Posted: 6:03 pm Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Who’s out next on ‘American Idol’ and miss the tour? 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Ben Briley performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Ben Briley performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Ryan Seacrest teased a surprise departure.

In one sense, it was a surprise because there seemed to be a trend toward ladies getting cut.

But tonight, two out of three in the bottom were guys. And the third was Majesty Rose, someone I didn’t expect to get so little support.

In the end, Ben Briley – after his disastrous Elton John “Bennie and Jets” lounge act – got the fewest votes and misses the “American Idol” tour.

I give Ben a lot of credit. He tried different things on the live show. He took a major risk last night and failed. It happens. He wanted to show he wasn’t just a country crooner. Unfortunately, that jacket, the piano, the whole schtick, it just fell flat.

The bigger surprises were Majesty and Sam Woolf in the bottom three.  Both were early favorites to win the entire competition. Why? They’re young, pretty and talented.

But they’ve been making poor song choices. Majesty had trouble handling a difficult song last night. Woolf also took on a classic Beatles song and while it wasn’t bad, he clearly has a long way to go to become an artist, far longer than we had presumed entering the top 13. His shyness and inexperience is hurting him. Majesty probably hasn’t figured out who she wants to be yet as an artist.

Both are very young and they can certainly improve. Perhaps tonight’s results will be a motivation for them to push and give us a great performance next week. We can only hope.

If either had been the lowest vote getter tonight, I’m certain the judges would have used the save.  (Apparently, it was pretty tight, too: about a 0.7 percentage point difference between him and Majesty.)

I thought MK Nobillette was in trouble but amazingly, she made it through. Jessica Meuse has also been struggling but she, too, made the cut. I’m less surprised that Malaya Watson survived only because she got the “pimp spot” and she sang in tune and with some gusto.

So I finally got it wrong. I predicted Ben in the bottom but not eliminated. I figured he had enough fans who would have voted for him, aware how badly he screwed up. But alas, those fans didn’t help him enough.

Ratings last night were 10.27 million, down from 10.51 million a week earlier. The 18-49 ratings fell even more: 2.7 to 2.4, behind both “Survivor” and “Modern Family.”

355 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

SPOILER ALERT: SONG SPOILERS:


Alex Preston - "Story Of My Life" by One Direction
C.J. Harris - "Invisible" by Hunter Hayes
Caleb Johnson - "The Edge Of Glory" by Lady Gaga
Dexter Roberts - "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line
Jena Irene Asciutto - "Clarity" by Zedd/Foxes
Jessica "Jess" Meuse - TBD
M.K. Nobilette - " Perfect" by Pink
Majesty York - TBD
Malaya Watson - TBD
Sam Woolf - "We Are Young" by Fun/Janelle Monáe

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

JT: I can never remember if you live in Seattle or Portland. If Seattle, hope you weren't downtown a few hours ago when that news copter crashed to the street and hit some cars. Terrible accident.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

The office internet has been down all day - something about a firewall problem. Just came up.

D: Watched "WD" last night. First half a bit slow, then POW right in the kisser (as my Dad fave tv show "The Honeymooners" used to say (at least Jackie Gleason did).Mercy me! First thing - very sad, second thing - had to be done.

Guess I'm the only one who doesn't remember the cheerleader. Guess I'll have to google her and see if it's just the name I'm forgetting.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

For my HIMYM pal, Jenny.  I just read an article about the finale episode which gives some hints:

The finale "picks up right after Barney and Robin's wedding and becomes this time machine that takes us into the future," teases executive producer Craig Thomas, who created the show with college friend Carter Bays. "It tells the story of the 17 years between May 2013 and 2030, complete with many ups and downs."

Stated more simply: "It's a doozy," says Hannigan, sitting in the gang's well-worn booth at MacLaren's on Fox's Stage 22, where "HIMYM" has shot for nine seasons. "I'm really going to miss everyone."

At the last table read, held on Valentine's Day ("Just rip my heart out," Hannigan says of the scheduling), the cast went over the script for the series ender, and there were waterworks. "We were just shy of solving California's historic drought," says Thomas.

Though details from the big finale remain top secret, we do know the hour will include a brief appearance by a beloved guest star. "A fun, random one from the past," Thomas hints. It also might feature a robot in a tuxedo; a scene at that fateful Farhampton train station; the moment that Ted and the Mother first meet; and, finally, her name. "The very end of the episode — the last two minutes of it — is exactly what we'd planned out years ago," Thomas says. "We even shot a part of the last sequence back in 2006 with Ted's kids, before they became the adults they are now."

Rickster_
Rickster_

Brittany Kerr once again proves the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for."

MercedesS
MercedesS

As always, the Slezak reality check spot on!  Wonder if it's watched by Idol producers... 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Another cold morning in Georgia!

I didn't remember the cheerleader until I looked her up.  Not much of a voice and infamous, too.  Kinda feel sorry for her.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Anyone remember "American Idol "hopeful" Brittany Kerr?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Y'all have a nice evening.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks for all the input guys - it finally changed for me midday after I went back and refreshed it and hit the save in my acct.

And you guys are right - I loved Rosanne Rossanadana (or Rossana Dana - not sure which!)

Did y'all see that Mick Jagger's girlfriend for a decade+, L'Wren Scott, committed suicide this am? somehow this 6'2" woman hung herself with a scarf from a door knob. How sad - said Mick is devastated. And she was quite a famous designer, with lots of stars wearing her dresses on the red carpets. You'd think she had a lovely, glamorous life - guess we never know what's going on with other people.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Jen:  That's the new one - the one I've had for a long time was just Bella in her Christmas dress. The cream one is Amber, the "I'll eat anything" kid.

