoyable for the viewers or beneficial for the contestants. After some of the cruel twists this season, Uncle PB seems to have a different idea of what is “entertaining” than I do though.

  • Guest

    edit: STOP RESPONDING TO THIS STUFF! Flag and MOVE ON.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I suspect that Randy is pretty useless in his mentor role and not telling the contestants some of the obvious problems that they have. I think that the contestants are working with vocal coaches and others as well (eg. Michael Orland), but Randy can be pretty overbearing, which is not a good thing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Can I blame Randy?”

    Sure, I know that I am. lol

  • Not fit to print

    Ha! Several of them dropped their game face at times when they might reasonable have expected the camera not to be on them. They are all quite good at taking criticism. Whatever they are feeling inside, they are taking it on the chin with a smile. But the camera is really lurking this year.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I liked that performance a lot more than most people did. At least, Emily tried to entertain people.

  • Not fit to print

    Me, too. Jena likes bang-it-out songs but her voice and her look are more sultry. In that sense this was not the best song for her. I hope she sticks around another week to do something that is more in her wheelhouse.

  • Not fit to print

    That outfit was horrible. The stylists are out to lunch this year.

  • Tess Herself

    I’m afraid you would be sadly disappointed. Harry is tremendous on stage and fully understands his bailiwick…he knows what songs suit his voice, his piano skills are beyond great, and he interprets with the best of them.

  • HKfan

    He wasn’t tremendous when he performed on Idol the other year.

  • Not fit to print

    I thought that this was a stalker song – the object of love is either done or not interested but the singer is undeterred. That quiet vocals belie a scary intensity of purpose. I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.
    It’s like “Every Breath You Take”, which is why the singer has to sound really committed to the song.

  • Not fit to print

    YUP! Archuleta was great from the start, as well, which is what made Season 7 one of the best. Everyone knew there were two people playing to win from Day One. Everyone knew they had to bring their A game every week.

  • Not fit to print

    That would be great.

  • Sassycatz

    When I was 12, I thought everyone over 20 was old.

  • Kirsten

    General Comments
    1) When did they stop making people in the audience check their cell phones?
    2) The stylists need to sneak into the contestants’ room at night and steal all their baseball caps. And burn them. In a very hot fire. Now.
    3) Oh. Rats. I thought we were going the entire show without hearing from Randy. And then he randomly shows up in the middle of Emily’s home memories complaining about her rehearsal. Is Randy driving the bus this year?
    4) LOL at the empty chairs for Ben. These producers have a sense of humour.
    5) The skits with the numbers are cute, but I can’t tell what some of them are. Best skits: Jess with her 10, Dexter using his number to replace his dogs, Ben in the tub and Sam making the moves.

    Performance Comments

    Jena – I apprecaite that Jena is always showing us different sides to herself by choosing a variety of types of songs. “Suddenly I see” fit right into her range and she sounded lovely. I would have liked her to lean back into the groove of the song a little better (she never seemed part of the song), but Harry had a good point that if the stupid audience is clapping on one and three, it’s harder for her to keep to the songs syncopated rhythm on two and four (and it loses its bounce). Still swallowing her words. Best of her non-self-written songs so far (7.5/10)

    Alex – He is a good guitar player. No question there. I liked that he too tried to show us another side of himself and I do think he fit into the groove of that song quite well. The problem he had is that you can’t just start a line in tune, you have to finish it in tune as well. The further we got into the song, the worse that got until he was throwing some real clunkers. I also don’t like the rolled pants. It’s like the stylists are trying to give him a fun flair that doesn’t suit him at all. (7.5/10)

    Jess – I like that she tried to put her own twist on a well known song, but I don’t think it worked. White Flag is a haunting, emotional song and Jess’s performance just fell flat. There was none of the urgency or loss or empowerment in the song. And she was sharp the entire time. The high note became painful. Keith’s point is lost on me. You can sing a few notes off when the emotion becomes overpowering, but not the entire song like she did. This is not the performance to try to make that point on, but I did enjoy his singing. Jess took the criticism well. (4/10)

    Dexter – Doggies! I want to vote for him already. Finally, finally, finally. I’ve been griping all competition that Dexter needs to stop singing stupid Bro Country songs and sing something with a story. He is a story-teller and he needs to tell stories. Very emotional and vulnerable performance. He still needs to ennunciate his words a little better so I can tell what the story was (for a moment there, I was thrown by his “couple of daughters in a coffee can”), but this is a huge step up from where he was before. (8.5/10).

