American Idol: Top 6 Revealed

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 16th 2008 8:45PM
Mariah Carey(S07E32) Well, I think the Mariah Carey performances went better than expected. We got slid vocal performances from all three guys and at least half the girls. I'd predict a three-female "Bottom Three," but last week showed us just how unpredictable this show can be. And Mariah Carey performs because what better way to whore her new album, E=MC2, than to do it on the largest stage in America. Join us, won't you, to chat, chat, chat live during tonight's episode, starting just before 9:00pm ET.

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Can you believe we're at the Top 6 already? This week they hit a new high in votes with 36 million. And Ryan had another chance to apologize about teasing Michael Johns so cruelly last week and didn't.

Group Number - "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
We're down to few enough finalists that these can be an opportunity to showcase individual solos, and that's what Idol did tonight. And both Jason and Kristy did really nice jobs with their opening bit. I'm surprised nobody told Brooke that she accidentally put on Kristy's sparkly top, certainly with their anatomical differences, it was hanging way too low on Brooke. This song is a powerhouse showcase and I have to say that I think the Idols actually handled it very well. VFTW might need to drop Kristy in favor of someone else because she's actually growing as a true performer and singer.

Ford Commercial - "I Want to Break Free"
This week, the Idols were puppets on strings in mundane lives until they were set free to drive in a Ford. Yeah, that was the concept. I don't really know what more I can say about it.

Elliott Yamin - "Free"
Elliott had probably the purest and most accomplished voice on Season Five, but when he started here I wasn't feeling it. I do prefer him with a slightly shorter 'do than he's been sporting in recent videos, but it was great to see him performing again on the Idol stage. And his new teeth are just beautiful. Our hearts at TVS go out to Elliott over the recent passing of his mother. She was a fun presence in many of his video packages and seemed to enjoy his growing fame even more than he did. Did I mention that the boy can sing! I think he may have just blown away the entire Top 7 of this season with that performance. He closed with a message on his hand to her: "We Miss You Mom."

Stupid Live Phone Calls Segment
Can we just retire this already. I don't even want to talk about it. A bunch of regular people asked questions and we learned that the guy who bought Kristy's horse so she could audition won't sell it back to her. We learned that the first records Randy bought were Zeppelin, Beatles and James Brown. For Paula it was The Jackson Five, Earth, Wind & Fire and Carole King, and Simon said it was Paula Abdul's Straight Up when he was ten (funny guy, that Simon). We also learned that sometimes when someone gets on the line they won't shut up. I did like the woman who wanted Simon to differentiate some of Simon's various performance descriptions (karaoke, cruise ship, bar, hamburger without meat). And of course, he had no answer to differentiate them. And most importantly, we learned that David Cook is single. Dammit, I talked about the segment anyway.

Mariah Carey - "Bye Bye"
Speaking of glittery things, Mariah's mic stand was glittery. She was beautiful, her breasts were bursting just the way she likes them and her skirt was so short it's surely illegal in the entire bible belt. I'm not sure if this is going to be her next single, but I found it to be a bit boring. I'm not going to take away anything from Mariah, though, as she has one of the most impressive vocal ranges and voices I've ever heard. Now I've never seen her live before, but she barely moved around and just didn't really sell the performance for me. And her background singer was ruining the end of it for me. Then in her after-performance banter she shamelessly plugged her album and gave Randy to much credit for her success, meaning he'll be insufferable now.

Building the Top 6
Again we decided to do this one by one, and first out of the gate was Jason Castro. And I guess we've reached the point where Ryan makes groups on the stage. Jason went to his left. Does that mean we have a surprising Bottom Three and elimination this week? He loves to make two groups of three on the stage and have the seventh contestant pick which group they think is the "safe" group. You know, those cruel tricks the Idol producers love to play. Bastards.

The next victim of their little game was David Cook. When Ryan talked to him about the emotions he felt the other night, he acknowledged vaguely that there's been a lot going on his life without overtly discussing his brother's struggles with cancer. Ryan sent David to start a new group to his right. Then, he invited Carly Smithson to the stage where she called Simon out for being extra harsh on her this season. Simon said he was trying to push her to be the great singer he knew she was capable of being before Ryan sent her to his left to join Jason.

Kristy Lee Cook said Simon can be a butt at times and was sent to join David to Ryan's right. At this point, they broke for commercial and moved to Elliott Yamin performing. This is great, but somebody needs to explain to them that when you make two pointless (thus far) groups of two on a stage and then abandon the concept for awhile, the impact of what your doing is diminished.

After the Yamin break, the groups reformed and Syesha Mercado joined Ryan at center stage. She was sent to join Jason and Carly. Next, came Brooke White who was sent opposite to join the Cooks. So, as expected, David Archuleta was safe and as he was the youngest and most naive, let's put him in the horrible position of having to pick the "top" group. Idol cruelty at its finest. But before that, another musical number; this time Mariah.

Your Bottom Three
So David came out and, as expected, was told straight out he was safe. Then to make things interesting, he switched David Cook and Syesha Mercado to the opposite group. So now, which of the two groups is the Bottom Three? Is it Jason, Carly and David Cook? As it stands, Carly must have resonated more than we thought and it was her group that David joined as safe.

So the Bottom Three was Kristy Lee Cook, Brooke White and Syesha Mercado.

Going Home
First back to safety was Syesha Mercado, leaving Brooke and Kristy vulnerable to the vote. In the end, Kristy was again certain that she was leaving, while Brooke was insistent that we couldn't be sure. But she was right and Brooke was safe. Kristy can be tremendously proud of how far she made it in the competition, just as far as Sanjaya did last year (*hee-hee*).

Much love to Kristy for singing her final song directly to Simon at the beginning. I do think she might be able to make a run for it in Nashville. I think more country singers have been able to come out of the Idol machine than any other genre.

My Picks
Hey, look. I picked Kristy Lee Cook again and this time I got it right! And if we pretend that I said Brooke instead of Carly we can pretend I got the whole Bottom Three right. Okay, but still I'm moving closer to .500 for the year, reaching 8-10 now.

Well, it didn't go quite as well for you guys. Your bottom three was Syesha, followed by Brooke and Carly coming in with the lowest votes. You had Kristy right in the middle of the pack at fourth. Might I actually be able to catch up to you guys? You're at 11-7 now.

Next Week: It's Andrew Lloyd Weber, and I think we've got a great Top 6 left to tackle it.

Who should have gone home?
Jason Castro144 (6.3%)
David Cook36 (1.6%)
Carly Smithson206 (9.1%)
Syesha Mercado383 (16.8%)
Brooke White366 (16.1%)
David Archuleta76 (3.3%)
It was Kristy Lee Cook's time1062 (46.7%)

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