Posted: 6:14 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Who are the ‘American Idol’ top 13? 

By Rodney Ho

Quirky Alex Preston has a solid shot to make the top 13 tonight, either by public vote or a wild-card slot.

Quirky Alex Preston got into the top 13 via public vote. CREDIT: Fox

The top 10 from the public vote were announced relatively quickly. Then five of the remaining 10 singers were given a shot to sing for the other three judges’ spots.

Quick observations:

- All the favorites got in, though it took C.J. Harris a wild-card pick to make it. The favs included Sam Woolf (our next “American Idol”!), Majesty Rose, Jessica Meuse, Malaya Watson and Caleb Johnson.

- The five guys voted in by the public were white. That left four African American males out in the cold. That’s just an observation. Arguably, only  one of those four black males really deserved to be in the top 5 and that was C.J. Harris. So I’m not going to yell racism here. Plus, two out of the five women voted in are black. So there!

- Both country guys made it in. There was some thought by us with no scientific basis that Dexter Roberts and Ben Briley would split the country vote. But obviously, the country vote is huge. (Think back to season ten when Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery made it into the final two.)

- Emily Piriz got the votes. I didn’t think much of her but I wonder if her extended argument with Harry Connick Jr. over whether her song was lyrics-appropriate for someone her age might have garnered her some support. Personally, it felt very karaoke to me.

- Why all this love for M.K. Nobilette? She seems nice enough and her voice is pretty. But otherwise, she’s a blank on stage. What’s the big deal?

- Quirky and dorky wins out: Both Alex Preston and Malaya Watson received votes to get in. Warms my nerdy heart.

- Kristen O’Connor as a wild card? Worst choice of the night. She was not good. She won’t last.

- I’m going to miss you Spencer Lloyd! I found him incredibly annoying in so many ways but he could sing. At least he’s not boring – like Kristen.

Anyway, here’s the top 10 in votes:

  • Malaya Watson
  • Ben Briley
  • Emily Piriz
  • Alex Preston
  • Jessica Meuse
  • Dexter Roberts
  • Caleb Johnson
  • Majesty Rose
  • Sam Woolf
  • MK Nobilette

Here are the five who competed for the final three wild-card spots:

C.J. Harris (“Bring It On Home” by Sam Cooke) – With no other black males in the competition, he’s IN for sure. Despite some rough points, he brings on the emotion and that works for the audience. HCJ noted that he and the band didn’t connect. J. Lo said his soul came through for him. Keith said he had to stay emotionally connected to the song.

Jena Ascuitto (original song)  – Impressive under pressure. Kill the swaybots, though. She’s talented. Keith liked that she stayed in her lane and was vulnerable. She’s IN.

Spencer Lloyd (original song) – I liked it despite not wanting to. J. Lo wasn’t happy with it. But he’s OUT.

Bria Anai (“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” James Brown) – Started strong, got a little wonky after awhile but she sung her heart out. Yet…. OUT!

Kristen O’Connor (“Unconditionally” Katy Perry) Not impressed. Yet she gets IN!

So who’s out? Five black folks (just observing, not making any commentary on the voters per se. I’m sure all five of them are thinking it themselves.) Briana Oakley, Marialle Sellers, Emmanuel Zidor, George Lovett, Malcolm Allen

The two Atlanta representatives Bria Anai and Emmanuel didn’t make the cut.

279 comments
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G_

In terms of talent this season, I believe we have a strong group musicians that happen to sing fairly well.  I feel there have been seasons with much better singers, because vocally, I'm not blown away by ANY of them.  I think if you don't allow instruments, we're looking at an entirely different crop of talent. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I see that Rodney has posted another thread. Two Idol threads in a row. We are back in business!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

zekel: While I agree 100% re F(!), maybe you are on the wrong blog - we pretty much enjoy (or tolerate for the sake of the kinship around here) Idol, for all its many flaws. And this year is looking way up from the past year or two.

zekeI
zekeI

COULD NOT CARE LESS! This is a ridiculous show! Nothing more than a show!~ Look at some of the past winners! Fantasia, really? Useless!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

My biggest surprise last night was both Ben and Dexter getting voted in. I thought that they would either cancel each other out or only one would make it in. I voted for six guys after the guys sang and all six of them are in. So proud!

However, the shocker to me is Spencer. I didn't vote for him and probably never would have voted for him but I fully expected him to be in the top 13.

BTW, blogging from 30,000 feet last night was a hoot!

