The first elimination of American Idol’s Top 13 saw the birth of a new rule and sent two hopefuls home after nearly 33 million votes. Now the field has narrowed to the traditional 11 contenders and the judges still have a save card they can play.
The biggest news of the night was the new Judges Save rule. Up until the Top 5, the judges can save one person from elimination. They can use this save just once and the decision must be unanimous. That week no one will be eliminated, but the next week two will be eliminated (so in theory, the save could just be temporary).
The reasoning is that if the judges had this rule before they could have saved the likes of Michael Johns, Jennifer Hudson or Chris Daughtry from leaving the competition too early. But you have to wonder, if they’d stayed another week would any of these contenders gone on to win the contest or would they have just lived to be eliminated another day?
I wasn’t watching back when Hudson or Daughtry were eliminated so I can’t really comment on them, but I don’t think a reprieve would have led to a Johns’ victory in Season 7. But it would have been nice to look at him a little longer.
Personally, I think if they are going to change the rules, they should have let everyone know at the beginning of the season. However, it’ll be interesting to see if this rule has any real impact.
It’s no surprise that the judges didn’t use their one save of the season tonight, so early in the game. And I think it’s going to have to be a pretty strong contender for all four judges to agree.
While on whom and when the save will be used is still a mystery, the roster for the bottom four was no surprise to anyone watching Tuesday’s show – Jasmine Murray, Megan Joy Corkrey, Anoop Desai and Jorge Nunez.
Three of these four were added during the Wild Card round which doesn’t say much for the quality of contestants we got during that round. But in the end the Js were sent packing. However, I would be surprised if we didn’t see Jasmine or Jorge again next season.
The evening led off with a medley of Jackson 5 hits performed by the Top 13. Let me just say that I have high praise for Scott MacIntyre for even attempting the group number choreography. We’ve see even those with all their senses intact struggle with the footwork before. Didn’t someone even run into a camera last year?
But as much as I’m impressed with Scott for stepping up to the challenge, I am equally awed by the other contestants’ willingness to help him find his spacing and direction during this numbers. I’m so glad that they can put their competitiveness aside; it makes for a better group number.
We were also treated to performances by Grammy winner Kayne West who say his hit single “Heartless” and by first season Idol winner Kelly Clarkson who sang her new single “My Life Would Suck Without You.”
Kayne’s performance didn’t do anything for me, but it’s just not my taste in music. On the other hand, I usually like Kelly’s work, but this song just didn’t strike a chord with me either. What did you think of her song
The rest of the night was filled with the standard filler, a review of the previous night performances, encore performances by those exiting and the first Ford Video of the season to Queen’s “We will Rock You.” Normally I like these videos (mostly just because it’s less time we have to listen Ryan talk), but this was nothing special, just singing heads on buildings while a car drove by. Ford has definitely had better videos with Idol contestants.
We also got a peek into the finalists’ new digs. And all I can say is wow!! What a mansion! When will they have time to rehearse with distractions like pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, basketball court, bowling alley, and home theater? After seeing this place, I’m thinking about auditioning just so I can stay there, but the fact that I can’t sing a lick will probably axe any chance I have of taking up residence in this mansion.