"American Idol" made a bit of history on
Thursday. For the first time, Ryan Seacrest revealed the top three vote getters,
and then relayed the exact order of finish from fourth to 10th. No more
mysteries about who finished where.
We almost had another first that would
have been more consequential – the first "Idol" strike.
Curtis Finch Jr. and Devin Velez were
announced as the two lowest vote-getters, which was no surprise to anyone who
watched Wednesday's show. But Nicki Minaj was not happy at Curtis being in
danger. "If you go home, I'm going home," she said.
Indeed, Curtis was the lowest vote-getter,
and indeed Nicki walked offstage – but only temporarily. She came back during
his "sing-for-the-save" performance, perhaps realizing that it's hard to lobby
her fellow judges if she isn't actually within shouting distance. It didn't make
Perhaps her pleas went unheeded, or the
other judges were hoping she would carry out her threat and walk out for good.
Perhaps they reasoned with her that there was no point in using their save this
early when they will likely have plenty of other chances to use it on a guy
later in the season, given how poorly they all did in the voting. Or perhaps
they reminded her that she joined "Idol" claiming she was going to the tough
judge who didn't just pass people along because they were nice guys
Either way, kudos to Nicki for extending
her own streak. After arriving late on Wednesday and ducking out for
part of the finale Thursday, she's now gone two episodes in a row without
working a full show.
dominate the voting The first three contestants to learn their fate were
the top vote-getters, though Ryan made it plain that they weren't necessarily
announced in order. Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller start things
off in a class by themselves, though Kree got the added bonus of having the
mayor of her Texas hometown come onstage and give her the key to the city.
Imagine what she'll get if she actually wins!
Fourth place was a bit of a shock, as
Lazaro Arbos was the class of the men despite two consecutive weeks of subpar
performances. If he ever sings to his potential, he looks like the best bet to
keep the streak of male winners alive.
Florida goes to… "Idol" also added a few more wrinkles to liven up the
results show, and I'm not just talking about Jon Bon Jovi, who opened for
Phillip Phillips among the guest stars.
Ryan broke down some of the votes by
states and territories. We learned that Devin won Puerto Rico, Janelle won
Tennessee, Lazaro sneaked past Angie in Florida, and Karl Rove isn't sure who
won Ohio. OK, that last part was made up. But give Ryan time.
Also coming back were the sixth-place
finishers from last week: Charlie Askew (really?) and Amber Cleland. They each
got one more chance to sing for the extra-special 11th spot on the "Idol" summer tour, and the selection
will likely have a huge impact on ticket sales in their individual
Monday, May 20 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:46:55 GMT
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