American Idol‘s Elton John Week results-show telecast began with a message that foreshadowed another shocking elimination: “You won’t believe who is going home.” But when Jamie Foxx finished “singing” and Ryan Seacrest asked for the special mood lighting he loves so much, things played out rather predictably, with previous bottom-three dwellers Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia headed home in a double elimination prompted by last week’s Judges’ Save.
So what did we learn tonight? American Idol voters hate women? No, um, of course not! In actuality, the take-home message is that at this tenuous point in the competition, vulnerable contestants can’t afford to take a misstep — vocally, emotionally, tonally, or otherwise. And also, you can’t underestimate the power of a well-groomed beard. With that in mind, here’s how things played out:
Naima Adedapo, Mon
Thia “One Time My Big Brother Moved Away…” Megia
Paul “Respect the Teeth!” McDonald
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina: “I Told You So”
Naima Adedapo and Jacob Lusk: “Solid as a Rock”
Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart, and Thia Megia: “Teenage Dream”
James Durbin, Paul McDonald, Stefano Langone, and Casey Abrams: “Band on the Run”
Fantasia Barrino: “Collard Greens and Cornbread”
Jamie Foxx and will.i.am: Some kind of foolery, I think possibly it was about parrots.
And now that you’ve got the facts, I’m going to keep my opinions to myself and get working on my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com. [UPDATE: Full recap is liiiive!] Until then, did the right contestants get booted tonight? Do you wish the judges still had their save to use? What about the performances by ‘Tasia and those two silly birdies? Sound off below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!