American Idol giveth, but it can also snatch away dreams with the brutality of a brickbat-wielding street thug. Tonight’s Vegas rounds — which saw the 70 survivors of Season 11 Hollywood Week putting together group performances of music from the 1950s and early ’60s — drove home that point, while driving several high-profile contestants to the brink of emotional collapse.
Indeed, just after J.Lo, Steven, and Randy finished two days of callbacks — complete with instant thumbs-up or thumbs-down votes on each contestant — they brought back all of the successful singers, gave a collective shrug and a “sowwy,” and sent a few more packing for good measure. It was the equivalent of commuting a man’s prison sentence, bringing him all the way to the penitentiary gate, then hitting him with the maximum taser volt allowed by law and tossing him back in his cell.
The moral of the story: Bad things happen when you think you’re too good to rehearse with the Vocal Coach from Hell (TM) or when you spend your days lounging in a hottub and talking about your laid-back approach to becoming the Kelly Clarkson 11.0.
On the plus side, though, the two-hour Vegas telecast brought us more singers per minute than any episode this season — and not just the same familiar faces. Jessica Sanchez, Season 10 Vegas survivor Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover, in particular, were sensational on a cover of Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” But oops! There go the dreams Candice used to have. There goes her heart getting cut in half. Yep, she was one of the tragic, last-second cuts. Why The Face?
Then again, why do I try to understand the vagaries of a show that denied Kendra Chantelle a Season 10 wild card after her scintillating rendition of “Georgia on My Mind”? Ours is not to reason why. Ours is to speed-dial like giddy tweens once the live shows begin.
Anyhow, I’m gonna get working on a full episode recap that will post Friday morning right here at TVLine. Until then, grab Sole and Mia, and hit the comments with your own thoughts. And for all my Idol news, views, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!