They want to go home --- American Idol style. (Thanks Idol for showing a quick glimpse of Season 7's David Archuleta and his Hometown Visit during the video about the Top Three Hometown Visits.)
Ford video - Alex and Jessica visit a guitar shop, Caleb and Jena visit a record shop, then they all have coneys from a street vendor.
Jena was on fire last night That was one of the greatest performances in Idol history. (referring to her performance of Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love.")
Caleb had an amazing night.
Jessica had very mixed results. At the very end she nailed something great for her. (referring to her performance of "You And I.")
Alex had a good night. In the end, when he did Coldplay, that was the money. (referring to his performance of "Yellow".)
Jena is safe and going to visit her hometown.
The kids were sent to the park for some fun, pizza picnic, and talk about hometown visits.
Caleb is safe and going to visit his hometown.
Alex is safe and going to visit his hometown.
Which means, Jessica is heading home, but without the Idol parade. Maybe her hometown can throw their own parade like Jason Castro's home of Rockwall, Texas did for him when he came in 4th in Season 7. You don't need Idol to have a parade. In any case, we know this will just be a short visit to Slapout, AL, because Jessica has to be back in LA for rehearsals for the finale.
Jessica looked like she would hold herself together until Ryan made her watch the highlights reel. She did get to sing her self-penned song "Blue-eyed Lie" as her swan song, so that was good.
Jessica, if by any chance you read this post, know that you will be fine. Maybe even better than if you won the whole thing. Ask any of the "almost winners" of AI and I bet they will tell you the same thing. You have gained great exposure to an international audience while on AI. You can still pursue your dream without the constraints of the Idol powers holding you back. I'm a fan and will be watching to see what you do next. Good luck in your future career. And I better be seeing you in Austin, Texas sometime soon. You know, we are the "Live Music Capital of the World."
*Breaking News: The judges will be back for season 14 of Idol. (That is probably a good thing since three of the audition cities are their hometowns.)
***So here's what we know so far about the next two weeks on Idol:
1) Next Wednesday, May 14, is the 500th episode of American Idol.
2) Next week's song choices:
Hometown's Choice - Reprisal of previous performance
3) Scotty McCreery will be performing on the one-hour results show on May 15.
The 2-night season finale will take place on May 20 and 21.
No details on that so far.