Lil' seemeda lil' surprised herself--butfrankly, nobody else was. Lil' Roundswas probably the only of last night'scontestants that was considered a bona fide shoo-in. The other two slots were still very much up up for grabs.
TaylorVaifanua seemed equally unfazed by her own subsequent elimination. Guess Taylorand Kara DioGuardi will never get that chance to go shopping together, afterall.
Then it wasjudgment time for the unabashedly dorky Alex Wagner-Trugman. In aresponse to Ryan's question aboutany possible regrets over last night'sweird, growly performance, AWT then made someadmirable and brave-faced comment about how he'drather lose while being himself than win while trying to be someone else.
Next Ryancalled up country cutie Kendall Beard and blind guy Scott McIntyre. Sorry ifthat's a dismissive and overly simplisticway to describe the two, but hey, such depictions are apt: Kendallis a cute country girl, and Scott can't see. Well, apparently America'sviewers were too blinded (pun intended this time) by their sympathy, becausethey voted Scott through.
And I saw red!
Okay, inScott's defense, he himself doesn't seem to be trying to exploit his disability--butthe show's producers are suremilking this angle for all it's worth, andthat annoys me to no end.
Will it be enough to keep Scott in the competition for weeksto come? I sure hope not. This guy'snot getting a high-five from me.
Anyway, famousfrenemies Nathaniel Marshall and Kristen McNamara were called up together next,and they had another chance to bond when Ryan jointly told them that they wereboth eliminated. Just like that.
ScreechyVon Smith and better-than-expected Joanna Pacitti replacement Felicia Bartonwere eliminated next. I felt bad for Felicia--here she got another chance, only tohave it snatched away from her again--but then again, she never expected tomake it this far in the first place. At least this way she got to sing formillions of TV viewers once. As for Von, I was delighted that my poor batteredeardrums would be spared any more crazy cranked-to-11 Von vocals in thefuture. (Or so I thought/hoped...more on that later...)
And so itcame down, in the end, to Ju'NotJoyner and Jorge Nunez. My vote was for Ju'Not,whose soulful rendition of the Plain White Ts'"Hey There Delilah" was a highlight for me last night, but I knew hedidn't stand a chance against Jorge.
It was a happy/sad night for me, really. I was happy that I'D PREDICTED ALL THREE WINNERS CORRECTLY THIS WEEK (no, that was not a capslock error; I just want to gloatingly point this out), but sad that my predictions, not my personal picks, were the ones that made the top 12.
Oh well, what's done is done, time to watch For The Love Of Ray J now...
Wait, what's this? Ithought that was the end of the show. But no. Ryan then announced that theeight eliminated singers competing on tomorrow night'sbonus wild card episode would be revealed TONIGHT! I crossed my fingers withcirculation-cutting enthusiam and prayed for the swift and just reinstatementof Ju'Not, Nathaniel, and a fewother of my favorites from this season.
But then, Ifound out that Von Smith was among the wild cards. Egad! I'd just gotten rid of him five minutes ago, and hewas already back to make my life, or at least my ears, miserable all overagain.
Noooooooo!!! Why must Idol torture me so? Tatiana was cryinglike a baby hyena upon hearing the news, but I was the one who really felt like crying.
Please tell me this is some horrible, horrible nightmare from which I will soon wake to joyously learn that the real wild cards thisseason include Jackie Tohn, Nathaniel Marshall, and Norman Gentle!
No, alas,this is not a dream. This is not the 1985 season of Dallas. Von and Tatiana are really back, people--at least for anothernight.
There were a few wild cards I was psyched tohear about, like my girls Megan Joy Corkrey and Jasmine Murray (Megan shouldhave NEVER lost out to Kris Allen, and Jasmine fumbled last week but was greatduring the Hollywood rounds), and of course the awesome Anoop Desai (who should havenever been trumped by Michael Sarver).
So tomorrownight--while I'd like to see Megan,Anoop, and Jasmine take the final three slots--here'sthe entire wild card list that'll battle it out:
Tune in tomorrowto see just how wild it gets!