American Idol 12: And Then There Were Nine (Finals Round 1 Results)

The reviews I saw of last night’s show were rather lackluster – and I think they had a point… there weren’t a lot of blowaway performances, as most of the singers seemed to be playing safe rather than going all-out.  Then again, who wants to go home in the first round of the finals?  Someone will, though, as live from Television City…

THIS! … is American Idol!

Oh, look, Nicki Minaj deigned to show up on time tonight.  Interesting… in the open, Seacrest said one of the Touring Ten “could” be going home tonight… sounds like the Judges’ Save is back, it’s just a matter of when it’s introduced…

Hmm… quite the dropoff in votes, down to 26 million this week.  Maybe this season’s Top Ten aren’t quite as inspiring as Fox and 19 were hoping…

Oh, wait… it’s time for both the recap and an overdose of the pointless Jimmy Iovine.  I’ll be back after the recap if I don’t throw something through the TV…

OK, we’re into the results, with the reveal of the top three vote-getters promised along the way…

  • Up first… Devin, who got 25% of the vote in Puerto Rico.  OK.
  • Janelle, who “won” her home state of Tennessee…
  • Candice, who got 42% of the vote at home in South Carolina.  [When did this become a political campaign?]
  • One of these three singers is in the top three… and it’s Candice… who I predicted to be in the bottom three of America’s vote.  Missed it by thatmuch…

And we’re off to break after that… um… underwhelming start.

Now I’m wondering if we get an official Bottom Three this season… there is plenty of time, of course…

We return with promotional considerations, as the Top Ten do “Shine Your Way” from The Croods (um… sure, if you say so).  I personally might have preferred to see Owl City come in to do the track, but I’m not the marketing genius here, now am I?  At least it wasn’t a Ford video.

The Top Ten go back to the benches… except for…

  • Kree, for whom Seacrest brought in the mayor of Kree’s hometown, Woodville, TX (live in studio, not via Skype or something).   Kree got the key to the city from his honor… and Seacrest announced that Kree has made it into the Top Three.

Once upon a time, Bon Jovi sold out football stadiums.  Tonight, they play a glorified karaoke competition… AFTER THE BREAK!

After some cross-promotion for Glee with Jane Lynch (wow, how random that she’d be in the audience when Glee airs after Idol!)… it’s Bon Jovi!  Live*!  Why?   “Because We Can”!  No, wait, that’s the song title…

*Maybe not live.  Usually, when Seacrest doesn’t talk to the performers after the song, it’s a pretape.  Seacrest didn’t talk to Bon Jovi.  You get to do the math… AFTER THE BREAK!

We’re back for the sing-off to determine Mr./Ms. Irrelevant… and VFTW is thrilled, as Charlie Askew is the runner-up guy in the sing-off.  He does an original track, “Sky Blue Diamond” with a shrill start that would shatter a diamond (sky blue or otherwise).  Something tells me that this is a setup to get another girl on the tour…

…and the runner-up girl is Aubrey Cleland.  She does the Fame soundtrack song “Here On My Own”, and is as smooth and silky as Charlie was shrill and clunky.   I know the Worsters are going to try to get Charlie on the tour, but I don’t think it’ll happen…

Sing-off results coming Wednesday… and Phillip Phillips the Phillipsest is “Gone, Gone, Gone” (well, he’s singing the AI12 vote-off montage song, actually) next…

To recap, after 38 minutes, we have two Top Three singers, no Bottom Three, and eight waiting for their destiny.  So let’s have another song!  Yes, it’s Phillip, and not only does he sing “Gone, Gone, Gone”, but he gets his quadruple-platinum award for “Home”.

And now, back to the results…

  • Lazaro and Angie were called.  One of them is in the Top Three… and it’s Angie who makes it an all-girl Top Three.

Wow, this is going at an even slower pace than last season’s results shows.  Good thing I’ll be watching them from DVR for the next few weeks…

Now we get the rest of the results in order (they are not revealing the order the top three finished in this week)…

  • 4th: Lazaro
  • 5th: Amber
  • 6th: Janelle (another of my predicted bottom three is safe)
  • 7th: Burnell
  • So your bottom three are Curtis, Devin, and Paul.
  • 8th: Paul
  • Either Curtis or Devin are going home… I had Curtis in my projected Bottom Three… and I predicted Devin as going home but not in the projected America’s Bottom Three, showing that I need to edit my posts better.

Of course, we don’t get the vote-off result until… AFTER THE BREAK!

Ah, the save is back… Seacrest shrugging it off like we knew it all along, but it is in play for the 10th-place finalist…

  • Curtis is singing for his future on the show, done in by the Death Spot last night.
  • 9th: Devin

Curtis chooses “I Believe I Can Fly” (R.Kelly) as his save song.  Quite frankly, he has to kill it because the judges generally don’t blow the save in the first week of the finals… and just as frankly, he’s not killing it.

And after a filibuster from Mariah, Randy gets to make the announcement:

  • “It is not unanimous”.  Curtis is going home, and gets the first use of “Gone, Gone, Gone” under the exit montage this season.

Of course, Curtis will be back for the finale and the tour.  And I’ll be back next Wednesday with the Nifty Nine (I have to work on that…).

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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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