On American Idol tonight, we will get to see who America will be sending home, cutting down the 12 Top Finalists to the Elite 11 ones. Phillip Phillips will also be performing. It should be another great episode, filled with fantastic music; but, one of the performers will have his or her dreams come to a crashing end tonight on American Idol! Who received the lowest number of votes, and who will be sent home? Read on to find out!
Ryan Seacrest, the host of American Idol, The Top 12 Finalists began the episode singing “Home” by Philip Philips together. It sounded pretty cool. Ryan said that the results of the voting are coming up, on American Idol!
Ryan said that over 70 million votes came in last night. Then, he introduced the three judges of American Idol, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. Besides Phillip Phillips, Ryan said a group from the Emerald Islands called Kodaline will also be performing later in the episode.
The 12 finalists sat around a breakfast table eating and discussing how they did last night and what the judges meant by some of the comments they said. The comments had some of the 12 finalists down, but MK told them that they wouldn’t even be there at all if the judges didn’t like them.
Randy chalked up the judges’ comments, especially those of Harry, to “indigestion.” However, Harry said that he is not there to just praise singers who are good; he’s there to give them criticism to hopefully help them improve.
“I’m a judge. I can’t fraternize,” Harry said. Drew Brees, quarterback of the Saints, was on Skype asking Harry if he was “okay.”
Ryan said “Time for results.” He called Emily Piriz, Sam Woolf, Jessica Meuse, and Ben Briley up onto the stage to learn which of them got the fewest amounts of votes from America. Ryan said that Emily was in the bottom three; the other three were “safe.”
Ryan said “Sometimes when you think of ‘home’ you think of him.” He’s referring to Phillip Phillips, who will be singing tonight. He’s debuting his brand-new single, “Raging Fire.”
Phillip Philips has another winner with “Raging Fire.” It’s a pretty cool song. The audience gave him a standing ovation when he finished!
Ryan said that the song was on iTunes, and he encouraged America to “get it.” Then, American Idol went to another commercial break.
Back from the break, Harry reminisced about his boyhood in New Orleans, and listening to all types of jazz music there.
Ryan Seacrest read the names of the next four competitors, Jena Irene, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose York, and Alex Preston. These four are all so good, I’m surprised that any of them could be among the night’s lowest three people to receive votes.
“Dexter, you’re safe. And now, Majesty. You are safe; congratulations. That leaves us with Jena and Alex. Jena — you too will have to head to the stool. You, too, are in the bottom three,” Ryan said.
After another commercial break, Randy and Ryan introduced Kodaline, who performed the song “All That I Want.” They were on Last Call with Carson Daly a couple of nights ago — I really love this song, though it’s just the second time I’ve heard it. The audience clapped along as the lead singer sang this beautiful song. They also got a well-deserved standing ovation.
American Idol went to yet another commercial break. Afterwards, we’ll hear Ryan name the final 4 competitors, and find out which one had the lowest number of votes.
First, Jennifer Lopez recalled growing up in New York City, her hometown. She said that her birthday was in July.
CJ Harris, Caleb Johnson, Malaya Watson, and MK Nobilette were the last four competitors Ryan brought up onto the stage. We got to see scenes of each of them singing bits of their performances last night.
“Caleb,” Ryan said, “I can tell you, after the nationwide vote — you are safe tonight. CJ, after that vote, you are also safe. That leaves MK and Malaya.
“The person,” Ryan continued, “moving forward with us, with certainty, after the nationwide vote is — Malaya. Who is going to sing for their lives? We’ll find out right after this.”
So, MK Nobilette will be joining Emily Piriz and Jena Irene as they wonder who will be dinging and who will be moving on tonight or going home.
Ryan said that the nationwide vote reveals that, of the three, Jena is safe, as she received the most votes. MK is also safe. Emily will need to sing and hope that the judges decide to use their one “Save” to save her from elimination.
Emily sings “Stars” by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. She certainly delivers an excellent performance, and her voice soars, though she starts to cry around halfway through the song, as if knowing that whatever she does won’t get all three of the votes she needs from the judges.
The audience clapped along as she sang. Will her performance be enough for the judges to “Save” her? The audience erupted in applause as she ended the song.
The decision of the judges, Ryan said, must be unanimous. Harry said that they decided not to use their “Save” on her. We got to see scenes of Emily’s route to being a part of the 12 Finalists.
It’s sad to see her going. I wish her the best, and lots of success with her ongoing musical career! Please stay tuned with me next week to watch to remaining Elite 11 perform on Thursday, and then watch next Thursday to see who gets voted off American Idol nezt!
Written by: Douglas Cobb