Malaya Watson didn’t make it through the fire of her shaky performance last night and was ousted.
The excitable band geek with braces did make it far further than I expected when she entered the top 13. I was surprised she even made it to the top 13 in the first place.
She was an untamed lioness on stage, who had no clue what she was doing at first. Vocally, she was also all over the place. Even when she found her big notes, they lacked the fullness of more mature singers. She often sounded shrill, which is what happened last night.
I do give her credit for often (but not always) connecting with her songs and emoting with purpose. Some weeks, she found the control and channeled her energies properly. But it was clear she was not going to win “American Idol,’ even with her improvements.
So even if the save were in play, she wouldn’t have gotten it.
If anything, she was likable and sweet. She sang with joy in her heart. You have to wonder if she had a bit more seasoning how she’d perform on the show.
I predicted last night that Malaya was most likely to go home, ahead of C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts. There was only a bottom two and it was Malaya and C.J.
I am now five for seven in predictions so far this season, which is pretty darn good for me.
The three contestants yet to make the bottom three were safe again: Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jessica Meuse.
This was also a no frills elimination half hour. No guest performances at all. I can’t remember the last time they had a results show without one.
I have picked the right person with the fewest votes four out of six times so far. I missed Sam last week. Nobody has ever been eliminated the week after their save so I think he’s safe regardless.
The Ford ad was adorable using “Would You Rather” as the theme.