Idol Chat With M&M – Top 11 Comparative Power Rankings

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Mac and Mj compare their American Idol XIII Top 11 power lists! Share yours in comments.

MAC: 1) Majesty Rose- I think Majesty’s fans proved, at least in every poll I saw, that they love her no matter what. Several polls, including the one here at MJ’s, had her in the Top 2/3 at least, even though many felt it wasn’t her strongest performance. That kind of fan devotion will take her a long way. Meanwhile, Alex Preston was 5th of 6th when shown real-time results. There is something special about a Majesty Rose performance, even one that isn’t her best. My only worry is that her closing the show will throw her early next week, which is never good.

MJ: 2) Majesty Rose –  I agree, that at this point, Majesty definitely has people and can afford a poor performance or two. The first half of “Fix You” was spectacular. And if only she had kept her delivery subtle and delicate, we may have been talking about a moment here.  I’m not willing to give her the #1 spot this week. The country boys came on too strong.

MAC: 2) Alex Preston-A bit of a stumble back this week, but almost everyone stumbled somewhat last week. Alex’s arrangements of songs are sometimes not great, but the fact that he’s willing to take these risks could lead to him doing something magnificent, like Kris Allen’s ‘Heartless’, where an unexpected arrangement really just throws him over the top. Alex is not the strongest performer, but neither was Phillip on his season. Alex’s greatest threat to his making the finale is the possibility that Sam Woolf might choose better songs.

MJ: 5) Alex Preston – I actually liked his arrangement of “I Don’t Wanna Be” and I agree he’s perfectly capable of delivering a “Heartless” type performance. But while Kris Allen always performed with a quiet confidence, Alex has been unable to make a connection to the audience. The problem with “Don’t Wanna Be” was his inability to sell the bold arrangement.  I like Alex, but I fear he’s going to fade away if he doesn’t have a break out moment. That’s why I put him at only #5 this week.

MAC: 3) Sam Woolf- Even though the song Sam chose last week was incredibly boring, it’s exactly the TYPE of song he needs to choose in order to win the competition. Handing him a guitar and sitting him in the middle of the swaybots was a good call too, as it reminded everyone just how cute girls think he is. Sam is a strong performance away from surpassing Alex, but he just doesn’t pick the best song for him. He may know who he is as an artist, but his song choices have been lacking.

MJ: 3) Sam Woolf –  Sam delivered a perfectly serviceable performance of “Just One” and he slides up my list only because of the weak performances from some of his competitors. Yes he’s cute and earnest, and you just want to pinch his cheeks. But the lights are on and nobody’s home.  If this kid could break through the  emotional wall he’s performing behind, he’d be unstoppable.

MAC: 4) Ben Briley- It should be noted that the next 4 people I believe are all terribly close. Ben was better this week than last week, which helped me move him up the power rankings. Ben also takes risks, as he proved with Folsom Prison Blues, and by ditching his guitar this week and just singing a song straight. I think Ben is a dark horse. Not necessarily to win, but to potentially make the final 3. To be fair, we have a few dark horses this year.

MJ: 4) Ben Briley – I like that Ben takes risks and has shown originality in his song picks. I didn’t agree with the judges criticism of his performance last week. Not only was “Turning Home” a great song choice for Ben, but he delivered a heartfelt performance. It was one of the strongest of the night. Therefore, he moves up to #4 on my list. I agree, he’s got potential to go deep in this competition.

MAC: 5) Dexter Roberts- A slightly more boring version of Ben. He doesn’t take the risks, but he was definitely better this week than he was last week. This show is about consistency and growth, and if Dexter keeps topping himself, he’ll find himself knocking off more popular singers, and better singers.

MJ: 1) Dexter Roberts – Dexter was so head and shoulders above everyone else this week, he tops my list. His performance not only displayed beautiful intonation and phrasing, but it struck a chord with the audience. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was last week’s top vote getter.  If he sticks to heartfelt country ballads, Dexter could stay in the competition for a long time.

MAC: 6) Jess Meuse- A step back this week, for sure, but what I heard from a lot of Jess fans was that “it wasn’t that bad” and they “kind of liked it”. It’ll be interesting to see if Jess turns it around this week, and at least fixes her pitch issues. I’m thinking her fans won’t be forgiving much longer if her performances are continually sharp. It also wouldn’t hurt her to improve upon her stage presence. She doesn’t seem to emote much on stage.

