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Did Anyone Else Think That Was Fake?

Casey At Bat! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Yesterday afternoon, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe “tweeted” that there was going to be a shocker on Thursday’s results show!  I immediately thought to myself, because he was so mediocre the night before and performed first, that Casey was doomed.  I could tell by Nigel’s “tweet” tone that he thought the result was going to floor the audience.  But I guess he forgot that THE AUDIENCE voted Casey off!  But Nigel and the judges weren’t having it . . .

That’s right!  With just one “judges’ save” to use all season long, would they dare?  Would Steven, Jennifer and Randy “save” Casey?  Would they really sacrifice their only “save” in the week with eleven contestants?  With the answers to those burning questions and more . . . here’s our Idol expert Steve Thompson:

I’d like to thank FOX for realizing as long as they have the #1 show on television, they don’t have to cancel every show that’s not a singing competition.  Fringe has been confirmed for a full fourth season of 22 mindbending episodes.   The only thing better would be to watch Duke go down in flames.  Oh, wait…

Season ten is rapidly developing into the craziest season ever.  I’m not sure if March Madness refers to basketball or Idol anymore.  To paraphrase Shania: they (the judges) doggone gone and done it.  The save has been let out of its location in Pandora’s Box and now there will be nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide.

In what other show would you see Stevie Wonder serenading birthday wishes to Steven Tyler?  Perhaps the darkest part of this whole situation is the ultimate realization that Steven Tyler is only twelve years older than me.

Evidently, James Durbin is a big-time Hulk Hogan fan.  This was cute in its own bizarre manner– especially the staged fight between Hulk and Seacrest.   Who among us hasn’t wanted to throw a punch at Seacrest in the last ten years?  Show of hands?  See?  I thought so.  Everybody in the room agrees with me.

Okay.  The dogs agree– but they just get annoyed when there’s bad singing.

Nigel tweeted earlier in the afternoon that the results would be shocking.  Well?  The most shocking thing for me is that Casey came in dead last.  I guess the territories are voting for Thia.  This is as good an explanation as any of why Guam was never made a state.

All seriousness aside, Thia is apparently getting votes from various and sundry places.  (Sundry places?  You know…  Like Culver’s.)  And I did see a sign mentioning her fans in Guam…

 The end result?  Next week we get a double elimination– but there is a Top 11 coming to an arena near you.  (Well…  Maybe not youYou, however…)

 Next week’s theme is Songs from the 80s.  I hope this doesn’t mean another series of ballads from Whitney and Celine– but at least everybody gets to get a piece of the action.  (Someone mentioned that Seacrest became Oprah for a moment:  you’re going on tour– and you’re going on tour…)

 We’ll see next Wednesday…

 @March 24, 2011  Stephen W Thompson

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