Posted: 6:56 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014

‘American Idol’ top 9 results recap: who’s out next? 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Jessica Meuse performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Jessica Meuse performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Revealing the show’s waning influence, “Idol” was cut to 30 minutes for the results show for the first time in eight years, going back to the Taylor Hicks days. There are no more Ford ads, no exaggerated pregnant pauses to fill time. The group sing was moved into performance night.

Save for a Janelle Monae song, Ryan Seacrest had to cut to the chase and announce Majesty Rose going home.

I predicted at the start of the live shows that she would be a finalist with Sam Woolf.

But she and Sam have been major disappointments. Sam has had trouble connecting with songs. Majesty seems to be picking the wrong tunes and struggling to figure out who she is an artist. These weaknesses revealed their youth and immaturity.

Anyway, I did predict last night that Majesty was likely to go home on a night most folks did at least okay. (I’m now four for five on predictions after the performance show.) Majesty’s problem: she had been in the bottom three two times before. Her fan base hasn’t been growing because he hasn’t been able to pull off a truly great performance to get them excited.

Instead of a crowd pleaser, she picked a relatively obscure and difficult anthemic Florence & the Machine song and merely did a good (not great) job. She ultimately didn’t add much to what Florence Welch did.  In comparison, Malaya Watson smartly opted for emotion with a classic Beatles song and pulled it off with enough originality to stand out.

I was wrong picking the other bottom two. I thought Malaya and Dexter Roberts would be joining Majesty. Wrong. Sam was scraping bottom for a second time. C.J. Harris, who I actually enjoyed last night and ranked No. 2, ranked in the bottom three for the first time.

Majesty reprised “Happy” for her save effort. It was not a smart move. The song is already (way, way, way) overplayed and she seemed a little out of sync with the band.

“This has been the hardest deliberation for us,” Keith Urban said. “It’s not about talent or ability. We’ve got to all agree. By a narrow margin, we are not using our save tonight.”

So she’s out. Five words: not quite ready for primetime.

Randy Jackson’s three favorites of the night: Malaya, Caleb and Jena. Mr. Cliche said  “the cream is rising to the top.” Nope, I don’t miss him at all at the judge’s table.

***

“Idol” keeps on losing ratings steam. The show drew 9.33  million viewers Wednesday night, down from 9.83 million a week earlier. That’s yet another record low for a performance show.

The 2.2 18-49 rating matched that of a week ago as worst ever.

“Survivor” this week beat “Idol” both in overall viewers for the first time (9.76 million) as well as 18-49 again (2.3).

ABC’s “Modern Family” also defeated “Idol” with 9.7 million viewers.

 

221 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Rankings(imo)

1.Caleb...this may be Idol's first win by a rocker.

2.Jena...I think she will solidify her standing tonight with a good Rolling in the Deep performance.

3. Alex...I would put him at number 2 if he wasn't so un-Idol-like

4. Malaya...i would have put her in last place 3 weeks ago but she has an excellent voice and keeps getting better every week.

5. Jessica...she has got to nail tonight's performance.  She has the potential to finish much higher than this but she hasn't stepped it up like she needs to do.

6. Dexter...he is always the same, not good, not bad just the same.

7. Sam...I have to agree with Melinda Doolittle on Sam.  It doesn't appear that he's thinking about anything when he sings.  Emotionless, uninvolved with the lyrics or the audience.  He's a blank with a good voice.

8. CJ...I have no idea why CJ is even still here.  He can't sing.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: I think it was that they had to stretch the hose so far from the water source, due to the location of the main fire area, that the pressure was very low.

MercedesS
MercedesS

One more before my work day begins: Finished episode 2 of WD  My d-I-l is annoyed at my lethargic pace, she wants to discuss! I can't remember a year with so much good TV on -and I'm still out of the loop re so many shows that have devoted followers: never saw Mad Men, Good Wife, something about Met Your Mother, Orphan Black, Justified (have TWO copies of first season) , The Big Bang Theory, The Americans, Modern Family, SCANDAL...

