Wednesday (March 5) night was a bad night for "American Idol."
It wasn't just the imbecilic studio audience sabotaging one performance after another with against-the-beat clapping.
And it wasn't just the performances themselves, which were generally poor, but not exclusively poor.
A big part of the problem was that the judges also seemed disappointed and uncomfortable with the tone being set. Harry Connick Jr., in particular, came across as more consistently dyspeptic than Simon Cowell ever did on his grouchiest of days. I've never seen a reality judge making so little effort to cover up the sense that he'd rather be some place else.
The big impact is that just about anybody could go home on Thursday. I'm assuming teenage girls will keep Sam Woolf safe, so he's the picture with this recap, but I had a hard time picking. I'd also have a hard time guessing which potentially eliminated contestants might get the Judges' Save. I know the judges worship at the altar of MK Nobilette, but after two straight lackluster performances and a Bottom Three finish last week, would they really waste the Save if MK isn't striking a chord? If Majesty were punished for the second half of last night's Coldplay cover, would the judges take pity? Would the judges keep remembering how good Jena "Gina" Irene was on her original song and ignoring that she hasn't come close to connecting in the same way with anything else?
Let's find out!