Posted: 6:16 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

‘American Idol’ top 7 results recap 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII:  Alex Preston performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, April 16 (8:00-10:00PM ET /PT) on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Alex Preston performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, April 16 (8:00-10:00PM ET /PT) on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Dexter Roberts, a seemingly nice guy and decent country singer, finished up at No. 7, eliminated tonight.

He picked a really obscure, somewhat darker song and did a good job with it but maybe it didn’t inspire enough votes. And besides, everyone did pretty well last night so it was a tough call.

He did far better than I had expected entering the top 13. I found him nondescript, a good bar singer but not much else. He lacks that “it” factor that would make me think he’s got a long career in country. He has a decent voice, a pleasant demeanor and can emote passably well. That’s all!

I’m happy to say I called this one correctly last night though I though C.J. Harris would be with him. Apparently, his strongest vocal to date helped him stay alive. Instead, it would be Jessica Meuse’s first trip to the bottom and she looked none too happy about it.

Now the only two singers who have not been a bottom dweller are Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson, the two fated to make the finals unless something really bizarre happens.

Ratings last night were dreadful again, hitting series lows for a performance night of 8.33 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. Again, ‘Survivor” beat “Idol” even with its own series lows of 9.3 million and a 2.2 18-49.

178 comments
KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

Fun Fact: Alex Preston is the cousin of country singer Jo Dee Messina and lived with her in Nashville prior to auditioning for Idol. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Some people may wonder how some of these Idols(Alex?, Sam?) are going to pull off a rock song but seriously, if the title of the theme(A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock and Roll)is taken literally, how many singers couldn't pull of Donny Osmond's version of rock?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I like Alex's choices, too.  He seems to have a good handle on his strengths.  Jessica has also made acceptable picks for herself.  I cringe to think what CJ will do with American Woman.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Morning! Looking forward to tonight!

Never understood the big deal about "Barracuda".  Not even Heart can do it well. So, in my false heart I'm happy Jeeena chose it.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Px2 was on "Ellen" yesterday - looked and sounded really good. Finally we have a 3rd Winner that can make hits (plural) - hope he's in for the long hall.

Looks like Alex made the best song choices! The Willie song is pretty and I love Animal - suits his slightly weirdish voice.

Love Sam's country pic, but can't see him sing ".......the one I want to talk to in bed". Don't know the other choice.

Hate Barracuda! Heart had much better songs! Don't know that country choice

Don't know either of Caleb's choices.

Hate Jolene - wish, if she wanted to do Dolly, Jessica would have chosen "Coat of Many Colors" (is that the correct title/)

CJ:  don't know the country one, but love American Woman.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Thanks for the song list, Koko!  It should be an interesting night tonight.  And I am pleased that each singer will do more than one song.

Idol has been releasing the song spoilers in an interesting way this season.  Instead of letting spoiler sites jump the gun on song spoilers, Idol has been releasing the spoiler lists to various outlets.  Facebook was their go to place for awhile but last week Amazon got the honors and this week, Michael Slezak through TV Line was given the list.

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

SPOILERS: Top 6 Song List!!

Jessica Meuse- Country: Jolene by Dolly Parton, Rock: Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane

Sam Woolf- Country: You're Still the One by Shania Twain, Rock: It's Time by Imagine Dragons

Caleb Johnson- Country: Undo It by Carrie Underwood, Rock: Sting Me by The Black Crowes

CJ Harris- Country: Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band, Rock: American Woman by The Guess Who (I knew someone would sing it)

Jena Asciutto- Country: So Small by Carrie Underwood, Rock : Barracuda by Heart

Alex Preston- Country: Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson, Rock: Animal by Neon Trees

MercedesS
MercedesS

Except for the Adam Lambert show at the Tabernacle the year he won (?) I haven't been to live concert since the olden days (60s) when audiences got high on the music only. So nobody threw up on me, no liquor spilled.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Love Allman Bros - "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" is my favorite of their many great songs. (I like instrumentals if they're really good).

Woodpappy - you got to see all sides of life when you were in law enforcement, didn't you. Concerts would be the fun part - the other part, blech! Wrecks, murders, abuse - I don't know how cops come out totally intact- same for firemen.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

I had the pleasure of picking Greg Allman up off the pavement one evening before his concert.  He was quite intoxicated and his band members were wondering how they were going to get thru the evening.  But they did....

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

KoKo: most of my concert experiences have, thankfully, been calmer that yours! I'm not familiar with some of the bands, but this question. I couldn't name a Nickelback song to save my life, not even sure if I've ever heard one, but why does EVERYONE seem so scornful of them, or just plain hate them. Every time you hear their name, it's like they are a big joke. Never heard or read why this is.

I love the Guess Who - never seen them live though. I guess "No Time" is my fave of their songs.

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

Oh, I won tickets to The Guess Who at Soaring Eagle Casino in 2010, they were a lot of fun! Surprised I knew so many of their songs at 24. :)  Concerts are pretty much the best. 

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

I got kicked in the head by a crowd-surfer wearing steel-toed boots one of the times I had floor seats at a Linkin Park concert in Houston 2004. David Lee Roth spilled whiskey on me at one of his solo shows in Lansing, MI in 2003. A 40-something woman threw up on me at the U2 show at Spartan Stadium in 2011. My sister was punched by a fellow Backstreet Boys fan when we had 2nd row seats at the Pontiac Silverdome in 2001... they were arguing over who was the cutest or something. I met Jada Pinkett Smith in the bathroom of the Michigan Theatre in Jackson, MI in 2006. Her band Wicked Wisdom was opening for Nonpoint and Sevendust, she is TINY. I actually had front row seats (gave them to a friend for her bday, we were 15-16) in 2002 to a NICKELBACK concert... ugh. It was at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, I'm happy to say I didn't have to leave town for that one. It was when their first album came out, and we actually thought Chad Kroeger was cute back then.. yikes. I had beer spilled in my sandal at an outdoor Verve Pipe concert in 1999. I have many other stories, I've been to more concerts than to the movie theater. I've seen Linkin Park 14 times since 2000- 15th is in August. I've seen Bon Jovi 3 times. Bruce Springsteen 5 and Backstreet Boys 4... At 28, I've had to slow down a lot, I always get actual seats now (mostly because I take my 15-year-old brother with me often), and I get a hotel if it's more than an hour from home. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

My post that got deleted said, to Deirdre, that at one of my Elton concerts, we sat by a bunch of drunk teens - who proceeded to throw up thru the whole concert.  Kinda ruined that one for me!

I've never had floor seats - dreamed of sitting on the front row, dead center stage at a Paul show - but don't have the $2000 or so that would be required per seat.

Best seats I've ever had were the two Beatles concerts in the Memphis Arena in 1966 - 6th row center aisle seats for the day show, 8th row center aisle for the evening show. Tix $5.50 each, bought at the dime store (McCrorys??) at Lenox Sq.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

My wife and I had floor seats at a Billy Joel vs Elton John battle of the pianos concert once.  The guy in front of me was so drunk that towards the end of the show, he danced in front of us and spilled his beer all over me.  I was NOT a happy camper and we never bought floor seats again.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Let's hear concert experiences from some of you "30 people listening" guys/gals. Fun seeing what people have been to and enjoyed over the years.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

My post just disappeared, unexplained. I feel like Mercedes!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

WoodP:  I love the whole "Bro Love's....." album. Neil used to be so good - and gave a great concert back in the day.

D:  At one of the Elton concerts, we sat beside a bunch of drunk teens, who threw up a few times during the show - what fun!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I don't go to concerts....there's too many people.  I guess it is a form of claustrophobia. I was caught in a fast moving crowd once, unable to go in the direction I wanted to go and I have avoided large groups of people ever since...except for baseball games, I seem to be able to do baseball games.  Weird.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

How could I forget Neil Diamond !  I saw him at the Omni and remember when he sang "Brother Love's traveling salvation show"  he was in a preachers robe and the strong back lighting cast his shadow on the far wall of the Omni.  Cool as Hell.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Oh, and Paul Revere and the Raiders (whoopee!). Sounded terrible. At some big company party, my best friend's dad worked there, so we got to go.

