Another Wednesday night, another American Idol elimination. This time around, all of the singers who dodge the ax earn the honor of touring the nation this summer. So who did America put in the bottom three? And who went home? Let's find out.
But first: some housekeeping. Next week's theme is R&B/soul, and Usher will be the group's mentor. That seems like an improvement from this week's tragedy. Before the results were revealed, of course, there was plenty of stalling and a few performances. A quick look at the musical numbers:
Group Number, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Oy. Looks like the producers caught the "let's pick the worst possible No. 1 song to perform" disease that was floating around the Kodak Theater this week. Notable gaffes in this ever-so-noticeably lip-synced display were Casey James insistence on snapping along to the pre-recorded snapping and Siobhan posed with mouth open wide about five seconds after the song ended. This was just a disaster.
Miley Cyrus, "When I Look At You"
I understand why Miley Cyrus appeals to specific market, and I understand that I am not at all in that market. But there were parts of this performance that were just painful. I think if she had nixed the singing at the piano she would have been better off, because those big chorus notes would be tough for anyone to pull off while sitting. I wished the judges could have weighed in on her performance. Speaking of the judges, Miley said the room was heavy the night before, but she understood the judges were trying to help the singers. Something she obviously didn't do as a mentor.
Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato, "Make a Wave"
Teen fever night continues with this number, a song that feels like it belongs on the Disney Channel. There were moments both good and bad, but I was really distracted by how the wardrobe and makeup department turned a teen girl into a 30-year-old. I would say she has the better voice of the two. Joe should stick with his brothers so as not to be shown up.
Before revealing the results, Ryan Seacrest wasted some time with a few contestants. Among the things we learned: Katie's dad can't watch her compete, Michael Lynche stuggles with not being able to stay with his wife and new baby girl, and Siobhan's friends are as odd as she is. (One friend won't shave his beard until she wins, and two others have made themselves up to look like zombies. Oh, and they call themselves "Siobhan-bies.")
Note to producers: I know you think Big Mike's baby stuff is cute, but the relentless reminders of his personal life amount to an unfair advantage. Also, producers, let's find a way to arrange the singers on the couch that makes the reveal of the bottom three a little more suspenseful, especially if Ryan is going to drag it out. And no, Andrew being safe over Katie was not suspenseful enough.
Which brings us to the bottom three:
Sure, Andrew deserved to sweat it out this week, but I hope Katie takes her brief stint in the bottom three (Ryan sent her back to safety after about 30 seconds) as a wake-up call to really nail her next song. Despite Simon's thoughts, Katie wants to be a pop-R&B artist, and she'll get a shot at that with next week's theme. But if she doesn't get her lower register under control, she'll be spending a lot more time at center stage on Wednesday nights.
When asked if he could do his performance from last night over again, Tim insisted that it was fun and entertaining and he wouldn't change a thing. Good for him for standing by what he did, but that performance wasn't good for anyone. But, even as wonky as his performance was, he'll be knee-sliding across America on tour this summer.
Cue sarcasm: I can't believe it! This was probably the most anticlimactic elimination in the show's history. To make it even more obvious, Simon tells Paige before she even gets to sing her "judges' save" song that there is no chance that they will save her. Well, at least they didn't have to fake their deliberations this week. Paige really did give one of the all-time worst Idol performances. At least she got to sing "All Right Now" for her exit instead of repeating last night's dreadful performance.
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Another Wednesday night, another American Idol elimination. This time around, all of the singers who dodge the ax earn the honor of touring the nation this summer. So who did America put in the bottom three? And who went home? Let's find out...