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American Idol results, The Show’s Pitch Problem and Who Was Sent Home




For Wednesday night’s live episode, the Top 12 had to sing songs that reminded them of Home. I wasn’t able to watch each performer, but the ones I did catch left me wondering if the show needed to go back and find some new contestants. I get that some of them might not be comfortable on stage just yet, but isn’t that what all these coaches and advisers are there for?

Idol‘ winner Phillip Phillips returned to perform his latest, “Raging Fire,” which the judges were all really into. He also sort of humblebragged about being on a first name basis with The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. This was much better than the awkward group sing-a-long of his hit “Home” that happened at the beginning of the show. Half of it was shot on a camera phone, and the audience did a lot of off beat clapping. What the hell is going on with this show?

On Wednesday night, the usually good Jess Meuse hit a sour note while singing Dido‘s “White Flag,” and it started an argument between the judges about Harry Connick Jr‘s comment to her. Either you sing in key, or you sing the words right. She did neither, and it seems like none of them want to, or think singing off key is cute, as evidence by the conversation they had at dinner. Perhaps Randy Jackson needs to slide back out to the judges’ table to throw out some “pitchy dawgs” because they aren’t getting it.

Which brings us to the eliminated contestant, Emily Piriz. She was in the Bottom 3 with MK Nobilette and Jena Irene. Emily did an energetic version of “Let’s Get Loud” that might have only been enjoyed by Jennifer Lopez. I don’t think that performance was bad enough to send her home, but the song she sang for a save, “Stars” was. Flat and pitchy, I’d say the voters made the right choice.

American Idol recap, The Top 13 Perform

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After weeks of auditions, the ‘American Idol‘ judges,Jennifer LopezHarry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, have narrowed it down to 13 hopefuls looking to take home the title. This season’s crop of singers is good, but they need a lot of work. Chalk it up to nerves, excitement, sound issues or all 3, the Top 13 didn’t have their best showing and it was important for them to really “bring it” now that we’re in the live rounds and America is voting. The theme for this week was “This Is Me,” where the singers had to choose a song that best represented themselves.


Up first was 22 year old Dexter Roberts with “Aw Naw” by Chris Young. So Dexter has a good Country voice, but there wasn’t much about this performance that really spoke to me. Being the first to sing might have worked against him, as the judges urged him to show more of his personality and loosen up a bit. He needs to work on being more comfortable being on a big stage, but otherwise, he was okay.

Malaya Watson is a ball of energy, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell during her performance of Bruno Mars‘ “Runaway Baby.” This is a great song, and one that requires a lot of bounce, but I got none of that from her. She wasn’t so much singing, as she was just saying the words to the beat. The judges still think she’s a contender though despite how flat she was.

Kristen O’Connor sang Kelly Clarkson‘s “Beautiful Disaster.” The contestants must not have had enough time to relax before the show because this was the third performance in a row that felt off. Kristen has a big voice, big enough for this song, but she sounded way off key during the chorus. It’s also hard not to notice her diva-ish facial expressions. The judges noted how out of tune she was and that she seemed to be over thinking her performance. When JLo tells you to stop thinking, just do it, okay!

Ben Briley sang “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. Ben said that he always performs this during his gigs so he wasn’t challenging himself here, which was a good thing. Seeing as how he’s one of three Country dudes on the show this season, he has to set himself apart and I think he did so with this one. He just seemed more confident, but the judges thought it was a little too on the nose with the sped up tempo. As Keith told him, there’s a difference between owning a performance and it coming across as a bit kitsch.

CJ Harris performed “Radio” by Darius Rucker. CJ seems like a good old boy, but I wish he had performed something a little different. He couldn’t quite catch up to the higher parts of the song in the beginning, I have to agree with Harry. It was just an o.k. song choice, nothing special like he had performed during auditions.

MK Nobilette sang “Satisfaction” by Allen Stone. Okay, I really want to like MK but there is one thing keeping me from really rooting for her. She has a great voice, and this song helped to showcase it. It also helped that it wasn’t a weepy ballad. I just wish her delivery was better. She performs like she’s singing to herself in the bathroom and not an auditorium full of people. Maybe that helps with nerves, but I want her to project! I want her to stay in the competition for a while so we can continue to watch her grow.

Majesty Rose performed Janelle Monae‘s “Tightrope.” It was nice to see the North Carolina (woo hoo!) native choose something so upbeat. Her voice was crisp and on key and she was able to get more into it during the chorus. She got praises form the judges, and i’m pretty sure she will be sticking around for weeks to come if she keeps this up.

Jena Irene sang Coldplay‘s “The Scientist.” So this was the first song Jena learned how to play on the piano, at age 9, but why wasn’t she playing the piano now? She definitely could have worked the singer-songwriter angle here, but it was still a pretty decent performance. Harry keeps quizzing her about the meaning behind the songs she picks, and while that is important when it comes to conveying emotion, I think she just goes with whatever she’s comfortable with. And that is just fine.

