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I really hoped that Randy Jackson would be a better fit in the role of Idol mentor. But nope. He’s still tossing off the same tired bromides. Is this the kind of dumb advice he’s giving the contestants behind the scenes? If so I feel really sorry for them. Although the word “pitchy” seems to have been banned from the set, there are still plenty of Randyisms. Enough to get pretty drunk during a drinking game. Toss a shot every time the dawg suggests a contestant enunciate or sell the emotion of a song.

Many of the kids are still figuring out how to perform on the big stage, in front of cameras, with a huge band. The best tonight were MK Nobilette, Majesty Rose, Jessica Meuse, and Alex Preston.  All of them brought artistry and individuality to the stage.

Not feeling at all:  Kristen O’Connor is in over her head.  On top of her typical issues connecting to the song she’s singing, she had pitch problems tonight. She’d be my pick for elimination.  Dexter Roberts is proving to be cookie cutter, straight out of the bro country playbook. Of the three country singers,  Ben Briley is the more interesting than Dexter. But CJ Harris is the best. Unfortunately his song choice was too safe.  His lane is country blues and he should stay there–even if it is the road less traveled. Let a singer like Dexter hang himself with mediocrity.

I’ll probably get hate tweets for this, but I am NOT feeling Sam Woolf! He’s been pegged the front runner, but it’s just early hype. He’s proving to be a generic singer, albeit a cute one with a nice voice. Which is why he’ll last. But I don’t think he’ll win.

The big stage: The poor contestants are expected to sit off to the side, with smiles plastered on their faces, as their competition performs. This could get interesting. Also, that gauntlet of fans the singers are expected to run through to get on and off stage looks really distracting. I don’t see the point of making the set bigger and bigger. It just makes it harder for the contestants to feel comfortable and perform well.

It’s cool to see Allison Iraheta singing backups with Rickey Minor and the band. In the audience tonight: Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, Season 7′s Carly Smithson. X Factor winners, Alex and Sierra.

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At the top of the show, another recap of the season. Because we really need that again! And then Ryan introduces the episode. THIS….IS AMERICAN IDOL!   AHHHHHHH! Ryan calls the Top 13 to the stage, one by one by name. They run a gauntlet through the audience, high fiving fans. Next, the judges take the stage. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

“This is Me” is the theme.  The contestants were asked to choose songs that represent themselves as artists. Jlo thinks America hasn’t gotten to know the Top 13 as they might have in past seasons. Hm. That’s an interesting observation.

Next, an adorable video featuring the Top 13, describing ALL THE NEW WAYS TO VOTE!!!  Each of the contestants will have THEIR VERY OWN NUMBERS. And YOU CAN START VOTING NOW.  Plus GOOGLE VOTING PEOPLE! You have until TOMORROW to vote for your fav.

Dexter Roberts – Aw Naw by Chris Young - Video package features 5 things YOU didn’t know about each of the contestants. Randy introduces him, but there’s no mentoring to see.  OK. I kind of hate this. It’s a terrible song. If Dexter is going to be our “country bro” contestant, I have zero interest in him. This is a pretty dull performance.  The band is drowning him out, and he’s got some timing issues.  Before you know it, he’ll be dragging out a rapper. Bleh. Keith calls him a likeable guy. He thought it was an excellent cover, but karaoke.  Jlo agrees, of course.  Harry suggests he ditch the ear monitor. He thinks it might be contributing to some pitch problems. He wants to see more personality. Jlo added that the song was too low for him. Hm. I think he’s in trouble this week. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 01(1 855 443 6501) or Text 1 to 83676


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Malaya Watson – Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars – She’s afraid of dogs. But she loves everybody. But maybe not dogs.  What does SHE want America to know about her, asks Ryan. Guess this will be the question of the night. Randy notes that she has to ENUNCIATE every word. An astute commenter noted that her braces may be the culprit.  This gal has so much swag. She’s fun as hell. But she’s still having those enunciation problems and timing and pitch issues.  Jlo loves her energy! She gives her performance A+. Didn’t think it was her best vocal performance. Still thinks she’s a contender. She reminds Harry of some of the art students he knew in New Orleans. He noticed her nerves. Keith says her energy is contagious, but she’s got to get on top of the song.  She’s an energetic performer, but I agree–she’s got to be more vocally disciplined. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 02(1 855 443 6502) or Text 2 to 83676


Malaya Watson – Runaway Baby – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Kristen O’Connor – Beautiful Disaster by Kelly Clarkson – Kristen says the song is about herself. She feels she has a lot to prove. Randy says she has an amazing voice, but has to sell the emotion. There are pitch issues on the chorus. Eh. This is pretty boring. I have no idea why Kristen is in the Top 13. She’s so pageanty while awkward at the same time. Not feeling this! Harry thinks she’s a strong pop singer, but didn’t feel like she understood the song. She explains that she reinterpreted the song. He likes that she thought about it. Harry thinks there’s something going on with the in ears. Keith thought it was a great song choice. Jlo advises her to stop thinking–and it’s advice for all the contestants. Kelly can bring you to tears singing this song.  Watching paint dry would be more interesting than this performance. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 03(1 855 443 6503) or Text 3 to 83676


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Ben Briley – Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash – Gets the Red Room treatment! How does he plan on using social media? He misses Polaroid cameras. He takes a selfie with Ryan. He opens all of his gigs with this song. It’s fitting, he says. Randy suggests that he slow it down. Yep. The clip is pretty quick here. Ben’s playing the guitar tonight, with some fiddles in background relief. This is the first in-tune vocal. I’m not convinced it’s a great competition performance. The kids have to put thought into what will work on stage. He brings his own thang to the song, though. He’s got a little Elvis in him too, which is not a bad thing at all. Keith loves that he did a Cash song. He felt it was a little brisk. He makes a joke that Johnny would have sung it fast, but with the help of stimulants. Keith’s advice–Ben needs to be careful not to sacrifice artistry for his performance. He thought it was a little kitsch. Jlo liked that he made the song his own. Harry didn’t think it was kitch. Liked that it was uptempo. It’s his favorite performance so far. He admires the nod to legacy. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 04 (1 855 443 6504) or Text 4 to 83676


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The contestants have to walk through the audience to get back to the contestant pit. Yes, the contestants watch each other perform.

CJ Harris –   Radio by Darius Rucker – When he heard this song on the radio, he instantly identified with it. Randy brought the song up a half step. It’s right in his sweet spot, now, he says. I do not love this song choice, although it’s probably smart of him to choose contemporary country songs to sing. If he ends up on the radio, it will be singing songs like this. Unfortunately, it’s boring.  I would rather CJ sing songs with substance, that’s where he shines. He’s also having trouble with timing. What is going on tonight with these kids? Jlo says it was a lot of fun. She felt his energy. She’s giving him a pass on the rest. Harry likes the cry in his voice. He wished he could have heard something that employed the cry. Just an OK song choice (PREACH). Keith doesnt’ agree. He thought his mixed soul, R&B and country very well.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 05(1 855 443 6505) or Text 5 to 83676


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MK Nobilette – “Satisfaction” by Allen Stone – She had a tough time picking the right song, but she’s confident. Randy says she’s got to go out with confidence. Could his advice be anymore generic?  So, it’s not the Stones, like people assumed with the spoilers. AND I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. Damn, this is cool. And she’s right on point. She’s grooving with the band perfectly and moving in and around the notes without going off pitch. OK PEOPLE MK IS  NOT A FLUKE I REPEAT NOT A FLUKE. She’s sensational, and now, officially, one of my favorites. Harry likes her new look. He’s enjoying watching her grow. He says she needs to loosen up a little, but that should come with time. Keith is also digging her growth.  Her voice never fails her. Jlo loved the way she delivered the song. It’s working for her. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 06(1 855 443 6506) or Text 6 to 83676


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Randy is on stage with Ryan. He talks about sound and the difficulty of using in-ear monitors. He’s trying to help them. Hm.

Majesty Rose - Tightrope by Janelle Monae – Ha. I KNEW this song was her spoiler! She chose it because she’s always trying to find the balance between humility and confidence. She’s super cool in every single way possible. It’s another upbeat, spirited and charismatic performance from Majesty. I can’t take my eyes off of her when she performs. She’s marching to her own adorable drummer.  Keith calls it a killer song choice. Janelle really taps into her spirit and song range. She just needs more confidence. Jlo loves that she has her own style and individuality. Jlo notes her natural rhythm. She’s blessed. Harry likes the mystery and how it unravels. He thought it was terrific, but hints that he’s like more variety in her song picks. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 07(1 855 443 6507) or Text 7 to 83676


Majesty Rose – Tightrope – Americal Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Ryan says votes are pouring in from across the country. I thought we were going to get some stats during the course of the show? Otherwise, I don’t understand why voting would begin at the Top of the show.

Jena Irene – The Scientist by Coldplay – It was the very first song she learned on piano. At 9. Randy helped her slow the song down a bit. She’s not playing piano tonight. I’m a little disappointed. I’ll admit this is not one of my favorite performances. I prefer her original songs. But having said that, she’s got the kind of voice you’d never mistake for anyone else, and her phrasing and intonation are always interesting. Jlo loves her unique, nuanced voice. On top of it, she’s a powerhouse. She’s a little jealous! She pulled it out. Harry felt this time, she really understood and felt what she was singing (Unlike “Paint it Black”) He likes that she makes interesting choices, on a pre-existing melody. Keith felt it was pitchy at the beginning, but eventually owned the song by “leaning” in to it. Harry takes that as a cue for a bro hug. OMG. Ryan looks up the lyric’s meaning on GOOGLE. Oh, such perfect product placement. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 08(1 855 443 6508) or Text 8 to 83676


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Alex Preston – A Beautiful Mess by Jason Mraz – He’s the pride of New Hampshire! Randy says the danger is a sleepy performance. He needs to keep his eyes open. He performs the song acoustic, with guitar. The band kicks in slow and sweet on the chorus. This is nice. Very nice. Alex is creating his own little world on stage, inviting the audience in. I’m stepping through the door.  A strong vocal, he hits a big note I wasn’t expecting. He’s still one of my favorites.  OH LOOK. ALEX AND SIERRA IN THE HOUSE.  And is that his girlfriend, Jillian Jensen? Yep. Harry thought it was a good tune for him. But he has to watch his pitch. Plus, the energy was too introspective. Oh. I disagree. And so does Keith. His little world pulled him in. Jlo agrees with Keith. She was caught up in the mood he created. She loved it. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 09(1 855 443 6509) or Text 9 to 83676


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Jessica Meuse – The Crow And The Butterfly by Shinedown – Randy says she really needs to commit to the meaning of the song. Whatever that means. His comments have been pretty useless so far. In any case. Jessica sounds awesome. Her raspy raw vocals convey the message of the song perfectly. I just love her gritty style. A great song choice for her. Keith calls it a bold, but cool song choice. He loves the edge, dark quality in her voice. Jlo got goosies! Favorite vocal performance of the night. She needs to relax her body a little “But other than that? Dope.” Harry thought it was strong. We heard a different sound to her voice. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 10(1 855 443 651o) or Text 10 to 83676


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Emily Piriz – Glitter in the Air by Pink –  Randy says all Emily has to do is put her own spin on the song.  CUE THE SWAYBOTS. This is a huge improvement over that last mess of a performance.  Her pitch is flawless and she’s got some beautiful phrasing going here.  Her tone is gorgeous.  Her rendition is gentle, telling a simple, but moving story. That should hold her for another week. Jlo thought she sang a tough song beautifully. Harry digs that song, and likes the leap of faith she took. He thought she conveyed the emotion and sang the melody well.  The vocal performance was one of Keith’s favorites of the night. He advises that she not forget the “yang,” in other words, add some edge to the performance. Actually, I liked the softness she lent it.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 11(1 855 443 6511) or Text 11 to 83676


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Sam Woolf – Unwell by Matchbox 20 – Randy, in a unique bit of advice (NOT) says Sam has to sell the emotion of the song!  Everyone predicts Sam will win. He’s freshed faced and adorable. His pitch is perfect, and his voice clear as a bell. But he bores me to tears. He takes on the personality of whatever song he sings. I’m not feeling an individual style from Sam, although, he always sings beautifully. He needs to pick up the pace with this song. Very sleepy.  He finishes and the girls scream. Sigh. Harry didn’t feel his vocal mirrored the confusion of the song. He hits the nail on the head! Keith thought the tempo was slow. YEP. Jlo compares him to a quiet storm. He needs to come alive on the stage. “Get loose,” she says. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 12(1 855 443 6512) or Text 12 to 83676


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Caleb Johnson – Pressure and Time by Rival Sons – His favorite band is Rush. Let that sink in. Randy’s “sage” advice? Stay on the melody. Zzzz. Caleb chose this song because it’s a modern rock song. To be honest, it doesn’t sound modern. Caleb knows how to deliver a retro tinged rock vocal. Rock of Ages may be interested, ya’all. I could actually imagine Caleb doing stage work with those huge vocals. Modern pop music, not so much. Keith notes his serious pipes. Keith knows and loves the band. Keith says he has to figure out how to put a twist on it. Maybe too retro. Jlo thinks he’s totally ready for the rock star life. Harry thinks it’s great to hear rock on Idol. Harry says if Rival Sons ever needs a lead singer, he’s it. I’m not sure that’s a compliment. He basically called him competent, but karaoke. And he would be right. Call 1 855 4 IDOL 13(1 855 443 6513) or Text 13 to 83676


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Oh. The numbers montage includes a split screen of performances, and the contestant holding up their number. Which will work every week, because it will never change.

 
  • lola

    I read it and enjoyed it!

  • jcabby

    Hopefully this is a great night of performances!

  • Shawn Jang

    I hope everyone does well!

  • Matthew Richards

    What’s up with that freaky Gyroscope surrounding the logo?

  • Ronnie D

    I need to be WOW’d tonight.

  • lola

    I will never tire of Ryan saying “THIS” is American Idol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh no! The backwards baseball cap is back! lol

  • Seikou Kaba

    Oh god, Randy is with them

  • Sarah Sanderson

    Just realized Alex reminds me of Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter movies.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lots of glitz in this new set and theater.

  • Matthew Richards

    Alex needs to stop making that crinkled up face that makes it look like he smelled something bad.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I’ll watch Idol until the end of time if they eject Randy from his seat right in the middle of him talking

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith’s hair is getting worse. lol

  • Seikou Kaba

    Did Stevie Wonder cut Keith’s hair? Oy vey

  • Seikou Kaba

    I’m assuming that’s just his face. Not something he forces himself to do lol

  • jcabby

    Keith’s hair looks cool!

  • lola

    I’m in the middle about Keith’s hair. lol

  • Ronnie D

    Keiths hair needs to be voted off.

  • Shawn Jang

    Song choice is everything now.

  • justmefornow

    He’s a middle aged man with boyband hair, lol.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I really…can’t stand that Kristen is in the top 13 for some reason >.>

  • Sassycatz

    Kristen is a practiced spokesmodel.

  • lola

    Looks like the all got a mini makeover.

  • Seikou Kaba

    That’s actually…a pretty good idea. Giving them the same number the entire time

  • lola

    I’ve already tuned out on the voting.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I actually like the new voting method(s). A lot.

  • Sarah Sanderson

    reminds me of the old Nickelodeon magazine commercials

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I’m guessing M.K. has the most momentum coming from last week. Lot of hype around her in the Twittersphere.

  • halo9125

    Ohhhh, it’s Filler Time.

  • Ronnie D

    I really hope she brings it. I’m rooting for her even though I haven’t really been blown away yet.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No group song?

  • HermeticallySealed

    Copying from SYTYCD now?

  • Sarah Sanderson

    love Dexter’s mom’s hair lol

  • Matthew Richards

    If the polls I’ve been seeing are any indication Sam Woolf/Majesty have an early lead.

  • Ronnie D

    I want Pointy Pose! lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    YES!! lol

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Again this season there is a shortage of hot guys in the top 13. #observation #YesImSuperficial

  • halo9125

    Isn’t the pointy pose a results night thing?

  • Seikou Kaba

    Dexter’s mom’s hair…oh my God lmao

  • roger

    I read it, but seriously, I cant take anyone seriously who smiles like this – http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/alex-preston – honestly, what is that? its like a serial killer smile. Dude needs to get voted off fast!

  • dabney_c

    Not a star.

  • Matthew Richards

    OMG at Dexter’s mom’s hair.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, right. I thought that the TIP spoilers were about tonight. lol

  • roger

    check out this photo – its awful. http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/alex-preston

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    The REAL COMPETITION: Keith’s hair vs. Dexter’s Mom’s Hair!

  • halo9125

    Ugh, when JLo bobs her head I want to reach out and slap her.

  • roger

    http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/alex-preston you dont find this smile hot? lol

  • Kesia Monteith

    I wasn’t planning on commenting much but….the stage looks small. How come?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “big hair” is alive and well still in some places. lol

  • Ronnie D

    The Mom is stuck in the 80′s for sure.

  • Shawn Jang

    I give Dexter a C+ lol.

  • Sassycatz

    I wish they’d keep the camera on the performer more. I felt really disconnected from that. It sounded like he was singing in a chamber somewhere.

  • chillj

    So now Randy is doing color commentary? I think he is blackmailing a producer.

  • Sarah Sanderson

    omg lmao, poor guy

  • dabney_c

    True!

  • LeoCS

    Is this the whole Randy’s segment? These 5 seconds? Whoa, he surpassed his own uselessness.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith basically told Dexter that his rendition was karaoke. lol

  • Matthew Kitson

    Good performance, but a little generic

  • Matthew Richards

    Those lyrics were pretty bland. Kid needs to do more storytelling.

  • Rúben Guzman

    generic, I won’t remember this

  • Anna106

    I agree! Dexter is too much like thousands of other country singers.

  • Ronnie D

    Dexter isn’t star material IMO. He might do good on country radio though lol

  • dabney_c

    It looks like the season 4 semi-finals stage with better lighting. What happened to the big stage?

  • Campbell Ballon

    J-Lo looks gorgeous tonight.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Melinda said 3 nice things.
    Let’s be real, that was ewwwwwww

  • mshepnj

    Was the Idol band on stage last year? I don’t remember it… But I LIKE it this season.

  • jcabby

    It’s a forgettable performance. He needs to bring it next week if he’s still voted in.

  • roger

    he should never smile again

  • garlandk77

    I never seen all the judges trying so hard to put a positive spin on such a mediocre performance.