Turns out we were lucky - had she eaten any of the actual bulb, she'd probably have died - they are totally toxic! You never know what innocuous seeming thing could kill those you hold dear.

Jenny11
Jenny11

And @DeirdreC- only two more weeks till the HIMYM finale!  It's killing me that I can't find any spoilers!  I want to know what happens, dangit... :-)

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1 - I see two cute dogs in your avatar!  You probably just need to log out and log back in, and then I bet you'll see the new pic.  And thank goodness your baby is OK!   (I think daffodils are slightly related to the lily family, and lilies can be deadly poisonous to pets, like onions and garlic can.  I've always heard to keep your pets away from flowers or foods that grow from a bulb.) 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1


Thanks, Woodpappy - just another week at my household! I can't remember what tv show had a character that said "It's always something", but it's true!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Man, Sam A-1 talk about bad luck and bad timing....hope things get better quickly. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: When I go to my account in AJC, the new pic I put in weeks ago, with both my girls, is there - but it's not translating to this site. Any idea what else I can do, or maybe something I've failed to do, to get the pic changed? Asking you because you seem to know so much about getting around in here.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: Everything gets expensive when it or they get old! Cars/houses/daily living/pets - sad but true!

MercedesS
MercedesS

And yes, Sam, so sorry to hear about your problems. But at least the animal was saved and some of us - me included - learned that daffodil leaves are dangerous for dogs. My 12-year old corgi Jenny is getting to be old and expensive...


Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Just noticed that my avatar did not change - I thought I'd done it right this time, but no go.

And D, DanJ, Mercedes - everyone with a beloved dog or cat, be forewarned that Daffodils, petals, leaves and stems, are very dangerous for a pet to chew. Apparently they're more of an irritant than a poison, but can cause deadly consequences anyway. Who'd of thought that - they grow everywhere.

D: what exactly is an F-250? I'm betting motorcycles, but who knows! And what does your Hubby think about this Malaysia plane debacle? Does he believe the pilot(s) did something? Very sad for these 200+ people and their families. Wish they'd find something (anything) to let the families know what happened. That wondering must be killer bad.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@DeirdreC Caleb doing Lady Gaga! Gotta love that! I think he has learned taking his particular point of view and twisting it on a song that is unexpected (think David Cook doing MJ or Kris Allen doing Kanye) and it can work wonders.

But Sam Woolfe doing that fun song? Yikes! I hope he can up the ante and pull it off but I'm not so sure. Good song pick for MK. I hope Jena can pull off that "Clarity" without making it sound like karaoke.

JTesla
JTesla

I'm down in Portland, but thanks for the concern.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - Thanks! Wow. This sounds good!  And I've decided I think Robin will go through with the wedding after all.  There are just too many purposedly planted doubts trying to lead us to believe that she won't... thus, I think she will!  :-)

Did you watch last night's show yet?  I won't spoil in case not, but I loved it!  :-)  I have some thoughts for once I know you've seen it.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@MercedesS Any particular reason (other than making JT do a search) you brought her up? Is she in the news?

JTesla
JTesla

@MercedesS After looking at pictures of her on Bing, yes I do remember her. For the record, she doesn't do anything for me.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 She was also in debt for $6 million.  And 6'3" even, according to news.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1 - Definitely log out, then log back in.  (Clear your browser history and cookies before logging back in, too.)  I really bet that'll do it.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Sam-A1  Rosanna Rosanna Dana on the old Saturday Night Live skits used to finish up her lines with that saying ..I believe I'm right.

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-A1 I see two dogs, a dark one on the left of the picure and white one on the right. I think it was last Friday that t changd for me.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1  I have no idea on that one Sam.  Try going to the profile page again, scrolling all the way down and hitting save.  That might help but I doubt it.

JTesla
JTesla

True, sorry to hear of your troubles Sam.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1  Hubby thinks that there isn't a section of this earth, especially in the middle east, that isn't covered by spy sats.  He believes that we know exactly where that flight is but can't admit it because it gives away our secrets.

How's that for a conspiracy theory.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1  F-250 is a big Ford pickup truck.  Seriously, Sam, how can you be southern and not know what an F-250 is?  ;-)

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 I was wondering about the F-250 too. And the pilots of the "lost" plane.  Sorry to say my prejudiced mind immediately went to the younger Muslim pilot.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@RodneyHo @DeirdreC -  I think you're right, and Caleb's smart about his song choice strategy.  I didn't watch auditions or much of Hollywood, but has he been a long time fan of the show?  Most of these kids probably grew up with the show, so I'm guessing so. 

Kind of bummed that I only know two songs, though... Caleb's, and "Perfect".  Luckily I like them both.  Maybe the missing 3 will pick something I know.  :-(

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 Still, rough to be called  - in national media - the AI floozie... 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  I'm moving over to the new thread.  Yes I did see last night's show.  I'm starting to like the interludes with the mother better than the rest of the story...which I think is just the way they want it!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@MercedesS @Sam-A1 All the fame, fortune, and glamour in life and sometimes people are still not happy.  Sad situation.

JTesla
JTesla

There are no spy sats looking at the island with the smoke monster on it.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @Sam-A1  Why wouldn't your mind go there, Mercedes?  I think that plane is now under the control of Muslim terrorists and heaven help those passengers!

Rickster_
Rickster_

@MercedesS @Rickster_ Oh... what a surprise. A celebrity marriage ruined by infidelity. Of course... she didn't break up the marriage on her own.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@DeirdreC @MercedesS @Sam-A1  I have a feeling that's what's up as well.  Just surprised the terrorists have waited so long to proclaim their victory so to speak...