Thu, 16 April 2009
The show opened with a montage of the previous night's performances, and way too much of Quentin Tarentino.
Ryan gave out the Idol Top 10 Tour info. The Tour starts July 5, 2009 in Portland, OR. Tickets start on sale May 5, 2009 at 10 am, nearly everywhere.
The Ford commercial featured the J. Geils Band hit "Freeze Frame." The commercials are becoming very boring.
The group number tonight was "Maniac" from Flashdance. Everybody did a great job with their solos, and the group singing was better than usual.
After the commercial break, Ryan began the usual bit of banter before running down the results.
Adam was asked about the experience of working with Tarentino. He related how Tarentino tends to pick the music in a movie before he starts filming. This is, thankfully, the last reference to Tarentino for the night.
Alison talked about the Idol contestants going to the premiere of the movie 17 Again, which led into a video sequence showing the Idol contestants in attendance and their experience meeting some of the actors. Zac Efron was in the audience, and he thanked them for attending.
Ryan began reading off the recaps and results.
Allison was asked about the positive comments made last night. She thought the whole experience was crazy (and by "crazy," she meant "good"). Allison is safe.
Adam liked the Rocky Horror Picture Show reference Simon made, because he thinks the movie is great, but asked Simon if he meant that in a bad way. Simon didn't. Adam is safe.
Anoop was asked if he felt he was "hitting his stride," to which he answered that he felt "comfortable on the stage." Anoop is in the Bottom Three.
Ryan cues the commercial break.
Jennifer Hudson is the "former Idol" for the night. She gets a wonderful introductory package featuring a brief synopsis of her Idol experience and her Oscar and Grammy wins. Heavy emphasis is given to the fact that she is the first Idol contestant to win an Oscar.
Jennifer sings "If This Isn't Love"--the first single from her debut album. Her performance was incredible, but marred by her messing with her left ear--presumably to adjust an ear monitor. What is it with those stupid things, anyway?
Ryan cues the next commercial break.
Back from the break, Ryan asks Paula and Simon if they are surprised about Anoop being in the Bottom Three. Paula was surprised; Simon wasn't.
Ryan then started the next round of results, asking Kris and Lil to stand up.
Kris was asked about his decision to go without his instrument, and he gave props to the musicians. Simon broke in with a comment (he couldn't last night, due to the new "only two judges comment after each performance" rule) and said Kris was brilliant.
Lil was asked aobut her speaking out last night, and did she feel she couldn't win with the judges advice. She said she felt like they were telling her to do a certain thing, then criticizing her when she did it. She felt she did well last night.
Lil is in the Bottom Three.
Matt and Danny were asked to stand up.
Matt was asked if he had the chance to redo his performance, would he have changed it, and he said he would sing it "straighter."
Danny was asked to respond to Simon's remark that the arrangement was "boring," and he said he was confident with his choice. Randy broke in a comment that Danny "worked it out" last night.
Matt is the third member of the Bottom Three.
So, the Bottom three for this week were:
Ryan brought all three of them out to center stage and asked Kara if she felt it was right. Kara felt it was correct. Paula felt all three performances had "flaws," and all three deserved to be there.
Anoop was sent back to the couches, and Ryan called the commercial break.
After the break Miley Cyrus performed "Gotta Keep Trying" from the soundtrack to the Hannah Montana Movie. Her hair was done in some kind of touseled style, and she kept shaking it and liberating it from the clips that were holding it back. Perhaps this is a reference to the movie where apparently her "secret pop star" identity is finally revealed?
Ryan then asks if either of the Bottom Two were worthy of the Judges' Save. Simon says one is, and that contestant might be very surprised. Ryan then suggests that it's Lil, and Simon insists on waiting for the voting results.
Ryan cues the commercial break, but has to repeat it when nobody in either the control booth or the band hears it. Ah, the joys of live TV...
After the commercial break, Ryan announces that 36 million votes were called or texted in, and the result was that Lil was safe, and Matt would sing for his life.
Matt sings, and is mostly better than last night. He doesn't completely sing it as "straight" as he should, but the vocal runs made more sense.
It's clear that the women tend to decide on their votes earlier than the men, because they are always ready to party down, while Randy and Simon have it out behind them.
It's also clear that the audience wants the judges to use the Save this week, and they are chanting "Save" very rapidly.
Simon remarks that he is not sure that Matt can win the competition. Paula gets ugly very quickly, which seemed to say that the judges had agreed to use the Save, and Simon was defecting at the last second. The crowd is going nuts by this time.
Simon announces that they have news for Matt, and it's good news. The "victory" music plays, and the crowd cheers. Ryan quickly calms the crowd so he can verify that the judges have used the Save, and Simon reminds everybody that it's not completely good news, because that means that next week will be a double elimination, and that it's also "disco week." For now, however, everybody is ecstatic that Matt was the lucky recipient of the Judges' Save.
So, for this week, nobody goes home, and next week we will get to hear everybody take on disco music. The fact that we've had Quentin Tarentino as a mentor makes me think that next week's mentor might be John Travolta...scary!
Category:Extras -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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