  • AGM2123

    I really have to say that I’m unsure about these really broad themes. What made each week interesting for me other seasons was seeing what contestants would choose when they were limited. I just think it shows their ability to be creative. With this category, they could just pick anything, which is what they’ve been doing all the weeks before.

  • justmefornow

    Dexter seems like every country dude singing in a neighborhood bar.

  • sweetpea1979

    So…they’re not even pretending that it’s not just a personality contest anymore, huh? Letting people vote before they even see performances?

  • WildcardFail

    AAngie miller and Aubrey are in the audiance today i hope we can see them

  • Seikou Kaba

    I expect Malaya to do “It WIll Rain”…though I heard she’ll sing “Runaway Baby” oh goodness

  • WildcardFail

    Look @tanamiller I found your baby girl and my season 12 girl @angiemiller in the @AmericanIdol house. We can start. pic.twitter.com/LEm8UvA51D— Michael Orland (@MichaelOrland) February 27, 2014

  • Sue tiedemann

    I loved it. Great country singer! I know he doesn’t have the “IT” factor but he is good!

  • girlygirl

    Hasn’t that been the judges’ criticism of him? That he doesn’t stand out in any way from other country artists?

  • H.A.

    How did Dexter even make top 13?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Kelly clarkson’s beautiful disaster! Been forever since I heard that

  • nycguy

    Dexter is pretty much an even less exciting Tate Stevens.

  • carola99

    Yeah, there is nothing special about him.. He can sing country but just average…

  • Shawn Jang

    Is Kristen singing that?

  • Campbell Ballon

    That’s what I was just thinking.

  • dabney_c

    I also loved the narrow themes. Everyone complained about them, but I always thought they challenged the contestants.

  • Sue tiedemann

    By being a country singer!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Whoa, is Tate even alive still?

  • Shawn Jang

    Totally. Although I think he has a better voice than Tate, but I like Tate’s tone better.

  • carola99

    Will never understand..

  • Seikou Kaba

    I guarantee you Majesty will be singing “Tight Rope”
    She reminds me of Janelle Monae :O

  • chillj

    Some country singers are from the country.

  • yaddabing

    I’ve seen guys put on better shows in college bars.

    That said, despite the camera being on the judges or family members 50% of the time, the production is much better.

  • halo9125

    I can say that for about half of them.

  • dabney_c

    Who is Aubrey?

  • Seikou Kaba

    Not like Malaya would

  • mshepnj

    It think its his consolation prize for going away quietly last season. He gets the “Emeritus” role as a face-saving measure.

  • yaddabing

    Well now no one can say X is being put in the “pimp spot” at the end of the show.

  • Ronnie D

    I think that goes for most male country singers. I can’t even tell most of them apart based on their voices.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Let’s be real though, even mediocre dexter is better than any guy last season

  • Seikou Kaba

    MK is singing “Satisfaction” she LOVE Allen Stone

  • Matthew Richards

    Better song choices for Dexter: “I Drive Your Truck.” Crash my party. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line, if he wants something fun. Any others?

  • Shawn Jang

    Oh dear, I can already see her butchering it.

  • Ronnie D

    Hit the Road Jack?

  • Matthew Richards

    Devin was kinda good, sometimes! But yeah.

  • Shawn Jang

    I thought Devin and Burnell were better.

  • halo9125

    Beautiful disaster….why do I see that title as a bit of foreshadowing for Kristen’s performance?

  • dabney_c

    LOL, I like Malaya a lot.

  • jms

    Not that those guys are a benchmark but yes, he is

  • jcabby

    Malaya has such a great personality.

  • Ronnie D

    Lazaro would lip synch circles around him! lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She has a very entertaining personality.

  • girlygirl

    Burnell was good. The rest of the guys, not so much.

  • Anna106

    Will someone explain what the contestant is hearing in the earpiece…are they hearing just the band?

  • Sarah Sanderson

    Malaya is a sweet girl, hope she can make top 10 at least

  • Matthew Kitson

    Lazaro would have had no part in that “loves everybody” attitude

  • chillj

    Nah. More likely his contract never expired and as long as they are shelling out, they need to have him do something. His presence is totally pointless.

  • WildcardFail

    aubrey clealand she finished 11th on season 12

  • Sowsyalite

    Jillian Jensen loves that smile :)

  • Matt Gillam

    Loving the personality of this group

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    why do we still have to look at Randy? Why?

  • Landon Cox

    Anyone got a livestream link?

  • Matthew Richards

    She’s 16? Holy crap. That explains the braces.

  • WiltedYouth

    Wrong song, Malaya. :(

  • lola

    Don’t like this song choice.

  • sweetpea1979

    This sounds like karaoke…yikes.

  • Ronnie D

    He would to their faces then rip them to shreds on Twitter lol

  • dabney_c

    Not a good song for you, Malaya.

  • Shawn Jang

    Agreed. She’s pitchy too.

  • mshepnj

    Oh dear.

  • H.A.

    I like Malaya. She’s hilarious but so far she hasn’t wowed me.

  • LeoCS

    This girl is pretty terrible here.

  • maddkat

    this is not good

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She needs dancers/backup singers onstage with her for this song.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Well…at least she can work the stage …..

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Poor song choice for her. this isn’t very good…

  • halo9125

    Wow this is a train wreck.

  • lola

    Oh boy the look on Harry’s face…..

  • yaddabing

    Got to say, I love how she’s working the stage.

  • Campbell Ballon

    Simply awful!

  • Sarah Sanderson

    She’s a mess tonight unfortunately :/

  • justmefornow

    She sure is fun, but sounds awful. Too bad.

  • Sassycatz

    Well, our virtuoso is playing no instrument tonight and this is her?????

  • dabney_c

    Joshua Ledet was awesome on this song.

  • chillj

    I love this girl, but as Harry would say, “This is a hot mess.”

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Is this really the type of song, you want voters associating with you, Malaya?

  • Shawn Jang

    Yikes.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Her voice was not made for this song…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was OK, but very karaoke.

  • shell29

    I like Malaya but this is a mess. Not good.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Oh no, this is really bad

  • girlygirl

    Yes!

  • jcabby

    Malaya, that is not for you girl. Her voice was just not there.

  • Amy Beth

    Tonight I liked Malaya talking more than singing.

  • HermeticallySealed

    She really needs to get rid of the braces before trying to be a professional singer. Just interferes with her enunciation.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    What a mess. Horrible…

  • houstonray

    Wow, that was not good…

  • Karen C

    I thought Malaya was out of tune, vocals weren’t good at all

  • fuzzywuzzy

    JLo is wrong about everything about that performance.

  • roger
  • Matthew Richards

    Either she was in the wrong key, or she shouldn’t be singing pop at all.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    2 performances in, and it’s not looking great.

  • dabney_c

    Hot mess, but still cute.

  • Eric Ascher

    Ugh. I love Malaya but that was not good.

  • Celebrity Bug

    Malaya: Awful song choice and she should have changed the lyrics to suit her. I always hate it when they don’t do that.

  • Shawn Jang

    She should’ve sang Beautiful Disaster.

  • BrightLights

    Oh, Malaya, honey, that was not good.

  • Seikou Kaba

    YASSS HARRY.
    Using explanations she can understand

  • BrightLights

    I think you might have a point there.

  • Rúben Guzman

    I feel so bad for her, she is probably in the bottom three

  • BrightLights

    I think wrong key.

  • Karen C

    I think it was the wrong key, maybe wrong type of song, but I think she could do pop

  • Anna106

    So Harry is saying she’s wasn’t in tune…my ears agreed.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Keith was so much hotter last season.

    Grow your hair back, mate!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I’ll say it again – Harry Connick Jr. is the greatest thing to ever happen to this television show called American Idol.

  • Ronnie D

    To me, Malaya constantly goes flat on her notes. Kudos on her energy though.

  • BrightLights

    I love that he has the musical knowledge to make these kinds of comparisons. That was a really smart way to address that.

  • yaddabing

    Where’s da FB stuff at??

  • Ronnie D

    I can’t believe Malaya made it his far. Wow.

  • Matthew Richards

    What did he say, I kind of missed it. (He lost me at intonation)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If Malaya makes it through it will be mainly on her personality.

  • Campbell Ballon

    Neither Dexter nor Malaya belong in the top 13. Hope I don’t say that for all 13 at the end of the show.

  • garlandk77

    This “5 things” bit is going as badly as the performances.

  • Seikou Kaba

    She’s coasting on personality, which isn’t to say she can’t sing…her brace and song choices are killing her.
    Braces ruin enunciation soooo much. Hated when I had mine

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m really annoyed at Randy’s comments.

  • dabney_c

    I really HATE the lead-up to the performances.

  • Matthew Richards

    Kelly Clarkson covers NEVER go well on this show. But Beautiful Disaster is a fantastic song choice, because it’s a good song and lesser known.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Malaya sounded just bad. why didn’t they let her know more clearly?

  • girlygirl

    How many people get voted off this week?

  • Sue tiedemann

    I think Dexter does belong in the top 13.

  • carola99

    Kristin is just a karaoke type of singer too.

  • Banished

    Not good so far, 1st 2 singers way too flat. Kristen is better

  • dabney_c

    Lounge singer.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Classic kelly clarkson

  • maddkat

    0 for 3 so far

  • houstonray

    Holy crap, what is up tonight? This is bad too!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Whenever someone sings a Kelly song, it usually makes people realize how great Kelly is. This performance is no exception.

  • nncw

    These performances make Dexter look good.

  • roger

    this is bad bad bad

  • chillj

    Holy moly. I see viewers leaving by the minute.

  • Ronnie D

    I still think her vocals are overrated. To my ears at least! I do like her personality.

  • sweetpea1979

    Can we please ban Kelly songs from AI??? Doesnt even compare.

  • Joanie Yan

    First time watching Idol this season – looks like I didn’t miss much.

  • Seikou Kaba

    This is just lame. Not bad, not great, just lame. :/

  • Rúben Guzman

    why?? why KC!!!???

  • roger

    shes soooo bad

  • carola99

    Pretty much. She is just nothing special..
    I really don´t see any star in this top 13 except maybe Majesty..

  • Anna106

    After the first two, Kristen is sounding better.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Nobody is getting a score over 4/10 so far.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    She’s only meh too. Jeez. Maybe Kelly is the only one who can sing this…

    Pick a key, Kristen.

  • Linda

    At this rate the first three lol

  • Darko_5

    So far they are sounding rather off key all of them.

  • BrightLights

    Kristen has so much going for her. I would love to see her get some vocal coaching.

  • Buba

    Definetly better than first two

  • Banished

    I bet they are having problems with their ear pieces like Harry said. Getting used to the band and the crowd noise is tough

  • Celebrity Bug

    Kristen: Not enough ‘umph’ for me.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I predict Kristen getting the boot before Dexter. Malaya has pinoy proud rage going on so she’ll get through for a while.

  • chillj

    Oh Harry!!!!!! The girls can’t sing!

  • H.A.

    I can’t believe out of 100k people this is the best Idol has come up with. This is starting to feel like last season where maybe only 3-4 contestants are actually good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I am beginning to wonder if there is something going on with the ear pieces. All three have used them, and all three are about the same step below where they should be.

  • Matthew Richards

    I actually liked that.

  • dabney_c

    Majesty has been my pick all this time. We’ll see if anyone pulls ahead. It won’t be Kristen, lol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, Harry, intonation problems again.

  • Call_girl

    Kristen is amazing.

  • chillj

    What has she got going for her????

  • Sarah Sanderson

    This is all a mess so far, the stage looks weird, it’s so small. Randy needs to go away forever, the contestants aren’t that great so far, the sound is a mess.

  • Kesia Monteith

    So I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t like the stage. LOL

  • LeoCS

    Really bad performances so far.

  • justmefornow

    She’s a lightweight, there doesn’t seem a lot of substance there.

  • dabney_c

    Me neither. It’s not “grand”. More a semi-finals stage.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Waiting on Alex, Majesty, and Jena to save the night.

  • FinalFantasy13

    to be fair kristen sounded better than Malia so if the worst person goes home she would be safe this week.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    JLo says to “stop thinking”. I guess that works for her. lol

  • WiltedYouth

    I’m liking J. Lo’s judging tonight. She’s really on point.

  • roger

    Amen

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    God…I agree. I’m not impressed.

  • AGM2123

    Is this the permanent stage?

  • Seikou Kaba

    I’m kind of reserving hope from her youtube covers. I love her voice…but she can’t afford to do fast paced songs at the current moment.

  • chillj

    Not enough, apparently.

  • Dani

    Harry was cool, now he is just being a bit annoying. So what if that’s the lyrics. Kelly Clarkson sang that, is she like that? Like seriously, stop it with the lyric critique.

  • Ronnie D

    Kristen looks amazing. I like her version more than the original!

  • teekee

    Because they love her.

  • Anna106

    Of course the judges can’t say…”Boy, we picked some lousy singers!”

  • Celebrity Bug

    What?

  • chillj

    Hie mere presence is irritating to me. Has he no dignity? (Dumb question.)

  • Landon Cox

    I made a hobo cry one time I sang Beautiful Disaster

  • Guest

    Kristen’s my dark horse…

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Guess I missed it. I heard her tell a contestant to stop thinking. Huh?

  • Matthew Richards

    I like it. Reminds me of Idol season 4.

  • dabney_c

    LOL!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s like the camera is too close for a lot of shots.

  • Matthew Richards

    I don’t think she’s leaving tonight.

  • Sassycatz

    HA! Briley on Cash? Interviews for the win!

  • halo9125

    Have ya HEARD the original?

  • carola99

    Ben is like season 13´s Casey Abrams.. But not as talented..

  • Matthew Richards

    Let’s not go crazy now.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Um, bro, the original is Kelly Clarkson – arguably the best Idol contestant, um EVER.

  • Landon Cox

    She’s very glossy like a cookie cutter pop star. She reminds me of Rachel Bilson

  • HermeticallySealed

    That isn’t bad advice for performing. Ideally, you should be practiced enough that the performance is rote, and thinking about what you are doing can actually mess you up.

  • gclay

    JLo is seriously the best judge right now. Is she the first judge ever to be better in the live shows than she was in the edited one?

  • Rúben Guzman

    Please someone make me feel something besides sadness because the show sucks so far!!!!

  • garlandk77

    Is Malaya this first finalist to wear braces? In the past, some contestants with braces had them removed while they were on the show.

  • chillj

    They need to mix the contestants that can sing in with the ones that can’t.

  • Darko_5

    I think all three judges are trying to say something nice before they say something critical which is a good tactic both for the audience and the contestants.

  • jcabby

    Ooh, one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs. I hope Briley brings it on “Folsom Prison Blues.”

  • Campbell Ballon

    The singers that don’t go through on The Voice are way more talented than the top 13 on Idol.

  • Matthew Richards

    Or the Breakaway live cut…which was the version Kristen covered.

  • dabney_c

    Hey, that’s what I said! But it was the S4 semi finals stage. The finals stage was more “stage-like”, if that makes sense.

  • Buba

    I actually like Ben, his voice is better than Dexter and Cj’s IMO.Let’s see how he does,i like his song choice.

  • chillj

    He was joshing’ ya’, I think…….I hope.

  • Shawn Jang

    That’s actually good advice. When you’re in your head too much, you don’t perform well. She means to get out of your head and just let it flow naturally.

  • H.A.

    JLo’s lip syncing is better than this group.

  • Sue tiedemann

    You and me both hope so!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I’m flashing back to Paul McDonald

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You’re right. It’s not just his comments, it’s his “mere presence” that bugs me. lol

  • dabney_c

    Who’s Briley?

  • halo9125

    MY lip syncing is better than this group.

  • mshepnj

    I agree. I think constructive criticism is better served with a focus on the positive.

  • Landon Cox

    Thanks boo!

  • chillj

    Always did.

  • Guest

    Milli Vanilli is better than this grp.

  • roger

    you get a lot of ads in USA

  • Karen C

    I think Allison had braces, but maybe she did remove them when they got to live shows.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Still better than last season.
    God, Curtis Finch, Devin Velez, Paul Jolley?
    So painful.

  • Banished

    Maybe because it was my favorite season, but I remember thinking the same thing about the early rounds of season 8. It just takes time for them to get used to hearing themselves.

  • dabney_c

    Another schlub. What’s with the lack of star quality this season??

  • Shawn Jang

    Agreed.

  • halo9125

    Ryan’s suit looks awesome on him #FindingSomethingNiceToSay

  • Matthew Richards

    I forgot Ben was even a person.

  • Sassycatz

    Ben Briley is a hoot!

  • roger

    Thats a good site in general!

  • roger

    haha same!

  • chillj

    luv the shoes.

  • justmefornow

    Schlub, lol. Yeah that about sums it up.

  • jcabby

    Great personality Ben!

  • BrightLights

    This is a song choice I can get behind.

  • HermeticallySealed

    It works for most performers. It’s actually good advice.

  • halo9125

    Johnny Cash is rolling over in his grave.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I seriously cannot take Ben seriously on this song…

  • Matthew Richards

    “Wait, there’s a fifth WGWG? And he sings Johnny Cash?”

  • justmefornow

    I feel like I’m being punked.

  • Amy Beth

    It’s Johnny Cash’s birthday!

  • Linda

    I’m finding myself much more entertained by the comments on here than the actual show.

  • maddkat

    No, Ben,just no

  • mshepnj

    From that angle Ben looks about 50. Voice reminds me a little bit of Willy Nelson on this song.

  • roger

    how does this show his marketability in 2014?

  • dabney_c

    Did they really need TWO uncharismatic male country-blues singers this year?

  • Shawn Jang

    Ugh why not choose a more current song?

  • Sarah Sanderson

    good lord

  • nncw

    Faster Ben Faster

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Lazaro Arbos
    Paul Jolley
    Sanjaya Malakar
    Jacob Lusk
    Charlie Askew
    Just thought I’d show you guys Ben isn’t that bad.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    He has a narrow range, so he’s avoiding the low notes.

  • lola

    Schlub City

  • AHotDamnMess

    It’s performances like this that make me miss ppl like savion, Jillian Kenzie, or Malcolm. This season had so much potential.

  • Kesia Monteith

    I don’t like the flow of this show. Ryan interviewing them right before they perform even after the pre-performance packages is odd. :/

    I’m complaining too much.

  • carola99

    Man.. All the contestants so far have been mediocre

  • nekola

    This show is a hot mess so far. Lawd!