Alex Preston sang Jason Mraz‘s “Beautiful Mess.” This last portion of she show featured contestants that I forgot about, or didn’t remember at all from the auditions. Even though Alex had a pretty great note towards the end of the song, ending it on a shaky one didn’t go over so well with the judges. Singing off key can be good, but not too much, said Harry. The almost acoustic performance was loved by JLo, though.

Jessica Meuse sang “Crow The Butterfly” by Shinedown. Jessica solidified her position as the Rocker Chick for this season with this performance, and her pink streaked hair. I’ve never heard this song before but something tells me the original isn’t as good as Jessica’s rendition. Jessica performed without her guitar, but I don’t think she needed it. She showcased her power vocals and became a favorite for me and the judges.

Emily Piriz sang Pink‘s “Glitter In The Air.” She didn’t perform this hanging above the audience, but it was a decent vocal showing from Emily. It’s hard to do a song like that just standing still, so it was a bold choice. The judges told her to find more of an edge. Does that mean swinging from the rafters? I don’t know, but we’ll have to see how she progresses.

Sam Woolf sang “Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty. Thinking on it now, this is a really odd choice for something that is supposed to represent him. Sam sounded good though, but it was a little too static. The judges wanted him to loosen up as well. Harry said it was “too smooth.” Maybe he should have performed that other Rob Thomas song by that name.

Last singer of the night was Caleb Johnson singing “Pressure in Time” by Rival Sons. Caleb is at least 3 different chubby, white dudes from Idols past rolled into one. I can’t really say that i’m buying what Caleb is selling, but he knows what type of artist he wants to be and he can rock a stage. Like JLo said, he has been planning his rockstar life and he may not win the show but he might get a career out of this anyways.


There have been some crucial changes made to the show this season. Some great (hello new judges), some utterly confusing or unnecessary (the new voting rules). The Super Vote is still in play, all the contestants have their own phone number for the whole season. Instead of waiting until after the show to call or text in your votes, you can start at the beginning of the show, and can vote by simply searching for ‘American Idol‘ on Google. I’m not sure how all of that is going to work out, but remember when all you had to do was call one number for one little vote. My how times have changed. Randy Jackson is still around as the show’s mentor, Seacrest is still Seacrest, but it’s up to the contestants to bring the show back to it’s former glory and ratings.



TV News Round-Up!

Idol Judges

In what was probably the least anticipated news of the year, ‘American Idol’ announced their new lineup of judges this week. Returning to the panel are Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, who joined last season. Newbie judge Harry Connick, Jr., who has appeared on the show to help coach the contestants, will be in the third seat. Randy Jackson, who just refuses to move on, will be taking over for Jimmy Iovine as the show’s mentor, and I’m kind of thankful for that. Ryan Seacrest returns as host, because we can’t get rid of him either.

Harry is a nice addition, but something tells me him and Keith will end up canceling each other out. They’re both just so darn nice and cute. I welcome the return of La Lopez and her outfits, but will she be enough to boost the sagging ratings? After the disaster of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which wasn’t as fun as it should have been, hopefully they put the focus back onto the singers and come up with some actually new and exciting ways to improve the show.


Though I mostly enjoyed it’s 6th season, I think it’s time for ‘True Blood’ to meet the true death. HBO announced on Tuesday that it’s hit vampire soap opera will end it’s run after the 7th season in 2014. “‘True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement.It will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show,” he added.

Showrunner Brian Bruckner, who took over for Alan Ball, said that season 7 will “tell a simpler story,” and will go back to examining the relationships between vampires and humans. I don’t think it’s possible for this show to tell simple stories, but we’ll see what happens next Summer.


Alec Baldwin is sticking with television, this time with his own talk show. Baldwin will host ‘Up Late with Alec Baldwin’ on MSNBC on Fridays at 10/9c starting in October, the network announced on Thursday. The show will cover the week in pop culture and current events, which sounds like it’ll be a sit-down version of ‘The Soup‘ but less bawdy. But it’s Alec Baldwin, so you never know.

Alec and his wife, Hilaria, recently welcomed a baby girl, Carmen Gabriela, so with a new show and a new baby, when will Alec find the time to berate people on Twitter?


The new cast of ABC‘s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ was announced on Wednesday, and honestly, it’s pretty awesome. For it’s 17th season, the dance-competition program has it’s most diverse group of competitors yet. There is Jack Osbourne (his sister, Kelly, competed during Season 9), singer and host Christina Milian, ‘Glee”s Amber Riley, and recent Scientology defector Leah Remini. Two of the most talked about contestants are Scientist, and all around awesome dude, Bill Nye and the lovely Valerie Harper who is defying the odds to dance even though she was told she only had months to live after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

DWTS’ starts September 16 at 8 p.m.ET  and will only be on one day each week on Mondays.