Last night, the Top 10 contestants on American Idol continued to try and prove themselves by tackling some of the biggest hits. After some really solid performances (and some less than awesome performances), it was finally an Idol goodbye to MK Nobilette this week.
After the standard "why is this an hour long" (seriously) filler, the contestants were finally called to the stage. The first round? Malaya Watson, Jessica Meuse and Dexter Roberts. Not even a callout from Florida Georgia Line themselves could save such a bland performance from Dexter Roberts from the bottom three.
So, when Jessica Meuse was deemed safe after her twangy take on Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks," it was obvious he was going to the stools. Let's be real... it was pretty clear from the get-go that Malaya was going to be safe, after she gave a mature and emotionally driven performance of Bruno Mars "When I Was Your Man."
Then, it was time for judge Jennifer Lopez to take the stage to perform her new (oddly titled) single "I Luh Ya Papi." Starting her performance by sitting on a faux-NYC stoop and talking to her girls about all the sexy (?) Idol boys this season, she soon owned the place by shaking her booty butt, patting her head and singing about her papi.
And surprise! Three Idol alums were singing alongside JLo on the stoop: Jessica Sanchez, Pia Tescano and Allison Irheta! Bonus!
As Idol moved along, Caleb Johnson, Majesty Rose and Alex Preston were called to the stage. Before Ryan Seacrest could announce the results, Caleb formally apologized to Alex for making light of his peanut allergy last night (likely as a result of getting yelled at on social media), but the gesture was sweet nonetheless.
Then, it was time for the results. Of course, "Story of My Life" made Alex a safe bet for the Top 9, and there he landed. And though I was a huge fan of Majesty's folksy take on Avicii and Aloe Blacc's "Wake Me Up!" her nerves were overwhelming, landing her in the bottom three for the second week in a row. (That obviously made Caleb safe.)
Then, in American Idol's continued series of up-and-coming bands the judges on the show may or may not have chosen to perform, Harry Connick Jr.'s pick Royal Teeth performed "Wild." The two vocalists seamlessly wound together in the hypnotic indie track, once again, showing the contestants how entertainment is done.
Finally, CJ Harris, MK Nobilette, Sam Woolf and Jena Irene were summoned for results. After flubbing through some of the lines on P!nk's "Perfect" last week, MK was called to the bottom three for the third time this season.
And thus, as the winds turn, both Majesty and Dexter were deemed safe and MK has to sing for the save.
Smartly, she chose John Legend's "All Of Me," which was far and away her strongest showing this season. Her rendition tonight was solid too, and possibly worth the save for the judges (though not to us, she was never going to win).
Jennifer Lopez was clearly fighting for MK at the judges' table and it seemed like Keith Urban was OK with using the save too, but mean ol' Uncle Harry seemingly said no, and MK was sent back to San Francisco.