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‘American Idol’ Top 12 Results: Lacey Comes Unlaced

Lyndsey Parker
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Wednesday on "American Idol," approximately two people in the nation were shocked by the elimination of Lacey Brown.

OK, really now, no one was shocked, maybe not even Lacey herself, since she was the odds-on favorite to get cut, and anyone who's been following the show this season knows her lackluster performances never lived up to her early promise. Actually, I believe that with the right material and production, Lacey still could be a successful recording artist--she's got the image, the charm, the poise, and a unique tone to her voice. But "American Idol" clearly is not the ideal forum for her. Maybe the judges were right after all to pass her over when she auditioned for "Idol" the first time, in Season 8. Either way, the voters certainly got it right this time, unlike last week.

The other two contestants on the chopping block tonight--Paige Miles and Tim Urban, both of whom I'd predicted would get cut last week--weren't exactly shockers either. Tim in particular has been singled out by both viewers and judges as someone undeserving of making the top 12, and on Wednesday's results show when he watched seasoned singing-songwriting Idol David Cook perform the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," he probably secretly felt chagrined as David really showed him how it's done. Tim's reggae-tinged Stones cover Tuesday night didn't nearly deserve the wrath it received from the judges, but it still wasn't quite a wow-worthy revamp like Cook's many creative, game-changing Season 7 covers.

So, what was the big surprise on Wednesday? It was Ryan Seacrest's announcement that (in a disappointingly Wild Card-less season) the controversial "Judges' Save" is back this year, once again granting the judging panel veto power to rescue a contestant from premature elimination. This development meant when it was revealed that Lacey had received the fewest votes this week, she had to sing for life (choosing to go with last week's song, Brandi Carlile's "The Story"),  in one desperate, last-ditch effort to convince the judges to keep her.

Yeah, right. There was no way the judges were going to blow their one Get Out Of Jail Free Card so soon (just like they didn't use it on top 13 castoff Jasmine Murray last season)--especially on someone they'd already turned down a season ago. I'm pretty sure Lacey knew this, but she gave it her best shot anyway. Poor girl.

And so, there you have it. In my opinion, the only contestants who would be worthy of the Judges' Save would be Siobhan Magnus, Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche, and Casey James. (And the judges better reserve the Save for them, if such a situation comes up, because I'm already dreaming of a Casey/Crystal dueling blues guitar number and a Siobhan/Michael duet on some husky Motown classic once they all rightfully make it to the top four.) And I'm fairly certain Kara DioGuardi would use the Judges' Save on Casey in a heartbeat, so he'll be safe if Kara has any say.

My only question is...WHY wasn't the Judges' Save around last week, huh?

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