On the Feb. 27 results show on ‘American Idol,’ we learn that Americans cast 71 million votes and now one of the Top 13 — soon to be Top 12 — has to go home! Also, Randy Jackson displays a pretty confusing mentoring style.
The Feb. 26 performances were a bit of a debacle, so we weren’t too sure what to expect with this results show. For example, Malaya Watson has been a favorite so far but her performance last night was not up to her usual gold standard. If Malaya gets voted out, we’re going to need to have a talk with America. Also, we thought that Randy Jackson kind of threw Malaya — and the other Idol hopefuls who didn’t fare so well — under the bus! Rude. See below for who didn’t make it to the Top 12 and tell us if you agree with America’s choice!
‘American Idol’ Results Recap: Randy Jackson Is The Worst Mentor Ever
Speaking of bizarre song choices, producers had the Idols sing a group performance of “Counting Stars” by One Republic which then transitioned into one of our faves, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” The latter half of the performance was fine; the former was emphatically not.
Ryan Seacrest tells us that 71 million votes were cast after last night’s episode, which is a number we cannot conceive of. That is simply too many votes. We do not compute.
In a recorded segment where we see the Idols out and about, nothing much of note happens other than Jena Irene telling Sam Woolf that she saw a girl cry after Sam touched her hand. HEARD THAT, GIRL. We would cry, too.
Next is a segment where Randy talks, in his role as mentor, about the performances from the previous night. We are feeling personally wronged by the fact that Randy seems to be trying to pass the buck. With Malaya, especially, he tells us that he told her to not get too excited while onstage, blah blah, but if we were mentoring Malaya, we would have told her that that song simply was not the right choice for her!
Excited or not excited, let’s be real — is “Runaway Baby” that great of a song in the first place? Super mad about it, not getting over it, putting Randy on watch. The American Idol studio audience is on watch for booing Harry Connick Jr. for no reason all the time, Randy’s on watch, EVERYBODY IS ON WATCH.
Ben Briley is safe.
Hey guys, know what’s super fun? When Ryan says, “Alex Preston, unfortunately…” and then pauses for long enough that civilizations are built, fall, and are rebuilt, after which he finally continues, “…you will have to make the long walk to the couch because you’re also safe.” SO FUN!
Jena Irene is also safe.
Malaya Watson is in the bottom. Mad about it!
Then, American Idol alum Candice Glover appears onstage to sing “Same Kind Of Man.”
‘American Idol’ Results Recap: Malaya Watson Says She’ll Learn How To Calm Down — And She Shouldn’t!
Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, and Sam Woolf are safe.
MK Nobilette is in the bottom. Also mad about it!
Then, Ryan explains that this year on the Idol results show will be a segment called “Tastemakers” where the judges bring on an up-and-coming act whom they believe deserves the exposure. Tonight it’s 20-year-old Jake Bugg with his song “Me and You.” It’s pretty fun! However, he already has two records out, has hit #1 in the UK, and has been on The Tonight Show and played at Osheaga. So, we’re not super sure how much exposure he really needs, but hey! It’s a way to freshen up the results show.
More from Randy, Worst Mentor Ever, in which he takes credit for good performances, like Jessica Meuse‘s, and wonders why the contestants didn’t take his advice for the bad ones. Randy, if you’re going to be a mentor, you need to support your performers — not only when the chips are up.
Caleb Johnson, Emily Piriz, CJ Harris, and Jessica Meuse are all safe.
Kristin O’Connor is in the bottom. Not very mad about it.
Ryan is now finally reading out the results. MK is safe. Malaya tells Ryan that if she gets to stay, she will learn how to calm down “for once,” which is tragic. Never calm down, Malaya! You be you! It was just not a good song choice! Gosh.
Aaand Kristin is out. And now she has to sing — which is a pretty cruel ritual on part of Idol producers, if you ask us. She sang Adele‘s “Turning Tables,” which she sang during Rush Week.
Then, Ryan asks the judges if they want to use their save on her. They have one per season, and it has to be unanimous. Harry, being particularly diplomatic, simply told her that the decision has to be unanimous and that the decision to have her stay “wasn’t unanimous.” We appreciate that he said it that way, instead of just straight up telling her she was out — after she was already rejected and then forced to sing. How rude, Idol producers!
And that’s it until next week where we’ll see our Top 12 perform!
What did you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Kristin deserve to go? Should Malaya or MK have gone instead? And be real with us: what do you think about Randy’s mentoring style? The worst? Or, the worst? Vote and comment below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner