Posted: 11:06 am Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: predictions, Caleb Johnson Keith Urban, Corey Clark 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: TOP 13: Clockwise From Top Left: Caleb Johnson,  Emily Piriz, Sam Woolf, Kristen O'Connor,  Ben Briley, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose,  Dexter Roberts, Jena Irene,  C.J. Harris,  MK Nobilette, Malaya Watson and Alex Preston. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: TOP 13: Clockwise From Top Left: Caleb Johnson, Emily Piriz, Sam Woolf, Kristen O’Connor, Ben Briley, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose, Dexter Roberts, Jena Irene, C.J. Harris, MK Nobilette, Malaya Watson and Alex Preston. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

A week has now passed since “Idol” has ended and most of America barely blinked. “Caleb who?” is the likeliest response you’ll get if you bring him up.

But life goes on and “Idol” auditions for season 14 start next month.

I did fairly well predicting who would be eliminated each week season 13. I got nine out of 13 right. I can take solace in that because my predictions before the finalist live shows? Not so hot.

Here is how I thought each contestant would end up and where they actually ended up.

predicted 13. Kristen O’Connor. She was very pretty and had a decent voice but she lacked a sense of “realness” on stage. That doomed her. I predicted her 13th and got it right. (actual -13)

predicted 12. MK Nobilette. I wasn’t impressed by her stage presence or her voice. Somehow, her fans kept her around an extra two weeks, just long enough for her to make it to the live tour. (actual – 10)

predicted 11. Malaya Watson. Another miss. I really thought our very own “Ugly Betty” was just awful early on, totally out of control on stage vocally and physically. She was teachable and she ended up doing fairly well. Did she ever have a chance of winning? Nope.  (actual – 8)

predicted 10. Dexter Roberts. I was off yet again by three slots. I never thought much of Dexter. He wasn’t terrible, just ordinary in so many ways. There was no star power there. Yet. he somehow finished 7th.

predicted 9. Emily Piriz. Again, I’m off by three slots. Here’s someone I quickly forgot about. She was a bit like Dexter. A decent singer without that killer spark. (actual 12)

predicted 8. Alex Preston. Another sign how I misread the tea leaves. I  was off by FIVE slots here. I thought he was too one-dimensional to make it to the top three. I’d say now he’s more singular in the sense he has a very distinctive style and was quite good in reality. I hope he gets a career out of it. (actual -3 )

predicted 7. Jena Irene. Whoops – again. I didn’t foresee how she would improve over the weeks, how good she ultimately was. Heck, she almost won! So again, I’m off by five slots. Boo – to me. (actual – 2)

predicted 6. Jessica Meuse. Finally. I’m “only” off by two slots this time. She was our very own wounded bird. I wasn’t sure whether she’d collapse or rise to the occasion. She did get better and warm up a bit, finishing a solid fourth. I’m happy she made it as far as she did. (actual -4)

predicted 5. C.J. Harris. Interestingly, I was really close with C.J. I liked him for his style and his personality. His singing? Meh. But I had this thought that country and Alabama would equal votes. I was right to a degree. Plus, I thought he’d do better than he did during the live shows. What’s amazing is how far he actually got.  (actual 6 )

predicted 4. Ben Briley. My worst prediction so far, off by seven places. He finished out of the money at 11th place. I liked him more than C.J. or Dexter. Clearly, not enough others did.  (actual -11)

predicted 3. Caleb Johnson. I saw his potential early on, as did all of us who read this blog. He was already a fully formed singer. But I didn’t think his 1980s-style rock singing would carry him to victory. It did. (actual -winner)

predicted 2. Majesty Rose. This ties with my Ben Briley prediction in terms of ineptitude. She actually finished in ninth place. What happened? I liked her singing but she didn’t seem to know what vocal style would work for her. She was a bit of a chameleon but not in the best sense. She never ultimately blew us away despite what I thought was great potential. (actual 9 )

predicted winner. Sam Woolf. He finished both 8th and fifth since he was the judges’ save. It was obvious after just a couple of live performances after the top 13 live shows started that Sam was NOT going to be the winner. I loved his audition and thought his smooth singing stylistics would bring home a Scotty McCreery-like victory. But he was nowhere near ready. Even though he got better as the show went along, he could improve only so much. He should be thrilled he made it as far as fifth. (actual 5)

How do I grade my predictions? Naturally, making predictions on such a small sample of performances as we saw before the top 13 is tough. But I can only give myself a D. The only one I predicted 100% right was the first one out (Kristen). On the most part, I was off by a lot. Nostradamus would not be impressed.

