'Idol' Finds One More Finalist Substandard
Ace gets dealt the low hand, and 'That's All' for himLOS ANGELES --
It also means we don't have to wait 55 minutes to find out the latest bootee, which this week turned out to be Ace Young. Although his rendition of "That's All" on Tuesday's standards night was one of his stronger moments recently, his hanging-by-a-string performances finally caught up with him.
But though the show is but 30 minutes long (32, actually, the better to goose ratings for "Unan1mous"), that doesn't mean it hasn't found a way to annoy us. Tonight, we get a reprise of the ridiculous, divide-into-two-groups method of revealing the bottom three.
After the weekly car ad, and a performance by this week's Celebrity Vocal Coach, Rod Stewart, Seacrest divvies up the finalists, sending Elliott, Kellie and Katharine to one side of the stage and Paris, Chris and Ace to the other. Taylor is told he's safe but has to play the George Huff role and decide which group is his. For a moment, it appears he's going to join the wrong one, but before Seacrest can finish telling him that, he swerves and goes the other way.
Turns out he's right, but folks, we need to discuss this a little. Yes, Elliott and Katharine were very good Tuesday, and Taylor was just behind them. But in what world is Kellie's all-over-the-map rendition of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" better than what Paris and Chris did Tuesday? I know she's cute and all, but would you seriously buy a record from this girl?
Quickly enough, though, Paris and Chris are ushered back to the safety of the winners' couch, and Ace is left to sing three lines of "That's All" before the end credits cut him off. By all accounts he's a genuinely nice guy, but he wasn't going to win this thing.
Hands up, everyone who was frightened the six remaining finalists would have to sing opera next week with tenor Andrea Bocelli. Thankfully, such will not be the case; instead they'll just have to tackle great love songs. Still, after a very strong week this week, I have a feeling we're in for a letdown come Tuesday.