Mac and Mj compare their American Idol XIII Top 12 power lists! Share yours in comments.

MAC1) Alex Preston- He nailed that performance last week, after nailing his Rush Week performance. He’s had two strong weeks back-to-back, and he’s got the added benefit of being a WGWG. Sam Woolf, probably his closest competition, stalled last week with an odd version of Unwell. I’m interested to see what he’ll perform next week for “home” week. Three good performances in a row will put more distance between him and Sam.

MJ3) I loved Alex’s performance this week! But his “Volcano” may have been too subdued and introverted to allow him to fully connect with America. He’s my #3 this week.  He hasn’t had his breakthrough performance yet.  I’m confident it could happen. If it does–watch out!

MAC: 2) Majesty Rose- If Alex fumbles, Majesty is hanging out there waiting for him. Majesty has locked in two strong performances, back-to-back also. In fact, I still believe she can win. I’m only giving Alex the edge because he’s a WGWG, which has worked out well for several past winners. Majesty is unique, and because of that there are no past winners to compare her to.

MJ1)  Majesty tops my list. She’s fearless. She’s consistent. She knows how to win over an audience. She’s also a fantastically unique singer.  I want to believe she can win, but you are probably right that the white guys continue to have the edge.

MAC: 3) Jena Irene- I think her being a wild-card is a fluke. Somehow, votes just didn’t go her way, but I think she’s got a solid fanbase, and her performances are generally strong. Her Rush Week performance earned her a lot of goodwill. Hopefully she can really continue to build up steam. It’d be interesting to see if a wild-card can make the finale.

MJ6) I LOVE Jena, but I’m not sure America does. She’s #6 on my list. Her vocal is an acquired taste and all of her best performances have been original songs, which could spell trouble for the young singer.  Jena needs to choose covers she can connect to emotionally the way she does her own music.Right now, I think Jess Meuse is making more of a splash.

MAC: 4) Caleb Johnson- This is tough for me to admit, but I think Caleb is really etching out a niche for himself in this competition. Rockers have done well in the past, and Caleb could rock himself into the Top 5. He needs to avoid doing the campy rock thing though.

MJ: 4) You and I agree here.  I find Caleb a too Las Vegas lounge-y for my taste. He’s a rocker, but I’m not really buying it. Having said that, he has a technically killer voice and knows how to work a stage.  Being able to work a crowd counts for a lot on Idol, and old school rockers appeal to the Idol demo.  Caleb could go very far indeed, in this competition.

MAC: 5) Sam Woolf- He’s sliding down for me. I’m not sure that he can win if he carries on this current path. I think he’s boring, and the direct comparison to Alex is only going to hurt him if he keeps turning in performances like Unwell. He could be a shock early boot if he doesn’t get his act together.

MJ: 5) Sam has a gorgeous tone with beautiful pitch and phrasing. But he’s really, really boring and one note. He sounds like whatever singer he’s covering and has yet to define himself as an artist.  What was so appealing when he sang to the judges in the intimate audition room is completely lost on the big stage. I think he’ll be one of those early front runners who eventually falls behind. It’s possible he’ll go out mid pack. At which point, of course, the judges will save him.

MAC: 6) Jess Meuse- Her strong performance last week (coupled with a good Rush Week performance) is balancing out her bad Hollywood Week edit and getting her some fans.

MJ: 2) I think Jess has all but erased that negative Hollywood edit. Her performance of “The Crow And The Butterfly” was stellar, and dare I say, a bit of a game changer.  I have her sitting at #2, just behind Majesty.

MAC: 7) Ben Briley- His ability to change up a song, even though some people didn’t like it, will serve him well as he fights to stay in the competition. Original arrangements offer contestants the ability to have a “moment”, and I think Ben’s going to do that at some point.

MJ: 7) I’d have Ben higher on the list if he hadn’t picked that Johnny Cash song and then proceeded to speed sing through it. He’s got to think more about what’s good in competition rather than what he likes, or what works in his club set.  Ben is an interesting, musical performer.  I hope he hangs around.

MAC: 8) Dexter Roberts- Country does well on Idol, but if Dexter keeps turning in forgettable performances, he may become the first contestant to prove that statistic wrong.

MJ 9) If Dexterr wasn’t a white guy who sang a popular genre, he WOULD have been in the bottom 3 this week. He DESERVED to be there. His bro country stylings are going to allow him to sail through for a few more weeks. That makes me cranky.

MAC: 9) Emily Piriz- Emily is a strong singer, and she managed to stay safe against MK’s bottom 3 appearance. If she plans on surviving in the competition, Emily will need to make a greater emotional connection going forward.

MJ: 8) See how I switched Emily with Dexter? I think she made an impression on America, overcoming her fumble from the previous week.  If she keeps choosing the right songs, Emily could at least be a mid-packer.  I don’t  think she’ll go farther–I don’t see huge star potential.

