Thursday, March 25, 2010

Paige Miles is the Second to Go Home on Idol

She was in the bottom two last week when Lacey Brown went home, and last night she and Tim Urban were consigned to the bottom three before 9:30 p.m. Her version of “Against All Odds” was, by even the most conservative reckoning, the worst song of Tuesday night, possibly of the season — and maybe even ever.

Paige Miles just lost her grip. The judges said they sensed she no longer had her heart in competing. And yet her voice had real musicality to it — and muscle too.

Simon hinted in the past that she might be worth the Judges’ Save, as it’s called. But last night he completely ruled out that option. At the start of the season, he told her, she “genuinely had a great voice.” Now she’ll have to go back and figure how to rebuild a singing career. If she’d lasted into the top 10, she’d have secured the big boost from the Idol tour.

The evening’s one surprise was that Katie Stevens landed in the bottom three instead of Andrew Garcia. She’d been improving: Her cover of Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was her most consistent performance so far, while Andrew has been struggling to please the judges. Simon more or less wrote him off after his Tuesday performance of “Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Was Andrew rescued by pity points? What did Katie do that displeased voters?

At the start of the hour she said her father is so unnerved by the results show that he flees the theater rather than watch. If that’s the case, last night he must have buried himself under a mound of pillows and blankets.

Most likely, next week Tim Urban will wind up in the bottom two again. He’s started sliding down into that Funnel of Doom. But at least he’ll get to go on the tour.

Siobhan Magnus admitted that she may have overused that shriek — gee, you think? — but only because she knew it was effective and could help propel her into the top 10.

Otherwise, throughout the hour Simon had a strange, faraway look in his eyes. Was he bored or thinking about his next show, The X Factor?

Miley Cyrus bowed her head and stormily whipped her hair around while singing “When I Look at You,” which meant she wasn’t looking at us at all. Then Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato sang “Make a Wave.”

Next week: A night of R&B soul with Usher as the mentor.

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