America got it right tonight and booted pretentious, preening drama queen Leah LaBelle from the otherwise stellar Top 12. While there are a few other rotten eggs among this bunch, Leah has been the worst offender by far, and her eviction from AI3 was most welcome. Of course, we had to endure 30 minutes of filler and then a 30 minute recap of last night's show in order to get to Leah's big moment. But when the time arrived, the spoiled brat cried her eyes out just like I predicted.
It seems the results shows this season are going to be even more excruciating than last year. We got not one but two group performances, as well as a visit with last year's co-winner Clay Aiken. Aiken pimped his new single and took questions from the peanut gallery. There was also the obligatory Ford product placement video, as well as a tour of the disgustingly luxurious mansion the finalists will be staying in until they're kicked out one by one. The rent and insurance on that place must be setting Fox back a pretty penny. I hope these kids trash the place before they're done.
The two group performances really showed what we've suspected all along this season--the women are going to trounce the men. While JPL and George Huff managed to hold their own on the tape and in the live medley, Matt stuck out like a a sore thumb and John Stevens didn't know what the hell he was doing. After all, John is used to standing stark still when he sings in choir. It must be too much for him to sing and move his feet at the same time.
Finally, it was time to see who was in the bottom three. Diana stayed, of course. She had one of the top three performances last night, and she's one of the singers who actually seems happy to be there. LaToya wasn't going anywhere either, and we all know the JPL is still America's favorite. Which brought us to Leah, the first of tonight's bottom three. What was particularly nice was that she then got to sit alone in the losers' circle for a seemingly interminable rundown of the judges' comments on the next five contestant's performances. If only the camera had captured more of her agony.