American Idol update – top 11 did America get it wrong?

The singer I thought would win it all is out! I can’t believe Ava Maybee didn’t make it to the top 11. Others that were eliminated didn’t surprise me as much as her ousting from the show. I think it’s a little unfair that the first performer gets more voting time vs. the last performer, however I’m putting a lot of trust in the producers to be able to figure out how to fairly go about the eliminations.

After Sunday’s episode, I would have a different top three than who I picked when there were 14 contestants (1. Ava Maybee, 2. Lady K, 3. Noah Thompson). Here’s how my list currently looks.

After this episode (top 14 down to top 11), I think Nicolina is the best singer, hands down. She did so well with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and I LOVE that she included a portion of the verse not heard in many versions:

I’ve done my best, I know it wasn’t much. I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch. I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come here to London just to fool you. And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand right here before the Lord of song with nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

Another one to watch out for, and I might be wrong for not having her in the top 10, is Emyrson Flora. But two of my top three are still in it, so I’ll keep running with Noah and Lady K as my #3 and #2, respectively. Nicolina is #4 and I’d move Emyrson closer to the top five.

I’ll leave you with the amazing Jeff Buckley performance of “Hallelujah,” so good I still remember where I was when I heard and watched the video for the first time.

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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