Posted: 6:43 pm Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Who is out second on ‘American Idol’? 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Majesty Rose performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Majesty Rose performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Emily Piriz took a big chance singing an upbeat Jennifer Lopez song but she only highlighted the fact that she is no Jennifer Lopez.

Piriz to me always felt like she was play acting up there on stage. She was at best, a passable pretty pageant contestant with a decent voice but no star quality. Artistry? Not readily apparent.

So her departure is no surprise. There was no chance she was going to be saved either.

The bottom three were women again: Emily, MK Nobillette (again) and Jena Irene. I got two out of three right there.

For MK, it’s just a matter of time. She cannot connect. I think Jena has a bit more potential and actually liked her performance last night.

Unfortunately, this is not a year for the ladies.

There appear to be only two women that are especially well liked in this group by fans so far: Jessica Meuse and Majesty Rose, with Majesty the only one with a realistic shot at winning.

Not that the guys are blowing people away. Sam Woolf, my early call to win, is a little rawer than I had anticipated. The country guys lack star power. Caleb Johnson, a pro on stage, could win at this point but is he really a star?

But for now, it’s just eliminating the weakest links, without a lot of bloodshed or tears.

Harry Connick Jr. was tough Wednesday night, understandably. So he spent a lot of time defending himself. He thinks they’re talented. He just wants them to be better and has only so much time as a judge to give them constructive criticism. If he were mentoring them, I bet they’d be much better. What is Randy Jackson really adding to the equation?

Good news for me: I called it again. I’m two for two. The poll we took yesterday indicated people disliked MK the most but this is about gaining votes not receiving the fewest votes. Clearly, MK has a bigger fan base than Emily. We were also clued in when they showed early voting volume the first hour and Emily was way at the bottom.

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RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

New blog entry up. "Walking Dead' fans might be surprised to learn who was singing that song during this past Sunday's episode over the Bob Stookey opener.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - Our HIMYM thread got so long that I'm putting this up top so it won't get lost.  I also think he has the locket!  In what world would the Ted we know NOT have dived straight into that pond after it?!?!?  It plays in somehow.  Maybe it's what makes Robin call him to the bride's room.

Jenny11
Jenny11

And off topic, does anyone else watch The Bachelor?  Whoooo.  Wow!  Good for Claire.  Watching her, I was so wishing they'd picked her as the next bachelorette instead!! 

(For those who don't watch... for the first time ever, the Bachelor actually got exposed for his BS and dumped by more than one of the girls!!  It was quite interesting to watch.)

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC, yes, major awwww moment on HIMYM!!   For a long time I've been seeing speculation that the Mother's name was Daisy, based on the episode title... but again, just like with the other situation, I really didn't think they'd be that transparent and give us such an obvious clue. (Though that ending with Robin left me saying "hmmm".  You know she was thinking about Ted.  I just can't shake the feeling that she's not going to end up with Barney... she's going to go off on her own and travel the world as a journalist.  Ted's even alluded to that in prior seasons, that she does.)   

On Idol... How strange that you & I agree on *almost* all the leaders this year!  When does that ever happen?  I'm not an Alex fan, but agree with all your others.  In my eyes, Caleb's been the best so far, but if Sam ends up being "the chosen one", he sure has a lovely voice.  That wouldn't feel frustrating to me like other years have. This year, it seems like the strongest talent may be a guy.    

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I am now able to get on via my laptop.  I ended up deleting cookies and it seemed to clear the problem.  

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Wow, just able to get on-line.....?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Haven't been able to get on the blog from my laptop today.  AJC tells me they are having all sorts of issues.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

That's the biggest difference between the contestants on The Voice and the Idol contestants, imo.  The Voice contestants don't usually need to work on their stage skills.  Many of them are already seasoned veterans of stage work.  I think, once the Idol contestants get more comfortable on the stage, you won't see one group superior to another re the voices.  Plus, I have noticed that, once the battle rounds start, The Voice loses its edge. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

No, Jenny I haven't seen Grey's Anatomy yet.  I am looking forward to it but I just haven't had a chance.

Major "aw" moment on HIMYM last night.  

My favorites on Idol so far are Caleb, Majesty, Jessica, Alex and Sam.  

Caleb tops the list because he hasn't faltered at all yet and I love his confidence.  Now maybe when he's forced to sing a ballad, I'll change my mind.

Majesty has a great voice but it's her stage persona that makes me a fan.  She sparkles.

Jessica has had her ups and downs but I really like her voice.  Boozy, smoky....she sings interesting songs.  Now if she can just get her stage presence to match up.  She's trying to relax and open up but I think life has made her always ready for things to go south very quickly.

Alex...someone on the night crew called Alex Ducky(the name of Molly Ringwald's friend in Pretty in Pink) and I saw the reference immediately.  He's this guy in the background who, if someone would just give him a chance, is pretty great to know.

