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‘American Idol’ top 7 results: who is out with no save?

Colton Dixon had  rough night and paid for it. CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

Colton Dixon had rough night and paid for it. CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

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Two weeks, two surprise results. But this time, there was no save.

Colton Dixon paid for two subpar performances Wednesday night with his “Idol” life.

Dixon, who had a really strong night eight days ago, was someone I thought could end up in the finals. I was wrong. He had never been in the bottom three (like Jessica Sanchez last week) so this was not expected.

Dixon, who didn’t even want to audition with his sister, apologized for his arrogant attitude last night when he said he didn’t care what the  judges thought after he botched both “Bad Romance” and especially “September.”

I thought he was going to land in the bottom three but predicted Elise Testone would go home. Wrong again! Hollie Cavanagh was also in the bottom three but fortunately survived. At least I did predict the proper bottom three.

Based on the polls, all seven of the remaining singers have sizable fan bases so expect the unexpected in the coming weeks. The only person to date who has evaded the bottom three now is Phillip Phillips. But as Colton learned, that doesn’t mean anything.

[My colleague Melissa Ruggieri caught Mandisa, who finished ninth season five, at the Dove Awards at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Read the kind words Mandisa has to say about Colton.]

[UPDATE: Queen will be the theme next week, with Roger Taylor and Brian May joining in as mentors. The top 8 season five sang Queen, too. Katy Perry and Stefano Langone will perform on the results show.]

Jimmy’s take:

Joshua: “Joshua did a lot of good for himself. He stayed in his sweet spot. He was very very comfortable… he could end up in the finals.”

Hollie: “Hollie did come out of her shell. Giving her ‘Son of a Preacher Man” was very clever. Does it keep her out of the bottom three. I don’t think so. To make it to the finals will be a long road ahead of her.”

Skylar: “Each week, she gets better and better. In my opinion, she’s the best performer we’ve got.”

Elise: The Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get It On” “caused a baby boom. Last night, no baby boom. Because of that choice, Elise will spend time in her vacation home in the bottom three if not go home. She needs to find the most potent rock songs and sang the way she sang Led Zeppelin” to make the top two.

Phillip: “Phillip did a great job with that Usher song. He really fell into it. He could have written that song. Midnight Hour, I could take it or leave it. That was a pass.”

Colton: ” ‘Bad Romance’ was completely wrong, the way he looked, the way he positioned himself, the way he sang it. The look, I was stunned. It was somewhere between 1985 Billy Idol, ‘TRL’ and Spider-Man on Broadway. He can come back. He’s got to re-group and get better songs. Phillip is picking better songs.”

Jessica: “This girl is singing songs that are too old for her. People are not going to relate… as her mentor, I have to apologize, I should have caught that.”

Other elements:

- A jubilant “Dancing in the Streets” group sing, a pleasant “Vision of Love” by Kris Allen, a sweet tribute to Dick Clark, a ridiculous “Sorry for Party Rockin’ ” by LMFAO and a passably starry-eyed Ford ad.  And Taylor Hicks came on to say he’s going to Vegas, with no details. (On Twitter, he said he’ll have a three-month residency at Bally’s on the strip starting in June.)

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

310 comments Add your comment

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
9:16 pm

I’m first…

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
9:17 pm

That’s more important than who got voted off. :lol: :lol: :cool:

Albany Uncovered

April 19th, 2012
9:25 pm

Looks like we both thought Elise were going but I’m not that surprised about Colton. See you when you come down for Hometown Week!
http://www.albanyuncovered.com

poopoonit

April 19th, 2012
9:25 pm

Again elise evaded going home. Who are these people voting for her?
She should have went home weeks ago. Colton should still be their. Elise
is no better about the cocky comments back. Colton is always nice, that’s
the first time he ever said anything back, and look what happens. Elise can’t
ever take any constructive criticizum with out talking back. She better go next
week. Poor Phillip( love him) took it harder than Colton. You’ll still make it big
Colton your amazing!

Vast Wastrel

April 19th, 2012
9:26 pm

Good call on the even fan bases Rodney. I think at this point whoever has a bad night is gone regardless of past performances. Theme choice could be an issue but if they split them like this week it may not be as much of a factor. Though it was obvious who they grooved the Soul one in for this week. Made for a less than stellar second hour however and not because I don’t like Soul but more that it is unfamiliar to these kids.

JTesla

April 19th, 2012
9:29 pm

Let this serve as notice sages of the blog: a large number of people do vote based on performance.

More important than voting blocks, or other factors doing very poorly will get you booted.

Deirdre

April 19th, 2012
9:34 pm

Colton’s second song last night was in train wreck territory. Ya can’t do that with only 7 people left.

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
9:40 pm

Jumping from blog to blog…gotta love quiet time at home.

boots

April 19th, 2012
9:41 pm

Hate to see Colton go out so soon. He seems like a great guy, and I thought he went out on a very strong note with Lifehouse’s “Everything.” I suspect he will do well in the Christian market. Phillip will pick up most of his votes, but I think the next couple of weeks will see two of the ladies exit – Elise and Hollie. However, I thought Jimmy was spot on with Jessica. She is singing songs way to old for her. Broadway, maybe, but not AI material. Btw, Jimmy is doing a good job and fills a hole left by Simon. One final note: I am sooooo over Ryan’s “games” with his list of contestants being safe. Seriously – it isn’t fun any more.

