American Idol season 9’s top 12 elimination show aired Wednesday evening. AI season 7’s David Cook returned to the American Idol stage for Rolling Stones week, Orianthi rocked her stuff, and by hour’s end, top 12 member Lacey Brown was left out in the cold. Here’s how it all went down.
The AI elimination show sputtered to life with an awkward confrontation between Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, a follow-up of Tuesday night’s weirdness between the two men over Michael Lynche’s performance. That gratuitous strangeness was followed by the return of American Idol season 7 winner David Cook, who, in keeping with Rolling Stones week, performed Jumpin’ Jack Flash. I’m an Idol newbie, so I didn’t have much experience with Cook, but I thought it ranked somewhere between ‘eh’ and ‘hey, that was pretty good’.
(As a sitenote: Musical taste is highly personal. My husband loves Led Zeppelin; to me, they sound like cats in pain. I Googled Billie Jean to get another flavor of David Cook, and found a video on YouTube. The beginning of the song was weak to me. But the middle and end were kicked up 30,000 notches and just fabulous. So there.)
American Idol continued after a break with a Ford commercial featuring 11 of the top 12 (sans formerly flu-ridden Casey James) riding around in and paintballing cars. It was weird. But hey, marketing ploys are marketing ploys. Then, what we were waiting for: The beginning of the elimination. First to stand up was Paige Miles, who was relegated to the first bottom three of season 9. Lee Dewyze, Siobhan Magnus, Aaron Kelly, and Andrew Garcia were deemed safe, while Tim Urban was sent to the bottom three.
While Paige and Tim waited to see who else would join them on the American Idol elimination stools, Ryan introduced Orianthi, who sang According to You. I had to Google the black leather-clad, boot wearing blonde because I’d never heard of her before, but she has a rockin’ sound and plays a mean guitar. She’s sort of like a hardcore Avril Lavigne.
AI season 9 results action continued as Didi Benami, Crystal Bowersox, Katie Stevens and Michael Lynche were systematically passed on to next week, leaving Casey James and Lacey Brown in peril. Ryan teased Casey for a few moments before sending Lacey to the bottom three along with Paige Miles and Tim Urban. Ryan turned to the judges, asking if anyone is worthy of being saved. Ellen Degeneres hemmed and hawed, but didn’t answer, while Simon affirmed that one of them was worth saving. Ryan narrowed the field to just Lacey and Paige by sending Tim to safety.
Ke$ha hit the AI season 9 stage next, offering up an odd performance with Blah Blah Blah. Mmmkay, not much to say about that one other than I’m not really much of a fan. Sorry.
Finally, finally, final results time: Paige Miles was safe, and Lacey Brown had to sing for her life. She gave a rather rocky rendition of The Story, her song from last week, and it wasn’t good enough to save her. Given that she could have been gone two weeks ago, Lacey had a nice, long tenure on AI season 9.
Tune in next week as the top 11 go for glory on American Idol.
American Idol season 9 Results show, March 17, 2010