MAC: 10) CJ Harris- CJ could be in danger this week if he can’t find a memorable song choice. Like Dexter, if he keeps choosing limited songs, his time in the competition will be limited.

MJ: 10) I expected CJ to be in the bottom 3 this week, to be honest. He needs to stick to country blues, the sound that caught the judges attention. Ironically, he’ll record songs like “Radio” if he ever gets a chance to make a record, but he couldn’t land with that bland song. He’s also got to work out his nerves-induced pitch problems.

MAC: 11) MK Nobilette- Something was off last week with MK. She doesn’t seem comfortable on the stage, and her image makeover didn’t do her favor.

MJ: 11)  MK’s performance was one of my favorites of last week. She picked a song that nobody knew, and then delivered a very subtle, internalized performance.  This week, she needs to choose a familiar song. And then maybe lose the hat. I hate to say this, but I think America would like MK more if she presented more feminine. It sucks, but I think it’s true.

MAC: 12) Malaya Watson- She’s on the verge of being a joke contestant. That infectious energy, coupled with her awful performance last week doesn’t bode well for her future on the show. There’s a chance she could turn it around, but it’s a slim one.

MJ: 12) Here’s a case of a very talented young girl who is obviously in over her head. She should have waited a few years before auditioning.  As it is, she’s a ball of undisciplined raw talent, and I’m not sure she’s going to be able to get it together in time before she’s voted off.

 
  • jan

    I think Majesty Rose really has a good chance of winning this thing. The talent is there. The personality is infectious. I think Alex – while very talented – is missing the “it” factor if you watch him sing. Sam could be a winner – but I agree he is starting to get boring.

    So I’m putting my money on Majesty Rose.

  • Becky Lee

    Boring or not Sam is this season’s PP/Scotty, bank on it, he has a huge fanbase and I would bet alot of people disagree with both of you that he is boring. I would put him over Alex and no its not because of looks

  • myers

    I think Malaya just needs to lose the theatrics and just perform. Same with MK, her consistent desire to appear as a male will continue to hurt her. She FOR SURE needs to lose the hat. I think regardless of tonight (unless Malaya knocks it OUT OF THE PARK) that the bottom 3 will be Malaya, MK, and CJ.
    However I agree that Majesty is my favorite by FAR! Sad at the downhill descent of Sam however.

  • Tinawina

    This was a great read! I agree with a lot of your comments.

    My list:

    1. Caleb – I think the boards tend to seriously underestimate how many people like Caleb out there. Do I think he’ll eventually win? No. But I do think at the moment he’s a frontrunner.

    2. Jessica – I think she’s put in a solid country performance and a solid rock performance and that is right in the audience’s sweet spot. I also think she looks a lot less bitchy in her packages. Plus she’s from a small southern town.

    3-4. Alex/Majesty – I think Alex is on track to eventually win. I think Majesty would be too in a perfect world (she’s tied with Alex as my personal number 1) but I don’t think she’s had enough of a “moment” yet to overcome all the strikes against her. Anything is possible though.

    5. Sam – Currently stumbling but still quite popular. One good performance from jumping ahead of the pack.

    6. Jena – I think she’s great but currently a mid packer.

    7. Ben – potential dark horse, but he needs a couple of weeks to get himself together. He’ll get those weeks so let’s see what he does with them.

    8. Emily – Had a good performance, needs to follow it up with another but I agree with MJ… there is not enough there to win.

    9. CJ – Hasn’t helped himself on that stage in weeks. needs to get back on track pronto or he’s going out very soon.

    10. MK – Good voice and instincts but awkward on stage, comes across amateurish and not in an endearing way. I think she needs more if she’s going to get past her unconventional persona with this audience.

    11. Dexter – Spare country boy who is just coasting on likeability at this point. Competent but nothing special. Will go eventually, but it might take a few weeks.

    12. Malaya – Competed too soon. I suspect she’s not being taken seriously. Soon amusement will turn to hate if she stays too long.

  • Larc

    I think MK needs more theatrics, not less. More life in her performances could make her wardrobe fade a bit as a main point of contention.

  • andrea

    this season sucks

  • tomr

    Caleb peeked too early and people will grow tired of him quickly. Malaya is one performance (a ballad) away from jumping way up. Emily, Dexter, and Ben are my least favorites. Really want Sam, MK, and Malaya to bring it this week.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I am really sick and tired of hearing about how MK should take off her baseball cap. It is JUST a baseball cap!! GET. OVER. IT. If she takes it off, she will APPEAR even MORE uncomfortable. Also, she doesn’t need to make herself more feminine. She is NOT feminine. NO ONE should make her more feminine. She is clearly comfortable in her own skin, the way she is now. Why change something that’s not broke? By the way, if you want to see MK without a baseball cap, print out this image and look at it while she’s performing if it’s that big of a deal. Plus, I’d say, if MK has to take off the baseball cap, then, NO ONE is allowed to wear one. The country guys? Take off the baseball caps. MK can’t wear them and be comfortable, neither can you. If MK has to become more feminine? The guys ALL have to wear suits and ties. I’m really tired of this. This is not about looks. This is NOT about baseball caps. The only thing I’m concerned about is if they SOUND good. I don’t give a rats ass what ANY of them wear. What they wear is their own choice. At least they are all comfortable! Give it a rest! Yes, I am angry. Her performances are NOT about baseball caps. I seriously think MK is getting the brunt of things because she’s gay. I know everyone will say “No, she’s not. She’s truly horrible.” Again, you don’t have to tell me. I won’t believe you anyway. I stand for what’s right. If MK is comfortable in the baseball caps then, GREAT! Wear them! She’s not a beauty queen so, why should she dress like one? http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608021937285694174&pid=1.7