And almost forgot, Kelly Clarkson - and she was wonderful in person!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Woodpappy: I've seen Elton 3 times, BS&T and Allman Bros both free back in the 70's in some park (I don't think it was Piedmont) near Ga Tech - when they were just getting famous - used to be free concerts there. Not both at the same time -separately of course.

Neil Diamond at Omni

3 Dog Night at one of the WQXI concerts along with Grass Roots, one of my favorite groups.

Temps/Tops/Spinners at a show at the old city auditorium.

Diana Ross solo at the CNN 20th anniversary party Ted T threw for employees (neighbor is a director there),.

Long ago, and very young - saw a 'cavalcade of stars" type show in Panama City, with the Bobbys - Vee, Rydell, Vinton, and a bunch of others, just can't remember who else was on the show.

Fabian at the Fox (I was 10).

Herman's Hermits and Animals (Eric Burden was fabulous!)

Of course the Beatles - the highlight by far!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Just thinking about Sam-A1 talking about the Sir Paul concert, I have been fortunate to attend a number of GREAT concerts in my life time.  Either working backstage as a cop or buying tickets and enjoying the show.  Some of the most memorable shows I've seen were Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Tina Turner, Hank Williams, Jr., The Alman Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, and 3 Dog Night, to name some of them.  Anyone else seen some good ones? 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Enjoy the beautiful day while you can.  Other than that.....

I got nothing!  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Woodpappy: Anything worth having is $168+$26 in fees; the upper level is $86+fees (not sure how much), and those waaaaay up are in the $50's + fee. Luckily, I got AMEX  presale tix (the regular sale date is Friday 10:00 am), and I had thousands of points on my AMEX card, so was able to get $100+ applied back to my card.

Loving Paul is not cheap! But so rewarding.

If there's any way you can swing it, his concerts are so worth it! He's onstage 3 hours, and pulls songs from all phases, ie Beatles, Wings, Just Plain Paul band #1, Band @3 (the current one), and songs from his new album as well.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Got my Sir Paul tix - took 40 mins (kept getting "sold out - try again in case someone let them go") Not the section I wanted, but the one next to it. Used to be Ticketmaster let you choose a section!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

In former Idol news, winner Philip Phillips is near the top of the charts again with his Raging Fire.  Perhaps Sierra(our resident statistician) can give you the details.  Congrats to Philx2.  As it turns out, he is not just a one-hit-wonder!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

GofT!  Wouldn't miss it but I don't watch The Mentalist.  

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good Morning!  Any Game of Throners here? Just discovered that Pedro Pascal, who plays The Red Vioer/Oberyn Martell, also is Lisbon's new love interest on "The Mentalist".  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Looks like everyone took the weekend off. Hope all had a nice Easter. I had a lovely lunch at Mary Mac's Tea Room (along with about half of Atlanta's population, it seems).

Saw the other day that Gwen Stefani is taking Christina A's place on "Voice" - not sure how that will work out. Her speaking voice is irritating, but maybe she'll be a good mentor. Personally, the few shows I've watched over the several seasons, I really enjoy Shakira, much more than CA! She's cute, personable, and gives critiques that make sense, from what I've seen.

Saw "Captain America" - I liked it better than Mercedes did, but it was not a great film. Entertaining enough to keep my attention (Chris is so handsome).

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

If I were voting just based on the studio versions of the songs, the best voice is Jess, then Alex, then Caleb then CJ followed by Sam with Jena on the bottom.  It's amazing what a little sound perfecting can do. Plus, it really emphasizes how the live band and sound people on the show aren't helping.

Highlander1
Highlander1

If CJ were (by some fluke in the voting masses) to win, I predict he will sell fewer CD's than Off-Key Lee. 

While I like Idol and will stick with it as a viewer until the very end, right now The Voice has much, much more talented singers performing. IMO, Caleb is the only one who could measure up.

His much vaunted (I think too much) "musicality" aside, Alex just doesn't sing well enough. Jessica may have made it past the blind auditions, at which point she would have received some actual mentoring from one of The Voice's coaches.