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RoHo, I'm glad you posted something about the sofa covered with black folks at the end (or something like that LOL). That was very noticeable.  Some actually, belonged on the sofa and others were at least better than Kristen imo. Then, Bria get's kicked to the curb in the wild card. Not a big deal or surprising, but noticeable. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Good thing CJ was really good the night before, because he was terrible last night, and that from one who was rooting for him.

Not a bad top group - I'd maybe have a change or two, but overall ok. The boys will definitely win this year.

RoHo - I agree that MK is not too personable and appealing - hopefull the mentors (come on Adam!) and the wardrobe/hair/makeup people will help her out there. I do like her voice and  hope she can get it all fixed soon.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Just posted a poll. Who do you think is going to win (And no, you don't have to pick Sam Woolf, even though I am going for that prediction for the time being).

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Rodney, I noticed the five white guys voted in and said that out loud.  Wow, no black guys.  I had been pulling all along for CJ.  Was so glad that he made it in the wildcard tho.  He was by far the best singer of those guys left out.   Was sort of surprised at the "hurried" feeling I got from Ryan naming the top 10 so quickly.  Really pleased with this top 13.  Now the fun begins !!

rekerstetter
rekerstetter

I would have preferred that Briana make it in over Bria or Kristen.  I know she was a little stiff on stage, but stage presence can be taught.  She has a powerful voice and I wish the judges had given her another chance.

PalmettoPanic
PalmettoPanic

Why would you even bring up the race card? That's absolutely uncalled for. You are just being an a$$ hole, and trying to stir up trouble where there is none.

DanJohn
DanJohn

I don't mind the contestants chosen although I would have rather had Bria and Briana instead of Emily and Kristen.


I do miss not having a male R&B singer in the show but only George Lovett had enough talent to make it to the live shows and he was not good enough last night. Emmanuel and Malcolm need more time.

JTesla
JTesla

Spencer Lloyd is out? Huh, I thought he was crowed the winner last night.

blkshepherd58
blkshepherd58

I am sure to lose my black card(again) after Observing this(think I will borrow your word "observing" )


Why am I not surprised? The Five black folks  did not bring it. Matter of fact very few of the blacks including Cj impressed me. Its been that way for several seasons for me. I don't know why. I have not been impressed since Fantasia and Ruben and so far not one back contestant Jennifer Hudson included has really floored me. Both .

Fantasia's Summertime and Ruben's Superstar. were signature songs for them it showcased the sweetness in their voices.

All other blacks I have observed screamed entirely too loud or voices just did not stand out. If they did in audition they never got as far as the sad five that was sent packing.

 Not sad to see most of the screamers are gone. Never felt you had to scream your head off to sing good. Makes no difference whether your black or white.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@G_ Yes. Instruments means more singer songwriter emoters, fewer belters in general. Thus, the WGWG effect.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

It's unfortunate that so many choose to look at the negative. For every Lee DeWyze, there's Kelly Clarkson. For every Fantasia, there's Carrie Underwood.

The list of well known Idols is long, many of them not winners but runners up who also made a name for themselves. Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Katherine McPhee, Clay Aiken, and many more who are earning a good living at their craft. No other current talent contest show has produced this many recognizable people. Sure The Voice and XFactor haven't been around as long but, with then voice running twice a year! it is catching up.....but where are its stars?

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@DeirdreC I know! Technology cannot be escaped! I fully expected Spencer in, like you, and Dexter out. Go figure. Schlubby wins over Pretty Boy!

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Sam-A1 CJ was nervous. He got a bit sloppy. But I hope he lasts awhile. He has a big heart. I wonder how they are going to remake Malaya Watson? Will they try to downplay her geekiness and glam her up?

G_
G_

@RodneyHo Sam and Ben seem to be the heavy favorites to win.  But don't be surprised if MK makes it pretty far in the season. 

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G_

@Woodpappy Honestly, I didn't think ANY black contestants would make it this season.  I actually like Malaya, but I thought her chances were slim since the girls were so weak.  Even when CJ was chosen for the wildcard, I didn't think luck would be on his side either.  I don't think CJ or Majesty will go far in this competition. 

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@rekerstetter Stage presence can be taught to a degree. I think Jordin Sparks is one who improved over time. Not sure if MK Nobilette will ever get it though...

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G_

@PalmettoPanic You sound a bit uncomforatable. LOL!  RoHo didn't play the race card at all.  How could anyone not notice.  Besides, RoHo didn't say anything positive or negative, but making an observation.

DanJohn
DanJohn

@JTesla Had he gotten in I think he would have won. Heck the girls in the audience went ga-ga over him tonight and last night. Luckily the powers that be thought better of it.

