Thursday, April 19, 2012

American Idol Season 11 • Top 7 Results (Take 2)

I guess the first thing I can think of saying tonight is that someone will be going home, that is sure. No more judges' saves, just voting for elimination, one week at a time. We have no idea who will be leaving tonight, for it could be Jessica, Elise or Joshua, who were in the bottom three last week. There were also a few weak performances last night, and they could have put new people in jeopardy. Only time will tell.

American Idol Season 11 Top 7 Again
Kris Allen LMFAO
Clockwise: The Season 11 Top 7; LMFAO; and Kris Allen.

Soon the judges are introduced, and Crusty, too. He can't wait to announce that last night there were 53 million votes cast, the highest of the season. I have to say, that is the first time we were given numbers in a couple of weeks. He also announces we will hear the new single from Season 8 winner Kris Allen, and the latest from party rockers LMFAO. But until then, the Top 7 will perform Dancing In The Streets, the great song by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

That was a hit for the Motown girl group in 1964, recorded on the Hitsville, USA label. Quickly, Crusty reminds us that there is a final coming up, and perhaps it is already written in the stars. The kids are singing Stars by Switchfoot.

Back to business, and Crusty calls Hollie and Joshua to the center, and we recap their performances. Jimmy loved what Joshua delivered, and thinks he might be in the finale. Hollie, well, he thinks it is a long-shot for her to make the finale, and even to escape the bottom 3 tonight. Tonight, Joshua is safe. Hollie is told by Ryan that she is the first person in the bottom 3 this evening. After a break, Crusty catches up with Taylor Hicks, who will be playing Las Vegas this summer. He then help Crusty introduce Kris Allen who will sing the new single off his upcoming album, The Vision of Love.

I notice as Kris is working the stage, the judges are not even bothering to watch, and I remember Randy was the only judge left from his season. Kris is looking good, and the song is pretty good, too. His new album, Thank You Camellia, will be released on May 22, 2012. You can find his single, Vision of Love, on iTunes and Amazon. Soon we are back to the competition, and Crusty calls Skylar and Elise to join him. Jimmy I tells us that he is loving Skylar, the best performer on the show. Elise, on the other hand, he feels is slipping up. So, when it is time for results, and we learn that Elise is in the bottom 3 again. And that Skylar is sent back to safety. After a break, there is a tribute to Dick Clark, who Crusty considered a mentor. The importance of Clark's influence on the music industry for the last five decades, through American Bandstand and so many other programs he produced through Dick Clark Productions, including New Years Rockin' Eve. They take a literal moment, and introduce LMFAO to perform Sorry For Party Rocking.

Wow, I am so glad I do not have to review that mess. People actually buy that, is that what they are telling me? It was some weird hybrid of Metal Hairbands and frat-boy rap. Okay, I guess that is proof positive I am no longer young. If you liked that, you can find it on iTunes and Amazon. Let's move on to a commercial. We know there are only three contestants left, and among them is the one saved by the judges last week. Could it be an all-girl bottom three? Or might one of the early frontrunners find their way to danger. Crusty calls Phillip, Colton and Jessica to the stage. Jimmy I apologizes for the Jessica's song choice, for it was too old for her. He felt Phillip was good last night, and Colton had a bad night. First we learn that Jessica is safe, and one of the boys will be joining the bottom three. The person at risk of leaving is Colton. Phillip is safe. The judges are worried, for they can do nothing. Elise is sent to safety, and we are sent to a commercial break. When we come back, we have two very worried competitors on the stage, and Crusty relishing the moment. The person going home is Colton Dixon, thought of as an early frontrunner.

Colton Dixon, American Idol Season 11

Have to say I am surprised, but not as surprised as the judges. It is also shocking that the boys now lag behind the girls, 4 to 2. He sings his worship song, Everything by Lifehouse. He speaks of making records, and Jennifer talks about many records. As someone who has been following this show for 11 years, I think that is a sweet thought, but seldom true. Goodbye, Colton. Maybe this will be a girl's year after all.


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