The American Idol top six results show opened with the Idols performing "All I Ask of You" with Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is the song that Carly Smithson almost sang on Tuesday, but didn't. After the group song, Ryan announced the summer tour dates, along with a mention that the song competition has come to an end.
Moving on, the video recap of the top six's performances played. As I listened, I wondered if I got it wrong in my rankings. Jason sounded worse than I remembered, and Syesha sounded even better. Brooke and Jason "should" be in the bottom two, but I couldn't help thinking it's not going to be them. Or – at least, it wasn't going to be one of them.
After the video recap, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ryan chatted on stage about the difficulty of Lloyd Webber songs and the contestants. Andrew cheered on Brooke by saying he felt bad for her (in regards to the second start of her song), and that she was flawless in rehearsal. And, humorously, when questioned by Ryan if all the contestants followed his advice, Lloyd Webber responded that he didn't think Jason listened to any of it. He also commented that Jason's song choice was the most "curious" he's ever encountered.
After the commercial break, Ryan got down to business and calls David Archuleta and David Cook to the stage. Okay, unless something really wonky happened – this was a no-brainer. I worried for a second, because you never know (I'm still recovering from losing Michael Johns!), but at the end of it – both Davids were safe.
This week's Ford commercial was highly entertaining! The top six punked out and performed "Tainted Love." I have to say – all of them looked pretty believable in their punk-makeup/clothes, even David Archuleta!
Broadway performances were discussed and a montage of past Idols involved in stage productions came next. LaKisha Jones and Fantasia (The Color Purple), Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray), Tamyra Gray (Rent), and Clay Aiken (Spamalot) were all featured, but Tamyra and Clay had the most coverage.
Leona Lewis appeared and performed her song "Bleeding Love," which is a number one single across the world. I like Leona, but I'm ready to hear some new songs from her album as this one is played continuously!
Next, Brooke White and Syesha Mercado were called to the stage – and I expected Brooke to be in the bottom two. She was safe! I was not upset by this, as I like Brooke and the emotions she brings to the table whenever she sings – I was surprised, though. I was more surprised when it was announced that Syesha was in the bottom two. Maybe she deserved to be there in the past, but for this week – I didn't think it was the right call. Oh well.
Carly Smithson and Jason Castro were next. Now, while it "should" have been Jason, I was wondering if it was going to be Carly in the bottom two. Jason Castro was safe, but stood on stage, as if he was confused about what to do. I don't think he expected to be safe either! The bottom two – Carly and Syesha each sung their songs, and once again, I really liked them both.
Who was it going to be? Who was leaving American Idol this week? It was…Carly Smithson. I was a little disappointed, but at this point in the competition, I'll be disappointed every week to some degree. Six have become five, and next week will become four. I'm not even going to hazard a guess at who it will be next week.
The theme for the top five next week is Neil Diamond songs, and he'll be on hand to mentor the remaining contestants. It will be interesting!