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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The show began with host Ryan Seacrest introducing the so-far eliminated finalists, who performed Pink’s “So What.” Those folks would be Thia, Naima, Karen, Pia, Ashton, and Paul. Wow, Paul probably didn’t even have a chance to actually go home. It was sort of a “don’t forget about me” moment, but did we really need to see or hear Ashton or Karen again? Blech.

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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.

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