After 30 million votes, the results for American Idol's Motown week are in. Ryan Seacrest warns that that the evening's revelations may shock some viewers, but is that all hype? Let's find out.
Short answer: No it isn't hype. In fact, this was perhaps Idol's craziest and best results show ever. The results were indeed shocking, leading to perhaps the wildest 10 minutes of reality TV I have watched in some time. But we'll get to that.
The opening number certainly had its share of surprises. The group number, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," was sung almost entirely live (at least to my ears) and was pretty good, except for a bum high note from Jacob Lusk at the end.
The surprises keep rolling as, after the number ends, Stevie Wonder appears on stage for a rousing rendition of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." And to top it all off, Stevie then launches into a chorus of "Happy Birthday" for judge Steven Tyler, as the Top 11 present Steven with a portrait and a giant cake. Nice.
Results: Lauren, Pia and Scotty
Although Scotty was pretty terrible in my opinion last night, I didn't expect any of these folks to be in real danger of going home. Thankfully, Ryan wastes little time in confirming that I am right. He sends them all back to the couches.
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
This group is not my cup of tea, and isn't this song really old? It has an infectious hook that I will probably have to force myself to stop humming all night, but there's just something about the oddly nasal and breathy way Jennifer Nettles sings certain notes that turns me off. And don't even get me started on the rap breakdown in the middle.
Results: James and Paul
Newsflash: James Durbin is obsessed with professional wrestling, Most of the rest of the singers hate it, but Paul indulges James, inspiring producers to film a segment of them slapping each other over the head with cookie sheets. (Pia eventually gets in on the action with a few pillow blows). In any case, this is a long way of setting up the real surprise: Ryan reveals that James and Paul are "really not safe" because Hulk Hogan is in the house. James' jaw hits the floor. The crowd goes wild. Hulk says both guys are safe. Hulk punches Ryan. Hulk collects his paycheck. Even so, this might be one of the best Idol moments in recent history.
Results: Jacob, Thia, and Stefano
After Jacob's rave reviews last night, it's no shock that he's safe. However, both Thia and Stefano, who both delivered rocky performances the night before, are at risk. I have to believe that Ryan's hint was perhaps about Stefano, since, prior to last night, he had really come on strong. Alas, we must wait.
Results: Naima, Casey, and Haley
Although Casey bored me, I think he and Naima are the two who deserve to head back to the couches. Ryan grants that wish for Naima, but also sends Haley, a Bottom 3 resident of the past two weeks back to safety as well. That means fan-favorite Casey is at risk.
Jennifer Hudson, "Where You At"
I wasn't one of the millions shocked by her early departure from her season of Idol, but there's no denying the woman has a voice. And she's got an Oscar to go along with it. The performance was fine, but while I am happy that she's trying to be more healthy, her rapid weight loss is a little frightening.
Bottom 3: Casey, Stefano, Thia
Ryan wastes no time in sending one of these three back to safety. And that person is... Thia!? This is going to be interesting. Right as I'm fully prepared to hear Stefano prepare his final song, however, Ryan announces that Casey received the fewest votes, and therefore will sing for his life. Wow. I was a little hard on him last night, but this just isn't right, is it?
Casey Abrams, "I Don't Need No Doctor"
This is where the fun starts. Casey begins to sing, but he barely gets out three lines before Randy waves for the band to stop. He says the judges know who Casey is and he doesn't need to sing. Steven says there's no way they will let the votes stand, and therefore, the judges use their one and only save!
Casey, who has had some stomach issues that required hospitalization, looks as if he's going to hurl. He also nearly faints, and he gives the guy working the censor button a pretty good workout. He seems genuinely stunned, mostly because he didn't expect the judges to use the save so early in the competition. In any case, he's staying. J. Lo warns him to stop with the antics and the growling: "Let people feel your soul. You deserve to be here," she says.
And so he shall be for another week. In housekeeping news: Two people will go home next week. And because this was supposed to be the cutoff for the Idol summer tour, Ryan announces that the tour will now include the Top 11. Bonus!
So, what did you think of the wild results show? Did America get it right? Do you think the judges were right to save Casey? Who do you think will win? Vote in our poll and share all your comments below!
Check out our interview with recently eliminated contestant Karen Rodriguez.
After 30 million votes, the results for American Idol's Motown week are in. Ryan Seacrest warns that that the evening's revelations may shock some viewers, but is that all hype? Let's find out...