‘American Idol': Jessica Meuse Had To Change Set List ‘Last-Minute’

Fri, May 9, 2014 10:05am EST by 30 Comments
American Idol Jessica Meuse Sent Home
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Johnny V.

Posted at 10:22 AM on May 13, 2014  

I thought that Jessica was the best talent in the competition, and clearly the best singer! J-LO thinks the show should be all about her, and Keith is like her little puppy dog! All of Jessica’s fans should now vote for Alex. The judges are biased and pushing so hard for Caleb and Jena, that the public should prove them wrong, and vote for the only Original Songwriter, Musician, and singer that is left. GO Alex!

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Laura W.

Posted at 3:43 PM on May 12, 2014  

I really enjoyed Jessica and felt like she improved each week. But the truth is, she was not as polished or consistent as the three that did make it. Her final performance was the BEST of her whole season because there was actually some emotion there, you could tell she was angry and hurt at the same time and it was amazing. I just never really felt any depth to her performances before that, even the few that were good vocally. And she was so awkward on stage, just never seemed to settle in. I feel bad for her but I do believe she got a fair shot and in that company she would have gone home regardless of what she sang. She never stood a chance of actually winning so I think she did amazing, considering.

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njg

Posted at 7:07 AM on May 12, 2014  

I think the judges constant criticism of Jessica above everyone else was so obvious it wasn’t funny or fair. They simply made me sick listening to their comments. I would buy a CD of Jessica’s or Alex before I would ever buy one of Caleb or Jena. J Lo can tear up whenever anyone else is performing their final song, but the judges were all smiling and happy when Jessica performed hers. They finally got what they wanted. I am sorry that the public took their opinions into their voting considerations.

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Peg

Posted at 6:06 PM on June 1, 2014  

I totally agree. She never had a chance with the judges. I was so sick of J Lo who I must say cannot sing at all. She is a much better actor than a singer. I loved Jess, Alex and Sam who are real artist. Loved Caleb as well. Jena is a belcher singer and that is not something that for me get old quickly. Maybe Jena was a better at moving around but that is not what this was suppose to be about. Look at Carrie Underwood, who has no body moves on stage. It was her awesome singinging that got her where she is. Jess has that voice and talent that sucks you in and you just want to sing along with her. I hope her dreams come true.

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Lyn S

Posted at 9:02 PM on May 10, 2014  

I didn’t think it was fair also. I have watched American Idol for 13 seasons. I saw Jessica’s audition and thought she had a lot of self confidence but show after show I could see the confidence dwindleing. It is hard to have confidence in yourself when it is plain to see who the judges’ favorites were. I don’t ever remember Simon Cowell or anyone else walk on the stage to give the contestant a hug or a kiss…I feel that is uncalled for…I thought all 4 contestants did great but Jessica got more critical remarks even when some of the judges were rocking to her singing. I don’t have to see someone dance or run around the stage to like their singing…Jessica is not a dancer..she even said that….I just loved listening to her voice not how well a dancer she was. I agree with Joe O.

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Laura W.

Posted at 3:54 PM on May 12, 2014  

I had chills and was crying during Jena’s rendition of Creep and again during her Elvis song. It has nothing to do with JLo’s reaction, it was my own reaction. Why do people have such a hard time understanding that not everyone likes the same things. The judges are paid for their opinions, their expert opinions and yet people get mad when the opinion is different from theirs. It’s a laugh. They are okay just as long as they agree with you, right? The show is about who is most popular and well-liked, and who the American public takes the time to vote for. The top 3 are definitely the best of the entire season, and Jessica was never gonna make it that far because she just isn’t quite as good as they are. It’s no diss on her, someone has to go home, one person gets named the winner.

