Even with a double elimination planned, there's no way that this Idol results show can match the intensity and craziness of last week's. But the intro package sure wants us to believe it can. After a record-setting 55 million votes were cast, the intro promises you won't believe who is going home. True? False? Let's find out.
The producers finally make a change I can get behind. This week, there was no top 11 group number. Instead, we got a series of smaller performances that each led to the results. Efficient! First up...
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, "I Told You So"
Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis once sang this song together on Idol and the pairing of Lauren and Scotty makes perfect sense. Unfortunately for Scotty, who does have that Randy Travis vibe, Lauren outsang him by a mile, which only solidified Scotty as a one-trick pony in my mind. Sadly, I'm sure he will go deep into the competition. He and Lauren are both safe.
Naima Adedapo and Jacob Lusk, "Solid"
I'm sure this song sounded OK, but I couldn't focus after Jacob tried to incorporate some choreography. I don't have much to say either positive or negative, so I'll just cut to the chase: Naima is in the bottom three while Jacob lives to oversing another day.
Fantasia, "Collard Greens and Cornbread"
I don't have any Fantasia on my iPod, but I recognize and respect her talent. And even though I don't get as excited by what Fantasia does as many, I do know that not one of the remaining singers in the competition has the power to just kill a song the way Fantasia does. I'm not sure what a love song has to do with eating dinner, but Fantasia was great. Moving on...
Haley Reinhart, Thia Megia and Pia Toscano, "Teenage Dream"
Why no solo for Thia? Haley growled her way through her verse and even with the upbeat tune, Pia couldn't keep her pageant arm from sticking out. Then the harmonies kicked in and I wanted to hit the mute button. (This is an example of why the producers choose to have the group songs be lip sychned, i suppose.) This couldn't end soon enough for me. And when it did, Thia got even more bad news: She is also in the bottom three. Pia and Haley are safe.
Paul McDonald, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone and James Durbin, "Band on the Run"
This little band has been formed behind the scenes in the Idol mansion, and while there were also some harmony problems in this one, I dug it. Stefano didn't quite match the vibe of the other guys, but the song was fun. (Steven said they could open the next Aerosmith tour!) I just have to wonder how Scotty feels being left out of the boys club? Ryan tells Casey that after being nearly eliminated last week, he received a huge number of votes and is safe. Also safe are James and Stefano, which means Paul McDonald's teeth might not be shining at us next week.
Jamie Foxx and Will.i.am, "Hot Wings"
These hot wings should have been served with a huge side of "No." (Also, what's with the food-themed songs, Idol?) I would have rather watched a five-minute clip of the movie they were shilling (Rio) than Jamie and Will non-sing this song. The dancing was colorful, but overall, will.i.am is batting 0-for-2 so far on this season of Idol.
The Bottom Three: Paul, Thia and Naima
I correctly predicted two-thirds of the Bottom Three, so at this point, I wasn't very shocked by the results. (Take that, American Idol intro package!) But could it be Paul's time to go? Nope, he is safe, which means it's the end of the road for Thia and Naima. To my mind, all is right in the world.
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Even with a double elimination planned, there's no way that this Idol results show can match the intensity and craziness of last week's. But the intro package sure wants us to believe it can. After a record-setting 55 million votes were cast, the intro promises you won't believe who is going home. True? False? Let's find out...