This was a really strange episode. It started off a little interesting with the song "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. Very quickly, though, it took a turn for the worse. Suddenly, there were clips from previous episodes, but the producers were trying too hard to be artsy and techy with the presentation of it all. There were fancy camera angles and weird transitions to different scenes, even the words that scrolled out were done with "style." The extra effects took away from the memories. I didn't like the high tech distortions or the electronic feel of it all. It was done to spruce up the introduction to the show, but it had the alternate effect on me. I almost turned off my television when I saw all that garbage.
American Idol is obviously going through a reality show identity crisis. They want to be something bigger and better than they really are. Reality shows are purely for entertainment. We try to find meaning in them, try not to feel as guilty for watching them, but in the end we shouldn't try to fool ourselves...and neither should the producers!
This show happened to air on St. Patrick's Day, so there was something about the "Luck of the Irish" going on, but I didn't really understand what. They played a little bit of Irish music before moving on. There was some discussion between Ryan and Simon about "crossing the line" with the whole face off from the last show. This part definitely looked fake because Simon wasn't serious enough. He was actually smiling when Ryan playfully got in his face again and "eyeballed" him some more. I really think the judges' antics are used as a way to bring more viewers to the show because otherwise it might be boring to just listen to the contestants sing.
After the playful banter between the judges and Ryan, Simon announced the "judge's save," which was first implemented last year. The judges can agree to save someone up until the top five contestants. However, it has to be an unanimous decision, which will be difficult to pull off with them!
As soon as Simon finished explaining the judge's save, David Cook came out and sang "Jumping Jack," a Rolling Stones song. I'm not a fan of the Rolling Stones, and Cook's performance bored me. I enjoy rock music, but I didn't enjoy his interpretation. After he was done singing, Cook talked about American Idol Gives Back. This year he will be going to Africa to help the people there.
The best part about the episode was the first American Idol Ford Commercial. This year Ford is pushing their Fiesta car, which I think is truly atrocious! It really isn't a "pretty car" unlike last year's Ford Fusion push. The contestants sang "Tick Tick Boom" and then Ryan showed the video clips where the American Idols created their customized Fiestas. I'm actually interested in winning one just because I enjoyed their designs so much. My three favorite cars were Crystal's, Mike's and Lacey's. I might have to check out the American Idol website for more details!
I'm not sure how the producers did it, but they really jam-packed the results' show. There was a lot going on before they even announced the bottom three. The final guest star was Ke$ha and 3Oh!3 with their performance of "Blah Blah Blah." This was a really bad song and performance. I couldn't help thinking that I was watching a drunk girl dance around on stage trying to look cool as she made a fool of herself. I understand that she's trying to be the next Lady Gaga, but she came off as a bad poser. I also didn't understand why she put on the Native American headdress toward the end of the song. I found her entire performance annoying, but that part was particularly insulting and disrespectful. Luckily, there was at least one performance I enjoyed.
The best performer of the night was Orianthi. I always wondered what the singer looked like because I hear "According to You" a lot on the radio. It always reminds me of Kelly Clarkson. This girl looks nothing like Kelly, though, and she talked with a cute accent, maybe Australian? Thankfully, she prevented the episode from being a total waste of time.
This episode was really disappointing from the weird intro to the confusion at the end of the show when the wrong family name was flashed for the idol who was leaving. In fact, they didn't even show that contestant's family! It all felt rushed with too much going on, which attributed to the name error at the end. I didn't like any of the performers or their songs except Orianthi, and I hear her song all the time on the radio. So, it wasn't much of a treat or reason to watch this episode. I was also extremely disappointed with America's final vote.
If you haven't watched this episode, I recommend skipping it. You can always find out who was sent home by searching the web (or looking in the Wiki facts to the right of this review). It will save you an extra hour of time for a more productive activity.
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Guest performers David Cook, Ke$ha (featuring 3Oh!3), and Orianthi are invited to the American Idol stage to provide some entertainment as America's results are slowly revealed. Cook sings "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Ke$ha sings her newest song "Blah Blah Blah," and Orianthi sings her rock hit "According to You."
The bottom three were Paige Miles, Lacey Brown, and Tim Urban. By the end of the show, it's revealed that Lacey Brown will be going home.