I had pinned my hopes on a group-sing with a little Aswad, Belinda Carlisle, big hair, and lacy fingerless gloves. Way to disappoint me, show. At least Paula was a bit more coherent tonight- less with the hesitant rambling and draping herself on Simon, and more with the finishing of one word before moving on to the next.
Unlike much of the country, I was not impressed with Blake Lewis last year. I'm sure he's a nice kid, but I never want to hear anyone beatbox. Ever. (Hey you kids, get off my lawn right now or I'm calling the police. Ya hear me?). So I found Blake's song to be just about as appealing as his shiny pants (both were probably plenty appealing to many viewers, just not me). It was interesting to see Chris Sligh playing in the band for Blake. I liked him at first last season, then I kind of detested him, and now I have a benign sort of tolerance. I wish him well. (edit: evidently the Sligh comment was Ryan's little joke. Shame on me for falling for it.)
As per standard AI MO, Ryan toyed with the Top 16, but surely no one was surprised that David Archuleta and Carly Smithson made it to the finals. And only a few people could possibly have been surprised that Jason Castro, Brooke White, Ramielle, and Amanda made it through.
Maybe a few were surprised about David Hernandez (now with 100% more male stripping), and though I hoped they would go home, I wasn't truly surprised that David Cook and Michael Johns will be around for a few more weeks. Same with Kristy Lee.
And it's not so much that I was surprised that Chikezie is sticking around, though I really was surprised that Danny Noriega didn't make the cut. I thought he was going to Sanjaya himself into 5th or 6th place.
And I was delighted to say goodbye to Kady, and not sorry to see Luke go. However, Asia'h's elimination was a total shock. I really thought she'd be around for the Top 3 or 4.
So, Top 12- start your engines, the real competition is about to begin, and it's anyone's guess who is going home with the trophy (I know that wee David Archuleta looks like a lock, but I wouldn't count Jason Castro out. Or Brooke White).
(p.s. Notice that I forgot to mention Syesha altogether. I wonder if that means something)