American Idol 12: By Dawn’s Early Light (Finals Round 2 Results)

The VCU game last night was over about 5 minutes into the first half… but since I was producing the broadcast, I had to stay the whole game (unlike most of the crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills, who left early)… so courtesy of my DVR and a very active fast-forward button…

THIS! … is American Idol!

The show opens with Jimmy Iovine, complaining about a technical glitch and threatening to fire an engineer… such a lovely human being he isn’t.

As seems to be the norm for the results shows, Seacrest teases a potential “surprise” (another plug for the save???)… and it’s Alumni Night, with Jessica Sanchez (featuring Ne-Yo) and Casey Abrams up… but right now, Iovine is chattering, so I need the fast-forward button…

Coming off that tripe, we dive into results with…

  • Amber, who gets to star in America’s Funniest Rehearsal Video, with bloopers from her fog-shrouded entrance during dress rehearsal Wednesday… “America voted, and we’re not actually telling you anything, so sit down again” (that’s a paraphrase).

That was probably the worst tease and biggest waste of time in the years I’ve been recapping results shows.  Really, they needed to pretend this was a result in order to show the blooper clip?

Coming off the break, it’s a live(?) group number, with the guts doing “Got To Get You Into My Life”… well, it is Lennon/McCartney week, so why not?  Speaking of which, some of Wednesday’s odd song choices make much more sense when you learn that Idol only licensed about 20 Lennon/McCartney songs… meaning very limited options for kids who were (as one blog reminded us) mostly born after “Free As A Bird” came out… then…

  • Paul is called to center stage to get his hometown’s proclamation that last Saturday was “Paul Jolley Day”… oh, and by the way, Paul, you’re in the Bottom Three this week.  Guess that means we’re not getting the full standings (which means I goofed by not predicting a Bottom Three – oh well)…

Off to another fast-forwarded break…

We return with Casey Abrams, who – instead of doing an original song off his album, which might spur sales, so why do THAT? – is forced to do a cover of “I Saw Her Standing There”.   This is a very boring version.  Hello, fast-forward.

At least Seacrest mentioned that Casey has an album… but didn’t mention a name… before quickly tossing to break.  That did a lot for Casey, didn’t it?

It’s time for another awkward group number, this time the girls doing… um… something that sounds vaguely like “Here, There & Everywhere” off “Revolver”, before we go back to more pretend results… or maybe they’ll mean something?

  • Devin gets some interview time, answering a question about connecting with a song by saying “I need to connect more with the song”.  Thank you, sir.  Anyway, Devin is in the Bottom Three this week.  No surprise there.
  • Lazaro is next.  Off last night’s performance, you’d think he’d be in the Bottom Three, except that they won’t fill the third stool just yet… and they don’t yet… so the sympathy (and VFTW) votes keep Lazaro safe for another week…

I get the sense that Lazaro may become this season’s Sanjaya… picking off more talented contestants for non-performance reasons – Sanjaya had his hair, Lazaro has his stutter…

We’re back to a retrospective feature on the Pinoy Princess, Jessica Sanchez, which – of course – mentioned her first tour of her mom’s homeland, showing footage of a sold-out venue in Manila.  In case you forgot how she got as far as she did…

…oh, right, she’s here to sing “Tonight”, the first single from her new album “Me, You and the Music” (take THAT, Casey, Idol will mention her album, but not yours!).  It’s the kind of generic dance-pop that’ll sell a bit…

…but we’re off to break…

…and back, with results in “no particular order” (meaning no Top Three)…

  • We look at the big screen to see who’s safe… and the first one saved is, of course, Kree.
  • Also safe is… Candice.
  • Joining them on the safe side of the stage is… Angie.
  • I’m pretending they are the top three.  I don’t care about “no particular order”.
  • Not going to the Bottom Three, thus safe, is Janelle.
  • This leaves Amber and Burnell…
  • Burnell is safe
  • I guess in order to create some tension, Amber goes to the Bottom Three.

I’m kind of surprised – you may recall that I wasn’t thrilled about Amber’s performance on Wednesday, but I thought she had enough support to be safe.  We’ll see… AFTER THE BREAK!

Our Bottom Three are at center stage… the judges are all going on about how Amber didn’t belong in the Bottom Three… but Nicki is using the blooper reel as cover for Amber’s problems…

  • Very quickly, Paul is handed the Sing For Your Save microphone…
  • Amber and Devin are safe (they’ve managed to be really short on time again, thus the rushed announcement)…
  • And here we go, as Paul sings… he’s not limited to the theme for his sing-off/save song, so he does Heart’s “Alone”.
  • It’s like every song I’ve seen him do – a bit too theatrical for a pop competition, and it’s far too soon in the season for the save, so I suspect this was a lost cause… although he may have a Broadway career ahead of him…

It’s time to find out if the judges unanimously save P—

  • “Sorry, it’s not unanimous” – Randy all but jumps on Ryan’s setup to announce the end of Paul’s “Idol Journey”. 

We have something to watch… two of the bottom three got extended time at the top of the show… so next week, will the contestants be hoping to be ignored during the results show?

Another Idol staple, Motown Week, is coming up next week.  Glad to see that Idol was going to ditch themes this season… see you Wednesday night!

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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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