  • Matthew Richards

    I agree with MJ about almost everyone, especially Jessica Meuse. But I think both of you have seriously under-ranked Emily. As far as just pure singing goes, she has one of the best voices in the competition. That goes a long way. She’s easily in my Top 5.

  • Brian

    I agree the criticism about her fashion is NOT warranted. It is who she is, musicians should be who they are.

    What I think it not connecting the most is her awkward stage presence. She felt stiff last week on stage on a fun sounding song. Her fashion is not the problem and I do hope it isn’t for other people as well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Twitter followers for the top12 (first # from 12 days ago):

    @SamWoolfMusic: 20,100; 31,000 (^10,900)
    @RealAlexPreston: 12,700; 22,000 (^9,300)
    @MalayaTinaB: 8,400; 13,800 (^5,400)
    @JessMeuse: 6,438; 11,700 (^5,262)
    @mknobilette: 3,166; 9,287 (^6,121)
    @JenaAsciutto1: 3,340; 7,861 (^4,521)
    @PSMajestyRose: 2,061; 7,360 (^5,299)
    @RealEmilyPiriz: 2,848; 7,244 (^4,396)
    @CJHarrisMusic: 3,097; 6,747 (^3,650)
    @ImDexterRoberts: 2,433; 6,665 (^4,232)
    @BenBriley: 2,205; 6,084 (^3,879)
    @CalebPJohnson: 638; 4,090 (^3,452)

  • sanhaleyfan

    Exactly. That’s what I loved about Michelle Chamuel on The Voice. She never had to change her appearance to get into the finale.

    I also agree that she appeared stiff last week. I think it’s mostly due to nerves/being a bit shy? I don’t know. I watched an interview of hers awhile ago and she showed a great amount of personality. I just think she has trouble conveying the emotion on stage. That’s something that she can get over if she really works on it. Guess what? The make-up didn’t bother her but, if they make her wear 6 inch heels and a mini dress with 6 foot extensions, it’ll be a bit weird, don’t you think? Here’s the interview if you want to see it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoHPXua2sVQ

  • Matthew Richards

    Or if not Top 5, at least above Jena, Ben, and Dexter.

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t like any of the hat wear, worn *consistently* by any of the contestants. When you’re a performer, you should at least *try* to portray the essence of the song, not just sing it. Dress up when called for; dress down when not. I just find the cap to be a crutch for everyone. Besides they’re human beings not characters in a comic strip. They are allowed to wear all kinds of different outfits.

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

    Seriously. You might want to calm down there. Shut off your computer and take a walk, maybe. I generally delete overly-angry posts, but I’ll let this one stand.

    Do I think MK should take off her baseball cap or care about the way she dresses? Nope. Do I think America may be reacting negatively to her masculine presentation? Yep. I do. There were lots of comments in last week’s performance post about how she dressed, specifically targeting her baseball cap. One commenter wondered out loud if it would kill her to be more feminine. I suspect this is not an outre opinion.

    The Voice’s Michelle Chamuel is NOT a good comparison, because although I can’t imagine her in a dress, she presents more feminine and conventionally than MK does.

    This is NOT about MK’s sexuality, per se, America, for the most part, doesn’t like to be confused, unfortunately. ANY contestant who dresses or presents themselves in a way that’s outside of “the norm” is going to have some issues on American Idol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Feel better now? I don’t like anyone wearing backwards baseball caps, and it has nothing to do with MK being gay. She’s also awkward on stage, and having trouble connecting, and that also doesn’t have anything to do with her being gay.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I just think she has trouble conveying the emotion on stage.”

    I agree and that doesn’t have anything to do with her being gay.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I still stand by what I said. If she has to take off the cap, so should everyone else that wears one. I just don’t understand the outrage. I personally, don’t want her to become more feminine because I know that’s not who she is. What if she appeared on stage, wearing extensions and a dress? People would still complain because she’s not showing us her true self. It’s a shame that this has to be an issue on American Idol. :’( I’m just tired of hearing this because it’s not a big deal that she wears the baseball cap. I think she looks gorgeous in it. I think she’s prettier than all the other girls. I don’t like girls that dress all “pretty”.

  • sanhaleyfan

    How should MK have dressed last week then? I’m confused. Should she have worn a dress? Had extensions?

