March 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM ET
“American Idol” elected to have its usual Thursday results show despite already having kicked a singer off the show Wednesday for jurisprudence reasons. That proved to be bad news for Shannon Magrane ... and not so great news for the other two girls in the bottom three either.
Magrane became the second singer voted off the show this season, and thanks to Jermaine Jones’ disqualification, that officially sets the lineup for the 10-singer “Idol” tour. Erika Van Pelt fans can exhale and feel free to buy those tickets now.
The judges elected not to use their save on Magrane, which wasn’t a surprise, though it does give her father, Joe, the excuse to finally take a swing at Steven Tyler for his crack about his little girl during the auditions.
The others in the bottom three were Van Pelt and Elise Testone. Yes, if you’re keeping track, that means the three women in the bottom from last week were the three lowest vote-getters of either gender this time.
Heejun Han was fine despite getting called out by Randy Jackson on Wednesday. So was DeAndre Brackensick, even though his struggles caused Jimmy Iovine to note, “He could be in trouble. This isn’t T-ball. Not everyone gets a trophy and an orange slice.” Maybe not, but every guy did get enough votes to not have to stress out the last five minutes of the show.
Testone in particular has to be wondering what she needs to do to win people over. She sang very well Wednesday, got nothing but praise from the judges and from Jimmy ... and the voters shrugged and couldn’t even be bothered to go online and vote for her. Van Pelt got more mixed reviews, but looked thrilled just to be the last singer selected for the summer tour.
The pecking order among the women is clear. Jessica Sanchez was fine even after an underwhelming performance, and Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine should be around a long time. Testone and Van Pelt either have to figure out how to click with the viewers who vote or resign themselves to getting kicked off sooner rather than later.
The men are harder to predict. Joshua Ledet was among the bottom three guys a week ago, but did so well on Wednesday that Jimmy joked he’d tell everyone at Interscope to start eating crawfish as their pre-performance meal. Brackensick and Han clearly have their fans despite the tough week. Colton Dixon told us he was warned about wearing his faith on his sleeve, but so far that clearly hasn’t hurt him. And Phillip Phillips’ biggest enemy at this point is his body, with kidney stones treating him much harsher than the judges.
All the drama of the results and live performances from Daughtry and Demi Lovato (who might have been in the bottom three herself if she were a contestant) left no time for a group number, which brought great joy to “Idol” fans everywhere. But don’t worry. They still got the Ford music video up there, so Jones got one final moment in the spotlight did. Or, since the theme was a haunted house, at least his ghost did. Which, considering how much his fate dominated the "Idol" news this week, was fitting.
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