American Idol recap: Back to the start

The "super eight" perform duets and the original audition songs that got them to Hollywood and began their Idol journey.
Ep. 23 | Aired Apr 2, 2014

This is the point where I rant over the new super voting and the "real-time" voting results being shown through Facebook. Apparently, after the first four performances, voters 21 and older liked Jessica the most and Malaya the least. That definitely didn't have to do with the fact that Jessica performed first and Malaya performed last, right? OF COURSE IT DOES! Who are you fooling, producers? And what about West Coast viewers? Those fanbases aren't being taken into account at all. Though the voting system is already a little wonky, this seems like a weird way to skew votes.

Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf, "Lucky" by Colbie Callaitt and Jason Mraz: This seemed like the final scene of a high school movie where the two shy geeks get their revenge by performing in front of the entire school and prove that they are special too! Sam further proved that he is lost on stage without a guitar, and the potential for something big was instead just fun and cute. It was almost as if they were told the further away they stand from each other, the better they would sound. It just made the whole thing sweet but awkward.

J.Lo and Keith also apparently both traveled over the weekend to Dubai and Australia respectively. #idoljudgeproblems

Jena Irene, "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele: Jena is not afraid to take risks, and having to sing Adele more than once in any season is going to be a risk to begin with. But the slowed-down, sultry version further showed her dynamic ability as a performer to connect with the audience and make something completely unique and her own. Jena's last note got Keith so excited that he was out of his seat before it even began. Jena has been one of my favorites since her very first audition, and she has grown more and more every week, but unlike some of her other competitors, she still has the ability to surprise us each time too. I think she was also lucky that she got to perform her duet before this too. The judges all loved the bold performance, and Harry has even come to like the "cool speech impediment" that he thinks Jena has. J.Lo thinks Jena can win this whole thing, and if she can continue this momentum, she will surely be rolling in the votes.

C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts, "Alright" by Darius Rucker: Sweet home Alabama! The southern neighbors made the mistake of not actually singing a duet together and instead just changed the arrangement of the song from the Hootie and the Blowfish frontman. Their voices were just competing against each other the entire time, and it didn't really sound that great. Not sure how these pairs were picked, but they would have both been much better served with a female counterpart versus another low male tone. I think this performance could be perceived as just alright and land both in the bottom.

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