Ryan told us tonight’s performances would be by Flo Rida and AI Season 5 alum Kellie Pickler.
Since the theme this week was “The Year They Were Born”, producers thought they would feature a song from the year Simon was born (1959 – the dude is turning 50 this year). There was a video clip of heartthrob Frankie Avalon singing his hit “Venus”. The curtain parted and on stage, singing live, was Frankie. (Looked good for age 69) Simon looked truly surprised.
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The group song was from 2002 the year American Idol was born. The Elite 8 performed, “Can’t Get you Out of My Head” (Kylie Minogue). My observations from the group song were Danny Gokey cannot dance (omg really bad) and Lil Rounds always seems to sing well in these numbers (why not on performance night?).
Next up was the making of the Ford music video. The concept was a magic show set to the Britney Spears hit “Circus”. Our idols appeared to have had great fun in the process (with exception of Anoop who seemed so out of his comfort zone).
Ryan informed us the save is in play for three more weeks. Now Ryan spoke the infamous words, ‘dim the lights’ and had Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Anoop Desai all stand at the sofa. Adam and Kris were both deemed safe. Anoop was sent to the stools of shame as the first member of the Bottom 3.
Flo Rida brought to the AI stage a performance from his album “R.O.O.T.S.” (a little bit “Low” with “Right Round”) The back-up dancers were a lot of hot chicks (exotic dancers?) – too wild and sexy. Who came up with this bright idea? Not Idol material.
Back to the eliminations – Danny Gokey – safe; Matt Giraud – safe; Scott MacIntyre – joined Anoop on the stools – this leaves Allison Iraheta and Lil Rounds – Allison is safe and Lil made the last member of the Bottom 3.
Kellie Pickler graced us with her current single, “Best Days of your Life”. The song was co-written with her friend and current darling of country music, Taylor Swift.
Back to business – ‘dim the lights’ – Lil was sent back to the sofa of safety. Out of 34 million votes cast, only thirty thousand separated the Bottom 2. Scott was the bottom vote getter. He sang to be saved; the judges conferred and said it was a split decision. But as we know, one of the caveats of the save was the decision must be unanimous. Simon said it was “the end of the competition, sorry”. Roll the ‘time on Idol ‘package. After which Simon added it was not just about Scott, but about the other talented singers on the couch. (In other words, we may need to use the save for Lil or Danny.) The entire time Miss Abdul looked wistful with her chin resting on her gloved hands. Every night is prom night at AI this season. Paula closed the show by telling Scott he was an “inspiration to the entire world and are one classy gentleman. God bless you. We love you.”
What can I say after that? Next week the Lucky 7 vies to become your next American Idol. Performances Tuesday/Results Wednesday on Fox.