8:59 p.m. A happy Passover to all. I've spent the past three hours recounting the Exodus from the land of Egypt with friends and family. I sang four questions, opened a door for Elijah and ate reprocessed fish with horseradish. I ate matzah and the bitter herbs and charoset.
9:00 p.m. There's a part of the Seder service that talks about how you aren't supposed to set aside the Seder for the evening's entertain you. But I assure you, as Wednesday (April 8) night's "American Idol" begins, that I'm not expecting to be entertained. After all, why should this night be different from all other nights?
9:00 p.m. Did I mention the four cups of wine?
[Recap, with results, after the break.]
9:01 p.m. It's interesting that Ryan now says that we're awaiting "The results that will send somebody to face our four judges," which isn't the same as "The votes that will determine someone's fate." He's still holding out that Judges' Save as a carrot.
9:02 p.m. Randy was disappointed by last night. He's not the only one. Kara says that some early frontrunners are having a bit of an identity crisis. Yes, Lil Rounds. We're looking at you.
9:04 p.m. What's the point of this clip of "Venus"? It's a song from the year that Simon was born, apparently, and we're getting an old black-and-white Frankie Avalon performance. But it's good song. I hope they aren't mocking the song.
9:05 p.m. Oh. There's an old guy singing. I mean, I guess it's Frankie Avalon. It ought to be, though I don't know when I last saw Frankie. But all of the squealing teenager girls in the audience, who do they think he is? Do they just assume that it's Frank Sinatra? Or Elvis? And is Frankie Avalon just here tonight because he happened to be available? How does one go about randomly selecting a 1959 Icon and checking into their availability.
9:07 p.m. This week's No Pretense Lip-Synched Group Sing is from the year "Idol" was born, 2002. They mouth their ways through "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head."
9:08 p.m. Wait. Are they actually singing live this week? Because their harmonies are just horrible and it saddens me that this is the best they could do on the mixing board.
9:09 p.m. It's a male voice that's ruining the harmony, but I can't figure out whose. My guess is Scott MacIntyre, who has a hard enough singing in tune by himself.
9:14 p.m. It's not enough that get to see the Ford music video. We also get to watch a long making-of clip package, with the car strategically placed throughout. Adam Lambert promises that this video will be especially theatrical and therefore in his wheelhouse. Both Adam and Matt Giraud showcase perfectly so-so British accents.
9:16 p.m. The Ford commercial is set to "Circus." The "Idol" singers' version of the song is better than the original.
9:17 p.m. Adam describes himself as "extremely honored" by Simon's standing ovation from last night. Matt gives a wave to the mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who's in the audience. I guess that means that everything's doing OK in Kalamazoo if the mayor can take time to hang out in Hollywood with Matt. Funny. I'd heard the economic downturn was hitting the region hard. Glad to hear you're peachy, Kalamazoo.
9:18 p.m. It's time to narrow down a Bottom Three. Adam, Kris and Anoop stand up together. The judges who didn't get a chance to evaluate Adam last night all echo Simon's praise. Do you think he's safe? In fact, can we really think of anybody else who can possibly win at this point? Yes. Adam's in the Top Seven. Ryan sends Anoop to the Bottom Three. Kris is safe, which means that the often-reliable DialIdol figures were wildly wrong.
9:25 p.m. Hey Flo Rida, your name sounds like a euphemism for a tampon.
9:29 p.m. Aunt Flo ends his performance, mostly an exhibition of attractive dancers and an overplayed sample, with a ticker tape parade for himself. Ryan lets him plug his tour and his album, but not his tattoo artist.
9:34 p.m. Back to plucking our Bottom Three. Guess who won't be there? Yeah, that's right. The Redeemer. Yes. Elijah. I'm also referring to Danny Gokey. After an erratic performance of "Part-Time Lover," Matt is staying in the competition, giving us more time to ponder the lump on his forehead. Scott took a risk last night by sortta playing the guitar last night. He gets led over to the middle to join Anoop in the Bottom Three.
9:37 p.m. Ryan leads Scott halfway across the stage, where Anoop comes and takes him the rest of the way, holding his shoulder. Is this something they practice during the week?
9:38 p.m. That leaves Lil and Allison competing to avoid the Bottom Three. Allison succeeds. Lil joins Anoop and Scott.
9:38 p.m. Simon says that a couple of the people in the Bottom Three, they'd consider saving, one in particular. As I look at that pack, I actually can't imagine who they mean. Lil? When was she last good? Scott? Seriously? Anoop? I like Anoop, but the judges seem not to.
9:39 p.m. I guess Lil is the most likely to take advantage of the Judges' Save, deserved or not. But she'll have to sing for her life with that Tina Turner song again.
9:43 p.m. Ah, Kellie Pickler. The last couple times she's been on "Idol," she's been showing off her cleavage. Tonight's about her legs, it seems. Kellie never ceases to amaze me. No "Idol" contestant has had better post-show management. It's not like she's become a better singer. Nothing was going to change that. But her appearance, performance style and overall confidence are all improved and well beyond the limits of her talent.
9:47 p.m. Speaking of that "Idol" season, Katharine McPhee's on "CSI: NY" tonight, which means she isn't doing too badly either.
9:48 p.m. Ryan teases Anoop, but sends Lil back to safety.
952 p.m. Out of 34 million votes, only 30,000 separated Anoop and Scott.
9:53 p.m. Anoop is safe. It wouldn't have been fair to send him home on the week the North Carolina Tar Heels won the NCAA championship. And, really, Scott has been the weak link for several weeks now.
9:54 p.m. Cue copywriters throwing out headings like "'American Idol' goes blind" "Viewers can't see Scott's Talent," "Scott MacIntyre in the dark after Idol Elimination." I'm going to resist all that. Heck, I'm going to resist "Idol Gets Off Scott-Free." Aren't I mature?
9:55 p.m. Two judges think Scott should stay. Two judges think he should go. Oh no.
9:56 p.m. They make him wait. "I can please you another week," Scott promises. Kara and Paula want him saved, obviously.
9:57 p.m. Simon appears to make the final decision. Scott is done.
9:59 p.m. Paula, in tears, tells Scott that he's been an inspiration for the entire world. "You are one classy gentleman. God bless you. We love you.
Did the right person go home? Were the judges right not to use the Save?