Jessica Meuse was eliminated on the May 8 episode of ‘American Idol’, and Jessica told HollywoodLife.com exclusively on May 7 after the Top 4 performances that she had to change her set list last-minute!
After Jessica Meuse‘s elimination on the May 8 episode of American Idol, many of her fans are concerned that — despite the fact that she made it so far into the competition — that she didn’t really get a fair shake from the judges table, compared to obvious favorites Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene. Tellingly, in HollywoodLife.com‘s interview with Jessica after the Top 4 performances on May 7, she told us that her performance of Pink‘s “So What” — which was not a good choice for her — was a “last-minute addition to the set list!” Read on for more of our interview with Jess and tell us if you were upset to see her go!
‘American Idol’: Did Jessica Meuse Have A Fair Chance At Winning?
Despite what the judges thought, Jessica really enjoyed singing “So What” — since the competition began airing in January, she has always stayed true to herself. “I think they’re just not used to hearing me do a pop song,” she told HollywoodLife.com.
“That was a last-minute addition to the set list. Originally we were going to do originals, but then the network was like ‘No.’ The night before rehearsal they were like, ‘You guys can’t do originals. You have to pick another song.’ … It was a very short list [of approved songs] and it was very last minute so I had to learn that song.”
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Jessica or not, you have to admit that it’s kind of difficult to prepare a huge performance like the ones the finalists are expected to perform in just one day!
‘American Idol’: Jessica Meuse Wasn’t Allowed To Sing Her Original Song
However, Jessica was good-natured about it. She “had fire, so [it was] OK.”
We asked her about the original song she had planned, and she told HollywoodLife.com that “It was called ‘The Hell You Put Me Through.’ It’s about all the bad things that at the time you’re really upset and you’re really mad or frustrated because it didn’t work out, and you know it’s not good for you, but in the long run you realize how strong it really made you and in hindsight you realize ,’Oh, that was the right thing to do’ and you feel better about it.”
Did she wish she could’ve sang her original song? “Oh, I would sing an original song any day. I would rather sing originals because that’s me, heart and soul, right there. I penned those words.”
We have to agree — we would have loved to see Jessica sing her original song, especially since whenever she performs “Blue-Eyed Lie,” she knocks it out of the park — like on her elimination episode (watch here)!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Jessica get a fair shake at the the win? Or did favoritism and last-minute changes basically guarantee her loss? Vote above and comment below!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner