Will it be Brooke's second stop-start of a song this season that sends the curtain down on her Idol dreams? Or has Jason whimpered his last ballad? The polls predict doom for one of these Top Sixers. Stay tuned ...
- Funny moment, Ryan kisses Simon on the head in the introduction. Awwww! And Simon immediately moves over to put his arm around Paula lest anyone think he enjoyed the little gesture. A sugary moment follows, the cast sings Lord Webber's All I Ask of You.
- I enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber's repartee with Ryan. Given that Webber's not a performer we were spared the usual performance shilling of a new album with typically poor results (Mariah, Dolly etc.). Webber proved witty and insightful. Ryan asks what song he would write for a love story betwixt Simon and Paula: Time to Say Goodbye, he responds.
- This time, after 38 million votes, we're just going to find out who the Bottom Two are. The two Davids are safe, naturally. Camera pans to the remaining four and Jason is spotted yawning. The pot must be particularly potent.
- Idol plays catchup with two alums, Clay Aiken and Tamyra Gray, who both wound up on Broadway (Spamalot and Rent, respectively). Nice to see Tamyra again. As for Clay, which gravesite did he raid to get that gnarly old man sweater he's taken to wearing?
- Speaking of gnarly, this Leona Lewis is the most overrated artist I think I've had to endure in the nearly 20 years I've had this job. Her songs are so formulaic, forgettable I refuse to believe actual human beings composed them. Total complete product. Her voice is soulless. No personality. She's given us the year's worst album and one of the most tuneless singles (Bleeding Love). The relentless hype is baffling.
- SHOCKER!! Brooke is not in the bottom two and Syesha is! Talk about unpredictable! But not unprecedented. Sometimes when you give your best performance it's not enough and you are voted off. It happened last year to Phil Stacey. After three fine performances, culminating in Blaze of Glory, Phil got the boot. Syesha was, far and away, best last night (with David C second best). But she must not have a large enough fan base, and Brooke must have earned plenty of sympathy votes. I'm not worried about Syesha tho, she'll have a Broadway career. She's very pretty, she can sing the material, and she's very poised and can act.
- Jason reminds me of Barbarino from Welcome Back, Kotter. Goofy. And he's safe! What is America thinking? I believe with this result, American Idol has jumped the proverbial shark.
- This leaves Syesha and Carly in the bottom two. I'm no fan of Carly and her tattoos. She and Jason should both go home. There is a blessing to Jason not going bottom two, tho. We didn't have to hear his Memory again. Pity we had to suffer through Carly's screechy off-key attempts at singing tho. I sure hope she, not Syesha, gets sent back to her tattoo parlour back home.
- Divine intervention! After messing with Jesus Christ Superstar, Carly's booted!