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The finale ratings: the show finished just above 10 million viewers. That’s down from 14 million last year, 22 million season 11 and 29 million season 10. Almost two-thirds of the viewers disappeared over three years. At least it beat the “Survivor” finale (and that show was in its 28th season.)

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I listened in on part of the Caleb Johnson press conference last Thursday while I was in Nashville and asked him a couple of softball questions (because really, was there any point in rehashing the “retard” quote at that point?). I asked him where he planned to live once the “Idols Live” tour ended.  He said he loves Asheville, of course, but would consider either Atlanta or Nashville and would prefer to stay in the South vs. going to NY or LA. I also wondered what he would sing for the “Idols Live” tour and he said it was too early to know for sure but some greatest hits from the show itself are likely. (Led Zeppelin anybody?). Plus, he and Jena Irene are actually going to her prom for real even though he is 23 and a wee bit too old for such rites of passage. They do appear to be tight friends and that’s a good thing.

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Michael Slezak and Melinda Doolittle parse out season 13 for TV Line’s finale weekly “Reality Check.”

I agree with them that this season was not the worst ever in terms of talent. I’d say season 9 and 12 were worse.  But it was definitely not the best, though the top 4 could all have arguably made the top 10 any previous year.

They also brought up other good points. Too many judge cutaways during the performances. Not enough behind-the-scenes stuff that was meaningful and interesting.  Too many singers who were clearly not ready for prime time (Sam Woolf, Malaya Watson) and needed more seasoning.

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AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. answer questions from the press on the AMERICAN IDOL XIII stage in Boston, MA on Wednesday, Sep. 4. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. ©2013 Copyright FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. answer questions from the press on the AMERICAN IDOL XIII stage in Boston, MA on Wednesday, Sep. 4. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. ©2013 Copyright FOX.

Keith Urban confirmed last week with CNN on the red carpet that he is returning to “Idol” for a third season. He joins Harry Connick Jr. . Jennifer Lopez is the only one who has yet to confirm but she has said she’d like to rejoin the crew.

Despite the ratings problem and budgetary issues, I’m sure all three will come back at reduced cost since they will only have to show up once a week instead of twice a week. Why? They like each other. That’s not something that can be faked. I personally find this the most enjoyable judges’ crew “Idol” has ever had, surpassing even the original three.

Ryan Seacrest is returning, too, of course. There’s a man who knows loyalty. As I’ve said before, the show needs him more than the other way around at this point.

As for Randy Jackson? I couldn’t care less.

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The ever hideous roach of an “Idol” contestant Corey Clark has his defamation suit against MTV dismissed. He had claimed the network defamed him by writing about his arrest for assaulting his sister. A Tennessee judge threw out the lawsuit because what MTV reported was true.

His other lawsuit against “Idol” over racism with nine other “Idol’ black contestants  still lingers.

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Kelly Clarkson is almost ready to have her first child but reports say she’s had a difficult pregnancy.

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Miranda Lambert purchased a motorcycle for her duet partner Carrie Underwood.

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A few months back, North Carolina Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken scrubbed his Twitter feed of anything that might be construed as controversial, including a line about wanting to punch Ann Coulter in the face. Some conservatives are now calling him out and saying the media has let this advocacy of violence slide – though it was clearly a joke.

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Adam Lambert has moved to the Hollywood Hills, purchasing a home worth almost $3 million. Clearly, he has not done badly for himself.

80 comments
Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I'm gonna sign off for the day. Y'all have a lovely evening

D:  Tell Gus not to pp in the house,  or I might not let him date one of my girls! And he'd love my girls - they're beautiful, smell great, and love to cuddle and kiss. Even love to tug toys. He'd have his little paws full trying to handle either one of them.

Hohum another boring tv night - at least "Major Crimes" starts Monday (does "WD" start Sunday?????). And I think I'm gonna watch the new murder mystery after "MC" on TNT, the one with "Draco Malfoy" playing the killer, and looks like he's an evil b-tard in it.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

DNS - I sure hope this article is wrong. And I sure hope Kelly has a great lawyer and an ironclad prenup!!!!!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Oh, thanks!  Now, when I sign in, after a few taps of email address the sign-in procedure is automatic!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: I can offer what may be some hope re Gus's thingy on his head. Last year, when baby Amber was under a year old, a weird thing sprang up just over her right eye overnight (literally). It wasn't black, but it was very weird looking -  brownish with little cream colored hairs sprouting from it. Damned thing looked like a tiny mushroom - and stood up on a "stem" about 1/4", which on a <5 lb dog is huge! It was lazered off and sent to UGA for testing, and was just some weird kind of infection - no problem. Of course, this was a $500 deal.

