Ugh… Tonight was a prime example of why the results show should only be a half hour, which BTW was promised by Idol they would be implementing this year. While some of the filler was entertaining, the last half which retreaded last night’s performances was painful. Did each contestant really have to come to the middle of the stage and revisit the night before. To boot, that Q&A session that preceded the results was neither informative nor interesting.
Ryan Seacrest began the episode by warning viewers they weren’t going to be happy with the results. Was Seacrest blowing smoke up our collective asses, or were we actually in for a shocker? God, I hope the latter. Without revealing the results just yet, I will say the eliminated Idol gave the best swan song in Idol history IMHO. Intrigued? Keep reading.
After forgoing the group performance the past few weeks, the producers brought it back and made the Top 6 perform a Carole King medley. Much like the duets the night before, this wasn’t good. The only highlight for me was the short duet between Haley and Lauren on “One Fine Day“.
The only filler segments I did enjoy were the Ford music video where the Idols sang “Our House” while drawing a house. It was all very A-Ha “Take On Me”. Bruno Mars, in a pre-recorded performance, also stood out. I just love this kid. So excited to see him in concert. Although it was random and an awkward way to ride the Royal Wedding hoopla, the trip to the British Consulate was oddly fascinating. The Idols’ attempt at British accents was the funniest thing all night.
In a live performance, Crystal Bowersox returned to her old stomping grounds and performed “Ridin’ With The Radio“. It suited her, but wasn’t the most exciting thing to listen to or watch. That’s saying a lot considering I’m a huge Crystal fan. Hopefully, one of her future tracks becomes a radio hit. I would her to be the breakout star from her season. I’ll say it again. She was robbed by Lee DeWyze.
Haley and James were the first ones revealed to be safe, which left Jacob, Casey, Lauren and Scotty standing front and center. Lauren, out of the four, was the first sent back to the couches. Shortly after, Jacob was also told he was advancing. BOOOOOO. Not only am I not a Jacob fan, but this also broke my prediction elimination streak. DOUBLE BOO.
It was now down between Casey and Scotty. Though it seems this was the week’s bottom two, Seacrest never actually said that they were in the bottom. For that matter, he never said Jacob was in the bottom three either. The producers are playing mind games with the viewers. I highly doubt Scotty was in any sort of jeopardy, but they want people to think he is, thereby inspiring them to vote in droves in the coming weeks. Damn you Lythgoe for being so manipulative.
In the end, Casey was eliminated again. This time there was no Judges’ Save to resurrect him. Casey handled being eliminated this time much better. In fact, he did it with humor. During his swan song, he walked down to the audience and kissed and hugged practically every person along the way. He then ended singing by jumping to the arms of the other Idols. I was always a Casey fan, and his classy exit only endeared him more to me. I’ll miss you, Casey.
America, here is your Top 5. Next week’s theme is “Songs from Now and Then“. Each Idol must perform a current song and one from the 1960s. Sounds promising. I can’t wait. Argh, does this mean that next week’s performance show is an hour and a half again? Are you sad to see Casey go? Which remaining Idol do you think is going to take it all? Post your predictions below.