The votes have been counted, and America didn’t vote to save funny man Heejun Han once he started to take American Idol seriously and really sing. Oh the irony. How different could things have been on idol night if Heejun had said his heroes were the Beatles and sang Hey Jude? (Because remember, Jennifer thought his name sounded like Jude and burst into a spontaneous Beatles riff earlier in the season.)
Actualy, it may have made no difference at all, and probably shouldn’t have. Heejun Han is a likeable guy but probably the weakest singer left in the competition, and weaker than some who left before him.
I am happy for Heejun that he went out on a high, delivering probably his best ever performance with Donnie Hathaway’s A Song for You that had even more heart and soul than last time.
So we had to say goodbye to Heejun, which Phillip Phillips seemed to take especially hard.
Steven Tyler was the judge who last week told Heejun to take things seriously, so he drew the short straw and had to tell him that he was booted from the competition last night.
that improved upon Wednesday night’s rendition in terms of heart and soul. I loved watching everyone’s eyes slowly fill with tears as they grappled with their own mortality. (Except J. Lo. She’ll always be safe.) Heejun’s bromantic love interest Phillip Phillps looked especially rattled. Who will tell him bedtime knock-knock jokes now?
“Let the record show that you knew this was coming yourself,” said the Aerosmith front man. “You took it up a couple notches. Unfortunately, we’re gonna have to let you go, man.”
Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine had found themselves in the Bottom 3. Hollie I definitely wasn’t surprised to see in that position after her under par version of Jesus Take the Wheel. Even with Carrie Underwood behind her she failed to impress. But I thought it was a shame America didn’t appreciate Skylar taking a risk. I hope this doesn’t mean she will be scared off and make all her future performances carbon copies of her usual style.
I was expecting to find Deandre on the stools of shame. But someone wasn’t:
DeAndre’s personal idol Eric Benet himself, who wandered onstage for a spontaneous meeting with the Idol contestant.
I am unsure about the Jessica Sanchez vs. Hollie Cavanagh concept that Jimmy Iovine introduced last night. Before he said that, I had not really compared the two. He said they both sound beautiful, but Jessica “comes at it from more of a soulful perspective,” while Hollie’s approach is more “intellectual.” So basically he set up a diva vs. nerd vibe.
Jimmy was happy to present season 10 winner Scotty McCreery with framed proof that his debut album had gone platinum — “a really Herculean act” in today’s music business, Jimmy said on behalf of Interscope Records. And I enjoyed Scotty’s voice on Water Tower Town: just songs about football, girls and sweet tea don’t really do it for me.
In my opinion, Scotty and any of the American Idol contestants all did a whole lot better this week than Nicki Minaj. She barely even pretended to sing live on Starships. She didn’t even have the mic near her face except for the speaking parts.
But all that was just fluff to the main event. We have lost Heejun Han from the American Idol 2012 Top 9. Were you sad to see him go?