And this week, as host Billy Ray Cyrus announced the names of the surviving finalists, he kept ticking each of the top 11 off his list...until there were just three names left.
Yep, you guessed it. They were Third Town, Coffey, and Melissa Lawson.
Now, I'm not sure if these were the actual bottom three, or just the last three names called to keep us guessing, since Melissa seems to be a sure frontrunner (if recent message board activity is to be believed). All I know is, when those three were the last three standing, I was barely standing myself. I was shaking in my cowgirl boots.
And then when Billy Ray announced that Coffey was safe, I was crying in my beer, country-saloon-style.I interviewed the contestants backstage at the Nashville Star premiere taping, the guys in Third Town themselves have told me they predicted Melissa was the "one to beat."
So they must've known they weren't going to beat her.
I was especially annoyed because this week Justin Gaston, the underwear model (and last week's weakest link), made it through. Huh? I mean, yes, he is good-looking and all, but this ain't America's Next Top Male Model here. This is Nashville Star. All the finalists should be singers who don't sound better with the mute button ON, you know? But hey, I bet Jewel, his new mentor on the show, was happy she got to work with him.
Hey there, viewers: Stop voting for this dude!
Last week, I also predicted that Allyson Gilbert would be cut this week. And hey, whaddya know, I was wrong about Allyson, too.
So anyway, it came down to Melissa and Third Town, and Third Town were unsurprisingly the first to get voted off by the public. The public who GOT IT WRONG.
Well, Third Town were never supposed to be on the show in the first place--they were alternate contestants, brought in at the last minute to replace Charla Corn when she had to drop out the night before the show's premiere.
And I really, really wish Third Town's overcautious mentor Jeffrey Steele hadn't talked them out of performing "Bohemian Rhapsody" tonight. If they'd done that song, they really would've gone out with a BANG. And they'd be all over YouTube for at least a week! Oh well.
I'm too sad to blog anymore, so I'll just leave y'all with this final Third Town shoutout and call it a night: