A Dose of Reality: American Idol 6: Week 3 Results
by Raul Burriel
Published: March 9, 2007
After what looked like a comeback for the men last week, this week they returned to form, sucking it up and leaving all the talent for the women. With this being the last week before the "real competition", this really wasn't the time for the boys to choke. There's sixteen contestants and only twelve well be around next week. If there were any justice, all four eliminated contestants would be men (actually, if there were any justice, we'd eliminate 10 or 12 contestants tonight and end that misery right now!), but the format requires that two men and two women go home tonight. It's an hour long episode, so expect a lot of filler, and a lot of teasing from host Ryan Seacrest.
The sixteen remaining contestants performed Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" as their group number (no foul play with straight razors of canisters of gasoline to report, sadly.) After a recap of the performances from the past two nights, it's time for Ryan to start announcing the final twelve contestants. Up first are Blake Lewis and Lakisha Jones. They're both safe. Next is Chris Sligh who has to wait nervously on stage as we go to a commercial. C'mon, guys! You wouldn't put Chris through all that torture just to tell him he's eliminated, right? Right. Chris is safe. Jordin Sparks is safe. Phil Stacey is nervous... but safe. Jared Cotter is going home.
After a commercial break, we get back to shattering dreams. Melinda Doolittle and Brandon Rogers - both former backup singers - are called to the stage. Both are safe. Gina Glocksen (she's gotta change her name to Gina Glock!) and Chris Richardson are next. They're both in the top twelve. Now it's time for our guest performance...
After a brief retrospective, Carrie Underwood - American Idol's own Nashville Star - performs her song "Wasted". Oh, hey, look! She's dressed like an extra from an "Austin Powers" movie. Fast forward time...
Six contestants are left, but only four spots remain. Stephanie Edwards and Antonella Barba are called to the stage. Stephanie's been dazzling the judges. Antonella, not so much. But can her recent publicity save her? No, no it can't. Stephanie is safe. Antonella is gone. Sabrina Sloan and Haley Scarnato are the last two girls called to the stage. We know one of them must go home tonight. Sabrina is making some ugly faces (is she trying not to cry?) Then, when we find out Haley is safe, Sabrina makes another ugly face. Is it disbelief, anger or outrage? Whatever. It's an ugly face and she's making it at Haley, like it's Haley's fault she's going home. Judge Randy Jackson says Sabrina should be in the top twelve. Nuh-uh! Not if I have to see that face again! So long.
All that remains now is the choice between Sundance Head and Sanjaya Malakar. But before we can find out who's going home and who's in the top twelve, it's that big announcement Ryan's been promising us all week. Tonight is American Idol's 200th episode and to celebrate the show's success, they're launching "Idol Gives Back", a charity campaign to help poor children in Africa and at home in America. The event will culminate on April 24th and 25th. For every vote cast by viewers on the 24th, Coke and AT&T and other sponsors will give money to the charity (funny how they don't mention how much they'll give for each vote.) This will be a 2-night spectacular with a new song written by Quincy Jones and performed by the finalists. Guests will also include Borat, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, and Bono.
And now back to our regularly scheduled elimination... Sundance and Sanjaya are going head-to-head. Sanjaya has yet to impress me. But then again, Sundance has underperformed ever since he set foot in Hollywood. Sundance is eliminated. It seems Sundance is the only person not stunned. The judges are speechless. Sanjaya looks like America is ready to come after him with torches (let's not forget it was America that put him where he is!) Say what you will about Sanjaya. Sundance's elimination is not Sanjaya's fault. If you liked Sundance, you should have voted for him... although I do have this theory about call centers in India and their potential influence on American Idol voting.
We've got four solid finalists. Lakisha is the front runner with Melinda only slightly behind. Blake and Brandon also have a chance. Chris Sligh is building a fanbase with his good nature and personality but he needs to step up the singing. Stephanie, unfortunately, is going to suffer under the shadows of Lakisha and Melinda, much like Jennifer Hudson suffered under the shadows of LaToya London and Fantasia Barrino on season 3, and where's Jennifer Hudson now?
Week 1: Men's Night | Week 1: Women's Night | Week 1: Results
Week 2: Men's Night | Week 2: Women's Night | Week 2: Results
Week 3: Men's Night | Week 3: Women's Night