'American Idol' - 'One of Six Eliminated' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:01PM
Here's my deal: We need to have a Crystal/Casey finale, and Siobhan needs to go tonight. While the judges loved her, my ears told me that she sounded like a cat being mauled to death last night. I honestly do not understand the praise that is being heaped upon her. I'd be just as happy if Aaron the wedding singer left, but even I can admit that he hasn't had a bad performance in several weeks.
But no matter who actually goes tonight, one thing's for certain: there's going to be about 50 minutes of filler leading up to it. Tonight, we get Rascal Flatts, Shakira, vampires, emo violinists, and a whole lot of other things that only the evil geniuses behind 'Idol' can dream up in an effort to stretch 5 minutes of show into an hour.
Ryan Seacrest doesn't mince words: As soon as he's finished introducing the judges, we jump right into Rascal Flatts' performance. Granted, I'm not the biggest country fan, but I am aware of, you know, the world, so I understand that this band is hugely popular. I have to say though, based on this performance -- I don't really get it. It seemed bland and maybe even a little off-key? I don't know, but it just didn't do it for me.
As soon as we're done with that, we get the Ford music video and accompanying behind-the-scenes footage of the Idols getting all 'Twilight'-y. No surprise, even with the makeup, Aaron isn't that scary. But the behind-the-scenes footage doesn't stop there: We also get some video of the Idols messing around in the studio and doing voices for 'Shrek Forever After,' the new 'Shrek' movie in which Seacrest has a small role. The whole thing is basically an extended ad, as so many segments on 'Idol' are, but it's pretty cute, nonetheless.
After all of that, and some mugging by 'Shrek' stars Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz, we get to the first part of the elimination. Seacrest starts calling people up and forming different groups. He has Siobhan stand at the other end of the stage, he has Aaron stand in the center of the stage, and has Big Mike stand close to him. Next, he calls Lee up and has him go stand with Siobhan. Casey stands next to Big Mike, and Crystal stands next to Aaron.
Seacrest has Siobhan move next to Casey and Big Mike, and announces that they are our bottom three. I have to say, I'm surprised about Casey, but not so much about the other two.
But before we go any further, it's time for another performance. I've actually never heard of Sons of Sylvia (does that make me totally lame?) but apparently they've been working with Carrie Underwood pretty much since she left 'Idol' five years ago. They're kind of emo and I can't quite decide if they look more like an 'SNL' skit, or simply like a band featured on the 'Twilight' soundtrack. Also, what is up with all of the moody vampires tonight? I thought this episode of 'Idol' was supposed to be a commercial for 'Shrek,' not the Stephanie Meyer franchise.
After the break, it's yet another performance. This time by Lady Antebellum, someone I know solely from 'Ellen' and the couple of times I've been to the mall in the last six months. It's a perfectly lovely performance, marred only by the news directly following it that Rascal Flatts would be taking the stage once again, with Shakira.
However, the performance is actually really nice. Shakira takes center stage and even plays harmonica. It doesn't change my life or anything, but it's a perfectly lovely song and performance. Once it's over, we actually get back to the reason we're all here: elimination.
Big Mike is immediately safe, leaving Casey and Siobhan in the bottom two. Seriously, if it isn't Siobhan, I really don't know what I'm going to do. Okay, yes I do. I'm going to continue reviewing this show as I always have, but I'm going to be severely disappointed, you guys. Severely. Disappointed.
Luckily, it is Siobhan's last night, and I can go on much as I did before. I know that Siobhan had a lot of fans, and I do think she's good, but she's just been kind of horrible the last several weeks, so I've never understood all of the praise that's been heaped upon her. What do you think? Did the judges get it wrong? Did Siobhan still have some fight left in her, or was this a good place for her journey to end?