'American Idol' Recap: Safe!
Judges save Jessica Sanchez from elimination in shocking results show
By Carla Patton
On Wednesday night, at the end of a string of mixed performances, Jennifer Lopez admitted that viewers are probably just voting for their favorites at this point. Does that mean there's little a contestant can do to fall out of favor with their fans? Will Jessica Sanchez's fans forgive her for wearing that terrible white bodysuit thing during her trio performance? Or does it just mean that underdogs need to give them a reason to vote? Also, as a side note, I simply don't agree with Jimmy's comparison of Colton and Phillip. They are completely different artists, and Colton cares way more about this whole thing than Phillip.
"Idol" alums James Durbin and Jennifer Hudson are performing in this episode, so I will enjoy at least one of those performances! I hope James goes right up to Colton, says, "I invented standing on pianos," then turns to the audience and asks, "What do you guys think?!"
"So, let me fill you in," Ryan says, not filling us in on anything of value. Let me fill you in: Jennifer looks stunning on this night, Randy is still wearing those giant sparkly pins and the group number is back! It is a terrible rendition of P!nk's "Raise Your Glass." These kids look sad and wiped -- except Elise, surprisingly. Look at those "dirty little freaks" up there, pumping their fists to the sounds of overgrown Kidz Bop.
I don't even care about the terrible, "Napoleon Dynamite"-inspired Ford music video this week. Ryan Seacrest just made my night. The contestants got some half-hearted celeb tweets. Colton got invited to prom by Katie of Wichita, Kan. Hollie got an invite to spring formal from a surprisingly hot dude. Elise got some feather jewelry for herself and Steven. Ryan made a funny joke about Quinceañera invitations. He is really on a roll again in this episode.
Hollie and Jessica are going head-to-head for the first results of the night. Will Hollie fulfill our expectations by heading for the bottom three, or will Jessica be penalized for singing a song we weren't super familiar with? Jimmy called Hollie stiff and contrived, and called Jessica the effortless, winner of the night. Hollie? Ya burnt. Gosh, Jessica's legs are thin.
Hollie starts a group on the right side of the stage. Jessica starts a group on the left. I know whose group I would prefer to be in on this night. Although, she was wearing that jumpsuit ...
James Durbin is performing a song from his album, which is titled "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster." So overwrought. He's got blond hair now, y'all. Take that, Colton. He probably did it first. He's singing into a vocal modifier, which works for the song but not for the context. Give us the real James! The people demand it! While we're making requests, can I ask that he take off those blinding white sneakers? He screamed a lot. And when he was finished screaming, the contestants clapped slowly, reservedly.
Back to the groups. Phillip and Elise hear results next. Do you think Ryan practices this with his Beanie Babies at home? So many Beanie Babies, I bet. The judges raved about Elise and not so much about Phillip. Jimmy says they're both singer/songwriters and "character singers." Jimmy thinks Phillip will be in the bottom 3 on this night and that Elise might also be, despite being "technically correct." So either of them moving to a group won't answer anything for us. Phillip joins Hollie, and Elise joins Jessica.
Just stopping by on her way to an EGOT, it's Jennifer Hudson! Oh, my gosh. She looks stunning. Weight Watchers is the way! And her hair is fierce. And Ne-Yo? Shut up. This is awesome. Jennifer Hudson is showing off that acting ability in this performance, giving Ne-Yo all kinds of looks. Can she be Whitney Houston in the biopic everyone's discussing?
Colton and Joshua hit the stage next. So it is Skylar who must choose. Jimmy thinks they both did well, and he's "in" on both of them. Colton still hasn't gotten the ubiquitous standing ovation? What's going on with that? Even Jennifer Lopez can't believe it. "I thought we stood for everyone!"
Joshua stands with Jessica and Elise, which the audience has already determined is the winning group, demonstrated by applause. Colton joins Hollie and Phillip. Uh, oh. Colton and Phillip!
