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American Idol: Surprising Results Lead To A Shocking Judges’ Save

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The American Idol results this week were not what I was expecting at all. However, I should have seen what happened coming from a mile away based on Ryan Seacrest saying at the top of the show that there would be "shocking results."

The first performance from the night came from the Top Nine, who lip synced their way through a Lennon/McCartney medley. I can't wait until they get narrowed down to Top Six/Top Five and start doing the medleys live. The lip syncing is just ridiculous. Also, did anyone else notice that the contestants were all wearing the same color scheme tonight. It reminded me of season seven during the Top 24, when they all semi-matched as well for 60's Week.

Next Ryan pulled Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus and Katie Stevens to the center of the stage. Ryan let Crystal know that she was safe right off the bat and sent her back to the couches. He then let the other girls know they were safe. We now knew that it would be one of the six remaining guys that would be heading home this week. Katie is safe this week, color me shocked. (Dang, I totally lost points in my Idol pool.)

The first guest performer was Jason Derulo, who looked as if he had raided Adam Lambert's closet before hitting the stage. Jason is an artist that Kara DioGuardi has signed and I am sure was there to show that she's capable of finding actual talented singers. He ends his performance with a Michael Jackson pose on his tip toes. Child, please.

The next guest performer on Idol, was the season seven runner-up, David Archuleta. (Woooooooo!) Archie was back reprising one of his most popular performances from his season, "Imagine." My, my how Archie has grown up. Sitting center stage at the piano, he out sang the entire crop of season nine contestants.

After Archie's performance, Ryan split the guys into two groups. In the first group was Lee Dewyze, Casey James and Tim Urban. In the second group was Mike Lynche, Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia. Ryan revealed that the first group, Lee, Casey and Tim were all safe and would return to the competition next week. Which means the bottom three is Big Mike, Aaron and Andrew. Aaron is sent back to safety, leaving sour faced Big Mike and Andrew.

The final guest performer of the night was Rihanna, who was there to let the audience know that tickets to her summer tour go on sale this weekend. She also performed her latest single, "Rockstar 101." Whether she was singing live, well, that's another story. She looked fierce and I bought the song off of iTunes. She did her job.

After the break it was time to get down to business concerning Big Mike and Andrew. Big Mike looked so upset, like he knew what was going to happen. Ryan then announced that the contestant that was returning next week was going to be Andrew.

I have to say it. Big Mike performed a song David Cook had previously performed. Probably not the best idea in the world. Being announced that he would be singing for the "Judges' Save" is the result of taking on a song that should have been left untouched in the first place. Big Mike sings for his save.

Big Mike chose to reprise his performance of "A Woman's Work." The judges deliberated during his performance. This continues to annoy me. Why don't they have the contestant sing, and then deliberate during the commercial break. If I was a judge on Idol, I would be paying attention during the contestant's performance. They deserve the attention, they are singing for their livelihood and a chance at a singing career on Idol. So after the two minute deliberation, Simon Cowell said that the decision was unanimous, and that they would be seeing him again next week.

Are You Kidding Me?

I honestly think saving Big Mike is a waste of a "Judges' Save" this season. Idol has yet to reveal the theme for next week, and that makes me uneasy for the contestants, because now next week two of them will be eliminated. The only good thing that hopefully results from the save is the possible demise of Tim Urban.

Also, I was really let down by reaction of Big Mike's save from the other Idols. Compared to when Matt Giraud was saved last season, it felt like they could care less. Which actually may be the right way to think, because now the pressure is on to not be one of the two upcoming eliminations.

On the bright side, two eliminations next week, plus Adam Lambert as the guest mentor should bring an interesting performance show. I really hope that the contestants are ready to bring it. With the "Judges' Save" out of play now, the performances next week are going to have to be top notch.

What did you think of the guest performers tonight? What did you think of the bottom three? And are you happy that the judges chose to use their save on Big Mike?

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  • pam rust

    Big mike is the best singer on american idol this year. I love crystal bowersox and lee too. But I think mike should win hands down!!!

  • It wasn’t The Save that was shocking, it was the fact that widely beloved Mike came in last. Once that happened, the save was inevitable.

    I don’t think they would have saved Andrew. [Or Tim, who must have come in 6th or better, a surprise.] Aaron had an off week; everyone likes him, but is he really ready for the big time?

    Unless someone messes up unexpectedly next week, I think the likely two eliminations are Tim and Katie or Tim and Andrew. Even though Katie always performs better than I expect.

  • Annie: I guess so. I really wasn’t expecting the save to be used. I think if they had used it on Didi last week, I would have been all for it, because Didi could have progressed and gotten better, but Mike has been kind of boring the past couple weeks and doesn’t really take risks, I wish the judges would have just sent him packing. But, I guess the show really wanted ratings.

    Tim: I found last year’s save to be more genuine than last night’s. The video is linked in my recap if you want to see it. There was a different energy with season 8 when Matt Giraud was saved, you could tell that every single contestant wanted him to stay and Matt looked like they were not going to save him. Mike had this arrogance about him last night after they said they had decided to save him, like he felt he deserved to be saved and that bothers me more than the judge’s decision to save him. With an attitude like that, I don’t want to see him on Idol.

  • I haven’t seen it commented upon yet, but it seems inevitable: the bottom two vote getters were the one black contestant and the one Latino contestant. Possibly some bias, conscious or not, among the phone voters?

  • handyguy: I think the use of the Judges’ Save was somewhat shocking, because I figured it was on reserve for Lee or Siobhan who may wind up leaving early now if they have an off night. Next week, I think with two eliminations, there is a very good chance that Tim Urban will finally go home and I wouldn’t mind if Katie got the boot.

    I am disappointed that Mike acted the way he did after finding out he was in the bottom three, with the look on his face that screamed how p.o.ed he was. The audience at home doesn’t want to see that. Especially if you have come across as this big dude with this huge lovable personality. I think how he acted while he was in the bottom three and after the judges announced he was safe is going to turn off some viewers. I thought he acted somewhat smug and cocky after being told he was safe. It was the complete opposite of how emotional and grateful Matt Giraud was last season. I really think the judges used the save on the wrong contestant, especially since there’s not a chance he’s going to win this season.

  • handyguy: That could be a reason as well. I do think that Andrew’s trip to the bottom three was long overdue, and I really thought that Aaron Kelly would be heading home. Big Mike’s fans could have been complacent this week or maybe that rendition of “Eleanor Rigby” just didn’t do it for people this week.

  • Johnny D

    Big Mike ROCKS !!!! Glad he is still in the game you know ? !

  • Jeff

    The concept of American Idol is getting too old for me. The show has zero impact in the music industry and drastically needs revamping

  • Brad G

    I think it was a waste of a save. I like Big Mike but what happens when he is voted out again next week? Should have saved it for someone who can actually win.

  • Yeah….This episode was definetly the most suspensful and surprising. Glad to see big mike stickin around.

  • I agree the save was wasted on Big Mike, but it does make things a little more interesting to see what’s going to happen next.

  • I always support mike…

  • Ditto on what Jeff said.

  • Acai

  • I was very surprised when Big Mike was going to be eliminated but, do I agree with the save? 100% yes. I think this year he is the best singer on idol.

  • As an avid fan of American Idol, I applaud the judges decision to “save” Big Mike, clearly he and Krystal are the true pros of this years show.

  • Terry

    Big Mike’s attitude completely deminished any chances of gaining a vote from me. Way too cocky and ungrateful.