    Emily – She plays the military and the Spanish card in the same week. That will help with the votes. I’m very happy to hear her go totally up-beat this week. I don’t know this song, but it has some energy. Too bad the brass players ignored her – brass players, get into it. Was that Rickey on the drum? He knows how to play with the singers. Anyway, Harry was right. She was a passenger on that train. And she almost fell off the train on the high notes. But, it was fun and sometimes that is all we can hope for. (7/10)

    Caleb – Man, is he going to be fun on tour. He leaves EVERYTHING on stage. He definitely gives us our money worth and he does amazing vocal gymnastics while staying in tune. But. He is a total throwback. Harry is right. Caleb needs to find a way to fit into the contemporary rock scene or he’s going to be anchoring rock review shows in Branson for the rest of his life (9/10)

    MK – She has such a beautiful voice and I love the twist she took on this song. She was so right to strip the band down for this performance. But the close-up was not her friend. There was a total disconnect between her heartfelt voice and the terrified look in her eyes. Keith could tell because he watches the monitor. She has got to get control of her nerves and learn to look through the camera to connect with the audience. (8/10)

    CJ – CJ is finally starting to get a handle on this competition and returning to his pre-live form. Great song choice sung soulfully with a lot of grit. Loved it. He does need to be a bit more original with his arrangements, but I’m excited to have him back. I’d listen to this performance again. (8.5/10).

    Sam – Such a wonderful tone. I think he can take it very far. But, there is a wall there that he has that he’s going to have to break. I sense there is a lot of pain behind that wall, but he has going to have to tear it down at some point. I think he came closest to that when he sang his original back in Hollywood. But, he’s totally safe for now because you can see the expression on the audience’s face. Beautiful song. I think Blind Pilot is going to sell a few downloads based on that. (9/10).

    Malaya – I’m sorry, but that was absolutely horrible. It must have sounded different in studio. At home, she started too low and drifted to flat. The song sounded like a dirge. I know why she started low. Like a figure skater who is going to have difficulty with a jump, she needs to skate around the rink a couple of times to gain speed and confidence. She needs the head room for the high notes that are going to come. So, no surprise, she stands up and starts screaming at me, but now she is sharp. I get that gospel songs are designed in a lab for to generate a certain emotional response, but I could not take this journey with her. It was too scripted, too off-key and too badly sung. I forgive Malaya a lot of things because of her magnetic personality, but like her hair, all personality was ironed out of her tonight. This performance felt totally cynical. Blergh! (1/10).

    Ben – A heartfelt performance from him. He’s got a much bigger voice than I thought. I don’t know why Harry did not connect to it. And neither did Keith. Wow. Maybe Ben is one of those people who does such a good job with connecting to the home audience that the studio audience feels left out? IDK. I’m watching at home. I think he’ll record well. (8/10).

    Majesty – I love Majesty. Love, love, love her. She can totally command the stage and is not afraid to sing quietly. Magical tone. She did get a little strident near the end. Part of the problem with this song is that it was so short, we didn’t have time to really grow from quiet to loud so the transition was too quick. (8.5/10)

    My favourites: Majesty, Sam, CJ and Ben
    My yikes!: Jess and Malaya

    Who should go home: Malaya, but it will probably somebody who was meh. I’d forgotten Emily and Jena by the end. I want to forget Alex, but the voters won’t let me. Okay, I am liking him more than before.

  • lincoln

    Don’t want to sound snarky, but I went on Youtube and watched some old Haley Reihnart, Adam Lambert, even Sibohan videos. None of these 12 have anywhere near the talent of these past folks. Pleasant show filled with a bunch of nobodies.

  • Incipit

    “Uncle PB seems to have a different idea of what is “entertaining” than I do though.”

