American Idol XIII – Top 6 – Live Blog – Performance Videos

The American Idol 13 Top 6 will perform TWO songs tonight. First, a rock song, followed by a set of country tunes. We’ll be live blogging a big night of performances right here!

Tonight was a mixed bag of performances that ran from the great (Jessica Meuse, Caleb Johnson) to the not so great (CJ Harris).  It may finally be CJ’s time to go. Finally. I think. If we have to lose someone else, I say Sam Woolf, who is improving, but not fast enough to be a dark horse.  While his interpretations of both songs had issues, his vocals were strong.

Jena Irene dropped back a little bit this week.She seemed off her game in both songs.  “Barracuda” had some awkward moments, and was karaoke in a way we aren’t used to from Jena. She just seemed off in “So Small,” although vocally, there were some really strong moments.  I don’t think she has to worry at ALL about being knocked off her perch, though.

Caleb Johnson continues to be the reliable entertainer he always is. He’s just breezing through this competition. He makes it look effortless.

I give Alex Preston props for bravely stepping out of his box to take on the rocker persona in “Animal.”  Now that’s he’s tried it, he needs to open the lid and get back in. His vocals were so breathless, it’s obvious he’s not used to moving around so much on stage. He was back in his element with a sweet and affecting rendition of “You Were Always on My Mind” in the country portion of the show.

And we come to Jess Meuse, who gave the judges what for tonight.  The panel was obviously aware of the commotion their harsh critiques of Jessica last week caused online–and how unhappy she was–because they felt the need to re-explain last week’s notes in her critique. Their comments  were also extremely generous, as if to say, “Bus? WHAT BUS. We don’t even know how to drive one!” They didn’t need to soft pedal.  Jess came back this week raring to go, and she delivered one very good performance (“Somebody to Love”) and one GREAT one (“Jolene”)

The big star of tonight’s show was, however GRUMPY THE CAT! Heh. Still too many judges antics. It’s as if they pass a jar of adderall right before the show begins. EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALM DOWN. I just want to hear some sangin.

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Oh. Now they’re labeling the remaining contestants! Sam is The Heartthrob, Jessica is THE REBEL, CJ is The Roots Rocker, Alex – The Troubadour and Jena – The Wildcard. What was Caleb? I’ll have to pick that up on the second pass.

The band is on stage tonight. As they ALWAYS SHOULD BE. Twelve performances means less stupid judges antics. THANK YOU JEEBUS. Jlo is super SHINY tonight. She sings a little snip of “a little bit couuuuntry.”

The video packages are little mini recaps of the Idol’s journey.

Rock

Jena Irene – Barracuda by Heart –  There’s something about her phrasing that makes her words disappear. I think she needs to work on her breathing. Especially when she has to move around the stage. She has some strong vocal moments in this song, and is working the stage pretty well.  She doesn’t re-arrange the song AT ALL, making it one of her more karaoke performances.  I like it when she switches things up. Nice duet work with the backup singer that’s not Allison.  Keith says she really set the bar high for everyone else. He thinks she can cut loose even more. Jena says she’s a little tense. She hates opening the show. Jlo says she has a real chance to get to the finale. They’re really pimping her with the “you could win” edit! Harry admires her strong voice. He advises her to think about what she can do before she hits the stage.  They’re actually giving her some good constructive criticism.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 08 (1 855 443 6508) or Text 08 to 83676 - Download at iTunes

R5. whoever they are–some new boyband–are in the house.  Random pimping is still random.

Sam Woolf – It’s Time by Imagine Dragons – Sam is still weird and stiff, but his intonation and phrasing is very good on this song. He’s singing with authority.  He still looks really uncomfortable, though, as if he can’t wait to bolt the stage.  Or that he needs to take a pee. The judges give the girls a few minutes to scream before they speak. Jlo, inexplicably, got goosies on that. What?  She believed him. Oh, c’mon. Jlo says he came into his own with this performance. Harry thought it was a great song for him. He’s adding layers to his performance, says Harry. Blossoming. Keith said when he sang the high note, he felt it.  He advises him to tap into his pain. Haven’t I been saying that? A few years of therapy, and he’ll be ready. I think he is improving, but by increments.  Sam just celebrated his 18th birthday. They had cupcakes.  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 12(1 855 443 6512) or Text 12 to 83676

Oh. Still too many antics tonight. Ryan goofing around on drums isn’t that amusing.

CJ Harris – American Woman by Guess Who – This is just OK. CJ doesn’t really pull off the angry rocker thing. He’s a heartfelt guy, full of soul.  He sounds constipated rather than pissed off. And the faces. And still the pitchyness. Harry felt it was a good performance. He likes the cry in his voice. He brings up the pitchy thing. “Pretty good CJ.” Hm. Harry going a little easy on him.  CJ doesn’t seem comfortable with the choice. Keith brings up the disconnect in his performance. He suggests he pull the emotion from somewhere else. Jlo loves the look. She thinks he pulled it off. It came together at the end. Poor CJ is a ball of nerves tonight. –   Call 1 855 4 IDOL 05(1 855 443 6505) or Text 5 to 83676 –  Download at iTunes

Alex Preston – Animal by Neon Trees – Alex is getting the Red Room treatment.  Jeff Buckley and Jason Mraz are big influences he says in answer to a fan question. Oh. Look at Alex with his electric guitar kinda sorta rocking out! I was hoping he wouldn’t wuss out and re-arrange it into some weird thing. This isn’t his style at all, but he’s giving it the old college try.  He’s having some breath issues, with a few bobbles here and there. A solid effort from Alex, if not spectacularly original. Judges feedback after the break! Keith wanted him to release a little more.  Jlo was expecting more, it was a little contained. Harry thinks he gets a pass because he’s so good all the time. I don’t know about that!  He notices that he couldn’t get his breath (Yep). Call 1 855 4 IDOL 09(1 855 443 6509) or Text 9 to 83676 -Download at iTunes

Randy, back in the lounge, thinks we hit “a few soft spots,” but things are about to pick up with Caleb.

Caleb Johnson – Sting Me by Black Crows – Caleb is in his element. The singer is like a sturdy old workhorse. Week in and week out, he usually delivers. Tonight is no exception.  Finally, a contestant brings some real rock n roll spirit to the stage.  Great vocal. Unlike the performances that came before him, he makes it look effortless. He hits a major high note at the end. He drops his microphone and falls to his knees to grab it!  Good thing it happened during the drum solo. Heh.  He riffs off the band like the natural showman that he is. Jlo gives him a standing O. Jlo calls it some “real rock n roll.” She was impressed with the way he caught his microphone. He created a moment, she says. Harry says the performance was virtually impossible to beat. Randy loved that he was reckless and wild. –   Call 1 855 4 IDOL 13(1 855 443 6513) or Text 13 to 83676 –  Download at iTunes


Caleb Johnson – Sting Me – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Jessica Meuse – Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane – Jess NOT working the stage this week, although this is a song that kinda calls for it. She’s playing acoustic guitar. This performance is a little…inert? Although I’m digging the raspy growl she brings to her interpretation. She’s vocally strong this week. But she seemed a little tentative on stage tonight. Harry thought it was really strong. Harry, to clarify what he said to her last week, says she needs to stand and deliver rhythmically and powerfully.  He wanted her body to embody the rhythm. Keith thought it was vocally strong. He still looking for a little more release.  Jlo says there needs to be a freedom to a performance. “It has to feel like you’re feeling it.” The energy of her body has to match what’s coming out of her mouth, says Jlo.  –  Call 1 855 4 IDOL 10 (1 855 443 6510) or Text 10 to 83676

Country

Sam Woolf – You’re Still the One by Shania Twain – His vocal is sturdy and strong, but he’s missing tenderness in his delivery.  It’s so obvious that he hasn’t experienced what he’s singing about in his young life. He travels to the bottom of the stage to sing to the girls. A little awkward. This kid has so much living he needs to do before he comes into his own. Keith loves the song. He advises him to relax more. Jlo says he’s so cute, it’s crazy. It was a good song for him, he sang it well. Harry says not to sing it so perfectly.  He needs to work with dynamics.  That’s exactly right. His phrasing was rigid, as if he were singing it phonetically.  –  Download at iTunes

GRUMPY CAT IN THE HOUSE. He has the most personality of all of them. j/k. “I haven’t seen a face this grumpy since Simon was on the show with me,” says Ryan.  Badabump.

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Caleb Johnson – Undo It by Carrie Underwood –  His rendition is more of a rock song than a country song. But then, so is Carrie’s original, kinda. I bet she’d dig this if she heard it!  Caleb is killing it tonight. Although, it would have been braver if he’d approached a country song with a country vibe.  Hey. It’s his birthday today! He’s 23.  Jlo thought he did a great job with the song. But it’s hard to top his earlier performance. Harry agrees that the magic happened on the first song. This felt a little forced. Keith thought it was great. “I can’t wait to hear what country song you do later.” Ohhh. Was that some shade?

Alex Preston – Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson –  Alex is back in his element. He sings with only his acoustic guitar to start, and it’s lovely.  Beautiful phrasing. A very plaintive and sweet interpretation. He does a couple of unexpected things with his falsetto at the end. He made it totally his own. Nice. Harry feels lucky to have heard him do that in the competition. “You’re an artist,” says Harry. “You did a terrific job.”  Keith always knows it’s him. He would have liked a little more heartbreak in his interpretation. Jlo thought it was beautiful.  She liked that he didn’t take it too far away from the original (Like “Every Breath You Take).

Jena Irene – So Small by Carrie Underwood – Carrie is one of her inspirations.  Jena should have played piano on this song. Is Keith going to make fun of her? She’s doesn’t sound very country, although there is a little steel guitar in the background.  She’s having a few pitch problems here and there.  Although her voice is strong, and she has some fine moments, there’s something here that feels  off.  Jena admits that she messed up. Keith thinks she’s a great singer. He says she gets better and better and better every week. Jlo says the power of the vocal took her away. More goosies. Harry didn’t know where she was going and didn’t like the way she ornamented the song. It didn’t work for him, but he doesn’t think it will matter for her. Nobody asked Jena what she meant about messing up? Not even Seacrest? They really are pimping her. ETA: I thought Jena had some timing issues, so I relistened.  It wasn’t that.  She had some pitch issues, and the phrasing was different than what I’m used to. Again, she had some strong vocal moments, but I didn’t fall in love with what she did with the melody.

CJ Harris – Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band – I wish CJ had picked a song with more emotional heft. But this was pleasant enough. But a great competition song? Nope.  Jlo expected a tiny bit more from him. Harry didn’t think it was his best performance. He needs to find things that will kill. A medium tempo song isn’t good enough (EXACTLY) Keith agrees, that he has to choose songs wisely.  He felt the melody pulled him down. He dedicates the song to a girl that passed away back home.

Jessica Meuse – Jolene by Dolly Parton – No dead eyes here.  Strong, strong vocal from Jess.You can hear the pain and pleading in her voice. I love the little breaks she takes in the phrasing. She even breaks out a little yodel.  She ends on a really super cool minor note. One of her best.  Harry felt she delivered it in a strong and convincing way.  Keith hated the arrangement. He didn’t think it needed the dark arrangement. Jlo felt like she took their advice and applied it to her second song.  Yeah, I understand why Keith didn’t like it. It was more White Stripes than Dolly,  But I LOVED it. The changes she made to the tempo really packed a punch.  Download at iTunes

  • dabney_c

    I almost forgot about tonight’s episode! Only remembered it was Idol night about 10 minutes ago. Uh-oh, not good. Last time this happened was season 9. :-{

  • jcabby

    Hoping this will be a good show tonight!

  • MichaelG

    This opening: Let’s label everyone !

  • Amy Beth

    Troubadour = fancy pants word for coffee house singer

  • MichaelG

    Little bit country, little bit rock n’ roll (except for Alex)

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Sam The Hearthrob….Lolololol…..

  • dabney_c

    Oh, good. Ryan’s in a suit & tie.

  • MichaelG

    everything is relative (especially this season).

  • jcabby

    Jess looks great!

  • H.A.

    The stylist on this show needs to be fired.

  • justmefornow

    Notice Ryan didn’t say an Interscope recording contract?
    Hmm

  • dabney_c

    Remember the days when the judges were seated at their table from the start? Guess they needed to waste another 90 seconds with the big entrance. :-/

  • Amy Beth

    “Insane” recording contract. According to Crazy Eddie, maybe.

  • halo9125

    Did Gwen Stefani style Jena tonight? #SMH

  • Matthew Kitson

    I must be the only one who couldn’t care less about fashion, lol

  • H.A.

    If you can’t be a star at least look like one.

  • dabney_c

    Good song for Jena.

  • ETK

    Harry looks all cleaned up

  • maddkat

    well this sounds muddled

  • R. L. Lo

    Who?

  • scoobynacks

    Yes! Love that she’s doing Barracuda. I’ve been waiting for this all season from her, frankly. That song had Jena written all over it.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    Jena’s pronunciation is terrible… I didn’t understand a single word.

  • dabney_c

    OMG, they could have at least given that duet part to Allison.

  • Sassycatz

    Very good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    The song at least fits her particular style of singing.

  • dabney_c

    Yeah, but she did her thing.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Apparently it’s lamé top night for the girls..

  • ETK

    who sang wtih her?

  • scoobynacks

    I’ve been criticizing Dexter all season for his diction. Understood everything Jena was saying, sorry.

  • jersey

    Allison may have out sung her :-)

  • H.A.

    I’m not sure that song really fits Jena.

  • dabney_c

    good point, ha.

  • jcabby

    Not feeling this performance from Jena.

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

    Her iTunes recording > This
    Missing some energy.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’m in love with that performance.

  • MichaelG

    Love Jena! but this song lacks melody. Not a bad song…but she can do so much more…

  • Vetle

    I liked it. Especially the closing notes!

  • Sue tiedemann

    Not as good as last week!

  • Ronnie D

    Jena struggled with the high notes in Barracuda, up until the end note. Ann Wilson isn’t easy to sing! :)

  • BonnieDee

    No, not as good as Creep, but solid.

  • lola

    Jena is not ready. Too young.

  • Ronnie D

    Yeah I don’t really get a rock vibe in her voice.

  • maddkat

    judges sure do love Jena. That just wasn’t that good.

  • Amy Beth

    Jena’s speaking voice completely negates her rock girl persona.

  • dabney_c

    Harry in his sexy henley shirt. Mmm.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Jena isn’t moving enough for them now? This is ridiculous

  • halo9125

    WTF are these judges babbling about?

  • scoobynacks

    Couldn’t disagree more. She’s young but all she needs is a good producer. The album would be fantastic. Her performance is there. Her studio versions are excellent. There’s not much more she can do on the show at this point to earn her place.

  • chillj

    I didn’t think so.

  • Anna106

    I never realized Jena was a senior in high school…very young.

  • Ronnie D

    Jena seems defeated tonight.

  • chillj

    I couldn’t find the tune.

  • Guest

    She’s taking Meat Loaf Jr to her prom…

  • Ronnie D

    It’s by the band Heart.

  • H.A.

    I wish the judges can STFU about who is a frontrunner. I don’t think Jena has this in the bag at all.

  • Chris C

    Jena, not bad but I still just don’t like her….. This is the time of season where judges try to “guide” the voters to who they want to win. I don’t think she’s worth it — winning. I dunno…. Of course, compared to a few other singers on Idol, she deserves better than them (won’t name names)

  • ETK

    the judges don’t seem too prepared tonight

  • Cary Gonzalez

    It was good but lacked energy…or something.

  • Aaron Krandel

    LOVED JENA!!!!

  • H.A.

    Everything was off. The outfit was horrendous.

  • nycguy

    Half the camera time during Jena’s performance went to the judges!

  • scoobynacks

    Are you serious? That’s her obvious genre. Suits her performance style the most. When she mentioned EDM it confused me. Vocally she’s sort of Ann Wilson meets Katy Perry but the vibe on stage isn’t fluffy. She could do full on rock or pull it back into pop.

  • lola

    I believe she needs more than that. She has to be the whole package. Seems like she can’t even complete a sentence Too many nerves. Not ready for the big time. But I agree there’s not much more she can do.

  • halo9125

    For an intense song, I found it just as boring as the studio recording. Zero energy on top of the fact that I couldn’t understand a single word of it.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Even if J Lo thinks Jena can win the whole thing she shouldn’t say it in front of the other contestants and America!

  • chillj

    I don’t think that is their role, either.

  • Ryan Conrad

    So annoying. No one wants to see their reactions during the performance!

  • jersey

    That happens with every performance. The cameraman is in love with Jlo.

  • Nostradamos

    Tarzan yell/yodel…..uh…no…

  • ETK

    jena wasn’t giving them much, so off to the judges

  • BonnieDee

    They’ve always done that. Remember what Simon said to Carrie?

  • Anna106

    I agree…that kind of statement tends to turn voters off.

  • halo9125

    8:15 and only one performance. This is going to be a long night.

  • scoobynacks

    PR? That’s what she needs to be the whole package is interview training? She’s got the hard part down. I don’t pick American Idols by how well they talk to Ryan. Britney Spears can’t string a sentence together and she doesn’t have to to be a star. Plenty of singers have nerves. I swear I think the only one who doesn’t is Harry.

  • Swind

    STFU J-LO and stop jinxing Jena!!!

  • Tommyo2000

    She has a unique voice, but it don’t think this karaoke stuff is working for it. I could see her doing her own sound, like Alanis,or Amy Lee are know for, but this didn’t work…

  • Sassycatz

    And it was also said to David … a couple of times. Didn’t seem to change the outcome.

  • chillj

    I know the song; I just kept waiting for her to get to it and she barely did.

  • girlygirl

    I think it was said to Danny during S8 as well. Possibly also to Adam.

  • dabney_c

    who are these guys?

  • jersey

    no clue

  • lola

    Who the hell knows. lol

  • Tommyo2000

    How the hell are they fitting 12 songs in tonight? It’s 20 minutes for the second performance….

  • scoobynacks

    Only people that weren’t predisposed to like her anyway. I think Jena fans aren’t gonna go ‘well I was voting for her this whole time but I won’t now cuz I hate that JLo said that.’ The biggest danger is they get lethargic and think she’s got this in the bag so they don’t vote.

  • jersey

    I love this song

  • Ryan Conrad

    2 people going right after each other for some.

  • justmefornow

    Cali boy band. Like we need another one.

  • lola

    This is rock?????

  • Tommyo2000

    Looks uncomfortable up there

  • Matthew Richards

    “Rock.”

  • justmefornow

    No.

  • jersey

    Imagine Dragons

  • Matthew Kitson

    Nope Sam, nope

  • Chris C

    OMG, I’m really liking Sam! Like his better than Jena’s

  • H.A.

    The night is already starting of like amateur night.

  • Eclipse2000

    Matthew Schuler did it better and his wasn’t that great.

  • halo9125

    UGH Keith’s shoulder shimmies and singing along is equally annoying as JLo’s head bopping.

  • scoobynacks

    The state of rock is in disarray. Not shocked that he went with this, but seriously, could’ve done a better job picking a song for the theme.

  • lola

    Thank you. Maybe this is country. lol

  • Vetle

    Intro is always a bit of filler. Two songs done in approximately 20 minutes should add up to 6 in one hour. They have time.

  • ETK

    his voice is so nice – more animation please

  • Sassycatz

    Omigod! Sam was clapping! He took his hands off his guitar and moved his body!

  • Tommyo2000

    Yeah first stones, then zep ,the Metallica, nirvana, and this…. This is evolution…:(

  • Ryan Conrad

    This song just screams karaoke. Only ID should sing this.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Goodbye Sam (or CJ). Week of who’s worse tonight, Sam takes the early lead

  • Chris C

    Sam finally seems relaxed.

  • RodMod

    LOL. I awoke right as Jena ended holding her final big note. It’s heating up outside and it drained the hell out of me. Anyhoo..I’m here…

  • BonnieDee

    Looks like you and me are the only ones who like this. LOL.

