Tonight, the American Idol stage was seething with talent and I’m not talking about the Top 10 who awaited their fate. I’m talking about performances by the greats – Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. It was a reminder that the Top 10 still have a long way to go.
Personally, I would have liked to have heard more from both Smokey and Stevie instead of Ryan’s false drama. But in the end, we had to get to the business of the night in which more than 36 million votes determined. Ryan told us that is the most votes any Top 10 in the history of Idol has ever gotten.
The first to get sent to the Bottom Three surprised me more than anything else. Matt Giraud did an awesome job Wednesday night with “Let’s Get it On” so I was really shocked to find he wasn’t safe.
But after we learned that Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre joined him in the Bottom Three, I was floored again to learn that the one Ryan sent to safety wasn’t Matt. Instead Scott returned to the sofas with the other seven leaving Matt and Michael to sweat it out.
As much as I like Michael, I was not ready to see Matt hit the road. So I actually had my fingers crossed in hopes that if it came down to it, the judges would play their save card. In the end, intervention by the judges was not needed and Michael was sent home.
I get that American Idol is trying to pay tribute to Motown, but the constant flashes of Hitsville throughout the opening group number was distracting. Or maybe producers were just trying to distract viewers from the recently released fact that the Top 10 are lip synching to a pre-recorded version of Motown medley.
I know that several people have mentioned in the comment section of this column over the last few weeks that they thought the group numbers were lip synched. (Congrats to you for catching it.) I honestly hadn’t paid that close of attention before. But tonight, probably because I’d read the story about it earlier, I couldn’t see anything but the lip-synching.
But after the group number, I eagerly welcomed the Ford music video to “Pocketful of Sunshine.” Unfortunately, the video of the contestants putting together a life size puzzle that they would drive later drive their hybrids through didn’t wow me either.
Next up Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard returned to the Idol stage to sing “Together.” He didn’t sound bad, but his music isn’t really my thing.
Now the duet of “You’re the One for Me” between Smokey Robinson and Joss Stone was more my speed. What a pretty song! And those of you that like Joss, you can see her in her television acting debut next month in Showtime’s “The Tudors” where she will be King Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleaves.
And although I’d have preferred to hear a single song by Stevie Wonder, I have to say he rocked his Motown medley. He is an amazingly talented man and the music of Motown is wonderful. However, I could have done without his plug for Obama.
Overall, one of the better results shows, in my opinion.