Jacob Lusk Goes Home…And Then There Were Four

Ryan Seacrest said we might be surprised at the voting results, but think most Idol fans expected Jacob Lusk to go home and he did on Thursday night’s show.

We might have been surprised that Lauren Alaina Suddeth was in the bottom two, her first time to be in the bottom group. She took it really hard, but she should be back as strong as ever next week. Jimmy Iovine who has been mentoring the Idol contestants this season, said she held back on a high note, during her rendition of Unchained Melody.

Scotty McCreery was put on the spot by Ryan Seacrest and did the right thing by refusing to join the group that he thought was staying, so Seacrest led him to the right group.  I thought he did great on Wednesday night, but it was a case of Haley Reinhart and James Durbin singing a little better.

Haley who was constantly in the bottom three earlier this season seems to be gaining momentum. She seemed to be on the verge of going home every week there for awhile, but now she just might be in the final two.

Iovine criticized Durbin for being too emotional during his 60’s song, but I think his emotions made his version of Harry Nilsson’s Without You even better. Durbin has gone through a lot, having battled Tourette’s syndrome for many years, and being taunted for his uncontrollable movements. So if anyone deserved to sing with emotion, it is Durbin and he didn’t deserve the criticism of Iovine.

It was almost anti-climatic when Jacob was sent home, since it was totally expected. Jacob should make a living as an artist, but he wasn’t the best singer on American Idol this season.

And then there were four after the departure of Jacob. Anyone in the final four could be in the final two on Finale Night on May 25. The contestants will have to impress the judges and America more than ever next week, since James is in it to win it as Randy Jackson says.

I am afraid that Lauren Alaina Suddeth could be the one going home next week, unless she has the confidence to reach the highest notes in a song and goes for it, instead of backing off like she did Wednesday night.

Personally, I would like to see a Final Two of Scotty and Haley, but have a feeling right now it could James and Haley in the Final Two. James in my book is the best overall singer and will win American Idol barring any monumental mistakes the next three weeks.

If Lauren goes home next week, I look for Scotty to pick up a good portion of her votes. The worst case scenario for Scotty would be to have a Scotty and Lauren final, preventing him from picking up some of Lauren’s votes.

Casey Abrams asked his fans to vote for Haley and apparently that helped her avoid the bottom three this week.

The critiques of the judges will be more important than ever next week. A negative comment by all three judges could send someone home.

This time next week there will only be three contestants left.

Today’s poll asks again who will be the American Idol among the Final Four remaining contestants:

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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