Posted: 6:48 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Who’s out next on ‘American Idol’? Results recap for the top 10 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII:  C.J. Harris peforms on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: C.J. Harris peforms on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

MK Nobilette’s departure was a case of inevitability.

She’s been near the bottom for weeks. I  never felt she deserved a spot in the top 13 anyway. It was clear to anyone with a pulse that she was cannon fodder. It was just a matter of time for her departure. That time is now.

Her sloppy imperfect “Perfect” last night sealed the deal. Her ridiculous Bieber-like backwards ball cap and her perpetually blank look while singing doomed her from the get go. She was so laid back that it appeared she didn’t care (though I’m sure that’s not the case.)

Technically, she isn’t a bad singer but not a great one either.

I predicted the bottom three would be CJ Harris (worst performance of the night), MK and Dexter Roberts. I called MK going home and nailed it. So I’m three for four so far in prognostication this year.

But Majesty Rose yet again was in the bottom three despite a decent cover of Avicii last night, or so I thought. CJ miraculously escaped harm. He may not be so lucky next week if he doesn’t fix that “sharpness” issue quickly.

Otherwise, the hour included Jennifer Lopez trying to dial it back to 1998 and some new group Harry Connick Jr. likes whose name I’ve already forgotten.

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Earlier today, I stopped by Shula’s in Buckhead, where 92.9/The Game was doing a live show and season four “Idol” finalists Bo Bice and Anthony Fedorov came by to promote tomorrow’s Rally Idol fundraiser at the Buckhead Theatre to promote research to cure childhood cancer. If this season is boring you, this will remind you of the show when its popularity was peaking. Season 10′s Haley Reinhart was going to arrive later in the day. Bo was going to keep both of them at the Bice compound. He has 40 acres in Covington. He also planned to cook dinner for the mini-”Idol” reunion as well. (He knew Haley because they’ve done some shows together.) All three will be celebrity judges with Lauren Alaina tomorrow and don’t be surprised if they sing as well.

Bo Bice (short hair!) and Anthony Fedorov with me at Shula's, where they were promoting the first annual Rally Idol for childhood cancer research at the Buckhead Theatre March 21. It's only $10 a ticket!

Bo Bice (short hair!) and Anthony Fedorov with me at Shula’s, where they were promoting the first annual Rally Idol for childhood cancer research at the Buckhead Theatre March 21. It’s only $10 a ticket!

298 comments
Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Well Well.  At least IDOL has one more year to find some decent talent.....

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

News from The Idol Pad, a usually extremely reliable source for Idol spoilers:

Despite its rapidly declining ratings, American Idol is NOT being cancelled following the current season.  FOX is renewing the series for a fourteenth season.  Repeat: American Idol XIV will premiere in the first quarter of 2015.  However, our sources promise a "more compact version of Idol as it enters its golden years."  Apparently, experts believe that the key to stabilization is decreasing the time commitment expected of viewers.  "At this point, 'less is more' is where its headed."  Plans are already in order to scale back season 14 by about a month as well as consolidate the show into one-night-per-week, rather than the traditional two-night format

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Re Hunger Games.  I think it is open to interpretation.  Peeta needed her, Gale didn't.  Peeta is a follower, Gale isn't.  She and Peeta had a bond from the Games that she and Gale didn't have.  Also, Gale walked away because he knew Kat would never stop seeing him as the bomb's creator.  So did she choose Peeta or was Peeta the only direction she had left?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I have not seen WD yet.  It is on the agenda but I don't know when I'll get to it.  

Jenny, have you seen last night's HIMYM yet?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre: I do agree with you re Hunger Games, and Mercedes too. I think for the first book and a half, Peta was a "pity case" for Katness, but I think when he "died" and had to be resuscitated, then was captured in the end of book 2, her feelings made a big change and she realized how much she loved him. I'm one of those people who believe a person can actually be 'in love' with 2 people.

Did you see "WD" yet? I'll be careful, but will just say a big UH OH re Terminus! Made a comment on the WD site.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

The Reality Check duo pick Caleb, Jena and either Alex or Jessica as the top three contestants.  They also devote some time at the end of each episode to The Voice.  They like 2 singers and nobody else.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

But who am I to say.  Just my opinion and I think it is supported in the book

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Back from a weekend with the in-laws in upstate New York.  Started warm, ended freezing but we had a good time.

