Janelle Arthur's diary, song
Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur advanced again on “American Idol” Thursday night, landing her in the show’s Top 6. But she’s got her work cut out for her if she’s going to get much further in the singing competition.
Arthur was in the bottom two this week, ahead of only last-place vote-getter Burnell Taylor, who was eliminated Thursday night.
On Wednesday’s “Rock Night” show, Arthur sang Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right” and won praise from the judges for her performance. Yet so did almost all of her competitors.
On Thursday’s results show, “Idol” mentor (and music producer) Jimmy Iovine summed Arthur’s position up as “right in the middle” of the seven finalists. He said she did a “competent job” with the Joel song. “She’s really good, a great performer. … She came in fourth last night.”
The four judges individually identified their lists of their top three on Thursday, and Arthur wasn’t on any of them. Then show host Ryan Seacrest named the fan’s top three vote getters (of some 25 million votes), and Arthur didn’t make that cut either.
However, Arthur set herself apart from the others on Wednesday with her charisma and banter. Judges Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson all gushed over her country-fied outfit. The judges also talked about Arthur’s relatability. Minaj told her, “You feel like every girl’s best friend,” Jackson said she was, “authenticity at its best,” and Mariah Carey said, “It’s you, and it’s real.”
And in a show where winners are selected by viewers, that could keep Arthur going.
Meanwhile, Thursday was the end of the road for Taylor, of New Orleans. After he was named as the last-place vote-getter, he sang India.Arie’s “Ready for Love” in an effort to woo the judges to save him from elimination. Before Arthur took her place with the “safe” contestants, she encouraged Taylor with, “You’re going to kill it, Burnell!”
But the judges didn’t unanimously agree to keep him on the show, so he was sent home.
“American Idol” returns next Wednesday on FOX.