Sam.  I know Sam is like the "chosen one" among girls 13 to 18 but he has a seriously nice voice that even those of us jaded by the wgwg phenomenon can't deny.  He needs some major work on his stage presence however.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Jen: We're sisters again! I agree with you almost 100%  - so far Caleb is my fave by far - and his style of music suits me well! Also like CJ - something humble about him, and I thought he was ok (not great, but....) on his song. Malaya, bless her heart, is a screetcher, and I don't like it. 

Don't care to listen to either country boy, but the  (how do I put this???)  a bit more attractive one, name ????, sounds better than the other one. Like Jessica a lot and Jena ok.

Do not like Alex, though I can see he has talent, and agree, he is "hard to look at", but other than an unpleasant mouth, not sure what it is that bothers me. I do like Sam - a beautiful voice! And Majesty - even though she's apparently out of her teens already, looks and sounds a little like the very young girl on the first "XF" that was so good.

MK - meh - don't hate or love.

Jenny11
Jenny11

Well, I finished watching all of last Wednesday's performances... they weren't as boring as y'all had me bracing for!  But then again, I knew and liked many of the songs, which always helps me enjoy the show more.  

I think Caleb's the clear leader at this point.  And I love his taste in music so far.  If he keeps picking older classic rock songs, he'll definitely be my favorite.  I'd say CJ was second best on Wednesday (though only OK the first week.) The rest were just OK-to-pretty-good (except Malaya who was awfully screechy.)  I kind of like MK!  And Jena, and Jessica.  Even Sam was so much better this week... maybe he was just nervous last week.  But if Caleb keeps up this quality, I'd think he should win.  (Though "should" in the Idol world usually means "won't".) 

I still don't care for the twangy country guys.  And there's something that I just don't like about Alex...  I can't put my finger on it.  He's difficult to look at, yes... but he does sing well and seems to know his craft (as someone else said)... so why don't I like him?  Maybe it was just the cheesy song... 

MercedesS
MercedesS

I am also ticking off the wretched "Following".  Had saved up 7 or so episodes. Nasty.  At least this time

Kevin gets to knock off one bad guy a week.  Last season it was the opposite: in every episode, one or more of Kev's  pals  died in gruesome ways.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I watched Resurrection last night.  Slow but I'm curious so I will try it again.  Haven't caught up with WD yet but will try to get to it this afternoon.  Loved the Ellen Burstyn film that Mercedes mentioned.

Also watched last week's Revolution with the Matrix themed episode.  Enjoyed that very much.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: hate when the eyes are mismatched in shows/films. In Harry Potter books, Lily had vivid green eyes, and as we know Harry "has your mother's eyes" as we heard from almost every adult character throughout the series; however the actresses playing Lily (child and adult) in the film had brown eyes, and Harry (Daniel) has very blue eyes. Always bothered me.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Oh, and about that kid on "Resurrection" who did 32 years earlier and comes back good as new, still 8 years old, wearing the same clothes he drowned in? Something weird about him - kid has dark brown eyes, and both parents (Francis Fisher and Kirkwood Smith) have blue eyes.

MercedesS
MercedesS

So that's why I'm so tired... had to take dog in to vet's  at 8 which really was 7. 

Looked at "Resurrection" yesterday while I was ironing. S-l-o-w moving. There's a really good film with the same name from  1980 starring Elle Burstyn as a woman who receives amazing healing powers after a brush with death.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Yawn....I'm sleepy.  But, Good Morning all.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  Yes, agreement between us is a rare and wonderful thing.  We should savor it while it lasts.

Re HIMYM, we have also seen at least one flash forward with Robin and Barney together on their honeymoon so who knows where they are going.  We KNOW for sure that Ted and the Mother get married and have two kids. 

DanJohn
DanJohn

@DeirdreC Loved Josh Kaufman last night on The Voice! Amazing soulful voice.


I understand the comparison between Idol and The Voice, kinda like comparing The Brady Bunch to The Partridge Family. But they are different on so many levels. The Battle-rounds in the first two cycles were horrible as Deirdre mentions but the past 4 they are much better since the producers, mentors and contests seem to try to make it cohesive. The contestants IMO don't try to over-sing the song. They try to make it a duet. Granted some over sing but I don't dread them.


The Voice has had some success with contestants. Cassadee Pope comes to mind. I believe the problem(lack of success) is because The Voice have two cycles a year and also the record company lack of pushing the artists. You also have to consider the X-Factor. Not the show but that special something that grabs and holds you to the point you want more. When you only hear a voice you can't see the entire package. Regardless what job you have to be a success you have to have more than talent. You need drive and someone who believes in your abilities. In music you have to have a voice, great songs and a label who promotes you. In the case of The Voice I don't think the record label promotes the winners enough.  

G_
G_

@DeirdreC The "experience" of contestants is what I like most about The Voice, and what I'm most critical about for Idol. 

I think the battle rounds enhance the competativeness of the competition.  At the end of the day, ALL the shows are about competition.  Idol is a bit more soft / traditional than other shows.  I think it's only natural The Voice looks like other shows after the battle rounds.  What else are they going to do? 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1 , I know, I really can't put my finger on what I don't like about Alex.  I hate the song he did... it's almost as bad as the cheesy "I Believe I Can Fly" song!!  But that wasn't it.  I didn't like him the week before, either.  ???

