Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jasmine Murray goes the way of Leah LaBelle, with Jorge Núñez joining her

"We've discussed it. Sorry baby, you're headed home. This is not gonna work." — Randy Jackson

"Don't quit believing. Just believe that you can do it, cause all things are possible. — Lisa Murray (mother of Jasmine Murray)
This is the most shocking moment I have ever witnessed in reality television history. I am highly disappointed that my favorite contestant Jasmine Murray got the first boot in the finals of this season of my favorite television show American Idol. This is a very untimely elimination. This is ten times more shocking than Chikezie's untimely elimination last year, for one thing is that she will not get to go on tour. Inconsolably, she has been crying like a baby girl for the rest of the night, shedding an ocean of heavy tears. Joining her on the bus ride home in tonight's result show is Jorge Núñez. However, this is not the end of her story, and it is the beginning of something much better. She will continue to sing on stage, and maybe in two years she will get a record deal and go from zero to hero. I will still be a fan of hers. The American voting public is wrong about her, for her status as last place finalist will turn out to be a joke in the next few years. She did not deserve to be eliminated this early. The next American Idol will be a joke, and may turn out to be worse than Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks. I believe that Jasmine Murray will be commercially more successful than the next American Idol, most likely Adam Lambert. America has done no justice voting by popularity. American Idol season 8 is not the same without Jasmine Murray. The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 will be forgettable without her. I really wanted to see her on the summer tour, and show her the love and receive her autograph, but now I will not get to do that.

During the results show, it was announced that there would be a twist that would solve the problem that existed in past seasons, such as with the eliminations of Jennifer Hudson in season 3 and Michael Johns in season 7. That would be the judges' save. Unfortunately, the judges decided to agree with the public vote on Jasmine Murray and Jorge Núñez, but the decision was not unanimous. Randy Jackson said about Jasmine, "We've discussed it. Sorry baby, you're headed home. It's not gonna work", and that is when the emotional fireworks went off on me. Simon Cowell said about Jorge, "No. Sorry." The judges made a huge mistake by not saving Jasmine Murray.

During the week, as the theme "Michael Jackson" implies the top 13 finalists were instructed sing Michael Jackson songs, including those from his solo career and from his time with the Jackson 5. Jasmine Murray sang "I'll Be There", originally recorded by The Jackson 5 and later covered by Mariah Carey. In her honor, I will be doing a karaoke performance of the song at a state institution on May 15, 2009. My next pick is Lil Rounds from Memphis, Tennessee, who is an R&B star and who is vocally compared to Mary J. Blige. Lil's grandfather once worked for blues legend B.B. King. The elimination song used is "Home Sweet Home", which is covered by Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and was originally recorded by Motley Crue.

Jasmine Murray's elimination has caused American Idol to suffer a big drop in ratings, especially for African-American audiences. Her elimination caused the African-American audience to decrease by 28%. American Idol has fallen out of the top 3 in the ratings chart, especially for African-American audiences. Next season, the judges will have to think twice before cutting any African American hopefuls during the Hollywood rounds.

On a side note, I would like for Jasmine Murray to record a duet with Chikezie. It may possibly be a cover of the Luther Vandross hit "So Amazing" and based on the Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder version.
"No matter where you finish on Idol—even if you finish twelfth [or thirteenth]—if you make a great record and you got that kind of exposure, the public will resoundingly buy it." — Randy Jackson
Winning American Idol does not guarantee success in a music career. According to Chris Daughtry, who got fourth place on American Idol season 5, the show lacks credibility. Even a last-place finalist can make double platinum hits. If David Hernandez can make double platinum hits, Jasmine Murray can too. Jasmine Murray could become a prime example as well as an archetype of this. In two years, Jasmine Murray will achieve much better than she did on American Idol, and she will show us that winning American Idol does not guarantee recording artist success and that a last place finalist can spawn a huge fanbase and huge success. American Idol season 8 will go down in my book as the most forgettable season of the series. This season has very low credibility and is going to be a joke in terms of commercial success. Therefore, the way I see is that Jasmine Murray will go from zero to hero and be more successful than the next American Idol.
Jasmine Murray stated that she would like to explore various music genres, including traditionally Caucasian genres, just like the late Ray Charles did, but the judges suggest that she go the R&B route. The judges compared her to Rihanna.

Jasmine Murray's status as last place finalist will most likely be ironic. One reason why she is the first to be voted off in the finals is that many believed she entered the competition two years too early. Another reason is that many viewers of American Idol wanted Ricky Braddy, Von Smith, Jessie Langseth, or Felicia Barton to advance to the finals in her place. Some people claim she has no personality, but that is a naked lie. She does have personality. She has better manners than the rest of the top 13, and she is musically diverse and tolerant. Jasmine Murray is really the best of the top 13. If she were to last on American Idol any longer, she would have improved significantly each week. If she were to make the top 10, she would have impressed the tour audiences significantly. She will most likely ink a deal with a major record label and go from zero to hero, and ultimately surpass this season's winner, which is Kris Allen.

Too many of my hopes have been crushed all too soon. I am getting tired of my hopes being crushed. I hope American Idol season 9 will not be season 8 all over again. If my favorite finalist finishes last place in two more seasons, I will quit watching the series for good. Some fans of Jasmine Murray have quit watching the show.

I personally like to have Jasmine Murray duet with Chikezie and maybe Kris Allen or Matt Giraud. I have no plans to meet Jasmine Murray or Lil Rounds at this time, I will consider it in the future. However, I have plans to meet Chikezie, as well as Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, and Jorge Núñez.

Although she is the first to be eliminated in the competition, Jasmine Murray is after all my American Idol. She is really the best singer, despite what people say. She is miles better than what people say. People need to keep in mind that she was 16 at the time of her elimination, and she has done nothing to receive the hate she has scraped in. She has the potential to go from zero to hero and be more successful than the rest of the top 13 combined.

According to the HCD Research study, either Anoop Desai or Megan Joy should have been eliminated instead of Jasmine Murray, while Jorge Núñez's elimination was democratically correct. Therefore, if American Idol season 8 went by the HCD Research study, Jasmine Murray would have been on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009.

Here is how I rank the performances of the night:
  1. Jasmine Murray - "I'll Be There"
  2. Kris Allen - "Remember the Time"
  3. Matt Giraud - "Human Nature"
  4. Jorge Núñez - "Never Can Say Goodbye"
  5. Adam Lambert - "Black or White"
  6. Lil Rounds - "The Way You Make Me Feel"
  7. Anoop Desai - "Beat It"
  8. Allison Iraheta - "Give in to Me"
  9. Michael Sarver - "You Are Not Alone"
  10. Danny Gokey - "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)"
  11. Scott MacIntyre - "Keep the Faith"
  12. Alexis Grace - "Dirty Diana"
  13. Megan Joy - "Rockin' Robin"
Click here to see the video of my most shocking moment in reality TV history.

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