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I don’t love this Johnny Cash rendition either–but I’ve a feeling those judges will be jizzing all over this mess…

  • Matthew Richards

    I like that this is completely out of touch and not current.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not enjoying the show so far.

  • Nedsdag

    He sang that song WAAAAY TOO FAST!!!!!

  • Celebrity Bug

    My thoughts exactly.

  • lola

    Don’t care for country but best so far IMO.

  • Shawn Jang

    Ben still sounded better than the 3 before him.

  • carola99

    Even Andrina had way more potential than Kristin, Malaia, etc..

  • roger

    I like your beard. Or am I just jealous of it.

  • Linda

    Not in a good way.

  • nekola

    No you’re not. LOL. This show is messy.

  • Sassycatz

    He fits this song. I believe that he’s gigged with this song.

  • Celebrity Bug

    Ben: No! No!! No!!!

  • Sue tiedemann

    This was fantastic! Loved it!

  • Seikou Kaba

    ………

  • garlandk77

    Ben is an experienced, professional performer in the same way that winner Tate Stevens was on X Factor. Neither one has any chance of being a successful recording star.

  • houstonray

    “particularly brisk” Love it!

  • lila6089

    mediocre contestants so far………..

  • Banished

    Holy cow, why all of the negativity? I am usually very critical, but I just feel like these guys need a chance to settle in. The singing quality does have a way to go. Hope Randy does a better job next week!

  • H.A.

    Is this for real? I thought Randy’s job was advising these kids on song selections, stage presence etc.. I’m not seeing a star in the bunch.

  • Amy Beth

    Dude must have been in prison for meth, because that song was hopped up.

  • Matthew Richards

    Hey, early round Lusk was good! Haha.

  • dabney_c

    I am just stunned that this is what they ended up with after all those auditions.

  • Celebrity Bug

    Well the first three were AWFUL, so that doesn’t say much.

  • shell29

    True

  • Landon Cox

    What’s with the paper in front of JLo?

  • carola99

    The only person who might have star potential is Magesty I think.

  • jcabby

    I agree with J.Lo and Harry!

  • roger

    and then she get eliminated

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. Major disagreement with Harry.

  • Guest

    Randy advising… LMAO!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Yep, went down faster than Marialle did last week, though!

  • Landon Cox

    It’s a rough 24

  • Campbell Ballon

    Everything that I’ve heard so far has been subpar. This season is going downhill faster than a speeding bullet.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Nobody heard these artists sing these songs and tell them otherwise?
    Seriously :/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s her script from the producers. lol

  • Guest

    It’s her script.

  • Shawn Jang

    I thought he was the best so far.

  • Celebrity Bug

    Did you think she was going to take the time to actually learn their names? LOL

  • Seikou Kaba

    MK is next wewt. I think she can do well

  • chillj

    The photography is so close if someone burps, the cameraman will be blown out to the street.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Ben was the best so far!

  • Sassycatz

    I just believed that that is exactly what Ben does at his gigs. Not sure the others do the same or even have gigs.

  • Landon Cox

    I think Paul “Evan Lysacheck” Jolley is cuter than all of these guys besides Sam (who is 12 so he doesn’t count)

  • dabney_c

    Bring back Uncle Nige! lol

  • Matthew Richards

    I want to hang out in a bar with Ben and blow on some jugs.

  • chillj

    Hope Randy does a JOB next week.

  • Listening

    Umm am I the only one who found it ironic that Kristen was singing a song called Beautiful Disaster and then that’s what her performance was a beautiful disaster. She’s all over the place w/ that song yet she looks lovely. There were a couple of moments were her voice sounded nice but then she’d go out of tune so umm yeah.

    Oh well I didn’t think she deserved the wildcard let alone be allowed to sing for a spot. So I feel like the judges got what they deserved for picking her. Who was it anyway that did pick her?

  • http://butterbeanjunction.com/ Connie D

    Yes, and it’s so annoying to watch. And disrespectful to the contestants. GRRR

  • Amy Beth

    Damning with faint praise there

  • Landon Cox

    And yet people are saying she’s now the best judge…that credit should be for Pers me thinks

  • Linda

    Haha. Remember you from the bachelor last night. Still on a roll!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Here’s to hoping Jena plays the piano!

  • Matthew Richards

    I already don’t remember what Dexter sang.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Kristen’s song epitomized the 1st 3 performances. Oy vey

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, it’s far too close a lot of the time – sort of gives me claustrophobia. lol

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh good it’s up there in the blog!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Who’s Dexter? Oh.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Allen stone music! Loving this season

  • chillj

    They shouldn’t get that close unless performer’s teeth are all capped and they never salivate.

  • Listening

    So umm I haven’t liked anyone waiting for Majesty, CJ and Jenna. I’m sure Majesty will shine and CJ and Jenna should as well.

  • Buba

    Well, at least the night is getting better. Hopefully it will get better as the better contestants show (Majesty, Alex, Sam,Jena, MK…)

  • chillj

    The camera work is very uncomfortable. Maybe it is supposed to be edgy. Worked for me: I’m on edge.

  • justmefornow

    This show seems very frantic, like it has ADHD. Something’s off.

  • Buba

    I liked it as well

  • Matthew Richards

    Darius Rucker is a great choice. Hopefully he’s recovered from the root canal.

  • roger

    jamming in 13 contestants

  • Sassycatz

    CJ sounds like Carrie Underwood.

  • dabney_c

    No, Randy, no.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Just realized if Phillip, Angie, Kree, or David C. was in this season, they would crush these noobs.

  • Seikou Kaba

    There’s something that bothers me about the fact that we watch these contestants go up to the stage and sing. It just makes the entire performance seem so much more…of a joke. I didn’t mind it for rush week, but this is just…meh

  • Matthew Richards

    No.

  • Darko_5

    My least favorite Hootie song ever

  • dabney_c

    Love his voice.

  • Ronnie D

    Ben sounded horrible. If that is what his singing voice is l can’t imagine what his studio voice is like.

  • Amy Beth

    Wagon Wheel would have been better.

  • Listening

    Being the best so far isn’t much of an accomplishment when everyone else is bad or boring. And Ben was boring as well he’s just in tune.

  • Anna106

    I just like CJ’s tone.

  • dabney_c

    It should be more … formal or something.

  • Sassycatz

    Loves animals; very religious?

  • Nedsdag

    Sam Woolf would still beat Angie and Kree.

  • Shawn Jang

    CJ is pitchy :/

  • maddkat

    CJ is at least listenable.Best so far

  • roger

    I don’t like singers wearing hats.

  • Robin

    omg CJ’s brother and girlfriend!

    they’re adorable

  • justmefornow

    CJ is the best country singer.

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh yes, that part. I thought you meant his voice. Lol.

  • jcabby

    Darius Rucker! Yes! Love that song.

  • Seikou Kaba

    We’re getting better…. >.>

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    CJ is having pitch issues… not a good performance, dude.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Meh, I have never liked her voice, though i don’t think Kristen’s was better, either.

  • Ronnie D

    Tonight I feel like I’m at some Midwest college concert. Does anyone dress like a star anymore? CJ looks like he plans on hitting Buffalo Wild Wings after the show. Is that song suppose to show off his vocals?

  • Banished

    NONE of them are in tune. Sounds likes they are just shouting. Trying to be louder than the band. CJ is best so far though…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Too many country singers this year for my taste. lol

  • jcabby

    I love how they rocked out to the song!

  • Amy Beth

    So you’re saying that she nailed the theme?

  • BrightLights

    What the hell is up with the sound tonight?

  • Matthew Richards

    Does he smoke? Sounded out of breath the whole time.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Really?? I must have missed someone’s performance…

  • chillj

    The photographer is too close; the stage is too small, there are too many people around the stage; the set is so busy you miss the singer. Too many side lights. it is disconcerting for sure. Maybe it works in Sweden.

  • Sassycatz

    He hadn’t even sung yet when I typed that. I’m commenting on the pre-package thingy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK, JLo, so the only thing that matters is “energy”? lol

  • dabney_c

    Not so much.

  • sweetpea1979

    CJ has a very high likeability factor. I root for him, but he had pitch issues too.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Something about this performance didn’t annoy me as much as the other 4, which is a vast improvement as far as I’m concerned.

  • Campbell Ballon

    Why is Randy there?

  • Celebrity Bug

    Oh, Keith Urban has an opinion this season. Who knew?

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Maybe people just disagree with you? could that be it?

    It’s a weak night, so far.

  • weareallinnocent

    I love CJ, but the song did not showcase his voice. Too monotonous.

  • Ronnie D

    A cry in your voice? Oh Harry is laying it on thick lol

  • halo9125

    I am not enjoying this show much.

  • chillj

    Many who do are not wearing hair.

  • jms

    I liked Dexter’s song choice and I love Malaya but both were disappointing. Ugh.

  • Anna106

    To remember the past????

  • Matthew Richards

    4 songs that haven’t been sung on Idol before. I have a feeling this is going to be a fresh season!

  • Ronnie D

    I like him as a person, but he just isn’t a performer.

  • dabney_c

    Another one who lacks charisma and star quality. *sigh*

  • Prime_Minister

    Sam Woolf and Alex Preston — the WGWGs this year — would only have hope of beating WGWGs like Lee and Paul McDonald. They wouldn’t be able to touch the WGWG winners (DC, Kris, Scotty, PP), in my opinion.

  • Linda

    Agreed!

  • halo9125

    OMG lose that freaking hat.

  • Anna106

    Who thinks these square backwards hats are flattering?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Allen stone!

  • H.A.

    I’m rooting for MK but to be honest she’s been overhyped and hasn’t wowed me yet.

  • lola

    I can’t get Bieber out of my head with MK. I have a headache now.

  • Listening

    I love CJ’s cousin. He’s just dancing away loving it.

  • Nedsdag

    MK, it doesn’t sound right.

  • dabney_c

    Where are the stylists?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not fond of this song.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I agree some have been harsh on Ben and CJ, but considering how poor Kristen, Dexter, and Malaya were, it is very disappointing.
    Unlike season 11, The Top 13 had amazing performances from Colton, Phillip, Jessica, Joshua, Skylar, Hollie, even DeAndre was pretty good.

  • halo9125

    I think this is the best they could do with what they had to work with.

  • H.A.

    LOL. I give up!!!

  • Nedsdag

    I can’t get Eminem out of my head when I see her.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Lounge-y song, buuut her tone is really nice

  • Matthew Richards

    It was just good, but then she hit her head voice. She should use that all the time.

  • Amy Beth

    Is MK wearing false eyelashes?

  • Sarah Sanderson

    She has a good voice, idk this song though.

  • iluvai

    I thought she looked like someone. lol..

  • justmefornow

    This is a terrible melody-free song.

  • Dancin VI#81

    omg wtf has happened to american idol

  • lola

    Hate this song. Better if it was Rolling Stones Satisfaction.

  • weareallinnocent

    No, me either. It won’t do her any favors, I’m afraid.

  • maddkat

    poor song choice

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Even kd lang dresses more feminine than her…

  • Prime_Minister

    Those ARE all the country singers. Can’t wait for the rockers – C’MON Idol!

  • Shawn Jang

    What is this song? Me no likey.

  • chillj

    Geez. Turn off that set. Mk, this is a horrible song.

  • Dani

    I actually like it but she needs a ton of work on stage presence and performance.

  • Banished

    Okay I was just typing that her vocals were best until that bad high note. Talking about pitchy..hello back-up singers?! Allison H. I thought you could do better than that!

  • Celebrity Bug

    MK: She has some beautiful qualities to her voice. Too bad, her image will ruin it for some people. Best so far though.

  • BrightLights

    She needs to work on her stage presence. She looks shy up there.

  • Anna106

    Will the judges tell the truth?

  • mshepnj

    I liked it! It wasn’t boring.

  • Sassycatz

    This is a very unusual performance for Idol. Feels like a nightclub performance….. Take the god damn hat off!

  • nekola

    That’s the theme for everybody tonight so far.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Hype is not helping MK

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I think she has a bit of a vacant persona.

  • Listening

    Okay now about CJ’s performance it was okay. I wanted more depth from his voice though. I thought his voice had more power to it but here he felt a little strained/ weak.

  • Ronnie D

    MK has had the BEST vocals tonight. Hands down. I was surprised.

  • Guest

    So far, NO good… :(

  • dabney_c

    I’m starting to lose hope over here …

  • maddkat

    the hat needs to go Keith!!

  • Prime_Minister

    Disappointed in the first half of the show.

  • halo9125

    Starting?

  • chillj

    She just had trouble with the song.

  • Anna106

    My hearing is definitely off………

  • shell29

    MK is someone that needs to be on the tour-her performance skills are lacking and it almost seems like she’s timid on stage. I love her voice but I want to see her improve as a performer on stage. I think she’ll get there with time. The summer tour will be great for her.

  • mshepnj

    Was the pan in on MK’s Adidas’s sneakers a product placement?

  • sweetpea1979

    What. Is. Up Tonight? They all sound off at points. If there really is a sound issue, they better fix it fast. I don’t remember another premiere episode where there were pitch issues with almost every single performer.

  • Matthew Richards

    MK is great, but that band and those backup singers get an F.

  • Sassycatz

    I think she’s very interesting.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This is unusual. I haven’t enjoyed a single performance so far.

  • Seikou Kaba

    THANK JESUS

  • AHotDamnMess

    Lets just get to Jena, Sam, and Majesty…please and thank you

  • Buba

    Tonight is so bad, even mediocre performances seem good compared to the others. Ugh

  • Banished

    They always have trouble with pitch early on. Heck, Lee Dewyze had trouble all the way through the finale

  • chillj

    That is unusual commentary. I’d like to know who conned her into singing that song. Randy, was that you, dawg?

  • dabney_c

    Oooooh, Majesty doing Tightrope? Excellent!

  • Blueknight24

    I missed the first part. Hay. :(

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Not judging her performance – just saying that people were predicting she would win and she will have to live up to that. It’s not fair, but that’s what hype is.

  • BrightLights

    I don’t see that from her in the interviews- I think she’s just not quite sure what to do with herself on the stage right now.

  • roger

    was hoping majesty would be last

  • Seikou Kaba

    Knew Majesty would tackle Janelle. I actually was thinking she ought to sing Tight Rope a while back. LOVE her voice. Tight Rope should be perfect for her

  • Matthew Richards

    JANELLE MONAE!!! I love this already.

  • Blueknight24

    Go Majesty!

  • H.A.

    I hope Jessica, Caleb and Alex brings it because tonight so far has been underwhelming.

  • roger

    Majesty, Sam and Jena for TOP THREE!

  • garlandk77

    With so few contestants showing star potential, it’s ironic that this year the show revived the sub-title that was previously only used on season one: American Idol – Search for a Superstar.

  • Matthew Richards

    I hope she sings Dance Acopalyptic or Tightrope.

  • AHotDamnMess

    AMEN

  • chillj

    I haven’t heard the hype apparently. I haven’t been sure she was a strong singer; I’m still not sure.

  • lila6089

    Same here. CJ is one of my favorites, but I was disappointed in his performance too.

  • roger

    you missed nothing…

  • weareallinnocent

    lol it does feel a bit like that.

  • dabney_c

    Similar to “happy”.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Scientists are still trying to work out how Lee Dewyze won that season. My mom watched the finale (first time watching the season) and I’ve never heard her curse so much…

  • roger

    shes doing tightrope

  • Matthew Richards

    Lauren Alaina really came out of her shell once she went on tour.

  • chillj

    They laid waste to the land, then left.

  • Seikou Kaba

    You’re lucky. Things are just not getting…better..

  • alt28023

    The entire time I was thinking where it was going to go and it just kind of sat there.

  • Listening

    Umm not liking MK’s performance. She’s kind of lazy with the song just like whatever. She’s just an average singer so she needs emotional songs to sell herself. This aint it it was just meh.

  • dabney_c

    In a good way?

  • Hayley_Horan

    Janelle Monae is one of my favorite artists, I hope she does it justice.

  • ealbino

    Haaa you guys are cracking me up. I’m not watching but I have a good picture cause of you

  • Guest

    Search for a background singer is more like it.

  • Annatree

    so I have to come online to see if I was the only one finding AI to be a Loud outer tune mess. Would it be they didn’t gave enough time to rehearse with the band?

  • sweetpea1979

    Not every single performer. 6 people have gone. All 6 have been significantly off pitch at some point and most of them have been off pitch for the vast majority of their songs. Name another premiere when that happened to 6 in a row.

  • Banished

    I was right there with your Mom! :)

  • nncw

    Isn’t Allison Iraheta one of the back up singers?

  • Matthew Richards

    EEEP!

  • Ronnie D

    I felt like I was at a Chaka Khan concert lol

  • Matthew Richards

    Yes yes yes yes yes!

  • Shawn Jang

    Tightrope has a very Happy feel. I want her to do a ballad!

  • chillj

    Something is up, gawd knows what.

  • Hayley_Horan

    I was hoping Majesty would do Dance Apocalyptic or QUEEN at some point, but Tightrope is just as good!

  • lola

    Well IMO they are not great tonight but as others have said, that’s what the difference is between Idol & The Voice. They truly are “off the streets” here, not professional at all like the other show. Whether any of them can grow remains to be seen.

  • Darko_5

    MK has a strange affect to me but I like her voice.

  • Matthew Richards

    The curse phrase “Holy Toledo!” is still in my vocabulary.

  • Banished

    They were too busy filming the voting promo to practice, apparently!

  • chillj

    I’m with youooooo, gurl.

  • BrightLights

    Their mix has been off since we moved to this stage.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Pitch and the intonation.
    Hmmm

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    So who’s left? hoping Jena or Alex gets the pimp.

  • Matthew Richards

    There were so many ballads last season they’re compensating. I can’t complain, I like dancing.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Those 5 seconds were lovely. I already have hope

  • dabney_c

    Cutie!

  • Seikou Kaba

    Who. the hell. cares.

  • jcabby

    Yay Majesty! Love her!

  • Blueknight24

    So cute, I thought she’s just 15 years old.

  • Matthew Richards

    “Announciate the words?” What is Randy on?

  • Darko_5

    So in season 10 they made a big deal about ear peaces to sing on key this year they need to take them out.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Yes

  • Nedsdag

    Now I have to root for Majesty. We’re both left-handed.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Funny how Majesy sung Happy last week – it looks like everyone is falling in love with her like she was a Minion

  • Celebrity Bug

    I can’t with Majesty being dressed like a 40-year-old church woman.

