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'American Idol' down to 4

"Happy Cinco de Mayo, ladies and gentlemen!" "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest says at the top of Wednesday's results show.

More than 32 million people voted, he notes. This is fewer votes than the show clocked at the same point last year, he does not note.

Aaron Kelly sings farewll to 'Idol.' (Michael Becker -- Fox)

Because it's Frank Sinatra week, the remaining five Idolettes do a medley of Ol' Blue Eyes numbers. They are all dressed in what's supposed to be Sinatra tribute attire, which the wardrobe department has confused with Blues Brothers tribute attire. They start with "The Lady is a Tramp." Because Crystal Bowersox is the only remaining chick Idolette, she gets elected centerpiece of the song. Aaron Kelly sings the opening of "It Was a Very Good Year" - "When I was 17, it was a very good year" - because, as "Idol" producers never tire of reminding us, he is -- 17!

Seabiscuit announces that Jamie Foxx - winner of the Most Full of Himself Mentor Ever prize and rumored to be Fox network's top choice to replace Simon Cowell on the show next season--will get a do-over next week.

Two French bulldogs totally upstage a poison green Ford Fiesta in this week's car company music video.

A day-in-the-life video segment is next. Did you know that before they became competitors on "American Idol" the top five Idolettes used to do Other Things on Tuesdays? Sad little things like changing diapers, taking a 7 a.m .meeting with a client in need of personal training, going to school, and working in a paint shop. On the bright side, none of them makes a living pretending to be Randy Jackson or Kara DioGuardi, as do the judges stand-ins who warm up their chairs every Tuesday afternoon during dress rehearsal. Idolette Casey James loves the Pretend Judges because they only have nice things to say about the performances.

Seabiscuit wonders whether Michael Lynche slept Tuesday night. "Yeah, I sleep every night," Bike Mike reveals. He slept just fine Tuesday night because he hasn't started to think about Wednesday yet. Seabiscuit breaks it to him that it is Wednesday night.

Seabiscuit asks Casey to talk about how lousy he was Tuesday night. "My part's done; I gave it 100 percent and the rest is not up to me," Casey says philosophically.

Seabiscuit has Lee DeWyze, the judges' darling and presumed winner now that they've turned on Crystal, stand in the middle of the room to tell him he is safe.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Lady Gaga is here to sing her tune "Alejandro." For her performance, Gaga is dressed as a widowed hooker who runs a fitness club for men who are working through body-image issues; they are all dressed only in black Spanx. She delivers the tune's spoken bits in a beginner's Spanish accent. Then, the accent becomes fake-French -- Gaga is definitely having accent-control issues tonight, and her voice sounds worn out, like she's been shouting at dancers, set designers and costumers right up till show time.

Scene change and Gaga's accent is now Russian; she's still the slutty widow, but now she's the wife who is going to inherit all the money and is celebrating at a gay bath house from hell which is decorated with a statue of an angel that throws out flames when it's irked, which is often.

While we take time to contemplate that performance, the "Idol" producers amuse us with outtakes of Harry Connick Jr.'s mentor gig this week:

"The word 'pitchy' does not exist, judges!" Connick is seen chiding the judge panel during the taped bit.

"The whole 'I have a baby thing' Mike -- drop it. For real," Connick snarks at Michael Lynche.

It's the first actually, deliberately funny sequence in the history of "American Idol" and we're suddenly reminded of how much "Idol" has become like the court of the Louis XIV, with everybody nervously trying to keep up with a whole book-full of rules while simultaneously being told they have to be themselves (but stay within the rules) and then here's Harry Connick Jr. just being himself, and it's fun and a big relief.

Then Actual Connick comes out and sings "And I Love Her" while the Swaybots flap their arms like sea anemones waiting to be fed. Then the Idolettes sing a medley of Connick tunes and he tells the story of when he first met Sinatra while performing at Frank's 75th birthday party and tried to talk to him in the elevator at Sinatra's house, only Frankie was only interested in kissing Connick's wife, former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, on the mouth.

Time is growing short, so Seabiscuit puts on his prosecutor face and sends Crystal to stand on the far side of the stage. Michael Lynche is told to stand at the near edge of the stage. Aaron is sent to stand with Mike and Casey with Crystal.

Seabiscuit tries to goad Lee into guessing which pair is in the Bottom 2. He will not rise to the bait.

Michael and Aaron are in the Bottom 2, confirming that the judges are now utterly irrelevant, having given Michael a rave review and Aaron a good one while having, appropriately, savaged Casey for a botched performance Tuesday night.

Aaron's out.

"How old do you think you are now?" Seabiscuit asks.

"Still 17," Aaron says patiently. Then he sings "Fly Me To the Moon" and it's a much better performance than the previous night.

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By Lisa de Moraes  |  May 6, 2010; 7:16 AM ET
Categories:  "American Idol"  | Tags: Aaron Kelly, American Idol, Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jamie Foxx, Kara DioGuardi, Simon Cowell  
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While she was singing about being caught in a bad romance, Lady Gaga looked liked she got caught in a beekeeper’s suit after the Gorton Fisherman threw away his nets. What the heck was that get-up?

Posted by: jpstang | May 6, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Not a word about Connick's put-down of Ellen?

Posted by: WK437 | May 6, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Never was a HCJr fan but he is likable and took on a lot of responsibility for the idolettes this week - his snark on Shania was well said. Maybe he needs the money more - 30M units sold is a pittance compared to Twain, Parton, and others.
Then again, I once saw an interview with Shania Twain where she said she was given a choice to sing country or pop; she chose pop and the record company took away the choice. So maybe the suits get it right now and again.

Not that I enjoyed Lady gaga, but maybe a few of us are showing our age. If the music ain't great, at least have a memorable performance. It was weird, but memorable. certainly madonna-esque.

