American Idol Top 7 Results (Again): Who Runs the World?
At the beginning of the top 13 of American Idol I made a prediction of how the season would go. I'm still doing okay, as far as who is left. I had Colton Dixon picked for the shock boot and save at eighth place. Instead, he went out tonight at seventh, with no save left. Before I get to how this happened, a quick rundown of what happened tonight.
The night started out with a fairly decent group sing of "Dancing in the Streets". There is also a Ford video that puts the contestants as astrology signs, which is interesting and weird and I'm not sure I want to see it again.
Up first are Joshua and Hollie. Jimmy points out that with the right song Joshua could be really amazing and that Hollie really improved last night. This is not brand new information, and unsurprisingly, Hollie is in the bottom three and Joshua is safe.
Next up is season 8 winner Kris Allen, singing "The Vision of Love", his new single. I'm a fan of his, and I really like a lot of the stuff I have heard for his new album. This performance really showed how much he's grown since his American Idol days. I hope the song does well. (He was introduced by Taylor Hicks, which was interesting since Taylor is usually not seen on American Idol much anymore, but it was great to see.)
Elise and Skylar are called up next. Jimmy praises Skylar and tells Elise she picked the wrong second song. Elise is in the bottom three. I think she gave the best answer that she could when Ryan asked her about it, but I think she's just frustrated and is really just choosing good but not great songs, and she knows it.
There's a small video package in tribute to Dick Clark. Followed by a performance by LMFAO. I will gladly admit to liking 'Party Rock Anthem.' That said, I'm not entirely sure what was going on in this performance, only that the dancing zebra was cool and I couldn't wait for it to be over.
Finally, Jessica, Phillip and Colton are up. Jimmy thankfully points out that Jessica has been picking songs that are too old for her. He praises Phillip's song choices and says Colton was a mess. I think Colton's choice of "Bad Romance" was pretty savvy, but I agree on "September". Colton is in the bottom three for the first time.
The judges hem and haw, but honestly, the group is so strong that anyone could go home. Ryan gives Elise a major fake-out before telling her she is safe. Then Ryan gives the shocking news: Colton is going home. He knows that he stepped too far outside of his box, and apologizes. He sings "Everything" as the credits roll, and everyone looks devastated.
Colton had a bad night in a very strong field. I'm surprised that his fan base didn't rally, but I'm not too surprised at his exit. I'll miss his song choices, and his genuine desire to try and change things up. He'll have a career in Christian contemporary music no doubt. My only fear is that now the contestants won't take any risks, since Colton arguably took the most risks and lost because of it.
Next week's theme is the music of Queen, which is going to be very, very interesting. I think season 5 was the last time American Idol had this theme, so at least the songs will seem fresh.