UPDATE: Curtis Finch Jr. is eliminated. He sings for his life. But the vote is not unanimous. HE IS ELIMINATED.
Tonight’s show was so jam packed, that the Idol mic ceremony that was taped last night featuring a few Idol alums didn’t run. So much for the mic! There were sing-offs between Top 20 contestants, and a sing off from the eliminated contestant. PLUS a Simon Cowell-style ranking of the contestants. Stuffed between all the activity were performances by Bon Jovi and Phillip Phillips. The hour went by really fast. With so much activity, there wasn’t a minute to be bored. That’s a good thing.
The tour sing off. As much as I believed a few weeks ago, that Charlie Askew needed to go back home and deal with his obvious issues, I’m thinking the tour spot he’s inevitably going to win might be just the ticket for him. He sang off against the lovely Aubrey Cleland. But let’s face it, she’s a great singer, but she sang a freaking ballad. No More Ballads! On the tour, I want some entertainment, and I think Charlie can bring it. Since he won’t be competing, the experience won’t do him in. In fact, it may help him. The original song he sang tonight showed promise, and his vocals were mostly solid.
The rankings. Well, Nigel did it. He liked Simon’s X Factor ranking reveal so much, that he yoinked the idea for Idol. I have such mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I can’t resist spoilers, and find the drilled-down results fascinating. On the other hand, the rankings remove much of the mystery. It may be better to leave the viewers wondering. Now, the fans of those at the bottom are going to vote extra hard for their favorites, and maybe fans of the top tier Idols will become complacent. It messes with the natural order of things. Wisely, Nigel only revealed the Top 3, but not their order. It left a little mystery. If you’ll remember, back in Season 5, Nigel toyed with rankings and ratings. Remember how close the vote was between the Top 3? BTW, It’s nice to know that the contestants won their home states. But it’s not very revelatory.
Semi-surprising was Lazaro in 4th place. Well, I’m not surprised. Just a little disappointed. He’s a sweet kid, but he did not outsing a bunch of people who ranked lower. Certainly not Amber (!!!) or Devin or Burnell. I’d say the only one who sang worse was Curtis, who deserved to go home, by the way. Mark my words, my friends. Lazaro is going to become the Sanjaya of Season 12, and it’s not gonna be pretty.
Speaking of Curtis. Anybody who is surprised that he was eliminated has no clue how Idol voting works (coughmariahnickicough). Curtis’s showboaty vocals had little emotion at their core. This is why somebody sweet and self-effacing like Lazaro comes in 4th and a singer with better chops, like Curtis, gets canned. I don’t know what he’s like off camera, but on? Curtis comes off like a cocky asshat. That just does not fly in Idol land! Idol 101, new judges. Learn it.
There were no surprises for me tonight in the bottom 3, except for Janelle not being in it. I had her in the bottom 3 and really underestimated the support she has.
A few other notes:
LULZ TO INFINITY: Nicki threatening to go home if Curtis was eliminated. I was saying to myself: “BYE!” Also, her pouting about not having more time to discuss his elimination. Really Nicki? When we all know this crap is for show.
The season’s first pointy pose was a disappointment. I really like when the Idols sing live and they sound kind of horrible and awkward. It adds to the charm of the performance. As it was, the canned backing track did not even sound like the Top 10! Did we just step onto the Glee set?
Phillip Phillips looked a little awkward receiving his plaque. But I think the dude is generally…awkward. He looked a little overwhelmed, to be honest. Good on him, and congratulations.
Hang on to your hats kids! We find out which of the Top 10 contestants will be sent packing tonight! Plus, American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, performs his new single “Gone Gone Gone,” which also happens to be the new Idol “Goodbye” song. Bon Jovi taped a performance last week that will air tonight, the years first group number will feature a cover of a new Owl City song, there will be an Idol alum surprise involving the Idol mic!
Cold open: Ryan introduces the Top 10 and at the very end of the scary line is Phillip Phillips with a thumbs up and goofy grin on his face, as if to say, “THIS AIN’T ME ANY MORE SUCKAHS”! Ha.
Nicki Minaj IS IN THE HOUSE.
Viewers logged 26 Million votes last night. The Idol tour sing-off will happen tonight!
Oh Jimmy Iovine recap of performances, OH HOW I’VE MISSED YOU!
Jimmy thinks Curtis can’t sing slow gospel ballads every week, if he wants to stay in the competition. HE LOVES JANELLE and believes she ain’t going anywhere. Jimmy likes Devin, but didn’t like his song choice last night. He calls Angie “a real talent”. He loves her own songs. He didn’t think her Celine cover was as good, as the judges thought it was. Paul picked a pretty good song. But doesn’t get the country thing. He’s a pop singer. Some other guys did a better job. On Candice, “That’s what music is supposed to feel like…she won the night.” Sniffing at Nicki accusing him of wrecking Lazaro’s confidence, Jimmy claims he gave Lazaro a “bubble bath” in his sit down. He’ll need to learn how to handle criticism. Kree knows the material she can sing, and is perfectly capable of picking her own material. She’s in his Top 3. Burnell was the best guy last night, 1000%. Amber is also in his Top 3. She’s the whole package.