  • nncw

    If Sam had entered at this level he would have been a contender.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    For me, that was Sam’s best performance ever.

  • justmefornow

    This is the most animated I’ve seen him.

  • dabney_c

    “Rock” is wide open these days. It can be anything.

  • Q3

    I love this song — but too bad he can’t sing it. :(

  • Nostradamos

    $10 says the judges won’t say a damned thing to Sam and Alex about their use of the guitars and not moving….

  • Sue tiedemann

    Bet the judges will love him

  • iluvai

    He sounds terrible and a bit shouty.

  • scoobynacks

    She sang the song pretty much as written. There’s nothing for you to find that wasn’t in the original version.

  • lola

    Agree. the music industry is a mess these days. Every genre blending into every other genre.

  • scoobynacks

    Oh dear God. Goosies again.

  • Ryan Conrad

    Goosies on that one? JLo’s on drugs.

  • Vetle

    He seems so non-committal in his vocals (except for the end). A bit of Come Together part deux.

  • halo9125

    Goosies? Seriously?

  • maddkat

    personally I thought that was miles better then Jena, who mostly screamed in a garbled way.

  • dabney_c

    The GOOSIES are ba-ack!!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Umm, that was awful? What are they listening to?

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Guess it doesn’t take much to give Jlo goosies….

  • jersey

    Once again, his pitch was perfect, his voice sounds really good but he still seems so bland. :-( Sad for him. He seems like such a likable kid.

  • MichaelG

    We do not care about your “goosies” 44 year old, non-teenage women trying to act cutesy.

  • Q3

    But was it good? It was a great song choice, and he looked good — but the singing?

    ETA: I just think he can do much better than this but he is not delivering.

  • ETK

    jlo is channeling paula

  • scoobynacks

    Maybe it’s cold in there. Someone turn up the thermostat.

  • Guest

    Fuck the GOOSIES bitch!

  • Matthew Kitson

    “We never want to change who you are”……. Bahahahahahaha

  • H.A.

    These judges are so disappointing.

  • lola

    haha. Me thinks you are right.

  • LeoCS

    I think Sam just used his stock of adrenaline for the whole year.

  • dabney_c

    Opa, Harry said the magic word for the Idol crowd: humble.

  • RodMod

    I guess I’m the only person who’s tickled by “goosies”? LOL!

  • Amy Beth

    He sings so pretty, but it’s like his emotions got botoxed.

  • Ronnie D

    Sam sounded great on that song. His vocals are always spot on.

  • ETK

    what? he’s the same as always!

  • lola

    Damn I missed that!

  • BonnieDee

    Agreed. He did well.

  • RodMod

    I’m SO going to steal this. LOL.

  • scoobynacks

    Are they still talking about this??? C’mon, pimping shouldn’t take this long.

  • Matthew Richards

    Translation: “I liked three notes in that song.”

  • Matthew Kitson

    Like Jedi mind trick bussing of Sam (he’s good, you don’t have to vote)

  • Ryan Conrad

    Sam’s voice is one long horizontal line. No dynamics, changes in phrasing or pronounciation of words, no vocal emotions. Nothing but pitch. That just won’t cut it.

  • H.A.

    Except when it comes to Jess….. Bahahahahahaha

  • Vetle

    But he didn’t project ANY emotion until the end, for me at least. Vocals were fine, but it’s not all about that.

  • scoobynacks

    Sam’s legal, y’all.

  • knave

    That was spot on advice from Keith.

  • halo9125

    Oy vey……

  • nncw

    His laugh is endearing – kind of like a giggle.

  • Sassycatz

    LOL!

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Theses judges were so much more tolerable when they were saying what they really thought instead of the scripted responses. I’m hoping Jlo will pull a Paula and critique someone’s second second before they sing it….

  • jcabby

    Sam was pretty good! Man he has so much potential. But he’s improving.

  • lola

    Me too!!!!

  • Guest

    A girly giggle…. hehe

  • Vetle

    Geeeenious.

  • Q3

    Yep! And I expect more of Idol finalist at this stage in the competition.

  • Nostradamos

    Double standard still intact

  • lola

    HA!

  • chillj

    He was very good. He did a good job.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I guess it doesn’t take much for J Lo to get the goosies!

  • Ronnie D

    Jena has horrible annunciation. “If the real THANG don’t do the trick.” It’s THING not THANG. Makes a big difference. I wonder if Jena has ever sang an actual scale. It makes a difference in how you sing, and she struggles on high notes partly because she isn’t pronouncing the words.

  • scoobynacks

    Should be fun to watch them bus Jess tonight. I mean we should do a drinking game for what they might pick on her about.

  • maddkat

    ouch already

  • justmefornow

    Randy said it to James and even went on stage and hugged him, same week top 6 night S10.
    Kiss of death.

  • scoobynacks

    Aaaaand he’s already sharp.

  • jersey

    And CJ’s pitch problems hit immediately :-(

  • dabney_c

    Doing the Lenny Kravitz version. On key so far …

    – ok, back to some sharp notes. Still, not too bad.

  • Ryan Conrad

    They’ll tell her to squint more cuz they think her eyes look too big on her face.

  • Eric Ascher

    Wow. This is off time, and just bad overall.

  • lola

    Ditto 10 times!

  • halo9125

    Didn’t take long for CJ to get pitchy and JLo to start bopping.

  • Sassycatz

    Please, America, let’s get his one right and put this guy out of our misery. He’s a sweetheart but he should only be heard autotuned.

  • BonnieDee

    Her studio version of Jolene has no emotion. You have to sing that song with emotion.

  • Matthew Richards

    Yikes.

  • scoobynacks

    Is JLo wearing that shiny jumpsuit Scarlett Johannson had on the cover of Glamour(I think?) ? Or was that a dress or something?

  • chillj

    Wow. They are really showing on this song. He is cooked.

  • justmefornow

    This is terrible.

  • Matthew Kitson

    CJ, blah. CJ takes the slight lead in awfulness over Sam

  • Chris C

    Yeah, he’s getting votes from me tonight. He just keeps getting better.

  • girlygirl

    The judges are trying their damndest to make Sam into a frontrunner. I still see a kid who isn’t ready for this yet. He’s got near perfect pitch, a nice tone but is blandy mcblanderson.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    I like how he’s tapping the guitar as if no one will notice he’s not really playing…

  • Guest

    CJ is NO Lenny…

  • H.A.

    CJ, Where’s the swagger?

  • iluvai

    Harry looks so confused, lol.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Wow, I am actually not hating a CJ performance. Weird.

  • halo9125

    Caption this for Harry’s face: “WTF is this?”

  • Ryan Conrad

    THIS CAMERA WORK IS HORRENDOUS. PLEASE STOP VEERING OFF FROM THE SINGER’S FACE. OMG. FIRE THE CAMERA PEOPLE PLEASE.

  • MichaelG

    Melodically boring, CJ. Pitch not bad…so far. But…it’s just a bad song choice. Very weak performance. Sigh…

  • Q3

    If you are going to do the Lenny K version of this song, either shred the guitar or do not bring it.

  • Ronnie D

    I thought he did. He isn’t a really dramatic performer but in his vocals I felt his emotion.

  • maddkat

    thank goodness that is over. CJ really has worn out his welcome.

  • scoobynacks

    He needs to just straight up tap a tuning fork.

  • RodMod

    Okay. CJ. He ended the HELL out of that tune! Haha!

  • ETK

    he didn’t move around much

  • Erika

    EWWW hate when they ask “how did *you* feel?”

  • Q3

    Did someone tell Harry he need to be nice?

  • Chris C

    CJ didn’t do bad. But less than Sam and Jena.

  • lola

    You are saying what I am thinking. Yup, perfect pitch but boring.

  • LeoCS

    He seems to be off beat. Strange performance.

  • Vetle

    It upsets me that Jessica has gotten criticism for her performances when all of the remaining boys besides Caleb are basically standing still in one place (Dexter, like him or not, at least moved sometimes).

  • scoobynacks

    “Sing in tune” should not be advice we give at Top 6!!

  • Sassycatz

    The first two, I liked. I did not like this. Didn’t even recognize the song.

  • weareallinnocent

    I thought CJ did well. Yeah, some issues, but I enjoy CJ a lot.

  • H.A.

    Are these kids tired? Where is the energy tonight.

  • sweetpea1979

    He’s such a likeable guy and a good performer but not a great vocalist. Has improved some but it’s time for him to go I think.

  • ETK

    true – I prefer my Idol to be an entertainer

  • supersonic

    You know they’re about to say something bad when they ask that.

  • Q3

    Cause they are bussing her. If they do it tonight, I will vote for Jess.

  • Amy Beth

    It’s like going on an interview and being asked what are your worst qualities.

  • chillj

    I enjoy him too, but there were wince issues with that song and I rarely notice them.

  • Ryan Conrad

    Once again, focusing on emotion and not pitch for CJ. Lol.

  • justmefornow

    “blandy mcblanderson” lol.

  • chillj

    I have no patience for these judges tonight.

  • Vetle

    I wish I could vote! People should rally a vote for her if they decide to bus her.

  • Chris C

    Contestants automatically know they didn’t like it when judges ask that

  • wordnerdarchie

    I didn’t have a problem with pitch at all – thought it was spot on, given the style he was going for.

  • scoobynacks

    That’s indicative of real garbage. First stage of criticism is ‘that was a fantastic vocal,’ then ‘you look great!’ (which JLo is now giving him), then ‘I’m just curious, how did you feel about that performance?’

  • Ronnie D

    CJ pitchy as always. Compared to The Guess Who and Lenny Kravitz, he doesn’t deserve to even sing that song lol

  • nncw

    One chance where he could go flat on the chorus – like the original version.

  • jcabby

    Oh Ryan! lol

  • MichaelG

    What Keith? So, now this song is about a bad guy in a relationship? hmmm…thought it was an anti-war song, anti-draft song….

  • justmefornow

    Too much babbeling crap.

  • Chris C

    Hope they each have one good performance tonight. I liked Sam’s first but worried about that country choice “you’re still the one” — hope it’s better than I’m expecting…. I wouldn’t pick that song for any Idol to perform

  • dabney_c

    Pitch wasn’t awful, but not perfect. I like CJ, so I tend to forgive him more than many. :)

  • jersey

    He really has overstayed this year. I hate when I really like a contestant but they don’t perform well. I almost feel bad for them. I think CJ really should have gone before Dexter, and I’m no Dexter fan.

  • Derrick Johnson

    I don’t see why people keep saying they are picking on jess because i have said the same thing. She sings a song well and she has improved with stage presence but she still looks stiff and uncomfortable.

  • Erika

    Harry has a real knack for putting contestants in horribly awkward positions. “Is that really the artist you want to present?” “Speak the words of the song.” “How did YOU feel about that performance.” Its like he enjoys embarrassing people.

  • Sassycatz

    Oh no. Sounds like Dexter. Do these “kids” take the same lessons as baseball players ala “Bull Durham” regarding how to do an interview. “Just trying to have fun.” Just having a good time.” “I had fun.” Etc.

  • scoobynacks

    Ah. That’s what that was. An exorcism of CJ’s demons.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    CJ sounded much better on the studio version. IMO

  • BonnieDee

    Ha Ha. I always say something like “I work a little too much and focus too much on work instead of my personal life.” They love that stuff.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I think he could do that song well.

  • nncw

    I know feels like a trap – it is not the right venue/situation to ask that kind of question.

  • supersonic

    Its like he enjoys embarrassing people.

    Maybe he does. I wouldn’t put it past him.

  • Q3

    Seems like he did not have a clue what the song was about. It is anti-American Imperialism/anti-war song. Sounded like he thought it was a hair color commercial.

  • Ryan Conrad

    “I don’t care about winning or making a music career out of this experience.” “What’s a recording contract?” “Would I have to write my own songs?”

  • Vetle

    The problem is that she is still doing, and at least trying, more than three of the guys left there – and I don’t recall the judges ever making a note of that.

  • BonnieDee

    Agree. No emotion. Vacant stare.

  • lola

    I just can’t remember one other season of Idol where the contestants have not improved one iota like this one. I just don’t get it.

  • Nostradamos

    Double standard in high gear…CJ didn’t even play the damned guitar and no-one called him on standing like a tree behind it….

  • scoobynacks

    My brain still thinks Dexter’s in the show (because we’d never ever get rid of him). I keep waiting for his performance. It’s Idol PTSD.

  • albean99

    Carrie wasn’t the “whole package” when she won but she did okay. :) I actually think Jena’s done better then most at picking songs & performing them well for the most part.

  • Ryan Conrad

    Refer to MJ’s post. She explains it clearly.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Ditto.

  • lizland

    CJ was terrible. And I usually like him. That song is all about attitude and he don’t got it.

  • Matthew Richards

    Who the heck is Tyler Grady? Apparently he sang American Woman on the show before?

  • Q3

    You’re right! That is much better.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Season 9. Although, I think several of them have improved, myself.

  • KiaMichelle

    I just hate the question “How do you feel about that performance”. Why does Harry ask that?? Making it all awkward. Just give your opinion and shut up.

  • Logan Graves

    Doesn’t*

  • Erika

    Yet has no problem embarrassing himself. Like putting young girls on his shoulders. And engaging in needless shenanigans with Ryan

  • Q3

    This is making Season 9 look good. ;)

  • dabney_c

    Wasn’t he that long-haired 70s guy who everybody thought the cougars would push to the finish-line, but he didn’t even manage to get into the finals?

  • Guest

    OMG! It’s R5!!! Who the hell are these a$$hats? lol

  • Erika

    Nooooooooo

  • Logan Graves

    Meh C.J. What was that? I dunno…

  • supersonic

    Because he wants to embarrass the person. It’s obvious CJ is not his favorite. He seems to embarrass him every week.

  • scoobynacks

    Pitch was bad. It just was. It made me cringe.

  • Maya

    I disagree. I think Jena has grown a lot. I also feel like since the save Sam has too. IMO Last season no one did and neither did anyone in season 9.

  • jersey

    That sounds right

  • Erika

    He’s done that numerous times. Asking Emily to speak the lyrics. Asking CJ how he felt. Its awful and embarrassing.

  • Q3

    Season 9 had Crystal! :)

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Heck, this is making previous train wrecks look good if only for the entertainment value.

  • Eric Ascher

    And that’s the issue, CJ. They gave you good feedback.

  • Ronnie D

    To me, her voice is way too pop and she isn’t versatile enough to sing a shredding rocker like Barracuda.

  • Erika

    She was the only good thing. We have Jena and Jess!

  • Matthew Kitson

    Neon trees? Not really rock

  • Vetle

    I don’t know, Lee got some “endgame” momentum, Tim Urban suddenly had two back-to-back great performances (All My Loving and Can’t Help Falling In Love With You) towards the end of his run. But yeah, season 9 definitely lacked due to the terrible top 16 show. :( #alwaysrememberKatelynLillyAlex

  • Amy Beth

    They are super famous to Radio Disney listeners.

  • Logan Graves

    I don’t get why only SOME idols get questions :/

  • Ryan Conrad

    Jena was a wild card for goodness sake. Look how far she’s come.

  • lizland

    My problem with the judges: Jena sings (or any girl) and about 90% of the comments are “constructive” criticism about how to get better. Sam performs (or even CJ) and 20% of the comments are “constructive” and the rest positive. Does not reflect my listening reality. Sam was better than usual, but no better than Jena to me.

  • KiaMichelle

    I agree with you. But people feel like she constantly gets picked on with no positive feedback to balance it out. I dont like her as a performer so I dont see it.

  • Q3

    Welcome to Rock in 2014.

  • justmefornow

    Pop. End of story.

  • ETK

    Alex looks good tonight

  • H.A.

    Even Sanjanya entertained me.

  • Matthew Richards

    Savion says Spencer Lloyd is in the audience. Lol.

  • lola

    Alex constantly pulls down his shirt / jacket. Bugs me.

  • MichaelG

    Yes. it was terrible. Then he got voted off next day. He was a contestant in heinous season 9.

  • scoobynacks

    I don’t want to ask the Idols squat. I don’t need to hear them talk. It’s like the Miss America/USA interview portion. Just don’t screw it up. That’s the standard for success.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Oh dear God, Ryan…Jeff Buckley is dead…good grief….

  • Ryan Conrad

    Is Alex going to ditch the guitar?? Have I spoken too soon?

  • Chris C

    Carrie Underwood just tweeted: I heard from a little birdie that a couple of contestants are singing my songs on @AmericanIdol tonight! I’m excited to hear!

  • Ryan Conrad

    Nvm.

  • supersonic

    Trying to validate that save or he’s the producers favorite.

  • Vetle

    If Alex is not MOVING to this song, I’m giving up.

  • Logan Graves

    Is he off pitch o.o

  • ETK

    I like this

  • lola

    This is NOT ROCK imo!

  • jersey

    He said Jay come see us. Meaning Jason Mraz

  • scoobynacks

    There’s some serious neck action going on…ooh now the shoulders. ;)

  • Nostradamos

    Oh look! Another male guitar playing tree…

  • H.A.

    Alex is sounding like One Direction.

  • Logan Graves

    Ewwwwwyyyy I hate it

  • Erika

    Alex could really improve his artistry by dancing around the stage. He should practice in his room in front of the mirror. /sarcasm

  • Matthew Richards

    I mean the them is “a little bit” rock & roll. Lol.

  • justmefornow

    His pitch stinks.

  • Q3

    At least Alex is playing the guitar — vs using it as prop.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Like I said, Alex is really fading. Not good.

  • halo9125

    Are there roaches on the Idol stage that Alex is trying to kill?

  • nncw

    Off night for Alex.

  • Chris C

    This is a good song for Alex. More lively than others. Liking it!

  • sweetpea1979

    Ooh, he’s losing his breath…

  • iluvai

    It started off good, but he sounds a bit nervous.

  • Ryan Conrad

    Yikes.

  • Matthew Richards

    This sounds really off-pitch to me. Not good.

  • Erika

    Ouch.

  • supersonic

    This is terrible.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Oh dear, he’s having trouble with the tempo – he’s going to be gasping for breath at the end.

  • Sassycatz

    I love how Keith seems to know the lyrics to every song these guys are singing.

  • jersey

    Least favorite performance by Alex this season

  • Guest

    I just ripped.

  • dabney_c

    Meh. Harry’s gonna tell him his intonation was off.

  • Q3

    This is not good. Oh and I like Alex.

  • lola

    Again, he “has to go to the bathroom”! Those legs…..

  • Logan Graves

    You see Harrys face xD

  • lizland

    I still like Alex. I’m going to pretend this never happened

  • justmefornow

    This is worse than CJ. Really awful.

  • supersonic

    I bet those judges praise the hell out of it, though.

  • chillj

    This song is too far out of Alex’s wheelhouse.

  • scoobynacks

    That song was meh.

  • Guest

    Alex should have sung this coke commercial.

  • wordnerdarchie

    It’s a nervous tic – I know of another Idol winner who does the same thing, even while playing the guitar.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Nothing special. Alex is really slipping from that frontrunner status

  • MichaelG

    Alex is keeping true to the song as it is his exact style, no need to switch it up. Started off pretty good…
    Okay…liking it less as it progresses.
    Ugh.

  • dabney_c

    rofl. Well, at least he doesn’t have to pee this time.

  • Vetle

    *sigh* This song has serious stadium rock potential. He should just throw his guitar behind him and run across the stage or something. Not one of his finest moments on stage.

  • scoobynacks

    For the record, I said “meh” before I read your comment, I swear!

  • Eric Ascher

    Wrong song choice, but at least he tried to stick with the theme.

  • Adrian Sewell

    This is not a rock song plus I’m not really feeling this Alex much.

  • justmefornow

    Yup. He shouldn’t leave the coffee house.

  • H.A.

    Me too. LOL.

  • Derrick Johnson

    With Alex he does his own little thing that is awkward but it’s him and it doesn’t seem uncomfortable and Sam is kinda in the same boat with Jess but his problem is more about connecting emotionally.

  • nycguy

    Once again, Alex’s screen time went to the judges.

