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American Idol Episode: "1 of 6 Voted Off"

Season 10, Episode 31
Episode Synopsis: One finalist is eliminated. Bruno Mars and Season 9 finalist Crystal Bowersox perform.
Original Air Date: Apr 28, 2011
Guest Cast Bruno Mars

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 5 Revealed Season 10, Episode 31

And another one bites the dust. American Idol results shows are always a bit of a test of patience, although this season's early use of the judges' save and Pia-gate have kept things interesting at times. But tonight's results came at a glacial pace, with the producers padding the hour with a ridiculous amount of filler.  (Really, they sent the singers to the British consulate to celebrate the royal wedding?)

So, let's wade through it, shall we?

The Top 6 do a medley of Carole King songs, including, "It Might As Well Rain Until September," "One Fine Day," and "Too Late," and perhaps only Lauren sounded truly good. Everyone else seemed to have problems here and there, perhaps due to the constant shift between singers after only one or two lyrics. It was one big gooey ball of sleepy schmaltz for me. Luckily, almost everyone sounded better last night when they were singing for votes.

Crystal Bowersox, "Ridin' with the Radio"
Anyone who read my recaps last year knows that I respected Crystal Bowersox as a musician and artist, even if I didn't always love her style. The same can be said of this performance. It had a nice groove, and Crystal has always had an appealing voice. She seems a perfect fit for Carole King week, but I won't be talking about this performance next week.

Viewer question time! Casey would love to duet with jazz musician Oscar Peterson, whom he describes as a musical genius. (America says, "Who?") Jacob learned of his crazy range when he could sing soprano parts at choir practice at age 7. Lauren misses her family and wishes all those affected by tornadoes in the South her love. James is always in a band, Haley's favorite former Idol singer is Adam Lambert, and Scotty says something about Granny Smith apples and tanning salons. Yep, I checked out.

RESULTS
Part of the padding was virtually re-watching last night's performances with the added bonus of Jimmy Iovine weighing in!  Since we lived through the show last night, I'll only share Jimmy's thoughts.

Haley
Jimmy, like us, has no idea what Steven Tyler is ever talking about. Jimmy also says Haley doesn't know who she is as an artist. Haley swears. Ryan scolds. Haley defends herself, saying she is always soulful and bluesy, but that she has to play by Idol's theme-week rules.  Take that, Jimmy. Haley is safe!

Scotty
Jimmy is afraid that Scotty's subtlety might get lost in the mix as the weeks go on. Jimmy might be onto something, as Scotty, after his best performance in a while for my taste, is in the bottom three for the first time.

Lauren
Jimmy wants Lauren not to only hear the negative things the judges say, because when she is confident, she has a poise that will challenge any singer in the business. Jimmy says she's here for the long run, and she is indeed here for at least another week. She's safe.

Casey
Jimmy thinks Casey will be safe. But Casey isn't safe, making him the second person in the bottom three.

James
Jimmy says when James sings a good melody, he is believable. As long as he picks the right song, Jimmy has no doubt that James can win. No shocker here, James is safe.

Jacob
Which means Jacob is also in the bottom three. Jimmy thinks he went into the wrong dressing room last night. And it matters because "on American Idol, it's not just the voice," Jimmy says. "It's the whole package. (For just the voice, check out NBC's The Voice).

Overall: Jimmy wants everyone (perhaps even the judges?) to start comparing the singers against one another rather than just their respective progress.

Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song"
Hey, who let Stefano back in the building? I kid, of course, since Stefano, as hard as he tried, is not nearly as enjoyable to listen to as Bruno for my money. This song has a perfect name, which describes pretty much everything about the results show. The whole thing just kind of dragged on, and while it's as fun song (he sings about Snuggies!), it is decidedly low-energy.

The Bottom Three: Jacob, Casey and Scotty
At the top of the show, Ryan said tonight's results might upset a lot of fans. Which means Jacob must be safe, and he is. Scotty fans probably got a little nervous, but as I suspected, tonight is the end of the line for Casey. He takes his ouster in stride, singing in every corner of the theater during his exit song. (He also handed out several kisses. The World's Most Beautiful Woman must feel cheapened by this!)

I think Casey has incredible musical ability, and I respect that he wants to make jazz music popular again. Not sure how much he will succeed with that, but who knows? Unfortunately, quirky fun Casey somewhere along the line turned into raging manic Casey, which was a little hard to take, especially when most weeks, he was choosing songs most of the viewing audience wasn't familiar with.

Are you sad to see Casey go? Who do you think is going to win? Vote in our poll and share all your thoughts below.

 

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And another one bites the dust. American Idol results shows are always a bit of a test of patience, although this season's early use of the judges' save and Pia-gate have kept things interesting at times. But tonight's results came at a glacial pace, with the producers padding the hour with a ridiculous amount of filler.  (Really, they sent the singers to the British consulate to celebrate the royal wedding?)

So, let's wade through it, shall we? read more

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