'American Idol' recap: Emily Piriz didn't make the cut

Emily Piriz's version of Idol judge Jennifer Lopez's 'Let's Get Loud' this week put her in the...

Emily Piriz's version of Idol judge Jennifer Lopez's 'Let's Get Loud' this week put her in the bottom three. (FOX/AmericanIdol.com)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Emily Piriz REALLY did not have what it takes to become the next American Idol.

The 17 year old Orlando native’s version of Idol judge Jennifer Lopez’s 'Let’s Get Loud' this week put her in the bottom three after 70 million votes were counted on Thursday night’s results show.

“It needed a hair whip,” summed up Lopez, who was still a fan, on Wednesday night.

And when Emily tried for the three judges’ save on Thursday night, with a shaky version of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals 'I Can’t Look At The Stars', she was sent home even though “it wasn’t unanimous,” said a clearly disappointed JLo.

Also in the bottom three were Jena, due to a lethargic take on KT Tunstall’s 'Suddenly I See', and MK with her disconnected version of Train’s 'Drops of Jupiter'.

This week’s theme for the Idol contestants was “home” so it should come as no surprise that the result show began with them singing 'Home', the huge hit by season 11’s winner Phillip Phillips, who also unveiled a new anthemic single, 'Raging Fire', to great enthusiasm.

Mentor Randy Jackson also chose Ireland’s Kodaline to play their ballad, 'All I Want', and while it was decent enough, it didn’t blow the roof off the joint like Phillips’ song did.

Of the remaining 11 going through to next week, I give the edge among the men to rock belter Caleb who did right by Toronto prog-rock band Rush’s 'Working Man' on Wednesday night, dramatically falling to the floor at the song’s end.

Close behind were Dexter with his mellow version of Montgomery Gentry’s 'Lucky Man', and Alex kicking it up a notch on electric guitar with Gavin DeGraw's 'I Don’t Want To Be'.

Of the girls, I still think Majesty, who is the most natural singer despite an uneven take on Coldplay’s 'Fix You' while a newly flat-ironed Malaya returned to form on piano on the gospel song 'Take Me To the King', prompting a standing o from Keith and “goosies” for JLo.

“I had tears in my eyes cause I was so proud of you,” said Lopez.

“I think this is the best group of talent since the first season, however, I didn’t see it (Wednesday night),” summed up judge “Harsh” Harry Connick Jr. on Thursday night and I agreed.

In the minus column, there was Jessica’s out of tune version of Dido’s 'White Flag'; Sam delivering an unemotional take on Blind Pilot’s 'Just One'; Ben’s shouty rendition of David Nail’s 'Turning Home', and CJ’s sleepy run-through of John Mayer’s 'Waiting on the World To Change'.


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