As the Top 6 were whittled down to 5 on “American Idol,” Season 13, my predictions on the odds of each contestant winning proved true, as the person I said was least likely to win was finally cut.
- At the top of the show, Internet star Grumpy Cat returned for a cameo, with host Ryan Seacrest holding him as he started the show. Then there was the typical video package of the Top 6 winding down after their performances. In it, Sam Woolf revealed that the girls in the pit almost pulled him into the audience when he reached out his hand to them! Also, since it was Caleb Johnson’s birthday, his mom made dinner and a cake.
- Then, in this week’s Ford commercial, the Top 6 shared secrets via the dashboard messaging app.
- Time for results, preceded with comments from the season mentor, Randy Jackson. Randy thought Caleb Johnson did a great job and won the night. Sam Woolf, Randy said, had a solid night. He thought C.J. Harris needs to pick better songs and give a stronger vocal performance. The first to stay with us one more week, Ryan revealed, was Sam. One of the guys was safe, one in the bottom two. The one who was safe? Caleb, of course. This meant C.J. was in the bottom two.
- Then it was the second group, Jena Irene, Alex Preston and Jessica Meuse. Randy said Jena has the “eye of the tiger” after two good performances. He liked that Alex is continuing to show his artistry. While he thought Jessica gave amazing performances, he thought she might not have showed the judges everything they’d wanted. Jena was declared safe, leaving Jessica and Alex. The person moving on was Alex, putting Jessica in the bottom two.
- After a commercial break, Ryan revealed the person leaving was C.J. Jessica gave him a hug and thumped him on the back, a bit hard, it seemed. C.J. looked a little disappointed but pumped his fist in the air. For his swan song, he sang “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band, joined onstage by the rest of the Top 6, who gave him hugs and then stood by, watching awkwardly. He gave up singing for a group hug, allowing the backup singers to finish the song. Then his family made their way to the stage. Jennifer Lopez was beside herself the entire time, tears in her eyes.
- Why was it C.J.’s time to leave? Maybe the question is how did he stay so long, despite continually receiving comments from the judges that he needed to watch his pitch? The truth is, C.J. had a lot of qualities that spell success on “Idol”: a likable guy with a sense of humor, he is an earnest family man who always met the judges’ comments with grace and humility. If only his vocal performances had been stronger, he would have been a serious contender for the final two. Hopefully, now that the pressure’s off, he’ll get a chance to really refine his delivery ahead of the summer tour.
“American Idol” airs at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesdays and 9 p.m. EDT Thursdays on FOX.