'American Idol' - 'One of Five Goes Home' Recap
by Jane Boursaw, posted May 5th 2010 10:15PM
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?
|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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