    Indeed. Among other things, the producers picking these contestants makes that perfectly clear. smh.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Part of the problem with this song is that it was so short, we didn’t have time to really grow from quiet to loud so the transition was too quick.”

    I think that’s a general problem with almost all of these performances. They are too short (1’30”), so some songs that would be great for the contestants can’t be as impactful when shortened. I would vote for less filler (NO Randy!) and commercials (*delusional*) and lengthening the performances to at least 2 minutes, or even *gasp* the whole song.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I want him to let the contestants sit backstage.

    In general, the new emphasis on “see how performers react to EVEN MORE STRESS that we pile on so that you see every element of stress and how stressy it is!” just means we get to see performers react to stress by being less-than-ideally focused on actually singing. I know real-life touring has its own stresses that have to be concentrated around, but the show adds all sorts of new and irrelevant ones on top of the stresses that always came from the format of the show. It’s not fun to watch people perform under par.

    What happen to studio recordings and itunes?

    Good question. Why kiss off a profit generator? It’s not like Idol was lavishing time and money on production for those. They were clearly done on the cheap, yet people bought them. I don’t believe eliminating them will increase post-show sales substantially, but will just reduce audience interest in actually buying the music.

    Why aren’t the extensive team teaching these guys how to move around and look at the camera?

    Because they’re too busy choosing cheesy background graphics?

  • bscfan

    What happened? Last week I thought several of the contestants did a nice job; this week nobody really came through. A few started out well but could’nt sustain it. Even Majesty ended up blowing it. I actually thought the judges did a decent job pointing out the shortcomings, or at least one judge per song did, even if the other two did some sugarcoating, most often JLo. She is not as incisive as the other two.

  • bscfan

    But can you imagine if Simon were still on? He would have been telling those contestants they were kareoke and cruise ship right and left. These judges are much nicer. The problem is the negativity is deserved.

  • vd88

    I said singing style, the way she sang. I didn’t mean style in what she was wearing.

  • hayes

    Right. But I think the contestants saw through Simon’s BS. He says stuff like that but was completely baseless. He says it just to say it.

    These judges’ comments are so pointed I think that it freaks the hell out of the contestants. It’s not entirely bad because I prefer this kind of judging vs the Simon/Randy/Paula kind, but was just wondering if it’s affecting the contestants more than usual, especially if there’s not enough guidance during rehearsals.

  • jpfan2

    I’m starting to worry about this season. Nice bunch of kids but so many are not ready for prime time. Is it that hard to cast a diverse bunch of singers when you have thousands to chose from. Not to mention, the show used to use plants to improve the talent pool.

  • jpfan2

    I would be very surprised if there was an Idol tour resembling past tours. Maybe they would have a shorter tour or a few shows in Vega. The Voice doesn’t put out a tour and right now that show is getting way more viewers than Idol.

  • Tinawina

    Man, that was one rough set of videos to get through.

    Boys:

    I feel like last night was revenge of the fodder. Dexter & CJ came back swinging. But the thing is, neither performance was THAT good, it just looked good in comparison to everyone else.

    Sam & Caleb both can really sing. I think Sam is still not quite all the way present or something, no matter how good he sounds. Caleb just had the wrong song.

    Alex would have been fine if he had just looked like he was singing to the audience and not himself. He’s an extreme introvert and it shows.

    Ben: the dark horse is coming to life. I keep telling y’all, watch out for that one. (watch him get voted off next week because I said that LOL. My asstalking will bite me in the end)

    Girls:

    Malaya: For once I disgaree with MJ, that was not a good version of that song, She yelled at me. I like Malaya but she just doesn’t belong there. But she brought herself another week.

    MK: Going home, unless her fans saved her. WAY too awkward.

    Emily: Pointless to bother really. We all know she’s eventually going home.

    Jena: SMH

    Majesty: SMH

    Jessica: SMH

    Those last 3 were all better than that. I guess Jessica was the best of the lot. She’s going nowhere though, I think Jess has people.

    One more week like that and I’m not watching any more of these videos. LOL

  • Tinawina

    But, there is a wall there that he has that he’s going to have to break. I sense there is a lot of pain behind that wall, but he has going to have to tear it down at some point.

