Thanks to my friend Keen for the link to a hilarious article at the Washington Post about last night's Idol. Their summary is much better than mine—especially the goodness about Hannah Montana deflowering David Archuleta (don't say I didn't warn you!)—but I'll still give you my recap.
OK, first of all: NEIL NIGHT ON IDOL. And they each sang two songs! Awesome. Second of all: absolutely none of my predictions/requests were correct. Take my crystal ball away now. Third of all: Paula Abdul gets crazier each week! Fourth of all: I wish the show could have been 1.5 hours as it felt really, really rushed to cram the performances and judging into an hour.
Here are my thoughts, going out to OTRgirl of Sojournering and her husband Jrex, who I have turned into fans despite themselves. I revel in my power.
Jason: Why did you not choose to perform Red, Red Wine? For the past couple of weeks, your song choices have been weak and you've shown a kind of rude innocence about the theme. Last week you didn't know that Cats was about cats, this week you brought the wrong lyrics to your session with Neil . . . pull yourself together! Sloppy. Bottom two.
Brooke: "I'm a Believer" gave me flashbacks to Kristy Lee Cook's awful Beatles-go-country performance. Eek! And your shiny blue pants scared me. That said, I loved your version of "I Am, I Said." I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it made me tear up a little.
David C.: I did not know either of the songs you chose, but I sure liked your performances of them. There's really nothing left to say about you. You're definitely bound for the top two, and likely to win it all.
David A.: Yes, you're a little Disney and yes, choosing "America" gave me another Kristy Lee Cook flashback, but I cannot help myself! I love you! And let's face it, Disney or not, your voice is amazing and your musical timing impeccable. You have a way of holding on to notes just a little longer than I think you should, but then coming off them and making the phrasing something really dramatic and emotional. I see you in the top two as well (battle of the Davids!), and with your huge teenage girl fan base, you could take home the gold.
Syesha: The same, always the same. Good—very good, even—but nothing that has ever moved me. Bottom two, especially after the influential Mr. Cowell pronounced that you were "in danger."