Because it is the network with no shame, Fox added an extra hour of AI3 programming to its schedule last night with a "special" entitled "The Final Three." Unfortunately, it was an hour wasted.
The first half of the show consisted of interviews with judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. Because it was Ryan Seacrest in the other chair, the questions were as predictable as the answers. Absolutely nothing was said that hasn't been before. Randy thinks this year's group of finalists is the best yet, Paula truly believes they are all stars each in their own special way, and Simon just wants to make sure his label sells a lot of albums.
In the second half-hour, Seacrest sat down with the three remaining finalists to ask more vapid questions that provided fodder for even more vapid answers. In fact, while the purported purpose of the show was to "find out more" about the singers, their responses were virtually interchangeable. If anything, they had to suppress their personalities in order to continue to appeal to the widest possible audience. Each contestant also got to perform one of their "signature songs."
This Wednesday, one more finalist will be removed from the competition to make way for the grand showdown next week.
The moral of this season for American Idol fans is this: never underestimate the power of the Aloha State. Jasmine went far further than anyone expected her to go in this contest. She's sailed through multiple elimination shows as far more talented singers have been summarily dismissed, due solely to the power and tenacity of the Hawaiian voting bloc. While not a great singer, she is a talented performer, and her rapport with the target audience is her greatest strength.
Unfortunately for Jasmine, enough viewers are now annoyed enough at the ousting of Jennifer Hudson and LaToya London that they're unlikely to allow a lesser singer to walk away with the top prize. While the bizarre voting patterns this season have made it very difficult to predict the results each week, I'll go out on a limb and say that Jasmine Trias will be leaving the show this week.