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Another results show on American Idol, another guy sent packing. The results reflected what the performances showed, and that is that the guys are not as strong as the girls. There were some surprises, however, like who was in the bottom three.
Going home last night was Paul Jolley, who failed to impress the judges with his rendition of “Eleanor Rigby,” and obviously failed to impress the viewers as well.
Jimmy Iovine first gives his thoughts on last night’s performances, saying that Lazaro Arbos was “easily the worst performance of the night” while Candice Glover was “by far, the best performance of the night.” Other comments about the contestants included that Angie Miller is “too dramatic,” Kree Harrison is “great,” Burnell Taylor is good, but needs to prepare more and also that Janelle Arthur’s “restraint is explosive."
Iovine adds something that most viewers were probably thinking, and that’s that he believes the judges are being too nice and that they should critique the contestants more. He says that the big picture is that someone will go home until they reach their winner, so the judges should teach them something for when they start their music career away from the show.
“Critique is good, as long as it’s consistent,” Iovine said. “What you can’t do is coddle people.”
Ryan Seacrest first calls on Amber Holcomb, but instead of telling her results he shows the viewers how much trouble she was having with the smoke while rehearsing, which could have contributed to her unusually poor performance of “She’s Leaving Home” on Wednesday night.
Paul Jolley is the first to hear results, and he gets good news and bad news from Seacrest. The good news is a city in Tenessee named a city after him, but the bad news is he’s in the bottom three.
Devin Velez is the next contestant to learn he’s joining Jolley in the bottom three.
Seacrest then calls on Lazaro Arbos, but he gets better news than the previous two guys – he’s safe for another week.
After revealing Arbos is safe, Seacrest then reveals – in no particular order – the other contestants who are safe. This includes: Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur and Burnell Taylor.
This means the bottom three consists of Amber Holcomb (who, according to Iovine, “belongs in the top three, absolutely”) Devin Velez (who Iovine said needs to “work on his delivery and consistency”) and Paul Jolley (who “isn’t ready for prime time,” again according to Iovine).
Seacrest reveals Jolley has the lowest number of votes, meaning he has to sing for a chance to be saved by the judges. He sings, but then Jackson tells him they are not saving him. Jolley jokes he’ll be fine, as he does have a day named for him, after all.
There were also several performances throughout the night, which included all of the finalists continuing to pay tribute to the Beatles by singing together. Last season’s runner up Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo also performed their new single, “Tonight,” while former contestant Casey Abrams also performed while playing the bass.
What did you think about last night’s results show? Do you think Jolley deserved to go home? Let us know in the comments below.