Okay, who gets to make it into the top 9 on American Idol? Is the infamous Sanjaya Malakar going to stay alive one more time in the face of overwhelming criticism and backlash among Idol purists? Or, will he benefit from the reverse fandom of those anarchists over at VotefortheWorst and from those inexplicable true fans that he has somehow accumulated over the season? My guess is that Sanjaya stays alive one more time.
My predicition: Phil Stacey gets eliminated. After his exquisite performance last night, this would not be just, but justice has not been a common theme this season. What follows are my live, quick thoughts for the episode that I will be updating live as the episode moves along. If anything, we get a performance from the still-lovely Gwen Stefani tonight, so it can't be all bad.
The thoughts are below; feel free to comment and give us your two cents.
And we're off. Seacrest begins the show with a "Sanjaya's hair" joke. It's going to be that kind of night, folks.
And more Sanjaya Mania!! Seacrest comes out with a Sanjaya pony-hawk on his head. Sanjaya laughs uproariously. Keep laughing, sir. Your days are numbered.
We get a little recap of last night's uninspiring show. It wasn't bad, just a little mediocre. Nothing unexpected, I guess, is how I would explain it.
American Idol has embraced this Sanjaya phenomenon, making it clear that, yes, ratings are more important than the quality of their singers. Can you tell I'm a little bitter?
Season finale of Prison Break on Monday, everyone. Should be a good one.
It's another one of these terrible Ford commercials featuring all the Idol contestants. This one stars Chris Richardson on a horse and has a Western theme. They all sing the wussiest rendition of “I Fought the Law” ever.
: The beat boxer is safe.
: She's sticking around.
Phil Stacey: He's in the bottom three. What did I tell you, people?
: Obviously, safe.
: Bottom two last week, safe tonight.
: AHAHAHAAHAHAHAH. It continues. Sanjaya is safe. Ridiculous. Not even in the bottom three.
: She's in the bottom three. Not altogether surprising.
: And she is safe. Of course.
So, we go to commercial with the final member of the bottom three being Gina Glocksen
or Chris Sligh
We'll find out the final member of the bottom three after Gwen Stefani performs.
Gwen Stefani is a great performer. Saw her live once and she was running around the stage like a damned banshee, boundless energy all around.
No one ever accused Gwen of having a great voice, however.
This is a pretty good song, not a club song like most of her latest stuff.
Akon joins her on stage. She is also joined by her joined-at-the-hip band of Harajuku Girls.
This is like an 80's pop song. Very happy and optimistic.
Well played, Gwen.
We have another commercial before learning that final bottom three member and, then, the results.
Is it Sligh or Gina?
Chris is in the bottom three and Gina is safe.
Ryan is going to send one person back to safety right now.
Phil is safe. Well, I was wrong. Sorry.
Simon thinks Sligh is going home.
And the eliminated singer is: CHRIS SLIGH.
Well, I wouldn't have expected that a few weeks ago, but he hasn't stepped up his game lately.
Sligh gets to perform "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" one more time. Which is now two times two many. I like Chris, but this wasn't his best song. It was his worst. (I call those last two sentences "pulling a Cowell").
And that's it. I'll be up with an article about tonight's ramifications within the hour.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer