For an hour-long results show, tonight’s American Idol episode was pretty jam packed. Not that I’m saying there wasn’t filler, because there was. For the most part though, I enjoyed all of it, especially the Jimmy Iovine recap. Some feel this part is unnecessary, but I look forward to his insights. He should really be the fourth judge instead of Randy Jackson. Make it happen for Season 13 Nigel… make it happen.
On deck tonight to perform were Bon Jovi and Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. Is it me, or has Phillips gotten cuter since last year? Perhaps, I’m just deprived of any eye candy this season. It wouldn’t be an elimination show without a group number from the contestants. They were pimped out to perform “Shine Your Way” from the upcoming animated film The Croods.
This season, Ryan Seacrest delivered the results a bit differently. Taking a page from The X Factor, the show revealed how all the singers placed with exception to the Top 3. Nigel Lythgoe decided to keep how the Top 3 placed a mystery. Wise move. As promised, Lythgoe revealed some geographic voting results. For instance, Devin Velez was tops in Puerto Rico, while Candice Glover dominated in her home state of South Carolina with 42% of the vote. Fierce. Find out how everyone placed below.
Before I reveal the results, the boy and girl who narrowly missed making the Top 10 had a shot at redemption. Charlie Askew and Aubrey Cleland sang for a spot to join the American Idol tour. Not surprising that these two were the runner-ups. Personally, Cleland deserves a spot in the Top 10 more than most of the guys and perhaps even Janelle Arthur.
In the sing off, Askew performed much better than he has previously, but Cleland mopped the floor with him. If she doesn’t garner more votes, there is something clearly wrong with America’s ears. Vote on talent and not how cute they are. That said, Aubrey is smokin’ hot. If I was straight, I’d totally hit that ;)
Song: Sky-Blue Diamond
Original Artist: Charlie Askew
Song: On My Own
Original Artist: Irene Cara
Not surprisingly, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller were the Top 3 vote-getters. As expected, even though he sucked majorly, Lazaro Arbos placed in fourth. How he beat Amber Holcomb is beyond me? He butchered Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.” Speaking of Holcomb, she came in fifth. How adorable did she look tonight? I think she might be my girl crush of the season.
Janelle Arthur, Burnell Taylor and Paul Jolley came in at sixth through eighth. That left Devin Velez and Curtis Finch, Jr. in the bottom two. I got two out of three right with the bottom three. The only person I got wrong was Janelle. I thought for sure she’d be there as well. Apparently, she has a bigger fanbase than I thought.
Nicki Minaj promised she’d leave if Curtis was eliminated. Better pack those bags Nicki, because Curtis is going home. The “Super Bass” rapper momentarily gets up to walk away but quickly returns. I knew she wouldn’t do it. Curtis sings R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” in hopes the judges will save him. Wisely and thankfully, they don’t use the judges’ save. Phew.
Do you think the right person went home? I am. Good riddance I say. Now he can go back to his hometown and steal more laptops. LOL. Did you hear that National Enquirer story about his sketchy past?
Who do you think will earn a spot on the tour, Charlie or Aubrey? Were you surprised by the voting results? Are you glad American Idol is finally disclosing the rankings? With girls occupying five out of the top six spots, does this mean a girl is finally going to win American Idol? Sound off below.