JTesla

April 19th, 2012
9:42 pm

I have to admit, the elimination of Colton was a surprise. It will make for a very interesting remainder of the season. I’d like to think that his poor performances got him booted, but I am starting to wonder if having his sister come on stage jinxed him. Her negative attitude cursed him, and the voodoo doll she made of him probably didn’t help.

Cat

April 19th, 2012
9:43 pm

I agree that Colton’s second song was not great but several did not do good. I really thought the teen girl vote would carry him I really think performance order is important too

Debra

April 19th, 2012
9:43 pm

Colton should nit have been voted off and the judges should not have used their only save so early on. Colton by far was not the weakest performance.
Phil Philips should win this, he is consistent and original.

Cat

April 19th, 2012
9:45 pm

Freddie Freeman just hit 2 run HR go braves

mitchell

April 19th, 2012
9:45 pm

colton…i was not able to vote for you last nite….feel like i let you down….your awesome and already a winner…you go

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
9:48 pm

She had a voodoo doll??

MyPatootie

April 19th, 2012
9:49 pm

It’s a shame now that Colton Dixon is gone and Jessica is still there. Guess the judges are feeling like “fools” now that they used their save a week early. I was hoping there would be enough voters this week to show the judges they don’t control who stays and who goes now. I sincerely think AI would have higher ratings if these 3 judges were gone. Maybe next year they will be. I predict here and now the two finalists will be ……………. are you ready for it…………….Skylar and Phillip. Oh, BTW, would someone please feed Jessica, she’s nothing but skin and bones.

Cat

April 19th, 2012
9:49 pm

Maybe I missed it but does anyone know the theme for next week? Boots you are spot on

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
9:50 pm

I think Phil2x may actually win this. Music industry needs a new kind of music energy. Just hope he lasts longer than Macy Gray did, although she’s doing a lot of things behind the scenes. I liked her funny sounding voice. We need “different” right about now.

Jubie

April 19th, 2012
9:53 pm

The only judge that needs to go is JLo.

Mercedes S.

April 19th, 2012
9:54 pm

I agree with boots about Ryan’s “game” (torture) with the contestants about who’s going home. When there were just Colton and Hollie left, I turned off the TV because I couldn’t stand watching Ryan be mean to the little Brit.

And then, surprise!

Mercedes S.

April 19th, 2012
9:55 pm

JT, thanks for good bedtime laugh! Voodoo doll, yes!

Song Choice

April 19th, 2012
10:02 pm

Kellie Pickler was voted off weeks before Taylor Hicks and her net worth is double his.
Chris Daughtrey was voted off weeks before Taylor Hicks and his net worth is three times Taylor Hicks. The judges are wrong it is not a contest about who is the best it is a contest of who is the
most marketable. Hollie will do well whether she goes next week or later. Colton should have gone
futher but he sang two duds this week and that is all it takes. I love how the judges always criticize the contests for poor song choice when they are the ones who give them all these lame songs to choose from.

Sophia

April 19th, 2012
10:03 pm

As my opinion, Colton shouldn’t have go home. His performances were not that great but still he shouldn’t be eliminated. Elise should’ve went home. She’s not doing great and her time to be out should’ve arrived.

JB

April 19th, 2012
10:06 pm

@MyPatootie, jealous much about jessica. Geez, leave her alone. Colton was one of my favorites but he did not do a great job last night, I’m sad to see him go. Well I guess it boils down again to complacency just like what happened to jessica.

Cat

April 19th, 2012
10:07 pm

How much control do the contestants have in song choice? Jimmy made a comment that he failed Jessica by not having her sing age appropriate songs

kim

April 19th, 2012
10:16 pm

Looks like I’m done with Idol for the year. What a joke. Colton was interesting. He had personality. He had stage presence. Watching Jessica, Holly and Elise is like watching paint dry. I actually fell asleep halfway through last night because it was so dull. Without Simon there, Stephen, J Lo and Randy are incapable of picking decent talent. This show is so done.

Catilac

April 19th, 2012
10:18 pm

BOOO!!!! I thought Colton got stronger with each week and loved the last two performances.
and thought the two finalists would be Jessica and Colton.
all I can say is Jessica better win

RosGator

April 19th, 2012
10:19 pm

Too much of Stale glam look, hair style goofed up his facial symetry and his good looks were compromised. This hurt him with females.

Alex

April 19th, 2012
10:22 pm

My disappointment about Colton is offset by Hollie and Elise hanging around. It’s gotta be driving the judges ape sheite.

G

April 19th, 2012
10:22 pm

Hehehe…….It’s not PP, but I’m not mad at the outcome one bit. I blasted Cricket Colton for having the worst performance last night, and it’s good to see it paid off. Only bad thing that can come out of this is Cricket’s voters going to PP.

sheryl

April 19th, 2012
10:25 pm

colton has been a mono toned same tune kinda guy through out the season. i was a fan of his at first but as the season progressed i began getting bored with his mono toned voice and predictable performances!!!!! i knew he was going home tonight. phillup phillups is where it is at!

