The American Idol Elite 8 results show started like a second part to Wednesday’s “Idol Give Back,” but finished with an elimination that left the audience shocked.
The first half hour was filled with a recap of Wednesday night’s 2 ½ hour charity show (cause 150 minutes wasn’t enough), a montage video of stars to the Monkee’s “I’m a Believer,” and an endless amount of celebrities plugging the donation number and website.
One plug even included comments from the three presidential candidates. I loved that McCain took the comic route.
Of course we had the requisite group number to “Shout to the Lord,” the “I Just Want to Celebrate” Ford video, and a guest performance.
Last year’s winner Jordin Sparks teamed up with Chris Brown to sing “No Air.” Then there was the fan presentations promoting Jordin’s success.
If you had any doubt that this whole segment was one big Idol promotion, Ryan cleared it up with his comment.
“The message here is that American Idol works.”
Finally, we got to the bottom three. No surprise, my pick to go home – David Archuleta – was safe again. Equally expected was Syesha Mercado and Carly Smithson’s critical status.
But then we get to the shockers. Kristy Lee is safe and Michael Johns is in trouble.
As I look at the bottom three, I could easily see either Syesha or Carly being eliminated. But then I – and, judging from the stunned hush, the audience – were both amazed to find that Michael is on the chopping block.
If this fact wasn’t staggering enough, Ryan adds insult to injury by reminding us that last year they didn’t send anyone home during “Idol Gives Back” but Michael is still going home.
Did the record-breaking 31 million votes get it wrong?