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American Idol: Wait…What Just Happened?

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I could be heard throughout American Idol’s Thursday night’s results show repeating the same question, “What just happened?”

I mean, seriously, where to start? Do I start with the “Judges’ Save?” Do I start with Hulk Hogan? Or do I start with Steven Tyler turning 120? (I kid, I kid!)

Let’s start with the “Judges’ Save,” because a little more than a week ago I made what has been I believe my only prediction about season 10 so far via Twitter. It was then shown on MTV.com’s “Idol Party Live!” hosted by the super awesome Jim Cantiello live after each results show. Check out who I thought the “Judges’ Save” was going to go to this season.

Of course, if you watched Thursday night, you know that my prediction was totally wrong. Supposedly Casey Abrams had the lowest total number of votes after Wednesday night’s performances. I can kind of believe it, because he didn’t have a great performance and he went first that night, which means thatAMERICAN IDOL: Casey Abrams is saved on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, March, 24 (8:00-9:00- PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Ryan Seacrest and Casey Abrams. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. with 10 other performances, people could have just forgot about him. Also, there’s the possibility of voter complacency. However, the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that Idol really wanted to create some buzz. And what better way to create some buzz than to possibly eliminate a huge fan favorite?

Even I have to admit that when the judges told Casey he was saved was a great moment. Although, I thought for sure he was going to throw up, or have to take another trip to the hospital. Casey’s reaction was truly the icing on the cake for the night.

Other than that, I hope next week’s results show can be as entertaining and unexpected as last Thursday’s was. I loved seeing the contestants singing with Stevie Wonder. More than that, I loved Steven Tyler’s reaction to Stevie Wonder on stage. As much as I enjoyed Idol pulling out the stops to celebrate Steven’s birthday, I had to wonder if Randy was sitting there thinking, “I’ve been on this show for the entire time it’s been in existence, and never has anyone surprised me with Mariah Carey serenading me on my birthday!”

I have to say that seeing Hulk Hogan on Idol is hands down the craziest thing that I have seen on this show. I loved the video of the contestants talking about James Durbin’s love of pro-wrestling. His reaction to Hulk Hogan coming on AMERICAN IDOL: Hulk Hogan visits AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, March, 24 (8:00-9:00- PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Paul McDonald, Hulk Hogan and James Durbin. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.stage to let him and Paul McDonald know they were safe and going on tour was pretty hilarious. Hogan “punching” Ryan Seacrest into the crowd was also funny. I don’t care to see a professional wrestler every week on Idol, but it was a cute moment this past week.

Thinking ahead to next Wednesday, with Casey being saved this week, what does that mean for the contestants? Well, all 11 contestants will be going on tour this summer, so there’s that. But, they still have to sing their butts off next week, because it is “Elton John Week” and two of them will be eliminated. My only advice for the contestants next week is more like a plea. Please don’t sing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” It’s been done over and over and over again.

So to recap, Casey was saved from elimination, the Top 11 will tour, and two contestants will go home next week. What did y’all think about the results and Thursday’s overall show?

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Kirsten Coachman is a writer and editor from the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her long-running music blog, Wait...WHAT, at waitwhatmusic.net. Follow Kirsten Coachman on Twitter: @KirsCoachman
  • Butch

    I hate the judges’ save. I am glad it is out of the way now for the rest of the season. I think if Casey was really the lowest vote getter – it should’ve been adios. But I like Casey, and if they must save someone better him than most.

    Dramatic as it was, I wish they had let him sing “I Don’t Need Know Doctor” all the way through. It immediately sounded like a return to Hollywood Week form for Casey. I think it would’ve helped remind the people who’ve stopped voting for him why he’s been such a favorite.

    But it was all in all a very effective results show. I only wish they had saved Sugarland for a different week.

  • I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the “Save” either. But this could be because if they had introduced it one year earlier, Michael Johns/Carly Smithson could have done better in the competition during season seven.

    I think if Casey would have been eliminated last week, it would have been detrimental to Idol’s ratings. Casey has so much personality, that I think the show would be kind of boring without him. Also, there’s no way Idol would be able to sell tickets to this summer’s tour without him.

    Casey really needs to bring it this week. Get back to singing, cut out the growling and the antics like the judges told him.

    The results show was kind of crazy, but in a good way. With the exception of the two guest performances (Sugarland & Jennifer Hudson), I was hooked the entire show.

  • Here’s a prediction: someone will sing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” [and someone else, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.”] Possibly Stefano. And will get eliminated.

    If Stefano and Thia don’t improve this week [not likely that they will], they should be the two to go. I bet Casey is very, very safe this week.

  • Here’s an idea: James should sing “The Bitch Is Back.” Although it’s more likely he’ll choose “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”

    I just looked over Elton’s list of singles on Wikipedia. It does not bode well…many corny landmines to choose from. His better songs are not easy for others to cover, and his sappy ballads could be just awful on Idol.

    Surprise me, please.