'American Idol' - '1 of 10 Voted Off' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:36AM
My favorite part about the very beginning of an 'American Idol' results show is guessing who's going to go home. According to our poll from last night's episode, most of you think that it's Didi Benami's turn to leave the stage. While I can definitely understand that rationale -- she has been murdered by the judges for the past few weeks, after all -- I disagree. Even though he did a good job last night, I kind of feel that Lee DeWyze should go home, if for no other reason than the fact that I completely forget he's on the show every week.
Before we get to the actual results, though, there's a lot of other stuff that we have to get through: namely a rally weird 'Clash of the Titans' product placement that opens the show, as well as a performance from 'Idol's' forgotten winner, Ruben Studdard. We learn a few interesting things during this performance: Ruben has lost a pretty substantial amount of weight, and he's going on tour this summer with his 'Idol' runner-up, Clay Aiken. So what do you guys think? Is this tour going to be a fun show, or just two guys trying to recapture the limelight?
Next up is the always-embarrassing Ford ad. Usually, they go for a contemporary song, but this time they went with 'Kung Fu Fighting.' It's not so bad when they go with a classic, campy song. After that, it's literally just Ryan filling time. He's chatting with Big Mike about his My Little Pony hair extension, Crystal about her piano, and even chatted with Andrew's mom a little bit. Luckily, it doesn't last all that long, and we get to the results.
Lee DeWyze: SAFE
Casey James: SAFE
Aaron Kelly: SAFE
Siobhan Magnus: SAFE
Katie Stevens: BOTTOM THREE
After we find out that Katie is in the bottom three, there's a little bit of a tense moment, as there seems to be every week, between Ryan and Simon. Ryan leans over the judges table, which Simon finds greatly annoying, and tells him that he shouldn't gloat when someone is in the bottom three. Simon says that he's not gloating, but he's making a point: he really thinks Katie needs to go down the country route, while the other judges think that the pop/R&B route is where she actually belongs.
After the break, we get a performance by this week's mentor, Usher. If you just watch it with the sound down, it totally looks like the old Usher. He still has the moves, but the song is a hot mess. It's auto-tuned within an inch of its life, and despite an appearance by Will.I.Am, it's absolutely boring. It' almost feels as though he spent all of his time choreographing the song, and forgot to make a decent track to go along with it.
Once Usher's performance is done, we get right back into finding out who else is in the bottom three.
Didi Benami: BOTTOM THREE
Michael Lynche: SAFE
Crystal Bowersox: SAFE
Andrew Garcia: SAFE
Tim Urban: BOTTOM THREE
Seacrest, who is still probably a little bit shaken up after Big Mike picked him up and tossed him around the stage, gets right to it after announcing the bottom three: he immediately sends Katie back to her seat, meaning that it's either going to be Didi or Tim who's going home tonight.
Before we get to the real moment of truth, however, we get another performance. This one is Diddy-Dirty Money performing 'Hello Good Morning.' I don't know where I've been lately, but I did not know anything about Diddy-Dirty money, Diddy's new group featuring Danity Kane singer Dawn Richard. I've never liked Diddy as a musician -- I much prefer him as a bizarre and entertaining public figure -- but I have to say, I like this song way more than Usher's new song. Plus, he's wearing all-white like it's one of his fancy parties. Ah, Diddy. Thank you for bouncing around and hugging Simon. You actually provided some good entertainment tonight.
Finally we get to the actual results. It's 9:57, so Ryan doesn't waste any time in telling everyone that it's Didi Benami who's going home, unless the judges choose to save her, which, let's be honest: they're not. She sings 'Rhiannon,' and while it's a good performance, I can't see it making much of a difference. My dad, who is watching this with me, is super-bitter, though, because he can't stand Tim and thinks he should go, but the teeny-boppers keep on voting for him and his smile. The judges opt not to save her, so it's just her video, some tears, hugs, and it's over.
What do you think? Did America and the judges make the right decision, or should Didi have lived to see another week?