‘American Idol’ Recap: Harry Connick Jr. Shames Emily Piriz For Sexy Song

Tue, February 18, 2014 10:33pm EDT by 23 Comments
Harry Connick Jr. Shames Emily Piriz
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Roy

Posted at 10:55 AM on March 22, 2014  

I think Harry Connick is the BEST, HONEST judge that Idol has ever had on the show. His constructive feedback is accurate & meaningful.

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L. Leslie

Posted at 9:45 PM on March 6, 2014  

Harry Connick, Jr. you are totally wrong to say that this group is the best since the first episode of American Idol. It is obvious that you never watched American Idol throughout as you had indicated. You and the other judges selected this group; you are proving that they are not the best choice because you of all people are their biggest critic and rightfully so…none of them are star quality at all!!! There’s only one person that was half way decent and with some mentoring, constructive criticism and additional experience, Emily Piriz would have been the winner. But you very arrogantly put her down…shame on you on all counts

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MARIPILAR

Posted at 9:44 PM on March 6, 2014  

i CANT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO EMILY.. THAT SUCKS…

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Jason

Posted at 8:04 PM on February 19, 2014  

If he felt the ‘need’ to have that kind of conversation with her, it should have been done OFF camera. Why humiliate her in front of millions of viewers??
Read my opinion on my blog.

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Crazy4idol

Posted at 10:51 PM on February 19, 2014  

Thank you for speaking so well of her . You are right! Harry was totally off of line last night.

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John

Posted at 2:05 PM on February 19, 2014  

It’s funny, that the Mail On-Line entertainment front page headlines read on January 14, 2014 “Forget the contestants, it’s all about me! as Jennifer Lopez squeezes into tiny dress for a show-stopping return to American Idol for season 13, who from the start of the season 13, the entertainment industry already had clue about Jlo ,so did AT&T, one of the main sponsors of Idol, that why they pull the plug on Idol, and the Idol executives were so stupid they had no clue, that Jlo had this plan all along, what-idiots????

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R. Scott

Posted at 12:41 PM on February 19, 2014  

In an industry where young girls and older (Jlo) are encouraged or feel they have to dress sexier, sing sexier as the only way they will get noticed, it is amazing to see Harry Connick Jr. prove he is the rare individual that respects talent and feels you can simply showcase (agreed like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson) that talent without selling out. There are SO many incredible songs to choose from. Looking forward to more of Harry Connick Jr. AND Emily Piriz.

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Nanette

Posted at 8:57 AM on February 19, 2014  

Good for you Harry I totally agree with you !! Like the daddy mode .. Young girls should pick more age appropriate songs ! There are plenty of songs to show case their vocals .. Carrie Underwood proved that !!

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Val

Posted at 8:55 AM on February 19, 2014  

Harry having Emily pick out and highlight the first 2 lines of the song put even more emphasis on those words, not less, bringing direct attention specifically to them. He’s not very smart if shaming via more attention is his way of fathering.

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salim marayan

Posted at 7:39 AM on February 19, 2014  

I can’t believe Kenz was not picked… her not being called seems to be the choker since she was a favorite of this season. Unfortunately she is not eve eligible for the wild card…only those 5 eliminated tonight are. Shame

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christian

Posted at 2:35 AM on February 19, 2014  

Don’t care for harry . he doesn’t know that what he have to focus on in each part of the show.
Just love Jennifer she is a great singer,actress,dancer and proved that is a great judge too ♥ love her and her career ♥

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BBJ

Posted at 2:27 AM on February 19, 2014  

Harry was completely out of line and owes her an apology. Even if he’s a dad and is speaking from that perspective, she is of legal age. She can sing what she wants and putting her on the spot in front of millions is immature as a 40 yr old man. There were different ways he could have critiqued her but slut shaming an 18 yr old is completely uncalled for. And anyone defending him (especially women) are just as ridiculous as his comments.