  • Sue tiedemann

    You are so funny! I had to show this to my husband. Yep, a little foot movement today. He was only using one foot today.

  • Logan Graves

    Yeah I agree not TRULY rock… Meh…

  • weareallinnocent

    I like seeing Alex loosen up! You go, Alex.

  • scoobynacks

    For one song? I don’t call that slipping. It was one bum song. Alex fans aren’t gonna ditch him yet unless he screws up twice tonight. A good second song, back to being a frontrunner.

  • MichaelG

    I know. Alternative pop does not equal rock n’ roll.

  • mamacitabaja

    He sounded off to me. Was he stomping bugs lol?

  • KiaMichelle

    Its just mean. Bad enough they are being judged in front of America. But that just makes it worse.

  • Matthew Richards

    Let’s hope the judges don’t blow smoke up his ass.

  • halo9125

    Why thank you! I aim to please ;-)

  • Chris C

    I liked it. Not a “coffeehouse” type song again. Thought it was more lively for him. Did well I think.

  • KiaMichelle

    I feel bad for his kids lol

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Yep, train wreck….

  • Guest

    Should of given CJ a big afro wig and sunglasses….lol

  • Matthew Kitson

    He’s been fading the last couple of weeks, not just this song, but a downward trend.

  • Sue tiedemann

    I can only hope.

  • knave

    It was okay, but Alex isn’t a rock singer so that theme was always going to be one he struggled with. His voice just doesn’t work that way. But I still liked that he brought more energy than usual.

  • scoobynacks

    They probably don’t have any left after using it up on Sam and CJ.

  • halo9125

    Roaches…..Uncle Nigel didn’t renew the exterminator’s contract before he was canned.

  • chillj

    It wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t him.

  • Swind

    Yea, Alex was definitely off in the performance.

  • Logan Graves

    Let’s see the judges comments c:

  • BonnieDee

    I loved Alex’s performance.

  • BWF

    I think the category of “rock” music is broad enough to cover that song, so Alex didn’t do wrong in that regard. Alas, his performance (IMO) was kinda bland.

  • jcabby

    I actually liked Alex. Smart of him to choose a modern song.

  • Vetle

    The last three performances just proves my point about Jena being a great performer in comparison – and her vocal was better than all of them in my opinion (and she was MOVING).

  • KiaMichelle

    Oh Alex, this is the worst performance thus far. Nice high note though.

  • scoobynacks

    Disagree big time. If you don’t like the “Every Breath You Take” fine, but I and a lot of people like Melinda Doolittle loved it.

  • mamacitabaja

    Indeed????

  • Ryan Conrad

    Honesty? Color me surprised!

  • BonnieDee

    Jena is the best performer.

  • Buba

    I usually liked Alex, but that was just very weak IMO

  • Matthew Richards

    That jacket is hilarious.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I wouldn’t put her above them vocally, but performance-wise she worked the stage better.

  • lizland

    I wish they’s made him sing a rock song rather than pop. what’s the point of the themes? can someone sing Kesha for country?

  • knave

    I missed Jena’s performance, but I’m not surprised – the rock theme suits her far better than the three who came after her.

  • chillj

    Aw, c’mon, Keith, don’t pan Alex when you have let so much slide from so many.

  • dabney_c

    I’m just glad Alex didn’t turn it into a peppy jingle.

  • lola

    Wonder what he would have sung in “disco week”?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Judges actually critical of Alex for once? Never mind, harry just gives him a pass…and praises him. Ridiculous

  • halo9125

    WTF? “You sucked but you’ll be better later”?

  • scoobynacks

    lmao at blaming it on the socks.

  • Trina

    They had to be because it was that bad.

  • chillj

    Oh gawd.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    I think Nicole is withholding something from Keith, because the only thing Keith can think about tonight is releasing.

  • H.A.

    LOL.

  • Ryan Conrad

    No Harry. No pass. Stop stalking.

  • halo9125

    Disco Duck

  • supersonic

    Is there a Doc Martens store nearby? Because all of the contestants seem to have a pair.

  • Logan Graves

    Harry mentioned the breath!!!

  • Ronnie D

    Alex is probably the most versatile of the group. He can sing just about any genre and give it his own sound. He fuckin’ killed it IMO lol

  • BonnieDee

    Hee Hee

  • weareallinnocent

    Well, no one can say Alex is same ol’ same ol’….

  • mamacitabaja

    Haha, maybe????

  • scoobynacks

    They aren’t really though. Harry just gave him a pass (which is basically a slam from them about him since it wasn’t gushing), then liked the upbeat tempo choice. Jess does something like this, she gets killed.

  • lola

    Yay, Harry noticed the lack of breath!

  • HermeticallySealed

    I liked this from Alex; it wasn’t sound alike of his normal singing. However, i think he sounded a bit out of breath. I think he has the same issue as Jena in that he supports from his chest rather than his stomach.

  • nncw

    Finally Harry got it re: breath control problems. But what is this about getting a pass?

  • dabney_c

    Really?

  • Ryan Conrad

    And he just contradicted himself when he said that Alex can do uptempo songs.

  • supersonic

    So, Alex gets a pass, Harry? What the hell ever.

  • ETK

    Alex actually reminded me a little of Buddy Holly (who also just stood there with his instrument and shook a leg while singing Peggy Sue)

  • H.A.

    Come on Caleb. Show them how to Rock.

  • Matthew Richards

    No one gets a pass. Though I am excited to see him sing country. (Is some Jo Dee Messina coming up? Don’t tell me.)

  • RodMod

    Caleb has an even larger Black woman trapped inside his body.

    ETA: An even larger SOUTHERN Black woman!**

  • Adrian Sewell

    Rock is very broad but I feel like it’s very much more of a pop song and when I think of neon trees? I’m not thinking rock group animal does have a pop rock feel to it but it’s not really “rock & roll”

  • LeoCS

    Now the judges are distributing freepass based on previous performances…great!

  • Guest

    NO, It’s CJ too! lol

  • scoobynacks

    “Meh” is what Alex did. Bad is what CJ did.

  • Nostradamos

    I can..and did…

  • Logan Graves

    Caleb!!!!!

  • Chris C

    Alex’s song was fast paced. Still did well I think, different than other performances

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    He has zero personality though. That to me is his biggest downfall.

  • Sue tiedemann

    No, this time he did not kill it.

  • supersonic

    Caleb’s on. Time to change the channel.

  • dabney_c

    Black Crows is exactly Caleb’s wheelhouse.

  • KiaMichelle

    I cant wait to see how Jess gets judged tonight. I havent noticed what people are talking about with her.

  • BonnieDee

    Haven’t seen this Caleb in a couple weeks. I’m liking this.

  • lola

    Now this is a rock song.

  • Vetle

    It was his worst performance (imo) and I don’t agree with Harry about the “pass”, but I don’t think he should in any way go home over CJ or Sam, even if it was a complete and utter trainwreck. I must admit Alex has been pretty good, even though he’s like 4th for me.

  • Matthew Richards

    Meatloaf is a black woman?

  • Logan Graves

    Hate the back up singers

  • Joanie Yan

    To me Alex’s biggest problem is that he is funny looking and looks awkward when he sings. If you close your eyes and listen, it sounds much better.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Now this is rock. Nice Caleb

  • lola

    But what song is this? Didn’t look at the spoilers.

  • girlygirl

    IMO this was his worst performance

  • scoobynacks

    Yeah it was Alex’s worst but it’s relative, I agree.

  • Q3

    The sound mix is terrible!

  • lizland

    Caleb really does come across as a satirical SNL-version of a rock singer. Very Jack Black as others have said. Just doesn’t seem authentic, and I wish it did as he has such a great voice.

  • dabney_c

    Keith is shimmying like a girl.

  • lkingcorn

    Maybe he signed his new contract

  • Matthew Richards

    Is Jess finally closing the show?

  • H.A.

    True Rockstar right there.

  • Chris C

    When Caleb performs, I feel like I’m AT a performance. He’s already there.

  • RodMod

    Well, you never know these days. All this interbreeding has given us many shades of Black and white. ;)

  • justmefornow

    lol. They’re like Vegas backup singers not rock backup vocals.

  • Vetle

    Loving this! Jena-Caleb finale please! <3

  • scoobynacks

    Caleb woke us up and took us to church.

  • Logan Graves

    Holy shit high note!!!!

  • MichaelG

    He’s got that ‘girly’ thing going on, ya know…

  • jcabby

    Now that’s entertainment! Go Caleb!!!

  • lizland

    I agree. Except tonight. Did not sound good to me.

  • Ryan Conrad

    That last wail was flat. Just sayin’ lol.

  • scoobynacks

    Yeah I bet her bottom 2 last week freaked out the producers.

  • sweetpea1979

    Dang!! It’s just not even close. Caleb is amazing.

  • RodMod

    KILT IT!

  • Adrian Sewell

    Caleb is gonna kill as always. He always has an upper hand when it comes to the themes given to him. Like it’s natural for him to tape into rock.

  • halo9125

    I may have to reach out and slap him.

  • dabney_c

    Say what you will, Caleb has a great voice.

  • BonnieDee

    I’ve had him pegged as third, but maybe he can get in top 2.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Show them how it’s done Caleb!

  • Matthew Kitson

    The scream, yes! Take notes gokey, ha

  • Eric Ascher

    DAMN. I didn’t know he could hit that note.

  • LeoCS

    Now the rock part of the show really started.

  • Sassycatz

    His back up singer petted him…. Because he’s a kid. LOL!

  • H.A.

    Hit those notes Caleb!!!!

  • btheg

    i’ve started to notice that whenever I close my eyes and listen to this idol cast, i’m blown away. even dexter. even CJ (on his good nights)

  • justmefornow

    He’d be totally Taylor Hicks 2.0, but he really does deserve to win this thing.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    Caleb = Killed It!!!

  • Anna106

    I laughed out loud!

  • Sue tiedemann

    HOORAY! I’m up now and lovin it!

  • MichaelG

    First time that Caleb actually sounded a bit pitchy. Will they mention it? I think not!

  • Vetle

    That note was RIDICULOUS!

  • jcabby

    Caleb knows how to bring it each week.

  • lola

    That’s how I feel too. EAch contestant should be “bringing it” on stage in their own style.

  • Q3

    Maybe that was good live but not good on my TV!!

  • LeoCS

    If you say this guy does the same thing over and over again, please, man, you jsut don’t like rock’n’roll!

  • Matthew Richards

    Sometimes they do that thing where they rotate between rounds. Lol.

  • scoobynacks

    Huh? It’s not put on. That’s who he is.

  • Anna106

    I kind of like how Caleb doesn’t really seem to care what the judges say.

  • btheg

    some have annoying mannerisms, some can’t emote, and some leave something to be desired aesthetically. but they all (usually) can sing.

  • maddkat

    true I don’t , find it all the same

  • BonnieDee

    Best of the night so far.

  • Banished

    I didn’t understand a word of that song, but then again, does anyone understand ozzie?

  • RodMod

    Neither do I.

  • Logan Graves

    Go caleb c:

  • lizland

    could be. just how it comes across to me. I will say, though, that I wrote that about mid way through and i liked the second half way more than the first.

  • Q3

    That was more Jack Black than Meatloaf!

  • Trina

    YAAAASSS!! Kill em’ Caleb!

  • Matthew Richards

    And there goes Randy being right about something.

  • Amy Beth

    I know we’ve moved on, but I knew Alex’s performance style reminded me of something.

    http://youtu.be/N0L6t0xh-Dc

  • Nedsdag

    Please sing a half way decent country song, Caleb! Best of the night so far.

  • scoobynacks

    Caleb has a habit of picking songs that are known to rock fans but not everybody. I don’t know the title off the top of my head but I recognized it on the song list. I kinda appreciate that it’s not one we’ve heard a bunch on the show. The downside is definitely that people can’t really sing along because they don’t know it (unless you’re Keith, ha).

  • Guest

    Alex KILLED IT!!!!

  • jcabby

    Come on Jess!

  • Matthew Richards

    Taylor Hicks is doing well for himself. He’s a Vegas headliner.

  • jms

    So far,

    Jena was really good. If she had vocal flaws, they weren’t that noticeable (begun a little shaky though).

    Sam sucked so much life out of that song that I almost thought I was gonna be one with the undead. Started off a tad off key but sang pretty, but it was so dull I wanted to punch something.

    CJ was just OK, nothing special. Wanted him to do well on that song,

  • mamacitabaja

    Even if you’re not into that style ya gotta admit the guy an sing on key, unlike some others.

  • halo9125

    Get ready to pull Jess out from under the bus….

  • Ronnie D

    Caleb represented tonight! Such a good rock voice!

  • RodMod

    Jessica has such a great, great voice.

  • Matthew Richards

    So glad this is the Jefferson Airplane one and not the Queen one.

  • jersey

    This is my favorite Jess performance by far!

  • lola

    wish Jess would get rid of the guitar just once.

  • H.A.

    I love you Jess but I’m still on Caleb high.

  • Nedsdag

    GO, SLAPOUT, GO!!!!!!!!!

  • Adrian Sewell

    Jessica has always had a hard time on the show I really want her to pull through

  • vtu

    OK, for the first time, I’m loving the performance aspect of Jess. She’s always good vocally, but this is just all around great!

  • BonnieDee

    She’s connecting a bit more.

  • dabney_c

    Jess is bringing the anger tonight.

  • scoobynacks

    Based on the song list, she’s ending both times but other people are shifting. Could just be a production issue.

  • Matthew Richards

    She’s rocking so hard my screen just shook to the right.

  • Logan Graves

    Umm the cameras are messed up ¥o.o

  • Sassycatz

    She looks like Rock and Roll Barbie!

  • knave

    This is kind of the opposite of the usual from Jess – I’m loving her stage presence, but her pitch is a little spotty. Still really good though.

  • jcabby

    Jess sounded great!!

  • justmefornow

    Oh I know. Taylor’s just not a current recording artist.
    No record label will want to try to market Caleb. That’s what I meant.

  • Adrian Sewell

    Love this song

  • Ryan Conrad

    She has. Call me. Betcha can’t say the same for CJ or Alex huh.

  • knave

    Was it just me or was that super short?

  • RodMod

    The band is waaay too loud. But Jessica sounds terrific! I love the way she sings “Doooon’t” the second time around. Just a second or so ahead of the background singers! Yes, ma’am!

  • scoobynacks

    She’s looking so great tonight.

  • Q3

    That was excellent!!

  • Chris C

    Wow, Harry complimenting Jess!!

  • LeoCS

    She still a little bit strange performing but I don’t care anymore. This is who she is.

  • Ryan Conrad

    Oh now Harry tries to redeem himself and take back everything he said before. So fake.

  • dabney_c

    They got the message from the fan boards.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Great job Jess!

  • BonnieDee

    It was vocally good, but I wouldn’t buy it.

  • Buba

    Glad Harry is making it clear. Many people seemed not to get what he was saying last week.

  • Q3

    Jess has my vote tonight!

  • Sassycatz

    Harry must have read some tweets.

  • H.A.

    Is Harry backtracking? Now they want her to stay still and do her thing.

  • Nedsdag

    Mr. Nicole Kidman is getting on my nerves regarding Jessica.

  • maddkat

    Keith needs to get over this release thing already.

  • supersonic

    I don’t understand the hype about Jessica. Everybody foaming at the mouth because she’s being “tossed under the bus” and I’m like, “And?” I don’t understand the rage for that.

  • BonnieDee

    So far I’m voting for Caleb, Sam, and Jena.

  • mamacitabaja

    But Alex and Sam can stare vacantly and that’s ok?

  • dabney_c

    Jessica can’t catch a break.

  • lizland

    Or Alex

  • scoobynacks

    I think he wanted to feel it coming out of her in her vocals and the lack of rhythm issue was internal (she had a wall up to me). He wanted her to bring that inside her and make us want to move or whatever. Good music won’t let us sit still.

  • dabney_c

    Apparently so.

  • Sassycatz

    These judges are giving her excellent advice. They are good judges…. Finally, Idol *does* have good judges.

  • lila6089

    I think Jessica was great tonight! Much better than Jena.

  • chillj

    Yes, he just kind of blows right thru it.

  • Matthew Richards

    Jena, Jess, and Caleb won round 1.

  • quickjessie

    I got what he said. I felt it while I was watching Jess sing this, and I love her, by the way.

    Gracie sang this song ANGRY. That is what this song requires. Jess sang it, hit the notes, sang it well, but the anger was missing.

  • knave

    Honestly, something would be seriously wrong if they didn’t given their styles compared to the other three.

  • nncw

    It can’t be easy being sole performer on stage working in bars – perhaps that is part of how it effects her stage presence. But this is the first performance I really liked.

  • Swind

    WTG Jess! Nice performance!

  • Valarie

    Jess sounds like she means the words, but it’s like her face is botoxed. The facial expression just isn’t there .

  • scoobynacks

    She was tossed under the bus for what a Top 7 performer should get. She did a better job than 6th or 7th place but they dogged her.

  • Guest

    klo

  • H.A.

    Round 1 goes to Caleb. Let’s see him pull of Country.

  • lizland

    It is good advice. But it holds for others in the competition and it’s not 90% of their review. Maybe women are just supposed to be more interesting visually than men.

  • sweetpea1979

    Keith nailed it when he commented on her eyes and facial expressions…she sounds so good but her eyes just seem so lifeless sometimes. If she could only match it all up!

  • Chris C

    Agree. Caleb can already put on a concert, the others need to get as comfortable on stage

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    Vocally, she was better with Jena, but for someone who says she has been performing her entire life, nothing about her stage presence feels natural.

  • jersey

    My comment disappeared. Anyway, I think they actually gave Jess good advice tonight. I thought it was more constructive criticism than bussing.

  • weareallinnocent

    Harry’s been reading the interwebs, me thinks!

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t know who to concentrate my votes on. I have to be strategic.

  • Nedsdag

    Caleb and Jessica were the best in the first round, hands down.

  • Ronnie D

    OK I have had enough of Jess. Who the HELL plays an acoustic guitar on a Jefferson Airplane song like Somebody to Love lol. Grace Slick is also known for her amazing voice and vibrato. Jess usually has vibrato overkill and she didn’t even use it right lol.

  • realdeal

    YAY!

  • singingtheblues

    I’m sorry but her eyes are in that performance – they just burned into the camera

  • Dancin VI#81

    sam has been called on disconnect the whole season.. and alex was called on it tonite… the difference is that the judges seem to draw out the critiques of jesse makin it more noticeable

  • Swind

    Totally agree. Best three so far.

  • scoobynacks

    It’s so obvious too when they zoomed in as he was saying it. She had dead eyes going on again.

  • Buba

    So far, Alex and CJ should be the bottom 2

  • BonnieDee

    Caleb best by far. And he should be, as he is a rocker.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Keith needs to stop talking about having a “release”. Ha

  • BonnieDee

    I wouldn’t say burned, but she didn’t have the usual vacant stare.

  • Nedsdag

    Jessica SCHOOLED Jeeeeena tonight, but she’s not the chosen one.

  • justmefornow

    Too much weed.

  • Swind

    I was thinking the same, but the manipulation by making Jena the “frontrunner” is scaring me to only vote her from here on out.

  • BonnieDee

    I haven’t been on Twitter tonight but I would bet they are making fun of him for that.

  • Matthew Richards

    Pia and Scotty won rock night a few years ago, so you never know.

  • halo9125

    While we wait for country- for your amusement…..

    http://www.tinytim.org/images/tiny-tim-youth.jpg

    Alex is Tiny Tim’s doppelganger

  • lkingcorn

    The judges are giving the stage performance level to this song so they can critiques their own performances. Lols

  • Sue tiedemann

    Jess was good but I’m still trying to calm down after Caleb’s performance!

  • Nedsdag

    Jeeeena did karaoke, yet Jessica gets scolded?

  • Guest

    Sam sucks the energy out of the room, while Caleb puts it back in…

  • jersey

    OMG lol. I never realized that before! We have both Meatloaf and Tiny Tim on Idol this year!

