Wednesday night on the American Idol Season 9 results show, the Top 5 waited to hear their fate after a challenging week of singing Frank Sinatra songs. Mentor Harry Connick Jr. was also on hand, completing his reign as the most involved Idol mentor ever. But most importantly, it was results night. So who went home?
But first, also appearing on Wednesday night’s American Idol Top 5 results show? A mega- superstar musical guest- pop singer Lady Gaga. You couldn’t get more opposite from Frank Sinatra than Lady Gaga (that really bugs me this year- if you’re gonna have a theme, have a theme) but needless to say Gaga’ s highly anticipated (albeit obviously pre-recorded) appearance certainly didn’t hurt the shows ratings.
Between all the Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. medleys, the Top 5 Idol hopefuls really cheesed it up Wednesday night, but all looked like they were having a lot more fun than on Tuesday night.
Early on in the show, host Ryan Seacrest let one of them off the hook: Lee DeWyze was told he was safe and he could breathe a sigh of relief.
Later in the show though, Seacrest starting playing his mind games and grouping the remaining 4 contestants into 2 groups:
Michael Lynche and Aaron Kelly
Crystal Bowersox and Casey James
Keep in mind, Big Mike and Aaron had two of the stronger performances on Tuesday night, so it was anyone’s guess where Seacrest was going with this.
I figured it would be Casey James who would be going home. Although I thought his performance of “Blue Skies” was decent, the judges didn’t. Plus the poor guy got saddled with the whole “cougar” thing early on, when Kara DioGuardi and Victoria Beckham commanded him to take off his shirt during his audition. Then, Kara swooned like a school girl when he sang Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”, calling him “eye candy” and “ear candy”. DioGuardi eventually cooled her comments about Casey’s looks, but by then it was too late. Tween girls weren’t going to vote for a guy that their mom thought was hot. Which meant- after Tim Urban’s demise- Aaron Kelly was getting the ultra- important tween text vote.
Apparently everything changed this week. In an American Idol elimination shocker, it was Big Mike and Aaron Kelly in the bottom 2, with Aaron Kelly being the one sent home.
The good news is, Aaron is only 17 years old and clearly has a bright future ahead of him. But the big surprise was that after being in the bottom for 2 weeks in a row, Casey James slid through on a week when the judges completely panned his performance.
That says something about the voters, fickle as they may be. But they band together when they really think their favorite is in trouble.
So, after Wednesday night’s elimination shocker, here is your American Idol Top 4:
Crystal Bowersox, 24, Toledo, Ohio
Casey James, 27, Fort Worth, Texas
Lee Dewyze, 24, Mount Prospect, Ill.
Michael Lynche, 26, Astoria, N.Y.
Next week- the Top 4 sing “Songs From the Cinema” with mentor Jamie Fox. You can catch the next episode of American Idol on Tuesday, May 11th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.
American Idol, FOX TV, May 5, 2010