American Idol had more filler tonight than the omelet's Gordon Ramsey had the five finalists cook in one of the few entertaining (relatively) segments in a bloated hour that saw not one, but two, commercials for Jlo's new singles -- two vapid, empty, generic and personality-free dance ditties. Lady Antebellum performed their pleasant but unspectacular new pop single but all it proved is that Lady A is a one-hit marvel. Just One Kiss is no Need You Now, that's for sure.
That cheeky Ryan Seacrest tried to build suspense into what was a foregone conclusion: Jacob Lusk was going home. But at the top of the show he suggested there might be a surprise in the 60 million votes cast. Poor Lauren Alaina must have believed him because she was in tears as she stood in the bottom two. Her ouster would have been the surprise Ryan teased. But Jacob's screeching on Love Hurts and No Air last night left him gasping for air and for votes. We've seen the end of the road for this guy.
This once again brings Idol back to parity between men and women for the first time since Hollywood Week months ago. Two men, two women remain, all four of them with potential. We now have the strongest Top 4 in memory.