  • lila6089

    LOL

  • merkureye

    Jess takes no chances. Stevie Nicks? Grace Slick? Her voice is a carbon copy of those artists. Jena taking on Heart’s Barracuda was really a challenge and Jena, as usual, slayed it!!

  • Ryan Conrad

    I see that too. But I see dead eyes from Alex too. His contorted face doesn’t help much either.

  • Ronnie D

    Tiny Tim has became a Legend, despite people making fun of his looks.

  • BonnieDee

    Caleb, then Jena, then Sam.

  • Q3

    That was last week. I am not even a fan of Jess and I could see that the critiques last week were unfair.

    Tonight, I think they were too negative to Jena, and way too kind to C.J., Sam and Alex.

  • MichaelG

    I don’t think he is trying to redeem himself. I think he was grossly misunderstood and is setting the record straight.

  • Dancin VI#81

    omg lmao doppleganger

  • Nedsdag

    Alex looks more like Red Sox pitcher John Lackey.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Jason derulo dance moves, ha. Love jess

  • justmefornow

    lol. He was a freak in his later years.

  • Ryan Conrad

    HAHA Jessica already beat Alex after going last.

  • jms

    Plus Giants minor league pitcher Derek Law

  • LeoCS

    Jessica isn’t that good with sarcasm. She’s sabotaging herself with these comments.

  • Nedsdag

    Jena was too karaoke for me. They might as well have asked Ann Wilson to sing tonight.

  • Ronnie D

    He was an eccentric. Some of the biggest freaks are the ones with the best looks.

  • Sassycatz

    Oh we’re back to that crappy graphic that shows the votes of people who just finished performing.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Here’s Jess’ problem: Dead eyes. Beautiful face. Nice voice. Dead eyes. Sorry.

  • MichaelG

    Not a bad round, other than Alex and CJ.

  • justmefornow

    I like Sam better when he wears the beanie.

  • Ryan Conrad

    That is NOT Sam. Where’s his guitar? An alien definitely possessed him.

  • lola

    I don’t know if I can endure this country part of the show. Sorry, country lovers.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Oh no Sam.

  • Matthew Richards

    They’re not letting Jess close the show are they?

  • nncw

    I’m sorry but I really like Sam’s voice.

  • Sassycatz

    No guitar?

  • Nedsdag

    Jena’s version sounded just like the original version. What risk did she take?

  • BonnieDee

    Sam needs to move.

  • RodMod

    So Sam is 18 now, huh? I assumed he was at least 15 or 16. LOL.

  • Banished

    This is awful!

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Apparently…

  • Q3

    Sam started off half a note off! He can’t get it back on track. :(

  • Matthew Kitson

    Poor Sam. This is terrible

  • shenanigan

    Yeah, bet they didn’t dare put those two together.

  • vtu

    This is not good. Hello high school talent show.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Lunesta

  • jersey

    How does that little girl in the audience even know this song to sing along with?

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    He is ruining my favorite Shania Twain song.

  • lizland

    To Sam, closing his eyes is emoting.

  • dabney_c

    Serenading the lay-deez! Judges are gonna love that.

  • Banished

    Don’t think he’d place in a HS talent show!

  • Nedsdag

    They didn’t ask Caleb if he could win AI, did they?

  • LeoCS

    Sam is a little bit flat.

  • maddkat

    this the worst of the night so far, major backtracking for Sam

  • weareallinnocent

    Szzzzzzzzz_am

  • Banished

    he looks like he’s taking a dump.

  • Chris C

    Oh, loved the last part of Sam’s.

  • MichaelG

    What a bad song for Sam. Blandy-McBland.

  • BonnieDee

    Nice ending. And good emotion at the end.

  • RodMod

    I was worried that the performance might drag on, because this song doesn’t have a whole lot “exciting parts”! LOL. And Sam proved me right…

    Nice vocal, though.

  • singingtheblues

    This show is going to commit suicide by forcing people down your throat. How much air time are they going to give Sam? Let us decide on our own.

  • halo9125

    That beanie makes him look like Dopey the dwarf.

  • Miss Blue

    Omg. Shania would be a blip in country music history if she had sung this song like Sam is doing. Horrible.

  • Valarie

    Sam took every hint of country right out of that song.

  • nncw

    Sam is picking up Alex’s facial expressions.

  • Buba

    Sam definetely seems to be making an effort to improve. I really enjoyed that!

  • H.A.

    This is terrible. I just can’t with Sam.

  • Q3

    Not good. Not good at all!

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    Bad… Really bad…

  • Ryan Conrad

    Last quarter part was good.

  • scoobynacks

    That song was closing time karaoke. It was a really really boring vocal. He looked bored.

  • vtu

    LOL…maybe in a really small school?

  • Sassycatz

    Despite the ratings, I think the tour is going to be more successful this season than last. There’s some young girl bait here.

  • lkingcorn

    Whatever drug it I will avoid it. Can’t think of a worse reaction than having a goosie! I would rather have measles.

  • iluvai

    He is so boring.

  • btheg

    i have a hard time taking Sam seriously. Especially when he has brown crayon in his eyebrows.

  • LeoCS

    No connection at all with the lyrics. I’ve ssen more emotions from people reading the phone book.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Goodbye sam

  • jcabby

    I like Sam. Dude has such a good voice. He is getting better with the performances.

  • Banished

    Does Keith NOT like any songs? When you say every song is your favorite, it becomes disingenuous

  • scoobynacks

    “You look great!” criticism time.

  • ETK

    relax? he’s already way too relaxed. Smile a little, Sam!

  • dabney_c

    Is he really as popular as they’re trying (so hard) to make him out to be?

  • scoobynacks

    lmao “My favorite part is…when I see you having feelings.” Ha!

  • Matthew Richards

    Sam isn’t old enough for Happy Hour so he brings Amateur Hour to his performances instead.

  • Joanie Yan

    Why do they put that dumb hat on his head? Is it to distract us from his off key singing?

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    Sam’s first performance is waaay better. But his voice is undeniable.

  • jersey

    ooh, good advice Harry

  • Ryan Conrad

    Finally. Harry addressing dynamics. How many weeks has it been?

  • singingtheblues

    It was a lullaby; put me to sleep.

  • Anna106

    And he knows the words to EVERY song…or he gets the song list & learns the words before the show…lol

  • dabney_c

    That’s my impression too.

  • lila6089

    Sam is progressing, but he still has a long way to go.

  • H.A.

    I really don’t think so. Those girls are all staged.

  • Matthew Kitson

    sam is a robot, he has no feelings to emote

  • Tommyo2000

    He has such a weird smile…

  • Sassycatz

    He’s the one who trended during the last segment.

  • Chris C

    Yeah, went better than I thought it would. I’ve never liked anyone singing Shania but her but he did well, didn’t blow me away, but I enjoyed it. Agreed with Keith, relax, it’s like a lullaby.

  • Matthew Richards

    What was that thing Carrie said about Shania karaoke?

  • iluvai

    I think his smile looks so fake and forced.

  • BonnieDee

    He’s just one of those people who shows both rows of teeth when they smile.

  • teekee

    Just Caleb alone for me.

  • Amy Beth

    Come on! Harry did not just ask a Top 6 contestant if he knows what dynamics are, did he?

  • Trina

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that. I know hes the so called hearthrob but everytime he smiles I think of a young Gary Busey

  • Guest

    I like her enunciation. It’s cute and she is pretty. I bought her song here. Her studio version is very good.

  • Q3

    But in Harry’s defense, Sam does not appear to have a clue that vocals can have dynamics.

    ETA: I can’t believe that I defended Harry!

  • LeoCS

    I think this Top6 needs all the advices you can give, even the most basics one.

  • albean99

    She’s the same all the time. Her performance skills are sadly lacking. Jena is more of a natural performing.

  • iluvai

    lol!!

  • Sue tiedemann

    Can’t imagine Caleb singing a Carrie Underwood song.

  • Chris C

    The only person who can sing this is Shania. And any other of her songs.

  • Ringo Pascual

    That Sam I am, that Sam I am, I did not like that Sam I am.

  • ETK

    the only one who comes close to having any charisma is Caleb, but it’s not the kind of charisma that turns me on

  • Vetle

    They should just be directed to a Candice Glover performance (You’ve Changed or Ordinary People especially).

  • wordnerdarchie

    The kid is going to Berklee School of music – won a song writing contest at Berklee, has taken all kinds of vocal lessons and has family members that are in the music business. He knows. That was Harry dissing him.

  • scoobynacks

    I feel like he’s losing weight in his face. Is this my imagination?

  • merkureye

    Barracuda doesn’t lend itself to a rearrangement. The song is driven by the nuances in Ann Wilson’s voice. There nothing to do but slay. One thing is for sure, Jess did nothing to reinterpret Somebody To Love.

  • RodMod

    I think so, too.

  • scoobynacks

    This is gonna be weird. I don’t know that song so I hope it goes well.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Sam has a beautiful voice

  • Matthew Kitson

    Grumpy cat!!!! Aww

  • scoobynacks

    Grumpy cat ftw.

  • nncw

    Aww grumpy cat so cute.

  • maddkat

    Grumpy cat has more charisma then these contestants

  • jcabby

    Grumpy cat! Love!!

  • dabney_c

    Caleb in full Meatloaf apparel.

  • btheg

    wonder if Sam gets annoyed by the “heartthrob” typecast?

    Seems like he’d want to get the “you’re an artist” feedback Alex gets.
    Sam wants to be an Ed Sheeran, not a Justin Bieber.

  • RodMod

    Grumpy Cat is so adorable.

  • Matthew Richards

    OMG I LOVE THIS SONG!

  • H.A.

    That cat is adorable.

  • ETK

    omg that cat!

  • Sue tiedemann

    It should be.

  • justmefornow

    lol. He has that Vegas, loungy, fat Elvis charisma. Still charisma though.

  • Nedsdag

    Stop being a Jena fan. Listen to the original version and tell me what is different from the original version? I’m waiting.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    What number to we call to vote for Grumpy Cat?

  • lkingcorn

    The judges are getting more critiques than the singers. But I will admit that Jlos head banging far superior to SAMs eye movements. Take note: Pimping 101 in progress.

  • BonnieDee

    Caleb on fire tonight.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    OMG, the Grumpy Cat memes are going to be epic….!

  • Amy Beth

    He has to stay in his assigned lane.

  • H.A.

    Slay it Caleb!!!!

  • Adam R.

    It’s Berklee, not Berkeley. Different schools altogether.

  • dabney_c

    They switched up the order for second round?

  • scoobynacks

    Whoever’s downvoted my last 2 posts, don’t think I didn’t notice. You’re not explaining what you don’t like, and I don’t think I’m wrong. Besides which, RodMod agreed with me and got an upvote, seriously? Whatever.

  • Sassycatz

    LOL! Caleb’s rock and rolling this song!

  • Amy Beth

    Purrfect the Cat is not pleased by this turn of events.

  • Chris C

    If this was the first time I’d heard this song – I’d enjoy this from Caleb. Doing a great job.

  • BonnieDee

    I’m starting to think Caleb could make top 2.

  • supersonic

    Modern Family goes to commercial; I flip to Idol to see Caleb? Not cool.

    And this performance is basically a typical Caleb performance. I am bored with him.

  • Sue tiedemann

    OMG! Caleb is fantastic today!

  • Dancin VI#81

    caleb sounds the same every song he sings they all sound the same to me sings well but blah

  • Q3

    He has been accept at Berklee College of Music — he has not attended college yet.

    ETA: But even if he had attended the real UC Berkeley, one of Sam’s weaknesses is he lack of dynamics.

  • RodMod

    I’m not feeling SLAYleb’s lower register. However, he STILL is SLAYleb Johnson so whatever. LOL.

  • scoobynacks

    I’m enjoying this. I wonder how he thought to pick it. One of the few times I actually want Ryan to ask.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Caleb FTW!!!!!

  • Nedsdag

    Caleb is kicking butt and taking names.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Caleb can rock the phone book!

  • Vetle

    This and Flat On The Floor are by far one of the coolest songs by Carrie. Great choice!

  • Trina

    How sad is it Grumpy Cat appearing tonight was the season highlight for me?

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    Only Carrie does Carrie justice.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Brilliance of picking undo it, its already semi-rock

  • Tommyo2000

    No subtely in Caleb. It would be difficult to listen to him for,extended times,without some tenderness. Meatloaf as big a singer had several very tenderly,song song on Bat out of Hell

  • jcabby

    Caleb is slaying it! Wow, what a fantastic song choice for country. He’s too good!

  • Matthew Richards

    That was a very good cover. I prefer Carrie’s version, but Caleb did a decent job.

  • H.A.

    Caleb does Country his way and it worked.

  • Eric Ascher

    DAMN. He killed it again.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Typical Caleb to me is fantastic!

  • justmefornow

    He is starting to sound the same in a lot of his performances, unfortunately. When every song is at a 10 voume, there’s not a lot of variation.

  • Guest

    Caleb puts FGL to shame…

  • MichaelG

    Look–I KNOW Caleb has great vocal chops. He deserves to be in the finale based on his talent. So, forgive me when I confess that i’m quite bored with his sound.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Would love to hear him and Carrie duet on this!

  • jersey

    Is he accepted? I know he attended their 5 week program which is open to high school music students but doesn’t require an audition, which the college does. (My son is a student there.)

  • supersonic

    He looks horrible.

  • Matthew Richards

    You’re right, he was kind of on all 8 cylinders the whole time, huh?

  • Banished

    He’s predictable, but very entertaining. Isn’t that what the show is about?

  • MIndy O

    That’s what some people said about Phillip Phillips and the guy has sold a lot of music and has been on tour or performing non stop since he won.

  • merkureye

    Why stop? its fun. Just enjoy Jessica.

  • Vetle

    The only critique I have is that he could have used this chance to show some vulnerability (à la Adam’s Tracks of My Tears or Mad World), but it was really good nevertheless. Unplugged next week please, though?!

  • FinalFantasy13

    the backup singers are weak on this… caleb sounds fine though.

  • scoobynacks

    Yeah looks like Jess is still ending the show but otherwise a change up. Hope her last song is a great finish for her sake and ours.

  • weareallinnocent

    lol

  • MIndy O

    That’s what they said about Phillip Phillips and he is very successful.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Caleb is owning it tonight

  • Ryan Conrad

    Even PP had tender moments and vocal dynamics.

  • scoobynacks

    Okay whoever’s doing that is just being personal about it at this point. Bite me.

  • RodMod

    Can I make #Slayleb happen? Hmm? No? Okay…

  • MIndy O

    If they let her be last that probably means her second song is pretty good. They like to leave on a high note.

  • justmefornow

    He doesn’t switch it up enough.

  • Q3

    I really wish Caleb would have stretched a bit. He does everything exactly the same way. He can certainly handle a country song with some more integrity. James Durbin did it.

  • LeoCS

    Caleb needs to work with the vocal coach to be more creative in his vocals. He’s always doing the same runs.

  • scoobynacks

    Heh.

  • MIndy O

    They need to promote the concert and he is the one the young girls will want to see. Maybe Jena, too.

  • supersonic

    Starting to? He’s been.

  • Matthew Richards

    Clayb-mates.

  • ETK

    his best is still Skyfall

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Caleb > JD

  • justmefornow

    P2’s sound was very current for the time. Caleb’s isn’t.

  • MichaelG

    Caleb looks annoyed at minimal, soft-peddled semi-criticism.

  • Matthew Kitson

    How was it forced? He didn’t have to do anything to undo it

  • Q3

    Yes.

  • maddkat

    Caleb did well, I just don’t get him.

  • weareallinnocent

    Caleb can sing the walls down, but he’s pretty one-note to me.

  • chillj

    This competition would be nothing without Caleb. He is the life of the show.

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  • lkingcorn

    Harry’s one of these guys who is always on. Hey look at me! Listen to me! Besides it’s the only way to upstage Jlo. Keith is always cool, thank you very much.

  • scoobynacks

    Keep on trollin’, downvoter, keep on trollin’.

  • supersonic

    Not really. No one should do Adele. Not even Caleb.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    A tree playing a guitar again…

  • dabney_c

    To be fair, he always looks slightly annoyed.

  • shell29

    I agree. I was a bit disappointed in that performance for the same reason (and I usually love Caleb’s performances).

  • Buba

    Dazed and Confused IMO

  • Matthew Richards

    I never liked Skyfall. I did love the Edge of Glory performance that followed.

  • Nedsdag

    Does Alex take his guitar to the bathroom? To bed? To the drive thru? He’s never without it?

  • mamacitabaja

    I know he can’t help it but Alex always looks pained when he smiles.

  • Tommyo2000

    Perfect chNce to go temder and he didn’t would have really put him in the top …

  • supersonic

    And that’s why I think he’s not that nice of a person.

  • halo9125

    It’s his security blanket.

  • Q3

    This is better for Alex.

  • MichaelG

    OH WOW! LOOK!!! It’s Alex—standing with his guitar!!

  • Matthew Richards

    I have Fantasia’s version of this on my iPod.

  • chillj

    Alex sounds great!

  • ETK

    pretty voice

  • LeoCS

    Yes. He needs to go back to the subtleties that he had on Skyfall.

  • chillj

    Much.

  • Adrian Sewell

    Me too

  • H.A.

    This is beautiful Alex.

  • halo9125

    Crap is he going to make me like this?

  • dabney_c

    Nice job, Alex … and I’m not at all a fan.

  • scoobynacks

    Curious transition with the band.

  • Chris C

    Like I said when Caleb sang Carrie’s song — if this had been the first time I heard this song Alex is singing, would really like it

  • Miss Blue

    Ugh. Do not like this. I can’t get the hype with this kid. I don’t find him even remotely interesting.

  • Sassycatz

    This is good.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Better than his first, but Alex just seems off tonight

  • singingtheblues

    The judges have told us what to think about Alex’s performance before he even started singing. Irritating! Are none of us smart enough to think for ourselves?

  • Q3

    This is my favorite performance of the night.

  • angiedb

    Alex needs eyeliner so badly.

  • Ryan Conrad

    What was that

  • rightnow

    it has to be his good looks

  • jcabby

    That was gorgeous! Great job Alex!

  • Tom22

    I enjoyed Jess somebody to love!… .. I thought she had the voice going just like I’d hoped she could while babbling my comments here last week ! … now.. could there be another level of connectedness ? yes but the next level is a very high level indeed.. the charm and connectedness that makes true stars… but huge leap forward.

    If she sang a song she wrote with the same vocal techniques we saw tonight, it would only stand to reason that the song she wrote was about some persona viewpoint on something she just had to get off her chest and tell the world about… Some singers, like some actors can step into more “roles” or “songs” (as a song needs a persona telling it.. doesn’t need to have the same interpretation but there needs to be a character invented by the singer who’s singing it if they aren’t personal thoughts they can fix to it)

  • Tommyo2000

    Wow I am going to record this and put it on my phone… I am going to play it every night when I turn the lights off so I can drift into a deep sleep….

  • Nostradamos

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………

  • maddkat

    wasn’t bad Alex but not my favorite version of AOMM.

  • justmefornow

    James had soul. Caleb doesn’t. He’s not as emotionally connected, IMO.

  • H.A.

    One of the best performance tonight.

  • weareallinnocent

    Yay Alex!!

  • lizland

    I liked it! good for Alex. A nice change of pace from the rest.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Our second or third dosage of Lunesta for the night…

  • cableknitgal

    That’s how it’s done, Alex!

  • Trina

    Tbh I dont care if hes a nice person. I’m entertained watching him and thats all that matters to me.

  • singingtheblues

    Not good – boring!!

  • Matthew Richards

    Beautiful! What a way to recover from last round. I’m really starting to like this season.

  • scoobynacks

    Alas, I’m not sure they ever thought we were. Occasionally Simon would say “America got it right” but didn’t stop them from trying to manipulate things before we ever voted.

