American Idol: final four revealed

Last night on “American Idol” it was time to get from the final five to the Final Four. But first, the fluff that typically goes along with a results show. Here is how it went down….

The finalists sang a positively awful version of The Turtles’ “Happy Together.” That was followed by a promo for another FOX show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” in which star Gordon Ramsay tested the cooking abilities of Lauren, Haley, James, Jacob and Scotty. Lauren was the only one who seemed to have an ounce of ability and she won part 1 of their challenge.

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American Idol: second chances abound

Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but a few of last night’s second performances on “American Idol” were far better than the first ones. For those who missed it, the contestants each sang two songs–a current one and one “from the past.” Originally it was supposed to be a song from the ’60’s, but they probably realized that with five very young finalists (Jacob is the elder Idol at 23!), it was best to just make it a “song from the past.” Good move. Also, Sheryl Crow helped Jimmy Iovine mentor the contestants this week. Anyway, here is how it went down in order of performance:

JAMES DURBIN
Take 1: James did 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Closer to the Edge” and while it was very good vocally, it wasn’t his best. James also spent a lot of time high-fiving his fans which took his eye off the ball at times. I thought this was just pretty good. But Steven said James kicked the song’s ass; J-Lo said America is feeling James and it’s his competition to take; and Randy said James has shown what type of artist he can be. Okay.

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American Idol: no save this time

I think with that title, you already know the outcome, but I’m going to recap last night’s “American Idol” results show anyway. Heck, at this stage, every elimination will be sort of shocking, because anyone left can win the whole thing.

The show began a Carole King medley that, well, I forwarded through. Then last season’s runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, sang her new single and it was decent but, to be honest, she would have no business being among this season’s Top 6.

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American Idol: hail to the (Carole) king

Last night’s episode of “American Idol” was a special one, because they were celebrating the songs of the great Carole King, one of the greatest American songwriters of all-time, and easily among the top five living songwriters. Couple that with the fact that Jimmy Iovine brought in Kenneth Babyface Edmunds to mentor the contestants this week, and you have the recipe for some amazing performances.

But then, the awesome has become the status quo this season and anything south of awesome is fodder for elimination. And last night most of the performances were really good, including the duets the remaining six did. Let’s recap, shall we?

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American Idol: a jinx no more

Last night’s “American Idol” featured what may have been a surprise, or maybe not, depending on your allegiance. The episode began with host Ryan Seacrest announcing the first of two group performances–Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” by Jacob, Stefano, Haley and Lauren. That was really pretty bad. Then Scotty, Casey and James sang Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” and just killed it–including some truly stunning harmonies.

On to the results…..Casey, safe….Jacob, Bottom 3. I had thought Jacob could be in danger, but then again, we’re getting down to the wire. Then David Cook sang his new single….was it really three years ago that Cooki was competing on the Idol stage? Wowl. Anyway, the song was good but not great. After that, they showed the Idols having fun–at a Dogers’ game, bowling and then getting spa treatments.

More results…..Lauren, safe; James, safe; Steafano Bottom 3. One spot left between Haley and Scotty. I thought for sure it was finally time for Scotty to be at risk, but alas, I was wrong. Haley, Bottom 3, again. Scotty, safe, again. So with automatic bids to continue, you had James, Scotty, Casey and Lauren. Then Seacrest apparently felt bad for making Haley suffer again and sent her back to safety.

So then we were down to Jacob and Stefano. But first, a weird performance from Katy Perry, “ET.” Weird, right down to the rap banter with Kanye West. Finally it was time for the result.

Stefano has been in the bottom serveral times now but he keeps fighting throgh it. And Jacob was not great on Wednesday. But in the end, it was indeed Stefano. I really thought Stefano did a nice job the other night, but in the end he went home, maybe a good month after we thought he would.

So we’re down to six..Lauren, Haley, Jacob, Casey, James and Scoty. Who do you like? Thanks for reading folks, see you next week…..

  

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