Another night, another hopeful that might go home. Naturally, things start out with the group number. Oh my, a mash-up of “Born to Be Wild” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” This was actually an inspired idea, but the execution, like most of the group numbers, was lacking in the majority of the perfromance.
Jacob, Lauren, and Casey are up first. Jacob and Lauren gave decent performances, while Casey took a risk that did not quite work out. However, the three can rest easy because they are safe.
Next up, Haley and Paul, who both took risks just like Casey, but with even worse results. Logic tells us (well and Ryan later on) that one of them will probably be in the bottom three, which turns out to be Haley.
After the break we get a special performance from current Idol champion Lee DeWyze, who sings “Beautiful Like You.” I was not totally wowed by the performance, but I do still enjoy it. His sound kind of reminds me of Dave Matthews (Dave fans, please don’t hate on me.)
Next up are Scotty, Pia, and James, and surprise, surprise, they are all safe. Ryan then brings up Naima and Stefano, and even Naima sees what is coming, and goes to join Haley on the couch. Same for Karen and Thia, with Karen ending up in the bottom.
Next performance of the night: The Black Eyed Peas. I thought it was sweet that they dedicated the performance to the recent tragedy in Japan, but to be honest, I was kind of bored with the song.
Back to the bottom three, Naima and Haley are safe, which means Karen must sing for her life, hoping that the judges use their one save on her. She chooses “Hero” by Mariah Carey, which is a good choice, but just isn’t enough. The judges decide to hold on their save, and Karen is sent home.
I’m okay with the choice America made. Karen was a bit hit or miss for me, which I guess is how a lot of people felt. I do, however, feel that Haley should have been the one to leave out of the top three. At least she has next week to blow the audience away. Let us see if she can do it.
Did the right person go home?