And then there are others that are so obvious, even Scott McIntyre could see 'em coming. Like tonight's eliminated singer, Michael Sarver. Not exactly a shock, there. The real surprise was that the judges still forced the poor schlub to sing in vain, in the hopes of getting a Judges' Save.
Yeah, right. Like that was going to happen.
Come on, now--if the judges let Alexis go last week, there was no way they were going to rescue Michael tonight. Many people--myself among them--didn't think Sarver deserved to be in the top 13 (or even in the top 36) in the first place, and his "Aint Too Proud To Beg" performance this week was nothing to be proud of, so it made sense that his time was finally up. The fact that Michael had to sing "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" again--that is, reprise his WORST performance of the season, the very one that actually put him in this vulnerable position--in an attempt to convince the judges that he did deserve to stay...well, that was indeed akin to begging.
Honestly, at-risk contestants battling for that precious Judges' Save should have the option of singing their BEST song of the season, the song of their choice--not their WORST. But let's face it, Sarver didn't have many good performances this season to choose from. So there really was nothing he could do to keep himself from ultimately being sent back to the oilrig with this cold Cowell kissoff: "Michael, you're going home. Sorry."
But you know what I didn't expect? For MATT GIRAUD to almost get eliminated tonight. What the heck? Was America watching the same show as me this week? Did the people in TV Land watch last night with the sound off? With the SCREEN off? Matt was at his best on Motown Night. He sang "Let's Get It On"! What red-blooded female in America didn't appreciate that? Simon and Randy even declared Matt a serious new threat in the competition after his killer, confident performance.
I dunno, maybe today was Opposite Day or something...
Anyhoo, America ultimately made the right decision and sent Michael, not Matt, packing. I have a feeling if it had been Matt in last place, the judges might have deliberated a little more seriously over whether to exercise their Judges' Save veto power (I don't for a moment think they ever considered using it on Michael, since Simon had emphatically declared last night that Sarver had "no chance of winning").
Let's just hope America gets it right next week, so the judges don't have to almost rescue Matt again.
- Scott McIntyre