  • sanhaleyfan

    Thank you. :) Finally, someone gets it. :p It just hurts me to see these comments flying around. She isn’t gonna appeal to everyone. Plus, she isn’t going to wear a dress because everyone else wants her to.

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

    Nobody is going to make her take off the hat. lol. But this is a COMPETITION. She needs to campaign for votes, and like any politician, she has to shape her message to appeal to the masses if she wants to advance.

    Is it fair? NOPE. But it’s reality. So MK can be stubborn, stick to her guns, and be voted off sooner rather than later.

    Or she can take a look at the package she’s presenting and make changes. It’s not just how she dresses. She’s got to be less internalized, and seemingly more comfortable in her skin when she performs. I think she’s a talented girl. But to survive on Idol, it takes much more than talent. That’s just the way it is.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I agree. That will come with time and LOTS of practice. :) I don’t believe in making people feel or dress uncomfortably just to please everyone else. I don’t feel comfortable in dresses. I’ve tried. I also don’t have long hair. It’s too much work. My hair is very, very short. lol MK can take off the cap but, I don’t want her looking like a beauty queen.

  • Amy Beth

    The baseball cap has to have some deep significance for MK because she certainly let the make-up team go to town on her. She had the spideriest eyelashes of all the girls. So she isn’t averse to all glam squad intervention.

    I had a feeling that her presentation, rather than her orientation, would be the sticking point with the mass viewing public.

  • sanhaleyfan

    She can take off the baseball caps but, I don’t want her wearing dresses or looking too girly. As long as it’s everyone that should take off the caps, I’m fine. :)

  • sanhaleyfan

    Exactly. haha! That’s why I’m so passionate about her keeping it on but, if she must take it off then, so be it. I’ll be disappointed but, as long as she doesn’t have to dress like a beauty queen, I’m good. :D

  • Sassycatz

    I just think she should change things up and give us a different vibe, a different mood. I didn’t really like how Phillip Phillips seemed to be wedded to a gray T-shirt either. He won and he’s doing well, but I still thought it was unnecessarily stubborn about something that shouldn’t have mattered *to him* as much as 1) the music and 2) winning. It’s something an Idol contestant *can* do to show sides of themselves to people who are not as musically astute. For instance, once one goes out in the world and dedicates their life to folk music in folky establishments with folk audiences, sure, wear the same granny dress and birkenstocks or demin top and jeans at every single, solitary performance, but as long as you’re on stage on American Idol being broadcast to millions of people of all musical and pop culture tastes, vying for their votes, you should at least try and compete for those votes by appealing to the most people in as many ways as you can. No one’s asking anyone to change their sexuality or stop talking about their partners. But, clothes? A cap? What’s the big deal? Change it up to suit the performance and give people a look at all the “characters” you can portray and evoke as an entertainer.

  • sanhaleyfan

    Even if she feels physically uncomfortable wearing dresses and all that? She just won’t come off as real if she wears dresses. It’ll be Idol trying to turn her into a barbie doll. I wouldn’t want any of them to feel physically uncomfortable just to please others. Just my opinion though. If MK has to wear a dress on stage, she can wear it for the performance only and then, change out of it afterwards cause those things can be very annoying. I have problems with straps on those kinds of things. I have to keep pulling them up all the time. haha!

  • Incipit

    Oh my – I agree with the Top2 here – but I. Do. Not. Want. either one.

    I can see Alex is popular – but I’m not a fan of his genre, his vocals or his performance. I like Majesty much better – vocals and performance skills, but it’s still a genre that I wouldn’t be buying or listening to.

    So Jessica has the best chance of catching my entertainment dollars – as long as she doesn’t go country – and Emily is an outside possibility as well. I like both their vocals, though Jessica has the edge – and they could sell me music.

    Caleb is the long shot – if he can find current material in his genre so he doesn’t sound like Classic Rock Revisited – then I will be interested.

    But if this year starts to look like more of the same-same Season 11 – I’m outa here. That was already way more than too much Shoe Gazing Alt for me.

    JMO.

  • cableknitgal

    1) Alex — everyone knows why
    2) Majesty — all she needs is a moment to cruise past Alex
    3) Jess Meuse — solid. Could easily upset Majesty.
    4) Caleb — I don’t find him loungey at all. really likable. killer voice
    5) Sam — Unwell only suffered from being to slow, and I think that was because he was concentrating on not closing his eyes and trying to connect. He’ll shake it out.
    6) Ben — bad song choice, bad version, great voice and charm but unless something wild happens (like Caleb gets the flu) Ben’s not going anywhere)
    7) Jena — girl needs to sit herself down at that piano.
    8 ) CJ — pull it out, dude. Darius Rucker has definite rock qualities — if you are going to mimic him do it right!
    9) Emily– it seems like the more you have to explain yourself it means that you don’t really know yourself. If you know, they know, ya know?
    10) Dexter — I really expected more from Dexter especially since Casey Thrasher got eliminated. Aw Naw, really?
    11) MK — originally a long post about MK but the reality is that she has a sweet voice that you might hear a mother using to lull her baby to sleep. But that’s the extent of it.
    12) Malaya — ballad, ballad, ballad…. if she does one she should be able to oust MK

  • sanhaleyfan

    She could lose the hat but, beautifying her up will hurt her too. Physically. Heels and dresses are very painful and annoying. Not to mention, hair is very tedious. I would never wear the typical girly outfits because of that reason alone. My hair is also very, very short. What would you recommend for MK if all this applies to her? I’m not saying it does but, there is a chance it could.

