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American Idol Episode: "1 of 6 Voted Off"

Season 9, Episode 35
Episode Synopsis: One of the final six contestants is ousted in a results installment. Shakira performs, as do country collectives Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Sons of Sylvia.
Original Air Date: Apr 28, 2010
Guest Cast Sons of Sylvia Shakira Lady Antebellum Rascal Flatts

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 5 Revealed Season 9, Episode 35

After 33 million votes were cast, American Idol sent another singer home. After a night of mostly solid performances, America's decision was decidedly tough. So, who was the unlucky contestant?

First, a little rant: I find it hilarious that the opening montage (and much of this season) has been obsessed with backstage shenanigans and what goes on in the control room. I can't help but think that all the snapping fingers in the control room we saw is not an accurate representation, considering how long the show has been running.

Before we got to the results, we were treated to the usual time wasters. Not only did we get the usual Ford-sponsored music video, but also a behind-the-scenes look at how the Idol hopefuls were turned into vampires for said video. Then, we saw an overlong package of the contestants trying their hands at recording voices for Shrek Ever After (which features a Ryan Seacrest cameo). The singers screened the movie as well, praising its use of 3-D. Stars Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas were also on hand to plug the film.

Then Ryan took care of some housekeeping: Next week, Harry Connick Jr. wil mentor the top five as they take on the songs of Frank Sinatra.

Even though that felt like an hour's worth of time, there were also four musical performances. Some quick thoughts:

Rascal Flats, "Unstoppable"
Though their music is far from my cup of tea, it's not hard to understand why this group is so popular. I've had the song they performed in my head since the group guest-starred in an episode of CSI a couple months ago. The tempo made it difficult for lead singer Gary LeVox to get all the lyrics out, though, making it sometimes seem as if he were giving half a performance.

Sons of Sylvia, "Love Left to Lose"
This group might play country music instruments, but their song didn't really sound like a country song. It was pretty rocking. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if the boys did give off an older Jonas Brothers vibe and sing that chorus about 14 times.

Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"
Thanks to my wife, this song has been on repeat in my apartment for a while, and the live rendering of it was quite nice. The two main singers' voices complement each other very well, and listening to their nice harmonies reminded me how good it was to not hear another overproduced group number this week.

Shakira and Rascal Flatts, "Gypsy"
Shakira has always been a bit hit-or-miss for me, and this was a miss. It was interesting to see her paired with acoustic instrumentation, but forcing LeVox to be a glorified back-up singer hardly qualified as a "duet." Still, the singing was good, so no harm.

After splitting the top six into three meaningless groups of two (yet another maddening way the show wasted time), Ryan revealed the bottom three:

Michael Lynche
I predicted that he might be in trouble for not being memorable this week, and that was indeed the case. But Ryan didn't make Big Mike sweat much, as he sent him back to safety relatively quickly. (But not before Michael got to give us some of his trademark ego: He didn't mind being in the bottom three this week because everyone was good. "There's no shame in the bottom three this week," he said. Ugh.

Casey James
I was surprised to see Casey in the bottom after his awesome performance this week. But, I think it's at that point in the contest where those who haven't been consistent will continue to grace the bottom. Alas, he will get a chance to break this two-week slide next week, as he was also safe.

Siobhan Magnus
That means Siobhan's time on Idol is over. I've made it no secret that I had fallen out of love with her in recent weeks, but she at least add a dose of interest to the show. That said, I think she arguably was one of the weakest this week (those big notes were just not on point), and not even the judges' praise was enough to cover up what we heard at home. Her exit performance of "Think" was far better than she's been in weeks, so at least she left on a (good) high note.

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