MJ: 6) Jess Meuse – I’m on Team Keith when it comes to pitch. If a singer performs with conviction, I can handle a few pitch problems. The biggest issue I had with Jess’s performance this week is that she sleep-walked through it.  It was odd, that song she claims to have sung many times, was performed with so little feeling. Jess’s inconsistency worries me. When she’s on, she is ON. But she can’t seem to maintain a standard.

MAC: 7) Caleb Johnson- “Forgettable cover rock” would be how I believe Caleb’s performance. I think he took a step back this week, while a few others took a step forward. That being said, 4th-7th place are all really close for me in their groupings. I considered tying 4 people, but that’s kinda cheating. He needs to be memorable and original, otherwise he’ll end up more Colton Dixon than David Cook.

MJ: 7) Caleb Johnson – My opinion of Caleb hasn’t changed much over the weeks. He’s got an impressively theatrical rock voice, but he comes off like a lounge lizard.  Plus, that Rush song had no melody and was a poor choice for a competition song.  Unless he breaks out, I peg Caleb as a middle packer.

MAC: 8) Jena Irene- Her fans will likely pull her out of the bottom this week, but she needs to improve to get back in the game. The last two weeks have been mediocre performances. She seems unable to have a moment with anything she didn’t write. I would definitely tell her to get back at the piano this week, and at least try to connect with the song she’s singing.

MJ: 9) Jena Irene – I’m sad that Jena isn’t living up to her potential so far.  Whatever momentum she had coming into the finals (after her stellar wild card performance) she’s quickly losing.   The Idol stage and band are swallowing her up. Having seen her powerful performances fronting her high school rock band, I would not have predicted that. I think a performance at the piano would be the right move at this point.

MAC: 9) CJ Harris- I’m worried about CJ, who is the last of the wildcards who hasn’t hit the bottom yet. His vocals weren’t great last week, even if the song fit him like a glove. Had other singers been better last week, CJ might have been in trouble. Instead, he was one of a handful of singers who was sharp. CJ even admitted that he knows he sings sharp, and doesn’t know how to fix it. I don’t think the Idol team will be able to fix it any time soon, and very soon one of these sharp performances will put him in the bottom, if not send him home.

MJ: 8) CJ Harris – It doesn’t bother me that CJ sings sharp (See: my remarks about Team Keith). I’m not sure it would bother America so much either, if Harry wasn’t constantly pointing it out. Having said that, I’m not convinced CJ is in this for the long haul.  I have the feeling he’s the least popular of the 3 country boys. A bad song choice could do him in. He could last longer than a couple more of the girls, although  I think he’ll be the first boy to go.

MAC: 10) Malaya Watson- I wish I could move her up more, because I liked her performance last week, but Malaya is so inconsistent. She also seems to want to choose songs that aren’t really in her wheelhouse, or are traditionally done by singers with a higher grade of ability than Malaya. Malaya is not an A+ vocalist. She’s a B+ or B vocalist. If she had tried to survive against Amber and Candice from last season, it’s unlikely she’d even have made the top 10 last year. Luckily, there isn’t a ‘diva’ singer this season to remind everyone what church singing really sounds like.

MJ: 10) Malaya Watson – She was vastly improved last week and I was not at all surprised she didn’t hit the bottom 3. But if she has another iffy performance this week, she could be eliminated.

MAC: 11) MK Nobilette- MK is the only person who has been in the bottom consecutively. She has to be at the bottom of the power rankings, because she statistically has the best chance of being in the bottom again this week. Her performance is almost non-existent. There’s no visible connection to the song, and she seems uncomfortable on stage. I disagree with the critiques that she needs a makeover, or needs to look more feminine. I think they’ve been doing that, and she’s losing her confidence because of it. She should be allowed to be herself again. America voted her through knowing she was a tomboy type, so stop putting lipstick on her.

MJ: 11) MK Nobilette – I like MK. I’ve even liked performances others did not. But last week, she picked a poor song and wasn’t able to sell it. She looked like she was going to cry through the entire song. I would never want MK to be somebody she’s not. But I do think America has issues with gender presentation that isn’t clear cut.  A look at some of the opinions in comments sections will tell you that. The thing is, she’s got to go out there, like Adam Lambert did, and OWN who she is, through a confident performance. THAT would win some of the haters over.

