May 13, 2011
Posted: 11:20 AM ET
AJ is a floor director for HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade". She has been obsessed with this season of Idol, and takes notes to share with the Morning Express writers and producers. The opinions below are AJ’s alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the staff of "Morning Express with Robin Meade" or HLN. These are her impressions of last night:
What is this? There seems to be strange emotion water welling up in my eyes. It burns! Oh James Durbin, how did it get to this?
And to think the night started off on such a high note. The lads opened with "Start a Band", with Scotty playing Brad Paisley to James' Keith Urban (they both have madly coiffed hair). The Durbs was game for the country tune and their harmonies sounded competent.
The ladies retorted with Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead". Are we pulling exclusively from country repertoire now? Not that I mind. There was a lot of blowing on imaginary smoking finger guns, and the performance is BAD. Bad as in good, you know? Like Michael Jackson or Jesse James. Finally, the opening numbers are actually fun! Maybe not the best, vocally, for me, dawg, but fun and that’s what painful results shows are about.
Then, of course, the big stars. Enrique Iglesias did a mash-up of his latest… I’m sorry, what was I saying? It suddenly got very hot in here.
Jordin "With An I" Sparks did her new single, "I am Woman." It's…intense, and not recommended for viewers prone to seizure or sudden cravings for Jiffy Pop. At the end, I honestly thought she was going to ask Steven Tyler to proclaim himself woman, but she was really just going in for the cheek kiss. Cute!
Speaking of our Idol memaw man, I have one word for his new music video: sloth. Forget the hot women, and the vast array of Kentucky Derby castoff hats. There was a short sequence of Steven cuddling a sloth, and seriously, how can you get better than that?
By now, Lauren is safe, and the next to be sent to what are now the golden stools is….Haley. The judges look slightly grim. James and Scotty are both favorites, so the choice ahead is painful.
And then Scotty is safe, but he couldn’t look less happy about it. If only they had a sloth to cuddle. The Idol hands should really look into that. James, almost always on the verge of crying, composes himself, says a few nice words, and sings himself out with "Maybe I’m Amazed". Agh! Why is everyone crying, make it stop!
Truthfully, James was never the most polished contestant, but he was at the emotional center of a lot of moments this season. Remember his sendoff to buddy Stefano? Or his near breakdown during "Without You"? I fully expected him to sail into the Top 3, but then, who else would have gone home? Does anyone have an explanation?
From around the web
It's Morning Express like you've never seen it before! Hear from Robin Meade and the rest of the show crew for our thoughts on everything from politics to sports... to those bizarre stories that have us buzzing behind the scenes. Plus, plenty of material you might not see on the air. Don't miss OUR TAKE on what's happening in the world. Then tell us YOURS!