Under the Radar

Top 7: Milspouse Jurnee Makes the Cut on American Idol's Disney Week

Jurnee signs "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana" on American Idol's Disney Week show.

Jurnee's wife Ashley has been deployed to Afghanistan, so her mom joined the 18-year-old military spouse at Disneyland this week. After a tough Top 10 week, she bounced back with a strong "American Idol" performance of "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana."

ABC has really changed things up with Idol eliminations. They've ditched the phone numbers. You can still support your favorite singer by text but there's also an American Idol iPhone and Android app. 

For the Top 10, they opened voting at the beginning of the show before anyone had performed, pretty much admitting what's always been true: America votes based on overall popularity instead of each week's specific performance.

Also, there's no elimination show on Monday night. Everyone performed and then the cuts came at the end of Sunday's program. Rather than announce the cuts, the producers named the Top 7 and said they were announced in "no particular order." Jurnee was tortured again and was the last performer named, standing nervously on stage with the three singers who were sent home.

Next week, "Idol" contestants will perform Prince songs. Jurnee should be able to deliver a strong performance.

Can a military spouse win "American Idol"? Are you voting for Jurnee? Will the Army send Ashley to Los Angeles if her wife makes the finals?

 

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