    THIS!!!!

    Sam sounds good, has the charisma, but is still behind a wall. That’s it exactly.

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

    LIke I said, if he could tap into that pain, there would be no stopping him. But he’s a young man who has been through a lot. I suspect music is an escape for him at this point.

  • MickeiKnight

    First, next week is the last elimination before the tour, so they’ll probably mention it then.

    Second, what happened between the Dolby Theater and The Idol Stage? Randy with his bad mentoring. I’m wondering if this is deliberate sabotage on his part because he was ‘demoted’ to mentor? Or if they kept him on because they were afraid he might of ended up on XF US; with Simon doing his best to bring back Pauler. Then you would have Idol Originals vs Idol Replacements.

    Either way they need to bring in some guest mentors fast, or Autotune. It’s talked about how bad every third season of Idol is, how about unlucky season 13.

    I highly doubt that there will be an ‘Idol Moment’ this year. Plus, the ‘Shocking Elimination’ won’t be that shocking ’cause this group is not that good.

  • dy

    LOL this was bugging me so much last night. Especially the ones turned backwards.

  • jeffreyd95821

    I don’t know how MJ does it. All the bitchy comments here are exhausting and gave me a migraine. But I’m still going to comment!:
    Jena: The music was too fast and I couldn’t understand her.
    Alex: Looks and sounds like a bad Chris Isaac impersonator.
    Jessica: Gave me a Lucinda Williams vibe. Look her up. It’s a compliment.
    Dexter: Redeemed himself with a song that was in his wheelhouse. But backwards caps look stupid.
    Emily: If you are going to suck up to a judge, at least acknowledge it.
    MK: MJ hates this song. Bad MJ for hating a Train song! But too underwhelming.
    CJ: I thought for sure Sam would be doing this one. Surprised and liked it.
    Sam: I like Sam. I’d like him to ditch the guitar and be a kid. David Archuleta was shy, but he could let loose and be entertaining. MJ calls him boring and that’s a bad MJ! I like Sam.
    Malaya: Pretty song but still can’t understand her.
    Ben: Better than last week.
    Majesty: Not better than last week.
    Now I take aspirin for migraine. Anybody want one too?

  • dy

    I like Dexter too, and never got the bro country vibe from him, so was glad to see him step up this week.

  • Incipit

    “Man, that was one rough set of videos to get through.”

    You’re not kidding. I made it through the first six – they were so not good. But I made notes – and I have good intentions – – I’m gonna force myself to check out the rest of them. Later.

  • Montavilla

    Oh, sorry. But it does strike me that, along with everything else, Candice had her look down pretty well.

  • PinkClouds20

    It’s all about song choice. Emily was my favorite last week and this week she is my least favorite.

  • MichaelG

    You sound pretty bitchy yourself, there. ;) It was a bad night for the top 12, hence some critical and negative commentary. I hold hope that next week will be better. Because…how could it be worse really?

  • cableknitgal

    I think people are too used to the idol dynamic of standouts vs fodder whereas this crop is pretty evenly matched. How many performances from previous seasons would have been awesome if there wasn’t a Sanjaya or Chicken Little to compare them to? Also I don’t like these new broader themes. Previous seasons themes really forced contestants to define themselves. Plus when they finaly got a theme in their wheelhouse they generally had really good performances by comparison. These broader themes let them choose songs that feel good on a whim with no thought behind it. That’s why Scotty was able to “put something different” on his choices because of course countrifying motown is different. It didn’t require huge effort from him. And I miss the guest mentors…

  • Allison

    Only the country boys hit the mark. And Majesty wasn’t as bad as all that.

  • Samantha Larson Randall

    I am not sure what the judges are hearing. I do think the band is to loud and the singers not loud enough. But I don’t feel the performances were as bad as the judges said.

  • CanadianLady

    I’ve now listened to Dexter’s song at least 8 times this morning, plus the 4 last night. Yeah Dexter! Now if I could get him to sing some Mavericks or Clay Walker or Toby Keith, I’d be so happy. I thought he was way ahead of the rest of them last night.

    Thought Malaya was next best. Really liked how she changed it up and settled down.

