Majesty survives one more round
By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on March 21, 2014 1:46 PM
From left to right, Kemani Bell, 5, Lakya Brandy, 11, and Ki-mia Easley, 7, all of Goldsboro, pose for a selfie with a Majesty Rose cutout during the "American Idol" viewing party Thursday at the Goldsboro YMCA.
Fans clap and cheer as Majesty makes it to the next round. The singer was once again in the bottom three, putting her in jeopardy again of going home.
Thursday night's results show on "American Idol" turned out to be another nail-biter, as Majesty Rose again wound up in the bottom three.
She was the second one put on the hot seat at the bottom of the hour, joining Dexter Roberts. Soon after, M.K. Nobilette rounded out the group.
With less than five minutes remaining in the show, host Ryan Seacrest announced he could send one of the contestants to safety.
"The person who will continue on with us will be -- Majesty," he said, as the crowd at a viewing party at the Goldsboro YMCA roared.
M.K. was ultimately knocked out of the competition, after the judges failed to reach a unanimous decision to use their only "save" for the season.
Now, Majesty moves on as part of the Top 9 contestants remaining, which means the community needs to keep those votes coming in for the Goldsboro singer.
And the viewing parties will continue.
Tara Humphries, public information officer at Wayne Community College, said Wednesday night's "Majesty Mania" event will again kick off with a pep rally at 7:30 p.m. in the atrium, followed by the broadcast airing from 8-10 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium.
A special theme has been adopted for this week's party, she said.
"March is Red Cross month and when we kick off our Heroes campaign. So Wednesday night at the college will be 'Idols and Heroes,'" she said. "We're encouraging first responders, military members, teachers, doctors and nurses, and of course our Red Cross volunteers to come out and enjoy the evening with their community and be honored."
The Thursday evening event will again be held at the Family YMCA, starting at 8:30 p.m. with refreshments and a party in the upstairs multi-purpose room.
Kriquette Davis, associate executive director, championed for the event to be held there.
"Majesty worked here for about a year," she said. "She was a preschool teacher, just a delight.
"We want her to know that her family is at home cheering for her in one room. It brings everybody together for a common cause."
Mrs. Davis said the number of attendees has grown with each passing week, drawing an average of 120 to 130 people in the audience.
"And all ages," she said. "We had a woman last week, 82 years old, she was the oldest one in the room. And now it's like the same people have been coming every week."
Of course, for those who know her best, it can be nerve-wracking watching Majesty be critiqued, especially when she winds up in the bottom three.
But her boyfriend, John Bergman, exuded a quiet confidence.
"I really just trust the Lord to do what He's going to do," he said before she learned the final outcome.
"I definitely know that everything the judges say, she takes into account and prays about it. She'll definitely strive to be herself more than anything else."