With the American Idol 2012 finale just a month away, last night saw probably the most dramatic results show we had had in a very long time. One big favorite with the judges, Jessica Sanchez, almost did not make the Top 6. But there was a unanimous and almost spontaneous use of the judges’ one and only save for the season. Did they put it to good use?
Here’s how all the American Idol results drama occurred last night:
On Wednesday night’s performance episode the Top 7 took on songs from this decade (2010, 2011 and 2012). For me, in that show, Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone gave the best performances of the night. America clearly doesn’t agree with me. They failed to pull in the votes and these singers found themselves in the bottom three. But not before some character assassination by Jimmy Iovine.
Hollie and Jessica were called up to the stage first. Jimmy said that although they are two very good technical singers, Hollie has learned a lot of habits that make her stiff and Jessica has habits that make her seem natural. The girls are sent to opposite sides of the stage and we thought that all meant Hollie was in danger, right? We didn’t find out anything else before a cracking performance from Idol alumnus James Durbin, but I bet Hollie was worried.
Next up were Phillip and Elise. Jimmy thought they were both Bottom Three, but we see that isn’t so when Phillip has to join Hollie and Elise joins Jessica on the other side of the stage. Hollie and Phillip really had to be sweating at this point. Then Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo performed.
Colton and Joshua were called up next, both of whom Jimmy thinks did well the previous night. Joshua was sent to stand with Jessica and Elise, Colton with Hollie and Phillip on the other side of the stage.
That left Skylar alone on the couch. Jimmy feared she might be too subtle for this competition. But more than that, Jimmy stuck his neck out to say that he thought the bottom three were Phillip, Elise and Hollie. Wrong!
Skylar knew she was safe but refused to be drawn on which group she should join. There was an awful lot of shock and awe in that studio and probably in millions of homes as Ryan Seacrest announced that Phillip, Colton and Hollie were safe. Just shows you what Jimmy Iovine knows, right?
But we weren’t done yet with the shocks. Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone found themselves in the bottom three but Elise had to have been feeling she was dead and buried here. Didn’t she?
First to hear he was safe was Joshua and I was gearing up for the inevitable goodbye to Elise. Sorry, Elise, I was. Jessica has had nothing but praise all through this American Idol competition. But no. Elise was safe and Jessica had to sing for her save! Except she didn’t.
For the first time ever on American Idol, the three judges got up on stage and told Jessica to get off the stage because they were saving her. Randy said Jessica is one of the best singers in America. For me, she’s certainly one of the best singers in the competition. So what went wrong for Jessica Sanchez this week? Were the judges right to use their one and only save on her?