Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: Wild Cards revealed!
In the recaps from last night, I missed a spectacular moment in which Scott MacIntyre makes Ryan Seacrest high-five him! He might not be able to sing, but Blind Guy’s a good sport!
The group sing was Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” which was delivered like a New Life Church youth group prayer session. But let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?
Lil, who tonight Ryan pronounces “Lull,” gets the first spot in the Top 12.
Ryan asks Arianna, Taylor, Alex, Kendall, and Scott to stand. After 40 minutes of commercials and another 30 of fake suspense in which they are picked off one by one, it’s down to Kendall and Scott. I can’t call it. Country girl or mountain-mover? It’s Scott. He gets a standing ovation. Come on, people! Liking him just for being handicapped is almost as bad as not liking him for being handicapped. Danny Gokey must be sweating now; which of these sad boys will gain more votes by making Americans feel guilty about their own generally easy lives. Is this some kind of penance?
Nathaniel (who has taken off his headband) and Kristen are up next. I want them both! But they both get sent home. Boo hoo. Same for Von and Felicia.
Ju’Not and Jorge are all that’s left. Black or Latin? Blindness is America’s favorite handicap, and Latin is our new favorite minority–Jorge makes it through! Well, I’m genuinely excited. He’s gushing in Spanish and Kara’s head is just about to explode from all the ethnicity in the room.
In lieu of a self-promoting former Idol loser performing their new single, Ryan informs us that some of the Wild Cards (who will compete tomorrow night) are upstairs in the red room. The camera does a drive-by and I can make out Jackie Tohn (ugh!), Megan Corkrey (ugh!), Jesse Langseth, and Matt Breitzke. The rest of them are like total strangers. The producers must have swapped out some bad seeds since the first two semifinal rounds and brought in some total newbies.
We then learn that basically everybody from the Top 36 is up there. Like the Academy Awards’ wacky system of giving every nominee a personal eulogy, each judge addresses the members of a new Top 8 individually.