Televised Talent: Bouncing Ben Briley off the (tour) Bus

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

American Idol may have a Top 13, but there are only 10 seats on the tour bus this summer.

And so, it was time to say goodbye to Ben Briley.

What? What in the world just happened?

This is, after all, the guy who was voted into the Top 15 in the first-ever online vote for the last slot. (Not that it mattered much who was in the top 15, because several of each group of 15 were sent home without ever getting to do anything but wave from back stage. And many people would argue that the best singers must have been in that group, or sent home from Hollywood.)

Ben's crimes were few in his performance of "Bennie and the Jets." He (a) dared to step outside the country pigeonhole the judges put him in and (b) failed to pound the piano keys with precision. (The only valid point raised by the judges.) But his vocals were clear, the stage presence was strong, and he even looked good.

But still, seriously? Was his performance worse than the other notable member of the bottom two?

At one time, she had been among my favorites, but as she sang Wednesday, it became clear that the bloom had fallen off of Majesty Rose. She took on an OSCAR WINNING song and by the end, she proved she didn't have the vocal chops of Idina Menzel, or even Adele Dazeem. She was out of tune, and several notes were downright painful. Randy was half right. She wasn't stellar. But she also wasn't even OK. By the end of her performance of "Let it Go" she was practically begging America to let her go.

Who did it better? Judge for yourselves:

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