'American Idol': Top 4 Elimination Results Show Recap

by Hilary Rothing, posted May 12th 2011 10:39PM
It was down to the Top 4, which meant no matter who went home tonight on 'American Idol,' there was going to be some drama and maybe even, a few tears. And once again, the vote for the final three did not disappoint, on that front.

Though it wasn't a Daughtry level coup, tonight's ousting was a bit unexpected, but we'll get to that in a moment. First, Steven Tyler, monkeys, elephants, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, Jordin Sparks, Windows 7 and more incentive to buy a Ford Focus.

The night kicked off with the usual voting stats from Ryan. Seventy-two million folks took a stand for the Top 4, marking the highest number of votes ever received at this stage in the competition.

On the musical end, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery teamed up for Brad Paisley's 'Start a Band.' Yes, the guys "starting a band" has been a theme this season. At one point, Scotty, James, Stefano and Paul had something going, though the name of that supergroup escapes me, at the moment.

As for James and Scotty, the two pretty much canceled each other out. Apparently, James has done country in the past, but his attempt to match Scotty's C&W flavor felt put on. Add to that the fact that he nearly lost an eye when he went in for a kiss from his baby momma, Heidi, and walked into her nose and you could tell it was already turning out to be a rough night for "The Durbinator."

Next up, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart took their turn, double-teaming Miranda Lambert's 'Gunpowder and Lead.' The two had fun with Lambert's ode to the woman scorned, as Haley is known for getting feisty and Lauren is starting to show a little sass herself, in recent performances. It was a pretty startling contrast to James and Scotty's hokey honky tonk.

Once the performances were done, it was time to fill 'er up with a look at how the kids reconnected with loved ones a week before homecoming, thanks to the magical Windows 7 operating system. Scotty played piano for his sister (would love to see him do that on the show) , Haley caught up with her dad, Lauren chatted with her brother and dog, and James connected with his fiance, Heidi, and son, Hunter.

Finally, it was time to dim the lights. Ryan handily put Lauren in one of the freshly painted (or so Seacrest said on Twitter) gold chairs reserved for the Top 3. You'd think she'd just met Justin Bieber, got a pony and was crowned homecoming queen all in one moment, judging by the gasp of delight from Lauren.

At this point, it was pretty clear a boy was going home tonight. The debate over the past 24 hours over who would leave in 4th place has centered around Lauren and Haley. No point in selling it short if Haley were leaving ...

In preparation for their mentoring session with Lady Gaga, we got to watch the Top 4 watch Lady Gaga perform ... on TV. Of course, the performance the producers selected was Gaga's unreleased 'You and I,' which Haley took on last week. Remember how J.Lo said she should have gone with a song we all know? I sense a botched promo push here ...

Lady Gaga is a tough act to follow, even when the audience is watching the kids watch her on TV, but Enrique Iglesias was up for the challenge, performing 'Dirty Dancer' and 'I Like It.' The vocal effects on Iglesias' voice were not flattering, but props for having a Taiko drum on stage.

Moving right along, it was time for the Ford music video, in which the Top 4 danced around and created objects out of neon lights. So trippy. Ford Focus, the preferred motor vehicle of ravers, everywhere.

Thankfully, we're back to featuring former Idols on the results show and this week it was Jordin Sparks' turn. The season 6 winner took to the stage to perform her new single, 'I Am Woman,' sans purity ring, creating a firestorm on Twitter. Hey, wearing a ring that screams "I'M A VIRGIN!" doesn't do you any favors when you're singing about prancing around in stilettos.

And finally, the moment we'd all been waiting for. The premiere of Steven Tyler's new music video for '(It) Feels So Good.' The clip featured Tyler with an assortment of zoo animals, melting furniture and girls young enough to be his granddaughter. Also, Nicole Scherzinger. The song wasn't half bad though. At 63, Steven can still sing.

At last, it was time to do the deed. With Haley, James and Scotty under the gun, it was with great relief and surprise that Miss Sassafrass herself, Haley, made it to the Top 3. She and Lauren hugged it up, as the Georgia peach welcomed Haley into her elite company.

That left James and Scotty, and a result so obvious, even James knew it was coming. In fact, the moment Haley was sent to the Top 3, James shrugged and looked into the audience, likely at his fiance. Ryan read the results and Scotty bowed his head in relief as James started to tear up. The California rocker told Ryan he'd hoped to make it further, but did things on 'Idol' no one had done before, for which he was proud.

Revisiting one his most well-received performances, James chose 'Maybe I'm Amazed' as his send-off song, as he waded in the audience, face streaked with tears, to hug his wife.

Though he said he had a feeling, I'm not sure James really expected to go tonight. Did you? Let us know in the comments, vote in our poll and for more on tonight's results show, check out an all-new 'Something Pitchy!'

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on Fox.

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May 19 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tamara Woronec

We lost one of our Idol stars in James, but we have the other in Scotty. So much talent. I agree with the judges saying he is a legend in the making and the next country super star, WOW and only 17. I think Lauren will also make her mark in music. As far as Haley, i can't believe she is in the top three. Good Luck to Scotty and Lauren.

May 16 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

f u geno

May 16 2011 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am in total shock that people don't have any better heargin than to vote James off. He has such a talent. He, in a small way, reminds me of Adam Lambert. I don't get it. And I don't know why people keep voting for Haley. She is so stuck on herself. She screams out the high notes and growls. She needs to be put in her place. Like off. Scotty has a great voice but he was acting a little silly the last show. He needs to do more of the lower range songs. He sounds great and the audience goes crazy. You are right. I don't know why Pia got voted off either.

May 16 2011 at 2:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I really was surprised it was James he is so talented. The 2 most talented vocalists Pia and James have both been voted off. I think Scotty will win since all the tween girls will be voting for him.

May 15 2011 at 10:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

@ftbrjb -

And you have a crystal ball to know who will be in the minority, right? Hahaha! Idiots like you are a dime a dozen! You condenscending ass. People will actually read what you write and call you on it when it doesn't make sense. You probably shouldn't comment if you can't handle that. Most people don't care if you don't agree with them - they are entitled to their opinions. But if YOU could write a sentence that made sense then your comments would not be mistaken. And apparently you really don't understand the true meaning of bigotry, either. Don't blame the reader if your asine statements don't make sense. Because I asked the question, that meant that what YOU said was unclear. Obviously your unintelligence makes you insecure and defensive. Don't question my mindset, question your own intelligence.

And it' "BIGOTRY." LOL!

May 15 2011 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to L78lancer's comment

WOW L78lancer--You are proof of what i deciphered from what you said. It didn`t make much sense. And let`s see--you use the word asine--i believe you meant assanine---because asine isn`t a word AND you showed your unintelligence by using that non-woed. NO such word as unintelligence FOOL. So if you want to make a point about how stupid someone is, don`t be so stupid yourself. the correct way to say it would have your LACK OF INTELLIGENCE, but with your lack of intelligence, you obviously didn`t know this.

May 15 2011 at 7:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hello's comment

@hello - Do your research -

Adjective: Extremely stupid or foolish.

un·in·tel·li·gent (nn-tl-jnt)
1. Having or displaying a lack of intelligence.
2. Not invested with intelligence.

Okay? Ooohh, a typo. A typo is far different from "lack of knowledge," but MY meaning is clear... but okay, let's go there - "non-woed?" And it is not "assanine." You need to check yourself. This doesn't involve you, so don't be the word police. Heeellloooo!!! LOL!

May 15 2011 at 7:45 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down

What an Idiot you are. You are your own worst enemy. Hello's reply to you was right on target. It's evident that you can't comprehend the difference in majority and minority. Go back, sit down and re-read it again. If you still don't understand it i will re-type it and space it out for you. I didn't know that your five toughest years in school was the 1st grade and it hasn't improved through the years. Hope you are feeling better.

May 16 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ftbrjb's comment

LOL! Whatever, Dr. Phil.

May 17 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

No matter if Scotty wins or not he will defintely be getting a record contract. This is the kind of voice that Country music likes. Also the same for Lauren.I always thought it would be James and Lauren. Glad its not Casey. So Idol has remained on top even with Simon gone. I don't think Idol will be cancelled because some peple said they don't like it anymore. They said they said the same thing when Simon left and looked what happened.

May 15 2011 at 6:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

2 high pitched screechy women & MONItone scotty. The only true talent gets voted off because AI lets teeny bopper teenage girls mass text & vote. ONE vote per phone line. then our votes would count! I WILL NOT watch the last episodes, nothing worth watching now.

May 15 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

James sucks. He's just a cry baby

May 15 2011 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to geno's comment

well thought out comment. We can see you thought about this for hours before coming up with such a brilliant comment. If you want to make a point that has some bearing, you need to give some reasons behind your thoughts, thus giving your comment some merit.

May 15 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was shocked and heart broken to see James go.There was no justice and it was not a result of votes that he is gone.They had Lauren picked from the start.The fact that James was better and would win hands down, they had to get rid of him, and fast.Hailey is to cocky and she has an attitude that won't get her to far. Scotty is great, but James was and will always be better. I will not be watching American Idol again.

May 15 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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