Kristen O'Connor was the first member of the American Idol Top 13 to be eliminated this season. Apparently, the Wild Card pick’s rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Beautiful Disaster” was seen as a disaster by the majority of Idol viewers.
Kristen’s lack of confidence on stage was palpable throughout her Wednesday night performance, with typically forgiving judge Jennifer Lopez even commenting on it during her critique.
“My advice would be to stop thinking a little bit,” J.Lo said. “I know this show is a lot of pressure, but you need to start thinking about what you know, not what you’re afraid is going to happen — what the song is about, how you want to come off, the fact that you deserve to be here. That’s what you need to do when you get up to sing.”
Interestingly enough, we have a hunch that if Kristen had been on Idol in its early days she actually may have made it further than Week 1 of Live Shows since she very much skewed in the direction of modern day pop singer.
Since those early days, however, the show has undergone a major transformation with the real standouts now typically being the exact opposite of cookie-cutter
Anyone remember Andrew Garcia’s slowed-down version of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” or Haley Reinhart’s “House of the Rising Sun”? We still get chills thinking about those performances. Of course, few could forget the trailblazer Blake Lewis making his mark on Idol by beat-boxing well-known numbers.
In the end — and we know it might sound harsh — but we think Kristen was far too vanilla to leave a lasting impression on the Idol viewers. They have become accustomed to seeing edgy performances in which the hopefuls take a song and make it their own, and they want more of that.
Don’t just take our word for it, though. What do you think? Should Kristen O'Connor have gone home during the February 27 results show? Should the judges have used their save? Weigh in below!