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Lyn S

Posted at 11:00 AM on May 13, 2014  

I never said the other contestants weren’t great. Jeff G. from X-factor sang the best Creep rendition ever and I just did’nt like the way the Elvis song was done. I was just saying how can anyone sing their best when they are constantly and I mean constantly being told what they are doing wrong like they need to dance more or sling your hair more or get out of the box they are in. What does that have to do with their singing. I have seen a lot of great singers who don’t have to use all those gimics. And people do tend to side with the judge they like the best. I have seen it before. I use to be one of them. I saw her confidence go down. Judges are suppose to bring their confidence up and not tear it down. The Judges didn’t talk to the other contestants that way who were eliminated before Jessica. Like I said some of the judges was rocking to her music and singing and then their remarks were totally different from their reactions.

 
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Lyn S

Posted at 11:01 AM on May 13, 2014  

Also I wasn’t the only person who thought that

 
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JIah Harrold

Posted at 5:05 AM on May 10, 2014  

The ELIMINATION! Duh it wasn’t fair! That’s obvious. Whenever her performance is great! The judges are like the performance was OK or The performance was bad. NOT FAIR! I’m not watching anymore!

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Betty

Posted at 11:43 PM on May 13, 2014  

I said the same thing, I am not watching anymore and I have watched for 12 years. This was the worst case of favoritism I have ever seen. They constantly put her down and worked hard to mess with self esteem. The topper for me was the cameraman was constantly on J-Lo.

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JIah Hyun

Posted at 5:00 AM on May 10, 2014  

OMG! I don’t believe it! She’s like KELLY CLARKSON! Jessica is much much much better. Her voice is LIKE OMG! That was so!

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Susanne George

Posted at 8:43 PM on May 9, 2014  

The judges were VERY biased & I do not agree that Jena Irene is all they crack her up to be. She absolutely ruined the Presley song. Her thick, throaty vocal is very annoying. And how dare they criticize Jess for performance. I could not even watch Alex when he sang. Creeped me out. Idol producers had their own agenda from Day 1.

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Gene L.

Posted at 8:13 PM on May 9, 2014  

Is it only me or did anyone else notice how J. lo. tried to submarine Jessica? If you could go in rewind mode and link together every negative comment J. Lo. dumped on her for the last several weeks you would see a definite dislike (envy) J. Lo. had toward her. Judges should not show weekly orgasmatic joy toward one contestant the way J. Lo oozed over the screamer. The judges have set up the screamer for the win. No need to watch the predetermined ending. Hope we won’t have to listen to J. Lo next year talk about her goosies. Gene

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Karyn B.

Posted at 4:56 PM on May 9, 2014  

Jena not only has an exceptional voice, but a natural stage presence. All the judges gave the same feedback all along. Although Jessica has a great voice, the performance was usually lacking. She was getting basically the same feedback from all the judges all along, but I don’t know why she couldn’t learn from it. It is meant to be constructed. Perhaps she just doesn’t have that or needs more time to reflect and develop it. I had the same impression of all the performances all along as all the judges. It is natural that Idol wants the “best” to win and represent Idol as producing incredible talent, like Kelly Clarkson, ….. and the Judges are going to give their opinions – they are called judges and have the experience behind their opinions). That is one reason that Idol has lasted so long and I really enjoy their format so much more than let’s say the Voice.

I think that Jessica N,”s comments really were stated exceptionally well and factual, without bias.

My problem is – I am feeling like it is a tie between Jena and Caleb. Can there be a tie????

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Joe O

Posted at 4:32 PM on May 9, 2014  

Here’s a thought. If you want to get the public’s real opinion of their performance, make the judges shut the hell up with negative criticisms from the last 6 or so individuals. No matter what they think (the god judges), the last remaining contestants are left standing because the public liked something about them. They are the ones that buy the records.

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Laura W.

