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I hope Barak Obama was paying attention to tonight’s show because apparently when America votes anything can happen. Tonight’s first, and to my mind, biggest shocker, Elise Testone in the bottom three and Deandre Brackensick in the top ten. Yeah Elise made it through, but the bottom three? I mean even Jimmy Ivine said that she blew his mind. Let me make it simple for you America, even if this was a hair competition Elise Testone = good, Deandre Brackensick = bad and there is no way she should have been included in the bottom three tonight. Heejun Han managed to karaoke his way into the top ten after his Richard Marx disaster and Jessica Sanchez, who I thought actually performed quite well, managed to turn the vote around in her favor despite the judge’s harsh critique.
No surprise that Joshua Ledet made it through after his steroid infused performance of When a Man Loves A Woman. Do they do drug testing for singing competitions? Ledet is going to be hard to beat especially when Steven Tyler goes on record saying that he saw God come through his eyes. Now I applaud Steven for all of his rehab success, but I think he might be confusing God in this case with Otis Redding. And if Steven’s high praise wasn’t enough for Joshua, he even received an email from the man himself, Percy Sledge, indicating that the R+B legend was proud of him. I wonder if he said the same thing to Michael Bolton back in 1993, it’s amazing what royalties will make old rock stars do. Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon, Skyler Laine and Hollie Cavanagh also all predictably made the cut tonight.
At first I was a little surprised that Shannon Magrane – or is it Migraine – was sent home over Erika Van Pelt, but when she sang for the judges save, and I thought I was watching some sort of charity telethon I began to understand why America might have voted her out.
Other highlights from tonight. I’m still trying to figure out what haunted houses have to do with Ford Escapes. Jlo unveiled the cover of the first digital edition of Vogue, which, of course, she was on. Pop princess Demi Lovato flogged her new single, Give Your Heart a Break. And American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry showed off some new material from his band Daughtry. On a side note, I’ve always been slightly confused by bands that name themselves after one of their members’ last names, ie. Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Hanson. Maybe if Phillip Phillips gets a spin-off project from his American Idol fame - because he won’t be winning this competition - he can do the same. Oh wait, isn’t that a razor company.