‘American Idol’ Season 13, Episode 3: Detroit Déjà Vu
Marrialle Sellars gets another closeup [photo: Fox]
The third episode of "American Idol's" 13th season ended the same way that the season's first episode began: with a generous amount of screentime dedicated to Detroit contestant Marrialle Sellars. Showing her audition twice in the course of just a week may have been the producers' way of trying to make her an early favorite, but it was a transparent tactic that may have backfired.
You see, last week, Marrialle was featured in the premiere's cold open, performing a guitar-strummy rendition of Bruno Mars's "Grenade" and (upon judge Harry Connick Jr.'s orders) declaring herself The Next American Idol. And this week, viewers saw her do it all over again. The EXACT same audition. Why?
Sure, there was a little more backstory this time (her father, who encouraged her to pursue music, recently died), and we got to see a bit more of Marrialle's goofy personality. But this repeat was still overkill, especially so early in the season, and it could generate a backlash before she even makes it to Hollywood.
Of course, my other theory is this was all a setup for a "shocking" Green Mile elimination, a la Josiah Leming of "Idol" Season 7 or Jillian Jensen of "The X Factor" Season 2, when a supposed shoo-in gets the boot. Or maybe Fox fired the show's editor midway through the audition process, and this was just some odd editing fail. We shall soon see. All I know right now is, I would have preferred it if Marrialle's chunk of prime time this Wednesday had gone to a contestant I hadn't already seen. Fox could have at least aired this other audition that Marrialle did in Detroit.