A good singer will go home tonight on American Idol
. Will it be Blake Lewis
? Lakisha Jones
? Will we get a shocker like last year and see one of the favorites (Melinda Doolittle
, Jordin Sparks
) hit the road. Barry Gibb will perform something, and Ryan Seacrest will give us the results. Other than that, expect a lot of filler, a cheesy commercial featuring the four singers, and whole lot of commercials.
What follows are my live thoughts while watching the episode. If you want up to the minute results, this is your place. Also, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. We'll be publishing the best comments in a separate article later tonight.
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Blake Lewis is wearing a tuxedo t-shirt. Really, Blake?
Anyway, we are live from Hollywood.
Apparently, Jessica Alba is in the audience. God, I hope so.
Ryan disses both Paula and Simon, by saying that Paula (who is sporting some cleavage) has less to work with in that area (the chest) than Simon. Kind of funny, Ryan.
Recap of last night. They stretch this out for awhile, because they need to fill an hour.
Ryan hits the Farmer's Market to talk to people on the street about the show. Hey, random people have opinions too. A couple of ladies made fun of "the Paula clap". Okay, I chuckled.
Seacrest says "You can tell we have an hour to fill tonight." Seriously, FOX, we can do this in a half-hour. There's playoff basketball to watch.
Whoa, Pink will be performing tonight. As long as she doesn't sing that horrendous NBC Sunday Night Football song I'll be okay.
We get a promo for the Idol tour. Sanjaya is prominently featured. I don't think I'll be attending.
Pink hits the stage to sing "Who Knew?" I sure didn't.
Pink is wearing a synthetic zebra dress. She is wearing no pink that I can see.
She is a better live singer than I expected, but the song was just okay.
Another commercial. Nothing interesting has happened yet.
This is the worst Idol commercial yet. The four singers run from a horde of schoolchildren. Why? I'm not sure. In the background, the worst possible version of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" is played. Yes, worse than Sanjaya's rendition.
The four singers come out to sing a tribute to the songs of Barry Gibb. Blake looks like he doesn't know his words. It's a medley. I love how they've gotten away from any real choreography.
Everyone is pretty relaxed up there, knowing they're not singing for their lives. Somewhat enjoyable.
Bill Maher is in the crowd. If that means anything to you.
This whole Diet Coke Plus thing is confusing.
Ryan sits down and talks to the contestants. He points out all of their faults, pretty much.
Cross-promotion! The singers got to see a sneak preview of the second Fantastic Four film. This one has the Silver Surfer. That was silly.
The real cast of the Fantastic Four is here. That means Jessica Alba is here too. And The Commish himself, Michael Chiklis.
The top three will get to go home and film a segment. Tonight, the contestants talk about their childhoods. They tell cute anecdotes and we see pictures of them as kids.
We'll get results after the break.
The final four are huddled in the mass, embracing and refuse to let themselves go.
Man, are we going to get these results a few minutes early?
Jordin is safe.
Barry Gibb will be performing before we get any more results.
Wow, Barry Gibb's voice is almost totally shot. His mane of hair is now totally gray, which is kind of cool. What's not cool is how downhill his voice has gone. You can't blame him; the man's been around forever.
One last commercial, and then we will get the final results.
And, here we go. The results.
Melinda is safe. Not a surprise.
Simon thinks Lakisha will get the boot.
Paula rambles a bit.
LAKISHA JONES HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.
Not a big surprise, but I'm sure a disappointing result for a lot of viewers.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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