American Idol 9 Finals: Week 4 Results

Totally tape-delayed tonight… forgot I had plans… so fire up the DVR… quick reminder, I don’t read the Internet or otherwise peek ahead when I’m blogging off DVR… these are my “live” thoughts…

…so let’s dive into the show-opening montage to the strains of “Hey Jude” (the original, not Lee’s version)… because, in case you’ve forgotten, this is Lennon/McCartney Week… and…

THIS… is American Idol!  *cue the music*

Ruh roh… Ryan’s teasing “a surprise or two” again… that usually means a favorite has hit the Bottom Three…

The lineup tonight: Jason Derülo, Rihanna, and David Archuleta… and the judges (meh)…

Oh, good, Ryan’s teasing Idol Gives Head Back (tm VFTW), two weeks from tonight, which is expected to be the week the judges’ save is used… oh, sorry, did I spoil tonight’s results? 🙂

Time for the Awkward Group Lip-Sync… it’s a Lennon/McCartney Lip Sync Montage!  Um… yeah. Based on all the sudden costume changes after this segment, I’d say it is now the Awkward Pre-Taped Group Lip-Sync.

Fast-forwarding… past the iPad commercial (I’m a computer person and *I* don’t get the iPad, but what the hell…)

We come back to another Insipid Ford Video.  Really, guys, are you trying to get me to sell my Focus?

Time for results… here we go…

  • Siobhan goes first tonight.  Ryan brings her to center stage, and asks…
  • Crystal to stand up.  And she’s been invited to join Siobhan.
  • Next, Katie is called.  You get the sense one of them is in the Bottom Three.  And she goes to center stage as well.

Randy just predicted that none of the girls should go home tonight.  Therefore, one is doomed. 🙂

  • Crystal is safe.
  • So are Siobhan and Katie. ONE OF THE GUYS IS GOING HOME TONIGHT.

Fast-forwarding… I will listen to Jason Derülo to see if Kara’s protege is as bizarre as she can be…

We’re back, as Ryan officially introduces Adam Lambert as the Finals Week 5 mentor, but doesn’t announce the theme.

Enter Jason Derülo. Clearly he’s taken some inspiration from Jacko.  Listenable pop/soul, I suppose.  At least he’d succeed on American Idol, in theory, unlike some of the previous Results Night performers…

Fast-forwarding…

More performances before the guys find out their fates… as David Archuleta returns to try to recapture the magic of his Season 7 performance of “Imagine”…  if you don’t count the fact that he’s now a recording artist instead of a contestant, he pretty much did…

And we don’t even get a break… Archie is ushered off stage, and the guys are about to meet their fate… they’re breaking into two groups of three (you’d suspect one of them is the Bottom Three)…

  • Lee is first… and goes to “the far side” of the stage (I’ll call that Group 1).
  • Michael is next… and starts Group 2.
  • Casey is next… and goes to Group 1.
  • Aaron goes to… Group 2.
  • Tim joins… Lee and Casey in Group 1.
  • Andrew is left to join Michael and Aaron in Group 2.

Indeed, one of the groups is the Bottom Three.  Ryan stalls by asking Ellen which group is in danger… Ellen, who “hates this part”, says it’s Group 2.

GROUP TWO IS THE BOTTOM THREE!!! TIM URBAN LIVES ANOTHER WEEK!!! VFTW REJOICES!!!

And now one goes back to the couches, and it’s Aaron.  Wow… Michael and Andrew are the Bottom Two.  I think the judges would use the save on Michael tonight, but not on Andrew…

Fast-forwarding…

Rihanna performing in a catsuit that appears to have been painted on… except for the NFL-style shoulder pads, I guess… it’s her new single “Rock Star 101”.  And… it’s a Rihanna single.  You get what you expect.  Right to break (which kind of proves that it’s a pre-tape, too)…

Fast-forwarding…

After all the fluff, filler, and FOX promos… it’s time to see whether this week’s “Singer For Their Future” is a surprise… or a mild surprise…

  • The singer who is safe is… Andrew.
  • Oh… my… word… Michael is singing for his life. If he doesn’t get saved, Crystal owns this competition.
  • He’s doing “Women’s Work” as his last-chance song.
  • Good choice, as he nails it.  Now, it’s up to the judges…
  • Simon speaks for the judges… and it’s… A SAVE!  NOBODY GOES HOME TONIGHT!!
  • That means next week will be a double-elimination (and is going to screw up FOX’s schedule – it’s an 88-minute show next week, and now they have to fit 9 singers in)…

Expect the 88-minute mutant show to get expanded, Glee fans… set your DVRs for Tuesday accordingly.   See you then!

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), improv tech guy, generally nice person (if you ask me).

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