Hope Gus's thingy works out the same.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Everyone is still asleep so I have a few minutes.

Gus is my house dog, Sam.  He is a Norwich Terrier(looks like Toto but smaller)  He manages to stay out of trouble most of the time.  Vet thinks it's a UTI and he's on antibiotics.  While he was at the vet's I noticed a black spot on the top of his head and thought it was a tick.  Unfortunately it wasn't.  It's a big growth that wasn't there 3 weeks ago.  He needs to have it biopsied but the vet wants him to get over the UTI first.  He's 12 years old so this kind of stuff isn't a big surprise.

I watched Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones yesterday afternoon.  Anyone else see it?  It rivaled the Red Wedding!

Rickster_
Rickster_

Hope everyone has a great evening.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Rickster: That is an image that will, I'm sure, pop up in my mind just as I sit down to dinner tonight! Thanks a lot buddy!

I do agree he needs to be taken somewhere, say the ends of the earth, and dumped for eternity.No harm to him, just leave him where he'll never make it back to civilization.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Oh... and would someone please lance the boil on the buttocks of America that is Cory Clark? Thanks!

Rickster_
Rickster_

Thought I'd pop in for moment and say, " Howdy folks!"


MercedesS
MercedesS

And I hope the vet can solve your little dog's problem.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Enjoy your respite, D.

I can recommend Craig Johnson's books about sheriff Longmire.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D:How's the pup? Didn't know you had a little boy - just knew about Scarlett and Crazy Maggie! Hope all is well.

Nice breezy day today - I'd love to take my book out, sit in a lounge chair and try to hold onto my FL tan a bit longer! Oh, well - when I retire.................

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Taking a brief respite from the grandkids today while their parents take them to the aquarium.  However, I have to take my little dog to the vet because he is peeing EVERYWHERE!  I'd say it was stress from all the company here but this had started just before they got here.  No rest for me today.

I have not been able to watch much tv or go to the movies.  Not even much time for reading.  I'm trying a C.J. Box novel about a ranger in Wyoming named Joe Pickett.  It's the first Joe Pickett novel and I'm not getting into it yet but I have a lot of distractions.


MercedesS
MercedesS

Good Morning!

New season of my beloved "Longmire" starts tonight. Somebody on this blog mentioned it as a favorite years ago and I started watching.  Thanks, you unknown person! 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I haven't watched any of the new shows yet. Re "Halt and Catch Fire" - just read a little bit, but I can't imagine being interested in anything to do with Texas and computers! The blurb I read sounded dull as an old shoe.

I'm still enjoying "Orphan Black" on BBC. And waiting anxiously for "Falling Skies" - and the new creatures I'm seeing in the previews.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Good Morning. Quite a storm Friday at 5pm! Some of the loudest thunder and biggest lightening bolts I' ve ever seen while I was driving south on I-75 between Barrett Pkwy and the South Loop. One blast scared me to death. I actually screamed out loud!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

I see that Jena Irene and Caleb attended her Prom this past Wednesday evening.  How cool is that.  She says they have become "best friends" over the past two months.  Pictures RoHo?

wreckedpizza
wreckedpizza

Carrie Underwood straddling a Hog (or Hawg, as it's pronounced here in the South!).  I just don't know what to do with that. Is Miranda trying to off Carrie or did Carrie do something wonderful for "Rans"?  Really, we need to know.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good Morning!  had a conflict earlier in the week, so I missed the screening of "Maleficent".  Mixed reviews, but I'll pay money to see the magnificent Angeline Jolie.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

slow this am. This week is a drag after a week with only 3 days, followed by a whole week off. Next week will be worse, as there was the holiday Monday. And top it off with auditors coming in - UGH>

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

The 3 year old is sleeping and things are peaceful at the moment.  Mercedes emailed me an article about the head of reality programing on Fox "quitting" and I will post it next.  The article speculates that 3 years of a downward slide for Idol may have cost him his job.

I'd like to tell you about all the great stuff I've seen on TV and the movies but reality is, the only thing I've watched for the last week is Frozen, Planes and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Jenny11
Jenny11

Chiming in to agree with @McCovey44  and @G_  .

McCovey, I think the demographic definitely helped Caleb to win.  I loved "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" and can probably still quote the entire baseball part.  I wore out my cassette tape of "Bat Out Of H---", that's for sure.  Though I wasn't quite old enough for the Dodge yet.  :-)

Now, my hope is that with Caleb's win, Idol will realize who their core audience is and thus will go back to using better music next year.  This year was not much fun to watch, compared to other years.  Many of the song choices were just dismal, and as G_ mentioned, other than the top few, the talent was only mediocre.  There were several times that I almost quit watching, but I did really like Caleb, Jessica and Jena, so I stuck with it.

