Welcome to Idolator’s American Idolatry, our episode-by-episode breakdown of American Idol. Last night’s brief (by Idol standards) episode saw the departure of Stephanie, the massacring of a Sam Cooke song, and an alarming development as far as who wound up near the bottom of the voting.
WHO’S OUT: Stephanie, somewhat unsurprisingly. Simon’s comment about her “losing her edge” was the kiss of death for her, it seemed.
WHO’S (INEXPLICABLY) IN: The third group of three was made up of Gina, Haley, and Sanjaya, and we were convinced that they made up the trio of lowest vote-getters. But then they were in, and in what could be an ominous development, the not-bad-at-all-Tuesday-night Chris Richardson was paired with Stephanie in the bottom two. Justin Timberlake had better watch out–this could be a bad sign as far as his future album sales go.
WHICH FOX TV STARS ARE FORCED TO ATTEND: Brad Garrett, whose show, ‘Til Death, wasn’t even memorable enough for Ryan to read its name off the teleprompter. (Poor Robert–he can never win.)
GETTING CLEAN, BUT IT FELT DIRTY AND WRONG: This week’s Ford commercial was set to Sam Cooke’s “Another Saturday Night,” and it was set in the most psychedelic laundromat ever. During the day. The song itself was your typical Idol group massacre, but really, a laundromat? When you start ripping off the video for “La La,” it’s time to take a deep breath and think about what you’re doing.
LULU’S LULUS: Both Lulu and Peter Noone got to sing their old hits–Noone sang “There’s A Kind Of Hush,” while Lulu busted out “To Sir, With Love.” Once again, we wished that the special guests would get the Simon Treatment and thought of a terrifying prospect: Was Lulu taking fashion advice from Haley? Her glittery and furry top was paired with shiny leggings and–wait for it–gladiator heels. Expect to see a knockoff version of her outfit in an Old Navy near you by next week.
PAULA ABDUL OUT-OF-IT SCALE: N/A. An introduction from Ryan was all she–and the other judges–got this evening.