  • Chantey Mann

    MJ sounds homophobic to me.. MK should be MK and not subscribe to anyone’s view of what is appropriate for her physical look..

  • sanhaleyfan

    Thank you! This is what I’m trying to say! Minus the part about MJ being homophobic. But, basically, MK shouldn’t have to look like Miss America if she’s not.

  • Chris

    Shut up MJ. You’re the one that needs to calm down and you’re the one with the blog so maybe you need to get off your computer more and take walks.

  • breakdown

    I don’t think she has to change much but like someone else said, I don’t like anyone wearing a backwards ball cap. And for me, it distracts from her vocals. That’s all.

  • cableknitgal

    I still feel like MK is still really unsure of herself. Whether it be her dress or her musicality it all screams as a cry for acceptance rather than “this is me” take it or leave it. Right now it seems as if she uses her form of dress as a safety blanket. I would not recomend that she go out without a hat of some sort. I think it would unnerve her to be bare headed or that she think she would be selling out and be distracted by that.
    Mostly, though, the voice just isn’t there. It’s sweet, but really not layered enough. IMHO.

  • Sassycatz

    Who said she had to wear a dress? There are beautiful pants suits, palazzos, sparkly tops, etc. that she could wear. In fact, I liked the outfit she had on last week, but the ball cap really detracted from it.

    ETA: By the way, if *I* were on Idol, where I would draw the line in terms of fashion, are stiletto heels! LOL! But not because of insecurity or shyness or any of that stuff, but because I would want to be able to move around, interact with the audience and dance and I cannot do that in stiletto heels. In fact, many of the Idol contestants cannot do that and who does that affect!? The women contestants! In fact, they are at a true disadvantage when they’re moving about in comparison to the guys. So, in that case, yes, I would stand beside anyone who didn’t want to and couldn’t wear stilettos.

  • Tess Herself

    But MK reads as a Bieber dopleganger (at least physically) and I can’t imagine that is really appealing to the Idol crowd. And MJ (who hasn’t ever come across as homophobic to me…just the exact opposite) is right in my book that MK (even though that is who she is) needs to, at least, think about the fact that she is female. Even thought I am not an Ellen fan I will say that MK should use her as a role model not Bieber. Ellen, though wearing slacks and more masculine cut clothes and short hair can never be mistaken for someone of the opposite gender. She is still very cute and MK would be wise to emulate that.

  • thirdtime

    Wow. If you are this angry and defensive of her being criticized, you aren’t going to handle it very well if she does continue in the competition or even wins. Because I can tell you from experience, EVERY idol gets criticized. Follow some of them and you will see. She will continue to get criticized, probably for various things, even if she wins.

  • cableknitgal

    I don’t agree with your order for the top four but I agree with all your comments especially underestimating Caleb. So far Jess has shown real versatility going both country and rock but keeps the bluesy tone.

  • tomr

    MK looks fine just the way she is. Prefer her look to Alex’s but ok with his because that’s just him. Much prefer either to the bare midriff often shown by girls < 18 years old.

  • Landon Cox

    I think Alex is really overrated. He doesn’t connect to songs the way previous WGWGs have (for me/for you), especially on Volcano; I think Sam will outlast him in the WGWG battle. He’s cuter and I feel like grandmas/frau will eat him up.

    Jessica was my favorite this week; she’s like Carly + Skylar, two of my favorite contestants. Majesty was second, I love that she picked Janelle Monae.

    Caleb…I had never heard that song before; I thought it was a classic rock song; I think Simon would have called him old fashioned as he makes the material seem dated. Fantastic voice though.

    I wish MK would either to commit to being a competitor or being herself. It seems like she is afraid of losing her individuality to the big Idol machine, but she doesn’t want to commit fully to her choices; that song was a cool pick, but she seemed vacant. I don’t think America really minded her aesthetic when she was slaying that John Legend song; however if she isn’t doing that every week, she might have to cede some ground on her appearance if she wants to make inroads with Middle America.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I’d be fine with a pant suit, I don’t know what palazzo’s are, sparkly tops are okay just as long as they aren’t too sparkly. lol! :p I just don’t get how a baseball cap can be distracting. It’s practically invisible to me cause I look at her eyes while she’s singing. The hat is the smallest part of her outfit. lol!

