I’ll just be honest with you all this week – I’m exhausted. I have a headache, I’m not in the best of moods, and my foot itches (okay – maybe that last bit was a little bit of TMI). Suffice it to say, I don’t have a witty opening for my recap this week. I’m saving what snark I have for the recap below. I’ll just say this – tonight’s show had some musical performance, some filler, a little more filler, and then someone got eliminated. Want more detail, and more snark, than that? Then read on…
- Amongst all the “Walk this Way, Steven” and “J-Lo is my Idol” signs, one lone person had a “Marry Me Randy?” sign. Nice to see the Dog getting some love – even if it is from a lonely woman holding a cardboard sign.
- Evidently there is some sort of big wedding in the UK this week. Who knew? The Idols went to a party at the British consulate to celebrate. Sir Ben Kinglsey was there, Eric Idle was there, a member of the Royal Family was there – and of course there was Fred Willard. Makes perfect sense to me. I hope they all had a good time, but Scotty and Casey – please don’t ever attempt British accents again. They were simply dreadful.
- The group song this week was also simply dreadful. I’ve heard better harmonies at from the kids at my daughter’s pre-school, singing “Jingle bells, Batman smells”. Here’s a few questions for the crowd– was Lauren really wearing a giant, bedazzled sucker ring on her hand? Did Scotty’s jumping eyebrows amongst a bevy of teenage girls on stage seem just a bit creepy? Can we all agree never to have “Carole King Week, Part 2” in the future?
- The Ford music video this week was “Our House”. The Idols, surprisingly, created a bunch of furniture out of thin air and furnished a house. They then drew a garage, got in a Ford, and drove away. In other news – the Ford music videos each week still seem to suck.
- Crystal Bowersox made her first post-Idol appearance on the show, and was amazing as usual. I was glad to see her, her dreadlocks, and her hurricane lamp mic stand back on the stage. I must admit, I hadn’t heard her song before, but I really enjoyed it. It was exactly what you wanted to hear from Crystal. Full of heart and soul, the song celebrated music in it’s purest form. I loved it. Good on you, Ms. Bowersox.
- After the break, Ryan decided to pepper the contestants with random questions from fans around the country. In industry terms, this is what’s known as “filler”. During this hard hitting and engaging portion of the show we learned: Casey would duet with Oscar Peterson (jazz guy – don’t worry – I hadn’t heard of him either), Jacob sang in church, Lauren misses her family, Scotty worked in a grocery store and a tanning salon, James was in a band (shocker), and Hailey likes Adam Lambert and everyone else who’s ever been on Idol. Bonus points to Ryan for taking a cheap shot at Taylor Hicks.
- The top six where called down to meet with Ryan in “random order”. Hailey was first. We had to suffer through a recap of her performance again, then got to hear some comments from Jimmy Iovine. He thinks she has a great voice, and he had no idea what Steven said last night. He correctly observed that Hailey has no idea who she is as an artist. Bingo. Unfortunately, Ryan told her she was safe. Another week with Hailey means more growling. I can hardly wait.
- Scotty McCreery was up next. Jimmy thought he comes to the stage with character and strength and confidence. (He also comes with dancing eyebrows.) Jimmy also thought he had a subtlety that might get lost with America. Subtlety? Have you seen the dancing eyebrows? Ryan didn’t let Scotty off the hook immediately – sending him back to the couches to wait instead.
- Lauren was next up to face Ryan. Jimmy thought she was among the best in the music game today when she was confident. I have to agree. He also thinks she is here for the long haul. I have to agree. Ryan left Lauren hanging as well – sending her back to the couches to wait the Scotty.
- Next to the spotlight was Casey. Jimmy had one of his best lines of the night. He was disappointed that Casey felt the need to growl again in his performance. “He has to realized that the family dog does not vote on this show.” Brilliant. I agree with Jimmy, Casey will go on to have a great musical career, but I don’t think it’s what Idol voters are looking for. For the third time, Ryan left the contestant hanging – sending Casey back to the couches to wait as well.
- Back from the break and James was up with Ryan. Out of everyone, his was the only performance I didn’t mind seeing recapped. Jimmy is no fan of James singing heavy metal, but he still stumbled onto a nugget of truth – “If James picks the right songs, he can win the whole thing.” It would have been hard to make James sweat it, so Ryan told him he was safe and sent him back to the couches for the evening.
- Jacob was last up on the big stage. Jimmy obviously reads your humble correspondent’s blog – noting that Jacob’s outfit last night was atrocious. (He didn’t use my “Nation of Islam Day at the Ringling Brothers Clown College” line – but it was heavily implied…) Jimmy proclaimed Jacob on “banana peel status” and in danger of going home.
- Ryan called Lauren, Scotty, and Casey up to join Jacob on the stage. It was unclear if this was the bottom four, or just three people who were safe and one that wasn’t. Ryan sent Lauren to safety and then threw it to commercial.
- Bruno Mars was the final act of the night, performing his hit “The Lazy Song”. The stage was set up like a college living room, filled with friends jamming on the tune. It was a great vibe and perfect for the song. Not bad. Not bad at all.
- Jacob, Scotty, and Casey were at last left to face Ryan – who reminded us again that the results were in random order. Ryan sent Jacob back to the safety of the couches, then informed us all that Casey was going home. Casey didn’t look that surprised or upset with the verdict. As he sang himself out with “I Put A Spell On You”, he roamed the entire theater, kissing almost everyone in the audience it seemed – and ended up singing the last lines of his farewell directly to Hailey. Guess he’s not looking to really dispel any of those rumors about their involvement together. (And for what it’s worth – watching Hailey watch Casey, I think there’s something there.)
So, for the second time, Casey was voted off of American Idol. With no judges save this time, it was finally time for Casey to exit the show. I have no doubt we will see him at the finale – I can’t wait to see what they have him perform.
Casey is going to have the music career he wants after the show. I don’t know that he will be a huge mainstream success – but I also don’t know if that’s what he wants. He’s going to be that guy that everyone wants bring in to jam with on their album. He’s going to have lots of opportunity to make great music with people. I think he’ll love it.
We’re down to the top five, and inching ever closer to the finale. Next week sees the Idols tackle two songs each – one current song and one from the 1960’s. Should be interesting to see what they come up with. I’ll be back with all the insights and sarcasm you have come to know and love. Until then – Word Zombie out.
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