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'American Idol:' Rock week off to rocky start while ratings continue to plummet

American Idol Season 13 Top 9 revealed after Thursday, March 20, 2014 elimination night.
American Idol Season 13 Top 9 revealed after Thursday, March 20, 2014 elimination night.

Wednesday March 26, 2014 the nine remaining Idols kicked of--or at least attempted to kick off---rock week. But, only about three rock climbers made it to the top, while the others fell off a semi-rocky cliff.

Jena Irene closed the show with Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life." Irene's song choice was perfect for her voice. She had several climactic moments all placed in the right place and sang at the right time. Her appearance left a bit to be desired as far as rocker fashion goes and she was a bit pitchy. But, it was obvious she's taking this contest seriously. Though Irene sang like a rocker, Judge Jennifer Lopez declared she wished Irene had been a bit more "messy" in her performance so she'd really look like a rocker.

Caleb Johnson, singing second to last, sang Led Zepplin's "Dazed and Confused." He appeared to be the only true rocker in overall appearance, song choice, and delivery. The judges at times seemed to give Ricky Minor, the band leader, more focus and praise than their frontman-in-training, Johnson. But, all-in-all, Lopez gave Johnson the thumbs up for sexiness. All the judges gave Johnson a standing ovation and hailed him to be a true "frontman."

Jessica Meuse sang Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon." Her rendition was pitchy and had absolutely no spectacular moments. She sounded like a very mediocre Stevie Nicks cover artist. On a positive note, her zebra print pantsuit with the pink hair streak and matching scarf made her look like a rocker.

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Alex Preston sang the Al Jarreau version of Gwen Stefani's "Don't Speak." While he definitely made the song his own and executed it quite well, his version was not the rocked out version the Idol judges were looking for.

Malaya Watson's distracting nasally lisp and out-of-sync behaviors is still not under control. She sang a more R&B version of The Beatles "The Long and Winding Road." The breathing, pitchiness, and messed up runs surprisingly garnered her strong accolades from the judges.

C.J. Harris sang Darryl Worley's "If It hadn't been for Love." It was just an overly pitchy version of a rock song that just wasn't very well-known or memorable. Lopez commented, "I wish I had known the song better." Adele who is not classified as a rock singer, has done a cover of Worley's song. That in and of itself was probably a good sign it wouldn't be a good song choice for rock week.

Majesty Rose, looked like she was about to kick off country week with her potato sack dress and tambourine. Her song lacked a big moment and was quite forgettable. Crickets. Oh, yeah. She sang "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine. So, all in all, her country performance was only almost forgettable.

Dexter Roberts performed Little Big Town's "Boondocks." The artificial anthem failed to unify the judges. The judges did seem to agree that his rock song delivery could possibly top the country song charts.

Sam Woolf, sang Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah." It was a very low-risk performance showing no real improvement from the following week. According to the judges, Woolf doesn't appear to understand how to emotionally connect with his songs or convey those expressions to the audience.

According to Nielsen's Ratings, American Idol ratings slipped in the 18-49 year old viewer slot to a rating of 2.2 the week ending March 23, 2014, down from the 4.6 season premier rating. In the same week, American Idol under-performed The Voice's 4.1 rating.

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