We start out the episode with a performance by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, which seems kind of sacrilege in light of the Idol/X Factor contention, no? I've always been pro-Kelly, and I'm all for curves, but girlfriend, you have got to find yourself a dress that is not of the "bandage" variety. Let's just agree on it now: tomorrow, there will be pregnancy rumors. It would have also helped her case if she'd washed her hair for the occasion. And that's all I'm going to say about that.
We review the performances from last night, which basically amounts to a montage of tears, crying, and tears, and hugging and crying. What an emotional evening it was!
Next up we have the final nine performing a circus acid-trip-themed mash-up of Pink songs. I don't remember the end of it because I suffered an epileptic episode due to photosensitivity. Sorry.
Now, it's time to get rid of some bad singers. Here's how it will work: the person who received the lowest number of votes will automatically be sent home, and second and third lowest vote-getters will sing for their lives.
The first to go is Lakoda Rayne, and all of America lets out a unanimous sigh of relief (or at least those who have nothing more important to care about).
We're at the halfway point and Bruno Mars takes the stage, performing "It Will Rain" from Breaking Dawn. It's nice to finally have someone on stage with some talent!
Back to the elimination. Chris Rene, Rachel Crow, and Josh Krajcik are all safe, followed by Melanie Amaro, and Astro. That leaves Leroy Bell and Marcus Canty — both in the bottom two for the first time.
Canty sings Christina Aguilera's "You Lost Me" -- in my opinion, a questionable song choice. I was waiting for a big breakout moment in the performance, but it never happened.
Leroy showcases his notoriously raspy voice with "Don't Let Me Down" by The Beatles. It's significantly more up-tempo than Canty's performance, but will it be enough to convince the judges to save him? We're about to find out...
LA sends home Leroy, and Nicole sends home Marcus. Shocker. Did anyone really expect them to send home their respective mentees? Paula sends home Marcus, strictly based on his weaker performance tonight, and Simon opts to send home Leroy — therefore creating a deadlock. Now...America decides, and they send home the youngest-looking 60-year-old known to man: Leroy Bell.
He's had a fantastic run, and I think a lot of people will be sad to see him go. What do you guys think? Was it too soon for Leroy's departure? (I'd ask the same about Lakoda Rayne but they should have gone weeks ago). Who do you think should have been sent home?
We start out the episode with a performance by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, which seems kind of sacrilege in light of the Idol/X Factor contention, no?