Just when it was starting to get predictable, AI3 pulled out a few suprises tonight.
The final group of semifinalists was arguably the hardest to call, due in no small part to the range in quality and style of the performances. None of these singers were spectacularly bad in the way that many of the Group 2 rejects were, but none were really great either. While the previous three groups all had at least one "sure thing," it seemed like the audience was voting for the best of a very mediocre pack tonight.
Seacrest started off the night right by booting John Preator from the hallowed halls of AI3 forever. At least we know he'll be able to make a career as an Art Garfunkel look-alike. Or perhaps as the new spokesman for the Hair Club for Men.
Next off the island was Lisa Wilson and her freakishly large mouth. I guess she'll go on to a career doing... something.
Creepy, smiley guy George Huff was next up. I had him figured for the third place slot tonight, and, indeed, he was in the top three.
Jasmine Trias, with a fresh flower in her hair, was ushered quickly into the winners' circle. While I had her pegged for a win tonight, I wonder if her sweet Hawaiian flower act will start to wear thin after awhile. She'll need to grow a personality fast if she wants to really compete in the finals.
John's performance last night was painful, but he does seem to have that certain Clay Aiken look, and his prior performances made him stand out in the earlier rounds. Even though he's one of the youngest semi-finalists, he has a commanding presence when on stage. Not to mention, I'm sure the ladies love that red hair.
Susie, on the other hand, had one of the two best performances last night. While not a great singer, she is a good one, and in this group, that could have been enough. However, between her disastrous wardrobe and overdone make-up, she's more Scary Spice than Tamyra Gray. I wonder if her image isn't just a little off for the competition.