Start making plans to attend the American Idol Season 10 Summer Tour — that is, if you like the way tonight’s Motown Week results-show telecast played out. For the first time in three weeks — praise Haley’s ability to sing on pitch, and maybe her booty shorts! — the bottom three wasn’t completely comprised of female contestants. In fact, as per Ryan Seacrest’s warning that tonight’s results might come as a shock to the Idoloonie Nation, here’s how things played out:
Stefano “Clay Bust” Langone
Thia “Blue Corn Moon” Megia
Casey “Where the Upright Bass At?” Abrams
Stefano (come ON, America!)
Casey Abrams (we warned you on Idoloonies about the excessive screaming, dude!)
Lowest Number of Votes
RECIPIENT OF THE SEASON 10 JUDGES’ SAVE
CASEY #$@%*^! ABRAMS
Stevie Wonder: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”
Sugarland: “Stuck Like Glue”
Season 3 Alum/Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson: “Where You At”
Yes folks, Idol voters sent a direct message to Casey to cut it with the growling and get back to the singing — a message reiterated by judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.
What’s more, because of the timing of the save, and because two contestants will be sent home next week, this year’s Idol Summer Tour will feature 11 singers instead of 10. (Woot!) Cue Ryan Seacrest’s best Oprah impression: And you’re going on tour! And you’re going on tour! And you’re going on tour!
I’ll leave it to you to discuss tonight’s action-packed hour. As for me, I’ve got a full episode recap to write — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com — so I’d better get crackin’! [UPDATE: Full recap is now live; click here to check it out!] Did the right contestant face elimination tonight? Did the judges do the right thing in using the save? What about the performances by J.Hud and Sugarland? Sound off below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!