MercedesS
MercedesS

And we are bracing ourselves for the invasion of the "Devious Maids" on our street!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Good morning ladies.  Was very busy yesterday and didn't get a chance to chat.  looking forward to this evenings show.....like the rest I am hoping for some familiar tunes and good performances.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: Second Deirdre's msg to you - that was/still is a monstrous fire. Glad to hear the whole family, incl dogs, escaped safely. Just around the corner and a couple blocks from my Aunt's house - sure glad it didn't turn into a neighborhood fire. Habersham is probably my fave street in ATL, tied with P'Tree Battle. Lovely old homes and so many old, beautiful trees. Can't replace those old gems with new construction.

Hope this isn't the start of something - the beautiful home next door to the movie's "Ms Daisy" home burned down in Druid Hills last week.

Re Idol: I wish they'd all sing known songs so I would have a better chance of seeing if they were doing it well. I'm totally on board with Jenny about being familiar with the songs.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Hope you were not any part of that fire in Buckhead, Mercedes.

We finished True Detective yesterday.  If you're into film noir(modern style) you would probably like this a lot.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Did everyone disappear yesterday because we moved to page 2?

Looking forward to the show tonight.  I think some of the group are improving a lot and am anxious to see what they do with their original audition songs.  Plus it's fun hanging out here.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre:  Watched "WD" - Holy Guacamole! If you read my post on the WD site, I predicted similar - I KNEW that grill was mighty big! Now we've gotta wait months for the outcome. I just thought maybe there was a room full of hungry walkers.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

We've been watching True Detective on On Demand.  What a terrific, dark, evil, well-acted story.  We just finished episode four of an eight episode series.  I highly recommend it and predict that Matthew McConaughey will win the Emmy for it.  Amazing performance.

I loved/hated the ending of HIMYM.

Looking forward to Idol this week.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Thanks, Sam.  Seems to be a show I can do without.  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

good night everyone.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Well, just read D's post - and even I, who have never watched a daytime soap opera, have heard of Susan Lucci. So maybe you've heard of one person in the show.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: It's not "reality" - a scripted show, I think Sophia Vegara is a producer or something. I see the commercials for it all the time (do NOT watch), and I don't believe there's anyone famous or that you'd ever hae heard of in it. Shame it's not the Robt Redford film, or I'd come sit on your front porch with you and enjoy the view (I know he's not young and definitely started aging, but still a fine figure of a man - like Sean Connery, he's timeless - and he still has his full beautiful head of hair! Quite a feat for a guy mid 70's)

MercedesS
MercedesS

Got letter: "Dear Neighbor, ABC studios will be filming on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 on (my street) for the upcoming 2nd season of the TV show 'Devious Maids'. In order to complete our work in a timely manner, we have permitted (sic) with the city of Atlanta to temporarily close a short stretch of the northbound lane for a few hours to film one scene for the show."


ABC Studios has actually coned off the whole north side of the 0.6 mile long street. And "they" plan to be here for at least 6 hours. What is this "Devious Maids" thing anyway, Rodney? Another reality show?



Jenny11
Jenny11

Hey @DeirdreC  and @RodneyHo - a HIMYM tidbit for you.  According to TV Guide, the name of tonight's episode is actually not "Last Forever" (as in "this will last forever")... but "THE Last Forever."

Very interesting.  And begs the question - if this is the "last forever", who was Ted's "first forever"?  

DOES something happen to the mother?  And Ted finds his "last forever" with Robin?  Or does it just mean he thought Robin was his first forever, but he's finally let her go, so the mother's his last and there's a happy ending.  :-)

????

The producers have hinted that one of the many theories out there may be right (though they've said they haven't seen one that's 100% right.)  And when asked to describe the relationship between the first and the last episodes, Josh Radnor replied "Circle". 

Jenny11
Jenny11

2 hours, really?  How will they fill it?  I guess there will be more group sings, and probably some duets.  I don't like when they stretch to fill time.  Every year, they stay at 2 hours way too long, but then later when the contestants do two songs and they NEED a longer show... they try to cram it into an hour and it gets so rushed the judges aren't even allowed to comment on the last few contestants.  

Either that, or they're speed-talking, which might be even more annoying....

