On American Idol tonight, the three remaining competitors will be whittled down to just two. Your votes, America, have decided that one of them will be leaving during this hour-long episode — but, which one? We’ll find out soon. Also, American Idol alumni, Scotty McCreery, will be performing a song off of his latest album, “Feelin’ It.”
Ryan Seacrest brought out a new addition to his family, a cute puppy called Georgia. He then introduced the three judges of American Idol, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Junior.
Scotty McCreery is in the house,” Ryan says, and will be singing later tonight.
Ryan introduced the three competitors, Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston, and Jena Irene. The ate dinner and discussed last night’s episode. Caleb slamming his mike on the stage, Alex playing the drums, and Jena singing “Creep” weresome of the things that they discusses.
Jena’s “Remember to have fun,” comment was perhaps the most insightful one of the meal.
Back from a commercial break, we got to see a recap of Jena’s trip back to her hometown, to be greeted by her family, dogs, friends, and fans. There were many touching moments in the brief vignette, like when she met her grandpa again. She talked about “being so glad to be back” and sang as she played her keyboard. Her entire high school had a celebration for Jena, 17, who could very well be the next American Idol. She said she wants to win for her community, not just for herself.
Ryan told her that on the Finale, she will join forces and perform with Paramore. Then American Idol went to another commercial break.
Caleb, Jessica Meuse, C.J. Harris, and other Idols talked about their upcoming summer tour, and said that tickets will soon be available. Then, Ryan introduced Scotty McCreery sang “Feelin’ It.” It sounded a bit like he was just trying to rhyme whatever words he could, with lines like “flip-flops flopping,” and “lip gloss a-flossing.” The audience seemed to really get into the song, though, and clapped their hands along with him as he sang. He went over to the judges, and Keith stood up and gave him a bro hug. J-Lo gave him a kiss on his cheek.
The other Results Shows the past couple of weeks have been just half-hour shows, but so much is going on this episode to celebrate American Idol‘s 500th episode yesterday that the show was expanded to an hour.
Ryan announced upcoming auditions for American Idol, and talked about the bus tour and the “American Idol Experience.”
Then, Ryan talked to Alex Preston, and asked him what is was like to go back home to New Hampshire. He was interviewed there, and we saw his family, fans, and friends greet him. His grandmother seemed like a very sweet lady. The governor of New Hampshire proclaimed May 10 to be Alex Preston Day. Then, he was transported to the University of Durham, and he performed there later that night. He called it “the craziest most awesome day of my life.” Ryan told him that next week, he’ll be singing with Jason Mraz.
Ryan said that next, he’d talk with Caleb about his experience going back home, and also said that he would soon be announcing the results.
Caleb’s hometown is Asheville, North Carolina, which –sorry — was incorrectly written in yesterday’s article as “Aspen.” He had a great time meeting all of his fans, friends, and family back home,and he gave an AMAZING performance for them, rocking the auditorium out. Then, he performed the next day at the Emerald Lounge, and there was a parade in his honor.
“Caleb will take the stage next week, live, and perform with Kiss!” Ryan announced. That ought to be pretty amazing! Caleb was there with his “little brother,” who is bigger than he is, and he is a fairly big person, himself. Another break followed this cool announcement….
When American Idol returned, Ryan had all three of the Finalists onstage with him. He said “It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.”
Ryan: “The first person to compete in the Finale is — Jena Irene! The person who will battle it out with Jena next week and could be the next American Idol will be Caleb Johnson!”
Alex, sadly, will be going home. We saw a recap of the season highlights of Alex’s performances. He has a very cool, unique voice. the song he sang as his farewell song was “Fairytale ,” which he wrote and sang as his original audition song. He did a TERRIFIC job, and NAILED it, as usual, giving perhaps his best performance of the entire season. The audience clapped along as he sang. All of the judges stood as Alex sang, and Caleb walked over and gave Alex a big hug. Alex gave so many awesome and memorable performances this season. It really sucks to see him go, though there’s little doubt he will wind up with a record contract — he definitely deserves one.
Jean and Caleb will battle it out next week, and some of the other Top 13 performers of this season will be also singing with musicians like Darius Rucker and Philip Phillips. Caleb and Jena have strong, powerful voices — if it comes down to who can rock out the best, probably Caleb will be the season winner. But, America might be looking for other qualities, like musical range, etc., and also voters who don’t especially like rock ‘n’ roll might vote for Jena, which could lead to her ultimate victory. What are your thoughts, America? Do you think that Alex should have been the one going on to the Finale, or the two that are, Jena and Caleb? Who do you think will be the winner and declared the next American Idol? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb