Hello everyone! As Erin noted last night, she is in L.A. covering the Paley Fest, which leaves me, Adam Bryant (Hello!) to recap tonight's episode of
Idol. So let's get to it!
Ryan quickly shared us with that the performances this week earned 30 million votes, the highest total so far this season. The high amount of votes is no doubt a reflection of the quality of last night's performances, which were, with a few exceptions, quite solid.
But, of course, before we can get down to results, we have to sit through a uber-cheesy group performance of Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From." I've never been a fan of these weekly numbers, and don't understand why
Simon, who hates everything cheesy, doesn't have a word with the producers about cutting them out completely.
Although it was yet another plug for iTunes, the look at each of the contestants during their weekly recording sessions was interesting.
Carly's little giggle at seeing herself on the iPhone cracked me up.
After running quickly through the recaps,
Chikezie was the first on stage to face the music. And face the music he did, as he was quickly directed to the dreaded stools of the bottom three.
Brooke White, who defended her arrangement as not "too self-indulgent" and Carly Smithson, who denied pregnancy rumors and confessed to wearing Spanx (ha! she's killing me) were quickly herded over to the safety couch, as were frontrunners
David Archuleta and
David Cook. (I was Glad to see Ryan put the contorvesy to rest by again noting that David C. performed Chris Cornell's version of "Billie Jean").
yesha Mercado is next to hear the results, and, despite being her best of the season, finds herself again in the bottom three.
Michael Johns, on the other hand, breezes through to safety.
With two of the bottom three decided, Ryan takes calls from viewers. Alhough I haven't been crazy about this addition to the show so far, tonight's questions were an improvement. We learned that Chikezie is single, David A.
did choose his own song last night, and that Brooke would love to collaborate with John Mayer. We also learned that Simon considers himself to be the best looking person on the show and, and that he thinks it doesn't take much talent to do Ryan's job. Wait, we already knew he felt that way.
Before revealing the final member of the bottom three, we get a chance to catch up with Season 2 finalist Kimberly Locke. To be honest, I was much more entertained to learn that she owns a restaurant in addition to her music career than by any part of her performance. No offense to Kimberly - she sang well, but "Fall" is a pretty standard (and boring)power ballad.
This week's refresher look at last year's
Idol Gives Back event focused on the work done in the U.S. It was pretty amazing to see the stats of all the work that last year's charitable donations did. Most impressive were the 120 million hungry people who were fed, the three mobile medical units that immunized 4,000 people, and the 25,000 donated books who helped 13,000 people improve their reading skills.
Back to the results!
Ramiele Malubay, despite fighting an illness and being a bit "shrieky", sails safely into the Top 9, leaving
Jason Castro and resident bottom-three member
Kristy Lee Cook to hear their fate. While we can't no for sure if it was Jason's half-hearted performance of Kristy's opportunistic patriotism that was the deciding factor, Kristy actually escapes the bottom three, putting Jason in his first threatening position of the season. Although he noted that he felt he would be in the bottom three as a "big shocker," he was quickly sent back to safety.
So that leaves us with Syesha and Chikezie. While
Paula scratched their head over why "brilliant" Syesha is in the bottom two, Simon urged the contestants to "not underestimate how smart the public watching the show are." Thanks, Simon!
Ryan then puts an end to Randy and Paula's head scratching, revealing that Syesha is safe this week. And with that, Chikezie says goodbye. Simon chalked up his departure once again to poor song choice and a bad performance. It seemed like a pretty obvious choice, and considering the alternative meant sending home Syesha this week, America definitely got this one right.
What's your take: So, are you pleased with tonight's elimination? What will you miss most about Chikezie? What do you expect from the Top 9 next week as they take on Dolly Parton? Let us know, and check back next week for more coverage!
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Hello everyone As Erin noted last night she is in LA covering the Paley Fest which leaves me Adam Bryant Hello to recap tonights episode of Idol So lets get to itRyan quickly shared us with that the performances this week earned 30 million votes the highest total so far this season The high amount of votes is no doubt a reflection of the quality of last nights performances which were with a few exceptions quite solidBut of course before we can get down to results we have to sit through a uber-cheesy group performance of Maxine Nightingales Right Back Where We Started From Ive never been a fan of these weekly numbers and dont understand why Simon who hates everything cheesy doesnt have a word with the producers about cutting them out completelyAlthough it was yet another plug for iTunes the look at each of the contestants during their weekly recording sessions was interesting Carlys little giggle at seeing herself on the iPhone cracked me upAfter