First, the good news: Tonight’s American Idol Top 7 results-show telecast gave us one of the season’s better sing-out performances from a booted contestant. And, actually, if there was any bad news, you couldn’t read it on the face of Stefano Langone, who smiled and bounced like an enthusiastic boxer sitting on the Silver Stools of Doom, and then simply wanted to grab ahold of the mic and belt one out after Ryan Seacrest told him he was the contestant with the lowest number of viewer votes for “Songs from the 21st Century” week.
Over the course of the one-hour results telecast, we got to see Stefano sporting a flattering tank top, Stefano going shirtless and receiving a massage from his Idol BFF James Durbin, and Stefano refusing Casey Abrams’ request for a kiss. It was all a lot less homoerotic than it sounds. “[Idol] started my career,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “You can’t put a price on that.”
Stefano’s ouster wasn’t a huge shocker, seeing how he needed a Wild Card to crack the top 13, and that he’d made four trips to the bottom three in the last five weeks. But, hey, the kid proved on his exit performance of “Lately” that he’s got vocal ability — even if he doesn’t always know how to apply it.
Anyway, let’s get to the “just the facts” portion of this article, shall we?
Stefano “Gave Good Face” Langone
Haley “Well, It Wouldn’t Be a Season 10 Bottom Three Without a Chick” Reinhart
Jacob “I Wouldn’t Be Here If It Wasn’t For That Track Malfunction, Mmmkay?” Lusk
Lauren, Haley, Stefano, Jacob: “Hey, Soul Sister”
Scotty, James, and Casey: “Viva la Vida”
David Cook “The Last Goodbye”
Katy Perry in an electric bodysuit with Kanye West and very pale Sleestaks
And now that you’ve got the scoop, I’m going to get working on my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com. [UPDATE: Full recap is now liiiive!] Until then, how are you feeling about Stefano’s ouster? What kind of future do you see him having? Can you imagine buying his post-Idol music? Sound off below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!