It was that time of the "American Idol" season again (for the thirteenth time): The results of America's vote and the naming of the Top 3. Which three will got to go home to roaring crowds and radio promos and concerts and gladhanding with local celebrities and politicians? Which finalist got edged out and won't grace the "Idol" stage for the Top 3 sing-off? Who got sent home for some R-and-R and a recharge for the last show before the finale? And who got sent home for good?
On Thursday night's results show, there was again no performer, save for the unfortunate finalist singing their last song before heading home, n'er to return for the competition. And that finalist? Unsurprisingly, it was Jessica Meuse. As Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV pointed out in her recap on May 8: "Jessica literally delivered her greatest performance of Season 13."
She followed with: "Too bad it was her farewell performance. If only Jess had brought this sort of fire and passion to her "Idol" performances every week, she might have made it to this year's finale."
And that she might have. But, alas, it was not to be. Too stiff throughout, too controlled, and too mannequin-faced to truly connect with the audience, Jesisca had managed to connect with her superb vocals long enough to get to the Top 4. But her three performances on the Top 4 performance show were two-thirds lacking, with her covers of Kelly Clarkson and Pink getting her nowhere. Literally.
But after a good cry once she knew the results, she belted out her own song, "Blue Eyed Lie," like her life depended on it. (Something stirs the more prescient and projecting portions of the brain. Somehow we all know this one has what it takes to make it in Nashville. She might not be the next American Idol, but neither was Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Kellie Pickler, Mandisa, or Jennifer Hudson. And still they persevered and succeeded...)
Other than finding out who made the Top 3 and got to go home and take a camera crew with them (Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene, and Alex Preston), the Top 4 results show was nothing but filler. Oh, and the usual awful Ford commercial starring the remaining "Idol" finalists, something hardly worth mentioning (but, hey, these articles need filler, too).
The Top 3 will return next week to vye for America's votes to see who sings in the finale and has a chance at that recording contract and the Season 13 title. They'll be singing three songs each: A song chosen for them by the judges, a song chosen for them by Season 13 mentor Randy Jackson, and a reprise of a song performed earlier in the season chosen by the finalists' hometowns.
"American Idol" airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m. (EST) on Fox Television.
In related news: "American Idol" was renewed for its fourteenth season this week, despite its continuing decline in ratings. (Even so, the show is still pulling in more than 7 million viewers each week.) Host Ryan Seacrest will return for his fourteenth season as well.