The top five will each sing two songs next week, another way to keep the show at 90 minutes. They will each get to pick a song from the 60s and a current hit, thus the theme “now and then.”
The word that Jennifer Lopez was performing was true, but it didn’t air last night. The pre-taped segment will air on Thursday. She’ll perform “On the Floor” with Pitbull, her top 10 single. Lady Antebellum will reveal a new single as well, though the “Idol” press release did not say what that would be.
The keep-the-women-alive campaign has worked because we now have three men, two women after three guys have been ousted in a row. Haley Reinhart has certainly stayed around far longer than I predicted many weeks ago. I still give her no chance of winning.
I placed Casey Abrams on top at the time with the notation that the early leader almost never wins. And he didn’t. I did put Scotty McCreery at No. 2 and Lauren Alaina No. 3. I still think those two will finish in the top 3, along with James Durbin, who I predicted at the time would end up at No. 6 but has performed better than expected. I also had Pia Toscano at No. 4. Whoops. Jacob Lusk? I had him at No. 5, which is where he may end up in reality. I had Stefano Langone at No. 7. Got that one right. I was overly optimistic about Naima Adedapo at No. 8. I also had Thia Megia at No. 9 (bingo! and Paul MacDonald at No. 10 (he finished 8th.) I placed Haley all the way down at No. 11. I did get Karen Rodriguez and Ashthon Jones correct.
My current ranking of the top 5 are 1. James 2. Scotty 3. Lauren 4. Haley 5. Jacob
The final ratings on Wednesday were close to what I predicted: 22.3 million (down a smidge from last week) and 7.1 18-49 ratings, flat from a week ago. And compared to a year ago? Up 15% overall and up 3% 18-49. The show is now up 2 percent year over year (24.9 million vs. 24.4 million) and is only down 4% 18-49 year to date. With only eight shows left, I’m not sure the 18-49 gap can be closed completely but it should be close.