American Idol Season 12 Review “Results Show”

The results were in on “American Idol,” and for one contestant, seven was not a lucky number. Would it be, as predicted, one of the fellas? Or would one of the ladies finally see their luck run out? As ever, it took the bulk of the heavily-padded hour to find out, but at least the entertainment for the evening was reasonably decent.

We started out with a relatively lifeless take on “Old Time Rock and Roll” from Detroit’s own Bob Seger, one of the city’s alums not touched upon on last night’s main show. From the sound of this, that was a good thing, as it did not inspire any desire to slide around in one’s underwear– although that might have made the performance more interesting, at least. Should have stuck with the Motown sound, guys.

The gang redeemed themselves with a sweet package of a different sort, as Ford Fiesta sent them on a mission to mentor some kids and teach them a song, which the segment ended with them performing for our contestants. The song was, naturally, courtesy of an “Idol” alum- in this case, Phil Phillip’s hit “Home.” It was all pretty adorable, which made you forgive the fact that it was basically an excuse to pimp a car.

Jimmy gave his customary post-game wrap-ups and I agreed with them across the board, even where I didn’t before- as with Angela Miller, who was indeed sadly off her game last night, her superlative part in the girls’ group song notwithstanding. Turned out we were both wrong about Lazaro, though, which continues to astonish me. Honestly, people, where does the whole sympathy vote thing end?

After getting the kree- excuse me, the key, to the city last week, Kree got more good news when none other than the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, called and left word of how pleased she was with Harrison’s performance of her song the night before. After that, it was no wonder her name was announced first among those who were safe. Nice going, Kree, and good on ya, Smokey Robinson, for making that call happen.

Next up was returning “Idol”-alum Colton Dixon, from my old stomping grounds of Tennessee. We discovered his latest CD was doing quite well, especially among the Christian Rock contingent. I don’t tend to listen to music of that ilk, but I thought his song was pretty decent, and I didn’t really notice anything particularly religious about it, to be honest- not that there’s anything wrong with that, either way. I like Colton, and I thought it was cute when Angela got a chance to meet the man whose song she performed a few weeks ago and went a little girly-girl on us when he complimented her.

One Republic performed next, with accompaniment from another “Idol”-graduate, “Smash”-star Katherine McPhee. Though that show has issues, I like McPhee just fine. She’s super-cute and as good as the show allows her to be, given its wildly varying quality. Her musical chops are fine, but sadly, the sound mix was a bit off tonight and she was a bit drowned out by the band to the point where you couldn’t really hear her very well, which is too bad.

They apparently worked said issues out by the time the next musical guest performed, Mr. Keith Urban, who performed his own “Long Hot Summer.” I can’t say I’ve heard much of his music, but it clearly falls into the more pop music-influenced side of country, as it played like something out of the late 70s-early 80s like The Eagles or something of that nature. Not bad, but more rock than traditional country, truth be told.

With that, it was at last revelation time. Making the safe list along with Kree were Candice, Janelle, Angie, and Amber. Apparently, Kree was so psyched about her duet partner Janelle making the cut that she went ass over teakettle in her excitement, albeit off-screen. If you’re keeping score at home, that means that the entire bottom three consisted of guys, which makes the prediction that the ultimate winner will be a girl all but a certainty at this point.

The bottom three were Burnell, Devin, and Lazaro, with Burnell getting a reprieve first, as well he should have. Shockingly, though, the last place belonged not to the more deserving Lazaro, but instead Devin, who was actually pretty good last night. I don’t get it, but I won’t lie and say he had a shot at winning, either. He was relatively solid in the grand scheme of things, but nowhere near good enough to come out on top by any means.

Mariah was most clearly upset by it, and I’m guessing was among the ones- if not the only one- to try and sway the judges to save him, but it was not to be. That’s for the best, as that save should be put to better use, should one of the top girls have an off night, a la Angie last night. One bad performance shouldn’t get you kicked off, especially as stakes get higher.

At this point, though, we’re getting down to the wire, so there’s not much wiggle room for that sort of thing in the future, so the contestants should watch themselves. (Looking at you, Lazaro- those lucky days are numbered, I’m guessing.) A lot will probably depend on the category next week, so we’ll see how it goes.

What did you think of “American Idol” this week? Happy with the results thus far? Think the wrong person was sent home? Demand a recount? Sound off below in the comments section and let your voice be heard!