A new Season 10 record was announced by Ryan Seacrest--over 60 million votes were cast last night. America spoke up, but who did they send home? We wouldn't find out until the very end of the show, of course.
Ryan visited each judge and talked about Steven Tyler's new title as a best-selling author, but Steven was too busy taking notes as Ryan stood beside him. Perhaps he's penning the sequel to his memoir. Jennifer Lopez released her seventh studio album and would perform on the show later in the evening, and Ryan teased that Randy has a bake sale in Tarzana this weekend.
The Top 5 on 5/5 performed "Happy Together" by The Turtles. The girls harmonized well, and the guys seemed to be having a good time. Next, we saw this week's magical music video.
Hell's Kitchen/Kitchen Nightmares/MasterChef's Gordon Ramsay invited the Top 5 to his kitchen for an omelet cook-off. I'd be nervous after what Chef Ramsay said about Mama Langone's pasta on an Idol episode. Are Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery even old enough to use knives and open flames? Lauren had the best-tasting omelet, and Jacob's was second best, so Gordon invited them to a blind tasting next.
Lady Antebellum won five Grammy Awards this year, and tonight they took the stage to sing "Just A Kiss." Is that Paul McDonald in a subdued jacket? Nope, it's Charles Kelley of Lady A. Can you believe Hillary Scott auditioned for Idol twice and didn't make it past the first round?! The judges and contestants gave the trio a standing ovation.
It was time for the results. Ryan had James Durbin stand up so they could revisit last night's performance and hear Jimmy Iovine's take. James was told to stand on the left side of themay_5 stage. Lauren Alaina was up next, and Ryan told the teary-eyed singer to stand on the opposite side from James. Oh, I know what Ryan is going to do! He's going to split the group into two and make a nice, innocent Idol pick which group they're in.
We went back to the taste-off, where Lauren beat out Jacob. Heck, if this whole singing thing doesn't work out (but it will since Top 5 is a huge accomplishment), she could always become a chef! Ryan, Steven, and Randy sat in the audience with a tub of popcorn and glass of Coca-Cola as Jennifer Lopez took the stage to perform her hit single, "On The Floor." She kicked in glass cells, rose up on a pedestal on the stage, did choreography literally on the floor, and ended with pyrotechnics. Then, we got a tease of her next music video "I'm Into You," which was easy on the eyes to say the least.
When it was time for more results, Jacob Lusk was sent to stand with Lauren, and Haley was positioned next to James. Ryan brought Scotty over and said that he's never been in the bottom, and that streak continues. But then Ryan asked Scotty to choose which other duo was safe, and I was yelling at my TV for Scotty to sit down in the middle like Melinda Doolittle and David Archuleta did on seasons before. Smartly, Scotty said he wouldn't do that, and Ryan placed him next to Haley and James, and said that this was America's Top 3. That left our two best cooks, Jacob and Lauren, in the bottom two.
After 60 million votes, Jacob said adios and went out with a bang. As the judges stood for him, Jacob sang "A House Is Not A Home," and at the end of the song he kept on scatting. The cameras turned off, but on the Idol set, the party continued. Jacob kept on taking the song to church and swung arm-in-arm with the judges. Eventually his mom and grandma made their way up to the stage too. There's a lot to celebrate--Top 5 ain't bad!
Next week, the Top 4 battle it out, and it's anyone's game. We're back to even genders for the first time since the Top 12. Who do you love?