I give on the Hunger Games discussion.  To me, Peeta was always a charity case to Kat.  She protected him, she rescued him, she loved him the same way she loved her sister.  And that's why she ended up with him...because her life was about sacrifice, first for her sister, then for the country.  She was a reluctant hero and felt trapped in the role.  She was always way more happy giving than receiving.  That whole paragraph about her realizing that it was inevitable was about her inability to turn her back on the needy.  But hey, imo Gale is a lot more self-sufficient than Peeta.  He always sacrificed himself for Kat.  He took care of her and she took care of Peeta.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Here's a warning to heed: a couple guys came into my little cul-de-sac Saturday afternoon, selling fake ADT window stickers and yard signs. When they banged on my door then hit the doorbell several times, my sister, upstairs, opened a window and asked what he wanted -  guy said he 'represented ADT' - as they've been around before, my sister told him she knew they didn't, and asked them to leave, as my street has a couple of easy-to-see "no soliciting" signs.

The guy got pi$$ed and just as I went to look out the window, he took the yard sign, put the metal stake against the side of my car and walked down the drive dragging the stake along the side of my car - leaving a white scratch all the way down. I banged on the window, and my sister ran down and outside - the guy jumped into a car with his accomplice and drove off.

I called the police, who showed up with minutes. My sister was able to give a good, concise description of the guy, his attire and the car. They filled out a report and gave me a case #. About 7:30 that night, the policewoman called and said he'd hit another neighborhood and done the same thing, and that they'd caught him and he was in Cobb Co jail being processed. They called again at 7:00 am Sunday to say he was in jail and they'd let us know of any changes. Then called last night to say he'd bonded out and they'd keep us up on what was going on with the case.

So watch out for any creeps wandering around your neighborhoods selling junk stuff.

It's been a really bad couple weeks for me, between plumbing/puppy/jacka$$! Hoping for better weeks ahead.

Y'all have a good evening. D - I hope to watch "WD" tonight, so maybe discuss tomorrow - at the other site.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Just a couple of observations on the picture above.

1. Rodney looks better without the hat.

2. Bo looks better with shorter hair.

Jenny11
Jenny11

And also, Sam, "complicated affairs" is putting it mildly, LOL!  But it's yet another thing that leads me to the same conclusion.  She says so many times how she just can't seem to get her feelings sorted out... it's not possible, with the Games and the war and everything else that's happening to her.  She herself doesn't even realize she's in love with him at first.  But she crumbles in the arena when his heart stops and Finnick saves him.... crumbles when Haymitch tells her the Capitol got him... crumbles again in her Mockingjay role once she realizes how they're using him. 

(And in the end, she overcomes her fear and has children because he wants them so badly.  If she'd "settled" for him, I doubt she'd have been able to do that.)

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: It was definitely an interesting-looking film. I'm just usually more of a "Seinfeld-type comedy" with subtlety than a "3 Stooges slapstick" kind of gal. I wish Ed Norton had a bigger role - love him. Good to see

"Voldemort" doing broad comedy though.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good morning!

Sam, glad at least your sister liked "Hotel" even if you didn't.  Wes Anderson is not for everybody but you have to admit his "scenery" and color concepts are spectacular!

Still have many more WD to catch up with. There's not enough time. At least I gave up on the returned dead people. Skimmed through the book it was based on, and was not charmed. "Believe", at same hour and day,  is more interesting. Have two episodes left of my favorite show this year, "True Detective".

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D&M: read back over your analyses of Katniss and her complicated affairs. I think she was more "in sync" with Gale because they'd been lifelong friends, and she was probably attracted to him, even though they'd never even kissed. She probably assumed they'd be married one day. When Peta came along, and after they'd gone thru all the trials and tribulations of the Games twice, I think she fell in love with him, because she knew he'd loved her from afar for years, and would do anything, including die for her.

When the changes in Gale became apparent in book 3, and she discovered he wasn't they boy she'd always known anymore, I think her love for Peta became stronger, because she knew he'd always be there for her.

So, I think she was actually in love with both guys, just different stages at different times in the story.

Mercedes: Re the "Hotel" - not so enamoured with it. My sister went, and she loved it - was crying on the way out of the theater, but I wasn't all that thrilled. I will say Ralph Fiennes was magnificent! And the "lobby boy" was great as well. But while there were some funny parts, I was a bit bored and find some of it too silly for my taste. Not on the same level as "Moonrise Kingdom" for me.

