Says season 14's Joey Cook: "She went out on her best performance. She gave her everything.”
While Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani were giving it their all on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday night, and third-place Jax was backstage decompressing after her elimination, nine of their newest, closest friends were watching the spectacle of the season 14 finale unfold from their vantage point in the front rows of the audience. Those nine people were the other contestants in the top 12, who all had a unique point of view from which to assess the competition. Immediately following the broadcast, they spoke with Billboard about what they had just experienced.
“It was wild, from top to bottom,” said Sarina-Joi Crowe, the first of the 12 to go home. “We didn’t know they were going to cut at the top of the show. We were all floored. Jax is so powerful and has been such a force this season that we weren’t expecting to hear her name. But many of the greats have finished in third place -- like Melinda Doolittle, Haley Reinhart and Josh Ledet. That’s a testament to how wonderful Jax is and how great the season was.”