Thu, 2 April 2009
Ryan announced that over 36 million people voted after the phone lines were opened on Tuesday night. Ryan sought comments from Randy Jackson on the song choices, and he basically echoed my comment about this being the "season of bad song choices." Simon predicted the bottom three would be Anoop, Matt, and Megan.
David Cook performed the new single "Come Back to Me" from his post-Idol album. Live versions always sound different from the album, but this was not a good version. The album is much better. David is looking better, though, and it is obvious he has been working to tone and tighten himself up, and his complexion is looking better than he did during the competition. He's obviously making the most of his opportunity.
The writers love to come up with new ways to keep us guessing on how the Bottom Three will shape up, and this week was no exception. Ryan divided the nine contestants into three groups on the center stage.
Group one consisted of Kris Allen, Megan Joy, and Matt Giraud.
Group two consisted of Adam Lambert, Lil Rounds, and Allison Iraheta.
Group three consisted of Scott MacIntyre, Danny Gokey, and Anoop Desai.
Some of Ryan's banter revealed performers' attitudes toward the judges' critiques. Anoop admitted he had sided with the judges after watching back his own performance. Alison insisted she would wear the hairstyle again. Megan said she didn't care what the judges said, due to her fans' support. Hmm...where have we heard that recently? Oh yeah, from last week's castoff Michael Sarver. Hasn't anybody learned that cockiness doesn't win on here? Apparently, no.
Given Simon's prediction (which was the same as Tom's and mine) of the Bottom Three, the groupings seemed to suggest that Kris would be in jeopardy, since he was grouped with Megan and Matt. Simon's face clearly showed he was trying to figure out exactly what was going on. We would have to wait for a bit to find out, however.
Lady GaGa performed "Poker Face," which brought down the house with a quality act. Definitely in a different vein than David Cook, which is fine.
After the commercial, the groups were back on stage for the announcement of the Bottom Three. Kris was told to go back to the couches, because he was safe (whew). Matt was told to go sit down, and he was convinced he was going to the stools, even though the "victory" music was playing. Ryan directed him to the couches, instead. Megan was sent to the stools.
Ryan then moved to group two. Lil and Adam were safe, and Alison was sent to the stools as the second member of the Bottom Three. Simon's "huh" face was becoming more and more pronounced by this time.
Finally, at group three, Ryan sent Danny to the couches, then lined Anoop and Scott. Ryan escorted Scott to the couches, and sent Anoop to the stools to form the third member of the Bottom Three.
So, for Top 9 week, the Bottom Three were:
Ryan asked Simon if any of the Bottom Three were worth saving, and Simon said "one," which made me think that Alison would be the one.
After the commercial break, Ryan sent Alison back to safety, leaving Anoop and Megan, and the strong likelihood that the Judges' Save would go unused for another week. Ryan then announced that Megan received the lowest number of votes. Simon immediately told Megan that since she said she "didn't care," then neither did they. Ryan confirmed that her performance wouldn't make any difference, and Simon stood his ground. If Megan understood how much her words had hurt her, she didn't let on. In fact, she seemed ready to leave.
Megan sang her swan song, and her "exit package" rolled. She cried all the way through the video, so it's hard to say exactly how she felt about everything. It's my hope that the judges' refusal to deliberate about the save will send a clear message to the top 8: attitudes won't win.
Next week's show will feature the contestants singing a song from the year they were born. According to their bios, these are their birthdays (big thanks to Tom and his mad research skills):
Adam Lambert - January 29, 1982
Allison Iraheta - April 27, 1992
Anoop Desai - December 20, 1986
Danny Gokey - April 24, 1980
Kris Allen - June 21, 1985
Lil Rounds - November 14, 1984
Matt Giraud - May 11, 1985
Scott MacIntyre - June 22, 1985
Looks like lots of music from 1985, so this could get interesting...
Thanks always for listening, and Tom and I will be speaking with you next week!
Category:Extras -- posted at: 3:00am EST
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