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Jay

Posted at 5:31 AM on February 19, 2014  

To be honest, my opinion is the opposite of yours- that girl was out of line. She is of legal age she can sing what she want? Well, yes she can, but that doesn’t make it right. She is on this show because she wants to be a singer, considering her age and her being on American idol most her audience will be teens and pre-teens. She is there role model, and this is the song she chooses? “you got me down on the floor, what you got me down here for?” imagine your 10 year old singing this after hearing it. When your on national TV it’s not just about how old you are or what you can and can’t do, its about who your singing to and what you should and shouldn’t do. Of course she would know this so why, out of all the songs she could of chosen to show off her vocals did she choose a sexy, inappropriate song about sex? Because it grabs attention. If she keeps it up she will turn out like Miley Cyrus.

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BBJ

Posted at 7:54 AM on February 19, 2014  

You are ridiculous. What about when Janelle sang the same song on X Factor, at the same age. If that song is inappropriate for teens and pre-teens the radio must be complete trash for them and yet that is what they listen to. Every song on the radio top 40 has sexual innuendo (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Beyonce). Kids are singing that stuff right? But thats ok? Take your misogynistic ass out of here. That girl sang a song, gave a beautiful vocal performance, and tried to explain her choice for it but was overshadowed by Harry.

Bet you wouldn’t have said anything if it was an 18 yr old boy singing the song. Bet you wouldn’t have either.

 
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Crazy4idol

Posted at 11:52 AM on February 19, 2014  

To be honest, your opinion is stupid. Do not compare Emily Piriz to Miley Cyrus. You are stupid for even thinking that. Emily is a beautiful young intelligent lady. She sang a song last week that was perfect and showed the world a side that we have not yet seen as well as last nights performance. She cannot always sing sad songs that put you to sleep and that are boring. She made a smart choice in choosing a song that was up beat and got peoples attention. its not about the words a person sings on American Idol its about voice , Its about their vocal abilities and last night she killed it. So Please stop talking because you do not know how to critique a singer. Harry should apologize to her because that comment and outburst was unnecessary to say on world wide TV. What he said should have been kept to himself, instead of saying out loud and maybe changing the mind of future voters. Don’t worry Emily you without a doubt have my vote! and millions of other votes to! keep on shining<3

 
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Ellen

Posted at 10:36 PM on February 20, 2014  

Scott, Nannette and Jay you are right on your opinion of Harry’s remarks. Could not have articulated it any better. When are others going to start trying to help young adults from becoming desensitized by what they are seeing and hearing. Glad she made it through tonight; however he had tried to help her before with this choice of song.

 
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Gail

Posted at 1:38 AM on February 19, 2014  

Thank you, Harry, for focusing on the lyrics. You couldn’t have phrased it better. Just speak the words and then let’s all listen to what you’re actually singing about. That song was a vocal twerk and she knew it. Sad to see such talent thrown in the trash.

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Crazy4idol

Posted at 12:01 PM on February 19, 2014  

Talent was not waisted. You obviously do not have any if you have to rank on others. Emily did a fantastic job! Do not expect her to sing a sad, boring, slow song every week….Because thats not going to happen. She needed to sing an up beat song change peoples perspective and show them a different side that her VOCALS can reach. American Idol is a singing show focussing on vocal talent. American Idol is not about who sings a song with caring lyrics. It is about high big you can make it vocally and she exceeded in that. She rocked that performance and she showed enjoyment and Confidence in that performance as well. I am proud of her because people like you cant make it as far as she has in life and she is only 18. Don’t hate Gail.

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jmsmit15

Posted at 12:21 AM on February 19, 2014  

I linked this page in my post on the Top 10 girls on Idol tonight! Please check it out! Your thoughts are much appreciated :)

http://jacquelinemsmith.net/american-idol-top-10-girls/

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Mister Baja

Posted at 12:07 AM on February 19, 2014  

believe it or not: THEY WORE A THONG IN PUBLIC!!

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NY'er

Posted at 11:44 PM on February 18, 2014  

Haha did you say Clay came out after the show? He was gay the moment he opened his mouth.

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Joan Hall Hovey

Posted at 11:32 AM on February 19, 2014  

Clay was always gay, just as all gay folks are. And he was always brilliantly talented and that hasn’t changed..

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Paula

Posted at 12:04 PM on February 21, 2014  

OMG! “Oh La La If I was From Paris” is a kick ass song by Grace Potter and Emily performed it with kick ass attitude! It is a song…..

 
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