Skylar is up last. Jimmy thinks she is just great, not to be left behind. He was floored and hopes Skylar doesn't get left behind. He predicts Phillip, Elise and Hollie will be the bottom three. Skylar is safe, and Ryan graciously didn't make her choose a group. Oops, I spoke too soon because Ryan asked her to pick the group she belongs with. Skylar said, "No!" and walked away. Good girl, not acknowledging that. He places her with Hollie, Colton and Phillip in a big twist. Joshua, Jessica and Elise are in the bottom three.
Time to use the Save! Jimmy thinks this is wrong, wrong, wrong. But I kind of get it. I wonder if Joshua and Jessica are getting too advanced, too mature, too boring for the viewers. Randy says this is messed up. I only sort of agree.
No one can offer up an explanation (Except me! Let's talk later. Text me or something, Ryan). Joshua is safe. Jennifer looks like she's ready to solve a murder. The person at risk is Jessica Sanchez. The judges freak out. I wish I had gotten a screen cap of Jennifer's face. It was great. I can't even believe it! Before the judges can interrupt with "we will save her!" Ryan hands Jessica the microphone.
The judges go up on stage like this was all scripted. Jennifer grabs the microphone, "Gimme that mic! Of course we're using the Save! Go sit down." I teared up a little. I love when stuff happens like this.
"I don't expect anything," Jessica says winningly. She was almost Pia Toscano-ed right outta here! But I love that girl. For filler, Ryan has Jessica sing us out. The top 7 remain for another week!
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did America and the judges get it right?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Well thanks Randy! You just freed up my Wednesday and Thursday evenings! I may tune in for the final just to see which musicians the finalists are teamed up with ... but after last night's statement by Randy I am done watching this show. With only two weeks left in which they could use their save, they would probably have used the save even if Ryan was in danger of leaving the show. The problem I have with Randy's statement about Jessica being the BEST SINGER IN AMERICA! is the total disrespect he showed to the other six singers. They should have just handed Jessica the title and told the other six to go home last night. No disrespect to Jessica, I think she is a very good singer, but to say she is the BEST singer in America? Does that mean she's better than Steven, Jennifer, Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson ... and on and on? Randy's statement probably sealed Jessica's fate of finishing someplace other than first.
Congrats Jessica! Okay not that we have a winner let's start Season 12!!
go on tube, check out randy's self serving words after saving jessica...... i did.
..."we are saving jessica without a doubt. let me just say this, for myself, steven and jennifer, this girl is one of the best singers in america (pause) EVER! are you kidding me...."
he goes on to say you have to vote for the best singer. also on the video, i saw the faces of the other 6 contestants, happy they were for jessica but when randy did his diatribe, their faces changes. i wonder why.
NOTE: again, i am not disputing the save of jessica, just the bombastic statements of the judges.
American Idol's judges have become irrelevant. Instead of being judges who are there to provide constructive criticism and help the contestants they have become propaganda agents telling America who to vote for. What a sham this once great show has become. I long for the days of Simon Cowell.
For the last two seasons, the judges have become more involved it seems in picking and relaying to the masses who is worthy of staying in the competition and who needs to go. I thought it was up to America? Not anymore! In the last couple of weeks the Randy, Jennifer and Steven show have shown their biases by slighting the talented Hollie every week although she has delivered very good performances and have done cart wheels and have had standing ovations for Joshua and Jessica for simply breathing into the microphone. But tonight took the cake when they showed their hands by saying they were going to save one of the three who were in the bottom. And when Jessica was the one to voted out they rushed to her side not even allowing her to sing. What a travesty. What about the other contestants? Randy said that "America has to vote for the best". The best according to him? Is he the final arbiter of the competition? NO, he is not! America is. And America voted and put Joshua, Jessica and Alise (sp?) in the bottom 3. Why? Because maybe America was sending a message to the judges, saying, "You can't tell me who to vote for!" Or maybe America has tired of those seemingly perfect performances of Joshua and Jessica. Whatever the reason, I believe tonight's display of bias and favoritism by the judges to be appalling and a slap in the face of the other contestants who have given their all each week too. The choice is America's, not Randy's, not Jennifer's and certainly not Steven, who believes everyone is " just beautiful". If they want to vote they certainly can text, call or go online like the rest of us. But don't tell me who to vote for anymore!!!
