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American Idol: Great Scott

Kellie-Pickler.jpgYou know you're on a wild musical journey when in the span of an hour you get performances from Frankie Avalon, Flo Rida and Kellie Pickler! And that's exactly what we got on tonight's episode of "American Idol." Playing off the week's theme of Songs From the Year They Were Born, Avalon was on hand to celebrate Simon's birth year, 1959. I'm sure there were plenty of viewers out there who sang along with Frankie as he crooned his classic song "Venus," and for good reason!

The Idols then suited up for their newest group number, "Can't Get You Out of My Head," which hails from 2002, the year Idol was born! Now if only the producers had picked something with a little more, I don't know, actual notes to sing. Often the song forced our elite eight to dip their registers so low they were practically tuneless, though a couple people shined (I'm pointing at you Adam and Allison!). In fact Adam and Allison were so good, I'm convinced the two of them, plus Danny, will be in the final three.

Then it was on to this week's Ford music video, which gave us the Idol's rendition of Britney Spears' "Circus." Once again the notes were too low for our brave singers, and it just sounded a little creepy. Though the outfits were pretty funny. (Best line of the night was when Matt asked Anoop, who was decked out in a concession stand employee's outfit, to park his car for him. Love it!)

After some quick banter between Ryan "Dick Clark 2.0" Seacrest and the contestants, during which we learned Matt's hometown Mayor was in the audience (No pressure, Matt!), it was on to the eliminations. Ryan asked Adam, Kris and Anoop to stand up. Then he quickly asked the first two to sit down, sending Anoop-Dogg to the Island of Uncertainty (formerly known as the Stools of Doom).

As Anoop sat and pondered his fate, it was time for the first musical guest of the night, the uber-popular rapper Flo Rida. He unveiled his latest single "Right Round," which heavily samples Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" (a song famous for being in the opening credits of "The Wedding Singer" and for, you know, being a better song than Flo Rida's). Here's some comments I jotted down while watching this spectacle: how come this guy sounds better on the radio?; what's up with the contingent of booty-short girls in the background?; what's up with the streamers, is it New Year's?; and should this look so lame? Is this what a rap video looks like in the daylight? Oh and did they cut Flo's mike during his conversation with Ryan? What do you think he said?

Back at Elimination Station, we quickly found out the fates of the remaining few. Both Danny and Matt were declared safe and will endure another week of Simon's comments. Allison will join them. But it looks like Scott and Lil were headed over to the stools to await their fates.

So while the three of them tried to figure out who exactly would be going home, it was time for the night's second guest. I was happy to see Season 5's Kellie Pickler back on the stage, ready to sing her new song "Best Years of Your Life," which she happened to co-write with Taylor Swift. And even though she's updated her image since her time on the Idol stage, this former contestant who didn't know what a minx was, sounded really good. I've heard her sing this song on country awards shows, and this was the best version I've heard. And it was great to see her play off her old mentor/sparring partner relationship with Simon. She did a great job singing, and for a quick moment reminded me of a young Dolly Parton.

But it was time to end the fun, as we swung back for the results of the eliminations. After a quick fake-out for Anoop, Ryan sent Lil back to safety. So it was just Anoop and Scott, who apparently only had a difference of 30,000 votes between them. In the end, though, the bottom vote-getter was Scott. The judges gave him a chance to sing one last time while they considered his fate, and for once, it seemed like they actually might keep him around. Simon even said two people wanted to keep him and two wanted him to go. I'm guessing the women wanted him to stay, judging by their reactions. But as time quickly ran out on the show, and Ryan continued to press Simon for an answer, the cranky Brit told Scott it was the end of the road for him. Which means the "judges' save" is still in play and ready to be used another day.

So, here's to you Scott MacIntyre! The likable contestant who rocked pink clothes and wolfman hair. You play basketball better than I do and can play at least two instruments! And despite Ryan's inability to give you a high five, Paula called you an "inspiration" and "one classy gentleman."

Do you agree with tonight's decision? Was it Scott's turn to go, or should someone else have received a pink slip? And who are you predicting will win this whole thing? Make sure to post your comments below and be back next Tuesday for the Top 7 on "American Idol." -Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on April 8, 2009 10:36 PM
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Kelli Pickler is no Dolly Parton. Dolly is a nice lady. Unfortunately, Pickler is a serious b-word!! And her talent is pretty mediocre. But these are desperate times.

-- 1. Posted by: ELIZABETH at April 9, 2009 1:27 AM

Yes, Scott deserved to go, and no, he didn't deserve a save. If the guy weren't semi-blind, he wouldn't have even gotten this far. Adam Lambert will take it all and leave everyone else in his dust. Danny will be right behind him, but at a good distance.

-- 2. Posted by: Candy at April 10, 2009 11:36 PM

I found all of your comments to be EXACTLY what I thought of the show, with one exception that is puzzling...I thought Pickler sounded horrific. I actually searched the web to find reviews of her performance b/c I just knew everyone would blast her. I thought she looked fabulous, but I think if she sang like that when she was Idol, she'd have been booted much earlier. YUCK. I was embarassed for her. You really thought she sounded good? I will have to listen again on youtube.

-- 3. Posted by: Dee at April 11, 2009 2:44 PM

Ya, I also think it's time for Scott to go.

And I agree with Dee. I also think Kelli's performance is not good. I imagine if she's still in the competition, she'll get bad comments. I am surprised you thought she sounded good. But I think it goes to our own preference..

-- 4. Posted by: Andy at April 12, 2009 5:18 PM

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