As we all know by now, “America’s Little Brother” Sam Woolf, was eliminated last night. Instead of getting the usual response time, his name was jarringly announced after a completely bizarre “twist” that stole some of Sam’s final moments. Among a history of dumb ideas for publicity plays, the “twist” last night on American Idol was one of the dumbest. With no prior notice, the Final Fab Five were lined up like a firing squad and given ballots to vote on whether or not to save the one voted off this week and send two home next week, or keep the regular format.
At first when Seacrest kept announcing a surprise twist, I thought a huge favorite, like Caleb Johnson, may have gotten the low vote, like the year Chris Daughtry got voted off on the final four and stunned everybody. I wasn’t prepared for the “twist” as Ryan Seacrest kept calling it. And I wasn’t the only one confused. From what I’ve read in interviews, so were the contestants, who were also highly irate over being made the victims of a lame publicity stunt at a time when they were already under the gun.
The voting had to be unanimous in order to save the one with the low vote from leaving immediately. It seemed like the idea, projected through host Ryan Seacrest, was to pull the contestants into a show of sweet solidarity. If that was the plan, it backfired, as the ballots turned up three to two. There was no feeling of disloyalty. Contestants simply wanted things to go as planned. No surprises, because each person knew that someone had to go home. Not only would there be added pressure if two were to be voted off next week, but it would also skew the results. That same person to be eliminated last night, might get more votes if given another chance to perform, which would knock out a different contestant.
That unpopular scene aside, we had the pleasure of watching sweet, gorgeous Keith Urban perform “Good Thing” from his newest album “Fuse”. What was doubly good about it was that he demonstrated all he had preached to contestants throughout the season. He was vibrant, electric, the joy of performing evident in every line, his voice true and heartfelt. The audience ate it up and so did this viewer. Oh, yeah. I’m a fan.
For his final performance, Sam Woolf sang “It’s Time”, which turned out to be the right choice of words. Sam looked more relaxed than he ever did before and did justice to the song. It was good to see him without his guitar. I can’t remember that they did his “journey” beforehand like with all the others eliminated. But in all the hullabaloo I may have just missed it. I just hope Idol doesn’t throw any more monkey wrenches into their line-up again. I personally don’t want silly dog and pony tricks. I want the show to go on.