American Idol‘s Top 9 results-show telecast was traumatic tonight, and not just because Iggy Pop got up on stage and did his best Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs impression. Nope, without even a Tweet of warning from Nigel Lythgoe, the House That Kelly Clarkson Built was rocked to its very foundation with the ouster of Season 10’s most consistently powerful vocalist, Pia Toscano — considered by many (me included) to be a lock for a Top Three finish. [UPDATE: Read TVLine’s full episode recap here.]
With Pia’s elimination, Idol has now sent home five consecutive women since the Season 10 finals began, not counting Casey Abrams, who received the Judges Save after getting the lowest number of votes two weeks back. I wonder if Randy, Steven, and J.Lo wish they’d saved their veto power now; I sure do.
Anyway, let’s give you the facts while I pause to drown my rage/shock/disappointment in a Big Carl-sized glass of wine:
Stefano “Open Your Eyes (to the Fact That Jimmy Iovine Hates You” Langone
Pia “Probably Shoulda Danced Through the Closing Credits” Toscano
Jacob “Check Yourself (in the Mirror) Before You Wreck Yourself” Lusk
Pia [insert unprintable stream of expletives here]
The Season 10 Top 9: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”/”The Letter”/”Sweet Home Alabama” medley
Constantine Maroulis: “Unchained Melody”
Iggy Pop: “Wild One”
And now that you’ve got the facts, I’m going to keep my vitriol to myself and get working on my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com. [UPDATE: Full recap is liiive!] Until then, how are you feeling about Pia’s ouster? Even if you thought she was boring or too reliant on ballads, is there any way you can make peace with her exit? Do you wish the judges still had their save to use? And who deserves the biggest share of blame: Will.I.Am, Gwen Stefani and her hideous clothes, or Jimmy Iovine? Sound off below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!