I guess I must be seriously out of the American mainstream when it comes to music, because I was mostly confounded by the results of last night's voting. I thought that the bottom three, based on performance, would have been Camille, John S., and then maybe Amy. Amy is a very good singer, actually, but her performance last night was just safe, and for whatever reason, she didn't have a big fan base (having already been in the bottom 3 before).
America, in its collective wisdom, made the bottom three Amy, Latoya, and Jennifer. Latoya?!? The one that Simon was ready to crown as the American Idol at the end of the semifinals?
And I thought Jennifer Hudson did a good job last night.
Meanwhile, Camille, who was so terrible I couldn't even understand what she was singing, was deemed to be no worse than the fourth worst of the ten?!? About the only thing I can think of is that viewers mixed up Camille with Jasmine, who's also from Hawaii. . . .
I think this bodes well for John S., who managed to survive a terrible performance. He's got a lot of pull with some fans. Speaking of John S., on the results show, Ryan Seacrest had it down to John S. and Latoya, one of whom was going to be in the bottom three. My wife thought this was pretty ridiculous, as there was no doubt as to who it would be. And then Ryan announced that Latoya was in the bottom three. Even John S. looked shocked.
Now I have no idea who is likely to win. Maybe George, who while not outstanding, has been consistently good and who has an infectious and sincere smile. . . . To think he wasn't even among the original 32 semi-finalists.
UPDATE (4/1): Ann Althouse's thoughts:
I think what happens early on, when there are a lot of contestants, is that voters concentrate on helping people they like who they think might be in danger. They assume the really best people, like LaToya are getting votes from someone else. That's a real problem. Maybe each judge ought to have the power to bestow immunity on one contestant at this phase. But no, it makes the show exciting when the wrong people are voted into the bottom three. What fun it was for millions of people to watch the closeups of John Stevens, a sweet teenage kid, and look for a sign of a tear and impute thoughts to him ("I am so much worse then LaToya! The American people are wrongly favoring me and missing the true talent!").
UPDATE 2 (4/1): Oh yeah, I probably should have mentioned that Amy Adams was the one who was booted off the show.