Thursday, March 5, 2009

Jasmine Murray makes the top 13 on Idol

I am so delighted that tonight Randy Jackson has announced that my favorite of this season of America's favorite reality television show Jasmine Murray has made the top 13 on American Idol season 8. She is my favorite in the top 13. During Group 2 week, she chose the wrong song, "Love Song", which was originally recorded by rock star Sara Bareilles. She was passed over by public vote on February 26, 2009. I was at a local movie theater watching the film Madea Goes to Jail at the time the results show was broadcast. However, last night Kara DioGuardi picked her for a second chance in the Wild Card round. Redeeming herself with the song "Reflections" by Christina Aguilera, that was a successful second chance. Joining her in the top 13 tonight are Megan Cokery, Matt Giraud, and Anoop Desai. Anoop Desai thought he did not make the finals, but at the last minute, Simon Cowell announced: "We decided recently we're going to make this a Top 13." They will join the finalists that were chosen by public vote: Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Jorge Nunez, Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and Michael Sarver. The judge's decision to place Jasmine Murray in the top 13 was unanimous.

Jasmine Murray was born on March 14, 1992. She hails from Columbus, Mississippi. She lives in Starksville, Mississippi. She is the youngest of five children, thus a boy and four girls. Her parents and siblings will cheer her on in the studio audience. Before she auditioned for American Idol, she watched the previous seasons on television. At the age of 16, she auditioned in Jacksonville, Florida, with the song "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie. She received standing ovation in the Hollywood Round.

I will be rooting for Jasmine Murray. I hope she is dubbed the eighth American Idol, but the poll at is predicting that Anoop Desai will get that title. Unfortunately, she has a small fanbase, probably due to one subpar performance. I hope she does not get voted off before Alexis Grace, my least favorite of the season. I hope she does not get voted off too early like the highly underrated Chikezie did last season, but sadly many fans predict that my hope will come false. If she gets voted off, I will root for Lil Rounds. I hope she at least finishes in 10th place like Chikezie did (so I could see her on tour), but the poll at is predicting that she will be in 12th place. It comes down to what the judges say.

The top 13 will begin performing Tuesday night on American Idol, America's favorite reality television show. Next week's theme will be Michael Jackson. Rapper Kanye West will appear on Wednesday night's results show. Kelly Clarkson, the first American Idol, will also perform live on the results show. West will perform "Heartless" and Clarkson will perform her latest single "My Life Would Suck Without Out" before the top 13 finalists find out which one of them will be voted off. I certainly hope it is not Jasmine Murray who goes the way of Leah LaBelle, but unfortunately that is the worst case scenario. The best case scenario as of now is that she may finish in 7th place. What negatively affected the predictions on her is that she chose the wrong song on her semifinal performance. Will she impress the America and turn the tide on America's predictions or will she be Chikezie all over again? The winner will be announced on May 20, 2009.

On a side note, I support Joanna Pacitti's disqualification. I like Felicia Barton better than Joanna Pacitti. Pacitti forgot the lyrics, but Barton got standing ovation in Hollywood round 3. Michael Johns, who finished in eighth place on American Idol season 7, is ineligible to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!, because he has ties with Pat Sajak.

Here is how I rank the top 13:

No. 13: Alexis Grace: She is the worst singer in the competition. She is a fake Kelly Clarkson wannabe. She is an abysmal country singer.

No. 12: Megan Joy: She is an abysmal singer. She has no right to be in the finals. She is an absolute joke. Therefore, I might as well call her "Megan Joke."

No. 11: Michael Sarver: A construction worker dreaming to be a singer? He is not too proud to beg. He is worse than Jorge.

No. 10: Allison Iraheta: She is a punk rock star. She is the youngest of the top 13. She is not my cup of tea. She should be voted off before Lil Rounds.

No. 9: Danny Gokey: He is receiving mercy from America since he lost his wife in death shortly before he auditioned for American Idol. He is the predicted runner-up.

No. 8: Kris Allen: He is quite like David Archuleta. He is nothing special, and he is from Arkansas. His family may have ties to Wal-Mart.

No. 7: Scott MacIntyre: He is visually impaired, and America is showing mercy towards him for that. He is somewhat like Ray Charles.

No. 6: Adam Lambert: He is the predicted winner of this season. He has received standing ovation from the judges. However, he is a joke.

No. 5: Jorge Nuñez: It is better than he sings in Spanish. He may have a good voice somewhat, but it is okay.

No. 4: Matt Giraud: He is compared to Justin Timberlake. He lives in the state my father was originally from, which is Michigan. He has that bluesy soul.

No. 3: Anoop Desai: He is a great R&B star. He is a fan of new jack swing. He lives closest to where I live.

No. 2: Lil Rounds: She is my second pick after Jasmine Murray is voted off. She is compared to the R&B legend Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip hop soul. Could she take the crown from Mary J. Blige?

No. 1: Jasmine Murray: She is the most underrated of this season ever. She is not only my favorite in this competition. She is my favorite American Idol contestant ever; thus she is my American Idol. She is musically diverse and has an excellent personality. She got her mother with her in the contestants' mansion. Second to her is Chikezie from season 7.

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