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@JTesla  


No, I believe he was crowned Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic, or something....

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@blkshepherd58

I agree with you to a point.  The black singers chosen were the weakest bunch I've seen in years. Although I believe that Bria and brianna were both better than Krsten, so what?  None of them are better than Candice Glover.  I'm not really blown over by ANY of the singers this season, even less by the black singers.  Guaranteed we'll be down to one black singer in about 2 weeks. 

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@blkshepherd58  


Well said.  The earlier seasons had better black singers, in my opinion.  My fav black female singer was Melinda Doolittle, and on the guy side it was George Huff.  I just loved their voices.

G_
G_

@JTesla @G_   LOL!!! Okay, there ARE exceptions.  LOL!

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@G_ @RodneyHoI'm definitely under-estimating MK. I just don't see her as a star. I see her as a great performer at a small coffeehouse, though.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@G_ @blkshepherd58True. None are as good as Candice. And poor Candice has (poof!) disappeared into the ether. Did you know she released an album this week? "Idol" didn't even mention it. I hope they allow her to perform during a results show.

blkshepherd58
blkshepherd58

@DoubleNaughtSpy @blkshepherd58 your right I forgot about Melinda and George. Both seemed very humble. What I didn't like with some of the black female contestants is they were more concerned about their Look, clothes hair and make up rather than focus on their vocals where as I have seen several white female contestants not so much focus on their look. but really concentrated on their Voice, Those that sang Calm that is.

Not impressed with any of the belters. I was never impressed with Kelly Clarkson belting a song but when she sang calm(however rare that is, its very nice)

JTesla
JTesla

@G_ I notice it when it counts.

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G_

@JTesla

On Tuesday, I DID notice a lot of white males left in the holding room.  I believe I mentioned something about it too.  But like RoHo said, some of us notice racial things instinctively.  It doesn't always mean something negative.  Just observations.  At times in life, some of us have to be aware, because it just may translate into something negative.  When I say "us", I mean those of us that have "like minds" in how we view things. 

JTesla
JTesla

@RodneyHo I noticed a lack of people of Asian or Hispanic decent, and I'm not a minority. It still comes down to black vs white.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@JTesla As a minority, I think I notice things like that instinctively. And I'm neither black nor white.

JTesla
JTesla

I also didn't notice on Tuesday night when some said that white males were left in the holding room without being called.

We live in a nation that is overly obsessed with black vs white.

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@RodneyHo @G_


I don't think MK will loosen up, change her appearance, nothing.  I believe she's out to make a statement.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@G_ @RodneyHoShe could make the top 8 if she picks the right songs and loosens up just a wee bit.

G_
G_

@RodneyHo @G_

MK and Majesty are both small venue artists. But let's be real about MK.  Like Adam Lambert, she will bring a "targeted" audience to support her.  Maybe not enough to win, but enough to edge out other contestants that are much better.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@RodneyHo @G_  I agree RoHo...unless she sheds the ball cap backwards and the dull clothes, she wont last. 

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@G_ @RodneyHo@PalmettoPanicExactly. I'm not saying it was fair but you could see how pissy some of them looked. I'm sure if we had a transcript of their comments from behind the scenes after the show, it would involve a lot of curse words!

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@RodneyHo @G_ @PalmettoPanic

RoHo, you KNOW what they were saying, even if it wasn't warranted. They were simply not good enough.

blkshepherd58
blkshepherd58

@DoubleNaughtSpy @RodneyHo@G_@blkshepherd58 well thanks guys for the reminder of Candace and her up date she definitely disappeared in a cloud of smoke so much to the fact that I completely forgot about her. oh my. and your right DoubleNaught,  The black guys in the auditions sound better then those actually chosen in the last 15. I Fault the pre judges and the Judges. Some good singers are being over looked, some how. I refuse to believe out of thousands of singers this is the Best or Top 13 out of the country? Not convinced these are the best.  

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@RodneyHo @G_@blkshepherd58


Candace disappeared because she was fabricated so AI could try to remain relevant.  They needed a woman to win, they needed another black contestant to win.  They accomplished both with her.


They guys last year were a total joke.  Candace was set up to where she COULDN'T fail.

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@RodneyHo @G_ @blkshepherd58

Yep, I knew she dropped a CD this week.  That's only because I check the new music list every Tuesday :-) That thing was released with NO promotion.  Something went terribly wrong.  I heard the songs and I was disappointed.  It's not that she didn't sound good, but most of the songs are not marketable.