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'American Idol' - 'One of Four Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 13th 2010 8:21AM
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So tonight, the general consensus seems to be that it's either going to be Casey or Big Mike going home tonight, barring some sort of huge upset. I made it pretty clear who I want my final two to be, so as long as they don't get kicked off tonight, I'm really fine either way.

Before we find out the results, which takes all of three seconds, we have 59 minutes to fill. We start off this week with a performance by season three winner, Fantasia. She's performing her new single, 'Bittersweet.' I've never been a huge fan of hers, but she sounds as good as she always has. It's nice to see her making a bit of a comeback too. She had a lot of problems dealing with the sudden fame that winning 'Idol' brought, so I'm glad to see her returning to the scene.

The Ford music video is up next, and it involves the Idols singing 'Put the Message in the Box' and driving the car around the world. It somehow makes even less sense than these commercials usually do,but it does involve Casey in Lederhosen, so I'm for it.

'Idol' is so manufactured and weird, that I laughed out loud at a completely innocent comment Seacrest made after the ad: he said something along the lines of, "the people who make it past tonight not only end up in the Top Three, but they get to go home." He really does make it sound like these kids are being held captive. "Sing! Sing for your freeeeeedom!"

Next up is a montage of all of the "going home" segments from past seasons, and it really only bolsters my theory, when all of the 'Idols' are shown crying, because they know that they're going to be returned to the 'Idol' dungeon soon. Seacrest asks all of the contestants what they want to do when they go home, and it's really the simple pleas of the imprisoned: "I want to smell salt water; I want to see my dog; I want to go to a bar." God speed, little Idols. God Speed.

It's time to get down to business: Seacrest makes all of the contestants line up in the middle of the stage, and goes over their duet performances, which the judges all love. The only interesting thing that comes out of this is that we learn that 'Once' is Crystal's favorite movie, so that's why she chose the song that she and Lee sang. I honestly would have expected that answer vis a vis the 'Caddyshack' song, but what do I know.

Ryan isn't doing the bottom two or anything tonight; instead, he tells us right off the bat that Casey is safe. You know that as soon as Michael Lynche heard that, he had to know it was over. The top three has to be Crystal, Lee, and somebody else, right? To further underscore this fact, Daughtry is performing, aka "The Ghost of Lee's Future." Daughtry has been ridiculously successful, and 'Idol' producers look at Lee and say, "hey, this guy could do that!"
After Daughtry, it's time for more results. Lee admirably defends himself against karaoke charges, although it does look as though he's about to poop his pants. Ryan tells Mike to "hang tight for a second," while Crystal hangs on to Lee, making her allegiance known. Luckily for Lee and Crystal, Lee is in the Top Three. So, here's what makes me nervous: Crystal is such a given for the Top Three, that having her on stage with Big Mike makes me think that we've had a huge upset. Because otherwise, there wouldn't be any question of who was going home. Right?

Bon Jovi shows up to perform, and it's completely bland. There's really nothing else to say about that except, uh, I liked Bon Jovi when he was on 'Ally McBeal.'

We end the show the way it should, with Crystal making it into the Top Three. Luckily, the Mike thing was just a fake-out. I really do like him, but at this point, it's time for him to go. I do hope that he ends up with a career out of this, because otherwise, it's going to be hard to justify to his kid why he missed her birth.

I'm certainly happy with the way things turned out. Next week, it'll probably be Casey's turn to go, but in the meantime, I look forward to seeing his next performance.

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klbarr623

I think Daughtry DID tell everyone that you don't have to win to be successful; but it looked like he was talking to Casey, but we all knew that Mike was going home. Big Mike will be successful in his own R&B genre, and his "light" is strong but not an American Idol type of "light". (Our house lost most of our interest in him a few weeks ago, when each week it sounded the same.) I should have voted on Crystal going all the way, but the rocker girl never goes all the way, but MAYBE this time...maybe. I just hope that everyone has learned their lesson on NOT changing the artists when they are picked up by AI's label...there is a reason we like them, for their style not what some corporate suit thinks the contestant should be doing.

May 15 2010 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melanie51

Do rockers ever realize there comes a point in time when the long shaggy hair doesn't work? Like maybe at age 51? Jon's hair could have used a trim and Richie Sambora just looked done.

May 13 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

I think this season's starting to wrap up as almost everyone had assumed...and next week will probably launch Lee and Crystal into the final two for the finale. While Casey may have a shot of breaking it up, it's looking tough unless things change momentum-wise quickly. Of course, there is also always a chance that we don't know who's really getting the most votes, but since Lee and Crystal have never been in the bottom 3, I'm going to guess it's them. http://thesmogger.com/2010/05/13/idol-hangover-the-three-to-see/

May 13 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Didn't you want to hear Daughtry say to the contestants, you don't have to win American Idol to be successful?

May 13 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ronwhitlock

I personally am glad to see Mike go. I was getting really sick of watching him do the weird hand wave of his with his. I think he must think he's a big cute teddy bear or something...good grief! He can sing, but Lee and Crystal are the the only two that are worthy of winning this.

Actually, I'd rather Lee not win so he could do what he want's musically so he's not tied to an American Idol contract. He will be successful no matter what.

May 13 2010 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Boy would it be a shock to see Casey James win after all this.

Because I still think Adman Lambert should have won last year. He really epitamized what I feel was a true American Idiol.

May 13 2010 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wulfn1

Wow, was I surprised!
I have been predicting the last two will be Casey and Dewyse or Casey and Crystal, expecting Crystal to be voted off only because she is already so imprinted the label won't be able to mold her to the image they want for Idol.

But night before last, with all the comments directed at Casey I wavered and thought it would end up being Casey who left last night. I am happy he's still here, and even happier it was Mike who went home. He's good, but I haven't really been impressed by him at all throughout the show.

Now all that's left to do is find out if the judges WERE pushing for Dewyse to win, or if the "nationwide vote" is really the only reason an Idol contestant wins (because if that's the case it will more than likely be Crystal who wins.Because yes I do think it's rigged , even if only by the judges promoting one contestant over another with their comments)

May 13 2010 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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