And I don't care for the excuse that "they're only kids" or "the contestants on The Voice are more seasoned." It's the job of the Idol judges and producers to find the best talent, ...the next American Idol! And they have failed miserably.

So I don't blame the idols (small i, until one of them earns it), some of them should have waited a couple years to get more experience, some shouldn't have made it to the live shows, period. I blame the producers and the judges. (Although I do usually like this panel when it comes to their critiques.)

Perhaps next season, Fox and 19 should bring Nigel Lythgoe and Jimmy Iovine back to have the final word in choosing the talent that moves on to the live shows.


All readers may now return to their regularly scheduled blogging!  ;-)

Jubie
Jubie

Consider now the votes that were going to Dexter. More country fans are going to support Jessica than Caleb or Alex. Jenna doesn't get many votes from them either. Of course there is still CJ. My guess is CJ will get most of them. JLo may be right. CJ could win.

McCovey44
McCovey44

Is Rodney always this good at picking the eliminated ones?  If he is I'm going to stop reading because they act as spoilers.

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

I've listened to Sam's "You're Still The One", Caleb's "Sting Me", C.J.'s "American Woman", Jena's "Barracuda", Jessica's "Jolene" and Alex's "Animal"... 


1. Caleb- "Sting Me"
2. Sam- "You're Still The One"
3. Jena- "Barracuda"
4. C.J.- "American Woman"
5. Jessica- "Jolene"
6. Alex- "Animal"


REALLY disliked Alex's version of "Animal", not a great take on that tune. Also didn't enjoy Jessica's "Jolene" in the slightest. None of these are stellar, crossing my fingers that their other songs are much better.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@KokoSnoot Yikes. Sam Woolf is going to do Shania Twain and a boring Shania Twain song to boot? Ugh!

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

@Sam-A1 Yes, my concert experiences have been less than calm...sometimes due to the "friends" I attended with! I think part of the problem with Nickelback is that all of their songs sound the same, and none of them are very good. I did enjoy their first album. The other thing is that MANY people "hate" them, but even more people apparently buy their records! 


I also love The Guess Who, "No Time" and "No Sugar Tonight" are my favorites! 

MercedesS
MercedesS

Ha!

I've been computer less all day and just figured out I can use my handheld here !

Well, I'll see if I can

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Sam-A1   About 10 years ago I was in Las Vegas and saw Paul Revere (minus the raiders) perform and in the audience was the surviving member of the Righteous Bros. and his son.  Paul Revere invited them to come on stage and sing Unchained Melody for the crowd.  It was better than the Revere show. 

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Sam-A1   Wow !!! Excellent !  I have wished many times over that I had gone to see the Beatles when they came to Atlanta and I wish I had gone to see Elvis when he came to Auburn, Al back in the 60's.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Sam-A1  Thanks Sam, I was fortunate enough to see Sir Paul several years ago at either the OMNI or Philips Arena.  What a fantastic show it was.  Those seat prices don't sound too bad for the entertainment you get.

G_
G_

@Highlander1

I want to nominate this as "Post of the Year".  I've been saying the same thing all season too.  Instead of acknowledging Idol's shortcomings this season, I hear a boat load of excuses. Thanks for this sobering post!

Jubie
Jubie

Caleb May be the best performer but he is just plain annoying.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@McCovey44  He has never been this good before.  It's either a fluke or the new voting regulations mean Rodney matches up almost perfectly with the mind of America in which case we'll be needing to ask his opinion about everything!

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

@RodneyHo @KokoSnoot  Agreed. I'm pretty bummed about it! Lee DeWyze version bothered me, hopefully Sam's is better than that. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@Woodpappy @Sam-A1  They claim there are some for $38 and $70, but I couldn't get any to pull up. Perhaps Friday morning, they'll release more (they have to have held out a lot of tix for the true release date) and you can find something in those ranges. I am willing to sacrifice for closer tix (food, medical care, et al), so always spend more than I should.

McCovey44
McCovey44

@DeirdreC @McCovey44   Rodney is the "mind of America."  I can think of a couple f political parties that might want to hire him.