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'American Idol' Top 7 Redux

A very surprising bottom three: Joshua Ledet, Elise

A very surprising bottom three: Joshua Ledet, Elise Testone and Jessica Sanchez, with the messenger, Ryan Seacrest. (April 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Fox

TMZ’s shocker alert last evening braced me for what was about to happen on “American Idol” – Jessica Sanchez , along with Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone, was in the bottom three and was, in fact, the lowest vote-getter.

As soon as host Ryan Seacrest started to play the “you stand on the right…you stand on the left” game with Hollie Cavanagh, who I had predicted to go home, and Sanchez, who I thought would be safe, I knew that it would be the reverse situation….and it was.

While I only correctly predicted one of the bottom three (Ledet), both of my daughters got it totally right and picked Sanchez to go home.

According to them, it’s not because she lacks talent, but like Hollie Cavanagh, she is missing something that the other contestants bring to their performances.

After the bottom three were revealed, it was evident that the save would be executed by the judges, as suspense killer Steven Tyler said, “We’re going to use our card tonight.”

Jessica Sanchez barely got to sing a few bars of her save song as JLo rushed to the stage demanding, “Gimme that mic. This is crazy. . .Yes, we’re using the save!”

Randy Jackson’s lecture to the audience that “this is a ridiculous bottom three, America!,” brings back memories of Season 3 when Jennifer Hudson was in the bottom three and eliminated without the benefit of a judges save.

Jackson continues his rant by saying “…please vote for the best! It’s about finding the best! C’mon.”

Well, Randy, America doesn’t like to be told what to do, and your definition of  “the best” may differ from that of America!

The fact of the matter is that not everyone votes, and those who do vote, vote for their favorites, not the judges’ favorites.

The judges should adopt the attitude of resident mentor Jimmy Iovine and give more constructive criticism and less lavish praise to the contestants.

When my granddaughter Alex watched Sanchez perform “Stuttering” on Wednesday, she said, “I don’t know that song,” and she didn’t relate to it.  Obviously, neither did America.

When Alex viewed the tape of Thursday night’s elimination show, she was happy to see Season 10’s James Durbin perform and asked “what happened to his hair?” (new hair color and style).

When it was evident that her girl Elise Testone was, once again, in the bottom three, she said, “OK, now I want Hollie to win.”

When the group of three became two and Testone was still in jeopardy, Alex covered her face with a blanket and prophetically proclaimed, “Elise is going to be safe.”

According to a tweet made by executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the top 7 will sing two songs each next week, but there’s been no word yet as to theme or mentor.

American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen will perform his new single “The Vision of Love” and LMFAO will perform “Sorry For Party Rocking” on Thursday’s results show.


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