American Idol‘s top 4 results were shocking to many. Like many seasons before it, they always have a shocker. In this case it has now happened twice this season. Before I go on about who was eliminated, let’s go through the overview on what went down on the elimination show.
The night kicked off with James and Scotty singing “Start A Band,” originally by Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. They did a great job together on it. Not many stars can pull off duets well, yet they did. It was a great way to open up the night. Next Haley and Lauren sang “Gunpowder & Lead” by Miranda Lambert. They did an okay job; if it was Lauren alone, I think it would have been better.
After those two performances, Ryan sends one of the four to the final 3. He gives Lauren the go ahead, and you could see she was beyond thrilled. Yet he kept Scotty, James and Haley waiting until after the big tickets of the night. Lady Gaga’s video of her performance of “You and I,” then Latin crooner Enrique Iglesias sang “Dirty Dancer“ and “I Like It.” Gaga showed some real talent in her performance, by taking it slow. However, Enrique sounded auto-tuned in both songs, which means he likely lip-synced to his song. I will say that I did enjoy his song, but I do wish it was actually live.
Finally we got to see Jordin Sparks sing “I Am Woman.” I felt that her song was silly, but it was also catchy. She showed the Idol hopefuls what winning the show means. After her mediocre performance we saw the premier of Steven Tyler’s solo music video for “(It) Feels So Good.” I thought his video topped off any other strange music videos. It did not look like a professionally made music video at all. It was even weaker than the cheesy Ford sponsored ones that the top 12 make.
Once the fluff was over, it was time for Ryan to break the news for the rest. Haley was the second one called to safety. Most of the world thought Scotty was going to leave, but instead James was the one sent packing. He was visibly upset, and many fans consider this a shock like when Pia left earlier this season. James sang his last song, and Ryan talked about how James will be like Chris Daughtry, who also left Idol in fourth place but later on went to become successful.
I am still in shock; this was a tough one to write. Many fans are demanding a recount since James is so beloved, along with the fact that his phone lines were down mostly on Wednesday night. So it is a huge controversy, which could lead to James getting a record contract quickly.
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