Once more, the half-hour results show on “American Idol,” Season 13, meant almost no filler and no milking of the drama. No real surprises either: a contestant was cut who’d been in the bottom a couple times before.
- As host Ryan Seacrest opened the results show for the Top 7 week, he allowed guest Kevin Bacon to give the iconic line, “This is American Idol.”
- The post-performance video of the Top 7 hanging out included the Idols observing that Harry had been sick that night, with Caleb dubbing him “Hoarse Harry.” Jena Irene was really excited that Demi Lovato had told her she wanted to do a duet with her.
- In their Ford ad, they were asked what they’d do if they had a Mustang for a day. Oodles of shots of them driving cool vintage Mustangs around and talking about how cool they are.
- Then it was time to hear recaps of the previous night’s performances. Of Dexter Roberts, mentor Randy Jackson said he need to put more of a “Dexter spin on it.” About Alex Preston, Randy said he’s developing into a great artist. Then, on Jena Irene’s stand-out performance of “Creep,” he said, “She’s the one to beat. Everybody else, step up to the plate.” Ryan announced that the first person safe was Jena. Then, he declared Alex safe, leaving Dexter alone, as a member of the bottom two.
- Then the second group of contestants heard their results. In the video package, Randy said he thought C.J. Harris should have taken more vocal liberties. He said little about Jessica Meuse, just that it would be interesting to see where she landed in the votes tonight. About Sam Woolf, Randy said that if he sticks around, “he’s got to get a winning performance.” Then, on Caleb Johnson, he said he’s been consistent and he gave him an “A” for the night. After the nationwide vote, the next person continuing on, Ryan said, was Caleb. The next person declared safe was C.J. This left Sam and Jessica, with the one moving forward being Sam, putting Jessica in the bottom two.
- After a break, we learned that it was Dexter Roberts heading home. He sang the country ballad “Lucky Man” as his swan song.
- Why was it time for Dexter to go? While he tried to show a darker, more intense side this week with his performance of “Muckalee Creek Water,” it was too little, too late. For most of the season, he’d sung upbeat party songs and generic anthems, doing little to insert his own character into the performance. He has proven himself to be capable, that’s for sure, but he has never had a moment that proved he had the potential for something more. On top of that, vote splitting has often factored into previous eliminations on “Idol,” and he was probably splitting votes with C.J. Harris, who is also a male guitar-strumming country singer from Alabama. The difference between them is two-fold: C.J. has a more colorful, optimistic personality, whereas Dexter tends to be pretty closed-off and quiet on camera. In addition, C.J. has other dimensions as a singer, with his blues-tinged performances ranking among his best. If people were choosing between the Bama boys this week, they probably chose C.J., who did better this week than the week before and who, just by being his humble, cheerful himself, probably drew more positive attention his way.