Watching the show, I could not help but feel a little outraged. Although I love Jessica's voice, she chose a lousy song to sing this week. She suffered as a result. Now, however, I feel as if the judges are forcing "their" chosen winner down my throat.
If they had acted like reasoned, patient judges rather than overpaid trailer park queens, they would have listened to Jessica's song and, at the conclusion, stated that they wished to use their save in order to keep the competition going for another week.
The way things went down, I wonder if there will be a negative backlash in votes for Jessica.
The judges should be ashamed of themselves. Their rude comments had to make the other six feel like crap. Jessica got voted out because not everyone
is crazy about her voice - I didn't like her song last night at all. But, now the
save is gone and America can pick who they like and the judges can keep
their comments to themselves. Maybe they will figure out we don't really
care what they think. We have our favorites, the ones we would spend the
money to listen to. They need to listen to the voting audience and keep
their rude comments to themselves. I'm so glad Holly wasn't in the bottom
three this week. I thought her song was great and she finally had
connection with the audience. My favorites are Skylar and Colton! That's
who I am voting for. It's time for Jessica and Elise to go home.
I'm not going to deny the fact that Jessica can sing. However, she sings the words, but doesn't really connect...just mimics the original singer. I'm just getting bored with her.
Holly might not be perfect every time but the judges are too harsh with her. She can still sing, but they constantly put her down like she shouldn't even be there.
Joshua can sing, but again, I'm getting bored with him. He picked up the pace this week but it was the same somehow. I dunno, I just don't like that particular style of music.
Very Very uncool the way the judges went about the save. They were simply RUDE!!!!! I feel for the rest of the contestants.
Jessica should be going home; America got it right, Dog! While she may have a big voice, her song choices are horrible, her performances are boring, and when she performs in the group numbers, duets and trios, she is awful! She has no chemistry, and this competition is about the whole deal. Jessica doesn't have it - end of story. The judges were insulting to America and to the other contestants. They obviously are pimping their favorite, but America gets to decide this one!
I have watched American Idol every year. This is the first year that I have been so disappointed in the Judges. They have been so biased this year and are not ashamed to show who is there favorite. Americans might not like Jessica as their favorite and decided to show last night that what she sang wasn't their favorite. I thought this show was American choice. The judges have their choices and we have ours. I like Jessica and do think she is a good singer but I did not like her song choice and the way she sang it.
The judges have picked their winner. I feel for the other contenders with having to see that happen last night. I can only imagine how they feel. The one I feel most sorry for is Holly. She has taken the worst blows from the judges week after week, yet she is still standing, go Holly.
America to decide but the judges, especially Randy, are trying to push there view and are very biased. Essentially, the judges have determined their winner. Watch the rest of the season and I am sure you are going to see their comments pushing the audience to their point of view regardless of performance by the individuals. The judges are showing an extreme bias this year. Let America decide! Time for new judges?????
This was So wrong for the judges to go up to the stage and save Jessica like that. It's obvious they have selected the next "American Idol". I thought this was suppose to be done by the viewers not them. I was so ready to help Jessica pack her bags. She really isn't that great. Colton is the greatest and poor Holly did such a great job and all the judges did was shut her down. I thought she gave a perfect performance. And has such an Angelic voice. So people let's do it again next week. Lets get jessica out and on her way home where she belongs.
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did America and the judges get it right?
1. Yes, the results are what we the voters wanted!
2. The judges are so bias against anyone besides Joshua or Jessica. There should be no saves at all. Let the voters do it on how THEY think should be the next AI not the judges!