As the opening sequence said, there are no more second chances. With the judges' save no longer in play, American Idol said goodbye to two singers on an uneventful results show. So whose journeys ended? Let's find out.
Ryan Seacrest informed us at the top of the show that more than 34 million votes were cast Tuesday night, this season's highest tally yet. Ryan also noted that the theme of next week's "Idol Gives Back" would be inspirational songs. Alicia Keys will be on hand as mentor.
Before getting to the results, some thoughts on tonight's performances.
Group Number, Elvis Medley
Ugh.This was the worst group number I've seen this season. The overproduced versions of "Burning Love," Teddy Bear," "Return to Sender," and "Viva Las Vegas" were so neutered and the performances were so overly fake-sung (did I see Crystal doing high kicks?) that they somehow surpassed Andrew's performance last night as the most offensive Elvis cover I've heard. Can't we just make these shows a half-hour?
Brooke White and Justin Gaston, "If I Can Dream"
The abusing of Elvis classics continued with this number. Brooke reminded me just how good the talent was in Season 7, but Justin reminded me why he's on a Internet show chasing his dream. (Yes, I know he also was on Nashville Star.) This song seemed to drag on, and I got the feeling it was more a plug for the If I Can Dream web series, which was created by Idol executive producer Simon Fuller. Not sure this performance is going to draw many new fans.
Adam Lambert, "Whatya Want from Me"
So, Glambert started the song with a slower intro than usual, complete with an odd swirling laser effect on an otherwise black stage. Unfortunately, all the smoke required for such an effect made it difficult to see much of the rest of the performance once the lights came on. Lambert clearly has some crazy pipes, and I have to admit that the song is catchy. Just like always, Adam did something a little extra to the song to mix it up.
Because the show/Ryan always looks for new ways to intensify the results, they chose odd groups and saved and eliminated people at random. They didn't even name the bottom three — though we found out Big Mike was not among them.
So, without further ado, we bid adieu to:
Ryan wasted little time getting to the most obvious elimination. I, like the judges, loved Andrew's initial audition and the remarkable acoustic cover of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," but Andrew never lived up to that in later rounds. (Of course, it didn't help that the judges never let him forget that performance.) But his choosing to sing "You Give Me Something" as his exit song just further demonstrated how far he's fallen from where he started. That said, it was miles better than "Hound Dog" last night.
Although she's been weak through much of the season, I am a little shocked that this was Katie's curtain call. (Count your lucky stars, Aaron.) She struggled to get through her exit song, "Let It Be," which made her sound like she didn't even deserve to be in the finals. She obviously has grown so much during the competition, but, because of her age, she was always just a notch below this season's top tier of talent.
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As the opening sequence said, there are no more second chances. With the judges' save no longer in play, American Idol said goodbye to two singers on an uneventful results show. So whose journeys ended? Let's find out...