American Idol: not a huge shock this week

Last week the collective viewership gasped when Pia Toscano was cut from “American Idol,” but it wasn’t quite that way this time. The results show began last night with Scotty and Lauren doing a duet of Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey.” It was really pretty good. Then there was the behind the scenes of the zombie themed Ford video, and then the video, which was mildly amusing. After that, Haley and Casey growled through a jazz tune called “Moanin’.” That wasn’t bad either.

Finally, some results. Lauren, Scotty, Casey and Haley–the first three all safe, Haley in the Bottom 3. Then they showed Rob Reiner coaching them all this past week. Really? Rob Reiner? After that Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean did their new single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” and that was really good too! Hey, not a bad results show.

Then Paul, Stefano, James and Jacob did a medley of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.” Talk about a group of four that don’t belong together. Yikes. Not a great performance either. Time for results. James and Jacob, safe. Stefano and Paul, both in the Bottom 3. Then Rihanna sang her new single, “California King Bed.” Man, that was good too! A catchy song, with NO auto-tune. Imagine that. It was actually a really good pop/rock tune.

Then it was time for the results. Haley, safe. So down to Stefano and Paul. Going home…Paul McDonald. He went first on Wednesday and gave a lukewarm performance, while Stefano had one of his best yet. So that’s it. We’re now down to seven, and Paul was the first guy eliminated in the finals, which was quite interesting.

We’re getting closer and closer, and the talent pool is still very thick this season. Let’s see what happens next week, but I think Haley and Stefano should definitely be next to go. See you all next week…

  

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