Waiting for Big Mike to go. After reading some of the others' comments on this blog, he does strike me as a bit of a bully and reminds me of Constantine whenever the camera is on him.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | May 6, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Smirky, hammy Lynch needs to go. Geez. How IS he hanging on. Lady GaGa's get up was a stitch! I like her and her music but that song was something bad and it went on and on and on. Still loving HCJr. Make him a judge when Simon leaves!! He's funny and seems genuine when it comes to critique!

Posted by: MrsKirby | May 6, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

For a minute there, I thought Fox was airing "Caligula". And then I realized it was Lady Gaga's performance.

Fox, seriously, was this really the correct thing to air on a show that's a big hit with the young-un's? I mean, could you have at least nixed the homoerotica going on in the background?

Seacrest: "What an amazing debauchery number, truly an artist! We'll be right back after this word from Toys'R'Us."

Ella Fitzgerald just rolled over in her grave.

Lisa, agree that Jamie Foxx is full of himself. The timing of his appearance next week implies the Simon replacement rumor is true. Hmmm...

Aaron has a beautiful voice and ya just want to hug him. Sad to see him go, but it probably was time.

Have a great day, posters!

Posted by: ILoveToSinga | May 6, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Lady Ga Gag, ugh - she should be embarassed for so little talent. Harry needs to replace Simon!!!

Posted by: vacarollm | May 6, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Aww, Simon's poor sweetie cupcake... I guess a good smile and girl hair really can overcome an awful performance.

Posted by: ozpunk | May 6, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Did it seem like the cameras (and director) were doing an Elvis-from-the-waist-up thing with LG? Whenever she turned around, the camera cut away so you couldn't see her, um, back. Coincidence?

Posted by: TomR3 | May 6, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Haha! I guessed Aaron would be cut. I actually don't think Casey was THAT bad. He was THAT stiff, but not really THAT bad.

Posted by: forgetthis | May 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

No!!! I was already upset to hear Jamie Foxx would AGAIN be a "mentor" but I didn't know he was the leading candidate to replace Simon. That is terrible news. I didn't know much about Harry Connick Jr but he was hilarious this week and I'd much rather have him than the arrogant Jamie Foxx anyday. Might as well have Big Mike replace Simon if they are even considering someone like Foxx.

Posted by: MasonNation | May 6, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Connick would make a great judge! Let's start the petition drive now!

Posted by: hlef | May 6, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga cracks me up. I guess she appeals to people too young to remember Madonna - who apparently spent too much time over in the UK and left a void in pop culture.

Vampira the Beekeeper pretty much sums it up. And I also agree about the often inappropriateness of the "guests" on this show which is so clearly aimed at a younger or "family" audience. They've had crotch-grabbing rappers before, etc.

It's fairly hypocritical of the producers, too, because I doubt seriously they'd have allowed Lambert to do his "crotch bobbing" number while he was a contestant - or Crystal to put on Gaga's thong fishnets and strut her stuff center stage.

As for Harry Connick - while I like him immensely as a performer - I thought the 2nd night of his "backstage" outtakes was uncomfortable in the way people who say "No disrespect, but . . . ." He uttered some sharp put downs only to give it the "Aw shucks, just kidding" - which never comes off as sincere.

For example telling Casey he could afford the horns while presumably Casey never would be able to, etc. I didn't find that sort of thing humorous at all - even though I tend to agree that often, these amateur contestants could use a little reality check when instant celebrity has gone to their heads.

I'm now okay with anyone who goes home any week - as I generally find the level of performance subpar compared to previous groups. I will always wonder what interesting things Lily Scott MIGHT have done and wish I could have seen/heard it.

Posted by: jqw3827 | May 6, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga gagged. Showy, bizarre, big costumes, staging - all there. But lost in all that - the music(?).

Geez, the music industry stinks today. No music to speak of - all forgettable tunes all the time, but it seems not to matter. It's all about glitz, and a huge amount of bizarro nonsense.

Posted by: kim4 | May 6, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse


Not a word about Connick's put-down of Ellen?

Its a shtick. They're old friends for years..

Posted by: ancis42000 | May 6, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Not a word about Connick's put-down of Ellen?

Its a shtick. They're old friends for years..


Yeah, every once of Ellen's comments Tuesday night included some slam at HC. It was mildly might even be something she wrote herself.

Posted by: a1231 | May 6, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Ellen is sweet but knows zero about music. Ryan Seacrest is a very irritating person. Fox is pushing for Lee to win and he is very good. Greatly improved but has no idea how to dress. Levis and a T-shirt are all he needs and not a loose tie, white shirt and vest. He sometimes looks ridiculous. Casey was fourth in voting. Hard to believe Michael is still there.

Posted by: mascmen7 | May 6, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

My husband says that Big Mike likes himself so much it doesn't matter that the rest of us can't stand him.

And, Lisa, don't you think it's possible this was an "audition" of sorts for Harry? As is next week's episode with Jamie Foxx? (But are they after Harry for judge or for musical director?)

Posted by: chantooz | May 6, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, chantooz. Isn't Idol's musical director going to the Leno Show to replace Kevin Eubanks? Hmmm.

Posted by: ILoveToSinga | May 6, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"The whole 'I have a baby thing' Mike -- drop it. For real," Connick snarks at Michael Lynche.

I'm glad somebody said it.

Posted by: forgetthis | May 6, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Lynch should have been gone 3 people (at least) ago. I keep hoping he's going to be gone and AI voting keeps disappointing me. I'd love to see Harry Connick replace Simon, love to see Ellen stay. Not much to say about the other two unless they learn a new vocabulary. Man, that's getting irritating hearing Randy and Kara say the same old same old thing show after show. Talk about relevant, they ain't.

Posted by: Oxygen1 | May 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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