Suspense High on Idol’s Top 8 Results Show

The suspense was high tonight on American Idol as the judges debated the use of their save in the final moments of the show.  But a 2-2 stalemate was not enough to render the unanimous vote required by the save and Idol said goodbye to Scott MacIntyre.

Kellie Pickler returns to the Idol stage with her new single "Best Days of Your Life."  Photo courtesy of American Idol.

Kellie Pickler returns to the Idol stage with her new single "Best Days of Your Life." Photo courtesy of American Idol.

While Scott’s exit seemed inevitable to some, the way the results played out tonight was interesting.

Joining Scott in the Bottom Three were Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds.  Once the stools were filled, Ryan asked Simon if the save would be in play tonight.  He said maybe and that there was at least one in there worth saving.  Who was Simon talking about?

Watching the judges during Scott’s encore – which by the way I think it was better than his performance Tuesday night – it looked like Paula and Kara were the two voting in favor of saving Scott.  So who would Simon have been willing to save?

I can’t imagine the save would be used for Lil Rounds who has been on a downward slide the last few weeks.  Ironically, she was the first of the bottom trio to be deemed safe this week.

And while Anoop had a good week, I don’t see Simon saving him because of his lack of consistency.  I’m glad that Anoop is still hanging on, but his days are numbered especially since he was in the bottom two after a decent performance.  And it’s not a good sign that only 30,000 votes out of the 34 million separated Anoop from Scott.

Personally, I think the judges are reserving their save for Danny Gokey, who seems to be their golden boy.  But it would have been interesting to know which of this week’s bottom three had the potential to be saved.

But onto the rest of the show.

The appearance of Frankie Avalon singing his 1959 hit “Venus” to open the show tonight was a pleasant surprise and a nice way to continue the birth year theme.  And now we all know that Simon Cowell will be celebrating his 50th birthday this year.

We were also treated to performances by rapper Flo Rida and former Idol finalist Kellie Pickler.

Flo Rida sang his current single “Right Round” which is a partial remake of Dead or Alive’s 1984 single “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”  I’m not a big fan of rap, but here was an interesting example of someone taking an old song and making it their own. 

But I’m really wondering what it was he was saying about his tour when they bleeped him.  Was it a sound problem or did they really bleep him in a live show?

And Kellie returned to the Idol stage with her new hit “Best days of Your Life,” which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift.  I thought the performance was okay, but am wondering if Kellie is riding Taylor’s coat tails?

The group performance also carried out this week’s theme with a song picked from the year of Idol’s birth – “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.”  Allison really shined again this week in the group performance.  By having fewer females, they are spotlighted a little more.

However, I’m not sure where the Ford Video to “Circus” fit into the weekly theme.  But I liked this video, probably because we got to see how it was made.

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