At the end of last week's "American Idol" results show, everybody was in high spirits, all smiles and giggles, because the Judges' Save was used to spare lovable Michael Lynche and no one actually went home. The delighted contestants subsequently whooped it up onstage as if they'd all won the show in a nine-way tie and had all been handed six-figure record contracts by Simon Fuller himself. But once the curtain fell and the confetti settled, the top nine probably realized they shouldn't have been so dang happy after all.
Why? Because the judges' decision last week created real and lasting consequences for the top nine. With the one Judges' Save already gone, relatively early in the season, all the finalists would be performing without a safety net from then on. And this week, not one but two contestants would be eliminated, to get the series back on schedule.
So the mood onstage this Wednesday night, on the live double-elimination results show, was noticeably more somber. And Ryan Seacrest wasted no time delivering the kissoff to the evening's first castoff, Andrew Garcia, bluntly blurting, "It's the end of the road!" only 14 minutes into the hourlong broadcast. Perhaps Ryan was just especially eager to FINALLY give Andrew the ol' heave-ho, since many viewers (myself included) thought the dude should have left the show long, lonnnnng ago.
(So, see ya on the Idols Live Tour, Andrew. Make sure you play "Straight Up." You took away top 10 spots from Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott, so it's the least you can do to make amends.)
Side note, here: Wasn't Season 9 supposed to be a girls' season? Well, if you're doing the math at home, readers, then you already know that only TWO of the remaining seven contestants are female. Siobhan Magnus and Crystal Bowersox stand alone. Sure, both ladies have great shots at making it all the way to the finale, but still, this doesn't seem like a "girls' season" to me. Perhaps the "Idol" powers-that-be underestimated the text-voting enthusiasm of America's many female tweens, who are keeping popular boy-toys like Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly in the race, or the speed-dialing prowess of America's randy thirtysomething housewives, who are throwing their full support at the rugged Casey James and Lee Dewyze.
So, remember how on Tuesday Adam advised Andrew Garcia to be less boring, and told all the contestants to "wake up a little"? Well, this is what he was talking about. I sure hope the top seven were taking notes.
- Michael Lynche
- Andrew Garcia