  • Joey

    I suspect CJ, MK and Malaya bottom 3.. obviously a lot can change based on performances

  • tomr

    The problem is that MK admitted being gay and that set off the haters. Adam never admitted his sexuality at any time during his season. I’m afraid that the females are going to be picked off one by one. Only Majesty has a chance of making the top three.

  • Tinawina

    This is totally off topic but Sam’s smile in that picture is freaking me out. Geesh that boy needs to learn how to be more comfortable with a camera, He always looks like the camera lens is shooting him with death rays or something. Heh.

    Back OT: I agree with mostly everything y’all said, even when y’all disagreed. I don’t know how that is possible. Good discussion!

  • Cary Gonzalez

    I don’t think that MK’s lack of visual appeal has anything to do with her sexuality and more with the fact that they keep dressing her like a slob who looks like a dime-store Bieber week after week. Once again, I bring up Michelle Chamuel from last year’s The Voice. She stayed true to her self and her sexuality all season and looked spectacular doing it. I know many real-life butch-tomboy women whose wardrobes are definitely masculine yet quite sharp looking.

  • Marko

    Lol. Someone mentioned Chandler Bing’s “smile” for the wedding photos.

  • Tinawina

    LOL! That is exactly right. I didn’t see it before, but now I can’t unsee it.

  • Marko

    I don’t see any connection between MK being openly gay and being in the bottom 3. She has to perform better.

  • hesh R

    Prediction: The top 3 will be Caleb, Majesty and Alex. Dexter, Sam and Jena will be 4th to 6th in some order.

  • jms

    I dunno about Caleb being so low, I think he’s got peeps at this point.

  • jms

    I’d buy that more if her last two weeks were better. She’s got to improve.

  • CanadianLady

    Totally agree with MJ that Dexter was head and shoulders above everyone else last week. I’ve now listened to it a couple of dozen times and even my husband kept the tape and has gone back and replaying Dexter a few times. I also agree with Jlo that Dexter had a Scotty McCreery moment last week. A few more of them and he’s a lock for top three.

    As for MK, I just wish she’d lose the backwards hat, which most people said has reminds them of Beiber. But if she sang something really well, no one would care about the hat. I liked her voice early on, but maybe she just doesn’t know who she is as a singer yet, and that’s why she’s not coming across well. She needs to find a song she loves and pull out all the stops.

  • Tinawina

    I think Majesty or Jessica could be top 3 if they are consistent. Not so much the rest,

  • Larc

    I’ll buy that MK’s sexuality could be a problem, but I think that’s because there’s not much else standing in the way of it. She needs solid performances to get people’s attention. While being gay is no valid reason for not voting for her, it’s no reason to vote for her either.

  • Sassycatz

    From the nose up, he looks like Ricky Nelson; from the nose downward, he looks like an Osmond.

  • Tinawina

    LOL, True.

  • Tinawina

    I agree. He’s more popular out there than on the boards IMO.

  • Larc

    I don’t see anything at all distinctive about Caleb’s performances. He sounds just like many other run-of-the-mill rock singers I’ve heard, but whose names I no longer remember even if I was ever interested enough to note them.

  • Marko

    My prediction: top 3 (or even top 4) all WGWG’s.

  • Matthew Richards

    I know I shot myself in the foot in the last power rankings by saying Emily was too low, but I think Caleb and Jess are way more popular than you think they are.

  • weareallinnocent

    I think MK’s confidence has been shaken somehow, I agree with Mac on that. I hope she renews it quick. I want her to stick around awhile. I think she’s got the talent and the ability to emote more than she’s shown in the past couple of weeks. Sadly.

    Alex is my favorite guy, so I’m ready for him to have a break out moment. Jena also needs to get back in her wheelhouse; find a song that sounds like something you would write, and sing it while pretending that you did, girl, if that’s what it takes!

    CJ was an early favorite of mine as well, and I grieve that the two other nothing-special country boys will likely outlast him by many weeks. C’mon CJ, get your mojo back!!

