'American Idol' Recap: Send Out the Clown
Resident jokester Heejun Han is the latest contestant to be sent packing
By Carla Patton
Scotty McCreery is back in the house, y'all, holding his microphone all weird and singing about young-boy things with an old man voice. Also, someone will be eliminated for choosing the wrong personal idol. Wouldn't it be great if their personal idol could eliminate them in person? Like, if Deandre goes home, Eric Benet would come out of the audience and wink at the camera. Cut to commercial! I think Deandre could be going home tonight, even though he may have reached a personal best with his performance.
After all the tears shed and all the standing and sitting the judges did last night, someone will have to go home. It's the same every week: Someone's gotta go! It's time to let Jesus and/or the voters take the wheel.
This week's results show introduction argues that "everyone has their favorite," and I just don't know if that's true. I am not sure I have a favorite yet. Wednesday night I was in quite the mood, so everyone was my least favorite. I wanted everyone to lose and go home and be sad like me! The life of a blogger!
Scotty McCreery and Nicki Minaj are performing -- hopefully together! That would be fantastic. But first, some "breaking" Aerosmith news: They're going on tour! The tour is called the Global Warming tour, evidently because they had to be warmed from their cryogenic freeze.
Then Ryan displayed some tweets from their personal idols, and brought Eric Benet out on stage. My dreams are coming true! I guess Eric Benet is really not that busy. He said everyone, specifically Deandre, did an incredible job. Deandre cried.
But you haven't cried for real until you've seen the Ford Music Video. The kids are trying to move a bunch of old TVs into their Fords. Then, they're stacking them up and watching themselves on the wall of TVs. What a fun party. Bye, Eric Benet. Thanks for watching that special video with us.
Next, another special video. The contestants are moving from the hotel into the Hollywood mansion, all to Lana Del Rey's "Video Games." Ugh, this song! The kids go tearing through the mansion, except Elise and Phillip, who handle the situation like adults. The mansion is absolutely sick, though. It's a shame these kids will soon be ruining it and leaving their dirty Tommy Hilfiger clothes all over the floor.
So, who has to move out of the lap of luxury this week? Results comin' at us hard! Elise, Hollie and Phillip hit the stage first. My guess is Hollie from this group. Jimmy Iovine says Elise did herself and "American Idol" a lot of good with her performance: She deserves to stay. Jimmy also dropped the hint that next week's theme is the 1980s. Awesome!
Jimmy says if Stevie likes Phillip, we all should. Phillip is a big, big star and flawless. They can't get enough of this kid! Jimmy thinks Hollie lacks experience and is a bit behind the pack, specifically Jessica, who is her direct competition. Love you for keepin' it real, Jimmy! Hollie is in the bottom three. Phillip and Elise are safe.
Nicki Minaj performs next, sans Scotty McCreery. But they really should collaborate at some point. She's giving Old Navy-commercial realness on this night and cleavage visible from space. This choreography certainly has a lot of jumping, doesn't it? Nicki Minaj looks uncomfortable at times and keeps tugging at her clothes. If you can call them clothes. Not to be out-creeped by me, Ryan comments on the "high-risk" nature of Nicki's choreography and costuming in tandem.
Colton, Joshua and Heejun join Ryan onstage. I think it will be Heejun from this group. Jimmy says Colton was "good but not good enough." He then adds, "This is not the end of your concert where you can lose it and cry and your fans will be with you." Haha, Jimmy is so harsh! Jimmy says Joshua delivered 85 percent of the song, but his emotion got the best of him. And he loved Joshua in the Michael Jackson medley. Jimmy says it was great to see Heejun come back, but it wasn't enough: "He doesn't sing as well as the other eight contestants." Colton is safe. Joshua is safe, and Heejun is in the bottom three.
Scotty McCreery! They put the mic on a stand so he couldn't hold it like a flute. He sure is trying, though! His song is about water towers and football and living in the South. Bless his country-lovin' heart! He seems a lot more confident now that he's on the charts and not auditioning for the judges' approval. This kid has some real stage presence now. Good for him. The song was just OK, but at least it wasn't that god-awful song about how boys like peaches or whatever Lauren Alaina was singing about.
Jimmy Iovine brought out Scotty's platinum record, which was pretty cool. I know you might not like him, but I feel like Scotty is the son I never had because I would have been way too young to bear children at the time.
Deandre, Skylar and Jessica get their results last. Jimmy says Skylar always gives something that makes him want to vote for her, but the song was too much of a "character song." He thinks she will be in the middle of the pack. What did Jimmy think of Deandre (man of the hour)? Jimmy is right in the middle: He's not going crazy for Deandre or disliking him, but he thinks Deandre needs more experience. Jimmy says Jessica is, as ever, a professional with skillful vocals and says we need a little "girl power" this season. Alrighty. Jessica is safe, and Skylar is in the bottom three. Say what?! Deandre is safe? Well, I never. Maybe it's backlash from last week? Backlash that didn't exist for Heejun, evidently.
It appears Heejun knows he's going home next to these two girls. Ryan sends Skylar to safety (where she belongs). And the singer at risk is Heejun. No! I mean, yes. But alas! The judges won't use their save on him: He's just too far behind. And he disrespected the competition, evidently. Man, this sucks. I'm going to miss the Heejun we didn't get to see this week -- the funny one! His personality was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this season. At least he'll have the best farewell clip package of all time!
Heejun thanks the crowd, knowing full well he is going home. Jennifer cries because Heejun was delightful. Steven lowers the boom: "You saw this coming yourself after last week ... We're gonna have to let you go, man." Oh, my god. It sounds like they're putting him down. Heejun's farewell tribute video reminds us of his hilarious feud with Richie the Cowboy -- his legacy.
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did America get it right?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
First the TV series with the Geeks is the "Big Bang Theory." I think America was right on with who they sent home, but hated Skylar was in the bottom 3. Someone said she was a one trick pony, how about Phillip, the judges and Jimmy's fav. Most of his songs sound very similar.
Hollie needs some seasoning but that girl has some pipes. I love Elise's style, but don't know how far she will go with the younger audience. I think the rock number helped her identify with the younger crowd.
Loved seeing Scooty again, don't know about the author's comment about "I know you don't like him." His award says a ton of people love him. This is a very talented group that is left.
Hey Hockey Goon How are ya? I acutally miss Slim! LOL All the other ladies from SHP wanted me to say HI to everyone too!
Slim, Are you referring to The Big Bang Theory?? I think that show is on another network, and I don't think they are computer nerds... they're just nerds.
Boooo to whoever disliked my post!
Well last night reminded me that this season is better than last season, oh Scotty keep your Platinum album and your country music. Heejun "good luck in all your future endeavors" you seem like a likeable sort of kid. Deandre has a voice many people don't like and there are several songs he's sung this year that that made me cringe, however the song from the other night, the Eric Benet song was great for him, keep singing songs like that and we'll have to put up with him longer. Likely Iwill be wrong, but it's still a Jessica/Joshua Final IMO.
What's up deamcrusher, good to see a couple of people from the old site, besides slim.
Preveious monnikers you may recognize, Tommyboy or Mr. Furious...that's me. Looking for Old beige guy or everybodyhasone and it'll be like old home week.
What a waste, So Sorry HeeJun, we loved your voice and hope someone is smart enough to sign as we need more baladeers, That Minaj thin was such a turn off, thank God for mute buttons!
Hello everyone from the old AI boards!
I am not surprised HeeJun went home. He had a great performance this week, but he is not as strong as the other contestants and had a slim to none chance of winning the competition.
I was also not surprised that Hollie and Skylar were in the bottom. They are both pretty much one trick ponies. They sing the same type of song week after week. Although Sklyar has gotten better, I don't think her voice is strong enough to win this either. Hollie has a great voice and could win, but she's just gotten too boring and needs to change it up a bit. I would not be surprised to see Deandre there sometime soon as well. I think he has a good voice, but the falsetto is too much too, and I don't really see him connecting to the music... I'm not sure what the judges see that I don't.
1st, HeeJun should have been the one to go home this week. He'd be better off in a comedy contest. 2nd, I am so upset & disgusted that a "family" show needed to have near naked Nicki Minaj jumping around. So tasteless and a total fake (in every way)! Here is a quote from her mouth... Minaj commented on her sexual image again stating, "I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. Liar!!!
Congratulations to Scotty McCreery on his first(of many I'm sure) platinum record. he's heading down the same path as Carrie Underwood and is going to be a big name in country music.
Not surprised Heejun went home last night. He got serious a little too late. I was surprised to see both Hollie and Skylar in the botom three. Deandre should have been there before either of those two. A little falsetto goes a long way with me and I am tired of hearing him screech. Hope he'll be the next to go.My favorite is still Josh and I am becoming a big fan of Elise. She is the best of all the girls. Sorry Jessica fans,while she has a beautiful voice she's sorely lacking in personality. Elise not only has a great voice but great,great stage presence. it would be nice to see a girl win this year and Elise is the one who could do it.