It was an emotional night on American Idol as Malaya Watson, the 16-year-old Michigan native firecracker, was the latest finalist voted out of the competition. Watson chose to sing a Chaka Kahn song for the ’80s night performances, but unlike her song choice “Through the Fire”, Malaya didn’t make it through the next round. Watson was joined in the bottom two by C.J. Harris, her duet partner the night before. EW sat down with an emotional Watson after her elimination. READ FULL STORY
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Majesty Rose may have sung “Happy” on American Idol, but how is she feeling now that she’s been eliminated?
Rose is the latest finalist let go on Idol after a shaky performance of Florence and the Machine’s “Shake it Out” on Wednesday night. Rose was joined by Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris in the bottom three in a quick elimination. Though Jennifer Lopez said she thought one of the performers sounded better live than on TV, she wouldn’t reveal which of the bottom three she was referring to. Well, the judges once again didn’t use their save and EW talked to Majesty right after the elimination, as well as on camera in our offices Friday. READ FULL STORY
M.K. Nobilette’s less-than-perfect performance wasn’t a hit with America.
Nobilette was the fourth finalist voted off American Idol Thursday night after singing Pink’s “Perfect” during the Top 10′s performance night of Top 10 hits. M.K. Nobilette, Majesty Rose and Dexter Roberts rounded out the bottom three — Majesty for the second week in a row, while M.K. hit the bottom for the third time this season. After an emotional goodbye from the judges, M.K. talked to EW after the elimination. READ FULL STORY
Well, we know what Ben Briley won’t be doing this summer!
Briley missed out on this year’s top 10 and therefore, the annual summer tour. The bottom three featured two boys for the first time — fan favorite Sam Woolf and a hatless Briley, along with a very brave Majesty Rose who tackled “Let it Go” from Frozen on this week’s cinema-themed night. Jennifer Lopez said the bottom three made sense to her based on their performances and only .07% separated Briley and Rose from the final elimination. EW talked to Briley right after his elimination about his new look and defending himself against the judges’ comments.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling?
BEN BRILEY: I’m fine. I’m ready to go home. I’m tired.
It looked like you were expecting some bad news tonight.
I was. I knew it was going to happen. I was expecting to be there. I knew I was going to be in the bottom three because I had a weak performance [Wednesday] night, and I knew I could do better than that. I just wanted to show people that I could do something different and that didn’t pay off and that’s fine, it doesn’t matter. Musicians don’t prepare for one show a week only, week-to-week and then don’t have to do it again. Real musicians don’t have to worry about that. I’m ready to get this show behind me and start making my own music. READ FULL STORY
America did not get loud for Emily Piriz.
The 18-year-old Florida native was the second finalist sent home by America’s vote on American Idol. Piriz sang “Let’s Get Loud” by judge Jennifer Lopez on Wednesday night’s “Home” themed show. Though Lopez liked the performance, Piriz still got the boot. For the second week in a row, the bottom three was a girl’s club with MK Nobilette and Jena Irene joining Piriz in “the most hated stools in television,” as host Ryan Seacrest noted. EW talked to Emily Piriz right after the elimination to see how she feels.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling?
EMILY PIRIZ: I’m okay. This has been an incredible experience and everyone there is amazing and deserves to win, so it’s okay.
What was going through your mind after you were the first one sent into the bottom three?
I was a little nervous. I was like, ‘Okay, now let me think of my song and practice a little in my head just in case.’ I got nervous, but I wasn’t trying to put my hopes up too high before the show started so that whatever happens, happens.
Well, the first cut is the deepest.
That’s probably what Kristen O’Connor is telling herself this morning after being the first contestant eliminated on the 13th season of American Idol. The young beauty sang a Kelly Clarkson song on Wednesday night, but her time on the Idol stage won’t get the same happy ending.
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