It's finally here! At long last, the programming gods have bestowed a 30-minute Thursday results show on American Idol viewers.
The result? While thankfully brief, the truncated episode felt, dare we say, a little rushed? Ryan Seacrest switches things up a bit this week, and within the first 10 minutes reveals which contestants are safe via the big screen. And the results are:
That's all we get before two commercial breaks, bookending a performance from Janelle Monae. Ryan, you tease!
Monae tosses out a rendition of her new single "What Is Love" (not a Haddaway cover, unfortunately) from the Rio 2 soundtrack. It's fun. Chris Meloni and Rachael Harris are also in the audience to promote their new post-Idol show, Surviving Jack. They look thrilled.
Back to results. Also Safe:
Meaning that the Bottom 3 are: Majesty, Sam and CJ. Surprised? Harry Connick Jr. is not. "I think America's really smart," he says emphatically. Well, alright then! (Jennifer Lopez adds that at least one of the Bottom 3 sounded much better live than on the broadcast version of the show, but she won't say which one.)
And singing for the save is ... Majesty. She opts for Pharrell Williams' "Happy" for her song. The rendition is a little subdued at first, but Majesty eventually goes all out and the crowd is definitely behind her.
Keith Urban notes that this is was the judges' hardest deliberation, but it was not unanimous "by a narrow, narrow margin," and so Majesty gets the boot.
And that's it! The clock has struck midnight 9:30, and Seacrest hastily signs off.
What do you think? Should the judges have used their save on Majesty? Were you surprised by who was in the Bottom 3? And what do you think of the new 30-minute results show format? Weigh in below!