American Idol 12: The Lightning Round (Finals Round 3 Results)

The RCC show was fun… now, it’s time for another group of talented performers (and Seacrest) (I kid) (as far as you know)… I’m armed with a DVR and a fast-forward button.  Let’s roll.

THIS! … is American Idol!

The votes are in and the save is in play… that’s the basic message as we fire up the open…

…for Idol episode 450.  That means #500 will happen in Season 13, I think… if this lumbering cruise ship doesn’t hit the rocks first…

We start with the Elite Eight with their… unique… take on Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” as Motor City Week continues…

…and right off to promotional considerations… so I fast-forward to a point AFTER THE BREAK!

And we return to the insipid Ford Videos.  But, at least, they’re not music videos this season.  They’re just extended Ford promo clips for the Fiesta line.  This week, the Idols drive a row of identical Ford cars to a school (apparently near Central Casting, CA) where they will mentor carefully-selected and photogenic kids… on Phillip Phillips’ “Home” (SYNERGY!).

For those of you who missed last night… honestly, what the hell are you watching the results for?  *cough* I mean, here’s Jimmy Iovine filibustering over the highlights of last night’s show.

Before the results, we get Aretha Franklin’s voicemail to Kree after last night’s performance… and, no surprise, the Queen loved what the next Idol (*cough*) did… and there are results coming…

AFTER THE BREAK!!!

…actually, no there aren’t.  We get to welcome back (welcome?) the guy who scored a lot of votes pandering to the faithful last season… before blowing it up with an ill-timed Lady GaGa cover.  He’s here to plug his “A Messenger” gospel album… it’s Colton Dixon doing “Love Has Come For Me”, the album’s third single.  Woo hoo.   Of course, they had to have the cute moment where Colton finally met Angie, who covered one of Colton’s songs a few weeks ago… and they’re promising results…

AFTER THE BREAK!!!

…but no results yet.  It’s OneRepublic featuring Katherine McPhee… they’re promoting a new album, she’s running from the wreckage of Smash.  It’s a great fit.  *cough*  They’re doing the lead single from “Native”, “If I Lose Myself”.  They need a push, as the song stalled at #74 on the Hot 100… and the results have stalled as well.  Maybe they’ll appear…

AFTER THE BREAK!!!

…but first, another performance.  It’s time for one of the Idol judges to move out from behind the podium… it’s Keith Urban doing his 2011 country #1 “Long Hot Summer”.  Did you know that Richard Marx (yes, THAT Richard Marx) co-wrote it?  The more you know… no, wait, wrong network for that tag.  Anyway, we still don’t know the results.  Maybe we’ll get them…

AFTER THE BREAK!!!

We’re 47 minutes into the results and we still know absolutely nothing about the voting.  Perhaps it’s time to dim the lights?  Yes, here we go…

  • The first performer sent to safety is Kree.  In no particular order, of course…
  • Also safe is… Candice.  In no particular order.
  • Third to safety is Janelle.  In no particular order (do you sense my thoughts about “no particular order”?).
  • Fourth advancing to next week is Angie.
  • Iovine predicted the boys would be the Bottom Three.  Is the bloviating fool right?
  • Fifth to safety is Amber.
  • Damnit, he’s right.  The boys actually do comprise the Bottom Three.

We’ll find out who’s singing for his survival… yes…

AFTER THE BREAK!!! (why yes, I am beating this dead horse.  is there a problem?)

54 minutes in.  Three guys (who comprised one of the worst trios in Idol history last night), two of whom will limp into next week while one won’t be saved if Mariah’s prediction is correct…

  • Sixth to safety is Burnell.
  • So it’s Lazaro or Devin leaving…
  • After only 26 million votes, Devin has to sing for his survival.  Lazaro is safe.  And I called almost all of this – because it was so blindingly obvious…
  • Devin sings “It’s Impossible” for his (doomed) save-me song…

And to make it official that the save tonight is “just impossible”…

  • Randy makes it official.  “It’s not unanimous” despite the Television City crowd chanting “SAVE!”  Devin is going home.

Next week, the Super Seven will sing classic rock – but they’re not allowed to sing ballads.  They actually have to rock a bit next week.  This could be… interesting.

See you Wednesday (two days after I clear out some post-Easter candy at my local convenience store) (I kid) (as far as you know)…

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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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