We're just going to pretend like last week didn't happen. Especially since we totally blew it when we said Haley Reinhart was going home, only to watch as Casey Abrams was dealt a near death blow. Every season has one of those "Wait, did that just happen?" moments — sometimes more than one.
But after Wednesday night's (March 30) Elton John performance show, we're feeling pretty bullish again. All of a sudden, Reinhart is seemingly out of the fire, along with Abrams, who took the judges' advice to tone it down and chill out.
The bad news is that thanks to the Casey save, two singers go home tonight.
Once again, ladies choice Stefano Langone sounded like he was trying out for one of those cheesy Disneyland street shows (you know, the ones with all the "Cars" character, chipper tumblers in neon jumpsuits and animatronic dinosaurs?) and his "Tiny Dancer" just felt minor.
And though I've appreciated her spunk and wacky demeanor in a cast of genetically-bred-to-be-stars wannabes, Naima Adedapo may have just confused most of America with her reggae take on "I'm Still Standing." I loved it, but I had to agree with Randy that it felt a bit corny at times.
In keeping with our season-long elimination mind meld, "Idol" blogger MJ Santilli felt pretty much the same way as I did about this week's walk of shame twofer. "Naima Adedapo, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia will make up this week's bottom three, with Naima and Stefano hitting the road," she said confidently. "Naima is fascinating, but just too weird for the 'American Idol' viewing audience. If she leaves, I would say she was done in by fake Jamaican accent."
She said Langone will probably suffer from being stuck in the middle of the performance pack and just being too bland to get anyone to pick up the phone and vote for him. She also suspected Thia would land in the bottom again, but would squeak by because of her sob story about how "Daniel" reminds her of when her brother went away to college when she was a little girl.
MTV's own "Idol" obsessive, Jim Cantiello, said he was also sure that America's ready to put the "gone" in Langone. "Stefano's affected stylings almost got him booted last week and his 'Tiny Dancer' was more of the same, even if the judges decided to give the guy some good reviews for a change," he said, agreeing that Adedapo's bold choice was cool, but may have been done in by the faux Jamaican accent. "You could practically hear all of America simultaneously go,
'Huh?' as soon as she opened her mouth." He also picked Megia as the third bottom runger, but suspected she'd make it one more week.
And if there's anything we can all agreed on, it was that Abrams was 100 percent safe this week. Then again …
(One of our usual panelists, Maura Johnston, was unavailable to play this week.)
To recap, here's our prediction for the bottom three. Let us know your list in the comments below.
Gil Kaufman/MJ Santilli/Jim Cantiello: Naima Adedapo (out), Stefano Langone (out), Thia Megia
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