Well, that was sure....interesting.
The Top 6 sang their hearts out to the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, now it's time to figure out...who's going home?!?
Green Zone - Safe by a mile!
David Archuleta, David Cook
Even though I personally found David Cook's performance borderline tedious (and this is coming from the guy who can't stop listening to Cook's "Little Sparrow," "Be My Baby," and "Billie Jean" on repeat), I have no doubt Season 7's rocker will be safe this week. Ditto David Archuleta -- though he wasn't in any danger anyways, his reconfiguring of Phantom's "Think of Me" was, especially for little Archie, pretty damn inspired.
Yellow Zone - On Shaky Ground!
Even though 60% of his rendition of "Memory" was pretty painful, I thought he salvaged it in the last moments of the song. Regardless, the fact that the judges gave him such a drubbing means his fans will come out in full force, and should buy him at least another week in the competition.
Red Zone - Danger, Danger, Danger!
Syesha Mercado, Carly Smithson, Brooke White
Yes, I think it's the ladies who are going to be in trouble this week, despite the fact that Carly and Syesha gave two of the best performances. Carly wailed her heart out on "Jesus Christ Superstar," sounded great, and actually looked like she was having fun -- but will it be enough? And why won't they give her the last performance slot, for goodness sake? Though David Cook is clearly my favorite, Carly has so become the underdog I'm pulling for (think Kimberley Locke or Elliott Yamin).
Syesha was actually more likable than ever last night, and choosing a sassy song that allowed her to show off some personality was pretty brilliant. Is it too little, too late? And will the fact that she led off the show in the dreaded first performance slot do her in?
And then there's Brooke. Oh, Brooke. In seven years of watching this show, I have never seen someone stop their song and start over. Never. I mean, if Camille Velasco can get up there and be professional, Brooke has no excuse. Having said that, her performance wasn't god-awful, and she's bound to pick up some sympathy votes for just being fragile. Will they carry her through another week?
Bottom 3: Brooke White, Syesha Mercado, Carly Smithson
At this point in the competition, giving your best performance can actually be to your detriment (see Kristy Lee Cook last week), so I've gotta go with...
Thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Let me know!