American Idol 2013: Charlie Askew Performs “Mama”

Charlie Askew on American Idol 2013

Well let’s just get this one over with. Last night on American Idol 2013 we saw Charlie Askew transform himself into something unrecognizable to fans, deliver a weak performance, and then react poorly to expectantly harsh criticism from the judges.

When you’re one show away from making it to the Top 10, the tour, and only a 10% chance of being eliminated that is not the time to have an introspective explosion on the national stage. Half of the American Idol singers from this week are going home and I’m pretty sure Charlie is going to be one of them now.

Maybe I’ll be surprised by America’s votes and they’ll take pity on the guy who went to a dark place, “got angry,” striped down, and then cried after his performance, but with so much great talent on the American Idol 2013 stage I’m not sure how much room there is for that much pity.




  1. He is in no way ready for the pressure and expectations of the American Idol arena. Regardless of his talent. He looked so close to a complete break down.I would have

    had more respect for the judges and producers if they had not kept him on stage so long after his performance. It was sad to watch.

  2. I think Charlie won many hearts. But he needs to gain some wisdom about when to vent or show such a dark side. I agree with Debbie (above) that they should have eased him off the stage sooner. He was suffering. It would be better for him not to continue on the show. His voice was better early in the season when the pressures were not so great.

    • I agree w/ you. That was kind of uncomfortable in many ways, but I’m sure the “rubber neckers” in the audience ate it up.

  3. I’ve always liked Charlie and did not think the judges were fair to him last night at all. In his first audition Randy himself said he was “seemingly dark and cool” and now wants to criticize him for sounding darker? If they didn’t like it they shouldn’t have let him through in the first place. I voted for Charlie, hoping he makes it through! (And for the record I did not think his performance was near as bad as Everyone acts like.)

    • OH and I’ve seen many other contestants have a near breakdown on stage and they did not get the bashing about it that Charlie is receiving.

  4. I really really liked charlie and i guess i was one of the few who loved his rendition of Mama. It spoke to me of his pain and what ever it was that pissed him off. I am not sure what he was venting about but it seemed that he was emotional before the judges review. I hope he gets another chance next year.

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