    Ben sang okay but he’s not really grabbing my interest yet.

    Majesty was – wha happened? I had her as my top choice but she definitely floundered a bit last night. I expect her to come back strong.

    Caleb can sing but that song didn’t do anything for me. Very generic screamy. He needs to do a ballad or something.

    Like CJ but he hasn’t sung really well yet. I wish I could send him some Johnny Reid songs. They might be more in his wheelhouse – mix of Motown and country. He has to get the intonation right, too.

    Alex also was surprisingly not great. A bit too precious. He needs to do some Roy Orbsion or something that’s more of a straight-up song to show he can do that.

    Emily and Jess and Jena and Sam were all were all kind of okay but not special. And MK really wasn’t very good.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Man, that was one rough set of videos to get through.

    You be brave. I read the recap when I got home late last night and decided that actually seeing the performances would unduly sap my will to live.

  • CanadianLady

    Oh, re the sound. We have been having a terrible time with it. The band and background vocals seem almost always too loud. Very mushy sound. So, last week, my husband found a way to hook up the sound from the TV (which is normally fine) to our radio system and speakers. Don’t know how he did it but it makes a world of difference! You can actually heard the words now. Everything sounds soooo much better.

  • WildcardFail

    well waiting a whole week for those performances was major disappointment sad.

    the girls were forgettable while some of the guys were ok.
    hopefully these kids will get better advice and maybe by top 10 they step it up
    oh the highlight was Allison vocals in the background thats all

  • Itsmekg

    I must admit I was UNDERwhelmed by all the songs last night. I already deleted it from my DVR, so I will have to come back later this evening and listen here.

    Was it just a bad night, or were my ears deceiving me??? Not one solid grab me type of performance. And they touted this as the “BEST SEASON” ever…but then again, they say that every season – lol.

  • conferII

    I am sorry, I love Idol and have watched it every year since season 2…but this is far and away the most boring bland group of singers they have ever had. And the songs they are choosing are tuneless uninspired yawners, which doesn’t help. I can’t see anyone getting a moment, not yet. I hope I am wrong

  • Tinawina

    No, you are correct, it was a bad night.

    The thing with this group is, for me, I actually really like a lot of them. But somehow they are all choking to various degrees. It’s not that they are bad, it’s that so far, they are really disappointing because they come across as so much better than what we are getting right now.

  • jms

    I think I was a little harsh on Majesty yesterday. A rewatch and it wasn’t as bad aside from the one note and the few after it. Most of it was flawless. Still, that note made me sad. I’d be much sadder if she left.

  • Montavilla

    I love Harry. That is all.

  • Elijah Hawkins

    Who were you suggesting be flagged?

  • Elijah Hawkins

    I don’t understand why my comments as well as the person I was talking to were deleted. Yes we didn’t agree, and yes we were being a bit sarcastic, but this is a DISCUSSION BOARD. Not everyone is going to have the same opinion and get a long like babies. That’s the fun and point of commenting on blogs. I’m not trying to be rude, but honestly it doesn’t make any sense MJ.

  • Nedsdag

    Gavin DeGraw.

  • jeffreyd95821

    Come to think of it I do sound bitchy. Not enough sleep I guess. ;) If MK goes home tonight I can think of one gay blogger who thinks she’s “faboo” and will pitch a fit about it. Then you will really see bitchy!

  • ninergrl6

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned elsewhere — apologies — but is there are reason why the songs aren’t available to download from iTunes this season? I didn’t realize it myself until someone asked me about it.

  • Maria Rodriguez

    In my town , people usually don’t claps to anything . Unless something is very huge . So I had not notice his lack of claps .

  • zebracrunk

    Negativity? I’d call it telling the truth, compared to Jennifer who laughs at nothing and says “you look beautiful tonight”.

  • zebracrunk

    And the spiritual advisers. Those are obviously more necessary than giving a good performance.

  • Maria Rodriguez

    The Voice already has Starbucks as exclusive sponsor .
    AI final would be in a baseball park .

  • Matthew Richards

    WNTS is theorizing that it’s a trade-off to get new songs on the show, because one-time performance rights are way easier to get than distribution rights.