  • MIndy O

    I have always suspected that Caleb has a lot of negative opinions about the judging, but is smart enough to keep his mouth shut. I appreciate his consistent performances, but there is that certain genuineness that he lacks and almost every winner has had.

  • nncw

    Not a fan – too choreographed for my liking agree with Keith.

  • shell29

    Very nice job Alex-loved that.

  • cableknitgal

    Is it sad that I want Dexter country ballad?

  • Vetle

    Sam or CJ = definitely going home tomorrow.

    Alex was pretty good on his second performance. I just feel he has done this kind of phrasing before. It’s like he has a set formula when he’s doing tender performances. Still solid, though.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Very nice. Keith is full of it.

  • lila6089

    Keith is not feeling anyone tonight……

  • halo9125

    Harry is shooting daggers at Keith.

  • supersonic

    What good looks?

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Sorry, Alex. I didn’t feel any heartbreak. At all.

  • Nedsdag

    It was good; it better than Alex’s first song.

  • weelassie11

    that was beautiful

  • scoobynacks

    Still disagree with JLo about the “Every Breath You Take” but I get that it’s a matter of personal taste. Slezak and Melinda Doolittle had the same issue. They didn’t see eye to eye either.

  • justmefornow

    He’s just suffering from inflated head syndrome. He’ll deflate soon enough after the tour. I say let him and the rest of them enjoy their 15 mins.

  • Tommyo2000

    I would not reccomended taking Lunesta and listening to that at the same time…. Could be very hazardous to your health…

  • lola

    lol! Some mascara too. He has no eyelashes.

  • Q3

    Keith and JLo were too harsh about that. I think Alex did a really beautiful job.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Alex needs to dance in his hotel room ……

  • cableknitgal

    Keith just needs to “release” into his critiques a bit more….

  • psychodishthrowinho

    This.

  • Guest

    .

  • Aidolfan

    This song belongs to Fantasia, Alex. Lol

  • scoobynacks

    He’d probably dance in place. Is there a Wii Dance?

  • pook

    Not feeling Jena at all tonight..

  • Guest

    Sam just ruined my fav Shania song… wtFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!

  • Matthew Richards

    I don’t agree with J-Lo about Every Breath You Take either but her critique at least made a lot of sense. This judging panel is good.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Apparently not.

  • justmefornow

    Alex is WAY overrated, IMO.

  • Chris C

    Jess and Sam to me have the same problem on stage — need to relax, be more natural, not think about it…. And I like them both.

  • scoobynacks

    What studio versions are you gonna listen to or do you predict will chart? They’re already up right? Presumably some people have heard the ones yet to come.

  • Matthew Richards

    Didn’t Anoop do amazing with it too?

  • Aidolfan

    Yea I remember now. He did a good job also.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    Jess has a nice voice. but has dead eyes. Sam, IDK…

  • Sue tiedemann

    I always thought he was!

  • Matthew Richards

    So Small? This will be interesting :)

  • scoobynacks

    Harry, you’re creepin’ me out, dawg.

  • Nedsdag

    I am.

  • supersonic

    I want to throw something at Harry. He’s really annoying me tonight.

  • cableknitgal

    LOL I loved his rendition but he could definately benefit from ditching the guitar. At least play a different instrument.

  • Matthew Kitson

    “Its getting a little weird” then stop saying release Keith

  • scoobynacks

    “Why are you asking me?” “Well, you’re a judge.”

  • Matthew Richards

    “So Small? That’s a huge song.” Irony.

  • Chris

    Jena needs a new hairstyle. Every week she looks more and more like cousin it

  • Nostradamos

    Oh fuck no….Jena this is awful!! Oversinging Tarzan yodeling….damnit…

  • rightnow

    he is so uncomfortable to watch

  • halo9125

    Screaming with no nuance- as expected.

  • Vu Hoang

    which songs that you can’t feel

  • maddkat

    Wow this is so not good.

    Can she not sing without the affectations?

  • supersonic

    I don’t get the hype about Jena, either. After the pimp-a-thon last week, I’ve been turned off of her.

  • dabney_c

    Hate this

  • scoobynacks

    Hmm.

  • Nedsdag

    Jeeena sounded pitchy.

  • Matthew Richards

    I loved that!

  • jersey

    I feel like Jena has an affectation to her voice when she sings. It bugs me. Her performances are good, she hits the notes but I almost feel like she’s acting, not singing. Not sure if thats clear.

  • Chris C

    I think it’s better than her earlier one. I’m not a big Jena fan, she can sing but I don’t connect.

  • dabney_c

    Oh, Keith, no.

  • H.A.

    Jena made that song unrecognizable.

  • btheg

    Looks like he got his early acceptance in December: https://twitter.com/samwoolfmusic/status/414847827437965314

  • Sue tiedemann

    I don’t like this song. Where is my Jena?

  • supersonic

    Her hair looks like a bad wig.

  • ETK

    none of them end their songs and keep a cool attitude – they always look so uncomfortable and so relieved afterwards

  • Matthew Kitson

    That worked

  • halo9125

    If they praise this I will throw shit at the television.

  • maddkat

    and of course the judges are falling all over themselves to praise that mess

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Could have lived without hearing that forever…

  • justmefornow

    So Jena is officially TCO now. Lets see how this ends up.

  • Nedsdag

    Why are they slobbering over this performance? She was off. Way off.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    Bulls-eye.

  • LeoCS

    Too much theatrics. But it’s good she’s showing another side. She’s versatile.

  • cableknitgal

    Yep and she swallows her words. I just don’t get it.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    I don’t get it.

  • Lynn Farris

    I’ve never been a big Alex fan, but I think he killed it on “always on my mind”

  • lizland

    I like Jena too! I don’t know that song, but i liked it. Didn’t sound country – she really changed it up I would guess.

  • maddkat

    Thank you Harry!

  • Tommyo2000

    Harry hits it on the head

  • halo9125

    Are you surprised?

  • dabney_c

    Harry is the only one telling the truth.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Start slinging….I’m already working on Grumpy Cat memes….

  • Miss Blue

    Never heard the original – loved this. As a neutral listener here, I thought this was beautiful.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Didn’t care for Jena or Alex on either of their songs tonight. Did not like CJ’s American Woman.

  • Adrian Sewell

    I don’t think it was that awful and she is certainly no carrie underwood but i thought the vocal was strong

  • sweetpea1979

    Jena sounded great, but I kind of agree with Harry…I couldn’t really follow the melody of her version.

  • Vetle

    Kinda rough from what I actually heard, but I could be wrong. She deserves kudos for changing it up though. I gotta watch it back, because frankly I missed like 90% of the performance. The vocals in the 10% were a bit off.

  • dabney_c

    The original is much prettier.

  • scoobynacks

    I’m leaning toward that, but I don’t blame anybody for just hating it. I feel like people are gonna go either way. I think the studio version would be strong. I don’t think Harry’s wrong. I’m mixed. I loved and was concerned about it at the same time.

  • Nedsdag

    Nothing surprises me any more.

  • Sassycatz

    I didn’t care for this all that much, but I really don’t know the song.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Is harry turning into Mariah? He was kind of rambling

  • H.A.

    I agree with Harry. Was that even a Carrie song?

  • ETK

    she’s kind of a valley girl

  • Sue tiedemann

    I didn’t think this was beautiful

  • supersonic

    The original is way better. Go look for it.

  • dabney_c

    Reach into your pampers, halo9125.

  • halo9125

    That’s the point – it’s a pretty song and Jena sucked that aspect of the song out of it.

  • supersonic

    They’re continuing to pimp the girl for some reason.

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  • weareallinnocent

    I want the recorded version of Alex’s Always on My Mind, and of course I only get Animal. Is it just me, or does it always seem to turn out that way?

  • scoobynacks

    I honestly still don’t know how I feel about that song. I guess it’s not good that I can’t tell.

  • singingtheblues

    They are going to be tight on time for CJ and Jessica. The chosen ones have gotten the most air time; let’s see how much air time CJ and Jessica get….

  • Matthew Richards

    It seems like Jena’s rearrangements are all love-it-or-hate-it, and I’ve been on different sides of the line on different songs. I thought that was a great interpretation.

  • knave

    That performance was emblematic of something I’ve been trying to articulate about Jena for a while. While I like her and think she has a great voice, her arrangements often feel disjointed to me. She’s good at finding moments for her voice, but it often feels at the cost of the overarching build of a song.

  • ETK

    nobody has really grown or improved throughout the season

  • dabney_c

    The record company must have told them that she is the most marketable of the bunch.

  • ETK

    it’s a whole month before the finale? omg

  • Amy Beth

    Harry and Keith playing good cop, bad cop with alternating singers.

  • chillj

    When she sings, I often can’t figure the song out. She sings the tune, but loses the lyrics.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Good, that will give the three stooges less time to criticize Jess.

  • scoobynacks

    Most noticeable on the “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” I guess. The slow to rock transition. She wanted to do that slow part and she was gonna by golly.

  • nncw

    I think some of these singers are wearing thin on me. I am changing my order of preferences. I would like to see Jess, Caleb and Jeena as the top 3.

  • Matthew Richards

    Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood are tweeting each other. So much nostalgia!

  • dabney_c

    wow, no way!

  • cableknitgal

    I don’t care. I love Grumpy Cat.

  • pook

    Didn’t enjoy Jena’s country pick..didn’t even recognize the song, the way she mumbles her words at times..not a great performance..getting tired of judges cutting her slack

  • Swind

    Love Jena’s voice no matter what she sings.

  • Q3

    What Harry told Jena made no sense – Jena is supposed to get the sheet music because Carrie’s interpretation might not be what the writer intended? But “So Small” was written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird.

    I do not know what he meant!

  • Cary Gonzalez

    The contestant who’s enjoying this ride the most is Caleb. I’m sure the last thing he wants is to be crowned the winner and be saddled with a coronation schmaltz. He’s enjoying the ride and exposure, will have a blast on the tour and get good gigs when the whole thing is over.

  • cableknitgal

    awwww :)

  • shell29

    I know they’re trying very hard to make Jena happen but that performance just wasn’t working for me.

  • Vu Hoang

    Even if Jena just stands on the stage and sing nothing, I still keep voting for her.

  • supersonic

    For real? Just end the season right now.

  • Q3

    I think you are right.

  • Nedsdag

    That’s devotion.

  • Q3

    Ewwwwwwwwww not good.

  • julesmn

    Who would you have win then?

  • scoobynacks

    I think he’s shooting for the finale and everything else is gravy. I doubt he’d turn down a recording contract, but he doesn’t have to win to feel successful.

  • Brendan

    if only he could sing in tune…

  • Sue tiedemann

    That’s not devotion but I won’t tell you what it is

  • Matthew Kitson

    It’ll be a coin toss between CJ or Sam on whom goes. Equally bad

  • nncw

    If CJ could market the twinkle in his face he would have it made. Well he is messing up this song really bad.

  • rightnow

    but only the winner is getting a record deal these days

  • justmefornow

    Seriously he’s getting pitchier. Is that possible?

  • jcabby

    That’s cool!

  • Vetle

    I’m actually enjoying this season. Candice was the only reason I watched last season.

  • Matthew Richards

    Cj should be the best on country round. He isn’t.

  • scoobynacks

    Has he opened his eyes once?

  • lizland

    ouch. and this is his genre. ouch. ouch.

  • Buba

    CJ is soundinf really bad.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    CJ is full of soul. Love him.

  • MichaelG

    Oh CJ, after this…I have to believe you will be going home this week. You’re living on borrowed time, dude….

  • dabney_c

    He’s got it all except pitch. So frustrating.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Not good. Sorry, T.J.

  • Sassycatz

    This guy does nothing for me.

  • supersonic

    Neither one of them. No one wins.

  • LeoCS

    I think he wants to win, but I’m pretty sure the label will have a hard time convincing him to sing vanilla modern rock. He’ll be a pain the ass of those producers.

    The best thing that could happen to him is finishing in second and get a deal with a small label. Caleb and the band. Dude needs a band.

  • lola

    YES!

  • cableknitgal

    I liked it. Sue me.

  • shell29

    Oh CJ-not good. Not good.

  • H.A.

    That is all he really needs. The crown will in the long run come to bite his ass. He needs to stay a Rocker. He will find opportunities in the business to have a nice career. He will also do well on his live tours.

  • Nostradamos

    They sent Kenz Hall home for this shit? CJ couldn’t find the key with a spotlight…

  • lizland

    i think you are crazy not to want the win. you have no safety net without it. and not much of one with it.

  • psychodishthrowinho

    I liked it , too.

  • Adrian Sewell

    i’m bored with him and this performance is so blah

  • ETK

    got any money?

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Harry, I don’t think CJ will be lucky enough to sing again next week. He had a bad night.

  • Eclipse2000

    I didn’t know she was a guy

  • Amy Beth

    If they could combine Sam’s pitch perfect tone and CJ’s ability to emote, that would be be one killer contestant.

  • scoobynacks

    He has a pitch issue, Dexter has a diction issue, but so much about them is good. Gotta root for them as people if nothing else.

  • Vetle

    I believe Sam is going home, even though I vastly prefer him to CJ… not that it is saying much. But if CJ makes the top 5, hey, TWO WILDCARDS in the top 5 (and even the top 6) is pretty remarkable.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’d laugh at Harry’s comments about CJ singing next week, but not more than an hour ago I watched Sam sing You’re Still the One.

  • scoobynacks

    He just brought up a dead girl? Did that just happen? (RIP to her, but really CJ?)

  • Banished

    Sure, use the dead friend for sympathy! He was NOT good.

  • Sassycatz

    Grassy Knoll calling.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Oh no, sympathy vote

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

    He’s getting the comments I expected for Jessica, the disappointment in someone whose style is being highlighted tonight.

  • lizland

    CJ – more savvy than i thought?

  • Matthew Kitson

    Nice jess

  • dabney_c

    What? What did I miss?

  • MichaelG

    He’s pulling a Gokey.

  • LeoCS

    Going to sympathy votes at the last minute. Smart guy.

  • Chris C

    Yeah, but CJ’s just a nice guy. I really like him, he gets into the music, but he just is off pitch so much

  • shell29

    He has proven that it’s possible tonight. He’s always pitchy, but that performance might have been the worst as far as that goes.

  • Sue tiedemann

    Actually, I believe CJ will be going home.

  • scoobynacks

    They weren’t the top 5 guys or girls. We’re talking wild cards which could be either gender.

  • julesmn

    Her dancing before they went to commercial? I haven’t heard her sing yet.

  • Matthew Richards

    I think CJ and Jess are going to be the only ones who stay true to the genre of this round.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    A record deal which involves a debut cd full of crap songs that don’t fit a singers style is a death sentence.

  • realdeal

    At least she can laugh about it. Love her.

  • Nedsdag

    Rock/Country night should have been the night for CJ to shine, but he didn’t.

  • dabney_c

    I missed what CJ said – what girl did he mention?

  • lizland

    I agree. Both songs were weak entries this week. And all the others had at least 1 good outing.

  • Guest

    CJ might as well put a fake bandage around his head with fake blood oozing out…. lol

  • Nedsdag

    For that dance alone, she’s getting votes from me.

  • Banished

    A friend of his died a few days ago and he forgot to mention that that song was meant for her

  • shell29

    I didn’t think she was that great. No big loss IMO.

  • julesmn

    My only fear is that with Dexter gone, CJ will get the his votes.

  • dabney_c

    Ah, ok. Thanks.

  • cableknitgal

    I’d like to see CJ make the top four. That’s right. I said it.

  • teekee

    It wasn’t good. I have a soft spot for CJ, but I think his time has come.

  • Nedsdag

    ITA! I think she would’ve gone home early.

  • scoobynacks

    I heard something about a girl back home that passed away and I facepalmed. He really shoehorned that in.

  • lizland

    I thought they all sang songs by country artists? Unlike the last round, where there were a few pop instead of rock songs.

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

    No one sang “God Bless the USA.” That would have been a given in seasons past to pander for votes.

  • H.A.

    He doesn’t need a major label. All he needs is to find a fanbase which he is doing. He seems very savvy and sees this as a means for opportunities and making connections. No Idol has went back to flipping burgers so he will make a living doing what he really wants.

  • rightnow

    that can happen with an indie label as well

  • lizland

    True! Where is the gamesmanship! Except CJ, who played that brilliantly.

  • shell29

    I do too but I agree, it’s time.

  • rightnow

    look at idol in the last 3 or 4 yrs – who has made it big without a record deal?

  • cableknitgal

    Bandzilla strikes again.When will Jess get the memo to go solo acoustic?

  • scoobynacks

    It’s not that the vocal is bad, but a little more of a plea should be in her voice. Desperation. This is very rock country and misses a bit of the point of the song.

  • Matthew Kitson

    White stripes version!

  • Chris C

    Good song for Jess! now let’s hear what judges say

  • lizland

    Keith isn’t singing along.

  • sweetpea1979

    Again, she sounds fine, but this song calls for pleading and incredible emotion and heartache. Her face just never shows emotion for me.

  • halo9125

    Suddenly JLo isn’t moving? Keith stopped the shoulder shimmy? What’s the deal?

  • Matthew Richards

    These soft moments are heart-breakingly beautiful.

  • Nedsdag

    Nicely done! Go Slapout!

  • singingtheblues

    See, no extra air time for CJ and Jessica. Sam, Alex, Caleb and Jena started out by the judges’s bench. They are almost out of time also.

  • jcabby

    Yes Jess!

  • scoobynacks

    Okay so her eyes at the end weren’t emoting at all. She was looking around.

  • lola

    Jess is so camera friendly. Where are the jumbo trons?

  • H.A.

    That was very good. Nice job Jess.

  • Miss Blue

    Now that I enjoyed tremendously. Lots of feeling in that one. Good job Jess.

  • Dancin VI#81

    r5 are a family band ross lynch is from a show called austin & allie on family channel .. outside the show his brothers n sister and drummer is family friend are a band
    also ross lynch was in a beach movie recently with an australian girl from family channel forget her name (kent boyd is in the beach movie…hes from sytycd)

  • carola99

    Jena totally ruined Carrie´s “So Small”. That was a mess.

    Matt Giraud is the only who has been able to cover that song and did it justice..

  • weareallinnocent

    Goodjob Jess!

  • Matthew Richards

    That little yodel at the end…everything was perfect.

  • Nedsdag

    She’s doing the White Stripes version, Mr. Kidman!!!!!!!!!!

  • dabney_c

    Keith is such a Negative Nancy tonight. So not like him!

  • scoobynacks

    JLo’s mad lol.

  • julesmn

    I loved that part.

  • lola

    now we know why.

  • Tom22

    I love the take on the Carrie Underwood song.. actually a better rock song that calebs first rock song

  • Guest

    :)

  • Chris C

    Keith — disagreeing with you a lot tonight…. Usually not this much.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Oh hush keith

  • Sassycatz

    I understand what they were saying. The band was really too powerful for this song.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Good job Jess, but I think she’s toast this week…

  • LeoCS

    She seems to be connecting with this song. I think it’s her best performance since The Crow & The Butterfly.

  • Matthew Richards

    Jess won round 2 for me, with Alex second.

  • shell29

    I haven’t been a fan of Jessica’s but I enjoyed that. I do think she needs to let go just a little bit more but I can tell she’s really trying to improve. The vocal sounded great.

  • Banished

    Jessica was awesome!

  • Amy Beth

    Jess has attitude to spare before and after her performances. But during, I get nothing from her.

  • weelassie11

    liked that!

  • Vetle

    I’d say that was pretty good! She definitely felt it, and I think it showed on her face as well. I totally disagree with Keith, the only thing I wanted was an even bigger moment at the end, but it was great.

  • scoobynacks

    I actually agreed with Keith there. Not a fan of the arrangement. There’s pain I just didn’t hear. It was a competent vocal. She wasn’t connecting the way I’d have liked.

  • Miss Blue

    Hahahaha! Alex dead last in TN. Hee.

  • Dancin VI#81

    ok is randy american idols cee lo green lmfao

  • Sassycatz

    Tennessee and I disagree.

  • scoobynacks

    Grumpy Cat v. Dawg

  • jersey

    LOL Randy turning into Ceelo with the cat

  • nncw

    Jess and Caleb won the night.

  • weelassie11

    Grumpy cat liked it too.

  • Matthew Richards

    Yeah, but Sam sang a really pop Shania song, Caleb turned Undo It into rock, Alex wasn’t that country, and Jena did whatever Jena does.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Totally agreed with Keith, again. Love Jess’ voice, hated the arrangement.

  • jcabby

    Hahahahaha!

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

    I love the darkness of the arrangement. I have many Shut Ups to pass out tonight, but this one goes to Keith. Shaddap!

  • lola

    One of these faces will be the next American Idol….yeah, grumpy cat.

  • H.A.

    OMG. Grumpy Cat is the best. I want one.

  • weareallinnocent

    Votes just from Tennessee?! Are they just trying to piss me off???

  • Banished

    According to the flash polls, Alex is going home. hmmmm doubt it!

  • lizland

    Some really good performances tonight. Everyone but CJ had a performance I enjoyed. CJ should head out the door, but I wouldn’t Sam.

  • supersonic

    The owners of Grumpy Cat are just pimping that cat. Anyway they can get some money, I guess.

  • jt45

    1) Jena – Barracuda – That was so good. I love her voice. There’s not much to say because she didn’t do anything I didn’t expect. But what else can you do with this song? Not much. So for what it was, it was good.

    2) Sam – It’s Time – I never know what to say about him. I mean it was decent but I just simply don’t know what to say. I do like that he is trying harder… going for some notes that he didn’t before. So nice job.

    3) CJ – American Woman – Again, this is nothing to write about. It is a good performance and his voice sounds very good. I love CJ. I know a lot of people want him to go home, but I think he’s a good guy with a good voice and I find no reason to hate on that. He deserves Top 5 (considering there is someone who should leave before him).

    4) Alex – Animal – Not an expected choice for him but he is doing pretty well with it. I am not fully paying attention, but I feel like I am hearing some pitch issues. We’ll see if the judges address them. Guess not.

    5) Caleb – Sting Me – This was a good job. However, there is a fine line between being unnecessary and performing. Caleb putting his forehead on the ground is not necessary. Moving on…

    6) Jessica – Somebody To Love – She looks amazing. Has she shown up tonight? She is in good voice. This seems very authentic for her. Good song choice.

    7) Sam – You’re Still The One – I do not like his voice on this. This was very average. And playing with the girls does not make it any better. I hope he is not expecting anything with this average performance. Bye.

    8) Caleb – Undo It – I love this song. He’s a beast. Such a strong voice and it stays in tune. He’s going to be playing a lot of shows in the future I’m sure.

    9) Alex – Always On My Mind – Ugh his voice is just so good. It really is about the right song with him because we all know his voice is good, but there are many times where I come out and say it in my reviews. I still think he’s going to win. I have thought that for weeks. He’s fit for radio. I just think that he’s kinda ugly. I don’t mean to be offensive but we all know he is awkward and awkward looking. That was a very nice performance.

    10) Jena – So Small – I was hoping this would be a piano performance. Smart though I guess to not just rely on that. Mmm… this performance was NOT what I wanted it to be. i was expecting something big and would have preferred she stayed to the original. With that said, that was a very emotional, passionate performance and her voice was, again, on point. I hope she goes places after the show finishes.

    11) CJ – Whatever It Is – I like that song. I don’t think CJ performed it very well. I hate to say it. I really, really, REALLY hope though, that he can surpass Sam. I would like to see CJ for one more week, just to see if he takes the judges’ advice to heart and picks more killer songs for himself.

    12) Jessica – Jolene – I thought she was going to have a Brooke White-like performance. Simple acoustic front stage. Instead she sticks to what she’s used to and rocks it out. The verdict: good, but predictable. I loved the ending though. That was nice. I’m confused though. She doesn’t take risks and I’m not sure why. Maybe she’s not confident enough. Because of this, I think she is going to struggle to make the Top 3.

    THOUGHTS:

    I’m not going to rank tonight because I can’t think of a good order. And it’s two songs a person so I don’t feel like it. I don’t know who had the best performance. I am sure they’ll pull just a bottom 2 again. And it hopefully will be Sam and CJ. Sincerely hope that Sam goes home before CJ, but I have a feeling they’ll let Sam have another week to help validate his un-deserved save. So I think CJ will be heading home.

  • Matthew Richards

    No recaps? :( I wanted to see Barracuda again.

  • cableknitgal

    I think she sang it just fine. The band is what killed it. Ditch the band, Jessica!

  • LeoCS

    So Caleb is the one receiving the almighty Country Vote this year?

  • Chris C

    That’s the way I feel with Jena. I like Jess’ singing better than Jena’s. Jena better on stage, Jess with singing, for me.

  • lila6089

    I am a C.J. fan, but after tonight I think it’s his time to go.

  • Tom22

    the thing is.. I sort of want to have the emotion … sound like it has some real _insight_ about it… it doesn’t have to be Insight that exactly macthes the lyrics but there has to be some coherent emotional take on some facets of the world or peoples personalities or feelings etc that the singer is sharing with us … sharing insight.. isn’t that what all music is about whether it has lyrics or not? (guess thats a rhetorical question)

  • Miss Blue

    And Mr. Urban is a country singer. Totally natural he’d prefer Dolly’s version.

  • Vetle

    Was this the White Stripes version? I recall the White Stripes’ version being a lot slower and more intense.

  • Sue tiedemann

    It wasn’t like that other weeks. Just this week and that was from the state of Tennessee. That is just one state picked at random.

  • Chris C

    Me too. I’ll miss him, like his smile and twinkle most of them all. Can tell he “feels” the music. But the singing…

  • Matthew Kitson

    Grumpy wanted to bite randy

  • Trina

    And Bo and Constantine are tweeting each other :) Makes my season 4 loving heart happy lol

  • Pippygirl

    “Bandzilla” needs to tone it down big time. They drowned out everyone but Alex on his second song.

  • Nostradamos

    And Jess had just left the stage…so these mean nothing…

  • Matthew Kitson

    I legit think Alex could be a shock bottom 2, obviously being safe though

  • H.A.

    Why does he need to make it big?

  • shell29

    Will Keyboard Cat make a guest appearance next week?

  • Trina

    Grumpy Cat was even more grumpy with Randy

  • MIndy O

    I love Grumpy Cat and that he turns up in surprising places!

  • weareallinnocent

    Yeah, um,TN ain’t just full o’ country bumkins, Ryan!! Some of us prefer rock, pop, or anything but country music! FFS. Enough with the ignorant stereotypes already.

  • AndyB11

    Did they label anybody “bus fodder?”

  • Matthew Richards

    Adding up my private scorecard between the two rounds, Jessica was first, Jena was second, and Caleb was third. Those sound like good candidates for my vote. Based on the first performance, I won’t be mad if Alex is in the bottom, but if he leaves I will be very upset.

    Surprise of the night: Cj was about 2 points ahead of Sam on my cumulative scores just because of You’re Still the One. Huh.

  • Matthew Kitson

    I find it funny throughout social media (not here):those who feel sorry for grumpy being everywhere. She’s been in public for the last year and a half, she’s used to it

  • nycguy

    They haven’t done recaps since semi-finals.

  • Tom22

    I’m getting there myself … .. I have a greater curiousity to see if the others have a rabit to pull out of their hats … As much as I enjoyed a couple of his weeks and thought he might have something special like a Jason Castro Hallelujah in him… two many just misses now and I’m not feeling a growth in confidence in ways that will push him higher (or enough power to his voice …as I’ve come to realize, to create the “arc” of a song …. that’s where I know the power voice some of you live for is important to me… with Sting.. I didn’t even realize how big a notes he was singing as they were clean and unforced sounding.. but nearly impossible for anyone else… there is no “monster” to sting.. no granstanding .. just emotion that comes out in those note that don’t sound like showing off……

  • Matthew Kitson

    But grumpy is way cooler than purfect, lol

  • Guest
  • MIndy O

    Those recaps are something they should put back. I always liked them and it helped me decide on my votes.

  • Nostradamos

    So what’s she gonna say?!? That sucked?

  • MIndy O

    Ah yes, Jason Castro’s of Hallelujah is my favorite version to this day.

  • Matthew Richards

    I thought they both did a really good job with her songs too :) She’s so nice.

  • Chris C

    I didn’t vote for Jena or CJ tonight.

  • dabney_c

    Hard to imagine Carrie sitting in her den watching Idol like the rest of us loonies. :D

  • singingtheblues

    Well, they have just manipulated me out of caring enough about what goes on to the point of not voting at all this year. Judges/producers so biased and the talent just isn’t there this year. Last year’s winner was not who they wanted and they have done nothing to promote her career. They only have a little time left with their obligatory contract and then they will cut her loose. I’m sorry but if the winner is or is not who they want I would like to think they would still promote them. That, to me, is what may accelerate the end of the show.

  • cableknitgal

    She didn’t have to say anything.

  • singingtheblues

    Or maybe just not respond at all?

  • Guest

    She’s CLASSY with a capital C.

  • Prime_Minister

    Jena is one of my favorites but she was a disappointment tonight. I wish she did Matt Giraud’s version of “So Small” on the piano.

  • Amy Beth

    It wasn’t random. It’s where Nashville is located.

  • scoobynacks

    Idol the show has a love/hate relationship with Idols as artists off the show. They kinda need them to do well from a PR standpoint, but they don’t care to support their career because the show’s production is about ratings that happened before that person won. That’s what Fox’s shareholders are looking at, and they’ll toss the contestants into the street once they get what they want. They don’t get that they need to try to get these kids on the radio. It’ll shore up the show if they can get a sense of artist creation from it. P2 needed help from the 2012 Olympics. He sure didn’t get that support from Idol. I don’t know who ya gotta get naked pictures of these days to make that happen, but radio play still matters both in terms of charting and getting it in people’s heads to go download. Both affect the Hot 100.

  • Nostradamos

    Screw this…Jena destroyed So Small..it was horrible.

  • thirdtime

    Jessica was sooo much better this week! Sam is improving, but he is still not as good as some of the others. Top for me tonight were Caleb, Jena and Jessica. I’m usually an Alex fan, but didn’t like him as much tonight but I doubt that he will be the one to go home. It’s really time for CJ to go. He’s an interesting guy, but not top 5 material.

    ETA: I loved Caleb’s version of Undo It!

  • singingtheblues

    If I were choosing where to audition, I would not feel confident in the support they offer the winner. Perhaps that might be affecting the talent pool.

  • WhoDat2012

    Gargled her way through it.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    The evil-genius, brewed-in-Cook’s-Nashville-basement virus that increases strategy and connection is apparently the gift that keeps giving. This had some shaky moments, but also a lot of fun and satisfying ones.

    ROCK

    Jena Irene – Barracuda – Her voice tells me that she’s energetic, but her saunter across the stage says the opposite. Sometimes she has the swagger, sometimes the saunter. Gotta stride forcefully! Love the interaction with the guitarist and the back-up singer. Yep, that was a glory note, and a very fine one. Her control and nuance have generally gotten better. I didn’t expect her to change up a histrionic rock song (it makes no sense to rearrange what’s already in your wheelhouse, and Cook-who’s-usually-the-touchstone-on-this certainly didn’t) but that was more “competently executed” than “lighting up the stage.”

    Sam Woolf – It’s Time – The first verse gives me the old Archuleta-ain’t-got-attitude feeling, then he goes for something that sounds like deliberate rueful self-doubt on the chorus, and from there it starts being emotionally believable and building to defiance at the end meaning “no, keep pushing, I ain’t moving, I won’t.” Once he’s into the good bits, it’s less anthemic and more intimate than the original, which is valid. If we could start from where he was about 30 seconds before the ending and do it all over, we’d have something.

    CJ Harris – American Woman – Points for trying to do a big crowd-pleaser as a change from his usual intimate numbers. He’s clearly very into it, deeply authentic, etc., and pitch is just… not really a concern in Harris’ world. He can probably get away with it here because the song’s mostly growled and snarled in the first place…

    Alex Preston – Animal – Wait, Preston with an electric guitar and up-tempo? Holy shit, he sounds emotionally into it, not mildly bored as he did in the studio recording. The bridge (second verse? I can’t tell with these cuts) is the first time I’ve ever believed this song is about sex (which it probably is), due to how he phrased it, which was likely a breath control problem but actually makes lyrical sense.

    Caleb Johnson – Sting Me – That was immensely fun and believable as a concert. I say that as a person who spent the early 1990s actively avoiding this style of music in favor of alternative rock.

    Jessica Meuse – Somebody to Love – That seriously rocked. You better find somebody to love… OR ELSE. Clearly both the vocals and the attitude worked for me, and that song had momentum without feeling rushed.

    COUNTRY

    Sam Woolf – Still the One – Okay, this time I buy that the tween girls are turning into little purple puddles. YES – go interact with the audience! He’s a little tentative, but it’s the right thing to do (and it’s not like they’re gonna reject him). He’s feeling the lyrics these days, but it’s like it’s still around thinking very hard about the exact phrasing, which is actually a very teenage way to learn the material (you phrase for what sounds like feelings you haven’t experienced yet). I wonder what would happen if he tried singing his way through a completely paraphrased version of some of the songs he picked, if that would loosen him up.

    Caleb Johnson – Undo It – It’s Carrie Underwood done in the mode of “Life Is a Lemon & I Want My Money Back,” which I think needed to exist in the world as a matter of principle. It’s kinda the same sort of performance twice, though, unless one goes for the music-snob distinction that the first was Southern rock with a bluesy feel, and the second was a more hard rock/rock opera feel.

    Alex Preston – Always on My Mind – Wait, Preston is singing something tender as if he means it, not in the mode of Bad Hipster Boyfriend ironic distance. With his feet mostly on the floor! On a second listen, it’s Bad Hipster Boyfriend making excuses for why he forgot three major holidays and bought the wrong brand of yogurt, but BHB still sounds as if he actually cares what the outcome is. That was really pretty.

    Jena Irene – So Small – It’s Carrie Underwood as done by Adele, and I have no serious objections to that concept, either. Her tone reduces the treacliness of what is a very treacly song. I’ve never been able to get all the way through the CU original, which makes it easier to not care about pitch errors; Irene does do a nice, nuanced job of sounding as if she has a POV here. (I think I like the concept of what she tried better than the actual song.)

    CJ Harris – Whatever It Is – Ironically, I’m usually impressed with the tunefulness of Zac Brown Band, so roughing it up and bluesifying it into having no particular key doesn’t work for me. I felt like Phish had brought Lou Reed on stage to sing a country song, as it just kinda jammed and went nowhere in an enthusiastic way.

    Jessica Meuse – Jolene – Jolene should be seriously thinking of moving to another trailer park in a different part of Appalachia. I really like how in the “need to have this talk with you” part, Meuse conveyed both vulnerability and a vague undercurrent of menace.

  • Swind

    Jena, Jessica, and Caleb did really well tonight. Alex did a good job with his 2nd song.

  • Seed

    My rankings:

    Rock:
    1. Caleb
    2. Jena
    3. Jess
    4. Sam
    5. Alex
    6. CJ

    Country:
    1. Caleb
    2. Jess
    3. Jena
    4. Sam
    5. Alex
    6. CJ

    CJ should and probably will go home tomorrow. He’s way past his expiration date. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alex gets cut, though. We haven’t had a shock boot all season and it didn’t look like he was doing too hot on the Facebook voting sneak peek. He wasn’t that great tonight, IMO.

  • Trina

    I kind of doubt it too, but I doubted every other shock boot before they happened. Anything is possible IMO.

  • Jason Gorny

    Getting annoyed with Keith and jLo as judges now. Disappointed by Jena tonight. Happy Jess did better this week and I guess no bussing lol. Other contestants were alright. CJ should go home, but I doubt it lol

  • MIndy O

    Idol does more for contestants that The Voice, but you’re right if the music company doesn’t think they can make money, they get lazy. It’s always been that way so the winners and the contestants in general have to be very motivated and use their 15 minutes to try to make something happen before they are forgotten. The tour gives them an opportunity to fine tune their performances and have their music in front of audiences all over the country. I remember Mandesa and how Simon insulted her weight. She is now pretty successful in the Christian music genre so I hear. Not everyone will be a pop star.

  • LA944

    My fave of the night was Jessica. She was in great voice and really delivered 2 very good performances Plus, she had to follow showman Caleb after the 1st set. IA with Keith a bit on the 2nd song–too much bandzilla. Didn’t she agree that she wanted the arrangement toned down as well? Maybe she didn’t have the option.

    Caleb had another great night. Always brings it. He’s a good singer. Sometimes I think he over does it a bit–but he’s fun to watch. I want to hear him do something a little different though. For me he always does the same type of performance. It’s always good–but I want to hear him sing something acoustic. Maybe he has done it and I have forgotten,

    Jena was a little off tonight. I don’t love her voice-it seems like it’s kind of stuck in the back of her throat or something. But, she does have a distinctive sound and she’s got stage presence. She’s only 17. She’s got it going on for 17.

    Alex. Didn’t like his 1st performance that much. It just didn’t work. His version of AOMM was very pretty. Here’s my question about Alex. He’s a soft rocker guy. Now, I love James Taylor. He also does all those pretty chord changes and is known as a mellow guy. But, he could sing a song like Steamroller and really rock/blues it out. I’m wondering if Alex and Sam can do anything other than the real mellow stuff. I think Keith mentioned to one of them–if you do a show–you have to mix it up some.

    Sam was ok. I liked his 1st performance a lot better than the 2nd. They really are pimping him as the heartthrob lol

    I think CJ may be in trouble. I wasn’t crazy about either of outings tonight. But, I like him

  • pook

    agree!!

  • MIndy O

    It’s nice to have people not criticize Harry for once.

  • MIndy O

    Jena not so much.

  • Guest

    Rock Performance
    1. Caleb PJohnson – Sting Me- Wow! The best song of the night for me!
    2. Jessica Meuse – Somebody To Love – I love this song and Jess did very well
    3. Jena Irene – Barracuda – The short live performance for this song did not do justice. I prefer the studio version as there were some moments there
    4. Alex Preston – Animal- I’m not liking the version of the song
    5. Sam Woolf – It’s Time – Sam is moving and showing he is comfortable in his performance
    6. CJ Harris – American Woman – Oh CJ sorry but I think you’re going home. Not a good performance.

    Country Performance
    1. Alex Preston – Always On My Mind- This is a very good version of this song. He did very well
    2. Jena Irene – So Small – This is a surprise for me as this is not on Jena’s wheelhouse but she did good
    3. Caleb P Johnson – Undo It – I’m not crazy about this song for Caleb
    4. Jessica Meuse – Jolene – I don’t like this song. Jess didn’t perform this good
    5. Sam Woolf – You’re Still the One – Bland song for Sam
    6. CJ Harris – Whatever It Is – CJ try his best but did not went well for him

  • thirdtime

    I agree with your rock rankings completely. With the country I agree with everything except I would switch Jena and Alex. I liked Alex’s You Were Always On My Mind. I didn’t like Jena’s second song at all, but she has such a good, powerful voice she was still one of my favorites of the night.

  • realdeal

    He sucks.

    Sorry, I love a good streak. But Keith & J-Low were worse if if that makes it better.

  • Swind

    Because of judges/producer manipulation the only contestant getting my votes are Jena. It would SUCK if they made her voters become complacent, because she’s “the chosen one” and could “win”.

    Don’t sleep people! lol

  • Tess Herself

    Why should the “winner” of a talent competition who brings little to nothing in the “real” world get the full endorsement of a label, radio, and the rest of the listening public who could care less about the show and even less about who a few voters tag as the “best”. If those who get a contract can’t forge a career on their own merit, talent, charisma, work ethic, etc. they just weren’t meant to be the top of the heap. Winning NEVER means that someone is the best and the brightest and the real deal. It just means they were in the right place at the right time. Nobody can make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear….sorry but Idol shouldn’t be blamed for what some voters did.

