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'American Idol' - 'One of Five Goes Home' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 5th 2010 10:15PM
American Idol, One of Five Goes Home, 05-05-2010
With just five contestants left on 'American Idol,' it's getting down to the wire and harder to say goodbye to the eliminated Idols. Did the right person go home tonight? Even though I predicted earlier in the season that this contestant might win, I do believe America made the right choice.

Next week, the theme is music from the movies, with mentor Jamie Foxx. I've heard his name bandied about as a replacement for Simon Cowell, but personally, I'd love to see this week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr., fill Simon's chair at the judge's table. With his busy performance schedule (he'll be on Broadway in July), there's probably no chance of that happening, but a girl can dream.

Over 32 million votes were logged last night, and tonight we learn the results. We also hear performances by Lady Gaga and Connick, but first, the Top Five sing a medley of songs from the Frank Sinatra songbook, which is pretty fun all the way around. They all look so dapper, especially Crystal Bowersox with her noir outfit and fedora.

Seriously, this has to be one of the funnest weeks in 'Idol' history. Everyone looks like they're having a blast, and based on the behind-the-scenes video, Connick has a wicked sense of humor. He and Ellen DeGeneres clearly have a long-standing grudge (NOT!).

After the Ford commercial, which featured a sweet lime-green Fiesta and the cutest dogs on the planet, we get a little video about how Tuesdays have changed for the Idols. Instead of changing diapers, doing homework and sleeping in late, now they're eating burritos for breakfast, going up the stairs to hair and makeup, and doing the dress rehearsal before the big performance.

It's hilarious that there are stand-in judges who actually look like the real judges. Randy Jackson's stand-in actually sounds like him, but unlike the real judges, the stand-ins always say nice things.

Finally we get a bit of the results and learn right away that Lee DeWyze is safe. Not a big shock there. Although he's gotten much better on the self-confidence issue, he still looks terrified most of the time. You're a star, Lee! Embrace it!

Simon said as much, telling Lee that last night was "the first time, genuinely, where I felt like you started to believe in yourself ... it was like seeing a different person who, for the first time, believed you could win." If Lee does win, I wonder if he'll still look petrified. Again, though, he's doing much better.

Then we had a performance by Lady Gaga singing 'Alejandro.' It seems odd that she'd be scheduled for this week, because she doesn't really fit with the whole Sinatra vibe. I guess her fishnet outfit was sort of from that era, but the half-naked male dancers, flaming religious statue (was it an angel? Jesus? Mary?), and tarantula-type things on her ... not so much. Although I wouldn't be the least bit shocked if she actually HAD tarantulas crawling on her.

After a behind-the-scenes look at Connick's time with the contestants (including an awkward incident with Crystal's insulin pump), we hear a performance by the mentor. I honestly feel like I'm in a smoky nightclub in the 1940s and wouldn't be surprised to see Sinatra himself stroll onto the stage. Except those dumb waving arms in the audience ruin it for me.

We also learn that Connick hates it when the judges use the word "pitchy," noting that when someone is singing out of tune, that's exactly what he says. And I totally want Connick's electronic sheet music gadget for my own musical endeavors. A breeze would never grab that thing and fly away with it!

The Top 5 sing a medley of Connick songs (I predict a big surge on iTunes), then he told a little story about when he first met Sinatra. Connick was just 22 years old and singing at the icon's 75th birthday party, but so nervous that he goofed up the cues and lyrics. Later in the elevator, he tried to apologize, but Sinatra only had eyes for Connick's wife Jill, kissing her on the lips and departing. What a guy.

Back to the results! The Idols are separated into two groups, with Michael Lynch and Aaron Kelly on one side of the stage and Crystal Bowersox and Casey James on the other. Big Mike and Aaron are the bottom two, and Aaron is headed home. Well, until the summer tour starts anyway.

His last performance tonight was awesome, and I'm sure he has a fantastic future ahead of him. Did America get it right? Or would you have preferred saying goodbye to one of the other contestants?

Did the right person go home on 'American Idol'?
Yes, it was Aaron's time to leave. 449 (62.5%)
No, I wish one of the others had gone home. I'll tell you who in the comments.269 (37.5%)

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Well, it was a long time coming. Aaron Kelly finally got the boot from American Idol - leaving America with its long awaited final four for season 9. With Michael, Crystal, Lee, and Casey racing to the end, who will come out on top? Well, I don't think it's that much of a puzzle - with Crystal and Lee dominating each week, Casey behind them, and Michael having been eliminated once already.

The real question is if Casey can rebuild his momentum to propel him past Crystal and into the final two. If he blows the audience away next week with two amazing numbers (the theme is songs of the cinema) - maybe the race can get interesting. If not, I think we can say this season is looking locked up. More commentary here: http://thesmogger.com/2010/05/06/idol-hangover-meet-your-final-four/.

May 06 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How does anyone know if people are voting for the wrong reasons? What is a wrong reason? People vote according to who they like. If you like Big Mike, vote for him. I don't particularly care for him. He seems somewhat arrogant to me. I vote for who I like and I think Lee and Crystal are the best. But,honestly, how could anybody say Lee cannot sing. He was by far the best Tuesday night. But, once again, that is just my opinion and I give it for the right reasons - because it is what I think.

May 06 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't stand Jaime Fox - can we vote him off preemptively

Arron wasn't going to win so it's not a big deal - Mike and blond dude are next - the order doesn't matter

May 06 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Couchtime With Jill

I'm not a huge fan of Jaime Foxx, but I thought he did a great job as mentor last time. I'd love to ditch Randy and Ellen at the end of this season and bring in Jaime Foxx and Harry Connick Jr.! Check out my recap at http://couchtimewithjill.blogspot.com

May 06 2010 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Casey and Mike aren't winning this thing so it doesn't really matter how they leave, 3rd or 4th. The only ones that have a chance are Lee and Crystal. It's been apparent since The Top 12. As seen, Michael is in the Bottom 3 or 2 almost every single week since he got saved by the judges. Casey also has been in the Bottom 2 or 3. It's not a shocker that Lee and Crystal are the only ones never to be in the Bottom 3. I think it's actually possibly that America will get it right this year.


May 06 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aaron was definitely in the bottom two, but I thought Casey should have gone home. The dude is so over it. Did you see him standing off to the side of the other contestants when Aaron was doing his final sing?

Other thoughts:

Harry Connick is a great arranger and musician, but his singing last night was atrocious.

Jamie Foxx is one of the most annoying people on the face of the earth. I don't hold out much hope for him as a mentor. (It will be his second time, right?)

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Give us a Lee/Crystal finale, then it's hasta la vista, Idol. I will not watch again when Simon leaves.

May 06 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No, Aaron has a great voice and has gotten much better at stage presence in the psst few weeks. I think it was time for Big Mike to go. Maybe next week.

May 06 2010 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Carol's comment

Nope..Mike will stay, as he should. He's the best one on the show that is left. Crystal sounds the same every week, and even though she's good, she's not Idol material. I hope Mike makes it to the finale. I think it was Casey's time to go. He jacked up that song he sang. People are voting for th wrong reasons. Lee sucks also, and should have been gone.

May 06 2010 at 5:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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