    It won’t make me mad if Majesty takes it all. And I do like Jess a lot. Any of the others not mentioned above probably will (make me mad, that is.) :-)

  • Peter Hewitt

    Who would you want not to make the tour? My choice: MK… hoping she leaves this week. I wonder what boring movie song she’ll pick

  • Matthew Richards

    I don’t wanna close my eyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

  • LeahKittyS

    I have no freaking idea who will win at this point. Everyone has been really inconsistent, and we always have to allow for shockers. But I have a feeling the Top 6 will be Alex (WGWG), Caleb (energy), Jena (strongest of the underdogs), Jessica (killer voice), Majesty (no explanation needed), and Sam (cute WGWG). Maybe the good old Alabama country boy Dexter can break this wall, but he’ll need to show us a lot more “Lucky Man” and less “Aw Naw.”

  • Miz

    Pretty good analysis of where people are going into tonight. I can’t really disagree with either of you.

  • Marko

    Sam, Dexter, Alex and Ben (in that order) are the most popular IMO. Not particularly happy about that.

  • Miz

    I’m wondering if MK is thinking that a lot of the others are better than her and getting negative criticism. That might cause her to be less confident when performing. She’s not putting power into her performances.

  • dd999

    Ha!Ha! love your breakdown of, where you think the contestants strengths are at this point in the show!!!

  • Miz

    It might be how she carries herself. I didn’t think the outfit she wore this week made her look like a slob. I think she’s a very pretty girl. The baseball cap needs to go though.

  • amadcow2

    Pretty close to where I have them, although, based on last week’s performances, I would put Caleb much higher. I’ve listened to the performances a couple of times and Caleb was #2 of the night. So, based on last week:

    Dexter, Caleb, Majesty, Sam, Alex, Ben, CJ, Jess, Jena, Mayala, MK

    Prediction: We will lose a girl this week (not a real reach).

    NOBODY except for Dexter (IMHO) played to win last week. Taking my bias and past performance into account, this would be my overall power rank today:

    Majesty, Dexter, Sam, Caleb, Jess, Alex, Ben, CJ, Jena, Mayala, MK

    Like it or not, Caleb and Dexter have been the most consistent, and that is the formula for victory. Majesty would be right up there if not for the stumble last week, but overall, she is the only female hope this year. Jess needs to pull her head out of her rear and step it up, but I fear that her ‘broke-ass musician’ ego won’t let her (see Paul McDonald reference here).

  • Marko

    OMG another asteroid will hit the earth.

  • Miz

    MK’s singing was not good. Being perceived as straight wouldn’t change that.

  • onlooker

    MK being gay is certainly not affecting her chances. What is affecting her chance to progress smoothly on idol is her ok voice and her iffy performances. She has to figure out what type of singer she wants to be, commit to it and sell her performances. If her performances are compared to all performances to date she ranks close to the bottom.

  • Miz

    Jena could get there too if she steps it up. I think (hope) Majesty is a lock for top 2.

  • Miz

    I really like CJ. I wish he were singing better. Not that I dislike MK or Malaya.

  • dd999

    Caleb has a strong voice, I’d like to hear what he sounds like singing a ballad?

  • amadcow2

    Like James Durbin, with less polish and a better voice. The Idol demo has an older audience that isn’t threatened by a classic rock throwback like Caleb. Have him in the traditional rock spot of #4.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, my long-running complaint with Idol is that the guys can throw on any ol’ shirt with jeans and be “authentic,” while the gals are expected to be more glamorous without looking prom, frumpy, “un-natural,” slutty, or fat.

    Concerns about the lack of visual appeal of Dexter Roberts or Ben Briley isn’t really even a thing, and there was a startling lack of outrage at the shirt Alex Preston wore for last week’s results show, where he looked like a badly proportioned wooden toy at a well-meaning hipster toy shop.

    I’ll admit, part of me wants to take the “Nobilette should look however she likes, damn it” position, while another part wants to take her to a really good men’s designer scratch-and-dent sale, followed by a really good tailor.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    I’m not touching the “visual appeal” or lack-thereof of the guys this year with a ten foot pole. Suffice it to say that I don’t find any of them appealing in any way. Such is life…guys throw on a shirt and dress slacks and they can virtually go anywhere while we are forced to dress up and put on make-up, do the hair, etc…what can I say?

    I’d be happy to join you on that shopping trip with MK…she has a pretty face and with the right FITTING clothes, she can look a thousand times better. However, she needs to up her performances as well. If she had been nailing her songs the last two weeks, the last thing any of us would be discussing is her horrible wardrobe.