Dick Lark

April 19th, 2012
10:28 pm

The bottom three were all blonde. America is just so darned biased!

Alex

April 19th, 2012
10:31 pm

Maybe Taylor Hicks will live out the slogan “what goes on in Vegas stay in Vegas” so we won’t have to see him anymore (unless we’re in Vegas, of course).

jabroni

April 19th, 2012
10:32 pm

they should all be eliminated…its so boring..bring simon back..he’ll tell ya’ll

Cat

April 19th, 2012
10:33 pm

Alex LOL. I agree. Chris Daughtry should have won that season!

poopoonit

April 19th, 2012
10:34 pm

Being a little jerky don’t you think G???????????
Com’on now G dog!!!!!!!!!!!

mitchell

April 19th, 2012
10:41 pm

i had voted for colton since day one….ohhhhhhhhhh i would hate to think my votes might have made a difference in saving colton…went to bed sick and did not vote ….you will i believe get a recording contract and when you do ….i will be the first to buy your cd….will be waiting…shelley

It happened again

April 19th, 2012
10:48 pm

Its Chris Daughtry all over again. Fans thought he was in and went lax on the votes. Bet those judges are kicking themselves in the behind tonight.  

keith

April 19th, 2012
10:50 pm

Geez, somebody has to leave. Colton is good but he is invisible to me and I dunno why. i can see only three and they are Josh, Jessica and Skylar. The other three Hollie, Elise and Philips are just there to keep the show a little bit longer.

Pete

April 19th, 2012
11:02 pm

I really think it’s time for Idol to change the judges. The show has become an ego trip for them more than watching the singers.
Starting next season they should have Jimmy as one judge every week and have him invite someone to join each week, each week someone different. Two judges are enough. We don’t need to be entertained by them.
Also, they should let the contestants sing for 3 min. for each song, not 1 1/2 or 2 min. The show is about singing not endless BS by the judges.

JENN

April 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

Pay attention how all three judges always give Josh a standing ovation regardless of how well the others do. Colton was much better than Josh….Josh sings like James Brown and who really listens to that anymore? Just pay attention next week..they always tell him how great he is…what a wonderful performance..and I am always scratching my head..HE ISN’T THAT GREAT..I would never buy a CD from him. Better singers in the competition but they love JOSH!

Mercedes S.

April 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

You go, Pete. I bet the judges spend twice as long babbling (”judging”) as each contestant does singing.

Yes, Colton was … interesting, but the dried blood pants did him in.

Mercedes S.

April 19th, 2012
11:11 pm

poop, at 9:25, something to sleep on:
go – went – gone
their – there – they’re
your – you’re

Milk of phillips

April 19th, 2012
11:12 pm

Constipated face philip should have been gone weeks ago. What is the fascination with this kid? I dont get it. He looks a mess! Hes unshaven, messy hair, sloppy dressed and dont give a crap attitude is such a turn off. More important than all that…….he can’t sing! Holly and Elise will do ten times better than this dude. You dog the judges, yet they are in love with him. Go figure. Get a grip America!

True Country

April 19th, 2012
11:14 pm

Great show, I think the Lady Gaga song got Colton, he strayed from his roots on that one.

Ilene

April 19th, 2012
11:16 pm

Mercedes S – I do that every time I read a post. It drives me to distraction how poor spelling and grammar are now.

JTesla

April 19th, 2012
11:25 pm

West coast catching up: darn, I was hoping that the piano would continue to obscure this Kris Allen fellow. Not a good design decision. His intro by George Clooney was good though, but what is Clooney going to do in Vegas? Maybe there is a refugee camp there.

jane

April 19th, 2012
11:28 pm

Ellise cannot sing at all. She is so bad. I don’t get how the judges keep saying she is so good. Its crazy. Even worse then her singing is her attitude. How can you be so cocky and be so bad.

sean

April 19th, 2012
11:29 pm

Elise sucks…what are they listening to?

Debra

April 19th, 2012
11:31 pm

There is a lot of talent on Idol this year. The only thing that makes it unbearable to watch are the judges. Can anyone shut Jennifer up? And, for some reason, this year Steven has picked his favorite and given horrible reviews to anyone who threatens his favorites. Randy is still telling everyone that he worked with the original artist of the song. Why no criticism of Jessica’s song choices–they are too old for her and boring. Hate to say it because Josh has a good voice too, but he is one dimensional and boring. They are going to have to change the name of the show to ” The JayLo Show.” She needs to quit interrupting the other two judges, and she has been consistently negative to a couple of contestants because she is afraid her two faves won’t go through if these other two get votes. She is obnoxious and she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The best judge is Jimmy–he is not demeaning, he if professional. Shut up, Jennifer Lopez. I am sick of how much Ryan has changed and is asking the judges questions that should not be asked. These judges tell people who to actually vote for and they consistently leave out two of the contestants in any positive comments–even when they have had a great night.