Malaya Watson was eliminated from ‘American Idol’ on the April 10 episode and not only was it the most heartbreaking thing to watch, but it was a total waste! The judges should have held their save for the more worthy and consistent Malaya than for the still great, but not as talented, Sam Woolf.
It’s no secret that I’m the Founder, President, and Treasurer of the Malaya Watson fan club, but it really was a waste that she got sent home last night. It’s kind of difficult to belabor the point since she’s gone — and it’s all America’s fault — and since there’s nothing we can do about it, but I’m gonna, anyway. Sam Woolf, 17, shouldn’t have been saved last week, and I knew that this would happen, that some other, more worthy, contestant would be sent home the following week in his place. Read on and and tell me if you agree! And send Malaya your good thoughts, because dang, she is just 16 and so, so talented.
Malaya Watson Shouldn’t Have Been Eliminated From ‘American Idol’
Here is my exact reaction after Malaya was eliminated last night:
I could not have been more mad about it.
I even said last week that the judges would regret using their save on Sam Woolf, and that it would mean that a more talented, more consistent performer would get sent home. Well, here we are.
While I do acknowledge that I am basically upset with the majority of America, which is as effective as shaking my fist at the clouds, my gripe is mainly that the judges chose to use their save on Sam because — let’s face it — he’s cute and his iTunes sales are off the charts.
Jennifer Lopez — while often in tears during eliminations — was extra in tears over Malaya’s elimination. I really hope that she, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban regret squandering their opportunity to keep Malaya in the competition. Malaya’s vocals have been stellar without fail since the beginning. Not only that, but she is a proper performer that has been able to connect with the crowd and move around the stage on a level that Sam struggles with even now.
‘American Idol’ Judges Should Have Held Their Save For Malaya Watson
I don’t know what it is about Malaya that America just didn’t love, but she really could have used the extra chance that the judges could have provided her had they not wasted their save the previous week. Listen, I love Sam, too, I really do. But he’s just not on Malaya’s level.
We caught up with Malaya on April 9 after the performance that would eventually secure her elimination, and she was more subdued than we’d ever seen her, telling us that her performance was “just okay,” that she “could have done better,” and that she “irritate[s] everybody.” Maybe she saw the writing on the wall, who knows, but we thought that she did great and it’s so sad that the super “hype” Malaya left the competition on such a sad note. Her final performance, Jennifer Hudson‘s “I Am Changing,” had her crying by the end. So cruel to make the performers sing just after they’ve been eliminated — it’s such an emotional moment.
Oh, and whom do I think should have been eliminated instead? CJ Harris, all the way. His performance of “Free Fallin'” on April 9 was great, but his chances have just about run out.
Now that Malaya and Majesty Rose are out, it’s hard to get too excited about our current roster. I’m still rooting for Alex Preston or Jena Irene for the win, but I’m dearly going to miss Malaya’s energy.
Malaya, as I said last night, you’re too precious for this competition. Finish high school, grow as a performer, and go get yours in a year or two. We’ll be the first ones to buy your album on iTunes.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree that it’s a waste that Malaya was sent home?
— Amanda Michelle Steiner