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‘Reality Check’: Who Will Win ‘American Idol XIV’? Who Should? (VIDEO)

TVLine.com‘s resident reality TV expert Michael Slezak is back with American Idol 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle for an all-new episode of Reality Check, as the duo gives their thoughts on the highs and lows of the week for American Idol XIV and The Voice 8!

This week, Michael and Melinda get down to business as they discuss who WILL win American Idol XIV, and who SHOULD win American Idol XIV. This means digging into the remaining three artists and exploring their strengths and weaknesses. Sure, Nick has been consistent, and there’s almost never a bum note in his performances, but do we really want an American Idol who won without taking a single risk? Conversely, Jax is wildly inventive and original, but will America get her? And could her badly-received final performance of last week hurt her in the voting? Lastly, Clark has been the clear frontrunner since the start, but has his recent downward trajectory prevented him from having a shot at the finale? It’s a genuinely fascinating conversation, and it fits in with the passionate, heated discussion they have over what the hosts consider to be one of the worst eliminations in the history of The Voice. Yes, Kimberly Nichole has been eliminated, and Michael and Melinda are none too happy about it. The rant is among the more entertaining bits in the history of Reality Check, and it anchors a really fun penultimate episode for the season. At nearly 20 minutes of keen insight, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Watch the latest all-new episode of Reality Check below:

'Reality Check' Who Will Win 'American Idol XIV' Who Should (VIDEO)

THOUGHTS

Since this episode was filmed before the news broke, I’m guessing next week’s episode will be the one with discussion of FOX’s announcement that American Idol 15 will be the final season. And it’s fitting, since it’ll coincide with the season finale of Reality Check.

As for the current competition, I think Michael and Melinda are basically spot-on with their predictions, in that I think Clark is now the one in a position to miss out on the finale. I would have thought that inconceivable a few weeks ago, but between the argument with Scott Borchetta and the divisive nature of his performances and song choices, I’m not sure if America is still on-board with him. Granted, nothing is really set in stone at this point, considering just last year Jena Irene seemed destined to come in third, considering her multiple Bottom 3 appearances and the fact that she needed to be put into the Top 13 as a judges’ wildcard to advance in the first place. But she ended up making the finale anyway. That said, I fear Clark may be more Alex Preston than Jena Irene: the guy who goes from presumptive frontrunner to third place finisher in the blind of an eye. I can understand how it will have happened, but I’ll be sad to see Clark go if/when the time comes. Still, I’m most heavily invested in seeing Jax advance, so I’m really in an “as long as it’s not her going home” mindset. I think the finale needs her.

As for The Voice, Kimberly Nichole’s elimination surprised me, but that shock quickly wore off upon recognizing that it doesn’t really matter who advances to the finale or not. This is The Sawyer Fredericks Show, and nobody can stop the kid from winning but himself. While you could definitely argue that Kimberly deserved to stay over India, Koryn and Joshua, and maybe even Meghan too, I don’t know if she had a realistic shot at winning, because none of them do except for Sawyer. And, as with Highlander, there can be only one. But still, it’s not much of a consolation to her fans, so I get why Michael and Melinda were as upset as they were. At the very least, we got a great segment out of their shock and outrage, so it wasn’t a complete loss.

But what do you think? Do you agree with Michael and Melinda? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

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