  • Roimeister

    Tour? you think there’s going to be a tour this season?

  • Peter Hewitt

    Definitely

  • Matthew Kitson

    Maybe its just me, but I haven’t been all that impressed by any of the 3 country boys. They seem rather cliche to me

  • Marko

    It’s not just you.

  • Itsmekg

    I don’t like anyone this season enough to even care about who’s eliminated in what spot. If I had to pick favorites it would be Majesty and Jessica, the rest could be picked off 2 at a time and I wouldn’t care.

  • b_james

    It just makes me sad that beyond Majesty, Sam, and Jena, I just do. not. care. about the rest. And I love this freaking show.

  • b_james

    I don’t care about the fact that she’s gay. I actually think that may have helped get her into the top 13. What I do care about is that she just isn’t that great, in my opinion.

  • macfae

    The inconsistencies every week are killing me. I’m disappointed and confused. What has happened to these people since they auditioned ??
    Is Randy undermining them ?? I would love a peek behind the scenes.

    The only one who caught my eye early on and has maintained it is Majesty. I can forgive how she ended her song last week because of the first 2/3 of the it. I do love a lot of things I have seen in Jess,

  • ptebwwong

    I’m a country fan, but I’ve not been impressed with all 3 of them either. Also, I will say I’ve seen some of all 3 of their covers/originals on YouTube & was expecting much more. I feel the same about Sam, too.

  • babyspock

    I actually thought Michelle Chamuel looked terrible most of the time. She look like my high school’s lunch lady got all dressed up with her super shiny hair and lipstick. Ok maybe not the lunch lady but the uncool english teacher. She looked so much better in jeans and hoodie during the hometown visit, much more appropriate look for the type of artist she is.

    MK just have to lose the cap and say no to the heavy mascara she was wearing last week. Her look at the result show was fine.

  • Tinawina

    For me I think quite a few of them are interesting or at least have potential to be (Majesty, Alex, Jessica, Sam, Jena, perhaps CJ or Ben all might one day make a record I would buy or say something I’d be interested to hear as artists) and a couple of the ones left have the potential to at least be consistently entertaining (Malaya, Caleb) but it is like no one is stepping up to the plate every single week to perform at or near the top of their potential. After another week or two, I will just give up waiting, because who has time to wade through 8,000 videos every week on the hope just one of them might be good?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I honestly don’t care beyond Majesty.

  • Tinawina

    Honestly she’s the one I’d be most disapointed if I don’t get to hear a record from her. I really think she could be something. Plus she has actual charisma. One of the few who light up the screen IMO.

  • halo9125

    I’m starting to think that she’s depending on the fact that she IS gay to get her through each week. She certainly isn’t doing a damn thing to show me that she is doing her best to give a spectacular vocal performance. Rather, it’s like she is just coasting along. Curious to see what tonight brings.

  • MichaelG

    Poor MK: dead last on both lists. :( Not sure she still has time for redemption…but we’ll see tonight. Agree with Dexter and Majesty being top 1 & 2.

  • SloDancer

    Majesty and Dexter aside (maybe Alex) this has been a painful season to watch. I’m not sure what alternate universe Harry Connick’s been judging to say this this is the best collection of artists since season one.Fantasia, Casey A, Haley Reinhart, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Joshua “Freakin’ Ledet, Phillip, Jessica…and the band plays on.

  • Incipit

    Good grief – All Country Singers – gone
    Damien Rice impersonator – gone
    Jason Mraz impersonator – gone

    Caleb – stick around for a while as long as there are no country songs, and with the rest of the females make a mid card –

    Skip to the Top Two – Majesty and Jess – unless Jess keeps veering Country – then move Jena to 2nd. The winner will be the one who makes the least mistakes…Mein Gott, this has to be the most disappointing cast TPTB has ever assembled…and there’s some heavy competition for that title!

    Fish Fins.

  • SloDancer

    I think Malaya has more of an upside than CJ and MK.

  • Anna106

    No song spoilers for tonight????

  • nncw

    i would like it if Malaya hung around a bit longer to see if she can even out her performance. I like her spunkiness. I hope all the contestants can loosen up a bit (forget the spiritual advisors and hire sports psychologists instead). I can’t help but think the judges critques would have been more helpful before the contestants hit the stage. And I would enjoy watching the mentoring session – not Randy droning into the camera his summary – “well it could be really good or really bad”. Maybe Jennifer could help them with stage presence. Harry with pitch and meaning of song and Keith could give them advice on how to change up a song. The one thing I notice about these singing shows is contestants sound worse or are constant rather than improving as each week progresses – quasi successful training camp?

