After more than 52 million votes were cast this week, one of the most anticipated eliminations for many Idol viewers finally took place. Stefano Langone, 21, from Kent, WI was the latest contestant to be eliminated and it was long overdue.
Haley and Jacob rounded out the bottom three this week. For some reason, the audience’s boos rang loud and clear after host, Ryan Seacrest announced Jacob and Stefano’s positions in the bottom three. Frankly, these two have been the least significant players in the competition at this point, so the boos were unnecessary. Another moment that could easily be dismissed was the group performance from the guys. They sang Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” Scotty started singing the song too early and this song choice surprisingly did absolutely nothing good for James. This performance would have been much more enjoyable had Casey sang it alone given the opportunity arise. The second group performance of “Hey Soul Sister” by Train was slightly better. It would have been fabulous had Lauren and Haley just sang it. Instead, the group consisted of these to ladies as well as Stefano and Jacob. Haley and Lauren harmonize beautifully. If these two ladies do not record a duet on either of their albums, many music lovers could be very disappointed.
Speaking of disappointing, both the Western themed Ford music video and footage of the contestants getting some time off to enjoy Los Angeles were more enjoyable than Katy Perry’s performance of her latest hit, “E.T.” Katy Perry is a phenomenal artist but lately has been quite the stiff performer. While it may have seemed like a good idea to pre-record her vocals so that she could focus on her dancing…she focused on hitting her marks way too much. It was bad. For someone who is not a fan of Kanye West, I was very glad to see him come out on stage and give Perry a break from her incredibly painful performance. His portion in the song is not impressive but it meant a lot tonight. Perry tried something different this time around, but in future performances, she should just stick with singing live without so much of the theatrics. She is more fun as an artist who rocks out on stage rather than someone who is trying to be an extravagant pop performer. Season 7 Idol winner, David Cook went for a much simpler performance as he debuted his first single from his sophomore album, “The Last Goodbye.” The new song is so sweet and so catchy that many listeners will find themselves placing this track on repeat after they buy their copy on iTunes.
Performances aside, last night was quite an average results show. Ryan Seacrest had quite a few jokes up his sleeve, especially involving Casey. But after Wednesday night’s powerhouse performances, last night couldn’t top that thrill ride. Aside from the elimination, there was one moment that was worth seeing in the broadcast. After Stefano was announced as the latest contestant to be eliminated, the camera cut to James. James was so broken up, had tears rolling down his face, and was the first contestant to hug Stefano after his final performance. This moment was a true testament to the bond that is created among the contestants throughout this process. Sure, these individuals are fighting to win the same competition, but their camaraderie is what will last. Moments like this give viewers such a deeper appreciation for what is one of the most competitive reality shows on television today – has been for over a decade now. Aside from the most recent elimination…if there’s anything positive fans took away from last night’s episode, this is it. The entire broadcast was worth watching just for a moment like this.
Next week, the top 6 finalists will perform songs from legendary singer, Carol King. Bruno Mars and Season 9 Idol Finalist, Crystal Bowersox are set to perform on the results show. Stay tuned!
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