Posted at 3:48 PM on May 12, 2014  

I don’t know about anyone else, but I disagree with the judges just as much as I agree with them. Ultimately, I like who I like and their comments are interesting but do not sway me in any way, shape, or form to vote or buy music. Same with movie or TV reviews, I decide for myself and I believe most of the American public does as well. In matters of taste, you just can’t talk someone into or out of what they like. Blaming the judges is just a way to deflect from the fact that the American public did not log enough votes for her. It’s simple. They expressed their taste and while I liked Jessica, I just like the other three much better.

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Joe O

Posted at 4:24 PM on May 9, 2014  

There is always less emoting going on with songs that have to be learned quickly. She is more busy concentrating on getting the song right than with the songs she knew like the back of her hand. I think the judges were *not* fair to her at all (interestingly since I wouldn’t buy any records of theirs) and by putting her own songs off-limits were a virtual guarantee of a loss. Her and Alex are the real deals and I will be a fan of hers for life. It would be a stupid move of the recording industry to pass her by.

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Jessica N

Posted at 3:38 PM on May 9, 2014  

Jessica does have talent that is undeniable but it is true that on songs that were not her originals overall there was less “emoting” and body language. There were weeks when I liked her renditions and the judges critiqued her, her Blondie song and another week performing a country rock song, she was critiqued for being off the beat when I didn’t notice it- did you? I think a lot of what the public thinks about an artist is reflected in what the judges lead them to think. If they had said all along Jessica was brilliant and flawless would she still be here? Idols that are saved stay weeks longer, indicating that the public reconsidered its choice based on the Judges’ opinions. However it shows a certain lack of self awareness that Jessica didn’t hear how poorly she sounded singing her first two sets this week. Someone in tune with what is good and bad for their voice would have at least heard all that back later and realized their chances of making it were slim, prepared themselves for the cut. If Jessica had been allowed to sing originals throughout the competition (and Idol- why not? That’s more exciting!) no doubt she would have been more impressive. But that’s not the way the competition is at the moment. If the Pink song had to be a loss because it was last minute then two other songs waited to save her. But only one of the remaining two was OK. Did Jessica ever create Idol “moments”… Usually those quiet moments of beautiful sadness? Not really. Every winner needs those moments. She was close with “Summertime Sadness” but not quite. I think what was most moving about Jessica was that everyone could see her joy and gratitude at being among the idols, singing, but also being taken care of. For the first time she had a team and she wasn’t a solo act. She seemed to gain a little weight, perhaps because life before Idol didn’t provide the banquets that the Idol lifestyle set before her. It was all a feast to her, a nourishing experience. Like a musical orphan alone on the streets she was temporarily given parents, love and acknowledgement. Perhaps she appreciated it the most. Perhaps she deserved the hero’s homecoming the most. But was she better musically in her Idol performances than Alex in the end?…probably not. You have to want it so badly that the hunger is in your performances. Instead Jessica was perhaps too happy to be there on that stage… and needed to still have the hunger she had before… for the Idol win, not the experience.

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Diane

Posted at 1:19 PM on May 9, 2014  

Jena shouldn’t have received so much praise from the judges.
She screams when she sings and I couldnt understand the word
when she did sing. Jessica was so much better and Jennifer Lopez
seemed jealous of her and put her under the bus wheneve she
could. So obvious she tried to manipulate votes. Im not watching anymore

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Karyn B.

Posted at 4:54 PM on May 9, 2014  

Really, come on, be truthful. J Lo jealous of Jessica? Jena not only has an exceptional voice, but a natural stage presence. All the judges gave the same feedback all along. Although Jessica has a great voice, the performance was usually lacking. She was getting basically the same feedback from all the judges all along, but I don’t know why she couldn’t learn from it. It is meant to be constructed. Perhaps she just doesn’t have that or needs more time to reflect and develop it. I had the same impression of all the performances all along as all the judges. It is natural that Idol wants the “best” to win and represent Idol as producing incredible talent, like Kelly Clarkson, ….. and the Judges are going to give their opinions – they are called judges and have the experience behind their opinions). That is one reason that Idol has lasted so long and I really enjoy their format so much more than let’s say the Voice.

