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"American Idol" Elimination: See Ya, Sanjaya!

"American Idol" Elimination: See Ya, Sanjaya!

Y'all, what are we going to talk about now?

Sanjaya — he of the ponyhawk, the creepy smile and the possible deal with the devil — ended his "American Idol" reign of terror on Wednesday after giving one of the only truly boring performances of his "Idol" career. No, I'm not kidding. That sound you heard was America gasping, then cheering. His tears at the end were oddly reassuring; I think he really did want to win and wasn't just treating the whole thing as a joke. He also gets points for changing the chorus of his farewell song to: "Let's give 'em something to talk about — other than hair."

Now I suppose the biggest question is which contestant Vote for the Worst will pick next.

Joining Sanjaya in the bottom three were LaKisha and Blake, each I believe making their first appearance there. I'm not too worried about Blake yet; he has devoted fans, and I believe they'll turn out even more in force next week. But I do sense the tide turning against LaKisha somewhat — especially since Jordin stepped it up — and she's certainly not a lock for the final anymore. For the rest of my thoughts on the show — including a possible resolution to EyeRollGate —

  • Seacrest asked Simon to explain his side of EyeRollGate, and he repeated basically what the producers said earlier Wednesday: "I may not be the nicest person in the world but I would never, ever, ever disrespect those families or those victims." They also played back a cut of the judges' table that showed Simon indeed talking to Paula about the "nasally" comment all through Chris' Virgina Tech shoutout. Here's my feeling: 1) I do believe Chris was sincere in what he said, 2) I think it looked bad because he said it only after getting slammed by the judges and sniping at Simon, and 3) no matter how mean Simon has been, I truly don't think he would roll his eyes at a tragic shooting.
  • Seacrest's intro was almost exactly the same as last week, complete with pregnant pause and meaningful glance at Sanjaya.
  • What, exactly, was that thing on Randy's head?
  • The "Idol" challenge hit a new low tonight: The question was about this season's finalists, and one who got voted off just a couple of weeks ago at that.
  • In one of the better segments of the hour-long results show, Seacrest asked the Idols what they listened to this week. If you were wondering, Melinda's been "getting my Jesus on," while Sanjaya listened to country, Blake to Incubus, Jordin to Fergie, Chris to Jason Mraz (and, at least a little jokingly, Herman's Hermits), Phil to Willie Nelson, and LaKisha to Yolanda Adams.
  • My boyfriend, upon Fergie taking the stage: "She's gonna wet her pants!" Also, that girl who got called on stage during her performance apparently forgot to take her dose of Ashley Ferl Crying Powder; she just looked stoic.
  • The Pimpomercial was heist-themed and set to "I Ran" with some cool black-and-white special effects. Meanwhile, the group sing might have actually been one of my favorite group sings ever; I'm aware that this kills my street cred, but I'd download it.
  • For the elimination, Seacrest did the divide-into-two-groups trick, with Sanjaya, LaKisha and Blake on one side and Chris, Phil and Jordin on the other. Melinda was the "lucky" one to get to choose between the two, and she elected to just sit down in the middle of the stage — totally appropriate for her.
  • Anyone catch Seacrest saying after his chat with Antonio Banderas that they were short on time? Yeah, that two-minute-results-show-with-58-minutes-of-padding totally isn't long enough.
  • Martina McBride's performance of "Anyway" was simple and straightforward, quite a contrast to J. Lo's flashy outing. Her little girl appeared on stage with her and told Seacrest he thought all the singers were good, to which Seacrest responded: "Thanks, Paula."
  • Ratings be damned: 38 million votes were cast this week, the highest ever for a Top 7 week.
  • Next week: A little thing we like to call Idol Gives Back. Apparently, two superstars will be singing an improbable duet together. Who's it going to be?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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ohilovemybabies ohilovemybabies 10 years
LMao @ cheetah.. I was really really excited to see him go, then he started crying like a girl and I had to have a soft spot,,he is young...
cheetahspotchick cheetahspotchick 10 years
cheetahspotchick cheetahspotchick 10 years
When Ryan Secrest said his name the neighbors had to knock on our door and tell us to be quite because My whole family jumped for joy and screamed at the top or their lungs!!!1
luckybelle luckybelle 10 years
I screamed at the top of my lungs with excitement!!!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Poor Sanjaya, 17 and having people like Matt Lauer dissing you!!! That's so sad. You know what, It takes some serious balls to do that.
celeb_obsessed25 celeb_obsessed25 10 years
I felt so bad when he was crying :( Poor Sanjaya. The thing that pissed the heck out of me about the whole Sanjaya thing was how he was only getting by because people didn't like him so they wanted to make a joke out of it. the only person who is getting hurt is him because he must feel like crap after knowing what's being said about him. Anywayz, I hope he feels good about his accomplishments!! He got far in the game! Jordin Sparks ALL the WAY!!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Bye Sanjayaface!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Buzz, I agree with you about Simon; I honestly believe his eye rolling was in response to the "nasally" comment. Just heard that he is going to be Oprah's guest, so maybe he'll have more to say. For Sanjaya's sake, I wish the whole mess had never happened; it must have been difficult for him to know that he was being mocked every week. He deserved to get fair, honest feedback from the judges and the viewers,just like everyone else. But I'm not sad that he's gone! Now, AI may actually be a talent contest, though talent is limited this year. It will be interesting to see who is the next to go; Lakisha's in trouble so she's going to have to step it up this week.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
i'm so with you brokenbracelet, Ryan is just annoying and i don't know how he got so famous and why he's everywhere. But praise jesus that sanjaya went home. I will admit it was sad, my heart broke especially when he started crying. but it was time for him to leave. It's a competition now that's he's not there. You know he wish he rocked another hair style. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
Megami76 Megami76 10 years
I heard on the radio this morning that the producers have the right to change / edit / do whatever they want to the voting / rules / etc. and that perhaps it was "rigged". One AI producer was quoted as stating that Sanjaya would never win. Personally, I think that's just a really terrible excuse. This kid, although very sweet -- really deserved to go.
jpullman813 jpullman813 10 years
Kelly and Reba performed together during the AI 1 Reunion Show. This is a duet, from my understanding, that will be a first for the two stars. Maybe Kelly and Carrie?
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: Thank you!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: Haha. Freakin' finally.
PRgirl03 PRgirl03 10 years
Based on performance alone - I think the Botton 3 was accurate. Sanjaya wasn't even in tune throughout most of the song. As for the duet for next week - I am going to guess Kelly Clarkson and Rascal Flatts. Or Kelly Clarkson and maybe Reba McEntire...
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
I'm sick of Ryan Secreast. Is it me, or he is he getting cocky? Ugh it so annoys me with his comments that he thinks are sooooooooo clever
iMac-addict iMac-addict 10 years
As i said before I felt bad for the boy. I almost cried. I hate that people kept him on to prove a point, now he feels worse than if he was voted off at the begining. Good luck boy! iMac...Kisses
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