Wouldn't you know...
Just when Kristy Lee Cook started turning me into a believer - she's snatched from the show.
I'll admit KLC was not my favorite, but was starting to earn my respect. These past couple of weeks she's improved. That's the type of contestant this show was concocted to dredge out of the monotony of everyday life.
The progress Kristy Lee has made is tremendous.
For some time now, I was among the restless viewers who wanted Kristy Lee to go home. I even compared her to season six's Sanjaya Malakar, the singer who became most loved to hate. Sanjaya also made it to seventh before he was cut. Seventh place is really not so bad. Season five's Ace Young (my favorite idol) was eliminated in seventh place too.
This week, I changed my tune. I was ready for Brooke White to leave the show, but am still satisfied with the choice.
Syesha Mercado rightfully was asked to separate from the bottom three and move over to the safe side.
The remaining bottom two were Kristy Lee and Brooke.
Ryan asked the judges who they thought had the least amount of votes.
Randy: "Can't call this one."
Paula: "Someone has to go and it's tough..."
Simon: "No surprise... KLC."
KLC was buying into it and said, "at least I made the top 10". Brooke sounding annoyed called out, "We don't know what's happening!"
I started thinking back, to the first auditions in Philadelphia... Check it out, at the end of my review, I stated two contestants worth mentioning - and it was Brooke and Kristy Lee.
For tonight, Brooke is spared. I predict we start picking off all the girls from here on out in the competition.
The guys still standing are just too hot to handle.
I didn't think the seven idols harmonized well with "One Sweet Day" tonight. Syesha and David Cook weren't blending well. Jason Castro had a nice solo and so did Kristy Lee. Carly Smithson and David Archuleta sounded good together at the end.
Elliott Yamin took the idol stage singing "Free". He said it's the first time performing without his mom. A staple during season five's contest, Claudette Yamin passed away a couple of weeks ago. Tonight, reminiscent of David Cook's: GIVE BACK message, Elliott showed his hand at the end of his performance: WE MISS YOU MOM.
I was so glad that Mariah Carey performed her song "Bye Bye" and not "Touch My Body". Not necessarily because I even know that song, but it's that I'm getting sick of hearing the other. At times during her performance I thought there was too much band and not enough Mariah-amazingness heard. One more criticism: her body was slamming, but she needed some type of lip accentuation. The body - you get from the picture - was accentuated enough. Her lips - you can't really notice until she's singing.
In the Ford commercial the contestants sang "I Want To Break Free" and were dressed up like puppets. First Castro clips off his strings. Then he snips off Brooke's and the other contestants help themselves breaking free from their strings.
One of the questions a viewer asked today was to Kristy Lee Cook. Were you able to buy your horse back? KLC said during auditions that she sold her horse to pay for her trip to audition for idol. She also called herself a "cage fighter." I always wondered if all that was an elaborate story to make herself stand out. Tonight KLC told the viewer that unfortunately the man she sold the horse to doesn't want to sell it back.
At the end of the show, Ryan made a plea for her horse and Kristy Lee said, "can I ride my horse now?"
Kristy Lee sang herself off the show tonight starting at the judges table. She sat on it - first focusing on Simon. While singing to him, she put her hand out. Simon grabbed it and she gracefully walked away... back to the stage.
Michael Johns walked away from the competition when he was eliminated last week. He had the falsetto to create a memorable moment with a Mariah Carey song. Too late. But that's the way it goes on American Idol, you can never be too sure what other fans are thinking. And you have to vote every time.