The "American Idol" Top 10 results show began with a quick recap of the ten finalists giving their reactions to their performances (immediately after said performances) from Wednesday night's "Top 10 Sing The Top 10" show. Very noticeable was the stylized Billboard chart (the Top 10 songs were taken from the Billboard Hot 100 charts from 2010-2014) in the background during the clips with the last being Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' "Gone, Gone, Gone" highlighted, a not-so-subtle reminder that the show was all about eliminating one of the finalists on the road to naming a winner.
Daniel Fienberg at Yahoo Movies live recapped the Top 10 results show March 20, noting that judge Jennifer Lopez was "astoundingly sparkly." Host Ryan Seacrest announced that she would sing her latest single, "I Luh Ya Papi," later in the show. He asked if she was wearing what she would perform in. She said "no" and she added she would make a quick change. Ryan then asked what she was wearing and J-Lo coyly replied, "A little something."
Ryan couldn't resist saying that the "emphasis" was on "little."
After watching the post-performance show roundtable dinner, where everyone talked about judges Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban disagreeing more than usual and their impersonations of each other, it was time to find out who got the least votes.
As has been the standard procedure this season, Ryan quickly got down to business, calling Malaya Watson, Dexter Roberts, and Jessica Meuse to center stage.
Before the reveal, the duo Florida Georgia Line congratulated Dexter and thanked him for performing their song, "Cruise" the night before.
Then: Time for results. The voting put Jessica in the Top 9.
Ryan played it cool, said that at least one of the two left standing would not be safe. He then said, "Dexter, you are going to 'cruise'… to the… stools."
Malaya was safe, joining Jessica in the lounge.
Dexter Roberts being in the bottom three should have been a shocker, given that he was the professional oddsmakers odds-on favorite to win Season 13 going into the Top 10 performance show. But his inability to take control of the crowd-pleaser "Cruise" was reflected in the lack of support and his presence in the bottom.
Quick-change artist Judge Jennifer Lopez debuted her latest single, "I Luh Ya Papi," with a nicely rendered acapella intro with three former "Idol" finalists -- Pia Toscano, Alison Iraheta, and Jessica Sanchez. Dressed in daisy dukes (before the break, she had been dressed in a leopard-print mini ensemble), J-Lo took on her Jenny from the Block persona, sitting on a set of steps with the girls (including a couple of her dancers) to kick off the song. French Montana stepped out on stage for the featured artist portion, providing a break from the highly repetitive lyrics (lest one forget the title of the song).
After the break, Jennifer Lopez rejoined the panel in her shiny leopard-print mini.
Ryan then called out three more finalists to join him on stage: Caleb Johnson, Majesty Rose, and Alex Preston.
Before Ryan gave the results, Caleb asked to say something. He apologized for a joke he'd made on the Top 10 performance show where he made fun of Alex Preston's peanut allergy. He said that he didn't want anyone to think he meant any harm. He got a big "awww" from the audience.
Ryan then played song/word games again and told Alex that there was "one direction" for him (he had performed the boy band's song, "Story Of My Life" Wednesday night) -- to the lounge.
He then told Majesty she was joining Dexter on the Silver Stools of Uncertainty, her second time on the stools in as many weeks. Although a marked improvement over her Top 11 performance, she got mixed reviews from the judges with her rendition of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" (despite seeming to have the audience in her corner).
Next up: Harry Connick Jr. chose this week's "tastemaker" artist for the show, a band out of his home state of Louisiana, Royal Teeth. Performing "Wild," a drum-driven melody punctuated by a lot of jumping around, the band got a rousing roar of approval from the live audience. Was it hit-worthy? With the song being upbeat in the tradition of .Fun and Foster the People, it very well could be.
Back after the break, Ryan refused to sing a bit of the first song he introduced on the radio the first time he ever went on the air (a Jon Secada song). He insisted that nobody wanted to hear him sing.
Back to business, he called Sam Woolf, Jena Irene, M. K. Nobilette, and C. J. Harris to the front.
C. J., after hearing Hunter Hayes thank him for performing his song "Invisible" on "Idol," found out he was safe. Jena, Ryan said, was "on fire" and safe. Sam, who Harry thought was "timid" but everybody else seemed to enjoy giving a low-key version of an upbeat song, got to head back to the lounge to safety.
That left M. K. Given her "trainwreck" (Randy Jackson's critique) performance on Wednesday night, her place on one of the silver stools had been almost guaranteed.
The first person safe: Majesty.
The second finalist safe: Dexter.
Eliminated (pending): M. K. Nobilette.
For her "Save Me" song, M. K. performed "All of Me" (John Legend). If she had performed Pink's "Perfect" as well as she sung "All Of Me," she wouldn't have been in the position she was in. But she didn't -- and she was.
The three judges took a while to decide, longer than with any other results elimination. Finally, Ryan Seacrest broke up the trio and asked for a decision. With the audience chanting, "Save her, save her, save her," it was given to Judge Jennifer to give her the news. But she couldn't do it.
Harry Connick Jr. noted that the decision had to be unanimous. He said, "And it wasn't unanimous."
M. K. Nobilette was eliminated.
The Top 9 return to the stage next week singing songs dedicated to their loved ones. "American Idol" airs on Wednesday (performance) at 8 p.m. and Thursday (results) at 9 p.m. (times EST) on Fox Television.