Did the American Idol Judges Get It Right?

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Tonight on American Idol, alumni returned to the stage to perform with the first set of twelve out of the top twenty-four remaining contenders. Included in the performances were the following country music pairings:

– Emily Brooke and Lauren Alaina
– Jenna Renae and Scott McCreery
– Mackenzie Bourg and Lauren Alaina
– Jeneve Rose Mitchell and Scott McCreery

Ultimately, Emily Brooke and Jenna Renae said their final farewells to the Farewell Season of the reality competition singing show. What stood out to me as particularly … odd … were the judges’ comments to the Idol-appointed “country comeback kid”, Emily.

After meeting Emily last year, the judges commended her ability to cover (and slay) Carrie Underwood‘s “Blown Away”, recognizing at the time that a powerhouse was hiding within the then fifteen-year-old contestant. Following Hollywood Week and her House of Blues performance, Emily’s journey ended upon the insistence of the judges to go home, work hard, and come back even stronger. And she did.

From the beginning of last season, there has never been a doubt that Emily was capable of vocal explosiveness, and when she made her return for Season 15, she was constantly praised by the panel for the amount of growth she showed in just one year. Then came the Top 24 round where Emily showed off her power and paid homage to her hometown hero, Cassadee Pope, and sang with an artist who has adopted her as a little sister, Lauren Alaina.

The duet with Lauren Alaina, by far, was one of the most entertaining of the evening, showing that the now seventeen-year-old can withstand the pressures that come with having to hold her own against someone as dynamic and flawless as Lauren. Barely acknowledging the feat of seamlessly collaborating with Lauren, the judges essentially advised Emily to forego powerful performances and rely more on low key deliveries in her singing. In other words, dial back, rely on soft vocals and her acoustic guitar, and contain the force that lies within.

It seems a little contradictory to advise the contestant in one direction, only to steer her off course at the end. Do you think the judges got their decision to cut Emily Brooke (and Jenna Renae) right? We would love to hear your opinions on this.

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. 555billybob@gmaill.com'

    IMO these judges tonight were way off base w their decisions w these young people’s futures..Emily will be just fine in her future endeavors. What are they listening to??

  2. dpdifalco@gmail.com'

    No, I believe they didn’t get it right. Not choosing Emily Brooke and Jenna Renae was a huge surprise and disappoint to me. Those two singers had it all over a few of the contestants who made it. Unbelievable…. smh

    1. Flsalgal@aol.com'

      I know Emily Brooke did everything the judges told her to do, they said come back with strength and power and that she was a powerhouse ready to come out!!!! Emily did that by working very hard to do what they suggested. I don’t understand why they back peddled and told her the opposite at the end by telling her to contain the force within her. I wish they would bring her back and let her show how much talent she does have because yes she is a powerhouse, a voice that is strong and amazing!!!!!!!! The judges should pick one side of the coin, don’t tell her to do something and in the end say you should not do that and to contain her power is crazy!!!! If they could only hear her voice for what lies inside that powerhouse, let her be herself. She trusted in the judges because she loves all of them. She deserves another chance, her chance, her voice, her strength and love of music and writing. This is sad, sorry she was not moving ahead. So yes I know American Idol made a mistake.

  3. Cindykay0033@comcast.net'

    The judges are way wrong! I did not agree with them. Emily is way better than some they put through! They should bring her back! Emily and Lauren’s performance was the best.

    1. Amen! Hopefully there will be a chance for a return. If not, Emily’s career is just beginning and she has a long road ahead. So much talent, poise, and professionalism in that teenager. She makes me proud.

  4. gordon@gordonhayes.com'

    When they cut Colette Lush right before the top 24, I stopped watching. The show was already dead to me right then.

    1. Yeah, I’m cashing in my Idol card now. It’s been fun!

  5. jillhammar@msn.com'

    I think getting let go from American Idol, once you’ve gotten the initial exposure, is the best thing that can happen to an aspiring artist. Where are the last few Idols now? What were their names? Get some exposure, maybe make a few connections, then get the heck out of that place. They’re more about promoting the last season of the show than the actual contestants, and once it’s all over, they’ll give the winner the obligatory contract, let them do a few PR shows, then drop them. American Idol will be old news a month after this season ends and no one will care who won, but the winner will be tied up in a contract that no one wants anything to do with and by the time they can get out of it, no one will remember their name.

    1. Agree with you!

  6. joanhnly@yahoo.com'

    Agree with you all. At least four of the five cut were better than the ones that got to stay. Not interested in watching it any more.

  7. Lacl25@aol.com'

    These are thr decision that have you going off the air you tell then to cut back and when they do you cut them.

  8. Flsalgal@aol.com'

    I know Emily Brooke did everything the judges told her to do, they said come back with strength and power and that she was a powerhouse ready to come out!!!! Emily did that by working very hard to do what they suggested. I don’t understand why they back peddled and told her the opposite at the end by telling her to contain the force within her. I wish they would bring her back and let her show how much talent she does have because yes she is a powerhouse, a voice that is strong and amazing!!!!!!!! The judges should pick one side of the coin, don’t tell her to do something and in the end say you should not do that and to contain her power is crazy!!!! If they could only hear her voice for what lies inside that powerhouse, let her be herself. She trusted in the judges because she loves all of them. She deserves another chance, her chance, her voice, her strength and love of music and writing. This is sad, sorry she was not moving ahead. So yes I know American Idol made a mistake.

  9. lisabertch@gmail.com.com'

    If they do call backs…They definitely should call back Emily. Yes, their feedback for her was contradictory and confusing. She is talented and gifted beyond belief and they said at her audition, “she could be the next Carrie Underwood!”. Which is very accurate. They eliminated her and keep someone that performed way out of her lane. It makes no sense! They need to call her back!

  10. songbird0820@aol.com'

    American Idol made a very bad business decision…..At the audition, Harry Connick, Jr. stated that the show fosters talent….I know he was pulling for her, they even stated that on air at the “judgement” walk. Regardless, Emily will be a household name in the near future. She is the whole package and the real deal.

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