I was busy in my office, writing an email to my editor, and I missed the first few minutes of AI. I don't think it mattered. I was there in time to hear Ryan say they were live and say something about the Red Cross help for Japan and then to hear the finalists sing as a group.
The group sing didn't sound too good to me. Am I wrong?
Okay, I'm going to condense the show. Ryan brought contestants forward, one, two or three at a time. Tried to build some suspense. Talked to the judges about this, that, or the other. Some went through. Three went to the stools (stretched over a long period). Lee DeWyze performed. Black Eyed Peas performed. We saw the Ford ad. Yada yada. (You know what this all looked like if you've been a viewer of American Idol more than a time or two.)
And the bottom three were (in the order they were announced): Haley, Naima, and Karen. In my scoring system (faulty, I'm sure), Haley and Naima had the two lowest scores last night and were joined by Jacob, all of them getting less than a 3.0 from me. Karen got a 3.6, although she was in my bottom four so it appears that I was pretty close to the rest of the country. Who got the lowest votes? Karen. She sings, but I don't think there was any suspense. The judges would not use their save.