Savion Not Saved: Thursday’s Bittersweet Top 31 ‘American Idol’ Reveal
Savion Wright doesn't make the cut [photo: Fox]
When we last left "American Idol," Alabama buddies and season-long frontunners C.J. Harris and Casey Thrasher were waiting to find out if they'd made the top 30. This was supposed to be a cliffhanger, but after 13 seasons of "Idol," we all knew how this one would pan out. The outcome was as obvious as one of Nicki Minaj's old weaves. Both got through, of course. "I'm getting tired of y'alls' tricks," Casey told the judges, speaking for much of America.
Casey wasn't kidding. When it came time to find out who else would join the contestants who'd already made it through on Wednesday's show, there were plenty of annoying fakeouts (with the judges pretending to reject certain contestants, only to "surprise" those contestants with good news). But even more annoyingly, there were some really great contestants who didn't get good news at all.
The most shocking reject of the night had to be Savion Wright, the singer-songwriter who waited seven years (until he felt ready) to try out, and had been consistently awesome since his arrival in Season 13. No real reason was given as to why he didn't make it, and he sobbed (to a soundtrack of Season 12 winner Candice Glover's "Cried"; nice product placement there) as he said, ";I thought it was my time." I thought it was his time, too.
Poor Savion had already been through so much (his brother died under mysterious and tragic circumstances just two weeks before he came to Hollywood), and it was hard to watch him suffer another setback, especially one so undeserved. Adding more insult to injury? There was so much male talent this year, the judges decided to have a top 16 boys, and let the public vote on whether Neco Starr or Ben Briley should move on the semifinals. With an extra spot this season, it seemed like there should've been room for Savion. (Side note: I hope America votes for Neco. I think it's this veteran contestant's time, too.)
Another singer who didn't make the cut, but should have: David Oliver Willis, also an "Idol" veteran. David made it to the top 40 last year and performed live in Vegas Week before the judges cut him; that elimination sparked Twitter outrage among "Idol" fans, many of whom were happy to witness his return this season. But this season, David didn't even go as far. More Twitter outrage ensued.