Oh. Ryan will be breaking down the results “with a little more detail”. Nigel said a few months ago that he liked Simon Cowell’s idea of revealing contestant rankings. Along with the regional percentages for some of the contestants, the rankings are being revealed tonight–with one important caveat. We’ll only learn who is in the Top 3, but not their specific rank. That leaves at least a bit mystery around the results!
Devin is up first. He was #1 in Puerto Rico with 25% of the vote. Janelle came in 1st place in her home state, Tennessee with 30% of the vote there. Candice crushed the completion in her home stage of South Carolina. She nabbed 42% of the vote! One of the three is in the Top 3, and it’s Candice.
The Top 10 sing “Shine Your Way” from some movie Fox Studios is pimping. Oh, and there are clips from the movie on the screen behind them. Background vocals are definitely a track. This is so Glee like–it doesn’t even sound like the kids singing! Lip-syncing? Definitely. Zzzzzz.
Back to results. The Mayor of Kree’s hometown is onstage. He’s there to tell her how proud he is of her. He presents her with a key to the city. ISN’T THIS A LITTLE PREMATURE? Kree is emotional. Better still, She’s in the Top 3.
Jane Lynch is in the house to pimp Glee. She’ll be singing a Nicki Minaj song, in tonight’s episode, complete with pink wig. Fun times.
Next, it’s Bon Jovi. They taped their song last week. JON BON JOVI STILL LOOKING GOOD. I’m surprised Nigel Lythgoe didn’t come out on stage and grab his guitar out of his hands. #nowgwg
OH IT’S TIME FOR THE TOUR SING OFF. The 6th place girl and guy will sing for an 11th spot on the tour.
Charlie Askew sings an original song “Sky Blue Diamond” for a chance to sing on tour. He’s sitting at the piano. And this is probably the best he’s ever sung on stage. To be honest, I hope whoever makes the tour brings a little pizzazz.
Aubrey Cleland – “Here on My Own” – Aubrey’s got a really pretty voice, but she’s generic. That song choice was a total snoozer. Please no more ballad singers on the tour! We have enough.
I think Charlie’s got this.
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American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips takes the stage to sing the awesomely awesome “Gone Gone Gone”. After, Randy presents him with his QUADRUPLE PLATINUM award. Phillip looks a little dazed.
RESULTS: Angie and Lazaro are next. Only 1 has made it into Top 3. In the stage of Florida, Angie received over 17% of the vote. But, Lazaro beat her in the state. Lazaro apologizes. Geez. Nevertheless, Angie is in the Top 3.
OK. Now we are running out of time. Ryan is going to have to blow through the rest of the rankings. The results flash on the screen. Lazaro is 4th. Amber is 5th. Janelle is 6th. Burnell is 7th. He does a little victory dance as he makes his way to the other side of the stage. Ryan notices Curtis whispering to Paul. Nope. Curtis isn’t going to reveal what he said. Continuing on, Paul is in 8th place. that means Devin and Curtis are in the Bottom 2.
Keith thinks they are both great singers. The right songs would be a game change. Nicki says Curtis DEFINITELY should not be in the bottom 2. “C’mon America, are you kidding me?” she says. Hilariously, Nicki threatens to go home if Curtis is eliminated.
The eliminated contestant will have to sing for their life. THE SAVE IS BACK.
The person with the lowest number of votes is CURTIS Devin is SAFE! Nicki, behaving as if she is seriously pissed off, gets out of her chair. But she doesn’t go far. She sits back down.
Curtis sings “I Believe I Can Fly,” complete with all his phony showboating. Cut to the judges: Keith and Randy talk animatedly behind Nicki’s chair while she sits with the biggest bitch face ever. Mariah is off to one side staring stone faced. Oh this panel. The judges have to be unanimous for the save. Ugh. Don’t save him. The crowd is chanting SAVE SAVE SAVE.
Mariah can’t believe he was eliminated. She is completely shocked that Curtis is singing for his life. She says they will always have a connection. Yeah. Sure..
Randy announces that the panel was not unanimous, therefore Curtis is GOING HOME. There is booing from the crowd. Nicki is pissed, “I think we needed an extra minute to discuss it! I don’t feel there was a real discussion about it.” C’mon Nicki. You know how it works! “I know it’s a live show, but…” Curtis’ journey flashes on the screen to Phillip Phillip’s “Gone Gone Gone,” and we’re out.
Top 3 (And Safe)
- Candice Glover
- Kree Harrison
Ryan will reveal who came in 4th through last:
4th place – Lazaro Arbos
5th place – Amber Holcomb
6th place – Janelle Arthur
7th place – Burnell Taylor
8th place – Paul Jolley
9th place – Devin Velez
10th place – Curtis Finch Jr.