Ryan Seacrest promised "shocking news" and "drama" at the top of tonight's (April 25) American Idol results show, so I was ready. What would it be? The return of Simon Cowell? Maybe a velociraptor on roller skates?
OK, I know. It was something to do with the actual results.
The awkward group number was Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire." Angie Miller got to play the part of Ms. Keys at the piano, while Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover did their best girl-group imitation. Wisely, they let Candice sing most of the tricky chorus hook, but everybody sounded pretty excellent. Nice job, ladies!
Hopefuls were asked to name five things we don't know about them in 20 seconds. Not everybody could get five, but here's what we found out:
Angie hates the color pink, lives in heels and apparently loves olives.
Candice loves Spongebob Squarepants and can't sleep without socks. She also loves Drake and purple.
Kree has been bitten by a snake and loves rap.
Amber prefers showers to baths, enjoys 90-degree weather, was on drill team, was in a play and her favorite color is neon green. For a bonus, she has her septum pierced.
Jimmy Iovine was 50/50 on Amber's performances, and 0 for 2 on Kree's. Apparently he hates Procol Harum, so there's that. He also thought Candice's song choices were too safe, but her hero Drake surprised her onstage and made everything better. Additionally, Jimmy thought Amber had a big night but that she should stick to the piano if she wanted to win.
Idol Season 10 alum Stefano was back in the house, and has an album on the way. He's all about the ladies, and aimed his song "Yes to Love" to them. All of them.
Second guest performer was Season 9 champ Lee DeWyze. He offered his new single, "Silver Lining," a gentle strummy tune that sounds not unlike Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and, yep, Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips.
And finally, results. Amber and Angie were sent to opposite ends of the stage. Kree joined Angie, and Candice joined Amber. This meant Kree and Angie were safe, and Amber and Candice were in the bottom two.
"The person that could be leaving tonight is no one. They're all safe," said Ryan. Surprised looks all around, and ecstatic applause.
Because the judges hadn't used their save yet, the girls all got a reprieve of sorts. But their voting totals from this week will be combined with their totals from next week and whoever has the lowest overall total will be headed home.
This could get interesting.