  • sanhaleyfan

    I don’t think she looks like Justin Bieber but, that’s just me. She’s way better looking than him. lol! I wouldn’t mind her emulating Ellen though. That would be cool. :)

  • sanhaleyfan

    Thank you tomr! <3 I prefer's MK's look over anyone's actually. I was thinking, she could wear studded boots, black bejewled skinny jeans (not too bejeweled though) and a nice top. She could top it off with a headband too. One of those cool ones with stars on it or something. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Finally”? Maybe, there have been an odd overly harsh comment here or there about MK on this blog, but personally, I’ve not had any different opinion, don’t care if she’s gay, and did not need your angry post or any lecture from you for me to “get” anything. I think that painting everyone on this blog with a broad brush is inaccurate and unfair and only causes people to ignore you.

  • cableknitgal

    I, too, loved Majesty’s song choice. Maybe some Imelda May next? Love your thoughts on MK, but disagree with your opinion on Caleb. Is he retro? Yeah, but part of what made those bands famous was their flamboyancy and relatablity (sp?) Caleb is relatable. I agree with Keith. He needs a twist..

  • thirdtime

    LOL…if you are on this blog regularly you will see MJ is far from homophobic!

  • Tess Herself

    I remember this conversation in reverse a few years back when everyone was talking about Pia coming across as way to much a diva because of her wardrobe, hair, and shoes. She got just as much criticism from the masses for being too Barbie as MK is getting for being to Bieber. People, even though this is a singing show, judge the whole package and enjoy commenting on the little things that tend to take away, for them, on enjoying that whole package. I don’t think it has ANYTHING to do with anything other than that.

  • shell29

    I agree with your last paragraph MJ. I think her biggest problem isn’t the ball cap but the fact that she occasionally looks like a deer in the headlights while performing. At times she looked down right scared up on that big stage last week(plus she choose a song that might not be well known among Idol viewers). I’m biased because I already like her and her voice. If I was an average viewer watching her perform for the first time last week I wouldn’t be rushing to the phone/laptop to vote for her. Changing her look up and losing the backwards ball cap every now and then won’t hurt.

  • Roimeister

    unfortunately, Simon was dead wrong when he said “this is a singing competition”… singing is usually the lion’s share, but the whole package is what’s really voted on

  • sanhaleyfan

    I meant that in general. Not on this blog. It even gets brought up on TVLine and such. I just don’t get the outcry over a tiny, little baseball cap. She could lose it but, I don’t want her to become a girly girl. She could emulate Ellen and I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

  • sanhaleyfan

    If she wants too, I’m okay with it. If she’s forced to then, I’d have a problem. haha!

  • Roimeister

    okay… we’ll see you later.. buh bye now

  • Roimeister

    MJ sounds homophobic

    might be the funniest comment I’ve ever seen here

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I meant that in general. Not on this blog.”

    Then why post an angry tirade HERE? Where there has been a lot of support for MK? A completely out of proportion rant about people not liking a backwards baseball cap? Since I’m someone who does NOT like it, I understandably took your rant as an attack on me personally, which it was, based on assuming the worst motivations. Frankly, you are not doing MK any good with this kind of ignorant attack.

  • shell29

    No one is saying that she has to wear a dress. The ensemble she had for her Top 13 photo shoot (sans cap) was a good look IMO.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I know that they all get criticized. I have watched all 13 seasons now. My family even calls me an idol expert because I know so much about the show. It’s just that, I don’t want MK to be forced into wearing something she doesn’t want to wear and she ends up feeling physically uncomfortable. That’s all.

  • Landon Cox

    I’m also really loving that most of these contestants trend towards uptempo numbers as opposed to the season of balladeers we had last year.

    That still doesn’t really solve the problem of Caleb being sort of musically irrelevant to the current landscape. I guess he can always angle for a James Durbin sort of career, but I don’t think that has the heights and limos he spoke of.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I have posted on other sites too. I might have gotten out of control and I’m sorry. I just feel like no one is understanding me. I don’t want MK to be physically uncomfortable just to please America. That’s all.

  • tomr

    You should be her stylist!

  • sanhaleyfan

    I’m okay with that. I just don’t want any of these contestants to be physically uncomfortable just to please America.

  • Tess Herself

    Who is forcing her…I didn’t think a few peeps on an idol blog had that much power, LOL. She can choose to present herself any way she damn well pleases….some of us are just trying to get the message across that she may want to “play the game better” and re-think her presentation (based on our own expertise (especially MJ’s) on how the average viewer views the contestants.

  • sanhaleyfan

    Thanks. I don’t know. Maybe I care too much for MK. I’ve always been told that I can be really defensive (almost cruel) for something or someone I care a lot about.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Tell that to a lot of the female contestants who are persuaded to wear high heels by the stylists. lol

  • Roimeister

    until we get further along in the season, I wouldn’t put too much stock in the WGWG voting phenomena… the new voting methods and limits will have some kind of effect, but it’s not yet clear what that is…
    I think Spencer was too cute to go home by vote this early in a “normal” season

  • sanhaleyfan

    Again, I am being misunderstood. I’m talking about the stylists over at Idol. I don’t want them to drastically change her look. A little changes here and there are fine. I just don’t want them to be drastic.

