American Idol
Season 12, Top 9 Results

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Meet the Beaten

We come back to Paul and Devin still over on the loser-stools at far stage right, while Lazaro sits all alone further upstage where the safe people go. Ryan announces the next safe person by inviting, "Take a look" as real-time video of Kree Harrison pops up on the big screen, twenty feet from where Kree is currently sitting. Also safe are Candice Glover, Angie Miller, and Janelle Arthur. That leaves Amber and Burnell, one of whom is safe and one of whom is in the bottom three. Demographically Burnell should be in trouble, but it turns out he's safe, and Amber is the first girl to land in the bottom three. Randy expresses shock that Amber is there. As for Amber herself, she looks a little embarrassed to be among the bottom three like some kind of... guy.

Coming back, the conversation about Amber not needing to be in the bottom three continues at some length, and every second it goes on communicates to Devin and Paul, "Eh." It's academic anyway, because the one with the fewest votes is, no shock, Paul. They cue up Heart's "Alone" for the charade of his performance hoping for the judges to save him, which we all know isn't going to happen. They at least do him the courtesy of whispering to each other during his performance, even if they're obviously talking about where they're going to get dinner afterwards. He gets a standing ovation from the audience and the soon-to-be-top eight, but not from the judges, as if we needed another sign. Ryan reminds us that the judges have to decide unanimously to use their save, and Randy reports that it wasn't unanimous. Oh, I imagine it was, just not in the affirmative. They play Paul's farewell reel, which I think the editors knew all along they weren't going to have very many weeks to work on, and Ryan says next week's theme will be songs from Detroit. Can't wait to hear Janelle's rendition of Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

M. Giant is a Minneapolis- based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, follow him on Twitter, or just e-mail him at m.giant[at]gmail.com.

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