American Idol held its Top 5 results show tonight, and that (of course) meant Ryan Seacrest split the contestants up into two separate duos, declared the fifth vocalist safe, then tried to convince that one lucky singer to choose which cluster of compatriots was at risk of elimination. Thankfully, Scotty McCreery took the “I’m not doing this with him todayyyyy” route and made Our Little Hostie do the dirty work. (Incidentally, Ryan took the opportunity to inform us that Scotty has never actually been in the bottom two; in other words, last week’s ambiguously doled-out results were a fakeout.)
In the end, it was a bawling Lauren Alaina and a comparatively composed Jacob Lusk who wound up in jeopardy. But after a long, drawn-out commercial break in which the perky teenager was forced to contemplate ending her Idol run by finishing no better than Season 9’s High School Student Aaron Kelly, Ryan revealed that Lauren would live to doubt her abilities another day, and that it was Jacob heading home.
“I think America fell in love with me,” said the ebullient Gospel singer from Compton, CA, before delivering a singout to “A House Is Not a Home” that ended with unabashed, joyous, and profoundly over-the-top caterwauling.
And now, as the expression goes, there are four. Let’s break down the remaining facts of the telecast.
The Season 10 Top 5: “Happy Together”
“Jennifer Lopez”: “On the Floor”
Lady Antebellum: “Just a Kiss”
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. Until then, how are you feeling about Jacob’s ouster? What kind of future do you see him having? Can you imagine buying his post-Idol music? Sound off in our poll below, then hit the comments; and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!