Okay, prediction time. We're going to be updating live throughout tonight's American Idol live results show, starting at 9PM ET/6PM PT. But, until then, let's hear your predictions for tonight. For me, there are four contestants who are almost certainly safe tonight (Melinda Doolittle, Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis and Sanjaya Malakar), one who is probably safe (Lakisha Jones), and two who are the likeliest to go home (Phil Stacey and Haley Scarnato).
My prediction: Phil Stacey gets eliminated tonight. Nothing really substantial to back that up, just a gut feeling. What are your predictions and why? At the end of the night, the best predictions and rationales will join the best overall comments from the night in their very own article.
What follows are my quick thoughts and live results as the show goes along.
I just caught the end of ‘Til Death. Umm…I’m guessing some context would’ve helped.
And let’s get started. A weird moment between Sanjaya and Seacrest during the intro, as they gazed longingly into each other’s eyes. I’m just going to forget that ever happened.
In case you forgot, we’re getting a live performance from J-Lo.
Simon looks pissed off.
Randy thought last night’s songs were very difficult to sing. Agreed, sir. Paula’s wearing a sparkly leopard top. Pure class.
Oh, it’s a group number. They’re singing “Balamos” (sp?). Ooh, it’s Haley and Sanjaya singing harmony. A little rough.
These group songs have no choice but to be cheesy. They’re having trouble with the words, messing a couple times.
In case you all didn’t get the memo, tonight will be an hour-long episode, which means we’ll have to wait 41 minutes for the one minute that really matters.
AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!
Answer a question for a chance at 10,000 dollars. Actually, don’t. You’re not going to win.
We get a segment now with Seacrest walking around the streets asking normal people what they thought of last night’s show. I think he’s trying to be funny.
This is the kind of stuff we get on an hour show.
Ryan asks a lot of Sanjaya questions. Okay, that was a whole lot of fun.
Wow, Akon is the surprise guest tonight.
His DJ is sporting a half-mohawk. Literally. It’s only on the front half of his head.
I’m sorry, I’m not a big fan of this song.
It’s another one of the Ford commercials. They sing The Turtles’ “Happy Together” while using the face-morphing technique used in Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” episode. Let’s move on.
Idol Gives Back is coming. Come on, corporate America. Step up.
We get some footage of Simon being a good dude on his trip to Africa. I hate how people like to equate his brutal honesty with him being a bad dude.
There is much talk about Simon’s man boobs. Good stuff.
Now, we get some fake audition footage. They splice in the judges ripping into a contestant with footage of Tony Bennett.
Another commercial. Seacrest tells us the results are coming soon. I believe him.
Before we get to the bottom three, we get a recap of last night’s performances. Again, it was a very disappointing night. Melinda and Blake were the best. Jordin was right there too. Sanjaya’s performance is still confusing me.
Seacrest asks if Haley if she was offended by Simon’s comments. She wasn’t.
All right, moment of truth.
Phil Stacey: Probably going into the bottom. And he is in the bottom three. Not surprising.
Lakisha Jones: She is safe. Hmm, I wonder who the third member of the bottom three (besides the inevitable Haley) is going to be?
Jordin Sparks: Safe, obviously.
Melinda Doolittle: I’m guessing she’s safe. And she is.
Haley Scarnato: Almost certainly in the bottom three. Yep, she joins Phil at center stage.
Blake Lewis: The ladies scream for Blake. He is safe.
Chris Richardson and Sanjaya Malakar: One is safe, one is not. And it is Chris. Completely ridiculous. Unless you count last night, when Sanjaya was actually better.
Commercial time, then Jennifer Lopez and then the elimination.
Back from commercial and Ryan is going to send one of the bottom three back to the couches. And…it’s Chris Richardson, of course.
Down to Haley and Phil. It’s a toss-up, really.
J-Lo time. She’s definitely not the best singer in the world.
All the contestants talk about how “down to earth” and “just like one of us” Jennifer is. Riiiiiight.
I guess “passion” is important. I never would’ve guessed.
Is Jennifer Lopez wearing a kimono? That’s not very Latin.
She’s singing in Spanish.
Her backup dancers are dressed as futuristic stripper cops. Needless to say, I’m a fan.
This isn't a bad song, to be honest. I wonder what she's singing about though. I'm guessing it has to do with "passion".
That performance gets the record for "most pyrotechnics".
In case you wondering, J-Lo still looks pretty great. One more commercial, then the results.
I'm sticking to my guns and: I think Phil is going home.
All right. Time to see who goes home.
AND THE ELIMINATED CONTESTANT IS.....
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-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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