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'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Dexter Roberts doesn't crack top 6 after being too darn generic

by Carolyn Menyes   Apr 18, 2014 10:04 AM EDT

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After weeks of getting lost in country songs that are bigger than himself, Alabama farmer Dexter Roberts was sent home last night on American Idol.

The newly succinct half-hour installment of Idol's result shows started off with a little oddball cameo from Kevin Bacon, who filled in for Ryan Seacrest at the introduction.

But because there are only 20-something minutes sans Ford commercials to fill with Idol results, things went straight to business shortly after that weird dinner segment they do. Is it just me, or are these things super scripted and awkward?

Anyway, Jena Irene, Alex Preston and Dexter Roberts were called to the stage first for the results. Straight off, this isn't looking good for Dexter, as Alex is one of this season's most consistent performers and Jena got a frickin' standing ovation for her performance of "Creep." With no real surprise, Dexter's personality-free performance of Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water" wasn't memorable enough to keep him afloat, and he was sent to the bottom two.

A few commercials later, C.J. Harris, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse and Sam Woolf were called to the stage. Like with Jena and Alex, it was no real surprise that Caleb was declared safe, but then... C.J. was sent to the couch? OK... his performance of John Mayer's "Gravity" was one of the most boring things I've seen on Idol in years, but whatever, America. I don't get it.

Sam, bless his heart, was also safe this week and for the first time, Jessica was in the bottom. And, of course, she looked really pissed about it.

Her bottom two status is surprising considering CJ, but on her own, Jessica barely stood up to the raw power of Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead." Frankly, she got lost in the music and she just never properly commits to any one song. I'm not so sure she wants to be on American Idol, it seems like she'd be better off at a smoky bar in Slapout, Alabama.

But, in the end, it was Dexter who got sent home. To sign off of American Idol, he went back to his strongest performance of "Lucky Man." Like always, it was good but generic.

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