I'm looking forward to hearing more from Jessica, Jena, Majesty and Sam before I make up my mind on my faves besides Caleb.  I hope Sam can get back to his earlier level of  "Babylon".  (See?  Though my faves in many years are girls, I sometimes have guy favorites too!  I think I get misunderstood sometimes.  I just feel so strongly that the winner needs to have a good voice, and I hate when America crowns the Lee DeWyzes of the world. ;-) )


Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@MercedesS I watched only 20 or so minutes of the first show of "Following" last season, and when a woman put a pen or something thru somebody's eye, I decided immediately it was not the show for me! Haven't tuned in since.

Sierra1707
Sierra1707

@DeirdreC Take note: Lee DeWyze's "Blackbird Song" is playing during the opening scene of this episode, as Bob Stookey wanders alone, and again at the end of the show.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@Woodpappy Me too! I hate this time change crappola - wish they'd just settle on one or the other and leave it alone! Always takes me at least two weeks to get used to getting up at what is actually 4:30 am body time - when the regular 5:30 am time is already bad enough!

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC He reminds me of Elliott Yamin or Casey Abrams. No chance of winning, but he really knows what he is doing.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - and I also wonder why Robin calls Ted into the bride's room and has that look on her face.  (remember, the flash forward from a few seasons ago.)  I think she might tell him she wants to be with him.  But he tells her no... maybe because he's finally truly accepted they want such different things... and thus his heart is finally really, truly free when he meets the mother (which we know is later at the train platform.)  Again, just a theory...

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - We saw them on their honeymoon?  I must have missed that.  I've  skipped through some of the shows I didn't like over the years.  Fill me in??? 

Maybe all these doubts she keeps having about Barney are just red herrings, but I still say she becomes an international journalist - alone.  Just a feeling.  

 

RxDawg original
RxDawg original

@DanJohn @DeirdreC "kinda like comparing The Brady Bunch to The Partridge Family"   I tend to more compare it as the major league vs. the minors.   Idol has got to get some better talent.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@G_ @DeirdreC  I absolutely hate the battle rounds because it encourages the contestants to scream instead of sing.  The over-whelming desire to "out-sing" their competitors creates pitchy, wandering, yelling people who think they are actually singing.  It is the absolute worst part of the show, imo.

G_
G_

@DeirdreC Also, one of the reasons The Voice winners/contestants can't capitalize on the show is because of their own drawbacks.  The vast majority of contestants have performed profesionally and even put out albums.  There's a logical reason they flopped............

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC @Jenny11If he was that upset because Barney had married her... he wouldn't be open when the yellow umbrella comes along.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC If he was that upset because Barney had married her... he wouldn't be open when the yellow umbrella comes along.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  And he looks really unhappy on that train platform.  Why?  Because his best friends just married each other or because they didn't?

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC @Jenny11Yes, but I even rewound to see if they mentioned "honeymoon"... and I don't think they did.  I got the feeling that's what we were supposed to think, but maybe it was just a trip. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC @Jenny11No, he didn't say alone.  We only  know that Robin does go on to work abroad.  The alone part is only my guess.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  Very brief, they got really drunk, then hung-over and the baby started crying and they started to argue about whose turn it is to take care of the baby when they realize they're in the wrong room and they don't have a baby.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@RxDawg original @DeirdreC @G_  My point is that it is the battle rounds that put The Voice's singers on basically the same level as Idol's talent.  Mostly they make a mess of things and some never quite get it back.

JTesla
JTesla

@RxDawg original For me it's the television that I like, so coal isn't an issue. I'm looking forward to Hell's Kitchen because for me it's fun, not because I want to see any of these people cook. It's the same with Idol, to date I've bought one album, and that person is now a backup singer on Idol of all things.

 However, I can see where the more musically inclined would favor The Voice.

RxDawg original
RxDawg original

@JTesla I can understand that.   I tune in to be wow'd, so the really good ones are what I enjoy.   Since the voice has more of that, I enjoy it more.   Finding diamonds in the rough is nice, but what if all you find is coal?

JTesla
JTesla

@RxDawg original But that is what I like about Idol. It isn't about people that are ready. It isn't a second chance, it's a first chance. I want them to find a diamond in the rough.

For me, after the initial auditions The Voice stops being even mildly entertaining.

RxDawg original
RxDawg original

@DeirdreC @G_ I tend to agree with you about the battle rounds on the voice.    It's my least favortie part of the show.  But to me it's no contest on which show is better right now.   The Voice has people that are good, and could acutally do this for a living.   Idol get's coffee shop teenagers that might carry a decent tune.   There's usually only 2 or 3 contestents on Idol that have any real shot.   Sometimes I really just don't get it.   Like the pediatric nurse girl?  Holy cow she was so bad.   How can they pick her our of thousands of people?   I just don't get it except to think that the really talented people just don't go out for Idol.