By Michael Slezak
Updated May 05, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Francis Specker/LandovAin’t that a kick in the head? On a week where American Idol celebrated the smooth and jazzy sounds of Frank Sinatra, the show incomprehensibly failed to invite back season 6 alum Melinda Doolittle, a woman who slays it completely when it comes to said genre of music. Le. Frakking. Ridiculous. In fact, for the second week running, no Idol graduates were given the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of a massive music-buying audience. Yep, look it up on Twitter under #KenWarwickFail!

Instead of the dulcet sounds of Mindy Doo, we got a domestic violence joke (not as bad as it sounds on paper, but still…) from mentor Harry Connick Jr.; not one but two group performances from the top 5 that may or may not have been lipsynched (though if I had to bet my entire life savings, I’d wager on pre-recorded proceedings); and a Step Aerobics Class straight from the Forest of the Damned courtesy of entertainingly madcap Lady Gaga. Oh, and we also had results! [SPOILERS AHEAD, left-coast readers!]

While I’ve been wrong predicting the weekly evictee almost every week of season 9, last night, I was the only member of the L.A. Times Idol Buzzmeter panel to correctly predict the ouster of the Artist Formerly Known as High School Student Aaron Kelly. Tonight, in the face of his ouster, Ryan Seacrest bizarrely asked the upbeat teenager “How old do you think you are now?” Um, dude, still 17. I may have never entirely warmed to Aaron’s musical ways, but I was moved just a little by the sight of his mom tearfully declaring “God didn’t give you that gift to sing in the shower.” Darn you to heck Cecile Frot-Coutaz! Your exit packages get me every 33 percent of the time!

Anyhow, I’ve got a full-length TV Watch recap to write, which will post early tomorrow morning on [UPDATE: Here it is.] In the interim, share your thoughts on Sinatra Week Results show in the comments section, and to get all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak. [RELATED: ‘American Idol’ recap: Chairman of the Bored; Kris Allen on the controversy over his new single, ‘The Truth,’ and those added Pat Monahan vocals; The 13 Worst Performances Ever by American Idol Finalists.]

Bottom Two

The Guy Who Often Lifts People (Big Mike)

The Kid Who Has Been Occasionally Lifted by The Guy Who Often Lifts People (Aaron Kelly)


Aaron Kelly