In a 30-minute results show (the shortest in some time), “American Idol,” Season 13, bid good-bye to a contestant who some had once been considered a front-runner.
- In the opening, featuring video of the Top 9 socializing after the performance show, there were references to Ryan removing his shoe the previous night while teasing Alex Preston about his high-water pants. The contestants had then confiscated his shoe (ah, the shenanigans). As he did the opening, though, he held up his shoe and said the shoe would drop for someone tonight.
- The Top 9 sat on the stools, uncertain of their future. A montage showed snippets from everyone, with mentor Randy Jackson declaring his favorites of the evening to be Caleb Johnson, Malaya Watson and Jena Irene. “The cream is starting to rise to the top,” he said. He told the other six it was “Time to catch up.”
- Results were delivered by revealing who was safe via the big screen. The first person safe was… Jena. Also moving on was Malaya. And the next one was… going to find out after Janelle Monae performed.
- From the audience, the judges helped Ryan introduce Janelle Monae, who performed “What is Love” from the upcoming animated sequel, “Rio 2” (http:// movies.yahoo.com/movie/rio-2/ _). Footage of the film aired behind her. Confetti and tons of dancers with colored flags turned the song into a miniature carnivale.
- Then it was time for more results. First Alex Preston learned he was safe, and then Jessica Meuse. Finally, Caleb Johnson was declared safe, leaving Majesty Rose, Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris in the bottom three. Asked to comment about the results, judge Harry Connick Jr. said he was happy that the voting this season seems to be performance based.
- After the nationwide vote, Majesty learned she would be singing for the save, while Sam and C.J. were safe. She said that she’d known that would be the case, and she smiled. She sang the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” and while it started out strong it became wildly uneven near the end. The judges had a lot of discussion about what to do, and it seemed possible they’d actually use the save this time. Then, Keith Urban spoke for the judges, saying that it was the hardest deliberation. He announced that “by a narrow margin, it was not unanimous.” They wouldn’t use the save.
- Why was it Majesty’s time to go home? Among the original Top 13, she had once been considered one of the front-runners, based on her nuanced performances during her audition and Hollywood Week, as well as her bubbly personality and interesting retro look (complete with ever-present flowers in her hair). However, the Majesty who once impressed viewers didn’t seem to show up to the live shows. Rather than sticking to the sort of singer-songwriter tunes which would help her show off her effervescent tone, she attempted a number of songs better suited to a diva or a belter. Instead of starting off strong in her comfort zone, she was clearly uncomfortable with her song choices and with performing on the big “Idol” stage. Hopefully, her experiences on the summer tour will help her to get over that awkwardness and to tap into the potential so many people saw.