Twenty-four million votes were cast for the remaining eight finalists last night, but one singer still came up short in tonight's show. As we near the mid-point of the competition, it's becoming more and more difficult to determine who will be the one to fall. This unpredictability is complicated by the fact that this year's field of performers is the strongest we've seen yet. An episode like last night's, where no one singer could be singled out as particularly horrible, makes it even more difficult to determine who'll be leaving.
Thankfully, the results were kept to 30 minutes tonight, and the only real filler was a stunning performance by Christina Christian, who we last saw back in Season One. While her album won't be released in the U.S. until late this year, tonight's appearance gave fans a taste of what to expect.
With only eight contestants this week, the nonsense of last week's groupings was tabled in favor of the usual Mouseketeer role call we've come to know and love.
LaToya, of course, was safe. Fantasia, also, safe. George, safe. Jasmine, safe. Jennifer, safe.
Which left the bottom three at Jon Peter Lewis, Diana DeGarmo, and John Stevens. Of the three, I had predicated last night only that Diana would end up in the loser's circle tonight. Despite the fact that her performance last night was unquestionably the weakest, she was almost immediately returned the couches. It was down to Jon vs. John.
Jon Peter Lewis was America's choice in the Wild Card round. His dead-on Elvis impersonation and frantic, flailing dance moves endeared him to America, and, whatever his failings in the choreography department, there's no question he has been one of the most outright entertaining aspects of the show every week. Last night, he made another stab at taking on The King, hoping he'd have the same luck again.