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American Idol recap:

Last chance for the Judges’ Save — will they use it? Plus: Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery perform

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American Idol Recap

American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

We can all stop cringing! The judges chose not to use their one save of the season on bottom-vote-earner Lazaro Arbos. In the end, the Cuban-born ice cream scooper’s stutter was the least of his problems. He could barely stay on pitch, had memorized few words of songs he’d never heard before, and if I’m being honest, had emerged in the last few weeks as a bit of a brat.

Maybe the guy was just embarrassed and didn’t know how to handle himself otherwise. He’s so young and so generally out of it. I don’t wanna rag on him unnecessarily. I just think it’s worth pointing out his attitude towards the end made all of this a LOT worse than it needed to be. I’m glad he got to end on a high note musically, at least, with a decent delivery of the very last line of one of the songs he knew: Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.”

Lazaro after the show: ‘I’m trying to contact Ryan Murphy.’

Jimmy was way too kind in his assessment of Lazaro’s Wednesday night performances, by the way. An Ambien milkshake? That sounds effing delicious compared to the garbage salad we had to wade through!

Amber Holcomb joined Lazaro in the official Bottom Two. Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur are the official Middles, while Candice Glover and Kree Harrison are the Tops!

A WOMAN WILL WIN ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ THIS YEAR. What are the chances?! (100%.)

Esteemed Colleage Email Interlude:


Now, since there’s no way in hell Idol will end a week earlier than planned, they’ll need to either do a non-elimination week or extend the Judges’ Save. I wouldn’t mind having the Save on the table right up until the final three, personally. But we’ll see.

How many drugs did you wonder if you were on during that Red vs. Green giant soccer ball game? That was certainly a Fiesta of crazy. Merry Christmas, by the way. #Ford

NEXT: Kelly Clarkson!