American Idol: The Voters Got It Half Right

Just when you start giving the American voters credit for getting things right, they go and throw you for a loop. Last night’s “American Idol” elimination show featured two correct calls, one mild surprise and one very huge surprise.

First, the group sang the old Steeler’s Wheel song, “Stuck in the Middle With You.” Whoever comes up with the ideas for these group songs, I don’t know how they look at themselves in the mirror. It was almost as bad as that awful Tears for Fears song a few weeks ago.

Then it was on to the results….Lakisha, Blake, Chris Sligh, Jordin, and Phil…all safe. I was a little surprised about Phil but he’s done enough good things to deserve this (yes, wife, you were correct on that). But then Jared Cotter was the first to go, and Simon let him know as a parting gift of wisdom that Jared just needs to work on his singing.

Then the next round of elimination…..Melinda, Brandon, Gina, Chris Richardson, all safe. Guess who went home? Anto-freaking-nella! America finally got one right, and she can go back to posing for naughty photos on the Internet.

Then came a performance from season 4 champ Carrie Underwood, who sang her new single “Wasted.”
It was awful. I mean, Carrie sang through her nose that whole season that she won, and she still sings through her nose. It’s been almost two years, and she has gone on to mega-stardom somehow…but I still think Bo Bice got robbed.

So three seats remained for the top 12, but five contestants waited to learn their fate. Stephanie and Haley were both safe, and I can tell you that America really screwed up here….Haley was so bad Wednesday night, that I can only suspect those “vote for the worst” group leap-frogged her over Antonella. That’s the only explanation, because then it was Sabrina who was sent home. Are you kidding me? That girl was one of the top 5 women singers and this was just a real shame. Not that she was going to win it all but she earned a spot in the top 12. Too bad. For Haley, she’s got to be going home soon.

Then we were treated to the big announcement, about how the show is going to raise money for poverty on April 24 and 25, a way of giving back to the global communities since the show has had so much success. It sure was heartwarming to see Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell in Africa putting smiles on kids’ faces…..I’m surprised they didn’t hold hands. Seriously though, I think it’s really cool what they’re doing, because they certainly don’t have to. And it will be an all-star cast for those shows, with appearances by Quincy Jones, Gwen Stefani, Borat, Pink, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Bono.

Then the final spot was up for grabs in the top 12, and it came down to Sundance and Sanjaya. I don’t like either one, but Sundance is a way better singer. So of course it was him that was sent home. America just keeps screwing up with that Sanjaya kid, and he may go deeper in this thing than anyone who has sucked has ever gone. Seriously, I’m scared.

So your final twelve, America….

Lakisha Jones
Blake Lewis
Chris Sligh
Jordin Sparks
Phil Stacey
Melinda Doolittle
Brandon Rogers
Gina Glockson
Chris Richardson
Stephanie Edwards
Haley Scarnato
Sanjaya whatever the hell his last name is

Until someone proves me otherwise, I’m going with Melinda to win this thing. And for the remaining guys, they really need to step up their game because the field is concentrated with four ladies who can really bring it.

So it took two months to get to this point, and now we’re down to the final 12. It’s going to be another two months of highs, lows, drunken Paulas, Ryan-Simon bickering, and lots of fluff. I can’t wait…how about you?


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