OK, let’s size up just how much fan support Jena Irene really has to prevail on “American Idol.” Please vote via sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter to let us know if you believe she’ll ultimately be the last idol standing.
“You’re the real thing, baby!” Jennifer Lopez roared to Irene on March 12 when Irene blasted the roof off the Nokia Theater with her piano-pounding version of “Decode.” “America, please get on board with this! Get on board with it!”
“Jena, good lord! There’s a ferocity about the way you perform,” Keith Urban gasped. “It’s like hurtling along the edge of a cliff in a car and you’re like, ‘I don’t know if we’re going in, if we’re going to stay on the cliff’ and on and on. It’s exhilarating. I love the way you perform.”
Lopez and Urban both gave Irene a jumping ovation while that notorious sourpuss/ partypooper Harry Connick Jr. stubbornly remained seated. He did condescend to give her a good word – “That was very, very strong” – but then he called her “Tina” instead of “Jena.”
Hey, Harry, are you even paying attention to this earth-shaking “Idol” event occurring before our startled eyes? A star is being born on a TV show that has given us Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson in the past.
What makes her presence on the program all the more dramatic is that she’s “a wild carder making a big comeback,” as Ryan Seacrest noted. After being saved from early elimination, she continued to stumble, failing to find fan support. When she finally rallied with her performance of “Decode,” JLo cried, “I don’t know what you were doing in the bottom three last week! Honestly, you have one of the best voices here with the most dynamics. You give great performances.”
Last week she continued to wow us with her knock-out rendition of “Clarity” framed by hundreds of bouncing glow sticks.
What’s next? It better be good. Irene needs to whip up higher expectations among Derbyites. Currently, she ranks fourth in our racetrack odds based upon Gold Derby users. Help her to boost those odds by making your predictions here and compete against other “American Idol” fans to win points and prizes.