  • roger

    GO MAJESTY

  • Blueknight24

    Wow so many words!

  • maddkat

    easily the best of the night so far although the song sucks

  • dabney_c

    Finally some star quality.

  • Matthew Richards

    Lol @ open mouthed white girl clapping in front row.

  • BrightLights

    All right, Majesty, best of the night so far.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK, Majesty doesn’t seem to be having any problems with intonation. First performance that I’m enjoying. I love her stage presence.

  • Blueknight24

    I like her but not her dress. lol

  • lila6089

    She has great stage presence!

  • weareallinnocent

    Who?

  • Pippygirl

    I like her.

  • Darko_5

    So is there a contest to see how fast they can sing tonight

  • Shawn Jang

    Amazing!!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Welp, looks like Majesty will sail into the top 6 easy.

  • Sassycatz

    I hate the camera men. Where’d did they get them from? Walmart?

  • nncw

    Finally yeah yeah yeah Majesty!

  • Seikou Kaba

    Lol I love how she’s all “I’m soo timid”…then just slays the stage haha

  • Landon Cox

    Majesty that dress is terrible but I love your performance

  • halo9125

    My friend is at the show. He said the band sounds AMAZING live, but it’s so loud that it’s drowning out the contestants. Maybe that’s part of their pitch problem.

  • Nedsdag

    She would clean house on Broadway.

  • shell29

    Good job Majesty

  • Sarah Sanderson

    Majesty besty so far!

  • Blueknight24

    She’s really great!

  • weareallinnocent

    Yay Majesty! Good job, girl.

  • Matthew Richards

    I see an Idol in the making.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    She is a good performer–but certainly not a great performance. STILL…best of the night, lol!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Majesty is leagues ahead of everyone else who performed tonight.

  • Blueknight24

    I don’t want her to be a front runner because we all know what a front runner ended up.

  • H.A.

    So far Majesty is the best of the night but that doesn’t say very much. Tightrope is a great song.

  • jcabby

    I totally agree with J.Lo on Majesty.

  • Banished

    That makes a lot of sense. I hope they can fix it next week

  • BrightLights

    It’s drowning them out on my TV too!

  • Linda

    First one I’ve enjoyed so far.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Majesty is adorable…but man…who the hell dressed her? Idol needs new stylists…

  • Sassycatz

    The camera men focus on the judges when they should focus on the performer. They pan out when they should pan in. Are they from some local high school?

  • Shawn Jang

    Jena singing Coldplay?? I DIEEEE

  • girlygirl

    Several front runners have ended up winning the show

  • Seikou Kaba

    Jena is gonna Fix us ya’ll. Majesty already started the healing process that is our emotional destruction after watching majority of the 1st half. :)

  • AHotDamnMess

    Majesty and then Jena..FINALLY the show has started!

  • Nedsdag

    Here comes Gina/Geena/Geana/Jena.

  • Blueknight24

    Majesty and Sam are my favorites.

  • halo9125

    That’s so funny because I don’t hear it that way. I just hear- intonation problems lol.

  • mshepnj

    HATED the outfit, but Majesty’s adorable and I love her performance!

  • garlandk77

    Majesty’s dress reminds me of what my grandmother used to wear doing house work.

  • Ronnie D

    Majesty just turned it out!

  • Celebrity Bug

    I’m in the minority, but I didn’t think it was that great. This group in general is just pretty lackluster, Majesty included.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    The Scientist, I assume since it is one of the few CP songs oft repeated on these shows…

  • Blueknight24

    Yes several but more than several ended up losing the show.

  • Banished

    Season 8

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Everything’s relative!

  • Matthew Richards

    From all these fun up-tempo choices, does anyone get a Syesha vibe from Majesty? Like, if Syesha had been cooler and sung fewer songs about adultery?

  • Seikou Kaba

    The mood of the night almost feels like you all want a balladeer.

  • Celebrity Bug

    Yes, very old fashioned.

  • Call_girl

    I LOVE KRISTEN!!! I FOUND HER PERFORMANCE AMAZING!!! VOCALS WERE ON POINT!

  • Seikou Kaba

    oh….

  • Annatree

    seriously the rumors of AI financial problems must be true as it seems the 1st person they let go was the show stylist

  • Hayley_Horan

    They’re easily both the front runners of the boys and girls. A Majesty/Sam finale would be awesome.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    “AMAZING”?? Kristen’s performance? Oh…

  • AHotDamnMess

    Hi Kristen! Welcome to the boards :)

  • dabney_c

    Ugh, I loathe Coldplay. Prtentious uber-cerebral pap (except for their ‘I Used To Rule The World’ song )

  • Guest

    NO, JUST NO.

  • Listening

    Majesty was my last hope and I was bored with it, sigh. Her vocal was fine. She needed to perform more for this song though not just at the very last second tiptoe forward at the end. I felt like she was just a head singing for most of the song. I feel to capitilazie on her ability she needs to sell the tenderness of her voice and it’s quality this song didn’t allow her to do that.

    She was the best of the night so far but like I said earlier that isn’t hard to do because the bar was set so low. I just didn’t care i’ll forget about this performance as soon as I stop typing.

  • Banished

    kristen is so bored by her fellow contestants she’s logged on and is commenting as call_girl

  • Ronnie D

    Well her vocals were in tune, and she was dancing and owning the stage. The best all night!

  • girlygirl

    lol, they had a bunch of stylists at the workshop

  • chillj

    Every year I think the stylists mess up the contestants. Every. Single. Year.

  • halo9125

    “Waves to Kristen’s mommy”

  • Call_girl

    WOW THIS WAS FUNNY.

  • Call_girl

    lol just how I feel

  • chillj

    You her mom???

  • dabney_c

    Except for David Cook.

  • chillj

    Great minds think alike.

  • Hayley_Horan

    All of these girls standing around Ryan look crazy.

  • Amy Beth

    I fear she will be singing “What Does the Fox Say?” next.

  • mitchellvii

    I don’t know what other people are hearing but to me MK’s voice is just not musical at all. Not a fan.

  • Nedsdag

    Damn, she’s singing my song.

  • Shawn Jang

    MAKE US CRY JENAAA

  • Seikou Kaba

    Wonder how Ryan feels standing next to people he can actually look over lol.
    Jesus Jena is young. Or the “The Scientist” is just that old?

  • Blueknight24

    I love that song, please be good!

  • Matthew Richards

    The Scientist on the piano? She’s in it to win now.

  • BrightLights

    On paper this is a really smart choice for Jena.

  • halo9125

    Whoa she hit a major clunker note.

  • maddkat

    ugh at this song, terrible

  • michelle

    MK reminds me a lot of Elliott Yamin, stage presence wise.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I love her voice. It’s so thick and…is she from Jersey? She sounds it

  • Celebrity Bug

    Jena: Why do I feel like she is screaming at me? Shouting doesn’t equal singing.

  • Nedsdag

    They turned Gina/Geena/Geana/Jena into Demi Lovato.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Gee. Back to not enjoying again.

  • dabney_c

    Her voice is part Katy Perry, part Cher.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Didn’t think this was a power ballad, Jena…

    Over-done. Didn’t really like it…

  • Banished

    Hint to singers for future performances, ask for very little band, or sing a cappella. Jena’s doing just fine

  • roger

    no. I don’t like this. .

  • Blueknight24

    I feel there is something wrong with the band,background sound.

  • halo9125

    Cause she is.

  • houstonray

    Grimaces on the judges faces??

  • Hayley_Horan

    This isn’t a song you belt.

  • Amy Beth

    It’s the first song she learned on piano, so where’s the piano?

  • Anna106

    Don’t you know Allison wants to take that microphone from her and slay this song???

  • LeoCS

    This is one of the worst nights ever on this show.

  • nekola

    Wow. She screamed through that song.

  • lila6089

    She sounded a bit shrill to me

  • Shawn Jang

    Why didn’t she play the piano and sing? Put a more restrained touch on it.

  • Guest

    NOOOOO!

  • Seikou Kaba

    That being said this arrangement and version of the song can return to hell.
    Her voice is nice though :)

  • Blueknight24

    Not feeling that. sorry

  • weareallinnocent

    Yay, Jena. She did very well. Nice job!

  • BrightLights

    I love me some Coldplay and I get really mad when people do it badly. I didn’t know The Scientist was a power ballad either, but I was okay with this.

  • roger

    So far I have only enjoyed Majesty.

  • Shawn Jang

    It isn’t lol.

  • Pippygirl

    She can sing but didn’t interpret the song very well.

  • Sassycatz

    That was not good. She tends to shout.

  • Seikou Kaba

    “You’re a powerhouse, and it makes me angry”
    Oh Lord…something tells me she just targeted Jena as her Haley this season

  • houstonray

    Amen!

  • jcabby

    Jena has a gorgeous voice.

  • Blueknight24

    I feel there’s something wrong tonight. hmmmmm

  • maddkat

    Harry is full of hot air

  • girlygirl

    Allison & Kris did a beautiful duet of this song at a gig a few months after they got off Idol. Maybe that’s what Alli was thinking about :)

  • chillj

    Not melodic.

  • nncw

    Too much Randy.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    ditto Keith

  • mshepnj

    Keith said pitchy.

  • weareallinnocent

    Sadly, you may be right.

  • dabney_c

    Randy is itching to say “yo yo yo, we got a hot one to-nite!”

  • Sassycatz

    Keith said pitchy.

  • Amy Beth

    They’re already running long? How is that possible?

  • BrightLights

    That was my point. It was a major change to the song. I didn’t mind it. I thought she did a good job.

  • halo9125

    Report from the show: Jena sounded amazingly good live. They are clearly having major sound issues when we hear it.

  • H.A.

    I wish she would. She would wipe the floor with this group.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Can’t someone on Idol send him on sabbatical? Permanently?

  • Matthew Richards

    They really have no excuse for not knowing what the song means if Ryan Seacrest can find out in 30 seconds.

  • Pippygirl

    I love that duet so much,

  • Nedsdag

    Jessica Slapout and Alex are next.

  • Campbell Ballon

    Right, but I don’t think Harry should put them on the spot like that. It’s not a test.

  • Banished

    Now we know Harry is obsessed with the meaning of lyrics, they better all do their research!

  • chillj

    The pace of that song was odd, and that wasn’t the only one. I think they are getting some bad advice.

  • BrightLights

    FOR REAL.

  • Pippygirl

    I love how you can’t really hear him a lot of the time. Very smart Idol.

  • chillj

    He has people.

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t think the stage in the round is doing them any favors. They’re getting lost in the crowd, especially with the incompetent camera people flying around the auditorium.

  • mshepnj

    I feel like I’m in the minority, but I’m not in love with Jena’s voice. I think it sounds a little… overly stylized?

  • Listening

    I like Jena singing this song her tone is shining in this. Umm I don’t know if i’m being influenced by her outfit but she felt tough and angry while singing the song.

    I hated the background music though. It felt canned and didn’t fit with her vocal. It would of been better if she just sang by herself.

  • Ronnie D

    Jena is like a bad Katy Perry…if that’s possible.

  • Shawn Jang

    But it’s a good indicator if they actually know what they’re supposed to be singing about and what they should be feeling when they’re singing.

  • AGM2123

    It totally is a test. It’s a singing competition!

  • halo9125

    I agree. And Randy is a horrible mentor.

  • Matthew Richards

    Maybe you should have to pass a test before you sing the song.

  • weareallinnocent

    THIS!!!

  • Seikou Kaba

    I can’t tell when singers are shouting/screeching/yelling/bleating/screaming/etc. or just belting notes out anymore thanks to comment sections of recaps. :/

  • michelle

    To me it’s…unreliable. I’m always bracing myself for a sharp note.

  • Linda

    I was remembering the same thing. It was awesome!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m pretty sure that’s why Harry asks.

  • halo9125

    “Bad Katy Perry” is an oxymoron.

  • Shawn Jang

    I know that, I’m just replying to Campbell and saying that he should ask them. It’s important.

  • Anna106

    I saw that video many times…loved their “rehearsal’ in the band room of some school…just so raw..better than anything heard tonight.

  • girlygirl

    You aren’t going to do a song justice if you don’t understand what the song is about

  • Darko_5

    The whole sound and staging is very amateurish IMO.

  • LeoCS

    These folks are choosing sogns that represents themselves (“this is me” theme) and they don’t even care to learn what’s the song is about? Really?

  • mshepnj

    Yes, well said. She has moments of beauty in the performance and then some oddly accented, sharp and shouty.

  • BrightLights

    While we’re talking about Allison and Coldplay, what was that Coldplay cover she did at some show awhile back? I don’t remember the song. She was all in black accompanied by someone on a cello or bass. It was under-rehearsed but she looked smoking hot and it had some really brilliant moments. Now I can’t remember the song to go look it up.

  • nncw

    Jena sings like a valley girl.

  • chillj

    One man’s scream is another’s perfect pitch.

  • Chris C

    So far Majesty and Ben my fav tonite. Alex getting ready to come up.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Why target this boy when he’s eating? Goodness

  • Ronnie D

    It almost seems like the Judges are trying to find something to say so they are just laying it on thick lol We aren’t all that dumb judges!

  • dabney_c

    Love Mraz.

  • LeoCS

    I thought the same thing. And today is the “this is me” theme. Imagine when they sing a song that isn’t xactly them.

  • Chris C

    I missed MK, will have to watch later.

  • Shawn Jang

    Yes. I love Alex’s song choice!

  • maddkat

    very affected, don’t like

  • Amy Beth

    Beautiful Mess and Beautiful Disaster in one night.

  • Banished

    Beautiful mess. beautiful disaster.. themes about how practice went this week?

  • Matthew Richards

    So we’re getting a Beautiful Mess and a Beautiful Disaster?

  • Seikou Kaba

    Like, I’m so lost with the comments nowadays. I never heard people complain about screaming until Jacquie Lee kind of decided to teeter on the border

  • Anna106

    Ok,,,,a real voice!

  • Blueknight24

    I’m not sure why Randy is there.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Alex looks better after his makeover.

  • WiltedYouth

    Okay Alex. I like you.

  • Robin

    He didn’t ask what the song means, he asked why it was called “The Scientist” and said he didn’t know either…

  • houstonray

    OK I think I really like this one….

  • dabney_c

    Swaybots look like a wheat field.

  • Banished

    Go away sway bots!

  • ht23

    Alex and Sierra!

  • AHotDamnMess

    Well atleast one of them is keeping the band at a minimum.

  • Dancin VI#81

    ok now this is good and i wasnt a fan before

  • nncw

    Lovely performance Alex best so far.

  • BrightLights

    Alex is having some really beautiful moments in this song.

  • Nedsdag

    ALEX & SIERRA IN THE HOUSE!

  • Shawn Jang

    A&S spotted. And a Jillian on the verge of weeping.

  • lila6089

    Love Alex’s voice!

  • H.A.

    Alex is ready for radio. I love his falsetto.

  • mshepnj

    This is really nice.

  • nycguy

    Was that an Alex & Sierra sighting?

  • roger

    Favourite two are Majesty and Alex tonight.

  • Dani

    Was that who I thought it was. Alex’s friends is Alex. Lol

  • Chris C

    okay, now Alex is fav tonite.

  • maddkat

    liking Alex

  • AGM2123

    Like the song choice!

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Wow. Where did that come from? Had no idea he could be that good.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Lol Simon is gonna kill A&S for this betrayal

  • dabney_c

    He’s good (pitchy ending, though)

  • ETK

    Alex and Sierra!!

  • BrightLights

    Best of the night so far, Alex.

  • Sassycatz

    That was good.

  • roger

    going to download the original

  • WiltedYouth

    Wow, that note! This guy has something.

  • ETK

    OMG I love Alex

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I enjoyed that.

  • Blueknight24

    A&S! Where is Simon. lol

  • maddkat

    Harry is clueless tonight

  • Seikou Kaba

    I know lol

  • dabney_c

    Good point Harry.

  • houstonray

    WTF Harry saying? Huh?

  • roger

    harry is a bit overboard with his critiques sometime

  • Anna106

    I liked his intimate performance…very different from the others.

  • dabney_c

    Also good point Keith. lol

  • Nedsdag

    Jillian didn’t make it to the live shows, but she got a boyfriend out of it. Take that, bullies!

  • Celebrity Bug

    Alex: I’m surprised, but he’s my favorite so far.

  • Matthew Richards

    That. Was. Fantastic.

  • roger

    they are both fox shows

  • Ronnie D

    She struggles to hit the high notes and get’s very nasal when trying to hit them. Might need do develop her own style more. She does have good stage presence though.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Boom, what did I tell you guys? Alex, Majesty, and Jena top 3.

  • Robin

    Ehhhh… boring song choice and performance for me. Jason Mraz is so safe.

  • Listening

    I thought that was them but I wasn’t sure. I was like hey was that Alex and Sierra.

  • Hayley_Horan

    Did anyone else LOL at Alex and Sierra? So casual, “Alex’s friends.”

  • jcabby

    Yay Alex! He’s so good.

  • Amy Beth

    It feels like Alex is on a different show.

    But I wonder if the song is too obscure.

  • mshepnj

    Did they say we are allowed to vote 50 times for each of the contestants that we like?

  • sweetpea1979

    Lol Harry “Just try to sing in tune”

  • H.A.

    Harry is crazy!! Alex isn’t singing out of tune at all. It is his style of singing.

  • chillj

    I loved that song. Simple. Heartfelt. Harry is losing me.

  • lila6089

    Wrong, Harry. He was one of the best tonight. And I didn’t notice anything out of tune.

  • Celebrity Bug

    I feel like Harry is giving the same critique, especially considering he isn’t that great of a vocalist himself.

  • roger

    he will ditch her when he gets famous

  • AGM2123

    I like how Keith politely and professionally expresses his difference in opinion.

  • weareallinnocent

    Alex is my favorite. Good job,dude.

    I agree that Bandzilla has been a problem for others. He was wise to go acoustic at the beginning.

  • ht23

    There’s nothing to betray anymore LOL.

  • Jim Benson

    Alex and Sierra in the audience …Alex fans

  • weelassie11

    don’t understand Harry’s critique. That was beautiful.

  • dabney_c

    Is Alex her boyfriend?

  • girlygirl
  • Seikou Kaba

    Way to assume he’s that fickle, damn :/

  • Robin

    That note at the end was really off, but he covered well.

