Well, with no further a due, here's how I rated tonight's performances:
Caleb Johnson sings Dream On by Aerosmith
Jena Irene sings Dog Days Are Over by Florence & the Machine
Jena Irene sings I Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis (I'm so downloading this song itunes)
Caleb sings Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney
Proposed Coronation Song:
Jena Irene sings We Are One
Caleb sings As Long As You Love Me
I really like both Jena & Caleb and I know that they'll go on to have very successful music careers, but based on the overall performances tonight, here's how I voted:
Regardless of the low ratings this season I was so happy that the show went back to focusing on the contestants rather than the judges. Bringing back Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez and adding new Judge Harry Connick Jr. to the original 3 Judge panel was a great decision. And let's not forget the amazing talent the show discovered this season like Alex Preston, Majesty Rose, Sam Woolf, C.J. Harris, Jessica Meuse, Malaya Watson, Dexter Roberts and MK Nobilette. I hope that they all go on to have very successful music careers.
There are a few things I hope the AI producers will leave out next season. First, those overdone selfies. Gotta go! Second, the half time Facebook results which I'm sure affected (in a negative and unfair way) the overall voting results. I totally believe that Majesty Rose left way too early due to those Facebook half-time voting results. Can someone please remind the AI producers that there's a good reason why on election night the media are not allowed to show any voting results until all the precincts in America have closed for the night. If some fans see that their favorites are already losing, they just may decide not to cast their votes. Okay, I'll admit that voting for AI is not on the same level as voting for our next President, but to an AI fan it can mean the difference between their favorite moving on or being eliminated. Kind of a big deal to us. :)
I want to thank fellow AI fan AnnieNC (Blog: Churches in Venice) for her comments on my AI weekly Recaps and for sharing her own recaps with me. I hope that AI's ratings and fan base can bounce back next year, because it's such a great vehicle for giving the many talented artists like Jena & Caleb a shot in the music industry. I know that there are other shows like The Voice that is giving AI stiff competition. I'll even admit to watching The Voice a few times. :) However, like Ryan Seacrest always says each season . . . there can only be one American Idol!
And that's my final Recap for this Season! Keep on Rocking AI . . .