American Idol‘s ninth season from tasting like a lukewarm glass of tap water. The question remains, however, with six weeks left in the competition, do any of the five remaining challengers to the Bowersox-DeWyze Supremacy have a chance to make it to the Nokia to perform “Momentum-Crushing Piece of Treacle 9.0”? My cohost Dave Karger and I dish the chances of Siobhan Magnus, Michael Lynche, Casey James, and three other cats; bid an overdue goodbye to Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens; and review Adam Lambert’s stint as last week’s Idol guest mentor.Crystal-Lee: It’s not a calorie-free lemonade mix coming to a grocery store near you, but rather, the tangy tonic that’s keeping
Note: Dave and I taped this Idolatry segment before reports leaked that Crystal had considered dropping out of the competition — only to have her mind changed after a parking-lot heart-to-heart with host Ryan Seacrest. I’ve reached out to spokespeople for Fox and 19 to see if I can get confirmation/more information on the situation — check back at this space for updates — but here’s wishing Crystal the emotional and physical strength to stay on board the huge and intense Idol rollercoaster to season’s end. I’m sure there’ll be naysayers who want to call Crystal ungrateful or accuse her of not wanting to win badly enough, but it’s worth pausing for a moment and remembering MamaSox is a human being, not just a reality show contestant who exists for our entertainment. Seeing how the pursuit of her singing dream means spending less time with her adorable baby son, wouldn’t it be more alarming if Crystal hadn’t experienced any kind of doubts or second thoughts about her Idol “journey”? And even if your answer is “no,” do you really want to spend the next six weeks prepping for a finale between Casey James and High School Student Aaron Kelly? That’s my take, and I’m sticking to it. And to get all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak. (Related: What should the Top 7 sing for Inspirational Songs Week?) If you’re having trouble watching the videos in PopWatch or if you’re on an iPhone/iPad, head to our Idolatry hub for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.