Thursday, March 29, 2012, Fox, 8 p.m. (ET) Steven Tyler said it best, in dismissing Heejun Han from “American Idol:” “You saw this coming last week. Unfortunately, after talking, we’re going to have to let you go, man.” And so Heejun Han exits “American Idol” in ninth place.
TRIOS CALLED FORWARD
The first set of three called forward was Elise, Phillip and Hollie. As I had predicted, Hollie was in the lowest three. The second trio, comprised of Colton, Joshua and Heejun, delivered Heejun to his fate; he looked glum and did seem to “see it coming,” as Steven Tyler put it. It’s always best not to get on the wrong side of the judges, as Heejun learned.
The third set of three, Skylar, DeAndre and Jessica, delivered the only surprise of the night, for me, when Skylar have received fewer votes than the other two. I did criticize her awful outfits, but I thought her singing went well. Perhaps the Hispanic/Filippino vote for Jessica is coalescing? I noticed, with a smile, that the short Skylar couldn’t quite make it onto the elimination stool, so she just stood there beside it. (Why don’t they give these poor kids a chair that they don’t have to perch on?)
I thought that Jimmy’s remark about DeAndre (“I’m sitting right in the middle on Deandre. He needs more experience. If enough people buy into it (his falsetto), he’s okay. Otherwise, he’s in trouble.”) Going forward, I would agree with that assessment. Jimmy also mentioned the crying jag many of the contestants were on Wednesday night, saying, “When you cry, your voice closes.” He gave Colton no props, saying, “I don’t think he sings as well as the other eight contestants at this point in the show” declaring him to be ‘behind on points.” (Ouch!)
ELISE TESTONE & PHILLIP PHILLIPS
On the other hand, Jimmy Iovine boosted Elise Testone’s stock by saying she was a dark horse and “comin’ on strong.” Of Hollie, Jimmy said, “I don’t believe you win this on technique. You win it on passion.” He also praised Stevie Nicks’ belief in Phillip Phillips saying, “I’ve been around Stevie Nicks for a very long time, and she’s very rarely wrong.” We also had Steven Tyler announcing a new Aerosmith tour, the Global Warming Tour, to kick off June 16 in Minneapolis.
Nicki Minaj performed a routine for her new release “Starships” that featured her falling out of her bra-like top and sounding like a chipmunk. Her hair was bleached blonde and she had on a dress with a train (a la Jessica Sanchez on Wednesday). She pranced more than dance and announced she’d like to come back as a guest judge. Her performance was almost as noteworthy as her grim, sacrilegious Grammy turn.
Going forward, I would expect the strongest contenders to be (in no particular order) Elise, Joshua, Jessica and Phillip, while the also-rans list, for me, is formed of Skylar, Colton, Deandre and Hollie.