And then there were three. After a season-high 37 million votes, another American Idol hopeful's journey came to an end. As Ryan Seacrest reminded us, making the top three is a special honor, because those singers all receive a hero's welcome in their hometown. So, who just missed out on the homecoming?
Before we got to that, the night was, as usual, packed with performances. My thoughts:
Fantasia Barrino, "Bittersweet"
As Ryan pointed out, I've never seen Fantasia give a performance when she wasn't 100 percent committed. Even though her music isn't in regular rotation on my iPod, I appreciate the emotion and power with which she sings. Each of the remaining singers could take a lesson on performing with fire in their eyes. Well done.
Chris Daughtry has been an unstoppable force since his untimely elimination on Idol years ago. And while this song didn't stray much from the radio-ready tunes with which he's topped the charts, this one didn't instantly lodge itself in my head. Chris sang it quite well, even though it wasn't as hard-rocking as I expected.
Bon Jovi, "Superman Tonight"
I applaud Bon Jovi for continuing to do their thing, but none of their new music comes close to what the band put out in its heyday. Also distracting me in this performance was how low the volume level was on Richie Sambora's guitar and how loud Sambora's harmony vocals were in the mix. You could barely hear Jon Bon Jovi during the course. For me, this was nothing special.
With only four singers left, Ryan left the gimmicks at the door and just revealed the results, as he noted several times, in no particular order. Even so, I was slightly surprised when Casey was the first singer Ryan sent back to safety. After a little more deliberation, Ryan also told Lee he would get a chance to return to his native Chicago. So, that leaves:
For one minute, I considered the possibility that Crystal would be, ironically like Daughtry was in his respective season, the shock elimination. But then I told myself to stop being silly. And indeed, Crystal's safe. Based on the "no particular order" comments, I think she probably wasn't even in the bottom two. But I do wonder if the show very purposefully told Lee he was safe before Crystal to continue to heighten the front-runner showdown.
So, that means Big Mike's finished. He told Ryan that he's grateful for making it as far as he did, expecially considering America voted him off the show several weeks ago. While he didn't' accomplish his goal of making the top three, he did have plenty of memorable moments on the show. (Although, if I saw him lift one more person up in that goodbye montage, I was going to throw something at the TV.) Obviously, I've had my issues with his attitude throughout the season, but I think we haven't heard the last of Big Mike.
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And then there were three. After a season-high 37 million votes, another American Idol
hopeful's journey came to an end. As Ryan Seacrest reminded us, making the top three is a special honor, because those singers all receive a hero's welcome in their hometown. So, who just missed out on the homecoming?