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Michael Sarver Eliminated from American Idol

American Idol Elimination: And Then There Were Nine!

I'm not going to lie, the person sent home on American Idol on Thursday won't surprise many, especially if you saw the results of my poll. However, there was a close call for me in the bottom three — and I'll say this: It wasn't a lady. Also, this show featured lots of sultry Motown singing from the likes of Ruben Studdard, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Joss Stone.

Let's talk about what went down, who's left, and the lip-syncing controversy! Just


OK, that was a little too close for comfort. There are several people I would send packing before I let Matt go, and I'm still kind of in shock that his sexy "Let's Get it On" performance was in the bottom three. Even though I didn't personally adore it, it should have been solid enough to keep him safe. Was it a case of people assuming he'd get through? Perhaps — but when Ryan announced his name first in the bottom three, the female shrieks from the audience could be heard around the globe, I'm sure. Michael was sent to the stools next, followed by Scott.

When presented with the bottom three, Randy said Matt "rocked the mic" and didn't deserve to be there. Then Ryan told Scott he was safe, so it looked even more ridiculous to see Matt up there with Michael. In the end, America sent Michael packing, and no surprise: The judges decided not to use their save on him, either. It was a valiant effort by the family man and he should be proud of how far he got in this competition. I'm also proud of America for keeping Allison out of the bottom three this week.

Some more thoughts:

  • The producers confirmed the Idols lip-sync the group sing just in time for the most obviously pre-recorded (and now pre-taped?) group numbers to-date. On the one hand, I guess it sounds pretty good. On the other, part of the fun of Idol — and the group number in particular — is when things sound bad.
  • You know what I wish we could see live and non-lip-synced? A real duet between Matt and Lil singing "You're All I Need."
  • Aw, Ruben got married. Cute. Also, he's a sweaty man. What? I couldn't not say it.
  • Honestly, what is Smokey Robinson eating? He doesn't look a day over, oh, 41. I need to know if it's a lot of carrots or something. Joss looked pretty too.
  • I will never say no to a Stevie Wonder medley. He showed those kids how it's done.
  • Michael was cute when he was like, "Oh crap, singing after Stevie. Awesome."

Were you surprised by the results? Who's on the ropes for next week?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Matt being in the bottom 3 was ridiculous. Hopefully, it'll motivate people to vote for him next week. There's no way he should've been in the bottom. I didn't like the group performance last night. The pre-taped lip syncing thing just didn't work for me. I don't know. I'd rather them not do group performances at all. I'm not gonna lie. I totally laughed when Ryan said "I've got three words for you: Kara Dioguardi" It's a good thing Scott's blind, because Michael totally pointed at Matt when Ryan asked Randy who didn't belong in the bottom. Lil had some serious b*tchface going on last night when Ryan made it sound like she was in the bottom 3. Whoa. Aww...Kris dancing to Stevie Wonder was adorable. It was Michael's time to go. I'm pretty sure he knew it too. I didn't like the guy, but props to him for going out with class.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I was so shocked when I switched over to american idol and saw that matt was in the bottom 3, but at least he didnt go home.
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
Yv, you think that Scott shouldn't go before Megan, Anoop, and Lil?! Matt was amazing and I can't believe he was in the bottom 2. Sheesh. I'm ready for America to stop judging Scott on being blind and start judging him like everybody else.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
I was shocked about Matt!! Just for that, I'm voting next week! :( Next up for me should be Scott or Megan...buh bye
Harmonia Harmonia 8 years
Agree, it was very surprised to see Matt in the bottom 3.. But it was time for Michael to go home, he was boring 4 me.. mhm..
Yv Yv 8 years
The lip-sync was obvious from the beginning. There was nothing to be confirmed. Most of the contestants never seem to remember the lyrics and their mouth are out of control. And even when they do remember, sync is way off. Also the dancing is awkward, always has been, especially in the previous season. I can't say that Scott should go. Not before Megan, Anoop and Lil do. He's maybe not the best singer, but I know how hard it is to play the piano, let alone play and sing at the same time. It's unbelievable how people say piano makes it easier for him to perform. No, it doesn't. And just for that Matt and Scott have more talent than the rest. It's not a big deal to sing well when you have the god/nature-given voice. To play any instrument you actually have to make an effort.
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
Smokey has had a lot of plastic surgery... He seems like such a sweet guy. Scott is pretty bad, he can't sing very well and his faith based songs seem a little manipulative (like God Bless America last season). He's a nice and talented person, but he doesn't have American Idol chops.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Smokey's eyes are really that color. He has always had light eyes. My grandmother is a Smokey fanatic, so I've been seeing those eyes for years.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
Very surprised to see Matt in the bottom 3! Smokey's eyes are real.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Blind scott needs to take the train back to wherever he came from :true: Rueben is UBER sweaty Smokey looks like he has had some work done... also are his eyes real??? The group sing is rediculous- I don't even want them up there if they are not singing for real... DUMB.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Brendelwoman, I totally agree about Scott. Enough is enough already, he gets to tour and live that dream, can we stop the charity votes now??
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
LaLa, I think the eyes are real. He has always had green eyes, before they even had the fake contacts available.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
Smokey Robinson may look "young" but he also looks incredibly creepy. Someone needs to tell him that those fake green contact lenses look FAKE.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
My stupid dvr cut off when the judges couldn't decide wether to keep Michael because he did better last night, so now I know he got the boot, that should have been Megan.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
Okay, it's too early! Condescension is not the word. Charity.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
I disagree, Smokey looks about 70. And Scott MacIntyre? Please, people!! It's been condescension for a long time now. He is beyond boring.
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