Probably the best part of the American Idol results show is the opening montage of clips from the live performance show on Tuesday night. They always make them exciting. Why can’t they do that with the rest of the show? Supposedly 32 million votes were cast, but I was not one of them. At this point I could care less who’s going home, though I am now rooting for Big Mike since he comes from the Tampa Bay area. Otherwise, I would be doing something entirely different. Just when I thought they were finished with group performances from the finalists we get a medley of Frank Sinatra’s other popular tunes not performed Tuesday night by the Top 5. The song’s covered were The Lady is a Tramp, It Was a Very Good Year I liked when Aaron sang the part “When I was 17….” Very appropriate for him, I’ve Got the World On a String and Night and Day. This was by far the best group performance of the season.
Ryan announced the theme of the Top 4 show would be Songs of the Cinema mentored by Jamie Foxx. Hmmm……last season they had an exact theme of songs from motion pictures mentored by the Academy Award nominated director, Quentin Tarantino. Jamie Foxx was a mentor last season for the Rat Pack Theme featuring big band and American standards. Talk about recycling mentors and themes from last season. Granted, it is not unusual to use a theme previously done, but not so soon. I guess the producers want to take something popular from last season and pump new blood into this already anemic season. Anyways, it should be interesting and fun. I actually liked the cute romantic story behind the Ford music video. Crystal is waiting for her blind date to show up and it’s Casey the server at the restaurant he works at.
The behind-the-scenes leading up to the live Tuesday night performances with the Top 5 was fascinating. I wish American Idol would have done more of this during the earlier part of the season. Yawn……Lee was the first one safe and in the Top 4. The one and only Lady Gaga as the 21st century Madonna performed her latest single Alejandro in a full-scale production. To say she is over the top is not even scratching the surface. I like the moment when she was at the piano, but I thought the song was too repetitive. I’m not a fan of her music, but I appreciate her stage shows whenever I’ve seen her on the Grammys and other TV shows. Thankfully something a lot more subdued and comical was Harry Connick, Jr.’s vlog while mentoring the Top 5. I’ll say Harry has a sharp and sarcastic sense of humor. It bordered on inappropriate when a medical issue came up for Crystal. To his credit he felt bad about it.
Afterwards, Harry performed The Beatles song And I Love Her from his Your Songs album of cover songs his fans have wanted to hear. In a very unique twist he announced the Top 5 would be doing a medley of his hits while on the piano. Not only did we get one group performance at the top of the show, but another one for the mentor. Once again the Top 5 did a superb job. I enjoyed Harry Connick, Jr.’s story when he met Frank Sinatra while performing at his 75th birthday celebration. Finally, the rest of the results were presented in groups of two with Crystal and Casey in one group and Michael and Aaron in the other. The latter group was the bottom two. I figured it was group one, because of the scathing critiques Casey got from the judges. I suppose being Kara’s pet has helped Casey move on in the competition. All in all Aaron Kelly was eliminated while Big Mike gave Aaron the longest hug I have ever seen on any American Idol results show. You could tell Aaron was all choked, because he said very little. I wasn’t exactly a fan of his, but I loved the video showing his journey on Idol, especially when his mother said “God didn’t give you that gift to sing in the shower.”