Emily Piriz was the unfortunate soul who got the boot on last night’s American Idol results show, begging the question: Did she deserve to go home? We hate to sound negative but we think it was the best possible outcome. And, is it just us or is it awkward when you know the judges are pretending to deliberate when everyone knows they are not going to use their save?
While undoubtedly adorable and talented, Emily wasn’t even on our radar until she practically made the Top 13. She must have been on the judges’ radar, however, as she wasn’t even a Wild Card pick. But as those who have been watching the show a long time (like us!) know, contestants who don’t get a lot of camera time tend to suffer when it comes to solidifying their fan base.
As we pointed out in yesterday’s prediction post, Emily only had 7,945 Twitter followers, which put her at No. 9 of the Top 12. While CJ Harris, Ben Briley, and Caleb Johnson still had fewer followers than Emily, hers was a paltry number in comparison to the likes of Sam Woolf and Alex Preston, who had 33,000 and 23,000, respectively. That’s a pretty wide gap to overcome so she would have really had to knock it out of the park performance-wise to secure a place in the Top 11.
Which, unfortunately, she didn’t. On Wednesday night, Emily made a bold move by performing Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud,” but it didn’t really pay off in the end. While J.Lo really appreciated it and gave her props for her bravery, fellow judge Harry Connick, Jr. didn’t mince any words about his displeasure.
“I’ll just cut right to it,” he began. “That song is like a big locomotive train coming down the track. You have to match the intensity of the train, otherwise you’re just going to be a passenger. You need to drive the train. The song and the production was too big for you.”
At the end of the day, the rest of the crew outperformed the Florida native. The other two girls in the bottom three — Jena Irene and (again!) MK Nobilette — struggled this week but both have shown a bit more promise than Emily.
Do you agree that Emily deserved to go home? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments!