'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.
Yes, America got it right !!!!!! this should have happened two weeks ago, he stayed too long.
It was the right pick, more based on his past performances. They all did darn well on their songs so I think it was more determined on past peformances. I have to agree with most that I really don't get Deandre's high runs with some of that being off key. Just to me not a lot of singing there....and more of, "look at how high I can sing AND I am a guy!"
The rest.....darn, darn close. This will be an interesting rest of the shows. Some darn good talent there.......It will come down to who messes up.....but if no one does, like this week, who goes? Tough, very tough. Great show this year.
Damn! I had it set to tape while I bowled league and somehow I got an hour of "How I Met your Mother" instead. I think like some have said, it's not that Heejun was bad this week it's that no one was bad so past performances played a big role including his breathless butchery of Billy Joel last week. He probably should have been out for that one so the voters seem to be running a week late?
NashvilleImages, I really can't pick the final 3 yet as someone different seems to step up each week. I agree about the falsetto and although I think he's been better lately, he's had some major pitch problems at times, but what is a "Sylvester-like diva falsetto"? For some reason I'm picturing him saying "thuffering thuckitash. I can't thing." It's either that or I have to picture Sylvester Stallone singing falsetto.
If I was at the mansion now with them, I would be totally bummed to see Heejun leave, I bet he is a hoot to be around and would have made living in that mansion the rest of the season a blast. He seems to joke to hide how insecure he is which is actually kinda sad, I am sure he truly feels for what those kids go through that he works with and helps. He really seems like a great guy and I hope he does great things with his life. GOOD LUCK to you Heejun
I can not believe that Deandre wasn't at least in the bottom 3, How Skylar got there is beyond me. Hollie I can understand...She sings very well but to me her and Jessica are not people I would pay to see in concert where as Skylar, Phillip, and Elise are. They have more soul and power and are much more interesting and entertaining. It's singing competition of course but you have to have the whole package and be someone that will sell records and concert tickets so to me the 3 I mentioned are the ones who should be left standing.
PS-Can't stand Nikki Minaj but did like that song, good beat, kinda interesting.
Scotty is awesome, I am so proud of him as if I had something to do with his success- LOL!!! He just warms my heart and I think he has an awesome voice. Certainly a country voice and only one genre but nothing wrong with that. Those good ole country boys are the best
Happy Friday ya all!!!!
The best thing about last night's show was Ryan's comment about Nicki Minajh! IMO she is a disgrace to
the music industry and has no business letting it all hang out on a show that is geared to young girls.
I'm a bit disappointed in the results. I would have preferred to see curly leave before Heejun. But Heejun cooked his goose last week and got serious too late for it to matter.