If you ask most people who watched the second season of “The X Factor,” most would argue that Jillian Jensen was robbed when Demi Lovato did not carry her through to the live shows. She had some serious talent, but she did at times get completely overwhelmed in a narrative about struggle and overcoming hardship that it was hard to see her have any fun.
So while we’re not typically a fan of contestants from one singing show coming on another, this experience for Jillian on “American Idol” may be an exception. She is someone who really has more than she got an opportunity to previously show, and it could be a chance to start fresh and have a little bit of fun this time while competing. Already, it does seem like she is grateful for another chance. After she appeared on the show’s premiere, Jensen had the following to say to Zap2It:
“Doing ‘X Factor’ was a great experience, but unfortunately I don’t feel like I was allowed to be myself as an artist … I just wanted to give ‘Idol’ a shot because it was always my dream.”
We do feel like there is a chance that Jensen could go pretty far in the competition, at least based on everything that we saw from her last time. All of it is going to come down to what she does in Hollywood Week more so than what she ended up doing on “The X Factor” last season. While we do wish at times that “American Idol” producers did give you a fuller spectrum of a contestants’ overall story, one thing that they have a good track record of is not holding past experiences against anyone. (Look at Thia Megia or Jessica Sanchez.)