Ryan stated very emphatically at the start there were 38 million votes from Tuesday night’s performance show. Needless to say I wasn’t one of those who voted, which I would regret later on. This American Idol results show was filled to the rim with exceptional performances by Rascal Flatts, Sons of Sylvia, Lady Antebellum, and Shakira. Starting off the show was Rascal Flatts’ latest single “Unstoppable.” Thankfully we were not tortured with a bad lip-synching group song with some of the Idols looking like they don’t want to be there. Then why are you on the show? (I’m talking to you Casey.) Now it’s on to Idol news as if I care at this point. The Ford music video was intriguing for a change while it paid homage to the “Twilight” films. The only thing I liked about the “Shrek” movie premiere segment was the finalists trying their hand at voiceovers. The rest bored me to tears. I was a bit taken back by how Antonio Banderas has not aged very gracefully. At least he hasn’t gone down the hideous plastic surgery route.
Ryan brought out the finalists in groups of two onto the stage. It was Lee & Siobhan, Aaron & Crystal and Michael & Casey. Ryan did a slight switching-up by placing Siobhan with Michael & Casey. It was then announced that was the bottom three. I must say I was shocked to see Siobhan there, but not the other two. In a bit of good news the Top 5 Theme for next week is the music of Frank Sinatra mentored by Harry Connick, Jr. Songs from the era of Sinatra, big bands, pre-rock n’ roll are always entertaining on American Idol. It will be interesting to hear how the top five will do. I can’t wait to watch that show. Carrie Underwood introduced the next musical guest which is her opening act on tour and whom she’s very proud of, Sons of Sylvia. I enjoyed their performance very much. I’m not a country music fan, but so far I was impressed with all that I’d heard.
Moving right along to the next music act was this extraordinary trio whose lead singer, Hillary Scott, ironically enough tried out for American Idol twice and never made it to the judges round. Here she is now with the #1 country album and a #1 pop album on three separate occasions gracing the Idol stage with her group, Lady Antebellum singing their #1 hit single from the Country and Adult Contemporary charts “Need You Now“. I’ve seen them perform on the Grammys, but I was doubly impressed with this beautiful song. I absolutely fell in love with it. The song reminded me so much musically of the one by The Alan Parson Project “Eye in the Sky” from 1982. If you listen to the choruses from both songs they sound eerily similar. Lady Antebellum had by far the best performance I’ve seen on American Idol this season. They’ve just acquired a new fan with me.
Shakira performed on the harmonica looking lovely as ever in her flowing red skirt with Rascal Flatts. I thought this was an interesting collaboration. I’m glad American Idol added something different with the musical performers this time. Usually it is the same old, same old predictably boring auto-tuned and out of tune pop acts. I liked when Shakira did a little bit of dancing moving her arms ever so gracefully. All’s well that ends not so well for one finalist and a favorite of mine. Having two of my favorite finalists leaving back to back was not making me happy, but that is typical American Idol. Michael Lynche, who many bloggers were stating would be the one to go, was safe. I knew deep down he wasn’t going anywhere and not for a while. That left Casey and Siobhan in the bottom 2. When Ryan announced Siobhan was leaving I thought he was joking for a moment. At least she got her sing-out, moments with her family, and a lot of attention while the show was still on the air and not running late. Now I know why they call it American I-dull. Only one lady remains in the Top 5. What happened to this was going to be a girls’ season to win it?