But if next year, they continue to insist on using only "current music", I will probably give up and switch to the Voice.  From what I've seen, it has great talent and great song choices too.

And G_, you are 100% correct that (except for the top few this year) "the vocal talent of Season 12 was head and shoulders above 13."  It sure was!!!  I think the show took a lot of unjust criticism last year, and it still makes me sad that more people didn't look past the Nicki issues and their annoyance with the lack of a WGWG, and just enjoy the talent.  All the people who stopped watching last season really missed out.  :-(

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Woodpappy: "Falling Skies" is a really good Alien-invasion show, produced by Steven Spielberg - great 'monsters' and machines. "Under the Dome" is based on a Stephen King story - a bit scifi itself. "Downton Abbey" is about an aristocratic family in England living in what we here consider a castle - the ups and downs of the aristocracy and their servants lives. Span from the turn of the 20th century, thus far thru the end of WWI. Really interesting and beautiful to look at too.

 I can't speak for "Killing" as I only watched the first few shows of the first season, and lost interest - so haven't a clue what's going on there by now.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

I can honestly say from someone who rarely watches television......I have no clue what you ladies are talking about when you speak of Falling Skies, The killing, Under the dome, Downton Abbey, etc....I have been watching FARGO and that is one crazy show, especially it being a true story. But mostly... I spend a lot of my off time working on pieces in my wood shop.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Just back from the zoo where the 3 year old thought the best part was the splash fountains.  I almost got in with him!

Also looking forward to True Blood, The Killing(thank you Netflix, for givng us one more season)Falling Skies, Project runway and Under the dome.  Looks like we'll have a lot to talk about!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: with the exception of "Extant" - I've never heard of any of the other new shows. Must be on HBO or Showtime, neither of which I have. I can't wait for "Falling Skies", "Major Crimes" and "Under the Dome".

G_
G_

Gang Related seems like it's going to be a great show.  If anyone remembers the movie "Departed" with Matt Damon, DiCaprio, Jack Nicollas, and Mark Wahlberg, this show is very close to that movie.  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@DoubleNaughtSpy "we haven't slept together but we've been intimate in other ways"   Not sure this constitutes proof of anything.  Maybe if she has a blue dress......;-)

JTesla
JTesla

@DoubleNaughtSpy Fidelity? LOL. That's just more of the "sanctity" of marriage.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DoubleNaughtSpy  All these women "stepping forward" - what do they get out of it, besides money from tabloids?

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC  Poor, poor Gus!  Isn't the Norwich the breed that won in "Best in Show"? Best of luck with the "black spot".

Yes to GOT.  Couldn't stand watching the fight at the end so I FF'ed.  Which was a mistake!! D-i-l had to text me what happened in full.  The eye-thing was just too horrible to watch. Many good moments in show... Sansa's "telling the truth" and her sister's reaction at news of aunt's demise. All the blood letting is getting to me, though. 

MoSchreibman
MoSchreibman

@DeirdreC The same thing happens every time my wifes Uncle Irving comes over for a visit. A rolled up newspaper across the nose usually does the trick.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DoubleNaughtSpy  Thanks, Spy!  Good interview.  Michael's chats with Jessica and Alex were my favorites. Quite obvious that the final with Caleb and GenaGinaJena was preordained, and this was probably why the original song bit was cancelled - C and GGJ wouldn't have been able to compete with Ales and Jessica, proven singer-songwriters.

McCovey44
McCovey44

@Jenny11 I taught my daughter who Phil Rizzuto was from the baseball part of of Paradise...STOP RIGHT THERE!  BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER DO YOU LOVE ME?"

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@G_ LOVED The Departed!  I will give Gang Related a shot.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @DeirdreC I like Sansa's transformation when it became clear she was going to take some control of her life.  I watched the whole fight but had to turn away during the eye-thing.  WOW!  And I kept thinking of Princess Bride when he kept repeating what the Mountain had done to his sister.

And yes, the Best in Show winner was a Norwich.  I fell for the breed watching Westminister and had to have him!

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC @Woodpappy D.,  My thought too!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@DeirdreC @Woodpappy I saw in another web site that Jena and Caleb flew to Minnesota on Wednesday and went to her High School Prom.  They went to her house a few hours before the prom so that they could get dressed.  Said she wore a white gown.

G_
G_

@DeirdreC @G_ Cool.  I have to warn you that it get's pretty graphic at times (for network tv).  Terry O'Quinn (Lost) also co-stars on the show.