American Idol: (L-R) MK Nobilette, Majesty Rose and Dexter Roberts in the bottom three (March 20, 2014)

American Idol: (L-R) MK Nobilette, Majesty Rose and Dexter Roberts in the bottom three (March 20, 2014)

*While everyone is busy watching “The Voice,” contestants on the aging “American Idol” find themselves competing on several fronts: against rival shows for viewers, against the genre itself for relevance, and against each other to live another week.

Unlike “The Voice’s” chairs that bring happiness and advancement to the contestants, “Idol’s” “bottom” seats bring nothing but an immediate threat of going home.

American Idol: (L-R) Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose and Malaya Watson in the bottom three (March 20, 2014)

American Idol: (L-R) Ben Briley, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and MK Nobilette in the bottom four

 

Finalists Malaya Watson, Majesty Rose and CJ Harris have all been sent to those seats at least once this season.  Reflecting on their stumbles thus far, each has an idea of how to keep their farewell video from being played.

“I’m just going to continue to be myself and to show America who Majesty is,” said the 22-year-old North Carolina native and bottom three contestant last week. “As long as I’m pleasing myself and God, then I’ll make it far in my own eyes.”

American Idol: (L-R) MK Nobilete, CJ Harris, Malaya Watson and  - (March 6, 2014)

American Idol: (L-R) MK Nobilete, CJ Harris, Malaya Watson and Caleb Johnson in bottom four (March 6, 2014)

Malaya, whose version of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” kept her out of the bottom last week, said of her strategy moving forward: “I think I need to be bigger and better, you know, never the same. If it’s the same, it’s boring.”

CJ, whose down home demeanor and voice to match has charmed viewers, says he needs to stick to what got him on the show.

Listen below.

“American Idol” airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX. The theme this week is “(I’m With the) Band!.” The Top 9 finalists will be leading the band performing their favorite songs.