May 13, 2010
Posted: 02:52 AM ET
*Note: the "American Idol" recaps are a series of blog posts from "Morning Express with Robin Meade" Technical Director, Keri. Keri knows what every button on that giant panel (above) in the control room does, and she presses most of them while putting "Morning Express" on your TV every day. Keri is also a long-time Idol fan and provides the Morning Express writers and producers (who typically go to bed way too early to watch "Idol" live) with a recap. We get a kick out of Keri's "take" on the show, and thought you might as well. The opinions below are Keri's alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the staff of "Morning Express with Robin Meade" or HLN. Here are her cinematic impressions of last night:
Results night! The Top 4 went to the movies, and someone’s character ended up on the cutting room floor. So who was deemed expendable? Did someone Silence the Lambs? Did this mean the Death of a Paint Salesman? Did Big Mike face The Elimination: The Sequel? Or was the leading lady cut in a surprise plot twist? Either way, all is not lost. You can find the deleted scene as a bonus feature on the summer release… The American Idols LIVE! Tour. (If anyone is actually going, tickets go on sale this weekend.)
But before we get to the exciting conclusion, there is a flashback sequence. Since the Top 3 will return home next week for a "hero’s welcome," we see a montage of this moment in Idol history. Limos and parades. Mobs of screaming fans. Jordin Sparks gets a day named after her. Taylor Hicks gets a key to the city. A wild pack of cheerleaders engulf little David Archuleta. Carrie Underwood has the most adorable number one fan ever. Kris and Adam reach out to grasp the hands reaching back for them. And tears. Lots of tears. David Cook gets choked up. They all hide their tear-streaked faces in their hands. Elliott Yamin’s sweet mother in awe of it all. Oh Idol, why? Why do you do this to us? I found myself tearing up… nostalgia for the show I miss. I’m such a sap.
Back to the reality of Season 9… It is time to send someone home, but not as part of the "hero’s welcome" the Top 3 will get next week. Ryan stresses that the results are "in no particular order." We don’t find out who is in the top group and who is in the bottom. I think this is code for – the results are no surprise so Idol is going to try to make things interesting by feigning a close call for a frontrunner. But I could be wrong. Daughtry is on the show, which reminds us that frontrunners are always at risk for early elimination.
Mike, Lee, and Crystal await their fate. Ryan tells us, "Lee is headed back to Chicago (long pause) to celebrate." Saw that one coming Ryan. The long pause didn’t even fool the audience. Lee joins Casey in the Top 3.
Mike and Crystal remain, though that doesn’t mean this is the Bottom 2. Are we going to get the surprise twist after all? Or does Idol just want to make us sweat? Turns out, it was the latter. Predictably, Crystal is also in the Top 3. After surviving 5 additional weeks following the Judges’ Save, Mike is eliminated.Crystal goes to hug her boyfriend, and Mike’s wife is in tears. "I wasn’t even supposed to be here," he says about his "unbelievable" ride. We get a look at his Idol journey, which is basically a montage of babies and bear hugs with a bench-pressed Aaron thrown in.
Mike sings himself out with an encore of this week’s song, "Will You Be There." His crying wife was holding their baby, and there was an audible "aww" from the audience as they realized that Baby Lynch was in the house. He sang like he was trying to prove America wrong. Ryan summed it up, "A guy who auditioned and had a baby along the way." Thanks for that astute observation Ryan. With plenty of time to spare, we watched, for an awkwardly long time, as Mike hugged everyone he came in contact with. He ends up holding his crying baby. We get to hear those adorable little baby cries as they fade out and his Idol journey ends.
Keri reviews of the Guest Performances from Fantasia, Daughtry and Bon Jovi: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by: Morning Express Technical Director Keri
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