Well, guess what? It was announced early on in tonight's American Idol results show that Kris was safe...and my bottom-three prophecy turned out to be 100 percent correct! THREE FOR THREE!
And I correctly predicted the last-place loser as well! Woo-hoo! But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm too busy gloating. Sorry. Let me talk about Kris for a sec...
Now, I do think Kris actually deserved to sweat a little bit after his guitar-wanky cover of that ill-advised Don Henley dud this week--so I kind of wished that he'd had to wait a little longer to learn his fate. It would have lit a fire under him, maybe. But Kris was not the worst this week, and he ultimately didn't deserve to go home instead of the identity-crisis-stricken Anoop and Lil', or the utterly floundering Scott. My predictions this week weren't just based on how I thought America WOULD vote, but on how I thought America SHOULD vote.
So good job, America, for getting it right this time. U-S-A! U-S-A!
There was also a typically trainwrecky and tone-deaf group singalong of Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" that, well, I'll be trying very hard to get out of my head for the rest of the night.
Then Flo Rida, whose live voice wasn't much better than Kanye West's a few weeks back, performed "Right Round" (the chick singing with him could blow, though--she put Lil' Rounds to shame!).
But this was all leading up to the big results announcement. Despite the fact that Lil' Rounds had been disappointing all season long, never living up to her supposed early promise, she still seemed like the first chopping-block contestant this season who actually had a real shot of inspiring Simon, Kara, Randy, and Paula to break that in-case-of-emergency glass behind which their mysterious Judges' Save card is presumably preserved. (Simon said as much tonight: that only one of this week's bottom three had a shot at redemption. I am pretty sure he meant Lil'.)
See, Jorge Nunez and Jasmine Murray were merely being humored when they performed one last time in their vain attempts to be saved; Alexis Grace was cut too early in the season to establish herself as someone worth saving; and Megan Corkrey didn't even get a shot at singing for her supper, she was such a lost cause. Rounds actually had a chance of being saved tonight--after all, the judges can only exercise their veto power until the top 5, and the season is already down to the top 8, so time is running out.
Obviously, that Judges' Save was going to remain under glass for at least another week...
So the person that I thought should, and would, come in last this week was indeed Scott MacIntyre. He reprised his "The Search Is Over" performance from this week, and now that he didn't even have a guitar to hide behind (let alone his comfort-zone piano), he was even worse than he was last night. "How can I convince you that what you see is real?" he crooned. But there was probably NO convincing the judges that he deserved to stay, especially after he ear-bleedingly hit--or should I say MISSED?--the big note that the end of his doomed, overambitious power ballad. More like "The Show Is Over"--for Scott, at least, it most certainly was.
I actually felt the judges unfairly strung Scott along after all that, giving him false hope that the Judges' Save might be used on him after all. Simon told Scott that the judging panel was split--two people wanting him to stay, two wanting him to go--and Scott subsequently kinda/sorta started to beg, disturbingly saying, "I know I can please you next week, Simon!" Poor fellow. I don't really think the judges ever really, genuinely considered keeping Scott, but I do think they knew making him squirm for a few minutes would make for good TV. This was just wrong. Scott totally did not deserve to stay in this race, but he didn't deserve such callous treatment, either.
- Kris Allen
- Scott MacIntyre