Thursday, March 15, 2012

AI Season 11- Top 12 (11?) Elimination- 3-15-12

Tonight, the Judges come out first. Randy is dressed like Professor Harold Hill in a red plaid jacket, with white piping. Steven is an explosion of purple prints and stripes. JLo is in a tight, mid-length gold sparkly dress sprinkled with silver sparkly stars. Ryan comes out after them in a dapper suit with a purple pocket square. And the Thursday Tie.

The camera pans the audience- lookie there, Jimmy Iovine is in the house.

Ryan says that Chris Daughtry and Demi Lovato will both perform tonight. I can barely contain myself. He also says that we're going to learn the Top 10, which also happens to be the Tour Roster, so I guess someone is going home tonight.

JLo gets air time to plug her Vogue cover, and to announce that she has a new single and video coming out. She and Ryan take particular care to name the producer of the new music, so as to clear up any confusion on that point. Not that there was any confusion. I have no idea what that was all about.

Tommy Hilfigger announces that he is this year's "Image Advisor", which mostly means that the kids will wear Hilfigger clothes. After having seen them dressed in Gwen Stefani's stuff, I applaud this decision. Mr. H explains at great length, how Stardom is as much about image as it is about substance, which could well be embroidered on the American Idol Crest.

Ryan pops in to say that the Judges Save is still in effect. Again, I can barely contain myself.

The kids play Ghost Hunters for the Fordmercial, which I have to say is pretty clever.

Time to get down to business. Ryan calls down Phillip (plaid shirt, untucked of course), Skylar (red tunic and a short, fringey vest), Elise (in a repurposed Laura Ashley pillowcase), and Joshua (blue long-sleeved tee).
Iovine says:
Phil: Went beyond the call of duty, and he's proud of him
Skylar: Not impressed with last night's performance, should do better
Elise: Killed it
Joshua: Recommends pre-performance crawdads to everyone

In short order, Joshua and Phil are safe. And then Skylar, which means that Elise is in the Bottom 3. I am not thrilled about this, but I am also not surprised.

Ryan introduces Demi Lovato, here to sing her new song Give Your Heart a Break. Owing to the many Grandgirls who populate my life, I am conversant with Disney Brunettes, though I sometimes have a hard time telling Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato apart. This is why I am very surprised to see Miley Cyrus come out on stage. For some reason, Demi decided to go with really awful extensions to match the really awful dye-job. She's wearing skyscraper platform stilettos, but by dint of tromping around the stage with nary a wobble, she has earned the right to have these ridiculous shoes. The song, you ask?Meh.
The camera pans to the kids, who are applauding tepidly.

Next, Ryan calls down Colton (sleeveless green baggy tee shirt draped over a baggy white tee shirt), Shannon (royal blue dress with a shortie leather jacket and belt), Deandre (cream jacket), and Jessica (sweet, white toga dress).

Iovine says:
Colton: Wrong song, takes time to call Randy on his nonsense critiques
Shannon: Pushed too hard
Jessica: Screamed, lost her breath and rhythm, but should be safe
Deandre: Justified talking Deandre into changing his song

Ryan screws with Colton, as he does each and every week. It's a tired routine and I wish Ryan would stop it. Now. Oh yeah, Colton is safe. And Jessica is safe. And Deandre is safe (he can't quite believe it either).
So Shannon joins Elise on the Silver Stools of Shame.

Chris Daughtry, wearing a Daughtry outfit, with his sideburns Daughtryily shaped, and his band (Daughtry) sing his new song, Outta My Head, which sounds like every other Daughtry song. His Daughtry chrome dome glows with the effort of sounding exactly the same. All the damn time.

Ryan calls Heejun (nice green v-neck pullover sweater and shirt, with rolled sleeves), Hollie (blue sleeveless tunic blouse), and Erika (purple wraparound swimsuit cover-up, and leggings with holes up the sides. I fervently hope that Erika sticks around long enough for Hilfigger to get hold of her. Hell, Stefani would be an improvement).

Iovine says:
Hollie: Straight A's for singing. F for the dress
Heejun: There will be an Asian Pop Music Explosion, but not sure that Heejun will lead it
Erika: Oversinging, and defending himself

So... Hollie is in, and Heejun is in.  Erika is in the Bottom 3. Again, I'm not happy about it, but I'm also not surprised.

The Three Blondes are lined up Center Stage. The judges spend a lot of time praising Elise, and not saying much about anyone else. Ryan sends Elise to safety.

The lights are dimmed, and Erika is going on tour.

Ryan asks: Will the judges use their save for Shannon?

I can answer that one: Hell no. Though they mumblemumblemumble and pretend to consider it as Shannon sings her last song the way she sang everything else, which is why she's in this position in the first place.

And, it's Goodbye Shannon.

So much for my psychic abilities.

For the record, the American Idol Season 11 Top 10 are: Phil Phillips, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Joshua Ledet, Deandre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt, Elise Testone, Jessica Sanchez, Skylar Laine, and Hollie Cavanagh

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