  • Matthew Richards

    I can’t think of the 90s without thinking of that song, Landslide, and I’m the Only One playing in the car on the way to kindergarten.

  • WhoDat2012

    AMEN.
    SAM 1, JENA 0

  • LAR

    OMG, loved Jess and Alex. Caleb and Jena, great as always. But Jess ending the night–haunting. And Alex’s Always On My Mind–fabulous. Really enjoyed my favorites tonight.

  • Sassycatz

    If you think talent is everything, you haven’t noticed how people actually end up with careers: being at the right place at the right time, shear luck (e.g. Home), knowing the right people, having the right people in your corner, etc.

    The continual examples of really talented people languishing in the shadows while mediocre talent — with all kinds of enhancements — become millionaires should be evidence enough!

  • Matthew Richards

    That’s fine, I feel like theater is a better fit for him :)

  • dd999

    Caleb first song was really good. From what I heard, his country song was another rock song. I wish he’d sung Alex’s song ‘Always on My Mind’ cause I thought that Alex’s version of that beautiful song was a big let down…not good at all imo!

    Jessica singing Jefferson Airplane’s song ‘Somebody to Love’ was good but they have such a distinct sound its hard, I think, to compete with it. I really enjoyed her singing ‘Jolene’ and just know the recorded version will be even better.

    Its great to hear Sam improving each week. Love his voice and hope he continues on for another week.

    Not sure what to make of Jena’s voice. There’s so much competition In the genre she likes to sing in not sure she’s ready yet!

    CJ’s songs, I thought, were ok but not as good as they need to be at this point in the competition.

  • LAR

    this!

  • Tom22

    I loved Jess doin Jolene … I loved the darkness .. I don’t really like the original much (but love dolly in general)

    AND I felt it .. I got it .. and her voice is really magnificent that I can enjoy only when the music flows and she’s connected.. passed that threshold so I could savor the notes knowing they meant something. : )

    I really liked Alex’s attempt at “always on my mind”.. it felt genuine to me too… and had some really intriguing musical choices to me… very good job even if in the end a few listens would be enough and I’d never listen to it over willie (willie is a country artist I really like even though I’m not a country fan per-se .. guess I just like “old country” … but also find myself liking many of the fringe country bands of the last 5 or 6 years I guess)

  • macfae

    I was so happy for Jessica …she pulled off 2 great vocals with feeling
    and Harry gave her good feedback on both. I’m ignoring Keith and JLo.

  • Tom22

    well.. .. get him drunk a few times (actually, he’s probably got a family history where that would be a bad idea…. I really wish there was an equivalent way to get people to break through inhibitions and guardedness about the world and their person etc)..

    … and let him and a spark in each other’s eye get lucky a few times.. maybe a few times with different mutual sparks..

    and he’d understand the songs a bit more and know what a guard is to let down (how do you let down a guard if you don’t know what being guarded is? )

  • WhoDat2012

    My Bottom 2:
    CJ
    Jena

  • realdeal

    Yeah, me too. I wish she was getting a little more love for STL. I just rewatched it and those vocals were so ROCKing awesome.

    I also LOVE the darker vibe for Jolene.

  • http://airincaol.com coco

    Jessica has turned out to be so much better than I remember from what I saw in her auditions. She was very good tonight and I hope she stays. Jena’s So Small was odd to my ears. Caleb and Jessica were the highlights for me. Not really a Caleb fan but his talent cannot be denied. I love CJ but his song choices were not good enough. Go Jessica!!!

  • Chris Osborn

    CJ and Sam bottom 2 with CJ going home. CJ threw in the towel at the end and Sam had 2 ok performances tonight. Neither of his songs stood out

  • PinkClouds20

    My favorites tonight are: Caleb, Jessica, and Jena. Also loved Alex’s “Always on my Mind”. My bottom two are CJ and Sam.

  • czt

    Great show tonight

  • Kariann Hart

    I hadn’t read your comments yet, and said the same thing about Caleb singing, ‘Always on My Mind’. We haven’t really heard a gentle, sensitive song from Caleb. It would have been a treat.

  • maymirabella

    Always on My mind is one of my favorite songs of all time. My favorite version is the Elvis version that he often dedicated to Priscilla when he performed this in concerts. His version was magnficent and heartbreaking. Fantasia also did this song with so much emotion. Alex did well and made it his own. It is just for me with this being one of my very favorite songs ever, I cannot help but think of Elvis doing this regularly in concert. ..and the deep emotion when he performed it.

  • dd999

    So agree! This was an opportunity for Caleb to show another side of what he can do and sadly he passed it up.

  • macfae

    I have come to appreciate Jena, but both of her performances were kind of off in different ways. The band kind of overshadowed her in Barracuda….she should not have let that happen. Her delivery of So Small wasn’t enjoyable to me …I wanted a gentle version with just her at the piano.
    Alex has been my favorite but even though Always on My Mind was delicate and lovely, when I went back and listened to Anoop’s version from Season 8, Alex sounds hollow in comparison.
    I’ll still give him 2nd place in the country category night. Jessica being #1, of course.

  • maymirabella

    Mine are about the same except with the Rock song, I enjoyed CJ more than Alex, but the second round, I agree…Alex did very well..

  • maymirabella

    My preferences….
    Rock
    1. Caleb
    2. Jessica
    3. Jena
    4. CJ
    5. Sam
    6. Alex

    Country
    1. Jessica
    2. Alex
    3. Jena
    4. Caleb
    5. Sam
    6. CJ

  • http://airincaol.com coco

    Totally concur!

  • macfae

    I would love an iTunes of STL – Jolene sounds awesome but I’m greedy and want it too.

  • kara445

    Jennifer really wants Jena to win!

  • LeahKittyS

    Sing to the tune of Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It”

    Alex’s sweetness, it made me cry
    Caleb rocked hard and took us for a ride
    And I wanna duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-download it
    Jena’s a force, so best watch your back
    Jess closed the show with everything she had
    Yeah, I voted, so don’t you blow it
    I wanna duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-download it

  • realdeal

    I know. I’m so disappointed. I’ll have to make an MP3 of live version, which was awesome in itself.

  • realdeal

    So does Keith.

  • lkingcorn

    On WC so show just started. I really thought Sam did a good job. His facial expressions so much better, vocals great. Jena was just OK in my opinion and I had problems understanding. CJs time on the show has expired. If he’s still in the mix next week, one must wonder why…? Been listening to all the buzz about Alex and decided to concentrate on him tonight. I must be lacking the Alex gene, just not feeling it. Caleb has that rock and roll going on and is entertaining like the others are not. He’s bringing it! This kid has a future. Best of the night so far. Now on to Jess, and hope she can survive the judges tonight. She has a great voice, is beautiful, and she nailed it. Keith WTF did you say? Ditto Jlo please stop! End of round one. Might watch country on recaps.

  • Chris Osborn

    Most of the great feedback on Alex is on his country song.

  • Ringo Pascual

    Everyone says that Jena has a strong voice, but she always sounds to me like she goes off pitch on the power notes. Wobbly to my ears. And its so hard to sing Heart songs unless you are 1,000%perfect; Ann Wilson is rock’s Whitney Houston — don’t go there unless you are a monster.

  • PinkClouds20

    The key is have marketable music. P2 has done very well for himself. I’m starting to hear his new song on the radio, which is pretty awesome.

  • WhoDat2012

    Alex and Sam are not rockers. She is supposed to be a rocker. A rocker does not stand in one spot and move nothing but your eyeballs.

  • WhoDat2012

    #1 Caleb
    #2 Sam

    For the night…

  • merkureye

    yes i am a fan of Jena but, when I listen to So Small the second, third, and fourth time, I really like the arrangement. Much better than I thought at first. It’s an interesting interpretation IMO. Well done Jena.

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    Okay. It’s that time of year when people get locked and loaded into their favorites and the hell with good or bad performances just don’t mess with the standings.

    Caleb had the standout performance tonight with his rock song. And I’m going to put Sam just behind him with It’s Time…. the kid can sing whether you get the connection or not. Alex’s Always on my Mind and Jena’s Barracuda would be next. After that it was varying degrees of mediocrity followed by Jessica and CJ.

    More slobbering by Jlo over Jena…enough…. we get it and we like her too.

  • WhoDat2012

    I have :
    1 Caleb
    2 Sam
    3 Alex

  • shenanigan

    Loved the judges comments to Jessica. I thought they really communicated well, especially when they were trying to tell her to let go and connect, feel it.

  • JLE12

    Just watched Idol for the first time this year and have no idea who the front runner is… so my thoughts….no one is a huge stand out to me and they all seem so green. Jessica, Alex, Sam and Caleb are solid. (Alex and Sam could work on their stage presence- Sam is so cute but so young and so green he has no idea who he is as an artist but he has a nice strong voice and a sweet demeanor and really that is miles ahead of some popular acts his age -Alex has a fantastic voice and I can really see him as an artist but still, he needs to work on his staging- Caleb could work on being a bit more current, he seems like such a throwback for such a young guy, but I love his vibe, and Jessica just needs to get everyone out of her head and just sing -she has a great great strong voice) Jena- is good, but not as good as she thinks she is and that is irritating. CJ has a good voice but didn’t quite get who he is as an artist. Country? Blues?

  • mmmtx

    No you’re not the only ones…I liked it too!!

  • jms

    There is a clear Top 4 here for me. Jessica, Jena, Caleb, and Alex.

    Jessica absolutely KILLED Jolene. Rock on.

    1) Jessica’s country song (dare I say it…. by a country mile)
    2) Caleb’s rock song (….by another one. Two absolute best tonight, IMO)
    3) Alex’s country song
    4) Jessica’s rock song
    5) Jena’s rock song
    6) Caleb’s country song

    After that, there’s a really huge drop off, however.

    7) Jena’s country song
    8) Alex’s rock song (mostly for the effort…. the performance was severely lacking)
    9) Sam’s rock song
    10) CJ’s rock song
    11) Sam’s country song
    12) CJ’s country song

    CJ and Sam are clearly outclassed by the other four, IMO. Caleb and Alex have been largely consistent (although Alex’s rock song was a flub… a rare one), Jessica’s always been solid, Jena is terrific, but inconsistent (she’s as likely to hit a bum note as she is an awesome note…. she hit both in So Small, but the bum notes outweighed the good ones so much).

    I don’t know why Jolene is only 71 on WNTS, I thought it was amazing. My favorite of the night. I thought Jessica had a much better grasp of the “dead eyes” issue she’s had lately, and it showed amazingly.

    Caleb…. Always good. I loved that he did Undo It, I always envisioned a hard rock version of that song. Awesome. But his other performance was a ton better, and it was amazing.

    Alex’s rock song was a “nice try, but no thanks”. I was worried about the song he chose for country, because it’s not really his vibe…. and he slayed it.

    Jena’s Barracuda was awesome. If that’s karaoke, Sam should take lessons on how to do it. Started shakily, though. Her second song had vocal moments which were wrecked by some serious bum note-age. It really exposed her flaws, IMO. She knows how to dial it back a little and hit notes effectively, but she sometimes forgets and shouts excessively, and if it’s a bum note, it grates.

    I will give Sam that he hardly ever misses a note (more than I can say about CJ and the bad side of Jena) and he has a nice voice. But he has zero connection to anything he sings, zero stage presence, and he just can’t seem to figure it out. I don’t see the improvement anyone is seeing (partially considering I thought he was really good on Babylon during rush week and that was his best performance by a mile, which would lead me to believe he has somewhat degraded). I’m trying not to make a double standard because I see how Jena’s Barracuda was somewhat karaoke, but I still thought she delivered awesomely, while Sam continues to trudge with odd and awkward but vocally pleasant karaoke that barely scrapes surface level. That said, I really hated his first song but I don’t think he deserves to go just yet…. Mostly because of CJ.

    CJ, it’s probably time for you to go. There’s a line where emoting does not make up for intonation problems, and CJ constantly crosses it. Props for trying on American Woman, but he did look really uncomfortable. The other song was woeful. Sam’s on the other end of the spectrum (on the line where sweet intonation doesn’t make up for lack of emotion), but less extremely.

  • ladymctech

    Is there a frontrunner yet?

  • ladymctech

    Maybe no one had questions for the others?

  • MIndy O

    Your assessment is really good IMO especially since this is the first time you watched this year. I agree with you on all points. Jena is overrated and it is the judges that keep telling her how fabulous she is and they are really promoting her. CJ style is usually bluesy- countryish. I think you caught Sam on his best night. He has a very good voice and technically spot on, but his delivery in the past has been really awkward. In fact, Sam got voted off a couple weeks ago and the judges used the “save” on him.

  • MIndy O

    I read the comments before I watch the show since I am in a later time zone. All this upset about Keith and J-Lo were exaggerated. Harry never sucks and he is the best judge ever. They are paid to judge and they do a pretty good job. Strange how viewers see things so differently.

  • hhhisthegame

    Because she’s vocally better than most others in the competition, or at least has been until we’ve weeded out most others. But despite that she’s gotten positive praise for maybe one performance ever? Maybe two at the most? At the same time the judges praised Majesty’s Let it Go and some of the awful performances by guys like CJ and Sam and Malaya’s screechy awfulness week after week after week.

    The standards for them are so low but yet Jess gets all negative feedback?

  • hhhisthegame

    I actually disagree. Jena’s been doing well, but has never touched her wildcard performance unfortunately which was beautiful. She actually peaked before the Top 12

  • Happyhexer

    Real theme weeks like those that are genre-specific (as opposed to loosey-goosey, open-ended themes) can really bring some surprises. And rock the country (or whatever they called this week’s themes) did surprise me.

    One of the biggest surprises for me was Alex. I make no bones about the fact that I don’t like his voice or singing style. But he nailed his country song. I was skeptical when I heard he was doing “Always On My Mind” — I really like Anoop Desai’s smooth-as-silk rendition of the song — but Alex managed to find the perfect balance between remaining true to the heart of the song while still vocally making it his own. Kudos, Alex, well done!

    My favorite contestant is Jena, but she was disappointing on both her songs. “Barracuda” was decent but not spectacular, while “So Small” was a hot mess. Only C.J.”s country song, “Whatever It Is” was worse (although Sam’s “Still the One” didn’t impress me either).

    The best tonight were Caleb and Jess. I thoroughly enjoyed both of Caleb’s songs. On Jess’s rock song, the music was vibrating through her body, but didn’t quite connect with her eyes. But on “Jolene,” not only did Jess’s body connect with the music, but her eyes and her facial expressions (finally!) seemed to match the lyrics. Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed C.J.’s “American Woman,” although I agree he needed more attitude. But there were moments within that song where I really liked C.J.’s voice and his phrasing. Showed me what could be, if he could consistently sing in tune. So it was a bit of a head-scratcher to hear the hot mess C.J. made out of his country song. If he was gonna sing the Zac Brown Band, he could have picked one with a rangier melody, like “No Hurry.” I didn’t love Alex’s rock song, but I felt he made a real effort, and it wasn’t bad. Sorry, but I found Sam forgettable on both songs. Yes, there were teeny-weeny baby-step improvements, but it’s not enough this deep into the competition.

    Top 3 rock songs:
    Caleb
    Jessica
    C.J. or Jena

    Top 3 country songs:
    Jessica
    Caleb
    Alex

    Bottom 2: C.J. and Sam. Going home: either, but hopefully, C.J.

  • Happyhexer

    I assume your question pertains to Sam? ‘Cause that was my question when I heard Sam’s song. Sounded closer to pop than rock. To me, at least.

  • Happyhexer

    I saw that!

  • Marko

    Anoop was great in season 8.

  • hhhisthegame

    Can’t You See was his one and only great performance. I think he should have tried to go in that direction, but alas, that was the best he ever did.

  • sue

    Overall another great show tonight. Thanks MJ for all the full videos with judges comments. You get a totally different perspective of the performances after watching it a second or third time. I really enjoyed everyone tonight except for CJ.

    -Sam’s first song “It’s Time” sounded great to me. He was really into it and you felt every word he was singing. Would of loved a recording of that instead of the cheesy Shania tune.

    -I actually like both of Alex’s performance but I could see that he may be in trouble because of his 1st song. His 2nd song was gorgeous.

    -Caleb was great and will be safe. However his 2nd song wasn’t as great as the 1st.

    -Jena may be in trouble because she was underwhelming and she went first.

    -Jessica was also great especially the 1st song. Jolene didn’t do it for me. I’m kind of with Keith on this.

    -The only one for sure safe is Caleb. A combination of CJ and anyone else could make up the bottom 2. Hopefully it’s CJ going home finally.

  • sue

    Jena/Caleb/Alex……..but I think Caleb may be the one getting the most votes? Who knows?

  • Marko

    At the very beginning of his rock performance Alex looked like he’s trying to strangle the guitar. Lol.

  • Kariann Hart

    Anoop’s version was lovely. He had several sweet songs that season. Because of the Save, he didn’t make it into the TOP 5. Sad…

  • Kariann Hart

    When Elvis sang it, you felt like he was singing directly to you, and only you. Alex was fine, but Anoop’s was so much better.

  • Kariann Hart

    Do you think there is any Classic Rock band that would consider Caleb as their lead singer? He has a terrific voice and could make money singing. Bo Bice has been touring with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Maybe Caleb could go that route?

  • Happyhexer

    I like Jess’s version of “Jolene” pretty well, but I like the version by Alexis Grace a lot better.

  • tomr

    So glad rock is over! Can’t stand shouting/screaming that some seem to think is singing. Would appreciate one night with the contestants not being allowed to play any instrument and being accompanied by just the piano with no background singers. Then we might see who can sing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Including hearthrobbiness. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m sure that she would have, even if she didn’t try to.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that was good, but not as good as the judges thought.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Harry is sexy in anything. lol

  • thirdtime

    I’m not sure why everyone thinks Caleb will have to sing with a retro band. The guy has a great voice no matter what he sings, and there are plenty of modern rock bands where the lead singer has his look (like the Foo Fighters for instance). The cheesy outfit choices would probably have to go though, and I do agree that he needs a band. I just don’t get why so many people think he needs an old band. I could post links here to several popular modern bands with his style.

    ETA: The biggest problem Caleb will have though will be the same problem all rockers have, just the fact that he was on Idol is going to be his biggest hurdle.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I liked it as well. A significant step up from previous performances.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Relative goosies. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly. CJ seems like such a sweet guy that I think that it’s hard not to want him to do well. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to overcome his constant off key singing and it’s far past his time to leave.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol at how almost all of the camera shots were extreme close ups of Sam’s face.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No one who has constant pitch issues should be in the Top 13.

  • Incipit

    Hah! Yes, there must be a Goosies Sliding Scale!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The problem is that hardly any people who listen to Radio Disney watch Idol. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Hi unpleasant facial expressions were especially horrible tonight.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I notice that they’re not putting Allison onstage. I guess that’s a good thing for her?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    For me, it’s the disconnect between his unpleasant/blank facial expressions and what he’s singing, along with his awkward stage presence. The only way that I enjoy Alex is just listening to him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This season, they are having to make comments/ask questions that shouldn’t need to be made/asked. Like pointing out CJ’s off key singing, and then having to explain how to work on that, because he doesn’t seem to understand how to fix it. This is the season of MAJOR grading on a curve.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Grumpy cat was the highlight of the show for me! lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Idol is trying to compete with The Voice in all aspects. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Pretty, but I still didn’t feel anything.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks for mentioning that. I just listened to Fantasia’s rendition, loved it, and bought it. Amazing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Including a sweet, humble personality and great attitude. It’s pretty tragic really.

  • Incipit

    Ahuh. He did. Maybe he read Dexter’s exit interview about not understanding what the judges or the Dawg were saying to him, and decided not to Assume this time.

    But it does seem as if that knowledge “Ought to be” a Basic Skill. IMO. (The casting guidelines must be doozies to read.)

