Only two of the Alabama trio remained of the American Idol contestants who started out in the top running on Season Thirteen. Both of them were in the bottom two last night — C. J. Harris of Jasper, AL, and Jessica Meuse from Slapout, AL. — C. J. was eliminated.
Though it wasn’t unexpected, tears came to my eyes, so my vision was blurred when I noticed that Jennifer Lopez was doing the same thing when he sang his last American Idol song. He was number six, leaving five to go, only one who will make it to the end. It was a sad parting. C. J. held up well and sang well, till tears began to flow and his fellow contestants came out to give their support. This was the saddest parting on American Idol this year. I haven’t talked to anyone who doesn’t love this young Alabama man with the cry in his voice and a soft way of talking. Keith Urban said he was one of the sweetest guys he’s ever known.
As his mother was escorted onto the stage, Seacrest asked how proud she was for her son making it so very far on American Idol. Very proud, she said. — And as for me, my heart and eyes filled again when all three judges stood for him, then made their way onto the stage to meet his family and to give him comforting words and advice at his parting. And this time they looked totally sincere.
If anyone has ever been more loved on American Idol I don’t know when it was. Our fine Alabama song man will be terribly missed. But, not to worry . . . he mentioned he’ll be touring, and one of those tours will be coming to Birmingham, AL. But wherever he lands, I hope it will be feet first and off and running. God bless you, C.J, my man. And best of luck for your future career. We love you.