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Thursday May 6, 2010 12:34 am
American Idol 9: Top 5 Results
The Top 5 American Idols kicked off results night with a medley of Frank Sinatra tunes. The four competing men came out to sing “The Lady is a Tramp.” Crystal Bowersox, sole female remaining in the competition, then appeared to croon the song. I believe it was a bit of a bad choice, that song. Aaron Kelly, of course, sang a few bars from “When I Was Seventeen” as the number progressed. “Night and Day” and “Under My Skin” were also featured.
Jamie Foxx will lead next week’s contestants in “Songs of the Cinema.” Show tunes - finally. But before that, results. Ryan Seacrest stood before the Top 5 to talk about results…well, and plugs for Idol’s other interests. The Ford music video was about love, and it was the best one yet of the season. The Ford clip was quickly followed by a video package about the former lives of the Top 5. They each talked about what their Tuesdays used to be like, pre-Idol.
The Top 5 spent a little time talking to Ryan Seacrest, as usual, before anything was revealed. Crystal Bowersox said the male contenders are like “brothers” and she feels like one of the guys. Finally, the house lights were dimmed so that a little information could be given out. Lee DeWyze, whose performance on Tuesday was heralded as the best of the night, was asked to stand at center stage. After lengthy discussion, Ryan Seacrest declared Lee safe. No surprise there. He took his seat as the audience thundered their applause.
Lady Gaga did not spare the smoke machines for her Idol performance, conducted from inside a crazy getup as usual. She performed “Alejandro” to the soft tune of a piano, which was abandoned so she could walk about. Large trees and male dancers decorated the stage as Gaga delivered the song in her usual unintelligible warble. Mostly, the number was Gaga dancing and repeating “Alejandro” over and over…and over…and over. You get the idea.
The judges were all smiles when they returned to their seats after the commercial break. Ryan Seacrest stood with them as he introduced the next video package, this one a montage of Harry Connick, Jr. mentoring the contestants. “It’s not about them - it’s about me,” he whispered to the camera at one point. Connick, Jr. is rather funny. He spent his sessions cracking jokes with the contestants during their time together. The video package, of course, led into Harry’s performance on the Idol stage.
Singing “And I Love Her,” Harry Connick, Jr. was no longer joking around he softly crooned the love tune to the crowd. It’s no “It Had To Be You,” but it wasn’t a bad little ditty…and there’s no faulting Connick, Jr.’s smooth vocals. He’s a little old school, but that’s all part of the appeal. The entire theater stood to give him an ovation as the song finished. Harry delivered a small speech at the end of the number, delivering a quick zinger to Ellen DeGeneres before he re-introduced the Top 5. Can we get him to be the next judge on the show, maybe? He’d be fabulous at it.
A medley of Harry Connick, Jr. songs followed. The week’s mentor played piano as the Idols crooned several songs from his catalog. Connick, Jr. then sat on stage and talked about his first meeting with Frank Sinatra. Harry was “twenty-two, twenty-three;” Sinatra was celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday. Connick, Jr. related a very funny tale, wherein Old Blue Eyes complimented and then kissed Harry’s wife in an elevator.
Ryan Seacrest addressed the remaining four contestants when the show returned from break. Crystal Bowersox was the first to rise to hear her news. She became the first member of the left-side group, standing near the piano. Michael Lynche moved to the right side of the stage, standing nearest the group of waiting contestants. Aaron Kelly was the next to come to his feet. He joined Michael Lynche in the right-side group, which left only Casey James waited to be sorted. He, of course, was moved to stand beside Crystal Bowersox.
Much to Lee’s chagrin, Ryan Seacrest asked DeWyze to pick the safe group. “No,” he said, after hanging his head in dismay. Michael Lynche and Aaron Kelly were then announced as the bottom two, leaving Crystal and Casey to breathe a sigh of relief.
Kelly and Lynche stood side-by-side as Ryan Seacrest finally read the final result. Aaron Kelly reached the end of his road moments later. Astounding that he made it all the way to the Top 5, really, but Kelly’s got a ton of vocal talent. A little more stage presence, and he could really do something in the industry.
Aaron Kelly sang us out with “Fly Me to the Moon,” the same song which led to his demise on the show. Aaron delivered the tune ably and with more maturity than you’d expect from a someone his age (17). Kelly absolutely made the most of his time, offering up a truly strong performance for his swan song.
And the show marches on. We’ve reached the Top 4 - and now the gloves are off. One of the favorites (for, those remaining have all been that this season) will topple next week. Stay up-to-date on all the recaps, spoilers and elimination interviews as they unfold - read all our American Idol 9 posts.
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