  • SloDancer

    Who does not play guitar in this group? That said, I will take you up on that wager. I maintain all of those WGWGs with guitars will cancel themselves out (at least two) with the last three standing will be Alex (multi-instrumentalist),Majesty and Dexter.

  • Ronnie67

    Is she gay, or is she transgendered?

  • Marko

    According to the new voting rules all WGWG’s can get the same amount of votes without canceling each other. Majesty probably is the most popular girl but her chances to get into the top 3 are slim.

  • SloDancer

    Sounding very much like last year….Though last year’s results were by design.

  • SloDancer

    Would love to hear CJ dip into the Little Milton catalog. With his gritty bluesman’s voice, he would be awesome.

  • Kesia Monteith

    LOL slim pickings, eh?

    I mean, those four you mention, plus maybe Ben (I know country ain’t your thing) is who I see myself caring for in a “I guess this is the best of a sad lot” scenario. But I see myself changing my mind on them on a dime because they are all so inconsistent.

  • SloDancer

    You mean there are rules for this mess?

  • Guest

    Both Alex and Sam look so uncomfortable in the picture. I think one of the Country guys, Dexter or Ben will take it. Country music has always been a reliable staple with Idol contestants. At least these guys have personality. Dexter escaped the bottom, two weeks ago, so he may also have the fan base support.

  • SloDancer

    This has to be a breakout week for Caleb. He has got to show a second act, cause the first one is getting tired.

  • Incipit

    Truly, I’m not so sure this year’s are not also by the same design – if they have the same result, I hope Interscope steps up their game.

  • Kesia Monteith

    A mess at Dexter being in the top 5. LOL. This is just sad.

  • Marko

    Lol

  • Incipit

    Very slim. Someone has to be able to bring it – don’t they? Really?

  • weareallinnocent

    TBH I think hearing so much negativity is burdening them. The feedback needs balance to be palatable and not debilitating. Add to that, most of these contestants are young. Confidence needs to be nurtured a bit.

    I do think the prior suggestion that Harry take the mentor role rather than judge. It would suit him better and probably improve the show.

  • Marko

    CJ was my favorite guy in the earlier rounds and now he’s constantly singing out of tune.

  • KNsMama

    Just because not everyone is in love with MK does not mean we are haters. Many of us happen to think very strongly that she is not that great of a performer with merely just a pleasant voice. That does not qualify as being a hater. I don’t hate her…I just don’t find her appealing in any way to my tastes.

  • scoobynacks

    If she would just stop wearing the hat (that goes for Dexter too, ugh). I think she’s hiding behind that stuff and when they want you to be vulnerable, is it a good idea to put on what feels like a clothing-based wall?

    I have a problem with anybody dressing like Bieber, including Bieber. Also, men wear makeup too while performing or on the red carpet. They like to pretend they don’t but they do. Keith, Harry, and Ryan are covered in it and are trying to look good. Saying she needs to accentuate her features isn’t having an issue with gender expression. It’s basic aesthetics on tv. You do what makes you look better while adjusting it however you need to make you feel confident on stage. She doesn’t have to wear lipstick, but not caring about your appearance is not how this stuff works. You wanna be on tv? It’s time for the pancake makeup.

    Still, whatever she wears in terms of makeup, I will totally forget all about it if we can have No Hats Wednesday on Idol.

  • CanadianLady

    I agree. Perhaps if the judges commented on what they are doing right as well as what they are doing wrong, it would help not only them but also the viewers.

  • Matthew Kitson

    I could still see Jess and Caleb rising to the top with the right song choices

  • ptebwwong

    Over the years, contestants from Alabama has received a lot of support. Dexter, Jessica, & CJ are all from Alabama. I wouldn’t be surprised if all 3 have a good size fanbase. Who has more fans? IMO it’s probably between Dexter & Jessica.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Should be coming in the hour I presume, remember idol has been releasing the song lists in gif form

  • colette

    You guys are very generous to these performers. Not one of them, maybe excepting Majesty, seems to have the right spark, the right stuff. I’m just getting really worried — at this point in every season there’s someone who stands out to me and generally makes it into the top three. But I’m not feeling any of these people yet. Do you have any backstage intel about how they’re coaching these kids? They desperately need that kind of makeover, not the cosmetic kind.
    Also, I can’t see the comparison between Kris and Alex, other than that they are both skilled musicians. Kris always connects with an audience; Alex seems to be in his head.

