The Top 10 of “American Idol” became the Top 9 as a contestant was cut who’d appeared in the bottom three a few times previously.
- The show led off with a montage showing the “post-show supper club,” where the Top 10 hung out after their performance and discussed their critiques. During the discussion, Malaya Watson invented the term “flowericious.”
- First for results were Malaya, Dexter Roberts and Jessica Meuse. Mentor Randy Jackson shared his thoughts on their performances, saying that Dexter had been lost in the music but he’d liked Malaya and Jessica. Ryan a support video for Dexter from Florida Georgia Line, who thanked him for performing his song. Ryan read the results: first Jessica and then Malaya were declared safe, and then Dexter was sent to the tulip chairs as a member of the bottom three.
- Jennifer Lopez debuted her new single, “I Luh Ya Papi,” on a set where she was “hanging out” on a stoop with her girlfriends, who included Jessica Sanchez, Pia Toscano and Allison Iraheta, gossiping about the current season’s guys. They sang a little bit together in harmony before Jennifer launched into the song, which has “hit” written all over it.
- Then it was time for Alex Preston, Majesty Rose and Caleb Johnson to hear their results. About their performances, Randy said Caleb was lackluster, Majesty nailed it, and Alex was amazing. Defying Randy’s assessment, Majesty learned she was the one in the bottom three.
- The band Royal Teeth performed their song, “Wild” in a performance that included multicolored flashing lights and confetti. Party! The musically eclectic group had been recommended by judge Harry Connick Jr. The judges this year are getting a chance to showcase their favorite up-and-coming acts.
- The final results, Sam Wolf, Jena Irene, C.J. Harris and M.K. Nobilette finally came up for their results. After playing a personal video from Hunter Hayes, whose song C.J. had sung, Ryan told him he was safe. Next Jena was declared safe, leaving M.K. and Sam. With Sam also declared safe, M.K. was headed for the bottom.
- It was M.K. who was finally declared the one going home, and the judges discussed her fate as she sang one last time, performing “All of me” by John Legend. During the discussion, Jennifer got very animated, perhaps arguing in M.K.’s favor? Finally, after the performance ended, Harry Connick Jr. spoke for the judges, saying that the decision was not unanimous, so they would have to say good-bye.
- Why was it M.K.’s turn to go? First, let’s talk about what she had going for her. She stood out from the other contestants, primarily due to her androgyny but also because her voice was more delicate and nuanced than some of the others. In addition, she’d been growing from week to week, which can often give a contestant a greater chance of staying in; however, on the down side, she didn’t improve as fast or dramatically as viewers seem to have expected. As far as negatives are concerned, her apparent timidity received critical comments from the judges every week. But whether the pressure of performing live was too much or there were other factors involved, M.K. at this point in the competition had not yet shown what her vocal talents hinted was possible.