I have to admit up front, I didn’t see this coming. Not at all. No clue. And I also have to admit I’m sorely disappointed in America’s vote.
The elimination of Lilly Scott before the round of 12 is a brutal travesty.
This is the biggest black eye in American Idol history.
“I don’t know what America wants,” Lilly said moments after hearing the news Thursday night.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say there was potential for a Lilly vs. Crystal matchup in the finals in late May. Well, we don’t have to worry about that. I find it almost impossible to believe America voted her off the show and kept the likes of … well, more about that in a minute.
Also eliminated were Alex, Katelyn and Todrick.
I also had Alex as a lock for the round of 12. The voice. The mullet. And I thought Katelyn and her great hair would survive for at least another week. Todrick was the only elimination pick of the night I had correct, but it was obvious he was pretty much toast after Wednesday.
But overriding all of that is the loss of Lilly. I am so-o-o-o upset right now. For starters, how in the world are Paige, Katie, Lacey and Tim still alive and Lilly is gone?
TAKE AWAY THE VOTE FROM AMERICA?
The elimination of Lilly at this point in the competition is enough reason to completely take away the vote from America and put it in the hands of the judges or some form of on-air committee.
Sure, the uncertainty of what will happen from week to week is part of the show’s appeal, but this is akin to LeBron James being cut from the NBA or Albert Pujols sent to the minor leagues by the Cardinals.
This was not right. It was not even close. The only moment in Idol history that is comparable came in 2006 when Chris Daughtry was eliminated in fourth place behind Elliott Yamin, Kat McPhee and champ Taylor Hicks.
This was not a good moment in American Idol history.
With the loss of Lilly and Alex, in particular, some of the buzz is already missing from the round of 12. Here’s how I view who is left, but after what happened Thursday night, there is a part of me that doesn’t even care right now.
Safe, no matter what they do next week: Crystal, Casey, Didi, Michael, Aaron, Alex.
Need a strong performance to remain relevant: Andrew, Shioban, Lee.
In trouble, no matter how they perform: Katie, Paige, Tim.
THE TOP 10
(last week’s rankings in parentheses)
1. (1.) Crystal Bowersox: Next week’s theme is Rolling Stones songs. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin she puts on Mick Jagger. I hope she selects something along the lines of “As Tears Go By.” That song was originally written for Marianne Faithfull, so it wouldn’t be as if Crystal would be trying to reach beyond the natural boundaries of a song.
2. (3.) Casey James: The Stones could play into Casey’s strength as a “presence.” He’s one of the few in this year’s competition who has the potential to truly “own the stage,” and there are plenty of Stones songs to allow him to do that.
3. (6.) Didi Bename: She’s the 2010 version of Meghan Joy Corkrey — only with a lot more talent.
4. (NR) Michael Lynche: Looking back over the past two years, it has been hard for any of the finalists to string together three straight powerhouse performances. Big Mike currently has two in a row going for him.
5. (8.) Aaron Kelly: Aaron has surprisingly proven to be one of the competition’s most versatile performers. He still needs to work on getting rid of that scowl while he’s singing.
6. (5.) Siobhan Magnus: I really don’t see Siobhan as a pop singer, but watch out, Broadway.
7. (10.) Lee Dewyze: If Lee ever starts to believe he truly belongs here, we’ll have another title threat. I still get the impression he’s much like Alex, simply waiting for the ax to fall.
8. (2.) Andrew Garcia: I have done a complete 180 on Andrew in the past week. I thought the judges had been too hard on him, but I was wrong. He has not progressed at all. And I’m still kind of ticked off at his remarks Wednesday night when he more or less blew off what the judges said, telling us that his fans will continue to vote for him. Well, he’s still in the competition, but for how much longer? Three weeks ago I was envisioning a championship matchup between Andrew and Crystal. That seems like a long, long time ago.
9. (NR) Tim Urban: He’s arguably shown as much improvement as anyone the past two weeks, but I’m still shocked he made it this far.
10. (NR) Lacey Brown: Her quirkiness is her biggest asset, and we see how far that got Lilly. (Yes, I’m still bitter.)
On the bubble: Katie Stevens, Paige Miles.
Michael Lynche was a defensive tackle at the University of Central Florida from 2001-02. The accompanying picture is proof.
Has any frontrunner in Idol history fallen from grace as quickly as Andrew Garcia has since the round of 24 began?
(Note: The following two items were written before Thursday’s show. Considering what transpired, I felt it appropriate not to remove them.)
I think my favorite single performance of the season to date has been Lilly Scott’s “I Fall To Pieces” by Patsy Cline. I keep replaying and replaying and replaying it.
Speaking of Lilly, I had lunch Thursday with a longtime blog contributor, “Nurse Kelly,” and she said Lilly is her least favorite performer. Of course, Nurse Kelly is wrong, but that just shows why Idol is so popular. Everyone views the contestants in a different way. Some are just wrong in those examinations.
FROM AROUND THE IDOL NATION
From People.com: Michael Lynche, obviously determined to come out and just kill, performed “This Woman’s Work.” Well, he killed. He started and ended with a piercing falsetto and, between those two points, danced and sang up a small storm. What matters is that Kara cried — she became Paula! Tim Urban, the hopeless case who unexpectedly redeemed himself, sang “Hallelujah” and, for once, his voice rang out and he lost his general air of befuddled struggle. Ellen, broking ancient Idol protocol that dates back to the fifth century, rushed on to the stage and game him a hug. “That was fantastic,” she said. The general air of the judges was that they were in the presence of a minor miracle.
From votefortheworst.com: The judges’ tone-deaf inconsistencies and banalities continue, and it’s frustrating because their comments seem to come completely out of the blue.
From MTV.com: Lee Dewyze made it clear that he intends to hang around, coming out strong with a Dave Matthews-like acoustic ramble through Owl City’s “Fireflies.” It wasn’t always on key, but he made up for it with his infectious charm and barroom sandpaper drawl.
From zap2it.com: Now that Crystal’s made the Top 12, next week she needs to change it up or she will become a one-note performer. A very good one-note performer, but one-note nonetheless.