  • Tess Herself

    Phillip Phillips never ever listened to the stylists. He wore the same gray T-shirt for some 13 weeks (or it seemed like that).

  • sanhaleyfan

    I know. That’s what I’m afraid will happen with MK because of how many negative comments there are on her presentation in general. The stylists are going to try and beautify her a lot.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If stylists suggest something, a contestant is under no obligation to take their suggestions. All MK has to do is say “no”.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Where do you get this idea that any contestants is “forced” to wear anything? As far as I know, the contestants can’t be “forced” to change their style.

  • thirdtime

    I think he still wears the same shirts, lol. It’s true, they don’t have to listen to the stylists if they don’t want to. For all we know maybe MK was already advised to lose the hat and she refuses. It’s her choice. If people don’t like her, they won’t vote for her.

  • iani

    I was thinking, she could wear studded boots, black bejewled skinny jeans (not too bejeweled though) and a nice top.

    She was worn once in a nice jacket and no cap and I thought then she might embrace part of the Elly Jackson fashion sense(La Roux) minus the hair, lol. She has to connect with the people and fashion is part of the image today; on AI she would show she’s flexible and cares to go further in the competition in MO.

  • sanhaleyfan

    Well, that’s good. Maybe I worry too much about my favorite contestants. I’m really sorry. At least it shows I genuinely care though. I have been told that I can be too defensive when I talk about something or someone I am very passionate about. I got out of control and I apologize. Again, I’ll try and not care as much.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The bottom line is that a contestant has the right to say “no” to the stylists.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I don’t know. I just feel that since they are forced into song choices that it’s the same with everything else. I was obviously wrong. I’m just glad she won’t be forced into anything.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I understand that now. I’m happy she has that right. Maybe I just worry too much about her. I don’t know.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Agree on banning the stiletto heels! Torture devices that do put the women contestants at a disadvantage.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK, but over the top tirades are NOT the way to get people to understand you. They are, however, an excellent way of conveying a very negative impression of yourself to people and have people ignore or dismiss you. If you are angry, I would recommend that you try to calm down before posting, or take a walk or something (as MJ suggested).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, maybe when Jimmy was on the show, there was a lot of pressure to sing certain songs in a certain way, but even then, contestants were able to refuse. Now that he’s gone, I think that there are still “suggestions” by the producers and others, but ultimately, the contestants can stick to their guns.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “we’ll see you later.”

    Somehow, I don’t think so. lol

  • justmefornow

    Wow. That range of numbers is a real eye opener. Huge popularity for Sam, compared to some others. He’s like P2 2.0 and unless he has a complete nervous breakdown on stage has this thing locked up.

    But, I must add, those numbers look low overall to me compared to other seasons.

  • justmefornow

    Yup. Kinda like the music industry in general.

  • Sassycatz

    Palazzos are wide-legged pants, that at some angles, can look like a skirt. I think they are flattering on a lot of women, because they’re very “forgiving” if you’re not a skinny minnie, but I can see how they wouldn’t work as well on very short women.

    From wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palazzo_trousers

    During the 1960s, some upscale restaurants resisted modern fashion trends by refusing to admit women wearing trousers, which were considered inappropriate by some proprietors. This posed a problem for women who did not want to wear the skirt styles that were then in fashion. Some women opted to circumvent restaurant bans on women in pants by wearing palazzo trousers or culottes as evening wear.

    .

  • justmefornow

    lol

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

    But, basically, MK shouldn’t have to look like Miss America if she’s not.

    Who is asking her to look like Miss America? Nobody said MK should put in hair extensions or wear a dress. That would be ridiculous.

    Whatever changes she makes to her appearance should be subtle, without seeming forced or phony. Image shaping is not only important for Idol contestants, but anybody who wants to make it in show business.

  • LeoCS

    I think popular isn’t popular among kids and young adults frmo twitter but he’ll tremendously popular with the casual voter, who still is the main force behind the whole thing.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I know and again, I’m sorry. I feel horrible about this. I’m not angry. I’m just more worried about something else and I took it out on here. I shouldn’t have done that and I apologize.

  • Swind

    I basically agree with both of these lists somewhat. As of right now I see it like this:

    1. Majesty
    2. Jessica
    3. Alex
    4. Jena
    5. Sam
    6. Caleb
    7. Ben
    8. Emily
    9. CJ
    10. Dexter
    11. MK
    12. Malaya

    I totally agree with that being the top 4 right now and would LOVE for it to end up being like that…perhaps in a different order though.

  • sanhaleyfan

    No one is and I agree MJ. Again, I’m really really sorry. I shouldn’t have had that outburst. I honestly feel horrible about it.

  • Swind

    Colton had a very large fanbase too in season 11.

