Posted: 6:54 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

‘American Idol’ top 8 results recap: who’s out next? 

By Rodney Ho

Will Sam Woolf's difficulties connecting with his audience or the lyrics he's singing do him in tonight? CREDIT: Fox

Will Sam Woolf’s difficulties connecting with his audience or the lyrics he’s singing do him in tonight? CREDIT: Fox

Sam Woolf was the person I called to win this competition five weeks ago before the top 13 live show.

That was a mistake.

He hasn’t lived up to early expectations and has not improved enough to garner a bigger fan base.

Voters have placed him in the bottom three three times and he got the fewest votes this week.

But the  judges used their save for the first and only time this week. So nobody is eliminated.

Did Sam earn the save?

Marginally. His chances of winning over stronger performers such as Jena, Caleb and Alex are slim to none at this stage.

He clearly isn’t ready for this show. He has a great voice but not much else at his age.  He lacks polish and comes off rather dull on the big stage. He isn’t connecting with the audience. He had a hard time funneling proper emotion into his songs. While he  has gotten a bit better over the past five weeks, he hasn’t shown to be more than a pretty voice and a pretty face.

The judges are hoping he improves some more, the way Malaya has, so they gave him a second shot after he sang a decent version of “Babylon.” And she fell into the bottom three, too, along with CJ Harris, who just seems one note. And that note is sharp.

Although CJ was the consensus call for going home, his Southern fans kept him around. The Alabama effect lives on.

Randy Jackson felt Jena, Dexter, Caleb and Jena shone. And all were safe.

260 comments
Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Watched The Voice last night and Blake's final 3 are really really good !

G_
G_

After experiencing two (2) straight days of The Voice, I always have to lower my expectations for Idol.  Blake has some REALLY STRONG singers on his team. 

Speaking of strong singers, I have to mention Sasondra.  Even though she may not win, Sasondra is the best and most polished artist I've heard in almost 2-3 seasons (of both shows). 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks, D! We can always count on you for information - our official Historian.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

rodney.ho@ajc.com

Good thing the show is tomorrow or we could end up on page 3 of the threads list.   We might anyway!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: just realized I don't know RoHo's email address. D gave it ot me a couple years ago, but I don't remember it.

TG it's only 40 mins to go home time!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Wow....Slim Pickings these last 2 days.....David Cook might put some pizzaz into a few of the idols, ya think?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks, Mercedes.

Now I know why Richard III was not given a royal burial, and his remains found without coffin and under an office bldg. that was recently torn down. I really liked the show. Wonder if they'll next be showing "The Red Queen"? And would that be Elizabeth I. I would question why anyone in the 15th/16th centuries would have any desire to become King - seems they're all more hated than loved, and most seem to die quite violent deaths. Love that period however. "Anne of a Thousand Days" was one of my favorite movies back in my youth days, even though it was a tragic story.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Other than David Cook maybe mentoring this week, I can't find any new Idol news which probably explains why we're so deep into page two of the threads list.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Sam, I wrote a bunch more about The White Queen, but it was not acceptable posting. Can we exchange email addresses via Rodney?

MercedesS
MercedesS

Sam, glad to hear you're feeling better - and that you enjoyed "The White Queen". I thought it great fun  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks, D.  And glad Ms Scarlett was finally captured! You sure have some fun-loving young ladies. I'm really glad we've not heard any bad news re Ms Maggie lately. That girl seems more like a cat - 9 lives!

I kept hearing WXIA say there were spinouts all over the place yesterday, and that was at 6:30 or so. Yesterday was a good day to be sick (if you must!).

Whoa - the sun just popped out in Kennesaw, and the clouds have changed from gray to white.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well, Sam.  Yesterday was pretty much a wash anyway...or wash-out might be a better way to put it.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Back from a  .sick day -kinda like Jen's description of "Grey's A..." YUCK.

Hope David C can help these kids a LOT more than Randy seems to be doing.

Thanks to Comcast's free weekend of lots of shows, I finally got to see all 10 episodes of Starz's "White Queen" (they'd teased by having the first 3 episodes become free after a few months). Good show, though I could have done without some of the multitudinous nudity. At least is was almost spread evenly between the women and men.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I hope the sun will dry us out a bit today.  During that horrendous rain, Scarlett decided to dig out under the fence.  I was chasing her all over the neighborhood while she joyously ran from house to house until one of my neighbors let her very sweet boxer out and Scarlett decided it was time to go home.  Thank you Jake the boxer.  


DeirdreC
DeirdreC

It looks like the contestants are finally getting a mentor(yes, I know they are supposed to have one but honestly, do they?).  David Cook has tweeted a photo of himself apparently working with Sam with the caption "Interesting things afoot this week".  Cookie knows music and I hope he can help.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Well at least it has stopped flooding rain for awhile. 

MercedesS
MercedesS

Only have two episodes left of my WD recordings.  Very impressed with the storylines this season, the screenplays and the acting. Carol, Tyrese and the two little girls... wow. Didn't see ANY of that coming.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I guess today's blog chat has been rained out.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Game of Thrones!  Arya is a bad-azz!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good Morning!

