C’mon, did you really think Adam was getting voted off the show?
The OMG moment of “Glambert” being among the bottom two vote-getters was a bit overdramatic. Did you honestly expect him to lose to Matt? If he had, it would have ranked right there with Chris Daughtry’s fourth-place finish in 2006.
That aside — and with Matt now a part of Idol history — here are the most important nuggets from Wednesday night’s show:
1. Simon said Tuesday’s show was probably the best at the final-five level in the show’s history. He was right. Hands down.
2. Paula said this is the best season ever.
3. Kris has become a huge crowd and fan favorite. Do not, under any circumstances, rule him out of winning this thing. That he finished ahead of Adam in this week’s voting is one of the season’s key moments.
We have an incredible final four shaping up with Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert.
Simply put, the best in the show’s history.
Here’s my all-time final four rankings:
1. 2009: Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta: Pretty impressive when you see it spelled out like this, eh?
2. 2003: Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Kimberly Locke, Josh Gracin: I never thought Ruben and Clay would be unseated, but to be honest, it’s not even close.
3. 2008: David Cook, David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado, Jason Castro: Syesha was an extremely weak link.
4. 2005: Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Vonzell Solomon, Anthony Federov: And Vonzell and A-Fed were even worse.
5. 2006: Taylor Hicks, Kat McPhee, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry: What a fouled-up year this was when the amazing Daughtry finished fourth.
6. 2002: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, Tamyra Gray: Clarkson’s staying power has been amazing.
7. 2007: Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones: This was a rather forgettable season.
8. 2004: Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo, Jasmine Trias, LaToya London: Ditto.
THE WEEKLY BEST
The top individual weekly performances since the finals began:
Week 8: Danny Gokey, Come Rain Come Shine
Week 7: Adam Lambert, If I Can’t Have You
Week 6: Allison Iraheta, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Week 5: Adam Lambert, Mad World
Week 4: Kris Allen, Ain’t No Sunshine
Week 3: Adam Lambert, Tracks Of My Tears
Week 2: Anoop Desai, You Were Always On My Mind
* Week 1: Adam Lambert, Black and White
* BEST OVERALL
THE WEEKLY WORST
The worst individual weekly performances since the finals began:
Week 8: Matt Giraud, My Funny Valentine
Week 7: Matt Giraud, Stayin’ Alive
Week 6: Kris Allen, Falling Slowly
Week 5: Anoop Desai, True Colors
Week 4: Megan Joy Corkrey, Turn Your Lights Down Low
Week 3: Megan Joy Corkrey, For Once In My Life
* Week 2: Adam Lambert, Ring Of Fire
Week 1: Anoop Desai, Beat It
* WORST OVERALL
Natalie Cole looked great, but sounded … well, not so great. I miss her Afro from back in the day. I need to see her nutritionist. The woman has lost about 50 pounds since the last time I saw her perform. It’s hard to believe she is 59 years old. If you’ve never heard any of her father’s recordings you owe it to yourself to do so. My favorite Nat King Cole effort was “Ramblin’ Rose.”
Former Idol champ Taylor Hicks performed and showed why he won the 2006 competition. Taylor was awesome on the show and on stage, but he has never come close to duplicating that energy on the radio or a CD.
Jamie Foxx sang his No. 1 hit “Blame It.” I didn’t care for the song, but I love Jamie Foxx and his spirit. No question, he’s the finest mentor this show has ever seen.
Does it seem like forever ago that we were watching Michael Sarver … Jasmine Murray … Jorge Nunez … Alexis Grace? Wow … where has the season gone?
This from www.buddytv.com: “Can we all agree that this American Idol Top 5 is really, really good? The level of singing on last night’s Rat Pack week was phenomenal, one of the best performance episodes in a long time.”
Chris Daughtry’s first album is now the third-best selling debut effort of all-time.
My favorite Foxx quotes of the week concerned Kris (“That Kris Allen cat is going to have a significant, significant career”) and Adam (“That dude is going to shoot through the stratosphere”).
More than 47 million votes Tuesday night.
May 19 is the Idol finale.