  • Seikou Kaba

    yup

  • iluvai

    That surprised me, it was a little harsh.

  • chillj

    I love this kid.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Majesty and Alex both know how to sing a song.

  • Campbell Ballon

    What’s up with Harry. Alex had a really good performance and I didn’t like him in the beginning. I do now.

  • Blueknight24

    I love it, stand up a little bit from the rest.

  • LeoCS

    I thought Alex was one of the singers who sang more in tune today. Better than 90% until now. I don’t know if Harry is hearing the same thing that we’re hearing.

  • Shawn Jang

    I like PONIES!!!

  • Anna106

    Well, Jessica is quick thinking!

  • Matthew Richards

    Agreed with Keith and disagreed with Harry, for once. He was sharp on only one note and him being drawn inward drew me in, too.

  • roger

    she looks a lot prettier tonight

  • Sassycatz

    Harry was wrong (except for the off notes. He should always sing in tune until he’s a star. Then, he can be an “artiste” and sing off notes.)

  • BrightLights

    I think this is really playing up the sound issues. I trust Harry’s ear. I did not hear Alex off pitch at all. We are not hearing the same thing as what they’re hearing in the live stage.

  • Pippygirl

    The audience noise is really annoying.

  • H.A.

    Harry has got everyone fooled. The guy really has no clue what he’s talking about. If you want to hear from someone who actually knows what he’s talking about it would be Ben Fold from Sing Off.

  • Dancin VI#81

    thankgod i cant hear a word randy is saying

  • Shawn Jang

    He was singing the 9th. It wasn’t off ha.

  • Nedsdag

    Is the favorite to win it all (aka Sam Woolf) in the pimp spot?

  • lila6089

    If it was off it didn’t bother me.

  • weelassie11

    Liking all the new songs this season.

  • Seikou Kaba

    “Has to figure out how to connect to the meaning of that song”
    These people picked songs that epitomize them, goodness. They’re already connected -____-

  • houstonray

    LOL thought the same thing….

  • nncw

    Okay here is a challenge summarize what Randy has said about each of the contestants thus far.

  • roger

    a couple of off notes does not equate to making it sound like the guy cant sing in tune

  • Robin

    This is really good so far!

  • Amy Beth

    Up to 50 times per singer per method

  • AGM2123

    I don’t think anyone has sung a song tonight that’s been done on Idol before.

  • Listening

    I was bored with Alex. I didn’t feel that. He didn’t have enough connection with that song you can’t just sing slow and quietly and make me believe it.

  • roger

    sweet nothing

  • iluvai

    I have no idea.

  • Anna106

    I hope Jessica stays for a long time…like her voice.

  • dabney_c

    She belongs more on The Voice.

  • Banished

    I am loving this!

  • Eric Ascher

    Loved Alex (and Alex and Sierra) (and Jillian Jensen). Loving Jessica too.

  • shell29

    I like Alex…one of the better performances of the night.

  • houstonray

    I think I’m liking this too!

  • BrightLights

    Jessica’s experience is showing. She looks and sounds totally at home up there… although I don’t know what the hell is going on with that set design.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Something is off with the sound tonight. No one sounds great…echo, hollow…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Jessica sang well.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Wow to Jessica, too. Saving the best for the 2nd half.

  • H.A.

    Love Jessica. I think she will get even better.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Yes Jessica. Yes

  • maddkat

    I like Jessica! One of the top of the night

  • mshepnj

    I actually appreciate that the judges have different likes and can explain what they like or don’t like articulately. Harry and Keith are like counterpoints and I think it works.

  • Sassycatz

    Jessica was very cool.

  • Robin

    I’m not talking about the very last note, but the one before it. He kinda slid into the ninth in an unpleasant way (probably couldn’t hear himself very well)

  • Shawn Jang

    Loved Jessica.

  • WiltedYouth

    The back end of the show is really bringing it. Dare I say we know our Top 5 already?

  • Nedsdag

    Slapout Jessica sounded decent. Her man is cute, but she doesn’t need the hair extensions.

  • Anna106

    The graphics behind the singers are distracting.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Jessica wasn’t bad. She is polished for sure.

  • roger

    Top 3:Majesty, Alex and Jessica

  • Ronnie D

    I wonder if the sway bots are automated. They are lulling me to sleep. lol

  • dabney_c

    Gooosies!

  • Jim Benson

    Jessica was good…nice song choice

  • Seikou Kaba

    Goosies. STAWP it.

  • Shawn Jang

    Oh yeah that part is true.

  • Karen C

    Jessica was very good

    ETA: I like it better when she does rock rather than country

  • iluvai

    I hope the voters agree with the posters.

  • houstonray

    I’ve always felt they are SO distracted to a performance…and it always seems so forced and fake, ha.

  • Robin

    Not sure about the others, but I know Joshua Ledet did Runaway Baby.

  • AHotDamnMess

    Theres really no point in complaining and I understand they were trying to start fresh this year..but I miss the old idol. The stage, the videos before the contestants sang not this interview crap, this show just has a very odd feel to it.

  • AGM2123

    Randy was talking? I’ve trained myself to block him out. I thought it was still a commercial.

  • Matthew Richards

    This is my favorite performance so far. I felt that magical moment one feels in the early rounds while watching Adam Lambert or Tamyra Grey when you feel a huge star rising.

  • roger

    new producer = changes

  • Banished

    Ha! harry agrees with you!

  • Sassycatz

    Okay, so far I have to vote for Alex, Jessica and Majesty (because she likes cats).

  • houstonray

    It kind of feels like the first season of a new singing show…if that makes sense…

  • Shawn Jang

    I think Jessica should cut her hair and get rid of that pink. Make her look a little younger even though she’s only 24 haha.

  • dabney_c

    Could not agree more. The show is ‘colder’ this year.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I sense we’ll get another failed attempt at edge from Emily…

  • Sassycatz

    These people are not professionals. We’re getting used to all these other singing shows with their semi-almost-once was–professionals.

  • Anna106

    Those are my top 3 so far also! I would put Alex #1 for me.

  • iluvai

    3 good contestants. I also thought Jena and MK did pretty well.

  • Dakota

    I don’t like this new voting system. It sounds like they just want to pump up the numbers so that will get an announcement of record totals on tomorrow’s show. If you’re voting before you even hear the people sing, this is less about singing than ever before. Also is Alex related or friends with Alex and Sierra? It was weird to see them cheering for him.

  • dabney_c

    Yes, like a slick new show to compete with Idol. I miss the comfortable feel of the old Idol.

  • H.A.

    I knew I picked the right ones. Alex, Jessica and I hope Caleb has the pimp spot and brings it home.

  • garlandk77

    Jessica reminds me of Carly Smithson. Very good voice but somehow does not inspire much affection from the viewers.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Will she have learned, and know what the song means?

  • Listening

    Umm Jessica was different I like that. Once again another contestant with a few pitch problems but I like her rock edge and I preferred her to the others so.

    Umm I feel like nearly everyone has been disconnected from the song and their performances though. It’s like they’re not performing they’re just singing

  • Matthew Richards

    It’s like 6 people in someone flipped a switch and they all started sounding amazing.

  • Jim Benson

    I was thinking the exact same thing as she was singing

  • Guest

    I’m waiting for the one and only Meat Loaf Jr.

  • dabney_c

    I was thinking the same thing as she sang!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You’re right. That’s the big difference between Idol and The Voice.

  • Darko_5

    Jesse reminds me of Erika from season 11

  • Banished

    Kinda unfair to the early singers but Randy admitted as much saying they were making adjustments

  • chillj

    They could easily eliminate five tonight.

  • Landon Cox

    Stream cut out, anyone got another link?

  • Seikou Kaba

    I like it better, makes me not have to wait and remember, I don’t run the risk of forgetting someone or having to be conflicted as to who I want to vote for AFTER the show. Just takes care of everything on the spot.

  • WildcardFail

    alex preston is using alex kinsey guitar from the xfactor :) just random fact

  • Kesia Monteith

    Man, this is the year for some serious rock voices. I enjoyed how much Jessica’s voice soared on that song. I didn’t know her voice could fill the room like that :D

  • Amy Beth

    Ben, Jessica and Alex are out there gigging.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I just need her to make me take her seriously again. But I guess she isn’t required to get that out of me as long as votes come in.

  • roger

    yeah mine too! doh!

  • Ronnie D

    Jessica is a poor mans Joan Jett.

  • Sassycatz

    Well, who was it, Ryan?

  • H.A.

    I forgot about Emily. lol.

  • Matthew Richards

    They sound nothing alike.

  • Shawn Jang

    Top performances so far:

    1. Alex
    2. Jessica
    3. Majesty

  • Seikou Kaba

    Someone look up the lyrics to confirm if emily knows what she’s singing about lol. I don’t feel like hearing another Harry smash down

  • Matthew Richards

    I like this song.

  • dabney_c

    Randy’s commentary is totally superfluous here.

  • Shawn Jang

    Good song for Emily.

  • Robin

    Do you think they’re paying Randy for this?

  • Matthew Richards

    It’s definitely about taking a risk.

  • iluvai

    Emily looks pretty.

  • lila6089

    very pretty voice

  • Blueknight24

    Yes!

  • Sassycatz

    If she doesn’t swing from the rafters in tights, she’ll never pull this off! ;-)

  • houstonray

    Very nice….

  • Seikou Kaba

    Taylor Hicks is in the audience too ya’ll lol

  • Guest

    $20 million this season

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Fortunately, I can hardly hear him, which makes it even easier to ignore him. lol

  • halo9125

    She has zero personality. She’s just singing words.

  • houstonray

    HILARIOUS!!!

  • H.A.

    Great vocals by Emily. I like this. She was my 4th favorite.

  • dabney_c

    Good song choice.

  • Banished

    They shouldn’t be!

  • Sarah Sanderson

    Emily is great tonight

  • mshepnj

    This is very nice and a much better fit for her voice than last week’s.

  • Celebrity Bug

    Emily: Lacks originality, but she sounds amazing.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Thank you Emily.

  • houstonray

    Who? ;-)

  • Robin

    LOL, what a waste

  • BrightLights

    The low notes are outside of Emily’s range, but I like what she is doing with the song. Top 5 of the night so far.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Nice vocal…but a bit boring…

  • jcabby

    That was beautiful by Emily.

  • WiltedYouth

    She has one of the best voices in the competition. She just needs to work on her connection just a bit.

  • nncw

    Randy is falling asleep.

  • Chris C

    That was the best I’ve heard Emily sing.

  • Nedsdag

    Shockingly, Emily sounded great.

  • Shawn Jang

    Go Emily!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She sang well, but I’m not sure how much she made it her own.

  • nycguy

    Is Will Sasso Emily’s father?

  • Blueknight24

    I’m very underwhelm with tonight’s show, I don’t know why, I felt more love to “The voice” now. :(

  • houstonray

    Very Stepford Wives like…great voice, hits the right notes, but just kind of empty….

  • Amy Beth

    Does JLo really know what dynamics are?

  • WildcardFail

    yes they met last week and it looks they are friends now

  • Jim Benson

    I love Pink. I think I like Emily now that she sang that song.

  • Blueknight24

    True!

  • LeoCS

    Emily’s performance was the best performance of the night, so far.

  • Ronnie D

    Lita Ford?

  • dabney_c

    Emily is so pretty.

  • carola99

    I think Emily was better than Jessica.

  • Chris C

    On another topic (I might have missed any earlier comments) – what is up with Keith’s hair tonight? Miss the long hair.

  • dabney_c

    True, Keith. I didn’t think of that.

  • houstonray

    Get a hold of your yang girl! Jeesh I felt like Paula Abdul was back….

  • Seikou Kaba

    Is Emily the person you really want being edgy Keith?
    Okay

  • Linda

    Very nice vocal. I’ve liked Emily, Alex and Jessica.

  • Listening

    Emily is having the best vocal performance by a mile.the song felt kind of weird because it was so slow and serious but I loved her voice so much i’m ignoring that. Her tone is rich and her voice was pure.

  • H.A.

    They want Emily to rock the leather. lol

  • AGM2123

    I think Keith’s hair is directly related to the quality of his comments.

  • garlandk77

    Without even hearing him yet, I have a feeling Sam will give my favorite performance tonite.

  • Nedsdag

    Here comes your winner, Mr. Sam Woolf.

  • Dancin VI#81

    i understand xactly what keith was sayin … it was sung very well but something was missing .. and that was pinks quixotic nature

  • iluvai

    I like what she is wearing. She looks very well put together.

  • Ronnie D

    To me they are actual “artists.” The two most unique idols this season I think.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I feel like I should give up on this show until the top 10 when everyone is definitely more comfortable being on stage…because this is just such an underwhelming night.
    It’s really bad when a live show was about as underwhelming as last nights episode of the Voice

  • Sassycatz

    The new producers don’t know how to parcel out the good performances. They’ve back loaded them.

  • Matthew Richards

    People say she’s not connecting, but I think she was just intentionally trying to give an understated performance. Plus, she’s a little nervous. She can clearly connect with the lyrics personally.

  • houstonray

    Who’s left? Who has the pimp spot??

  • Amy Beth

    Ooh, I’m in the minority. I thought that song showed Emily’s limitations. It felt almost , but not quite there.

  • weareallinnocent

    lol exactly!

    come to think of it, harry said nothing negative. he’s probably trying to avoid the backlash vote. ha!

  • Pippygirl

    Emily should be herself not try to copy Pink. If she tried they would tell her not to be something she’s not.

  • dabney_c

    I agree, but it was still lovely.

  • roger

    lololol

  • chillj

    Emily was WAY better than I ever expected her to be.

  • Seikou Kaba

    Pimp spot doesn’t exist anymore really since voting is throughout the show.

  • Listening

    I get what Keith was saying to Emily that vocal performance was so clean cut you miss the edge pink gives it. But I couldn’t deny that vocal she was on it and it was so refreshing after hearing everyone else struglge to stay in tune.

  • girlygirl

    I’m conflicted on Emily, good voice but I’m not sure she’s quite ready for all this

  • Banished

    Keith’s advice would only make sense should she sing another pink song, right? I did get his point though

  • carola99

    Who gets the pimp spot?

  • weareallinnocent

    I agree. She really started very wobbly. She did hit stride midway, but it wasn’t enough imo.

    But then, I adore P!nk, and she’s no P!nk, not even close…

  • alt28023

    Was that Emily trying to get out of foddertown?

  • Matthew Richards

    I don’t think it was intentional, I think it was a sound problem early in the show. Kristen and MJ kinda got screwed, but they sang well despite it. Dexter’s song was a high energy opener on paper. Malaya and CJ were the only ones noticeably out of tune.

  • dabney_c

    Guitar boy. Forgot his name … Sam!

  • Shawn Jang

    Top Performances so far:

    1. Alex
    2. Jessica
    3. Majesty
    4. Emily

  • chillj

    Maybe inversely. The doo is bad the comments are good.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Remind me who the good performers are again…

  • Kesia Monteith

    Honestly, I’ve liked Keith’s critiques much better tonight than Harry’s. Keith really is familiar with current music.

  • Landon Cox

    So Alex is friends with Alex & Sierra?

  • Anna106

    How many are eliminated tonight?

  • Sassycatz

    I’m sorry. You’ll have to pick your own!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith is a different judge this year than he was last year, in a good way.

  • mshepnj

    Thanks!

  • ht23

    Caleb.

  • dabney_c

    So true. Last year he was swallowed up by the crazy lady beside him.

  • Sassycatz

    Everyone’s a different judge this year. Even the ones who’ve been there before!

  • Dani

    Wow, they are his friends. That is interesting.

  • BrightLights

    Oh, good choice for Sam.

  • Listening

    I think he was trying to say don’t pick songs with edge to it or if you do make sure you include that in your performances or else the song will feel like its missing something.

  • Matthew Richards

    On Top 13 week they usually get rid of two. I hope it’s one. I really like this group.

  • dabney_c

    I’m hating Randy’s role.

  • Robin

    Keith is my favorite judge. Harry gets a lot of praise, but I don’t feel he gives good advice outside of pitch issues (which is still good advice!).

  • BonnieDee

    I’m a big Johnny Cash fan and I loved Ben’s take on Fulsom Prison Blues. I also liked Jena, Malaya and Majesty’s performances. I’m baffled by the good comments Kristen keeps getting. She has got to have a relative in the business or something.

  • Ronnie D

    I think I lost my yang years ago.

  • houstonray

    Is Randy whispering or am I losing my hearing?

  • Amy Beth

    Sam needs some of whatever Ben was on.

  • Matthew Richards

    Is he singing Unwell?

  • Dani

    I like Sam as a person but his performance thus far (except his original) are rather boring.

  • dabney_c

    Kind of boring.

  • Chris C

    Sam! a fav song and I’m loving it, great job!

  • Seikou Kaba

    I don’t think it’s possible for someone to sing this song and me not like it….then again there IS Marrialle…

  • jcabby

    Sam with another great song choice!!

  • BrightLights

    Okay, a minute ago I called this a smart choice, but I don’t like the execution. Unwell isn’t a ballad. This is over-enunciated. Like he’s so worried about getting it perfect.

  • Matthew Richards

    That guy clapping in the audience looked so bored. Bad choice to pan to him.

  • Landon Cox

    http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/fox-live-stream

    This one is like 15 minutes behind? On Jess’ performance now

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was good, but not very exciting.

  • Anna106

    Does he ever lose the little bounce?

  • H.A.

    I like Keith this year and surprisingly JLo is doing well. I think Harry is so out of touch.

  • weareallinnocent

    I don’t like this song for Sam. He sounds too karaoke and one-note.

  • BonnieDee

    Great job Sam!

  • BrightLights

    Yeah, there was nothing technically wrong with it, but it’s not something I want to listen to again.

  • dabney_c

    The gurls are lovin’ Sam.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    The enunciation is off, strange…first thing I caught. It was almost…forced. Arrangement was too slow…lagging.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I swear everyone expects waaaay too much out of Sam

  • lila6089

    He seems a little awkward, but I like his voice.

  • Listening

    Oh wow Sam is soooo boring. Feels like a kid that just got up to sing in front of mom and dad, nothing special here.

  • Shawn Jang

    Sam doesn’t know how to sing with dynamics.

  • Sassycatz

    Sam always looks a little like he’s at a high school talent night.

  • Jim Benson

    Sam is the favorite to win this whole thing.

  • dabney_c

    Faint praise, Harry.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, Keith, it was too slow.

  • H.A.

    Sam is so overrated. Nothing really special about this kid.

  • Robin

    A little disappointed in that one :/
    Still rooting for him, though!

  • Matthew Richards

    Is he getting more attractive?

  • Montavilla

    I like everything about MK, except for the backwards cap. I don’t like the backwards baseball cap on anybody, but it’s especially disturbing on her because she starts to look like Justin Beiber. I loved the hat she wore last week. Hats are fine, MK! Just please not Beiber hats.

  • Pippygirl

    Harry threw a little shade there lol

  • Blueknight24

    If they remove Randy’s part, Every contestant could have perform longer.

  • Matthew Richards

    Maybe it’s just that Spencer left?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sam has great intonation, but so far, he’s not a very exciting singer.

  • Sassycatz

    Yes, it was too slow. I agree.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    No.

  • Seikou Kaba

    JLo. You found a perfect description of one person and it sounded really intelligent..
    Now something tells me you’re going to kill us with that term

  • Montavilla

    I’ve heard that before. :) I do love Timothy Spall.

  • Anna106

    I hope Caleb’s experience helps him! He & Jessica have seemed the most experienced in the past.

  • Sassycatz

    Resident Rocker?! Oh NOoooo, he didn’t!

  • BonnieDee

    My opinion
    1. Majesty
    2. Ben
    3. Malaya
    4. M.K.
    5. Alex

  • weareallinnocent

    THIS!!!!

  • Anna106

    I agree. I want him to show some passion with his great voice…Maybe with some more stage experience.

  • Linda

    Holding on to the promise of Caleb. They probably left him for last for a reason. Hope he delivers!

  • Valentin432

    Caleb gets the pimp spot? Biggest shocker of the night

  • Montavilla

    Ironic, isn’t it?

  • Seikou Kaba

    I stand by what I said. People are expecting the world out of Sam, yet will accuse other contestants his age for being too young as if Sam doesn’t qualify for that criticism either.

  • BonnieDee

    Caleb

  • girlygirl

    Sam’s another one I’m conflicted about. He’s obviously talented but lacks stage presence. Good but a little boring. II hope he finds a way to amp up the personality/performance skills a bit

  • Listening

    No he’s Baby Jack Black.

  • Nedsdag

    They’re on The Voice.

  • H.A.

    I think Caleb has one of the best rock voices to come on this show in years. Enough with the Lite-FM easy listening soft rockers.

  • BonnieDee

    Emily’s one of two (Kristen is the other one) who is over rated by the judges IMO.

  • ReginaFilange

    He’s got the pitch but other than that, not much.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If he had waited a couple of years, he would be more confident and better, I think.

  • Amy Beth

    Sam, go back to your hotel and tell Berklee you’re coming next year.

    Kid needs seasoning.

  • perfectstorm

    Sam lacks personality on and off stage. He’s too intense for a 17 yr old.

  • Montavilla

    1. I like his hair.
    2. He plays well.
    3. There’s something really cute about his face.

  • dabney_c

    Ehh, he’s not current. Remember Josh Krajcic from XFactor? He also had a good rock voice.

  • Matthew Richards

    SOUL PATROL!

  • Ronnie D

    So far tonight’s show is like stepping on a sea urchin.

  • roger

    same with sam

  • lila6089

    eew thats gross

  • Seikou Kaba

    Cross country?
    This man must LOVE beer.

  • Sassycatz

    The experienced people who have had multiple shots and don’t have the it factor, yes. I agree.

  • Nedsdag

    Gross out on Caleb.

  • Banished

    I’d go for his sound if he cleaned up a tad, which makes no sense whatsoever

  • Nedsdag

    It doesn’t matter. He’ll be back next week.

  • dabney_c

    70s tribute band.

  • Chris C

    Enjoy Caleb, want to keep him a while! (reminds me of Durbin, guess cuz they both do rock and also stage presence, comfortable on stage)

  • Seikou Kaba

    Stank face: unlocked

  • Shawn Jang

    Caleb is way too old-fashioned.

  • Nedsdag

    Taylor Hicks in the house.

  • Blueknight24

    Caleb is look like Zach from the movie Hangover. lol

  • maddkat

    that’s disgusting

  • Ronnie D

    Sam is creepy.

  • BonnieDee

    I like the voting beginning at the top of the show because it gives more of a chance to those performing first

  • BrightLights

    Yeah, Meat Loaf!

  • Campbell Ballon

    Taylor Hicks is lookin’ good!

  • ETK

    oh geez Randy adds nothing to this show

  • Ronnie D

    Are there hyenas in the audience? lol

  • jcabby

    Rock it Caleb!

  • BrightLights

    I would buy his record tonight.

  • maddkat

    yawn

  • BonnieDee

    Caleb was great!

  • nncw

    His hair is electrified!

  • weareallinnocent

    Way to Go Caleb!! Wow!

  • Seikou Kaba

    And maybe that’s what we need more of.

  • H.A.

    Standing O for my boy Caleb. The only entertainer in the house!!!

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Really? who listens to this style of rock music anymore. It’s like…Sammy Hagar? I mean…why?

  • Nedsdag

    I love Caleb’s hair. His hair alone makes me want to vote for him numerous times.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Worse, he takes away time that could be given to the contestants.

  • Banished

    The judges nod approval as Caleb manages to wait them up tonight

  • Jim Benson

    Caleb rocked it. Not a huge fan but he did kill it

  • Matthew Richards

    That sounded great, but what the heck did he sing? I didn’t understand any of the words.

  • shell29

    I love that they showed Taylor in the audience…if anyone has the potential to ‘Taylor’ his away to the Top 5 (at least) it’s Caleb

  • dabney_c

    Yes, Keith, been done.

  • LeoCS

    Maybe Caleb is a total throwback but he’s the one who’s bringing excitement to this show. And the one who’s singing 100% in pitch. His vocal skills are amazing.

  • BrightLights

    Okay, top tonight in roughly this order: Caleb, Alex, Jessica, MK, Emily, Jena, Sam. My pick to leave- Dexter. Malaya blew it tonight, but she has a body of work behind her. Dexter laid about the same size of egg, but he doesn’t.

  • Blueknight24

    I bet most grandma and grandpa love that performance. lol

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Agree he has a great voice. But he is so dated…

  • Seikou Kaba

    I don’t give a damn if someone sounds retro/old. Just make me like you, goodness.
    Caleb made me love him

  • H.A.

    Caleb is not bad looking. lol. Love him!!!

  • girlygirl

    Caleb’s entertaining for sure. Question is — is he current?

  • iluvai

    Kristen is terrible.

  • houstonray

    OUCH! Watching the highlights reminds me of the suckfest that was the beginning of the show…

  • Anna106

    Since they have the same number the entire season, do they always sing in the same order?

  • Nedsdag

    I have absolutely no idea who will be in the bottom 3.

  • dabney_c

    I miss Ryan announcing their individual numbers – 1-866-idols-01, etc.

  • H.A.

    With the right songs why not.

  • nncw

    Second half of show was much better (except for Jena).

  • H.A.

    I agree!!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Caleb will be entertaining on the show and the tour, but I also think that he’s a real throwback (which both Keith and Harry implied).

  • Amy Beth

    No it just means you never have to watch the show again to figure out the right number.

  • dabney_c

    Kristen, Malaya, and Dex

  • jms

    I agree. She needs to go. I don’t think there’s been a contestant so boring that it actually irritates me to death, lol.

  • BrightLights

    He needs to sing a current rock song next week. He could kill a Gaslight Anthem song. There are three people on this show whose records I would buy right now- he is one of them. Rock isn’t dead.

  • Seikou Kaba

    With Dex probably getting the boot..or Kristen frankly. Malaya is currently on as much solid ground atm as Jessica Sanchez

  • Chris C

    The highlight clips at the end – always shows the best of each; highlights make them all sound good, like you missed it if you hadn’t been watching.

  • iluvai

    She’s awkward too.

  • Matthew Richards

    Jessica, Majesty, and Alex were my highlights tonight. Caleb and Emily were very good too. I’m not voting for her, but I hope people give MK another chance, because her and the band didn’t mix and she has potential.

  • dabney_c

    Right!

  • H.A.

    Who cares if Caleb is current or throwback. Winning this show isn’t a guarantee for success. If he finds his niche audience he can have a great career. At this point he’s the only one who isn’t putting me to sleep.

  • alt28023

    Caleb yes!!! Thank you for bringing it.

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh, and I forgot Ben again!

  • mshepnj

    My husband, who doesn’t watch Idol came home from a meeting and said “That guy looks like Meatloaf!” LOL

  • Nedsdag

    Caleb was great, but the boy needs to front a band ASAP!

  • Listening

    Caleb wasn’t rock enough for me. He felt rock light he needed more power/passion.

  • Blueknight24

    Alex,Majesty,Jessica and Sam did good tonight and even Caleb, the rest are forgettable. Sorry.

  • dabney_c

    Because he looks like he just walked off a Time-Warner 70s Rock Favourites infomercial.

  • BrightLights

    I’m listening to “45″ right now. I love that song. Caleb could sing it straight up and not change a single note and I think he would sound better than the actual band. He has such an authentic voice. He is 100% in control of every note and he has incredible stage presence.

  • Seikou Kaba

    If that was rock lite I guess Caleb is gonna need to drop a pound of drugs and crowd surf or something to be a rocker

  • jms

    So far the show REALLY picked up with MK. I still think MK looked really uncomfortable up there, she needs to loosen up like Harry said, but that’ll come with time. Great vocal.

    All I can say about Majesty is This. Is. Your. F*cking. Majesty. Okay, and maybe another thing, she’s exciting as hell.

    Jena wasn’t terrible. Her voice is certainly distinct and I like what she can do with it, but it’s still a little under where it should be.

    Alex is honestly probably the best WGWG in the past few seasons. He’s absolutely terrific. If a WGWG wins and he’s it, I don’t think I’d be mad. I don’t typically go for that type of music, but I thought his performance was really captivating, and that big note? Oh my.

    I thought Jessica absolutely rocked. Another great performance.

    Gotta say, after an incredibly disappointing first five, I’m getting my hopes back up.

  • Seikou Kaba

    MK is safe. I think It’s Ben or Dex to go home tomorrow, but hopefully Kristen just sang herself home.

  • Ronnie D

    Caleb totally reminds me of David Coverdale!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Final Rankings:
    1. Alex (A top 4 caliber performance)
    2. Caleb (surprisingly strong)
    3. Sam (Still consider him overhyped, but his performance was impressive.
    4. Jena (Her voice is too amazing to deny)

  • chillj

    I’m thinking of starting a petition to remove him.

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

    I care. I prefer my music not karaoke-fied.

    He’d be great in Rock of Ages. I wouldn’t buy his albums, though. Not original enough.

  • Listening

    So here’s my top

    1) Emily – Yeah that surprised me too she was never on my radar but best vocal performance by a mile.
    2) Jessica – She felt unique to me
    3) Jena – I liked her tone.
    4) Majesty Rose – Kind of by default everyone was boring or bad. I believe she’s better than this. Wrong song choice didn’t showcase her voice it’s tenderness and nuances. She’s been my favorite from the start, I thought she was the front runner sure fire top 3 if not winner. I don’t want to see another night like this.

  • Rúben Guzman

    I love Jena but she needs to get back to the piano. Maybe a bottom 3 appearance will make her play it safe

  • H.A.

    Yes. Caleb needs a band. It’s how he’ll be taken serious as a rocker.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m still not seeing the promise that the producers/judges apparently have seen in her.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Hey guys, any idea if we still get iTunes studio recordings?

  • Ronnie D

    I haven’t heard rock vocals like Calebs since another Idol Glam rocker. That was awesome. lol

  • Shawn Jang

    Current music is what sells. His niche audience won’t make him successful enough to keep his label if he gets one.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I’m probably in the minority for wanting Kristen to go home as opposed to Malaya or Dex.
    There’s just something about her that just comes off as overly clean cut and calculated that I can’t get past. Like…more than with Sam Woolf
    And pageant-y! That too, buying it. Not feeling it, I see no real potential honestly.
    To put it all in a nutshell. Just faaaar too overly contrived

  • lola

    I noticed them too.

  • Matthew Richards

    I really hope Jessica doesn’t go the way of Elise Testone. She’s older and experienced and it shows, but she might not have as much of a fanbase and she got the “bitch” edit in group rounds. I think she’s gonna have to bring it every week.

  • Matthew Richards

    Ben gave a love-it-or-hate-it performance, which is a smart choice when there are lots of contestants. I think Kristen will be in the bottom 3, but didn’t sing bad enough to go home this week. Dexter, Malaya, and CJ need to watch their necks.

  • Jason Gorny

    I think tonight was a lot better than last week. Judging were on point especially with JLO! Highlight of the night was seeing Alex and Sierra! I was hoping to see the word X-Factor winner on the screen lol. I wonder if the producers/Ryan/judges/contestants knew they would be there. It would be nice to know if they got to talk to A&S and get some tips. I think Dexter and Kristen will be the bottom 2.

  • dabney_c

    She’s only 23.

  • H.A.

    10 of these kids are all mediocre, karaoke. Caleb doesn’t need to win this show (which he won’t) but at least he’s entertaining. A departure from the typical mess we’ve been getting.

  • Matthew Richards

    And some of them are 16.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    A Beautiful Mess could be the best performance of the season so far. Alex Preston has the potential to possibly be the best contestant since Phillip Phillips himself.

  • Ronnie D

    Caleb was the best vocally hands down tonight. I can barely remember the others now.

  • jms

    I think you’re exactly right.

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

    Some of them are karaoke, including Caleb. But others aren’t perfect, but bring their unique style.

    Caleb would also really do well in Vegas.

  • weareallinnocent

    I’m in there with you. She’s not good. And, she didn’t deserve to be put through last week. At. All.

  • Seikou Kaba

    I’m not going to deny her voice, she just isn’t good. Like…I’m more prepared to study for an exam through her performances.

  • H.A.

    Totally disagree. JMO.

  • Kirsten

    The highlight clips at the end – always shows the best of each; highlights make them all sound good,

    Some who live on the Grassy Knoll think that when they want to run somebody over with a bus, the highlight clips of that person shows the worst section of their song (like when they totally whiffed a note).

  • shell29

    He might be karaoke but I’m liking it so far. I like the energy he’s bringing and I’m enjoying his performances so far (even if he’s a throwback). Some of the others are putting me to sleep.

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

    Reminder:

    Please stay on topic, which is tonight’s show

    NOT THE TOPIC:

    Contestants from other seasons. NO FAN WARS.

    Other seasons period, unless you’re making a point about tonight.

    Other singing shows. If you’ve come in here to blah blah about how great the other show is by comparison you’re in the wrong thread.

    ALSO.

    Keep your comments focused on YOUR opinions. RESPECT YOUR FELLOW COMMENTERS OPINIONS PLEASE.

  • Nedsdag

    I like Slapout Jessica was more than Elise. I think SJ has the consistency that Elise lacked.

  • Dianne

    Caleb seems to be in the love or hate category, but for those who say he isn’t current, rockers Daugtry & Constantine M both have would up with very different but equally viable post Idol careers (and although I don’t follow him sounds like James D is still out there rocking as well).

  • Amy Beth

    My bold prediction– CJ is going home. He needed a WC to get to the final and he was unmemorable tonight.

  • LA944

    The show started off very weak. I would bet money that some who tuned in got bored and changed the channel. They should have put at least one strong performance in the first half hour or so. I don’t get it.

    So, for me the show didn’t start until MK. And I was entertained for the rest of the night. MK was cool. I love the ethereal Majesty. Jena did a good job–distinctive voice. I was drawn in my Alex’s performance–he’s very interesting. Jessica killed it–wish she had a little better tv personality to keep her in. Sam. He has a lot of potential. Caleb was fun.

    Tough for me to pick a fave performance of the night. But, I’m going to give it to Jessica & Majesty

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

    AGAIN. OTHER SINGING SHOWS NOT THE TOPIC.

  • Trishdish2001

    Caleb is my favorite! Stop blaming the band judges! Ricky Minor is the bomb!

  • Trishdish2001

    Malaya wtf was that? She sings better than that!

  • nemo

    I really don’t get MK at all. She bores me. But I know that she has many fans, so I will be stuck watching her for many weeks. Perhaps one day when she truly connects with a song, I will finally get what all the fuss is about her.

  • Trishdish2001

    Is Jlo deaf? That was not good by Malaya!!!

  • shell29

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. I’m hoping it will be Kristen instead. She’s the weak link in this Top 13 in my opinion.

  • WiltedYouth

    I second the query on iTunes recordings. Anyone have any idea if that’s being continued this year?

  • H.A.

    Caleb, Jessica and Alex gets my votes. The rest were forgettable.

  • nemo

    One of the country boys should go. The weakest this week is Dexter.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Hey MJ, if you read this, is there any info on the iTunes songs? I enjoyed your reviews of them in the past seasons.

  • justmefornow

    I’ll check the video. I left here to check out James’ radio interview at 9:00. He actually mentioned Caleb towards the end, he ran into him in Tenn at one of his tour stops, and wished him well on the show.
    (Btw, James also said Caleb had a Meatloafy, bluesy vibe to him as well. lol)

  • Sarah Sanderson

    I liked Majesty, Alex, Caleb, Emily, Jena, Jessica, Sam. I don’t care too much either way about who goes home as long as it is not one of these 7!

  • garlandk77

    Alex does not have the star quality “package” including looks and personality that Phillip has. This could be a major handicap even he wins. Guys like Alex usually become successful recording artists only if they also happen to be very talented songwriters. Does Alex write original songs?

  • Seikou Kaba

    Maybe you don’t feel she connected with her songs. I feel that sooner than anything else.

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

    Daughtry always sounded really current to me. Like Nickleback, which were really popular at the time.

    Constantine “played” a rocker, but really he was a theater dude, and very entertaining in that way. I’d put Caleb in that category, but less interesting. He can sing though. No denying that.

  • Matthew Richards

    She has a nickname now? Yay, the ones with nicknames last longer!

  • Valentin432

    I liked this show.

    They’ve done lots of things to refresh the format and I mostly apreciate them.

    Of course the best thing is to hear 13 songs that we’ve barely heard on idol before.

    The contestants are getting better and are an interesting bunch, a little too many southern WGWG but it’s not too bad.