  • weareallinnocent

    The comments I’ve read (and written) acknowledge that her performances have recently been subpar and that she could do better. *shrug* Right now, she’s apparently keeping herself down. If she were doing a lot better, maybe the so-called “haters” would activate. But, currently, there’s no need.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Not that it means much, but Sen. Kelly Ayotte tweeted out support to Alex on twitter

  • Cary Gonzalez

    And I’m not caring much about anyone yet.yes, Majesty is the pick of the crop but she hasn’t inspired me enough to cast a vote yet…..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Weekly update of Twitter followers for the finalists (first # from 12 days ago):

    @SamWoolfMusic: 20,100; 31,000; 35,100 (^4,100)
    @RealAlexPreston: 12,700; 22,000; 24,400 (^2,400)
    @MalayaTinaB: 8,400; 13,800; 16,800 (^3,000)
    @JessMeuse: 6,438; 11,700; 13,400 (^1,700)
    @mknobilette: 3,166; 9,287; 11,700 (^2,413)
    @JenaAsciutto1: 3,340; 7,861; 9,475 (^1,614)
    @ImDexterRoberts: 2,433; 6,665; 9,343 (^2,678)
    @PSMajestyRose: 2,061; 7,360; 9,278 (^1,918)
    @RealEmilyPiriz: 2,848; 7,244; 8,961 (^1,717) – eliminated
    @CJHarrisMusic: 3,097; 6,747; 8,084 (^1,337)
    @BenBriley: 2,205; 6,084; 7,419 (^1,335)
    @CalebPJohnson: 638; 4,090; 5,496 (^1,406)

  • MichaelG

    Yes…agree totally on Jess.

  • maymirabella

    I so agree with this. There have been some remarkable singers and performers in several other seasons.

  • onlooker

    Coaching? As I said in another thread, they are who they are, or I should say, who they want us to see. Except for Malaya, Ben and Majesty, to an extent, they are all reserved contestants. And, they do not seem willing to remove their masks so that the “real” them impact their performances. They, for the most part, seem to be saying, “Take me as I am”. I don’t think any of them is saying, “Leave me”. But we can take them or leave them as they are.

  • maymirabella

    There is another TV forum that I sometimes visit and Caleb is the favorite by a mile. In fact, Caleb is the only one they like or will vote for, one or two others are talking about Majesty and Jess but mostly all the talk is about Caleb.

  • maymirabella

    Exactly, I still think Sam is going to win but if he stumbles a bit, Ben will win..maybe Caleb but I think it will be WGWG once again

  • colette

    To an extent I agree. The coaches can’t manufacture talent, nor can Idol. But if you choose people that are, essentially, raw clay you might want to help mold them and realize their potential. In other seasons we’ve seen tremendous growth in some contestants. And being unwilling “to remove their masks” can be a matter of fear and inexperience, not an innate desire. You are right in that “they are who they are.” I’m just still amazed and perplexed that some of the more poised and promising singers would be dumped after getting into the top 31 (Maurice, Savion, Bria, Kenzie) to make way for this pallid bunch, and that TPB aren’t taking some measures to minimize the damage to the show’s brand.

  • maymirabella

    Sam has that Chandler Bing on Friends smile when he and Monica were having their engagement photos done. Great episode where Chandler would get this strange smile every time he looked into the camera. It was so funny and Sam reminds me of that.

  • maymirabella

    LOL we were thinking exactly the same thing. Could we be any more in synch..LOL…another Chandler expression..LOL

  • maymirabella

    He wishes he was as good looking as Ricky Nelson or even an Osmond in their day, that is.

  • maymirabella

    I just go by what she says and she says she is gay so I respect that.

  • Matthew Richards

    Ewwww. I mean, good for him. Lol.

  • onlooker

    Bria and Maurice would have made good contestants, I agree. However, the producers may have thought that Savion and Kenzie too emotionally fragile for the show, especially Kenzie.