The American Idol results show opened with a group performance of a Stevie Wonder song that wasn’t mind-blowing but actually gelled quite nicely when the 13 sang together. But the solos? Not so great.
First up: Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh, and Jessica Sanchez (whose “I Will Always Love You” Jimmy Iovine called the best performance ever on American Idol). Jessica and Hollie are safe; Elise is in jeopardy. Not surprised.
Ryan Seacrest then brought up Jermaine Jones, Colton Dixon, and Heejun Han. Ryan began (yes, dramatically), “Colton, America did not like what they saw…”
“They loved it!” (I hate it when Ryan Seacrest acts like a douchebag.) So Colton made his way to the couch, and Heejun joined him. Jermaine squeezed into a stool, in the bottom 3. Again, I’m not that surprised.
Guest Lauren Alaina (last season’s runner-up) then performed a song that is apparently called “Georgia Peaches.” Enough already with all this country music.
Let’s get to some more results, American Idol. Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, and Shannon Magrane took their spots on stage. Skylar was safe — the other two rounded out the bottom trio of girls.
Josh Ledet, Deandre Brackensick, Phillip Phillips, and Jeremy Rosado then learned their fate. Phillip was safe, as was Deandre. Josh and Jeremy each grabbed a stool. Ryan Seacrest then stood between the guys and girls and before cutting to a commercial, he informed Josh and Erika that they could head over to the couches, aka the zone of safety. Couches=good, stools=bad.
Mary J. Blige then performed…let’s move on to the results already. The four remaining contestants were brought up on stage. Ryan Seacrest announced Jermaine’s name first and then stepped right up to Jermaine, who asked outright what his card said. Ryan told him he was safe and Jermaine began clapping and took his spot among the other contestants and kept carrying on…which I felt was in bad taste. I get that you’re excited to be safe and all, but there’s three people on stage who are petrified to get bad news. Come on, dude. Shannon was also sent over to the couches, leaving Elise and Jeremy.
The judges’ decision was announced by…Jennifer, which was cruel. She was definitely not comfortable (and never has been) delivering bad news but she managed to inform Jeremy that his run on American Idol had come to an end. Oh well. I’m not terribly surprised, because I never thought he was all that great.
On a side note, Jimmy Iovine made a remark about how God mass-produces millions of people — “too many in my opinion” — which was rather odd yet honest and amusing.