Friday, May 13, 2011
Backlash Boot Strikes Again On Idol
James went out in the Chris Daughtry/Tamyra Gray shock boot spot (No. 4) and turned into a blubbering mess, with tears streaming down his face during his sing-out. But before the sing-out, he lost a good deal of sympathy from me by proclaiming that he did stuff no one else ever did on the show (lol tell Adam Lambert that). Because see ... it's stuff like this that never got me fully on board with him. He always seemed just a bit too full of himself for me to care. He was a good performer, sure, but I always felt like he masked a lot of flaws with pyro and staging and lighting. Not to mention the fact that he skated by with little to no criticism from the judges. I know that's not his fault, but when the judges go off the deep end like they did this season, I am in no mood to let them have what they want.
Haley being safe wasn't really that big of a surprise for me. I had a feeling that the judges' comments would totally rile up the fan base and keep her safe, much like how Simon Cowell's comments during the Kris Allen/Danny Gokey duet of death (that wasn't supposed to be judged!) riled up Kris's fanbase (and Kris). Plus, she killed it on her last song. And she's the one singer who has provided the most "moments" this season. The one I thought would be most in danger was Lauren Alaina, so when she was the first to be sent to safety, I knew James was toast because it would be much more dramatic to have Lauren/Haley as the last two standing if it was one of them going.
In between all this drama were contestant duets, a bunch of videos, one live performance and one pre-taped live performance. Scotty and James sang "Start A Band", which should have been the first sign that James was outie. The country song was tailor-made for Scotty and all kinds of wrong for James, whose lower register is pretty wretched. Haley and Lauren got Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead" and gave what I thought was the performance of the night (maybe tied with Jordin Sparks).
We watched the Idols watching a televised Lady Gaga concert performance, as well as Steven Tyler's new music video. Enrique Iglesias performed Dirty Dancer, which I think he lip-synched, and Baby I Like It, which I wish he had. And then Jordin Sparks showed off her new I'm-no-longer-17!!!!11-look and sound with her new booty-shaking single I Am Woman (you go, Jordin!). She needs to work on the stripping/coat-removing, though. It was a little too labored to be fully effective.
We also got this manufactured Survivor-moment that showed the Idols Skypeing with their loved ones via Windows 7. Uhh ... big whoop. A) This technology is not new. B) It's not like they're in a remote jungle location, separated from any contact with anyone but their tribe-mates and Jeff Probst. They see their families or friends at least once a week at the tapings. And Lauren and Scotty have a parent staying with them.
One other moment I forgot to mention ... during James' sing-out, he dissed not one, but two people! It was hilarious. Randy tried to fist-bump him as he walked past, and James either didn't see him or ignored him (I choose to believe the latter). And an audience member in the front row behind the judges had her hand up for a high-five only to see James leave her hanging. LOL OUCH.
So the Top 3 no one ever saw coming is Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery. As I've said all season, I think Scotty is a lock not only to make the finals but to win. But I can see Haley making the finals as well, since Scotty and Lauren are likely splitting the teen and country music votes. And whichever one of these two does make the finale is going to win unless something completely scandalous happens because they'll get the lion's share of that other person's votes.