And I'm not particularly looking forward to the theme.  I mean, it's kind of cool to see how far they've come (and I got bored after the first couple of audition shows, so if they re-show the auditions, which I'm guessing they will, it'll be new to me...)  But the only song I'm looking forward to hearing is Rolling In The Deep. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Sadly, it's 2 hours - at least per the tv guide thing in the AJC sunday paper

JTesla
JTesla

Is the performance show only 1 hour this week? 10 songs in 2 hours was a mighty stretch, 8 in 2 hours will be a bore. When you can see the filler, it doesn't make for a fun show to endure.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I actually kind of like this theme.  These are songs that the Idols thought would get them to Hollywood.  Songs that they thought would show off their voices.  I see positive results from Jena(who needs to show off her voice rather than scream)Sam(Lego House was well done before and if he can make some kind of connection with the audience, he'll be safe again this week) and Jessica(who can remind us that she was really good with her own song)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Just want to remind everyone that this week's Idol theme is Back to the Start, where each Idol sings their audition song(supposedly to show us just how much they have learned since being in the top 13)  MJ was kind enough to put together a list:

Jena Irene – Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Sam Woolf – Lego House by Ed Sheeran
Malaya Watson – Ain’t No Way by Aretha Franklin
Jessica Meuse – Blue Eyed Lie by Jessica Meuse
Alex Preston – An Original Song
CJ Harris – Soul Shine by Allman Brothers
Dexter Roberts – I Like to Drive by Casey James
Caleb Johnson –  ”Into the Void” by Caleb Johnson


Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: Hope ;to watch "WD" tonight. Sad it's the end of yet another season. Hope no one I like was wiped out. And still a long time until "Falling Skies" returns.

Anyone else watch the first season last summer of "Orphan Black"? Loved it - it returns to BBC in early May, I think.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Still reeling a bit from the season finale of WD.

Yes, Jenny, I am all caught up.  I am happy that GA has finally addressed Owen and Christina.  Both scenarios end badly unfortunately.  Love sometimes isn't enough.

Jenny11
Jenny11

And Deirdre, if you're around, did you see the "sliding doors" Grey's on Thursday?  Wow.  

(SPOILER ALERT) 

I was certain all doors would lead her back to Owen... but I'm surprised that they led her to *that* conclusion about him.  I thought I'd read somewhere that Shonda Rimes considered them "endgame". I wonder how this will play out?  Now I have to wonder if she'll leave by joining Burke wherever he's working.  With a highly esteemed career and the possibility of a renewed love, both. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

For some reason, I couldn't log in yesterday... so here are my very late thoughts.  :-)

Feeling kind of sad that for the first time in many years, it didn't even occur to me on Thursday night to check and see who went home.  Had a busy evening, got home and watched Grey's, and didn't even realize until late morning on Friday that I didn't know the results.  :-(  I don't want to lose interest in the show… but sadly it's happening.  

Not at all surprised to see it was Majesty.  The only surprise, really, would've been if Caleb left, and that wasn't happening.  (well, Jena would have been a mild surprise too.)

Caught up on the comments… I agree with Deirdre's top 3, except I hope Malaya sneaks in there over Alex.  I have absolutely no good reason not to like Alex, but I don't.  On paper, I should love him… good voice and knows his craft… but something about him just turns me off. ???

And I very much agree with @ronaldtallon below about this year's show seeming to be marketed to kids.  I've said before that my declining interest is most likely caused by the show's push to use "current" music.  I miss the themes.  They were half the fun.  (And Ronald, I'm with you on Simon.  @DeirdreC  ... in reply to your "Nope!"... YEP!!  Simon was right *almost* all the time.  The key word being "almost" which I think you overlooked in Ronald's post.  Simon did miss the mark occasionally… just not often.)

cattt
cattt

I predicted during Hollywood week that Caleb would win and still believe that.  I really like Alex too.  He makes songs "his own".  I think Jena screams the songs too much.  I never really saw Sam as a front runner.  He has a nice tone but he is not exciting.  He sings the same type of song every week.  Didn't know why CJ was in bottom 3. I thought he did good this last week.

wreckedpizza
wreckedpizza

As long as Caleb and Jessica are around, I will continue to watch.  If they fall along the way before the finale then I'll probably sign off.  Can't get excited about Alex or Jena.  

Rickster_
Rickster_

Have a great weekend everyone!!

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

I liked Majesty, but she sank like a rock as the weeks went on. The same can be said for Sam, who is fading quickly. He might have a week to get it figured out, or he's going home. I'm not sure why CJ continues to be there when we've had at least 2 weeks of Harry saying he needs to work on his pitch....

As far as Dexter, I'm so not impressed. I've heard better at karaoke bars in the middle of the day in Nashville. He's so generic...but he was smart enough to play up his 'Bama roots. IMO, it's what's kept him around. If Jessica were smart, she'd start doing a bit of that. But I suppose "The Bama 3" will eventually start competing against each other. 

