Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.
So, I'm sitting there watching Idol, getting ready for the results portion (which also generally includes already-famous people performing songs that I'm sure the contestants would much rather watch when they're not waiting to find out if they're "safe"), with Seacrest being all dramatic and shit, when I heard the strains of a familiar song.
Note: It was familiar song, but different voices.
I looked up thinking, "Aw, hell naw."
There were the Top Nine in the Ford-sponsored, Ford-featuring music video with the Dallas' own Polyphonics Spree's "Light and Day/Reach for the Sun" serving as the music. The Idols planted trees and drove through a re-greened Los Angeles while drowning The Polyphonic Spree's normally infectious happy anthem in mediocrity. Then they stood and pointed at all the aforementioned trees and buildings. It was a lackluster rendition at best -- as though they'd recorded it whilst behind the wheel, seated and road-weary. But whatever. Think of all the new Spree fans that will be born when Idol watchers go listen to the real deal.
Watch it after the jump and see if you agree:
Then RyCrest put one of the two going home out of their misery quick-like and gave Andrew Garcia
his rightful order to leave. America decided, and they got that one right. He had to perform one last time...for no apparent reason, since there are no saves left.
Former Idol contestant Brooke White and If I Can Dream dude Justin Gaston performed a duet of Elvis' "If I Can Dream" (naturally) that was simultaneously creepy and boring. Her voice is still strong, though.
Seacrest then left Big Mike, Katie Stevens and TUrban standing there waiting for the verdict while Adam Lambert combined a shiny Elvis dinner jacket (to the 5th sparkle power) with a Pink Floyd light show and his single "Whataya Want From Me." Dude's got a voice. RyCrest did a silly little interview afterward, during which Lambert exclaimed, "I brought lasers!" If you hadn't previously loved him, you might after that.
Ryan sent TUrban back to SafeCouch and gave 17-year-old Katie
her walking papers. She was then expected to make it through "Let It Be" without breaking down -- cruel. She just made it through, with a pitchy and sad rendition, but it was a crazy-good showing for someone of her age who clearly had tears in her eyes. I still hate that those voted off have to perform after the verdict, when it clearly won't be as good as any previous performance. I blame it on Seacrest.
Next week? Inspirational songs! I'm not kidding!