It's every American Idol's least favorite day of the week - Elimination Night! Tonight was a fairly important one. No one wants to be kicked off the show in the first place, but especially not this week. The Top 10 all go on the American Idol summer tour, but unfortunately the contestant who leaves tonight will not enjoy that free publicity. (In case you missed last night's show, there's a pretty good wrap-up of it here on Gather.)
At the beginning of the show, Ryan pointed out Paula's new hair-do, which I quite like. She flat ironed it, which shed a couple years off her appearance. Keep that look up for next week, Paula! But on to the action...
The group routine was of the song, "Trouble". I nearly fell asleep. The always cheesy Ford commercial that followed was slightly better. The American Idol hopefuls playfully threw water balloons at each other near a Ford Fusion while singing the OK Go song, "Here It Goes Again". Who comes up with these concepts? And who actually watches these American Idol commercials and is left thinking, "I gotta buy that car!"?
After the commercial break, Ryan Secreast had the contestants take a look at those kicked off the week before. Lil Rounds claimed she was so "distraught" when Jasmine and Jorge were voted off American Idol. Girlfriend, please. You are a LIAR. Who honestly believes that contestants are saddened to see others go? They're just grateful they have another week.
American Idol eliminations began with the audience finding out that Danny Gookey, Lil Rounds, and Anoop Desai were safe. No surprise there. First shocker of the night was that Allison Iraheta was in the Bottom 3. Michael Sarvar joined her. Well, he was no Garth Brooks.
Scott MacIntyre almost freaked when Ryan Secreast delivered the news to him by saying, "Why don't you pack your bags...", followed by a suspenseful pause then "...cause you are safe." He was safe, Meghan Joy was safe, Matt Giraud was safe, Kris Allen was safe, and despite his weird performance, Adam Lambert was safe as well! That left Alexis Grace in the Bottom 3.
Quickly Ryan whittled it down to the Bottom 2 - Alexis and Michael. I thought America made a good choice here. Both were boring and easily forgettable. I'd rather see a questionable and eccentric performance (yes, you Adam Lambert) than a completely forgettable one. My vote was for Alexis to leave the show.
Before one contestant's world was shattered to pieces, Carrie Underwood and country legend Randy Travis performed "I Told You So". The song was a #1 hit for Randy in 1988 and covered by Carrie on her Carnival Ride album. I'm not a country fan, but I can appreciate both artists' talents.
56 minutes into the show it was finally the moment we all waited for...
Alexis Grace was kicked off American Idol. But wait! There's that new rule about the judges having the power to save someone. A desperate Alexis sang Dolly Parton's "Jolene" one last time. Unfortunately her performance just didn't cut it. Did we really expect them to save someone so quick in the game?
Sorry, shawty! Country just wasn't your thing. At least you have those two American Idol performances and Ford commercials to put on your resume. That counts for something. Right? Right???