    Alex knows what he’s doing, keeping the band mostly quiet. I’m impressed.
    Majesty has great stage presence.

    I like Jena, Jess, Caleb and Sam for various reasons.

    Disapointed in Dexter who I really liked.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I realize he does not have the “look” but he does write original songs, like he did in Hollywood. (PS This was my favorite performance of the season before tonight)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPGSjfFN9gA
    “Fairytales”

  • Matthew Richards

    Love how unpredictable this season is already!

  • Matthew Richards

    That would be funny.

  • PinkClouds20

    Majesty, Jessica, Emily and Caleb are my favorites.

  • Matthew Richards

    Can we replace every segment of Randy with a camera zoom to Taylor Hicks?

  • roger

    the three wildcards did pretty good.

  • JTN

    The show started off weak for me, but by the middle, I was loving pretty much every performance. Jess, Majesty, Jena, and Alex did the best for me.

  • Matthew Richards

    Agreed. I really love these kids!

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    THANK YOU! This group has potential to be really great.

  • Chris C

    I’ll have to watch for that this season. But tonight as they went through it, the show looked pretty good. – considering IMO there were some not good performances

  • ReginaFilange

    Potential is the word. I could see any one making the top 5 or 6 if they step it up.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I agree, growth is needed, but at least it’s not like last year – Curtis, Paul, Devin, and Lazaro did not belong there even if they stepped it up.

  • Matthew Richards

    Everyone try voting by Googling “American Idol.” It’s really fun!

  • merkureye

    As far as the wildcards.. . .Jena may have been a top 10 vote getter but they needed 5 guys and 5 girls to start. Thus Jena may have garnered more votes than either Dexter or Ben or Caleb during Rush Week.

  • HermeticallySealed

    People diss every season, especially at this point in the competition. Personally, I think there is several decent prospects, but it will just take a few performances before they get the hang.

  • dabney_c

    Caleb is more Bo Bice than Constantine – mixed with a little James Durbin theatricality.

  • jms

    Idol needs to learn to spread the bad performances out…. anyone watching the first five performances would have thought tonight was gonna be terrible when it was actually quite a good night.

    Amazing Tier:
    1) Caleb
    2) Alex
    3) Majesty
    4) Jessica

    Great Tier:
    5) Emily
    6) MK
    7) Jena
    8) Sam

    Okay Tier:
    9) Ben
    10) CJ

    Bad tier
    11) Malaya
    12) Dexter

    Go away tier
    13) Kristen

    1) Caleb – Good Lord, give this guy a band. He is amazing. LOVE this guy. He knows how to rock a stage, he’s on key. I don’t really care that he’s not current…. yet. But he’s one I’m really excited about.

    2) Alex – One of the best WGWGs on this show, I think. He’s captivating, he pulls you in, he’s authentic, and his guitar is definitely not a crutch. That big note was amazing.

    3) Majesty – Your Majesty. A ball of fun. Authentic fun.

    4) Jessica – She really could be higher, but she’s surrounded by good performances. I thought she rocked it out.

    5) Emily – On the cusp. She went from absolute zero last week to hero this week, but she’s still not perfect. I definitely see some karaoke elements in her, but I thought it was a very stunning vocal.

    6) MK – Props to her for waking up the night. I thought she was great. But she looked pretty uncomfortable and stiff up there, that’s my only problem.

    7) Jena – I thought she could’ve done better, but still a good performance. I love her distinctive voice.

    8) Sam – He’s actually not that boring. Color me surprised. Although I can see him getting there, I really did like his performance tonight

    9) Ben – Okay, here’s where the massive drop off is. The level from Sam to Ben is HUGE. I kind of liked Ben, but that was a little awkward and fast. Stick around for sure, but still, room for improvement.

    10) CJ – Probably the right song choice, but not the right delivery. I was bored.

    11) Malaya – She’s probably only as high as she is because she’s such a fun person and I hope she stays, but that was not good at all. Props for trying, but not good.

    12) Dexter – I actually liked that song choice, it’s one of my country jams, but I gotta say that as much as I like the song, it’s really formulaic and you gotta have some grit and charisma for that song. Dexter completely lacked that. I like country bro, but that was not cool bro.

    13) Kristen – She actually had a better vocal than both Malaya and Dexter probably, but she’s so incredibly dull and personality-free that I just want her gone. I don’t think she’ll go, but she really needs to pull a Haley Reinhart soon if she stays (not as in singing like Haley, but go from zero to consistent hero).

  • jms

    Agree! I’ll add MK as well.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I agree with a lot of this list! Caleb did great, but if I made a Power List in general, I would put Caleb a bit lower and Jena bit higher.

  • jms

    Nope, you’re not. MK and everyone after her had some degree of great in their performances. I can see something great brewing here, especially if Kristen’s out soon and either Dexter or Malaya find themselves (I REALLY hope Malaya gets a chance to do so…. Tonight was horrid, but her body of work says she deserves another shot).

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    Emily reminds me of Leona Lewis, I have no idea why.
    My favorites: Jessica, Emily, Sam and… maybe Majesty
    I wanted to love Jena’s song choice… but it was too underwhelming a song for her big voice. The way she “screamed” the song was not……… lovely.
    Malaya is hella fun but she need to concentrate more on singing.

  • cheese

    I agree – he’s never going to be as campy and fun as Constantine. I was curious when he said he was going to sing a “modern rock” song – I didn’t realize that there were “modern” bands making that screamy hair band stuff! I hate when that gets tagged as “real” rock.

  • dabney_c

    But it takes away from the drama going on onstage. Pers Blankens’ vision for this show is not speaking to me.

  • Chris C

    Today is Johnny Cash’s birthday. But don’t guess Ben had that in mind since he said he always opened his shows with it. Interesting though.

  • Wfish88

    Big difference between first half and second half of show. I thought staging was kinda awkward for most of songs. There’s a lot of empty space on that stage..

  • thirdtime

    The first three tonight sounded really bad – hope they didn’t lose any viewers with those three going first. Malaya was the worst of the night for me. The best were all in the second half of the show. Alex and Caleb were definitely my favorites tonight.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Voting was so easy and fast by googling American Idol.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    I often found that the person who goes home might not have the “worst” performance, but the most “unmemorable” one. By this logic, CJ might be in more danger than Dexter and Malaya because while CJ sang better, the other two performed better.

  • Chris C

    Whenever talk is about performers or songs being “current”, all I can think of is how bands I grew up with are still popular – Beatles, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Queen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty…list goes on. Still hearing on radio. Still love.

  • PinkClouds20

    Yes, voting is super easy. Go here to vote http://idol.ly/SuperVote.

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t want to register.

  • tomr

    Appreciate the support from Alex and Sierra and Taylor Hicks in the audience. Liked about half of them tonight. Appreciated that I knew only 4 of the songs so that I couldn’t compare the others to the originals so it allowed me to be more objective. Really hope that some of the youngest ones stay around so that I can watch the growth curve. They are at a serious disadvantage going against those that have been performing for 5 or more years more than them. JLo has really stepped it up this year. She’s tougher than Keith. Harry is just too full of himself!

  • justmefornow

    He’s a blues rocker, not a hard rocker, very different.

  • KNsMama

    Loved, loved Jena and Emily the most tonight. Those girls have such beautiful and richly toned voices. And I’m sorry, but I DO. NOT. GET. MK. AT. ALL. She seems more like the PC poster child in the hands of the producers and that seems completely shitty to me that they’d hype her like that for such a purpose. Honestly, she is simply just mediocre at best in the talent department. She’s not captivating at all on screen.

  • LeahKittyS

    Wow, what a great night! Alex and Jessica were my favorites, followed by Majesty and Jena, and then Emily, MK and Sam. Caleb was a pleasant surprise! Dexter will have to hope his authentic country style will save him, because his vocals sure didn’t. But my money is still on Kristen going home tomorrow. Every season they’ve done Wild Cards, a Wild Card has been first to go, and she’s clearly the weak link.
    By the way, does anybody know if the full songs will be available on iTunes this year? I would buy a good number of songs from tonight.

  • DavidPhillipAngie

    Here’s how I shaped up my Google votes

  • raymarhead

    The standouts tonight for me were Ben, Majesty, Alex and Caleb.

  • cheese

    For me, Jena was the absolute worst. That poor song. I really hated what she did with it and if I have to listen to a super affected voice, I prefer the quirky, quiet little voices to all that weird bellowing she was doing. Lauren Scarnato wasn’t far behind. I also wasn’t digging Dexter or CJ tonight. Ben was only slightly better. Caleb gives me a headache.

    I want to like Alex but that Mraz song is so bland. I even have that album and I didn’t remember ever hearing the song before. Same with Sam – are up and coming young musicians really into Matchbox 20? Really? I hope they both pick better songs next week.

    I miss the Coldplay and Feist-singing Majesty, but I still loved her performance. She consistently puts a smile on my face. I hope she does something a little different next week. Jessica was much better this week and they did a good job softening her look, too. I don’t know how to feel about Malaya.

    The Google voting is great! I would never pick up a phone to vote at this point, but I can type two words into a search bar.

  • jpfan2

    Enjoyed Mk, Majesty, Jena. Liked Jessica’s and Emily’s songs, still like
    Alec. Really hated Sam’s song choice.

  • thirdtime

    I totally agree about MK, although I did think she was better this week than last week. To me she’s one of the mid-tier on the show, decent enough voice, but super boring. She’s nowhere near as good as some of the others on the show, but not the worst either.

  • Jon Glass

    Jena can do The Scientist, but when Katelyn Epperly did it in Season 9, she was criticized? What a joke.

  • thirdtime

    I’m predicting Malaya to go home.

  • merkureye

    Caleb will not last long. Elise Testone killed Led Zep’s Whole Lotta Love in Top 9 week and she was gone after Top 6 in S11. Elise’s WLL was a AI classic.

  • Steelers36

    MJ … re: KRISTEN … you wonder why she made the top 13. Two words – SEXY BODY. Otherwise, agree with you that her signing legs are not so great

  • Matthew Richards

    By that logic, Dexter is going home.

  • jms

    I think she’s different (and not because she’s boyish). I don’t necessarily agree with you but I see where you’re coming from. I thought she was really connected last week, but pretty stiff (still good) this week.

  • Matthew Richards

    Also Jena wasn’t judged by the public on Unbreakable Me, she was judged on Paint It Black. Which is a night and day difference.

  • Swind

    Interesting, so-so night of performances…being completely without bias (um, yea right haha), I would have to rank them…

    1. Alex
    2. Majesty (I’m slowly warming up to her, because she’s fun)
    3. Jessica
    4. Jena
    5. Ben
    6. Kristen
    7. Sam (boring, but sounded nice)
    8. Caleb (not for me, but not boring)
    9. Emily (meh)
    10. CJ (meh)
    11. Dexter (meh)
    12. MK (awkward)
    13. Malaya (hot mess)

  • thirdtime

    Several of the rockers from Idol were offered positions as lead singers in bands – Adam with Queen, Chris Daughtry with Fuel, David Cook & James Durbin with Hinder – I can see that happening with Caleb too. He’s a really great singer, throwback or not.

  • dd999

    Jessica for me was the best…love her original sounding voice!!! Others I thought sang well and stood out were Caleb and Majesty!

  • AmberNass

    I think Kristen has an amazing voice. She just isn’t picking the right songs to show that. I don’t like Jessica’s voice at all but I cant deny that she did really good tonight. I really liked everyone else.

  • Matthew Richards

    I know we aren’t supposed to be talking about other shows, but Caleb reminds me of Terry McDermott from the Voice. They’re almost exact equivalents.

  • jms

    I actually agree about Majesty. She’s done some fun poppy songs for the past two weeks and has done fantastic, but I’m waiting for her to do something more like her audition. I feel like when she does go back to that Majesty and she pulls it off, she’ll put herself in a whole other league.

  • Matthew Richards

    But she’s a woman.

  • Swind

    I think Kristen’s style of performing (cheesy, American Idol cliche pop-star) is what’s turning people off. She does have a strong voice though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I feel the same way exactly.

  • http://butterbeanjunction.com/ Connie D

    Alex has the look of… Alex… and this is how he is supposed to look… which is awesome. Handsome in his own way.

    A star package? Yes, I think so.

    I really like what they’re doing with his hair.

  • ladymctech

    My top 3 after tonight are Caleb, Alex, and Majesty.

  • iluvai

    I liked MK too MJ. I thought she started out great, but lost it a bit in the middle and end. I hope we get to hear more from her. I really like her.

  • iluvai

    You mean skinny body. She needs to eat!

  • GenesThatFit

    I agree. Take off the hat. If you want to look like a guy, go sing with them.

  • Matthew Richards

    Alex Preston and I have 5 mutual friends on Facebook. Weird. Guessing it’s because we’re both artsy people from New Hampshire?
    Apparently he’s dating Jillian Jensen.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The second half of the show was so much more enjoyable than the first half for me. So far, it’s still very early, but I like Majesty the most, not just because she knows who she is as an artist and how to sing a song, but she’s also a good entertainer. Alex is good, but he lacks onstage presence, and I’m not one who gets drawn into his inwardly directed performances. Caleb is entertaining and has a great voice, but is a real throwback. He’ll be enjoyable on the show and the tour, but I’m not sure about afterwards. Sam is an example of a guy with great intonation, but who isn’t a great singer yet. He very young and would have benefited from a couple of more years of maturing before coming on the show. I like Jessica – her experience and maturity shows. MK is a good singer, but still pretty awkward onstage, and it will be interesting to see how she improves. Jena is good, but I’m not as high on her as others are. Emily sings well, but isn’t a standout yet. Not fond of any of the country guys (not my genre), or Kristen. ETA: Malaya had a rough night, but her personality just may pull her through. As for bottom three, I think that it will be 3 of Dexter, CJ (he’s had a lot of chances), Malaya and Kristen, with Kristen going home.

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh, I get it. He lives in Mont Vernon and my friend Derek is from Milford. They probably both went to Souhegan high school. I’ve performed there before.

  • sabbia

    Rival Sons are far from a screamy hair band (I dislike screamy hair band stuff myself). They have a retro blues rock sound which is what I think Caleb is trying to emulate.

  • Roimeister

    girrrrl needs a cheeseburger!

  • Kesia Monteith

    The sheer irony of showing Taylor Hicks during Caleb was like some weird premonition or something.

  • jms

    Makes sense to me. I’m leaving Caleb at the top but I see why he’s not everyone’s cuppa.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Y’know, if I can tolerate male singers’ damn tukes (which I loathe on all wearers other than Mike Nesmith, and most particularly when singers wear them in summer, wth, dudes?), I can tolerate MK’s damn backward baseball cap.

  • newinNM

    I enjoyed tonight, it felt like the contestants had a lot more impute in their looks and song choices then the last couple of seasons. (thank goodness) There are still a lot of nerves and I think they are having some problems getting used to the in ear thingies. Randy is about as useful as tits on a boar hog (as my dad would say) bring back Adam and Chris, or any other available past idol. They would have a lot more valuable information than the “Daug” total waste of time! I like that the judges, for the most part, said what needed to be said then shut up! I even agreed with them most of the time. My favorites: MK, love her voice, loved her look, not my favorite song, but I really want to hear more from her, she has my vote. Majesty, so cute and fun, great voice. I also liked: Jessica, Jena and Ben. Least favorites Malaya, one hot mess, Kristen, Pia 2.0 pretty but no personality. IMHO of course

  • BluSky

    Alex is the most captivating and authentic, in my view. Majesty was great too! Others… some great voices but they just didn’t make me excited at all

  • iluvai

    I agree pretty much. I don’t get why CJ is a favorite, Dexter is forgettable (there are a few of those as I’m finally getting to know this group). I’m not into Sam. Maybe he will change my mind as the show moves forward.

  • iluvai

    I liked the theme. Finally the contestants (supposedly) got to show their real style.

  • GenesThatFit

    It’s GeeeeeeeeeeNa!

  • iluvai

    He is so unattractive. But I liked his voice. When he was walking through the audience, he didn’t even smile. If he wants to be a singer, he better get used to the (adoring) audience.

  • Trina

    I dont know how much of a favorite he is considering he couldnt get voted in by the viewers and needed Wild Card..

  • BluSky

    I would still buy his record :)

  • iluvai

    :) I’m shallow like that.

  • iluvai

    Seems like a lot of posters here like him. Not my cuppa. Seems like a nice guy though.

  • frumpus

    and a shortage of hot girls, your point?

  • Guest

    Malaya was a hot mess and Kristen can’t remember her performance.

    Plus, Harry is starting to get on my nerves. And what in the name of all that is holy is Randy Jackson still doing on this show? Every time he opens his mouth, I feel this strange sense of annoyance and embarrassment . Let it go, Randy. Just. Walk. Away. It’s over.

  • hayes

    Alex’s Friends = The X-Factor Box. Haha

    If Alex don’t win, it’s only because he doesn’t have a more attractive face. Otherwise, this competition is his to lose. Tonight is the first time I appreciated him. I’d buy his record.

  • hayes

    Thank you. Harry is getting on my nerves too. Like dude, is there something you actually appreciate??

  • tammy

    the new voting thing with google is neat-o!! :)

  • perfectstorm

    Unfortunately, Alex also doesn’t have a very interesting personality – on and off stage. He is very introverted and seems so uncomfortable in front of the camera and with the audience.

  • GenesThatFit

    He’s breastfeeding his baby.

  • Forever21

    Wow, way to murder a Kelly song. I had to go back and watch this video 10 times to erase the atrocity that was Kristen’s version.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVqG3TiuVmc

  • hayes

    So the numbers are not going to change? The shots of them holding the number during the recap looks like it’s taken from soundcheck, so I figured they’ll shoot those every week depending on performance order.

    Edit: Unless I totally missed MJ’s sarcasm there. LOL. Anyway, looks like either they’ll shoot new ones every week, or maybe they already shot everyone holding 13 different numbers. I actually like the whole split screen thing.

  • macfae

    I watched his video here and when using my headphones, he sounds particularly wonderful…simple touches that add so much.
    I would love a full recording of this song.

  • FinalFantasy13

    technically speaking malaya was the worst tonight imo, however if kristen or one of the country dudes go home i won’t lose any sleep over it.

  • http://elizabethrosalyn.com/ Elizabeth Rosalyn

    Loved Majesty and Alex tonight, and liked MK, Jess, Sam, Emily, and CJ!

