A few hours ago, Ryan Seacrest (aka @RyanSeacrest) sent out the following enigmatic Tweet: “Tonight will be a VERY interesting #americanidol. Good luck @LAlainaAI10, @JDurbinAI10, @SMcCreeryAI10 & @HReinhartAI10.” This, naturally, made my sleep-deprived brain spinning like a roulette wheel that finally (and ridiculously) stopped on this thought: What if nobody gets sent home tonight on American Idol?
It wouldn’t be unprecedented: Don’t forget that back in Season 6 producers called an audible and decided not to give anyone the boot during Idol Gives Back. (The following week, both Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson were eliminated.)
Plus, last night’s performance-show telecast was structured in a very peculiar fashion — with no real explanation given. In Round 1 (“Songs That Inspire”) the performance order went: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, and Lauren Alaina. In Round 2 (Leiber and Stoller Songbook) the order was Haley, Scotty, Lauren, and James — meaning the contestants’ toll-free numbers didn’t directly correspond with their performance order. (i.e., Haley went second and fifth, but her phone numbers were 866-IDOLS-02, and 866-IDOLS-06).
What if Nigel Lythgoe & Co. decide this “confusion” was too much for Idol voters, and decide to wipe the slate clean, and allow all four remaining contestants to embark on feel-good hometown visits in what’s been billed as a kinder, gentler reboot of the nation’s top-rated talent show? Imagine the P.R. boost Idol would get from such a stunt? And imagine how the resulting buzz might drown out growing media interest in NBC’s upstart The Voice as well as Idol‘s venerable rival, Dancing With the Stars?
Crazier things have been known to occur. But what do you think? Sound off in our poll below and vote for the likeliest ‘VERY interesting’ results-show scenario! (Or add your write-in vote down in the comments.) And for all my Idol news and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!