I think that Jessica N,”s comments really were stated exceptionally well and factual, without bias.

My problem is – I am feeling like it is a tie between Jena and Caleb. Can there be a tie????

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Amanda Struz

Posted at 3:57 AM on May 10, 2014  

Honestly, Jena does may have SOME natural stage presence but her vocals get trashed when all she does is prance around the stage. The performance where she had the green lasers…sounds like crap and her movements looked so fake and obviously choreographed that I did something else until the performance was done. The ONLY time she sounds decent is at the piano..otherwise, she REALLY need more vocal training. Jessica has definite talent, and since when do you have to move around the stage all the time to be great? Not all artists do that. Jessica did not move around enough so the judges believe but with Alex, there is no problem…”its part of who he is”..blah blah blah…Jessica was judged unfairly, and it was EXTREMELY INAPPROPRIATE for J Lo to go onstage to hug and kiss jena..hows THAT for swaying the votes! I peg Caleb to win and if he doesn’t there is something seriously wrong with the votes (possible rigging from start).

 
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Gene L.

Posted at 8:21 PM on May 9, 2014  

I’m glad to know that I wasn’t the only one who noticed the dislike (envy) J. Lo. had toward Jessica. Looking to the future Jessica will go on to a stellar career and probably end up like Jennifer Hudson has. Hopefully J. Lo. will be replaced by a person who is a real judge and someone who does not believe American Idol is all about them the way J. Lo has. Gene

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LeelaST

Posted at 1:18 PM on May 9, 2014  

All contestants were in the same predicament so this is not why she was last. Her voice is strong but the goat bleat vibrato, the glassy-eyed stare and the lack of connection were her downfall. I will say the judges did treat her unfairly all season however, starting in Hollywood Week, so that made her journey even more difficult.

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Jenjjohn

Posted at 1:09 PM on May 9, 2014  

All of these crazed fans need a reason to be pissed off, so they choose Jessica’s vote off as their cause. The first 2 songs of her top 4 performances were the worst of this season by any contestant. She chose songs that didn’t suit her. She stares off into space and can’t work the stage. She is a coffee house/bar singer, not a performer. And I agree with the previous comment that she bleats like a goat in many of her songs. She is lucky she made top 4. Damn lucky. Now her fantards need to find something else to be angry about. This was BUSSED HERSELF.

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Miramba

Posted at 1:05 PM on May 9, 2014  

Her vocals are goaty sounding (goat vibrato). She is expressionless when she sings, she has an edge to her personality and she chooses poor songs, and cannot accept justified criticism. Was it her time to go? You betcha.

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Jenjjohn

Posted at 1:10 PM on May 9, 2014  

I agree. She bussed herself.

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Joey hamm

Posted at 11:31 AM on May 9, 2014  

That’s a bad way to do someone..But she writes some very good music and they know it.

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Guy-Jo

Posted at 10:45 AM on May 9, 2014  

Hell no Jess did not get a fair shake. It was clear all season long who the judges favs were. Why not tell Jess last Saturday that she couldn’t do an original? Sounds like the producers pulled a fast one. Judges ripped her apart on the Pink song. She had great energy and was good on that song. She would have done great with her original no doubt. Like Jess said “Its all good” we know it is the start of great career in store for Jess Meuse! #teamjess #muses

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Jenjjohn

Posted at 1:11 PM on May 9, 2014  

She got a fair shake and lasted longer only because it was a weak top 13 this season. She had no real standout performances. You and I was good. But not enough to overcome all of her deficits.

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Amanda Struz

Posted at 4:00 AM on May 10, 2014  

Jena should have been gone. She ruins more songs than she sings good. ONLY sounds good at the piano…and ruins everything when she fakes her walks around the stage…can’t stand her. CALEB rocks every weeks…if he doesn’t win…it will have been pegged from the start who would have won and the votes were useless.

 
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