Waded out to street in my yellow wellies - no papers today.

Does Rodney have a Game of Thrones blog?

If not, shouldn't he?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I don't think it would be possible to rain any harder than it is right now!

JTesla
JTesla

Maybe this point was raised on Wednesday night; but the person that put a bunch of lamps on stage with Sam didn't do him any favors. The lamps showed more personality than he did. I actually cast a vote for that small one on the table that is in the picture above.

Jubie
Jubie

Has anyone watched House of Cards and if so what did you think of it? I watched both seasons. I was blown away.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DanJohn@Highlander1@DeirdreC- I commented on some of your comments below, before realizing how very far down the page I was.  Just in case you care.  ;-)  

And Deirdre, did you see Grey's yet?  I'm only halfway through.  I unfortunately chose to have a late night dinner while watching it... bad mistake.  I had to turn it off.  Ick, gross, nasty.  Did they REALLY have to do a whole episode involving throwing up?  :-X  

That episode will be watched and deleted FAST.... But my point in asking, during the "previously on" blurb at the beginning, they said Cristina was nominated for the Harper Avery?  When?  I've seen every episode, how do I not remember that??????? 

MercedesS
MercedesS

"Unforgettable" is back! Tonight at 8!


And I'd like to know if Rodney has seen any episodes of "Turn" yet. We plan to watch it.


Jenny11
Jenny11

Wait, they saved Sam?  Really?  I didn't watch Wednesday's show, and just now realized I hadn't looked yet to see who left... (makes me sad, how fast my lack of interest is snowballing.)  :-( 

But I'm surprised at this.  Was he that good on Wednesday?  I thought they'd save the save in case someone much stronger got voted off.  

???

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Here is Mercedes' review of Captain America: the Winter Soldier:

"Captain America:  The Winter Soldier" is l-o-n-g, has a lot of fisticuffs and car crashes and explosions and not a single original thought. You'll figure out the plot and the twists way before they happen, you KNOW that ancient "good guy" movie star has been hired to play an EVIL character, and if it wasn't for the presence of Scarlett Johansson,  Anthony Mackie, and new, hot guy Sebastian Stan (he's the winter soldier) I'd say give it a pass. If you're a "Revenge" fan, star Emily VanKamp is in three scenes and has two lines.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes and Deirdre:  That's some crazy posting you gals are doing. I assume Mercedes tried to post about Capt AM, and was knocked outta the ball park, so found a way to give her pretty negative thoughts anyway, and you will try her original post if she emails it to ya. Took me a few mins to decipher the shorthand!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

If you want to say more about it, email me and I'll give it a shot.

G_
G_

Also, Blake is hillarious.  In his critique of Sasonda.............." Where I'm from, people just don't like runs.  So, I just won't talk about it."  LMAO!!!!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1  Our official historian is k&cf.  Ask a question and she's got the answer.  I'm just the official "throw stuff out there to keep people chatting" person.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 New attempt: Have you read "The Daughter of Time" byJosephine Tey?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@MercedesS Sure - I'll send mine to him in a little bit (ordering lunches for 40 people right now!)

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC Odd that they did mentors the very first week of live shows and now they do it again for the top 8. That makes a lot of weeks without a mentor.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jubie  House of Cards is one of the best series out there.  Scary as all get out(not in a horror movie way, in a "I think this really might be the way it works" way)

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Jenny11 As some smart person  (probably Deirdre) pointed out yesterday, now the judges don't have to deal with any CJ or Dexter "singing for their lives".

Jenny11
Jenny11

Ah ha.  And @DeirdreC has hit on a possible reason:  "My guess is that the producers told the judges that the save MUST be used at some point in the season.  Plus, saving Sam will ensure that the teeny-bopper audience hangs in just a little while longer despite being thwarted by the voting limits."

Producer shenanigans at their very finest.... Drama is needed, dont'cha know?

Jenny11
Jenny11

@MercedesS ... yeah ... but neither of them should have been saved either.  I feel like it's fine for a save to exist, but only as a safety net in case someone of, say, Caleb's caliber gets voted off in a "shocker".  It's sort of silly if the judges really were told they *had* to use it this season.  It ruins the credibility of having it in the first place.  

Jenny11
Jenny11

I mean, bless his heart, he's sweet and "Babylon" was really good... but he just hasn't lived up to that. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC @Jenny11@MercedesS - They didn't use it last year, did they?  

I know the producers couldn't care less who gets saved.  And I know it's a suspense gimmick. But it SHOULD be used only as a safety net.  

If they want their show to be authentic. 

.....

Oh, wait.  

Authentic left the building a long time ago...

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @MercedesS  It isn't a safety net, it's a suspense device.  They will hold off on using it almost every year but they will always use it because it's a device created to enhance the show.  They(the producers) really don't care who they save or why they save them.  It's meant to add to the entertainment for the audience.