Votes are in...Who is out? Antonella is in the audience...Ryan has shaved. The show is an hour long which means lots of filler and recaps, so rather than a play by play I am going to follow Ryan's lead and try some grouping.
First we get a review of last night's performances. Randy thinks everyone brought their game. Paula tells Simon she is not his puppet. Good for you, girl! Paula is quite capable of making a sensible remark on her own, thank you! Of course, before she can make this pronouncement, Ryan and Simon have to have some silly banter about puppets and girlfriends, etc. Boys will be boys! Jon Bon Jovi reminds us that the contestants want this badly and that is why America watches. We see a video recap of their performances and then Ryan takes us to The Farmers Market where we find there are as many opinions as kinds of fruit. Then back to the contestants where Blake tries to explain the process of changing the beat of a song, Jordin tries to defend her dismal performance, Phil explains why rock was not a household commodity and LaKisha licks her lips at the idea of kissing Simon again. Of course, he looks like the Cheshire Cat.
Instead of a group performance, we were given a video recap of last week's Idol Gives Back show. I am so sorry I didn't tape Elvis. It was so good to see him again. Throughout the evening, we had video appeals from three of our Idols who were not on last week's show. Reuben, Fantasia and Taylor remind us that the voters helped them and can now help some other child with a financial contribution to Idol Aid. Reuben is still a Velvet Teddy bear. I just love the way Fantasia says "blessed." As for Taylor...be still my heart...he looks a little tired. He does give those concerts his all.
We manage to get another Ford vignette. This time Blake is a circus ringmaster, Melinda is a contortionist, and Chris is a magician. They do a good job of "Paint it Black." The commercial leads into the Idol Challenge question.
The surprise guest who caused such a discussion was Robin Thicke.
Thankfully, the performance of Bon Jovi doesn't disappoint. They sing a new song from their new CD, "Lost Highway," which will be released in June. The quiet lyricism of the voice and the words, "If you don't know if you should stay," is a seductive lead in to a powerful but restrained ending. I loved it and will be looking for the CD.
Of course, throughout the evening we are subjected to our emotional upheavals as we receive the results. In total, 135 million votes have been cast. The first group to center stage is Melinda, Phil and LaKisha. Melinda looks worried but she needn't be...she is safe. Phil looks content and holds LaKisha. With Ryan's usual dramatics, we wait with baited breath. LaKisha is safe. Phil (I am so hoping he is safe)...is going home. No! No! This can't be. I am deeply disappointed. Phil, still looking like he's won the lottery, sings "Blaze of Glory" even better than last night. He works his way through the audience and the judges, thanking them for their help, hugs his buddies and his wife, then goes back to the group. Melinda cries... so do I.
Later in the show, Ryan asks for the other three, but tells Jordin, immediately, to sit down, as he played with her emotions enough last week. That means we will lose either Blake or Chris. Blake had a great night but Chris has fought through before. Who will it be? I HATE COMMERCIALS! But I do get some relief with the Bon Jovi performance. Ryan asks Jon if he wants to call it. Jon says "not on your life." I wouldn't place any bets either. Ryan talks to Blake and Chris. They are best buddies. Chris says he would give up his place for Blake. I sense a hesitation from Blake. The decision time comes. Chris is going home. Blake is safe.
Chris watches his good-bye video then sings us out with "Wanted Dead or Alive". Why is it that both men performed their good-bye songs even better than last night? Chris strolls the cat walk then back to the stage for a group huddle. He will be okay. As he said himself "If I go home tomorrow, its just the way its supposed to be and I'll still have a career after." I'm sure you will.
So we are down to one male and three females. It will be lonely in the men's apartment this week for Blake. Are we going to get a diva showdown or will Blake work his way up past two of those women? And who will they be? This is getting interesting. And on that note I'm off to bed. Ta-ta!