It is 11:00 and I am just sitting down to watch the results show. For Valentine’s, I gave my wife tickets to the one year anniversary of Austin’s performing arts center. The party was highlighted by a concert with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote “The Way We Were” and A Chorus Line, and great, great singer Linda Eder. A wonderful evening with my wife caused this article to be late.
American Idol’s Motown performance show was a disappointment for me (see our American Idol performance wrap-up). Adam Lambert gave his first sensitive performance of American Idol Season 8 and Allison Iraheta blew everyone away with her version of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Christian music performers Danny Gokey and Kris Allen also delivered, but everyone else disappointed.
I think Michael Sarver, Scott MacIntyre and Meagan Joy will be in the bottom 3. I predicted, unfortunately, Michael Sarver will go home tonight.
So I am watching this live three hours later, compliments of DVR technology. The American Idol guest performances have a chance to be great tonight with Joss Stone and Smokey Robinson singing a duet, Reuben Studdard singing and Stevie Wonder performing. According to Ryan, 36 million votes were called in, the most in American Idol Top 10 history. Will there be a surprise?
The Top 10 group performance looked like it was taped. Yep, no audience. Everyone sang better than they did last night. This is a nice medley arrangement, interspersed with classic photos of Motown greats. It looked like Lil got a big chunk of the solos in this number. The Ford commercial was more lame than usual.
Reuben Studdard strolled up to the mic a little too slowly and had to lunge to hit his opening. I am not a Reuben Studdard fan and I did not enjoy this. Everyone else liked it. Why was he sweating like he played four quarters of basketball?
I know why I don’t live blog the American Idol results shows. So much fill.
Wow, Adam Lambert was the first to safety. What a shocker!
But, Matt Giraud in the bottom 3? That was a true shocker. Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre joined Matt in the bottom 3. Scott was immediately sent back to the safe couch. Matt Giraud looked ticked off.
Others safe: Lil Rounds, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Meagan Joy (concentration of voting constituencies saved her)
Time out. I am giddy, Joss Stone and Smokey Robinson singing together. Unfortunately, I fall on my giddy sword. What a terrible song. American Idol should have turned their mic’s up? Why were they whispering? Boring, disappointed!
Two disappointing guest performances were followed by a Motown medley performed by Stevie Wonder. They show Meagan Joy trying to dance to Stevie Wonder and she can’t dance. Stevie delivered as usual. Is he great or what?
Why did they make Michael Sarver and Matt Giraud sit over by themselves during the Stevie Wonder performance? They are in the bottom 2 but did they need to be in timeout?
So we come to the elimination of Michael Sarver. Did we really need to do the save ritual? They pretty much told him last night. Goodbye Michael, we have enjoyed your presence on this year’s American Idol. We appreciate the sincerity and integrity you brought to American Idol. We are proud of your commitment to your community (see our article on Michael Sarver). God’s blessing on your future music career and see you on the American Idol tour.
Check out Michael’s journey and all of the other performances by clicking on the iTunes logo below.
Look for my power rankings on Monday, my Top 9 performance preview on Tuesday morning and then my live blog on Tuesday night.