American Idol Recap: Kristen gets cut

American Idol judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. (AmericanIdol.com)

American Idol judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. (AmericanIdol.com)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

The nurse got the axe.

American Idol’s first public results show of season 13 saw the nation cast 71 million votes and dump its first Top 13 finalist – nurse-by-day Kristen - on Thursday night after her middling version of Kelly Clarkson’s Beautiful Disaster on Wednesday, during the This Is Me theme show.

Not even Kristen’s performance of Adele’s Turning Tables on Thursday night could convince judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban to use their save to keep her on the show.

America was displeased with the women in general since Malaya, who delivered an out-of-control version of Bruno Mars’ Runaway, and MK and her stiff rendition of Allen Stone’s Satisfaction, were also in the bottom three Thursday night.

The theme next week is home so here’s hoping those 12 singers remaining will put their best foot forward.

If you ask me, the most in trouble going forward are a trio of country boys - Dexter, who sang an underwhelming version of Chris Young’s Aw Naw on Thursday night; CJ with his inconsistent take on Darius Rucker’s Radio and Ben, who suffered from “kitschy-ness” after a speedy version of Johnny Cash’s Fulsom Prison Blues.

Somewhere in the middle are Alex, with an intimate rendition of Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess; Jena with her initially wobbly take on Coldplay’s The Scientist; Jessica and her solid performance of Shinedown’s The Crow and the Butterfly; and Emily with a saccharine if passable take on Pink’s Glitter in the air.

The ones to beat are Majesty, who gave a standout performance of Janelle Monae’s Tightrope; “Shy” Sam with his still good vocals on Matchbox 20’s Unwell as he played acoustic guitar, and rocker Caleb’s hair-raising version of Rival Sons’ Pressure and Time.

Otherwise, in a surprise move toward credibility, British singer-songwriter sensation Jake Bugg sang Me and You on the show Thursday night after being recommended by Urban who said the 17-year-old was “the real deal,” and praised his Rick Rubin-produced self-titled debut as “killer top to bottom.”

On the minus side, last season’s winner Candice Glover performed a forgettable medley of two songs, Cried/Same Kind of Man, after her debut disc, Music Speaks, tanked with at No. 14 debut on Billboard, selling a mere 19,000 copies. (It’s number three on the R&B charts, pointed out host Ryan Seacrest.)

This proves the old "you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink," theory.

 


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