tweeted this morning about a shocking result show: "#Spoiler Alert: Shocking #AmericanIdol news tonight!!!"
And boy was it ever shocking!
To most people, anyway. I actually called this result this morning, tweeting: "Conspiracy theory of the day: Idol doesn't want to deal w/ medical bills & missing performances on tour so Casey (Abrams) will be eliminated today." But I didn't call the judges not getting the memo. Pfffft. They didn't even take 30 seconds into Casey's song to use the only save of the season and then proceed to nearly put Casey back into the hospital from shock. Seriously, I thought he was going to have a heart attack up there. He was shaking, pale, having shortness of breath, screaming (which is not unusual). Talk about drama!
(and lol please. That was so manufactured on the production end.)
The whole results show was kind of crazy and action-packed. After some wtf segment featuring Marc Anthony and in-ear monitors, the Idols did the most predictable group sing ever - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - which went completely off the rails towards the end when James Durbin and Jacob Lusk competed for a trophy for "Best Impersonation of a Tortured Cat." And then all of a sudden, all was well with the world because BOOM - out comes Stevie Wonder! Singing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and then "Happy Birthday To You" to Steven Tyler!
After Scotty McCreery, Pia Toscano and Lauren Alaina were briefly bamboozled by Ryan Seacrest before being told they were going on the summer tour, it was back to the filler. Sugarland sang their annoying "Stuck Like Glue" song with Jennifer Nettles rapping while wearing something straight out of old 60's Batman shows. Then a James Durbin pimp package all about wrestling that was the perfect segue into James and Paul McDonald's results. Seacrest shocked the audience by telling them, "Both of you guys are not safe tonight ....... I mean you're REALLY not safe tonight", which led to a grand entrance (set to "Eye of the Tiger") by Hulk Hogan, which sent James into a huge fanboi tizzy.
Jacob Lusk, Thia Megia and Stefano Langone got their results next, and only Jacob was safe amongst that group. Naima Adedapo, Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams got their results next, and while everyone expected Casey to be first to be sent back to safety, he ended up being in the bottom 3. So with Casey, Thia and Stefano on the stools, Jennifer Hudson (or as Ryan Seacrest called her, "our only Idol winner with an Oscar". Because, you know, 7th place is only a few spots away from 1st. Close enough!) returned to the Idol stage to sing her lead single from her latest album, "Where You At". J-Hud looked amazing and sounded great, and her adorable "Feels good to be home!" yelp seconds after a FIERCE look at the end of the song was awesome, but that song is dullsville (sorry, Jennifer!). And it needed more George Huff, who was singing backup but got no screen time till after the song ended.
And then back to results - Thia was sent back to safety, then Casey was announced as the lowest vote-getter, eliciting cries of dismay from the audience, a raised eyebrow from James, a fake "Wow" from Randy Jackson, dropped jaws from the other contestants, and some bleeped-out cussing from either Casey or Stefano. So Casey had to sing for his life, and he didn't even finish two lines from "I Don't Need No Doctor" before Seacrest started walking back on stage to stop the performance and save Casey from elimination.
Casey nearly dropped dead right there and then was stammering about, asking why the judges would do that and if they were joking. It really was great television. And then Ryan announced that it was pre-determined that the tour would be a Top 11 instead of the standard Top 10, and I laughed at how that all played out so conveniently. Well played, Idol. Well played.
Next week's theme is 80's music. Didn't we basically have this last week with Music from the year they were born? Fantasia will be returning to the show to sing "Collard Greens & Cornbread", and will.i.am and Jamie Foxx will be singing "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)." I am SO disappointed that the theme night isn't going to be "Music About Food". What a wasted opportunity.