American Idol, Season 10: Top 9 Results – “A mistake is one thing, but a lack of passion is unforgivable.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 9 Results – “A mistake is one thing, but a lack of passion is unforgivable.”

I’m just going to get it out of the way up front – tonight was shocking.  Very shocking.  Almost as shocking as Casey being voted out and then being saved by the judges.  The difference?  There was no judges’ save tonight.  The last person left standing with Ryan was out of the competition, and heading home.  Who was it?  Were the bottom three the right ones?  How did Constantine sound?  All these questions answered, and more – after the break.

  • The show started with yet another recap montage of the night before.  It was some sort of odd Brady Bunch / 9 person grid.  I half expected them to start looking around at each other and singing the theme song.
  • Ryan descended the stairs from the “I really wanted to see Idol, so I took these crappy seats behind the stage” seats – and teased us with the possibility of shocking results by the end of the evening.  He also announced that Iggy Pop would be performing later in the show.  Oh my.
  • The group number this week was a “rock and roll medley” – that sounded more like a bad mash-up of karaoke tracks. There was far too much of Hailey in the song, and overall they seemed to be singing with all the fake enthusiasm of Mrs. Nichols’ second grade class performing on PTA night.  Jacob looked like he was channeling his inner Urkel, and Scotty was still bringing the cheese from last night.  (I’ll give you all fair warning now.  I’m in a more snarky than usual mood tonight – this could get ugly.)
  • I will say this – if Pia wanted votes, she should have worn tonight’s outfit last night, instead of the zebra drapes monstrosity Gwen Stefani put her in.  Va-voom.
  • The Ford video was as inane as usual.  Paul and Pia were spies, breaking into a building and stealing a, well – a sliver thing.  It was all set to “Love Gun”.  Unfortunately, it was the version by Rick James, not the song by Kiss.  To paraphrase David Wooderson – “It would’ve been a lot better if it was.”
  • Russell Brand came by to coach the contestants on charisma and stage presence.  He was quite entertaining – encouraging them to do crack, smash the stage monitors, take off their shirts, channel their inner rock star from “down there”, and imagine the judges pantsless.  Line of the night?  Calling Casey a “gorgeous hairball of wonder.”
  • The first trio of contestants called down to face Ryan was Lauren, Casey, and Stefano.  Ryan revealed that Kelly Clarkson tweeted about having a crush on Casey.  He seemed a little embarrassed.  Could there be love in the air?  After some mindless chatter between Ryan and Stefano, Lauren was sent back to the safety of the couches.  Casey was also safe – sending Stefano to the bottom three.  America got the first one right.
  • Constantine Maroulis took a night off from the “Rock of Ages” national tour to revisit the Idol stage and perform his new single – “Unchained Melody”.   I loved the U2 like vibe to the beginning of the song and the build to a screaming rock crescendo.  Constantine has grown as a performer since his time on Idol, and he showed it tonight.  We even got to see his new baby girl.  She’s a cutie.
  • Next up was a look at the fashion disaster that was Gwen Stefani’s styling of the girls from last night.  If there was any good news, it was – what the girls wore was the best of what they had to choose from.  There’s 3 minutes of my life I won’t get back…
  • Paul, Scotty, and Pia were the next group called down to the stage.  My first thought was – “Paul’s in trouble.  Even the pimp spot didn’t save him.”  Scotty is too popular with the teenage girls, and Pia was just too good last night.  I was wrong.  After Scotty was quickly sent to safety, so was Paul.  Pia went over to join Stefano on the stools. The audio cut out for a few seconds – I assume to cover Steven’s cursing.  My thought was, “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”
  • After the break we were treated to a piece on the contestants receiving “media training” from TMZ.  It was an interesting idea – with a few funny bits.  Stefano has a boring Twitter page, Hailey got lipstick on her face, Lauren fell down the stairs, I loved that they called Scotty out on his goofy faces (TMZ obviously read  The highlight was James.  When the TMZ reporter told him he looked like he was “insane”, James fired back – “at least I’m in something.”  Score one for James.
  • The final trio to face Ryan was James, Hailey, and Jacob.  Jacob looked incredibly nervous while Ryan was talking.  Unsurprisingly, he sent James back to safety first.  I was torn; having predicted both Hailey and Jacob would be in the bottom three after last night.  My heart really wanted to see Hailey in the bottom three, but it was not meant to be.  Instead, Jacob took the final stool.  I wasn’t all that upset.  After last night’s “mirror” comments, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
  • Telling the audience – “I don’t know if you’re ready for this” – Ryan introduced Iggy Pop performing “Real Wild Child”.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Iggy Pop performing on American Idol one of the seven signs of the Apocalypse?  Nonetheless, Idol put the seven-second delay to good use during Iggy’s performance.  As we watched, my 5 year-old daughter looked over and said, “You can see his boobies.”  My wife laughed so hard she snorted.  I tried to think of something to say, but realized – I got nothing.  Score one for my daughter.
  • When the bottom three faced Ryan, he made Jacob really sweat it.  He recapped the “mirror” comment from last night and, for a second I thought Jacob might be leaving.  Then I realized that the first person Ryan talks to never goes home – and Jacob was sent back to safety (Maybe try to be a little more humble and a lot less preachy next week, okay?)  Surely that meant Stefano would be going home, right? Right?  Nope – it was Pia.  When Ryan announced the results Stefano looked shocked, the crowd erupted in boos, and Randy came perilously close to dropping the F-bomb.  Pia handled herself with grace while Jennifer was almost in tears.  Steven summed it up well when he said, “A mistake is one thing, but a lack of passion is unforgivable.”

What a surprising night.  I don’t believe they ever announced the number of votes that came in last night, and kept harping on the need for everyone to vote.   That leads me to believe vote totals where down.  America got lazy, and Pia paid the price.  I’ll take my share of the blame.  I voted for James, Casey, and Paul – that was it.

So where does that leave us?  I still think Pia was the strongest female singer on the show this year.  She’s an attractive girl with a great voice – she will have success after American Idol.  Stefano skated past elimination again, and Jacob perhaps learned a little humility.  With Pia gone, I think the chances of a girl making the top three are very slim.  With the exception of Casey, who the judges saved, the girls have been picked off one by one since the start of the live shows.  Stefano may go next, but I don’t see a clear path for Lauren or Hailey to make the top three.  For my money, we will end up with Scotty, James, and Casey when all is said and done.  There – I’ve gone and written it down.  Come back and check me in six weeks and we’ll se how I did.  Until then – Word Zombie out.

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One Reply to “American Idol, Season 10: Top 9 Results – “A mistake is one thing, but a lack of passion is unforgivable.””

  1. James, I love so much. I hope your right, but I must have my rocker in the finale. Vote,vote,vote I did!!!! 2 phones and the computer every night since the show began and thats what it takes to keep your favorite in. I’m glad to see you voted for James, he is deserving of this title just like everyone else, you have a heart and you know talent. Hope you keep voting for James , the finale sould be crazy good !!!! If Steve and James perform together. Hope you feel, I’m right.

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