Last night, the final nine AI4 contestants took on show tunes--and lost. Losing most of all, however, was Nikko Smith. It was only by chance that Nikko made it this far at all, as his appearance in the finals came only after Mario Vasquez chose to leave the show.
While Nikko was not among the worst singers last night (that honor goes to Scott Savol and Anthony Fedorov), he really wasn't anything special. Among a group of incredibly talented performers, he just couldn't quite measure up.
Both ZMethos and I were off in our predictions last night, expecting Anthony and Scott to be the ones to leave, respectively. Scott did end up in the bottom three (finally), but Anthony seems to have developed a devoted fan base that will pull him from the jaws of Idol death even after disasters like last night.
Not exactly an awe-inspiring record so far, but I'll still go out on a limb and try to predict next week.
Constantine, Bo, and Carrie are all clearly safe. They could all phone in it next week and not one of them would land in the bottom three, as they can all still be riding the strength of their knockout performances (Constantine last night with "My Funny Valentine," Bo with "Spinning Wheel" in 1960s week, and Carrie during 1990s week with "Independence Day.")
As much as it pains me to say it, Anthony will probably be around for another few weeks as well.
Nadia has hit the bottom 3 more than once now, but she escaped the pressure this week. While we could see her back there next week, I don't think she'll be the lowest on the totem pole. Likewise, Anwar has been getting worse and worse, but not bad enough to be the one to go.
That leaves us will Vonzell and Scott in the bottom three again, with either Nadia or Anwar in there along with them. My guess right now is that Scott will be the one to go. He's shown us what he can do, and that appears to be it. His voice hasn't been as strong lately, and the whole shady past thing will likely cause him to continue to lose fans as more of America finds out about it. Next week, it's a good bet that AI will say goodbye to Scott Savol.