Quite expectedly, as she’s been in the bottom several times, Jessica Meuse sang her final song on American Idol Season 13 Thursday, missing out the Hometown Visit, which she said she wanted so badly.
First revealed by host Ryan Seacrest to qualify for the Top 3 was Jena Irene, considered by many as the strongest contender since Top 10 and who’ve had no issues either with her fans and supporters or fellow contestants.
Jena Irene Asciutto
The 17-year-old senior high school student (confirmed to graduate in June) from Farmington Hills, Michigan gave the strongest performance of the night on Wednesday with her stylized rendition of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love which she dedicated to her mom in time of Mother’s Day.
(Click link to view Jena’s performance that had Jennifer Lopez go up and kiss her after and which made Keith Urban comment Jena as musical platypus http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1tij97_jena-irene-can-t-help-falling-in-love-american-idol-top-4_music)
Former judge turned mentor Randy Jackson said it was “one of the greatest performances in Idol history.”
Caleb Johnson (Asheville, North Carolina) was the second to qualify.
Amid brouhaha on his retards comment in an interview after the Top 4 were named, Caleb’s consistent performances on the show and continued support from viewers despite all the issues has made him a shoo-in for the finale.
(See related story Retards comment puts Caleb Johnson’s fate in the balance https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/retards-comment-puts-caleb-johnsons-ai-xiii-fate-in-the-balance/)
Alex Preston (Mont Vernon, New Hampshire) was the other contestant left with Jessica to fight it out for the last slot for the awaited Hometown Visit. His face showed a mixture of emotions when it was confirmed he’s in the Top 3—that of relief and maybe sadness for friend Jess. (They’ve been partnered in their last sojourn around town to go to places that have what they missed most.)
Jessica Meuse sings goodbye
Jessica held back her tears as she was given to own the stage once again. Unlike CJ Harris who was not able to finish his final song, the talented singer-songwriter from Slapout, Alabama was able to finish her original song, Blue Eyed Lie, to the last note.
The Top 3 then surrounded her as the judges also came up to the stage to hug her goodbye.
(As Fox does not allow access of its contents outside USA, credit goes to dailymotion for posting clips where internet access is available anywhere in the world http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1tnx5f_one-singing-says-goodbye-american-idol-top-4-results_music)
Soon after her elimination, Jessica posted this message for her supporters on Twitter:
I ain’t done yet!!!! Thank you all with all my heart and soul for being the amazing people you are…
Jennifer Lopez reacts to Jena’s mesmerizing performance as Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. smile with approval
Auditions for American Idol Season 14 in five key cities are scheduled as follows: Minneapolis June 18, New Orleans June 25, New York July 23, Nashville July 30 and San Francisco September 29.
American Idol Season 13 Top 4 with host Ryan Seacrest
A 10-city Bus Tour schedule can also be seen at www.americanidol.com/auditions
Photos from www.americanidol.com