Oh, come on now. Did you REALLY think either of the Davids would get cut tonight? Puh-leeze.
Yes, this just might've been the most anti-climactic episode of this season. I don't mean this as a burn on Syesha, who's definitely a genuine talent. But many viewers (myself among them) were shocked she made it this far, and it was hard to imagine she could go any farther at this point--not unless one of the frontrunning Davids a) pulled a Mario Vazquez and voluntarily withdrew or b) pulled a Corey Clark and entered into a scandal-mongering affair with Paula Abdul. (I could image the second scenario, maybe, with Cook...but not with Archuleta, of course. Yuck!)
But just because tonight wasn't a particularly suspense episode didn't mean the AmIdol producers weren't going to stretch the show out to a full hour, as usual. So tonight, the final pre-finale elimination episode began with the last three standing (David Archuleta, David Cook, and Syesha Mercado, for those of you living in caves not equipped with basic cable) disco-dancing their way through a kickoff performance of "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." Ironic, since one of them (Syesha, cough) was about to be stopped for good, in third place. All I knew is I wanted this dinner-theater disco number to stop, period. As soon as possible. Syesha did OK, since her style has always been kind of dinner-theaterish anyway...but Archie proved last night that booty-shaking is SO not his forte, and Cook is only good singing a song of this genre when he can switch it up and Cook-ify (or Incubus-ify or Cornell-ify) it. So this number really did not work.
The rest of the show was padded with all the homecoming footage I had expected to see last night: Archie in Utah getting mobbed by sobbing fangirl cheerleaders, Archie subsequently sobbing himself, Syesha sobbing, Cook's old music teacher sobbing, Cook's brother (who also auditioned this year) probably secretly sobbing inside because he didn't make it, sob-inducing montages of each contestant's "journey," etc.
But eventually, the hour was up. And so was Syesha's proverbial 15 minutes of fame. But here's wishing her a career that lasts a whole lot longer than that. Her idol Fantasia was a hit on Broadway, and I have a feeling Sy will do well there too.
Anyway, the countdown to David-vs.-David has officially begun! I'll be blogging at both the Tuesday show and Wednesday's finale next week, so please excuse me while I log off and start planning my outfits for the big back-to-back nights...