    Does anyone know what’s happening with the iTunes recordings this year? They should be up by now. Are they not doing them?

  • macfae

    I think that’s why I’ve been disappointed with his performances for 2 weeks…I want him to be better than he really is.

  • macfae

    I’m thinking that won’t start until Top 10

  • maymirabella

    I think he is far more attractive than Ben and far more talented too.

  • maymirabella

    Mine too.

  • maymirabella

    The ones I really liked tonight were Majesty, Alex, Caleb, Jessica. My least favorites were Dexter, Ben, Kristin, Sam.

  • GenesThatFit

    I agree. Kristen’s a goner.

  • Niall

    I really enjoyed the performances tonight. I don’t see this as a weak season at all. I loved the diversity of song choices. I deeply appreciated the complete lack of Whitney Houston ballads or overplayed Adele songs. Everyone, even the ones who were less successful tonight, seems to have a better grasp on who they are than season 12. I hope Randy Jackson is being edited poorly and is actually giving salient advice off camera.

    I thought Jessica, Jena, Ben, Emily, MK, Caleb, and Majesty were the most successful tonight, both in performance and in getting across to the audience who they are as singers. And while Dexter, Sam, and Malaya didn’t stand out, I think Kristen is really the only one in over her head.

    I have a lot of hope for this season.

  • GenesThatFit

    Wonder which of the Bama peeps Taylor was pulling for.

  • GenesThatFit

    I just googled IDOL. Quicker.

  • suenigma

    Ditto, although I do really love MK, Jessica and Jena too. Emily has a lovely voice and tons of charisma. And I think Ben could be a dark horse for some reason.

    Malaya, Kristen and Dexter were pretty weak vocally, but I don’t hate anybody this year. They all seem like nice kids and overall I would say the song choices were excellent – varied and current.

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

    The contestants have permanent numbers, for the entire season.

  • suenigma

    Couldn’t disagree more. Constantine is not nearly the vocalist that Caleb is, and CM may be campy but I never found him entertaining. He creeped me out from day one. LOL.

    Caleb is going to have to step out of his ”Classic Rock” comfort zone at some point though – perhaps tackle a butt rock song, or better yet, a singer-writer jam. I wonder if he could do it?

  • Andie

    Does anyone know if they are doing iTunes singles this year? I just went to buy a few and couldn’t find any, and was very disappointed.

  • suenigma

    Absolutely!

  • Birdiex

    I agree, there is a lot of talent this season. There were a few who were off their game tonight, but we have seen them perform better before, so maybe it was just a fluke.

  • Birdiex

    Randy is about as useful as tits on a boar hog (as my dad would say)

    My Dad says that too LOL.

  • Birdiex

    Different judges.

  • colette

    Thumbs up to Majesty most of all.

    And man, did I miss Josh Ledet tonight!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf5yrOA2lMo

  • Matthew Richards

    I miss Joshua, but do not miss him being called Mantasia.

  • Happyhexer

    Couldn’t agree more! Hope Kristen is the first to go. Find her totally uninteresting.

  • Happyhexer

    My favorite girls were Jena and Jessica, and my favorite guys were Caleb (probably because I like rock) and a tie between Ben & CJ. I was interested initially, but with his last few preferences, I’ve lost interest in Alex. Too precious by half, so I don’t get the Alex love. But different strokes for different folks. Not fond of Kristen or Emily, but Emily at least did a credible job with her song, re conveying its meaning and emotion, especially considering her relative youth. (I didn’t find Emily totally convincing, but she had her moments and showed some promise.) What is Kristen’s excuse? No musical identity; very pageant-y.

  • knave

    CJ’s cousin is adorable.

  • knave

    I really liked how (generally) uptempo the song choices were tonight. That’s always been an issue I’ve had with Idol, which kinda reached its zenith last season.

    Actually the song choices were just pretty cool in general, lots of stuff you wouldn’t expect to hear on Idol. Special shoutouts to Majesty, as if she wasn’t already one of my favourites, for picking Janelle Monae.

  • JustJam

    Some of my friends felt that the first few singers were really weak tonight. My Top 5 were Majesty, Jessica, MK, Emily and CJ. Not really feeling any of the WGWGs tonight except for Sam Woolf. I pray that Malaya doesn’t go home tomorrow otherwise this show will be boring.

  • Incipit

    This was not a bad beginning. But it was mostly a bad sound mix, IMO. I thought there were a lot of problems for contestants in the first half – and that reverb for Caleb at the end was really overdone, but the most noticeable was the Dawg’s voice over – it could barely be heard. So, nobody tell Idol we missed most of that generic, by-the-numbers advice? – they might fix it. Heh.

    Mixed bag of performances for me -good there were so many fresh songs, but not so many fresh approaches – often when I liked the vocals I didn’t like the song choice, or vice versa, it seemed. Kristen or Dexter or both can go – depending how many they are planning to eliminate this week – one or two. No one has said, that I know of. Just an aside – I really don’t like the camera work and that staging – looks like a 3 ring circus, very distracting. (Cue “Razzle Dazzle” from Chicago – which actually does a better job of highlighting the performer, IMO)

    Also, iTunes? I don’t want any yet – but eventually I might.

  • http://wordnerds.omgforum.net Made

    ITA with those who say the first half of the show was baaad. Don’t know if it was because of nerves, the earplugs, or what. Totally bummed about Malaya’s horrible performance (I’ll put the blame on song choice and the fact that “useless” Randy should have dissuaded her from singing it ’cause this girl can definitely sing!). And then came Alex, Jessica, Emily and Caleb to redeem the night, Jessica being my favourite of the round.

    On a side note, Alex and Sierra looked super cute

  • Karen C

    I like that they are getting to do different songs this year. And great it wasn’t ballad after ballad like there had been previously. My favorites of the night were Caleb, Jessica and Majesty.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I haven’t enjoyed CJ’s last 3 performances (top 20, wildcard, last night). Now, I think that he’s not nearly as good as I originally thought.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that Alex is physically unattractive, but at this point, his performances are so inwardly directed that I don’t think he’s connecting with the audience very well. So, I think that his major shortcoming is his performance style and onstage presence.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I’ve learned that when these contestants try to sing a Kelly song, most of the time, their performance just emphasizes to me how great a vocalist Kelly is (and that her songs are hard to sing well). lol

  • perfectstorm

    The 5 male winners get constant flack (a lot of it undeserved) yet most of them never get credit for picking adventurist song choices. On a night where the theme is a song that represents the contestant and Sam Woolf picks Unwell? No artistry. No personality. He’s just too intense for a guy that is only 17.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was a great, memorable performance.

  • Kirsten

    General Thoughts

    1. The Idol audience was on fire last night. Did they give them red bull? They never stopped cheering.
    2. I couldn’t hear what Randy said over all the audience shouting.
    3. I’m totally okay with that.
    4. I loved the “translations” for the Five Things.
    5. I see the producers haven’t done anything about the lousy sound tech.
    6. I don’t know if these contestants are smarter or the producers gave them a good talking to, but I appreciate that somebody understands that ballad after ballad is boring.

    Performance Thoughts

    Dexter – I have absolutely no clue what he was singing about. None. I think I caught 6 words. What a terrible song chooser Dexter is. He should sing song with stories not these ridiculous “Bro Country” songs. And enunciate a little. It was energetic (6/10)

    Malaya – This song ran away from her. She never had control of it. She was always a bit behind it, flat and out of breath. She didn’t have time to finish the phrases. She also stuck to one side of the audience. I like that she has energy, but she can’t forget about the singing. (5/10)

    Kristen – She’s so boring. She just doesn’t connect with the audience and ends up singing under the note too often. She is so pretty and does have a massive range. That last very pretty run may save her (5/10).

    Ben – I thought he was fodder and last week was a fluke. Ben showed me. I wasn’t sure at first about the speed he sang Folsom Prison Blues, but he had that song completely under control and the last half just soared. He also demonstrated that he can really wail. At this rate, he’s going to eat Dexter’s lunch. Way to put on a performance. (8.5/10)

    CJ – I love him when he’s singing old soul, but kudos to him for recognizing he needs to show more sides of himself. I thought the song was a little light-weight, but he had great tone and was entertaining. (7.5/10)

    MK – I actually hate songs like this – the constant changing of direction, lack of flow and inconsistent melody – but I can appreciate how difficult it was to sing and the ending was strong. I do appreciate MK picking a different type of song and a fresh song for Idol. I think she needed to relax back into the song a little so it had a better groove and she did more of that near the end. She needs to up her confidence too because she spends too much time focused on the floor instead of looking up. Great voice, but a few flatish notes. (6.5/10)

    Majesty – That was insane. So fast. Between Ben and Majesty, I think we heard more words tonight than an entire episode of last year’s balledfests. She had completely control of everything – the song, her voice, the audience, her movement, everything. Confident, entertaining and awesome. I love her. Can she sing again? (9.5/10)

    Jena – Everybody knows what colour she said her hair was. She is so good on her own songs, but she doesn’t seem to connect as well with covers. She had more connection this week than last, but she kept going sharp. She does that Cher thing where she sings in the back of the throat and it leads to some strange phrasing. I think she did enough to survive, but I was expecting more (7/10)

    Alex – Wow. The stylists really revamped his look. Good colours, nice cut on the clothes (not sure about those pants) and current hairstyle. The biggest change is how the make-up artists figured out how to open up his face and widen the space between his eyes. They are magicians. Okay, now to singing. This is the first time I liked Alex. Jason Mraz will do that. Great song choice. For once, he didn’t seem peevish and I could connect with him. He did have some trouble with staying in tune and I hope he works with the vocal coaches to create a more supported sound (his voice sounded thin at times). Much improved. (7.5/10)

    Jess – I got distracted trying to remember if I’d ever seen a crow chase a butterfly. Is it like how they chase eagles and owls away or are they trying to eat them? Then the background visuals went crazy like the Hitchcock movie and then the song was over. Oops. I didn’t notice anything objectionable, but I can’t say either the song or the artist grabbed me. (6.5/10)

    Emily – Wow. Impressive. Best vocal of the night so far. P!nk writes such gorgeous melodies and Emily sang that gorgeously. Deep connection to the song, great phrasing, control of the notes, wonderful range which was fully supported throughout. Pure crystal. Loved that. I so disagree with Keith. She sang it her way and was not trying to copy P!nk’s interpretation. Nobody should ever try to copy P!nk because they will fail (9/10)

    Sam – Oh, he looks so nervous at the start of this. Ugh. He fought the drummer the entire way. The song needed to be just a little bit faster with a bit of a bounce, but the drummer was chilling at his own pace. You even see Sam start to bounce to try to get it going, but that drummer is not picking up the cue. If this was his real band on stage, I think that everybody would have adapted. Hopefully, Sam will get more into his groove during rehearsals so that it’s all set out right in advance. Great voice, but not his best performance. (8/10)

    Caleb – Nobody needed to see that. I loved the ambush 5 Things, but you need to let people spit. Caleb should have swallowed the toothpaste (no, not a good thing to do everyday, but one day when you are on TV and you don’t want to gross out the audience and take them out of the performance before it even begins. Shudder). At least Caleb is a consumate performer and helped us to forget all that. (Taylor Hicks!) Powerful vocals, stranglehold on the song, commanding of the stage. Sure, it’s totally retro, but he needs to stick around for a while. Keith is right, he will need to find a current twist in order to be commercially viable. (8.5/10)

    Best of the Night: Majesty, Emily, Caleb
    Who is at Risk: Kristen, Dexter, Jena (all are splitting votes and did not do better than their competitors)

    Wow. Are we giving the blog a work-out in the comments section. Nice to see people engaged again.

  • catlover84

    Alex & Sierra are Alex’s friends? That’s kinda amazing because A&S are my favorite on XFUS, and Alex Preston is my favorite on AI13. Haha. Anyway, I actually enjoyed this episode, but the 2nd hour was definitely better. And I REALLY appreciated the song choices.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I like that they started out with a theme that would help reveal who the contestants are as artists. I also got the impression that the contestants had a lot of freedom in song choice, without the mentor trying to strong arm them into singing a particular song in a particular way (glad that Jimmy and his producers are gone). It may have made for less polished performances, but I’m realizing that I like that some of the Idol contestants are pretty green and have a lot of room to develop during the course of the show. Keith really stepped up tonight as a judge, and showed his appreciation and knowledge of a broad range of music and styles of performance. In the process, in some ways, he exposed Harry’s more narrow appreciation of genres and type of performance. I still love Harry, but he isn’t as up on current music as Keith. JLo is still annoying, but I’m managing to tolerate her. lol

  • Tinawina

    Ok, my caffinated reaction:

    Ben: Didn’t even bother watching the video, because IDGAF
    Malaya: Ouch. She really is Kevin Covais Redux isn’t she?
    Kirsten: Pointless girl is pointless. Okay, that’s mean. She can sing but she’s awkward and boring.
    Ben: I like this guy. He’s a real potential sleeper. He’s the kind of guy you look around and out of nowhere he wins.
    CJ: I like him. He was good but I’m not likely to remember what he sang past today.
    MK: Still don’t totally get it with her, but she was better than last time.
    Majesty: Awesome. She has star quality.
    Jena: Well sung, still not quite right song choice… she’s one of the best though.
    Alex: This kid might win. He’s really good, and I can actually see him selling records.
    Jessica: She was great. Again I’m not quite into the song but it got the job done.
    Emily: Much better. Wouldn’t buy her record though.
    Sam: Somewhere in the middle of the song he lost it. He’s not going anywhere for a while but if he doesn’t step up the stage presence either Alex or Ben is taking him out.
    Caleb: He’s fun but it’s like watching Spinal Tap.

    Randy Jackson: Why? Ugh.

  • alonzo7

    Surprised that I enjoyed performances from contestants that weren’t my favs going in like Jessica, Alex and Caleb. To me Majesty already knows her style if singing but her style of clothing needs an update-totally cute package tho!
    Sam needs to step it up-just no personality on stage but his cuteness will keep him til top 6 or 7.
    I really like Emily’s voice but I always forget her when the shows over. I do love thet you can vote at the top of the show-gives the first performers a much better chance and also am a fan of the 50 votes per contestant!

  • Kirsten

    Ben: Didn’t even bother watching the video, because IDGAF

    LOL. I think you mean Dexter. You didn’t miss much. In fact, that’s 2 minutes of your life you saved. I’m asking for a refund, but so far no luck.

  • steve2013

    Im with you MJ i dont get the hype around same either. I havent been impressed by him at all

  • Tinawina

    LOL! Yes I meant the guy who went first, who I now see is Dexter. See, I couldn’t even be bothered to remember his name.I’m a stinker.

  • Not fit to print

    Okay, Alex has just joined a small club of Idols who I would like to see live, regardless of their season-end ranking. Harry’s suggestion that he sing in tune is so dumb. Of course he should; be more specific. Lotsa help that. I get the introspection charge, though I don’t agree with it.

    What was with showing both Alex and Caleb with their mouths full during the 5 things you didn’t know videos? Very unattractive.

    Alex missed a lovely gimme from Keith. NVM

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    Okay.. the characters are more interesting this year but if I want to hear good singing I’ll replay top 5 last year.

    So far Alex is the best for me followed by Sam who just needs some better song choices or better arrangements. Same for CJ. Ben is good but forgettable.

    On the girls side Majesty put on the best show and I see some potential in Jena. I like Jessica’s tone but something putting me off there.

    Please let Kristen be out…. don’t get that choice…must have missed something.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Randy Jackson: Why? Ugh.”

    Nicely said. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If Idol fixes the bad sound mix, the good news is that the contestants will benefit, but the bad news is that we’ll hear Randy’s comments. lol

  • bajacobson

    So do we not think they are posting the songs on iTunes this season?

  • Ronnie D

    I have yet to go to a karaoke bar and hear someone sing like Caleb lol. He has a natural vocal talent. I’m with you.

  • Guest

    Fugly DISASTER

  • Call_girl

    Wow thats harsh. I feel like Alex should be in the picture as well with that tag.

  • Call_girl

    Done point made. Its clearly not Top Model we are watching.

  • Joystickenvy

    I like the song and I liked scraggly beard some in the audition phase, but this was one of like three performances I watched to the end and I only watched it because I wanted to see just how many horrible choices he could cram into it. Total suckfest. Too fast and too hokey and the band sounded like a midi version of the song.

  • Joystickenvy

    I kind of liked him at some point during the auditions, but the last three songs he has done were horribly out of tune and I hate Darius Rucker anyway.

  • Joystickenvy

    My DVR went berserk and failed to record anything last night. After watching the performances, I think it had my best interests at heart. Even the people I liked from auditions I mostly didn’t like. I enjoyed Jessica & Majesty. Sorta enjoyed Caleb & Alex. The rest were mediocre to bad. Hope it gets better. Hope Randy falls in a well and takes Keith’s hairstylist with him.

  • Guest

    Malaya is bordering on being a joke contestant. Kristen who? These two over any of the 5 who did not sing for the top 20?

    Caleb had the best performance. All the rest was like high school amateur hour.

  • Miz

    Majesty and Alex were the best of last night for me. I also liked Jena, Emily, Jessica, Ben, and Caleb. I was disappointed in MK and CJ. I was most surprised by Emily. (An aside: she has a Sarah Jessica Parker look about her that I hadn’t noticed before.)

    Sam was proficient, but it was very sleepy. Malaya is fun, but the voice just doesn’t seem to measure up. Kristen or Dexter are who I think should be out this week.

    (Edited a name error.)

  • Miz

    That’s OK, I keep calling him ‘Preston’. I have NO idea why.

  • Miz

    Jennifer seemed to have stepped up her game some. She doesn’t bother me like she did before.

  • lucky721

    I liked last night’s performances last night overall. The first 5 or 6 we’re not that great IMO and we’re no indication of how much better the second half of the show was. My top 5 performances of last night were from Majesty, Jessica, Emily, Alex, and Jena. My least favorite performances were from Dexter, Malaya, Kristen, and Ben. I am still a bit upset that Kristen got picked over Kenzie and then got a shot at a wildcard over Malcolm. I wish CJ had picked a better song last night. I was not a fan of his performance last night, but voted for him based on previous performances and his personality.

  • Miz

    I agree with everything you said. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought MK sounded flat on that song.

  • LeoCS

    Who the f… is voting for Dexter??

  • zebracrunk

    I think that doesn’t start for a few weeks. I don’t see why they wouldn’t put songs on iTunes, it’s little work for a lot of money.