‘American Idol’ Recap: Jena Irene Gets Standing Ovation For ‘Creep’

Wed, April 16, 2014 10:06pm EDT by 21 Comments

The Top 7 performed on the April 16 episode of ‘American Idol’, and the theme was ‘Competitor’s Pick’, where each contestant had their songs chosen for them by their competition.

For the performances on the April 16 episode of American Idol, the contestants sat down with Randy Jackson to give their best song choice ideas for their fellow competitors. Then, with their list of seven possible choices in hand, it was left to each individual Idol to make their final decision. Caleb Johnson messed up big time by giving Jena Irene the choice to sing “Creep” by Radiohead because she totally killed it — as she always does — and made herself the clear frontrunner of the competition at the same time. Click through to watch it!

‘American Idol’ Recap: Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse & CJ Harris Perform

1. Caleb Johnson, 22, “Family Tree,” by Kings Of Leon
We thought that this started out suuuper weak, and while Caleb got into the groove midway, it really didn’t seem to land for us — but the judges seemed to be into it. Harry Connick Jr. told him that it was a great way to start the show. What do we know? Whatever, Caleb is a good dude and rocks the house every other night, in our opinion.

‘American Idol’: Will Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene Compete In Finale?

2. Jessica Meuse, 23, “Gunpowder And Lead,” by Miranda Lambert
Alex’s choice for Jessica was Alanis Morissette‘s “You Oughta Know” which would have been amaaazing, but instead we got this song, which was Sam’s choice. She may have done a good job — it’s so hard to tell when the wind machine was going full blast, smoke was coming from the stage, and what looked like to be confetti was coming from the ceiling. It was bonkers. Jennifer Lopez told her that it was the first time she had ever heard her “off” vocally and that it “didn’t seem natural.”

3. CJ Harris, 23, “Gravity,” by John Mayer
This was Caleb’s choice; he thought that CJ would “take people to church” with this song — and he was kinda right! We think he did a great job. Keith Urban agreed that it was well done, but that he wants to see more of an “arc,” literally whatever that means. CJ seemed to understand though, since the judges praise him weekly for how much he takes in. ALSO: we totally forgot that CJ has a kid. His little boy was in the audience with giant headphones on to block out the noise and now we want him to win and feel bad for ever saying he should go home, because: tiny adorable baby. Ah!

‘American Idol’ Recap: Dexter Roberts & Alex Preston Perform

4. Dexter Roberts, 22, “Muckalee Creek Water,” Luke Bryan
This was a very good performance from Dexter, even though we still have literally no idea what he is saying at any given time. The judges, however, insist that he needs to kick it up a notch. Gosh, what do we know? Nothing, obviously. We dislike CJ’s performance, the judges love it. We like it, they hate it. We can’t win.

5. Alex Preston, 20, “The A Team,” by Ed Sheeran
What is there to say about Alex? He’s just the best. We loved him, the judges loved him. He’s a good egg.

‘American Idol’ Recap: Sam Woolf & Jena Irene Perform

6. Sam Woolf, 17, “Sail Away,” by David Gray
This was Sam’s best performance in a while — he was relatively high energy, and even Jennifer made a kind of “huh” surprised face once he finished. Also, hilariously, at one point the camera panned to a group of girls in the audience who were clapping slowly as if in a trance, hands not even fully meeting, staring blankly at nothing. Sam, you’re too cute — you’re compelling young girls like a vampire in The Vampire DiariesThe judges all told him that he is making excellent progress as a performer, in connecting with the audience. The camera closes up on his face more than anyone else’s, we swear. Is it just us? He has a very cute face — sorry, not sorry.

7. Jena Irene, 17, “Creep,” by Radiohead
This was a song that bestie Caleb chose for her. And, are we weird? Are we the only ones that cried a teeny bit when she finished this off? When she sang, “I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo, what the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here,” she looked like she was going to burst into tears. This performance was absolutely incredible, and so honest, and so emotional. Harry told her that it was unquestionably the best performance of the night. Agreed.

‘American Idol’ Recap: Duets

1. Sam Woolf & Alex Preston, “Let Her Go,” by Passenger
It’s our two best boys again! They performed Michael Jackson‘s “The Girl Is Mine” last week and here they are performing again. Their performance was super cute, but Harry thought it was too much so — that it was “saccharine.” Whomp. We still love you, boys.

2. Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene, “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones
In the taped segment before their performance, Jena and Caleb told the cameras that they’re each other’s best friends in the competition. It showed — they were really, really fantastic, and the judges agreed. Jennifer told Jena that “it’s happening” for her, and Harry made a good point to the rest of the contestants — they’re all cast members, and they need to act like it. They’re there to perform, to entertain, and that when the camera is on them, they need to act like it. Jena and Caleb act like it.

3. Dexter Roberts, CJ Harris & Jessica Meuse, “Compass,” by Lady Antebellum
“Guys, it just wasn’t good,” said Harry, and also our hearts. Sorry, y’all. Keith, thinking that this is better, said, “there was a bit of everything! Like a shish kebab!” Demi Lovato, 21, guest judge for the night — but only for the duets — also agreed that this performance was not great, and that their individual performances have been fantastic.

And that’s it! So, HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the performances tonight? Did Jena kill it or what? Alex used to be our favorite along with Jena, but Alex — nor anyone — seems like they stand a chance against this girl. Let us know!

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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Halo

Posted at 8:09 PM on April 20, 2014  

What GODDAMNED show are you lunatics watching? Jena is HORRIBLE & really NEEDS to be humbled… And Thom York should find a way to sue Idol for letting/encouraging her to butcher his song. It seems AI has entered the era where EVERYONE gets a trophy. I think it’s time to bail on AI… The Top13 weren’t even good enough to be rejects on The Voice.