I've not watched "WD" yet - hope to this evening.

Anyone else watch "Good Wife"? WOWSA - cannot believe last nights episode! I was crying - doesn't happen that often on tv (unless there's a dog commercial!)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Um   the edit feature is back

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

good weekend, all

Rickster_
Rickster_

Have a great weekend everyone.

Jenny11
Jenny11

LOL, I just ran across a story on Yahoo about the results show... apparently they thought our Idol alums quite upstaged dear JLo!   

I LOVE this quote: 

"Jennifer Lopez hit the stage on Thursday's results show to perform her new single "I Luh Ya Papi," but she totally got upstaged by a trio of very familiar-looking ladies with very powerful voices.
...
J.Lo sounded surprisingly solid (although some fans suspected she was lip-synching), but she couldn't keep up with Allison, Pia, and Jessica, three of the finest female vocalists in recent "Idol" memory. The fact that none of these girls won their respective seasons was a little baffling. And the fact that they were singing backup for Jennifer Lopez was, frankly, a little maddening."

I especially love the second line from the end.  "The fact that none of these girls won their respective seasons was a little baffling."  Baffling, indeed!!  :-)

Here's the whole article:  https://music.yahoo.com/blogs/reality-rocks/girl-power-allison-iraheta-jessica-sanchez-pia-toscano-023345980.html

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

As far as the results, I don't disagree in the least. I think MK was a good contestant in theory. She did well with ballads, singer/songwriter type songs. I was hoping that she'd shine doing Perfect, but oy. That was a clunker and just really showed how unprepared she was to be on that stage. I wanted to cheer her on, but she moped around the stage so much... it was nearly impossible. Still, there's others that can leave *cough*CJ*cough and I'd be okay. 


Oh, and JLo, really? The best part of that whole performance was seeing Pia, Jessica and Allison. They could have stopped after that. And btw, what was with the "pat your weave" thing? Did she steal Beyonce's?

MercedesS
MercedesS

JLo and Hunter Hayes on "Ellen" this hour - JLo spent several minutes trying to explain the title to her new song, and Hunter sang "Invisible" the way CJ should have tried to sing it. JLo also said that she felt the Idols had ben thrown to the wolves (that's us, the audience) too early; previously, they contestants had had time to hone their skills in Vegas, and so on. And didn't he whittling down take longer too? 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1- I saw your question below... doesn't Papi mean Father?  I remember on Ugly Betty, the dad was always "Papi". 

Jenny11
Jenny11

And re: Idol, I'm quite glad I didn't record the results show!  "I Luh ya Papi"? ... Really??  

I wasn't hugely surprised that MK left... though I wouldn't really have been surprised at any of them going, except for Caleb.  I still feel like many of the others blend together in a big blob of mediocrity.  :-\

Jenny11
Jenny11

And @MercedesS- re:  the Hunger Games, it isn't that Gale turns bad, exactly... it's just that he becomes so invested in the war that a heartless side of him comes out.  Katniss finds that disconcerting at first, and unforgivable later.  

Though @DeirdreC- she loved them both!!  Not just Gale.  He was the one in the beginning... but in the end, she decides it's Peeta she can't live without... and not just because of Gale's bomb.  Because Peeta balances her.  She has plenty of fire, but she needs "the dandelion in the spring."  

(Yes, I just finished re-reading the books, after seeing Catching Fire!  :-)



Rickster_
Rickster_

@DeirdreC As long as there's money to be made... they'll likely keep trotting out Idol.

I like the thought of less is more. (That works really well in most things - except clothing.)

Not sure how they're going to do one night per week, unless they have the performances one night, then the first thing they do the next week is eliminate the low-vote getter from the previous week.

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC They should start by consolidating this years season to 1.5 hours a week. 1 hour performance, half hour elimination. Or are they planning on doing that already?

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - yes!!!! (I'll go over to the new thread with my thoughts, though.)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1  We had a guy come around(he wasn't alone, we could see 2 other people knocking on doors) trying to sell a revolutionary new cleaning product.  I told him I wasn't interested then said, Don't I know you?  He looked at me horrified and I said, yes, you were here a couple of years ago trying to sell me magazines working your way thru UGA(this time he was working his way thru Tech).  He turned around and left.

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-A1 Good advice. Another one to watch out for is people giving out "handmade" No Soliciting signs and asking for a donation. They've gone around neighborhoods across the city up here claiming they live a few blocks away and wanted to get up more signs to ward off solicitors, which ironically they are.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 Crime in Atlanta: At a neighborhood meeting I attended, police revealed these scary numbers: of the 481 criminals responsible for almost 7,000 crimes, 7 are in jail today. Seven.  The rest  are all "bonded out" , i.e. free to commit new crimes.

Jenny11
Jenny11

Ooops!  That was supposed to go under my first reply to Sam's Hunger Games thread below... sorry! 

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Sam-A1 Ed Norton? I LOVED him in "The Honeymooners!"

"Hey there, Ralphie Boy!  

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1 - Yes!  Perfectly put (about the HG books.) You summed up exactly what I was trying to get at about the two relationships.  She was in love with both of them, but as you said, at different stages throughout the books. 

Remember when she asked Finnick "Did you love Annie right away?" and he replied "No.  She crept up on me."  I think Finnick and Annie's love was written in part as an allegory for Katniss and Peeta. 

Also, if you re-read the very end of Mockingjay, where she talks about she and Peeta eventually finding their way back together... she actually *says* "I know this would have happened anyway."  Meaning, to me, that even if she hadn't seen Gale's darker side, she still would've ended up with Peeta.  


JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC It is?


Yes, yes it is.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Jenny11 "The fact none of these girls won their respective season"...  if anyone should have won season 8 (Allison's) it should have been Adam...

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Rickster_ On "Swedish Idol", the contestants perform, then there's a 15 minute newsbreak, during which the audience votes, then the show comes back for five minutes and lets you know who was voted off.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@MercedesS - oh, that's right!  I forgot Allison was on Adam's season.  My "baffling, indeed" should apply to Pia, Jessica, and Adam.  :-)  Though I'd love to have seen him and Allison in the finals.  Remember their duet?   Loved them together.  

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - not sure what you're disagreeing with??  That's accurate... she loves them both.  

When she asks Gale if it was his bomb, he says neither he nor Beetee knows, but "does it matter?  You'll always be thinking about it."  And she will.  But she's in love with them both, and though the bomb factored hugely, here's her quote:  (yes, I'm just geeky enough to look it up. :-)

"What I need to survive is not Gale's fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that."

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@MercedesS  I could see them doing something similar. Move voting to text/web-based. Have the show from 8-9pm, New Girl (or any 30 min sitcom) and come back and 9:30 with the results show. You could do guest performances, etc. if you need to fill up some time. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC Gotta run, but let's finish on Monday.  And I really do think we need a blog book club!  For the off season.  Wouldn't that be fun? 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - hmmm.  Food for thought.  (Maybe we should start a book club!)  

I do agree that she chose Peeta in part because he was better for her (remember the conversation between him and Gale? "Katniss will choose whoever she can't live without.")  

BUT I contend that she was just as much in love with Peeta as she was with Gale.  It took her a while to realize it, and at the same time, she was becoming more and more disillusioned with who Gale was underneath.  (Remember their argument when she realized he was just as coldhearted about killing people as he was about hunting for food?)   

I don't think she loved Gale more.  At least not in the end.  And I thought the book was really clear about *that*!  :-)  :-)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  Disagree with your reasoning.  She used logic to choose Peeta because he was better for her instead of letting her heart take her someplace she knew she shouldn't go with Gale.  I thought the book was really clear about that.  She ended up happy with Peeta instead of conflicted with the man she knew she loved more.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - And I totally disagree with "would choose Gale if she could but she can't."  Yes, she can.  She chooses Peeta for more reasons than just the possibility it was Gale's bomb.  The quote I posted flat out says so....

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - wow, we always see things through such different eyes!  I think she's also "in love" with Peeta.  Even Gale brings up the fact that she's never once kissed him the way she kissed Peeta in the arena.  

When she and Gale go to District 2, she tries to let go and just be with him.  But she can't because she's so torn.  And Gale sees that and calls her on it.

She loved Gale first, yes... but Peeta snuck up on her and stole her heart just as equally...

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  Repeat, she's in love with Gale, would choose Gale if she could but she can't.  Peeta, whom she loves(different than in love) is better for her. She leads a satisfying, relatively happy life but she would have chosen Gale if she could have.