  • Marko

    So do I :)

  • Marko

    Carrie is a sweetheart :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The big star of tonight’s show was, however GRUMPY THE CAT! ”

    Stole the show! lol

  • Kirsten

    General

    1) The Shifting order had Jena having to sing first, but then getting to sing 3rd last. I’m going to use the scoring system somebody proposed last week to figure out who had the worst singing spots (6/7 are neutral getting a 0, -5,-4,-3,-2,-1,0,0,1,2,3,4,5) leaving us with Sam -4 (2,7), Jena -2 (1,10), CJ -1 (3,11), Alex 0 (4,9), Caleb 0 (5,8), Jess 5 (6, 12). Sam wins worst slot in the performance order, but Jena gets the “OMG! She sang first, I better vote” panic vote.

    2) Randy is so useless. They go to him for five seconds and he gives us one of his useless sound bites. You have five seconds Randy, make it count.

    3) Grumpy cat? Next week do we get the Husky saying “I Love You” or Ridiculously Photogenic guy?

    4) Husky saying “I Love You”? Still more insightful than Randy.

    Performance

    1) Jena – Barracuda – Melinda had a good point about Jena’s “I Love Rock and Roll” – If you love Rock and Roll, then sing on the beat. Rock has a driving beat and this song/arrangement followed the classic Rock arrangement. But, then Jena decides to sing off the beat which just completely muddies the song. It totally neuters the energy. You see that when Keith wants to chair dance, but he is just kind of aimless. Add in the fact that Jena chooses to swallow the end of the phrases where this song traditionally goes for the punctuation and the song loses all its punch. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the signature “Bar-a-cu-dah!” which ends up more like “Bar-a-cuh…”She needed to totally re-arrange this song if she wanted to sing it in her with her affectations. (4.5/10)

    2) Sam – It’s Time – Sam always sounds fantastic, but he dosn’t always look comfortable on stage. He’s usually not in the moment. This time, he started with the uncomfortable eyes, but by the bridge, he totally let go. that last half was great and he had wonderful intensity. This is a song he could sing on the tour. (8/10)

    3) CJ – American Woman – This song is all attitude and swag. CJ has no ‘tude and no swag. So, this was doomed to failure from the moment that the song was picked. CJ is a planitive, soulful blues country artist. There are tonnes of rock songs that he could have worked that vein (the Eagles to start with). Why did he pick this song? Instead of “Hey! You! Out of My Life!” it was “Um…if you don’t mind…can you give me a few seconds to maybe collect my thoughts if its not too much trouble”. For a guy that lives on this show because he connects to a song, he can’t fail to connect to the song. (3/10)

    4) Alex – Animal – Ouch. Alex doesn’t seem to be able to sing up-tempo. He totally could not get control of his breathing and he chased the band most of the way. When he hit the bridge, he even lost the melody/pitch. And you can clearly see it written on his face that he knew it. After the bridge he lost complete control of the song and the band ran away from him. He did finish on a nice note, but you could see he himself knew he’d whiffed it. I’ll give him points for trying something different, but he needs to work on his ability to sing faster tempos. (5/10)

    5) Caleb – Sting Me – This was a GimMe theme for Caleb. He is rock and he knows how to pick a song that features his style. This fails as a moment for me because we’ve seen him do this same performance countless times. Moments feature a soupçon of something unexpected. Same-old-same-old doesn’t do it for me. Maybe it would have been a moment if they hadn’t cut away to the drummer during his mic issues. What was raved about as an epic move by the judges just looked like awkward staging to me (we came back while he was stumbling back up with his back to the audience). Caleb needs to learn some new tricks because he’s beginning to bore me. If I wanted to watch 80s rock performances, I’d be down at my local casino’s theatre. (7.5/10)

    6) Jess – Somebody to Love – This was a great song choice. It was perfect for featuring her voice and she really got into the groove. I loved the intensity. Jess gives us enough variety that this sounds fresh. (8.5/10)

    7) Sam – Still the One – This was going to be a hard theme for Sam because Country songs are traditionally about telling stories and he’s not really there in the story telling department. Smart of him to choose a song with no story, some pop bones and originally done by a female so he can get away from the comparisons. Cook did him a solid by teaching him to look into a camera because it gives him somewhere to focus his eyes. He needs to do it a little less now, though, but still keep the focus somewhere so the he doesn’t do the nervous eye flicking thing. Like his first song, he got much more comfortable and into the song as he progressed and finished strong. (7.5/10)

    8) Caleb – Undo It – Well, there wasn’t any country left in that song. I’ll give Caleb credit for taking a song and putting a twist on it (usually, he’s straight karaoke), but I then have to deduct credits for doing the exact same performance he did earlier in the show. It doesn’t help that he performed just 2 singers ago, so it is totally fresh in our minds. But, seriously, does he have any other tricks in his bag? Sam managed to perform without his guitar, surely Caleb could have put the mic stand down. Maybe held the mic in his actual hand for once? I did like the bitter, forceful edge he put on the “Undo It”‘s. If this had been his only performance, it would have probably rated an 8/10. He’s getting a 6 out of 10 for not mixing it up at all. (6/10)

    9) Alex – Always on My Mind – That was freakin’ gorgeous. That song has such wonderful bones, and Alex made the exact right choice on stripping it right down and letting it shine. He was in his element and I think that’s the best his vocal has ever sounded. So much vulnerability was on display and that held note just worked. Yes, yes, he played the guitar again (just once Alex, leave it at home – should have done that with the first performance), but he gave us variety in his actual performances. Once we get to two songs, I think it is so important to show us two sides of yourself and Alex did that. He did an uptempo with the band song and a stripped down acoustic. Give us a concert, don’t keep hitting us over the head with the one thing you can do (like Matt G and his falsetto in every song). Mix it up. Producers picked the wrong song to make a studio track (9.5/10)

    10) Jena – So Small – Jena ran the song through her Jena filter and it sounds like all her other songs. If you like Jena’s affections, you probably loved it. I don’t so I was looking for another button to hit on the radio. It was better than her first performance (7/10)

    11) CJ – Whatever It is – CJ whiffed another song choice. This theme should have been a gift to him. It’s his genre and he should know it well. But rather than choose one of the gazillion bluesy country songs that would showcase his best aspects, he chooses something from the Zac Brown Band which is more country meets Jimmy Buffet. This song goes nowhere and he doesn’t connect. If he’d sung a bluesy rock song, I might understand him picky a non-bluesy country song, but to not have a single soulful song when he has two to pick, it is almost like he’s throwing the competition. (4/10)

    12) Jess – Jolene – Whoever arranged it should be shot. The band almost ruined the song. Her phrasing was stunning. Her vocal was fantastic. Totally agree with what Keith said. (9/10 for Jess, 4/10 for the band).

    Who should go home? CJ

    But he never goes home so it will probably be Sam.

  • Kirsten

    The guy has a great voice no matter what he sings, and there are plenty
    of modern rock bands where the lead singer has his look (like the Foo
    Fighters for instance).

    It’s not his look, it’s his style of singing/performing. It’s so 80s.

    Think about somebody who sings like the Andrew Sisters. Great singers. Great for their time. Would they have any luck these days? Maybe on a novelty song.

    Caleb is the 80s rock equivalent of the Andrew Sisters. Successful modern rock bands do not sound like Caleb.

  • Incipit

    Really. “Hate” the arrangement? Keith who is usually so diplomatic with his comments uses that harsh phrase?

    Yes, OK. He’s a country singer – he likes the Original Dolly version. But “hate”?

    Eh. I much prefer this one – and she even could have gone a shade or two darker, for my tastes. She did good…maybe that’s the problem?

  • TLKC

    Exactly. The same with Sam – they showed the judges cooing over Sam’s interaction with his fans during the song instead of his actual interaction with the fans. You have to give the show a weird sort of credit in terms of compensating for the contestants’ shortfalls. Have we ever seen this much encouraging head bobbing by the judges?

  • Marko

    Is David Coverdale retired? What about Whitesnake.

  • KiaMichelle

    Jessica really did well last night. I am not a usual fan of hers, but her Jolene performance was great. I just watched it while it was on mute and I could see hurt and pain in her face. Vast improvement. My other favorite was Caleb. Dude is pure entertainment. I am getting a bit annoyed with Jenas tone and phrasing but she did good too. Sam is still my personal favorite but I think after CJ goes, he has gone as far as he should go. I love listening to his recordings but his stage presence isnt anything to write home about. But please, please, can CJ go??!! Like I just dont get why dude is still there.

  • TLKC

    He is getting the Kris Allen treatment. IMHO, he may actually have been looking at KA videos and it’s working. He is starting to connect. A very good artist for him to emulate. Kris always seems to be sailing away on a river full of meaning.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-kris-allen-6-422024

    BTW, I think the camera work this season is not helping. Far to many wide angle shots and back views. Not enough close-ups.

  • Marko

    Who wrote those nonsensical labels at the beginning of the show?
    Sam – the gigolo
    Alex – the kitchen appliance
    CJ – the tuning fork
    ….

  • TLKC

    I don’t think she screamed but her enunciation problem is noticeable.

  • Incipit

    Jena and Alex both tend to lose parts of words – sometimes the important parts, that are needed to bring the song home to the audience. Either they suddenly dip the volume on a syllable, or they swallow part of the word. It’s affected, and I find it runs from distracting to annoying; I wish the judges would give them both a note on that!

    JMO.

  • HKfan

    I don’t know the song at all, but I thought Jena sounded really good on it.

  • Incipit

    Funny. *snerk*

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I can’t be the only person who is now gripped by the urge to break into the end monologue from The Breakfast Club, with appropriate modifications.

    Dear Pers Blanken, we accept the fact that we had to devote two full hours to American Idol for reasons of habit that many of us started questioning two, three, four, or even five seasons back… You see your singers as you want to see them, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each of us is a heart throb and a rebel and a roots rocker and a troubadour and a wild card and a meat loaf…

    Except not one of these, depending on which is going home. Whatever that one is, we’re not it.

    Also, Jolene better watch her ass. Stealing a man gets a bitch cut.

  • HKfan

    I think Jena is the most marketable of the contestants this year, with maybe Alex just behind her…I think his looks will go against him though. But Jena looks good, definitely has a katy Perry/ Jessie J vibe going on in her looks, very current, seems to have the best performance skills and stage presence.

  • TLKC

    JMO, too, of course. Agree about the judges.

  • KiaMichelle

    I honestly dont think looks matter much for men in Alex’s genre as much as it matters for women in most genres. Double standard, I know. As long as Alex isnt joining a boy band, his looks dont matter at all.

  • Marko

    Alex is not talented enough to afford that rat face.
    I kid, I kid. I’m a horrible person :)

  • KiaMichelle

    LOL! I guess I am horrible too for laughing.

  • Keef

    You know, I totally agree with what you’re saying about Jena. Just listen to her voice and you’ll hear that it is much more limited than the other three commonly perceived as front-runners. So the question becomes, why would three professional musicians (the judges) put their integrity on the line by pumping her up so much. She does not have the depth of Jessica’s voice, the creativity of Alex’s or the passion of Caleb’s. Yet to hear the judges most nights, Jena is in the lead, even though our ears tell us this is plainly not so. It’s that kind of disconnect that makes people leery of the show even as they love the personal stories of the kids trying to make a go of it.

  • HKfan

    although partly true…..my daughter can’t watch him, says he’s reminds her too much of Wormtail, a character she finds creepy, and who was a rat!!

  • blueangel69

    That’s pretty narrow. You’re defining what’s happening now by what’s happened before? Sorry, makes no sense.

  • rightnow

    He also lacks charisma, personality (devoid of a sense of humor) and is so inarticulate and boring in interviews.

  • MIndy O

    Good point. I suppose she might sound different to them in person. They have been raving about her since day 1. Looking at it from a more devious perspective, she has the musical style that a music company might prefer because she perhaps could sell music to their demographic. It might be producers putting pressure on the judges and who knows what really goes on behind the scenes. Caleb is old school although I’m a lover of rock. Alex might be hard to package because of his looks. It was Sam’s to lose early on but his performances were so awkward and often dull that he lost votes.

  • MIndy O

    Actually, I found Alex surprisingly comfortable and articulate in interviews. I think he has a type of charisma that is out of the ordinary in that when he sings, I am glued in. He lacks charm. His looks and aspergerish demeanor makes some people uncomfortable, but if you get past that, his artistry in unique and wonderful.

  • Incipit

    IMO, Mindy O, it pays to ‘always’ look at what the judges say “from a devious perspective”. They work for Idol, which, as far as we know – still has an arrangement with Interscope, at the same time as their PTB’s first priorities are to attract and hold an audience.

    There are no unbiased comments in that situation, I think.

  • MIndy O

    I love Grumpy and Harry.

  • MIndy O

    I love, love, love rock.

  • MIndy O

    I think that the Idol stigma of being uncool has vanished. They have produced stars over the years and getting famous through Idol is not okay. When Perry came on to sing an Aerosmsith song it gave the go ahead and James Durbin brought in his metal buddy.

  • Tinawina

    I tried to watch all of these this morning, I just could not bring myself to click on Sam’s or Cj’s. I just didn’t care. Hope they did well.

    Jena: She’s way too uneven. I actually like that she’s a little off center (in a good way) but I need this chick to win and she had to be more constistant than this. Barracuda was well performed if sort of garbled vocally. Just no to the Carrie Underwood song.

    Jessica: I liked both performances, but Jolene was her best. I was not as crazy about the arrangement but she did a great job on singing the song itself.

    Caleb: He’s good, but I’m over his schtick. Still feel like he will be in the finals though.

    Alex: I didn’t hate Animal as much as others. It was okay but he needs more practice singing faster songs. The second one was perfect.

    Overall not a horrible set of performances.

  • MIndy O

    Not me.

  • MIndy O

    Yes, I should have added that they need to hold the audience and Jena has developed a strong fan base. What is PTB?

  • MIndy O

    Harry was very positive and diplomatic last night.

  • Marko

    Lol. Someone is reading the blogs.

  • girlygirl

    It’s a problem when the most buzzed about part of the show was Grumpy Cat

  • Incipit

    Powers That Be. Or TPTB if you add the article.

    Encompasses some or all of the Idol Producers, Management, Interscope reps and FOX Reality Division Execs who approved the Judges Panel, or the cast, or the song lists, etc – sort of a Portmanteau Title for them all, depending on the situation.

  • Trina

    And even she wasn’t impressed lol

    @RealGrumpyCat
    I was on @AmericanIdol once. It was awful. @RyanSeacrest @JLo @KeithUrban @HarryConnickJR #GrumpyOnIdol #Idol pic.twitter.com/Zkn6V8dF1i

  • MIndy O

    Probably. I never had a problem with his judging, but he is a very smart guy and doesn’t want his appearance on Idol turning into a negative.

  • Larc

    I think they gave Grumpy something to keep her calm. It’s not usually in a cat’s nature to stay so docile with that much handling.

  • Marko

    And my personal favorite label: “The guy next door” vs “The guy liner”.

  • Marko

    Harry probably got the same medicine too. No more tweens on his neck.

  • Allison

    I thought Fantasia’s version was great – it really made her seem like she was deservedly on track to win that year and not just pimped by the judges. And this was before she did Summertime.

  • Ringo Pascual

    I don’t much appreciate Jena’s looks. Definitely not Katy Perry or Jessie J. She reminds me of a chubby, homelier Lea Michele. Vocally, she strikes me as too quirky to be conventionally marketable.
    Alex reminds me of Paul Simon, especially in the tone of his voice. Neither have a dynamic voice, persona or performance style. Less attractive guys without a great voices are not plentiful in the industry. Simon (like Billy Joel and Lyle Lovett) has succeeded by sheer genius and adaptability. Too early to tell if Alex has that in him.

  • songsungblue

    Actually it’s probably the other way around. The Voice copies idol in most aspects. They even tried the hometown visits last year.

  • Roimeister

    interesting how the “copy” outperforms the “original”…

  • songsungblue

    I don’t grade this season on a “major curve” at all. I think they are doing great and IMO it’s the best season in years.

  • Ringo Pascual

    I like that you are using strict Ringometrics to analyze placement. But I am thinking that on a night where there are two songs per contestant, it may make more sense to break It down to two shows. Going third in the first half (-2) and third in the second half (+2) is not quite the same as going first (-5) and then last (+5), because the second scenario would strike me as definitely better then somewhere in the collective and individual middle of the pack.

  • Tess Herself

    I wouldn’t spend the money to buy a ticket to one of his shows. It isn’t that he is ugly, its that there isn’t anything there (behind the eyes) to watch. Bland is boring.

  • MIndy O

    Why is there a big photo of a sandwich at the top of the page?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I even love Grumpy Harry. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that Grumpy Cat looked small. Apparently, his expression is due to dwarfism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumpy_Cat

  • Jolene

    The label and the show are two different things.

  • Jolene

    She says she does when she gets a chance.

  • Tom22

    It was really strange to me too. Something else had set him off and some anger that didn’t match any warranted surprise, especially as it fit her known style.. and it certainly wasn’t 9-5 or Islands in teh Stream turned dark.

    Keith is a sensitive guy and I think he took the twitter remarks Jess made last week as a sign of Disloyalty…. really though. he should have put his forgiving hat on and seen that Jess was feeling hurt and showed the definiance out of an emotional self-affirmation after being what any normal human would feel as being cut down.

    Had she kept the chip on her shoulder in a way that discounted their advice over the week I’d understand his feelings being hurt (after all he’s a busy man, a pro, trying to help and I could see him seeing ingratitude if she had continued to ignore him) . She seemed to really have taken the judges comments to heart as teh week went on and channeled her pride into taking the advice. Certainly he wouldn’t hold some snappy words someone made after heavy criticism as much more than a common reaction by a proud person.

    We should expect people to say innapropiate things unless we expect people to bottle up their thoughts.. and we should be quick to forgive what we understand are comments made out of frustration or with poorly chosen words that do not really reflect the true thinking of the person using the wrong words.

  • Incipit

    IDK, Tom22 – it was a puzzlement – but they are both Adults – gotta figure it out themselves. And really – I think Jess did the best thing with that frustration – channel it into the music and leave it on the stage.

    It’s what we want them all to do – so we could believe in their performances. Also, better for the blood pressure, KWIM?

    IMO.

  • Tom22

    Yep, she did the better way and I don’t think it was really “bad blood” when she made the quip about the stripper pole… the criticisms were easy to misunderstand the way they were worded. I forgive them both
    …my mind moves to “worry” that something might be bothering keith unrelated to the show. I hope things are ok at home with him

  • weareallinnocent

    I sensed the same thing with Keith. He is the one who started the whole “move around” advice to Jess. He said it when she was on a pedestal, and Harry pointed that out. So,Keith may have taken it personally when Jess spoke out on Twitter.

    On top of that, he didn’t seem to appreciate how few contestants actually sang true country, his chosen genre. But, then again, he had that whole “release” fixation going on, so maybe he was feeling all pent up himself. lol

  • ptslittlecomment

    That hasn’t’ happened since Simon demanded the judges get more airtime

  • Tom22

    yeah .. haha .. you’re right he did use the word “release” ..

    I don’t want to be the pot calling the kettle black.. I use “idol” to release my clouded mind from my real work utterly unrelated to the music industry …. daily times while while waiting for minutes or hours for a callback on something else out of my control .. but vital for the next step on a project
    .
    Yep, I’d be better off “un-clouding” my mind doing something useful instead but its hard for me to think clearly and make good decisions on other important things when I’m pre-occupied. Next thing I know I might be calling a counter party ‘s motives dark or something : )

    I hope I don’t let the negative energy out here too much… I try to qualify what I say and ask myself twice if I’m being rude but.. .. I definitely say things that could have been better unsaid. or much better with better words sometimes

  • Karen C

    He’d be perfect for Led Zeppelin Experience, which is Jason Bonham’s band that does Zeppelin covers. His father was John Bonham, who was the drummer for Led Zeppelin. They opened for Heart last year, and I think Caleb would be better than the singer they had.
    I do think he could do something modern, though, because I think he could do something like Muse, or My Chemical Romance.