TweetHere’s something I forgot about – the Judge’s Save. Up until the Top 5, a unanimous vote from the four judges will spare someone from elimination. Apparently it is once again in play this season, although I’m sure there are ton of people wishing it had been in play last week to save Alex Lambert. Just a little something to keep in mind every elimination night.
Let’s cut to the chase. First to be placed on the hot seat is Paige Miles, who if you remember, performed sick, but still turned in a decent number, hitting all the right notes, and generally being impressive. Her fanbase must be smaller than expected, as she’s in trouble tonight.
Lee DeWyze, Siobhan Magnus, and Aaron Kelly are all safe.
Andrew Garcia and Tim Urban both stand up and the ominous music is playing in the background. Both of these guys were in my bottom tier last night, but while Garcia’s performance was merely mundane, Urban’s was, okay, sure, uniquely conceptualized, but it wasn’t very good as a song or a performance, period. Garcia’s been living off a cover he did way, way back in Hollywood week, Urban’s been living off teenyboppers. The cover must still be somewhat fresh in people’s minds as Garcia is saved and it’s Urban who’s in jeopardy.
Didi Benami and Crystal Bowersox both pass through. Katie Stevens comes up, and we’re subjected to more judge bickering as the “big three,” or the music experts if you will, Randy, Kara and Simon, can’t agree on what she should be singing. Kara thinks pop/R&B, Simon wants country, Randy says pop/rock. Ellen points out how stupid this conversation is by chiming in that she thinks Katie ought to sing mariachi. In any event, Katie is safe so she’ll have another week to mull over more contradictory advice.
Michael Lynche is declared safe, and we’re down to Casey James and Lacey Brown. Brown quickly gets sent to the bottom three, deservedly I think, and one of Lacey Brown, Tim Urban and Paige Miles will be going home. I say this with certainty having finished the episode and because there’s no way the judges’ save would or should be used on one of those three. Ellen and Simon disagree with me though, Ellen somewhat straightforwardly and Simon with quite some certainty. To my utter annoyance, Ryan Seacrest tells Urban that he’s safe, and it’s between two girls.
In the end, it’s the “Ruby Tuesday” singing, ruby-headed Lacey Brown who’s going to have to bite the bullet and pack up, unless she can sing to save her life. She goes back to the early round, singing the Brandi Carlile song, “The Story” which was okay then, not so much now. It’s a waste of breath, in my opinion, as nothing this girl would have done would have been enough to use the save. The judges agree with me, and Simon drops the hammer, saying, “Unfortunately, no, we won’t be using it [the judges' save].”
Should Lacey Brown have been the one to go home? From the three, I would have preferred Tim Urban, but like him, Brown never should have gotten to the Round of 12. She never really wow-ed anyone, judges included and probably wouldn’t have survived next week. It’s nice that we’ll be able to get the chance to see Paige Miles at 100% (hopefully) before passing judgment on her though, as it seems only fair.
Brown graciously exits, saying that she “had a blast” and that’s it, we’re down to 11.
Source- Philippine Online Chronicles