When I finished watching last week's "results" show, I felt manipulated and angry, and, of course, a little fulfilled from having donated to charity.
When I finished watching this week's results show, I felt like I had watched some of the most gripping, bizarre, emotional stuff that television has to offer.
What a difference a week makes.
This week's results show had it all -- let's list it's gloriously entertaining attributes:
-The bizarre exchange between Simon and Ryan regarding a puppet and Simon's girlfriend (and, for the record, I don't think Ryan was calling them one and the same). If ever there was a moment that proved their banter is not scripted, it was this one, because the subsequent misunderstanding was so awkward, it could only have been unintentional. You gotta love live television.
-Bon Jovi's freakishly amazing performance. I loved it. That band is gonna sell a while lot of record this week.
-Robin Thicke. I love that song, and I love/it freaks me out that he looks like his dad so much. I definitely have moments where I think, why is Mr. Seaver singing all sexy like that?
-The blatant pimping of Blake. I'm okay with this, because I love the guy, but it must have been repeated a half dozen times how innovative and extraordinary his performance was. I think the producers and Seacrest have taken a liking to the kid.
Then there were the eliminations. As I wrote about earlier (read Idol Producer Says Tonight's Results are Not Shocking') I had gathered that Phil and Chris might get the boot (it's unclear which is the 5th place finisher and which is the 6th place finisher), but I was still a bit surprised that LaKisha was able to gather enough votes over the past two weeks to outlast a resurgent Phil. At least he went out in a "Blaze of Glory," so to speak, and he just might have a country music career ahead of him. And to top it all off, he got to have the "farewell tour" through the audience he's been itching to have for weeks. We'll miss ya Phil.
Which brings us to the emotional part of the evening -- the love affair between Chris and Blake. It's become increasingly clear over the past several weeks that these two cuties have become tight, and their affection for each other was so genuine that it actually brought a tear for my eye. When Chris adorably said "We are best friends," I almost lost it -- it was like they were 8 years old all over again.
I'm glad it was Chris who got the boot, but I'll miss his ridiculously charming smile. Maybe I will have to go to that tour after all...