It’s hard to believe that one hour is the same amount of time on Tuesdays as it is on Wednesdays. The performance show always runs long and this week the judges were cut in half to try to keep the show running on time. Yet, on last night’s ‘American Idol’ there was nothing but fluff.
We started with a video in which the “Idols” sang J. Geils Band’s “Freeze Frame,” then they performed “Maniac” from the movie “Flashdance.” What? No Jennifer Beals in the audience?
And finally, it was time to get to some results. Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert’s names were called first, and both were safe. The news wasn’t so great for Anoop Desai, who was the first singer to land in the bottom three.
A Jennifer Hudson retrospective that noted the singer and actress got her start on ‘Idol’ preceded her performance. Strangely, there was no mention of the fact that she was booted in eighth place. Since she left in Season 3, she’s won an Oscar and a Grammy and gone through a devastating family tragedy. Hudson said it was like coming full circle to be on the “Idol” stage again. She sang her new song, “If This Isn’t Love.”
Anoop was a little frustrated to be in the bottom three, but said the voting was up to the viewers. Paula said something about Anoop having a magical voice. Ryan asked Simon if Anoop deserved to be sitting there. Simon said, “Yes.”
Kris Allen stood up with Lil Rounds, and Simon took a moment to chime in about Kris, who didn’t get a critique from Simon on Tuesday night.
“Kris, you were brilliant,” Simon said.
Lil repeated some of her frustration about being told one thing, then another, by the judges.
Ryan asked Kris to take a seat on the couch of safety, sending Lil to the bottom three.
Matt Giraud and Danny Gokey were the final pair of singers to stand up and learn their fate. I kind of love the fact that Ryan strung Danny along a little, hinting for just a second that Danny might be in the bottom three. Danny looked panicked, but Matt was the one to take the final spot in the bottom three.
Ryan immediately sent one singer to safety. It was Anoop.
That left Matt and Lil in the bottom, and Matt was the bottom vote-getter.
After Matt sang for his life, Simon told him he didn’t think he had a chance to win the competition. The comment stung, as Matt shook his head.
Then, Simon said, “It’s good news.”
Matt was blown away as Ryan announced, “Idol history has been made,” due to the fact that for the first time in eight seasons, the judges used their own discretion to save a contestant who’d been voted off.
Simon reminded everyone that the news wasn’t entirely great. Two singers will go home next week, and next week’s theme is disco!
Matt cried as the rest of the singers surrounded him and congratulated him.