  • standtotheright

    None of the top 10 in S11 was remotely shoegaze alt. Some of them played guitar, but not with fuzz pedals. And whatever else one might say about the majority of the top 10, it’s not that they spent a lot of time staring at their shoes, in any genre.
    (Comment about American Idol not being Genre Idol is commented.)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, Harry was right when he talked about teenage girls going for Sam bigtime. lol

  • Roimeister

    Malaya is in the Top 3 in followers, yet was Bottom 3 amongst voters

  • standtotheright

    I think that’s the bigger issue. A 20K or 30K lead in invested fans doesn’t really mean that much with the new voting. Even if those fans ALL give ALL their votes to Woolf and nobody else, by ALL the possible methods, it’s 4 million votes. I didn’t catch the vote totals, but 2 million casual fans only throwing 2 votes on Google to other contestants can match that. So I’ll wait and see.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    I think, without intention, that the discussion with MK has become twofold: a) making changes that can help her stage presence and b) making changes that makes America comfortable. I think the two sides have bled into each other, and clouded the topic.

    Any image changes that any artist makes should be to enhance their stage presence, and not to pacify what others may think. Yes, being on Idol, where one’s survival is dependent on votes, makes this a challenge–especially if a contestant is still growing into their persona. But ultimately, the singer has to feel good with what they’re presenting.

  • sanhaleyfan

    I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. :)

  • thirdtime

    It happens. It’s hard not to get defensive sometimes when someone you like is being criticized. On blogs like this everyone has an opinion, and everyone is encouraged to share it, so you are going to hear all kinds of negative things about a lot of the Idols. Some are even criticized for things that they can’t even change (like their looks).

  • Henrique Mendes

    I love this part of the competition: keeping up with all you guys analysis! It makes the show always exciting!
    A big thank you to all of you bloggers and commenters that help make this show the most exciting show for me!

  • Henrique Mendes

    I agree totally with your ranking! I do believe there might be a guy leaving soon though, because some of them might cancel each other out, and MK and Malaya might stay around a couple more weeks! I think the girls are more diverse

  • Henrique Mendes

    good point! And he really stood out as the most good looking guy by a mile.
    Its interesting how the good looks of a guy can be such a bonus for him, yet for a girl, she can be as gorgeous as Lupita that it doesn’t really matter.

  • Henrique Mendes

    And Angie was miles ahead of all the other in season 12 (she still is) in terms of twitter base

  • HKfan

    I thought she looked really pretty the week before in the beanie instead of the Beiber backwards cap…..still wearing a hat, but much better.

  • HKfan

    Adam Lambert was great at that on s8, changing his look to suit the setting and the song…didn’t mean he was being less of himself, just a different side to himself.
    I think she should lose the cap, maybe it would stop the Beiber comparisons.

  • Chris

    What???

  • Chris

    Wrong. Image Shaping is for people that never become stars. If you want to make it, stand out and be yourself.

  • LeahKittyS

    Here’s my personal ranking as of now:
    1. Majesty
    2. Jena
    3. Jessica
    4. Alex
    5. Sam
    6. Emily
    7. Caleb
    8. MK
    9. Ben
    10. Malaya
    11. CJ
    12. Dexter

  • scoobynacks

    I disagree that Alex doesn’t have the it factor, but it is a little hard for him to convey it with his eyes closed all the time. I think you’d believe in him more if he’d actually open them. He’s not my favorite favorite, but he could do and deserves to do well.

  • scoobynacks

    Peaked too early? Slezak only really deigned to acknowledge him, grudgingly, last week. Malaya (who I still hope does better) is verging on cartoonish. I’m really upset with how she’s let things get away from her. She’s almost too loud, and while she could be one performance from jumping way up, she could also be out this week if she throws in another mess. I’m afraid she’s too immature to know or care to rein it in.

  • John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    Rude.

  • kcostell

    Colton was the obvious “everybody knew he was going to win right from the start of the season” contestant right up until he got eliminated and Philip became the “it was obvious right from the start of the season he’s going to win” contestant.

    This year everybody “knew” Spencer was going to do well because he was a cute white guy right up until he got eliminated. Now everybody “knows” Sam is going to win because he’s a cute white guy. It’ll stay that way right up until the moment Sam gets eliminated.

  • Kariann Hart

    I find the hats distracting.

  • Kariann Hart

    I find the hats distracting.

  • Kariann Hart

    I find the hats distracting.

  • Matthew Richards

    Okay, I’ve changed my mind about Emily. Lol.

  • Matthew Richards

    Okay, I’ve changed my mind about Emily. Lol.

  • Matthew Richards

    Okay, I’ve changed my mind about Emily. Lol.

  • Maria Rodriguez

    She doesn’t need to dress more girly . But she needs to drop that baseball cap . Change to other hat styles or show her hair . She is hiding behind that dreadful cap her stage insecurities .

  • Maria Rodriguez

    Her clothes are fine except for the baseball cap . if she needed a hat so hard . Try to get at least a more stylish one . Those black caps are ugly even for a guy .