Oh, Barry! You came and performed on the Idol! You'll never give up your title. You came and you said, "I like Paris." Sing that to the tune of "Mandy" and you've got yourself a good time tonight, friends.
So tonight brings us another elimination, and I'm pretty sure who it's going to be. I have a backup thought, but if it's somebody outside of those two, I admit I'll be fairly shocked.
Let's focus on tonight, which, hey, maybe you've is heard is live. Speaking of live, a handful of people emailed to inform me that Chris' rendition of Walk The Line last night was the same one the power ballad band Live had on an album recently. And how dare Chris sing it with without crediting Live! Who cares? It's not like he said in his taped piece, "Yeah, I was up all night rearranging the song this way. I couldn't think of how to do it. Then I looked outside and saw a majestic eagle soaring overhead and it gave me the inspiration I need to rock it out. True story." Just calm down, people.
Ryan comes out to start the show, again draped in back. The cuts just tear him up! He could barely get down his Chinese chicken salad lunch today because he was so emotional. Then Ryan introduces the judges, including a surprise fourth judge, Paula's New Hair Color. Wait. Hmm. Maybe she had that last night as well and I simply didn't notice. Heck, she could've had it all season for all I know.
Then it's clobberin' time! Brett Young, you are safe. This week. Mandisa, I am going very quickly. And you are safe. Elliott, we're running out of time here. On another note, you are safe. To Seacrest's apparent surprise. Kellie, in short, simple words, you are safe. Chris, you're safe. Paris, you haven't changed your hair since last night. Perhaps it's stuck. Anyway, you're safe. Katharine, you are safe. Taylor, we're still steaming along here and you are safe.
That leaves Kevin, Lisa and Bucky in the bottom three. They all get to join Ryan at once. Strength in numbers, I suppose. Right now, all those three can do is stand there and wonder what happens when the game you've been playing starts playing you. So who gets to pass the save point first? Lisa does. Which is a step up from last week when she was in the bottom two. Heading in the right direction!
Kevin? Bucky? Bucky? Kevin? It's Kevin. Wow. Well, he wasn't part of the two I had in mind tonight. I figured he had enough of a fanbase to make a real John Stevens-style run to the top seven. But no. That little scenario was cut short. Now the most important question facing Kevin is whether or not he'll have to audition for his high school musical this spring. I mean, if you're on TV, you should pretty much be handed the lead in South Pacific, right?
Kevin thanks all of us for our support, then says this is the best year of Idol yet before imploring us to do the right thing and pick one of those fine people to win. Um...do we even have another option?