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Jae

Posted at 12:56 AM on April 24, 2014  

I agree with you Halo! Jena SUCKS and NEEDS to something about her tongue which appears to be a physical deformity. Add to that, that SHE thinks she’s all that. Makes me want to throw up!

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Nikki

Posted at 2:19 PM on May 9, 2014  

I agree with you Jae. Jena SUCKS!!! I do not understand why all these people are raving about her performances. I cannot stand even watching her, let alone listening to that awful voice!!

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leigh H

Posted at 2:24 PM on April 17, 2014  

I for one am getting sick and tired of the judges throwing Jessica under the bus every week and why is Jlo so jealeous of her and hates her so much?! Reminds us of how they did Haley the same way. And HCJ is very full of himself. Not the judge I thought he would be, says the same things over and over, week after week. Best of the night IMO were Sam, Jena and Alex. Caleb is still a one trick pony

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Bill Johnson

Posted at 7:31 PM on April 17, 2014  

Agree 100% re judges.

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Bill Johnson

Posted at 4:09 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jena killed it, as you say. Both Jena and Caleb continue to lead the way Even though I am not familiar with the song, I thought Caleb was superb. One of his best nights overall – great presence, follow through and finish. He has been lacking in a complete performance, for weeks. Everything has to work and tonight it did, in my opinion, and I am a huge Zeppelin/Robert Plant fan. By the way, what happened to the band on the Jena/Caleb/Stones’ duet?? They killed it, but the band let us and them down. Keith Richards would have walked out!!! Finally, what’s up with J Lo and Jessica. Is J Lo jealous, because she can’t sing quite as well. She did a superb job, looked great, smiled at all the right places, and generally opened up. Urban’s critique does not fly. Really disappointed in him – a country music dude – and a chance to praise a great performance. She does not have to be Miranda Lambert!! She getting better every week, and is pushing Caleb for 2nd place. 1st place – Jena, tie for 2nd – Caleb/Jessica, 4th – Alex.

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sparklingvintage

Posted at 1:10 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jena, what an awesome job. Harry Connick JR, I like you, but seriously, she deserved for you to stand up as well, considering she does sing better than you. I had no idea you were too good for anybody else. Your father was the best, give some of that back and step down from that high horse. Heck, even Simon would’ve stood up.

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Jae

Posted at 12:59 AM on April 24, 2014  

Your comment is a JOKE! Jena did an awesome job? Harry’s not on a high horse. He just tells the truth!

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Rhoda Locklear

Posted at 12:53 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jessica is great. What do the judges have against her?

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Bill Johnson

Posted at 6:23 AM on April 17, 2014  

Agree.

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Jae

Posted at 1:00 AM on April 24, 2014  

There’s something wrong with her tongue and nobody likes someone so full of themselves.

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pd

Posted at 12:45 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jena’s performance was one of the best from all the seasons. And Jessica has a gorgeous voice just as Demi LaVato slipped into her conversation. I don’t get why the judges pick on her. They did that to Jennifer Hudson, never appreciated her and look at her now. Those grease ball guys will be forgotten but Jessica and the other girls will make it. I too think Sam can make it as well as Dexter in country.. Alex maybe if he does songs of his own? He has a voice but it sounds the same, the exact same no matter what he sings. Go Jena. Caleb thanks he already won. Prove him wrong.

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Richard

Posted at 12:43 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jena screams too much. Jessica has the best voice, by far. She just needs to jump around and do a cartwheel so the idiot judges will like her. I am sick of the judges trying to steal the show. Randy – come back.

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Devvie

Posted at 12:53 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jessica has a gorgeous voice and she like so many great artist..Stevie Nicks, Adele..etc Do NOT need to jump around like morons to be great. I like Jena a lot and wish the stupid band would back off so she can sing rock without fighting them to be heard. Randy and the band suck. It’s not about them.

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Dave

Posted at 12:34 AM on April 17, 2014  

Jena, Jessica, and Sam have talent and appeal. Not sure why the judges keep giving Caleb and the good ‘old boys props but have been tough on much better singers. Randy Jackson as a mentor SUCKS. You know Randy always has a guy with a guitar he wants to win but he can’t knock Jena out, she’s too good. After the show we’ll hear from the ladies, past ones too and Sam and Dexter. Caleb might win, or one of the guys, but they’ll never last.

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LRats

Posted at 12:12 AM on April 17, 2014  

I think Jena’s performance was not only the best of the night, but the best of the whole season so far.

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R.Marlena

Posted at 11:27 PM on April 16, 2014  

If I had to pick between Jena and Caleb, let it be Jena. Caleb seems way tooo full of himself. And I find him holding the mic stand and prancing around the stage with it ridiculous.

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Hateit

Posted at 12:55 AM on April 17, 2014  

I disagree. While I do agree that Jena is an excellent singer, I just can’t stand her singing “accent”. Sorry..but I just can’t get past it. It irritates me to no end. Maybe she should be singing opera if she doesn’t want to sound like herself.

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R.Marlena

Posted at 11:25 PM on April 16, 2014  

I so wish the singers in the top 12 (although we are down to 7 now) were the kind you felt invested in at least one. I watch with one eye – whoever wins, wins. Ah, for the days of the “two Davids” or “Adam Lambert” or “Hicks vs McPhee.” Whoever wins, wins and I will watch the finale and not care who wins – good luck to all of them. That is why the show is losing viewers.

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Angel

Posted at 10:31 PM on April 16, 2014  

Jena is by far the whole package. Outstanding.

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Bill Johnson

Posted at 6:26 AM on April 17, 2014  

She stole the show, and is leading the way!!

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