Overall, I'm still watching....because I'll probably watch until it's off the air. Last year, the awkward animosity between the judges made it painful to watch. I'm disappointed that this year we have great camaraderie and insightful commentary, yet the contestants are so "BLAH." 

DanJohn
DanJohn

Considering we only got snippets of some of the competitors early on I now think this year Idol made a conscious effort to have musical artist instead of great singers. I think that's why the likes of MK, Alex, Majesty and even Sam made it. From a pure vocal standpoint Malaya, Jessica, Jena and Caleb are the best singers. How Dexter and CJ made it to live shows I'll never know. Neither are artist or great singers.  

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@DeirdreC I just posted mine. We're pretty close. I placed Alex at 2 and Jena at 3 and Dexter at 7 and Sam at 6. Otherwise, we're matched up.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 Whatever the water problem, so sad. I have an errand that takes me  by the home in a few minutes.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC   I couldn't figure out where that fire was, D., until this am when my maid showed up, heartbroken. "That was Mr. Frazier's house", she said, a man now long gone she used to clean for. It was a gorgeous house, full of azaleas in springtime.  I drive by there several times a week.  Truly said.  And what is it with these classic mansions catching fire - as per Sam's note above, the "Miss Daisy" house burned down just last week. Apparently the water pressure was so low from ancient hydrants that the firemen couldn't save the house.  


At the other end of Habersham, people are having issues with  Archbishop Gregory's multimillion dollar palace...

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC True Detective is the best TV-series I  have seen in forever.  I just love it when well-known actors disappear in their roles and create believable characters with soul and heart. I watched the very last scene three times, it was that good.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC So glad you like "True Detective", Deirdre!  It's just gets better and better. Hubby and I saw last episode in three installments; it was that tense. The very last scene will leave you so full of emotions... Agree with your prediction about Emmy for McConaughey.


DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS  Stars Susan Lucci among others and is not a reality show but a scripted show that I haven't watched so that's all I can tell you.

Jenny11
Jenny11

That's probably how they'll fill a lot of the time... they'll re-show the full audition clips. 

JTesla
JTesla

Thanks.

Ugg. 24 minutes of music (if they do 3 minute songs) in 120 minutes. That's 28% music, 72% commericials and "stuff".

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC -  I'm just so surprised they went that direction.  I thought both doors would lead her, in roundabout ways, to finding a future with Owen.  

I think it'll actually be cool if she somehow ends up with Burke.  Even if it's just as two renowned surgeons working together to change medicine.  That's really her love...

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@KellyandCarrieFan With HCJ's sharp eye and ear, I wonder why he wasn't able to track down better folks for the top 13. Or should we blame the producers?

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - I don't think so.  They're up to something. Though I still tend to believe it'll be something we never saw coming... at least not all of it... 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla  Look at it this way, it gives Harry more time to mentor the singers and undo the "mentoring" that Randy has done.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@RodneyHo - Rodney, Harry has said that he thinks this is the best group Idol has had since season 1!  Which completely baffles me.  Surely he knows better.  

I guess maybe it's because he was involved in picking them.... ???

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreCO.     M.    G.   What a finale (sniffle. :'-/ )

I just had a feeling it would end with Ted and Robin.  I read that article, with that theory....  And Josh Radnor kept saying "Circle"....  And like the kids said, the whole story was about Robin.  It just made sense.  Plus, before we met the mother, I was always convinced that Ted and Robin were endgame, somehow, some way. 

I wasn't surprised that Barney and Robin divorced... I never saw Barney being mature enough for the long run.  But how poetic that it took a baby for him to grow up.  :-)  

All these years, I wasn't a Barney fan, but when he talked to that tiny baby, I finally became one.  :-)

I was sad that they really did let the mother die... I sure loved her character.  But I think I was prepared that it would probably happen.  And the overall story was so beautifully played.  They said the long time fans would be happy, and this one is!  What did you think??


(oh, and so true about the kids keeping the secret!  And Ted!  He knew too.  He said they told him right up front what the plan was.  And they filmed that last scene with the kids during Season 1, so they wouldn't look too old.) 


DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  The most amazing thing is that the kids who played the kids managed to keep that secret all these years!