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After Grand Ole Opry night on Tuesday, 31 million votes were counted and the surprising results were announced on American Idol Wednesday.
Ryan started off the hour saying the voting results from country night were a shocker.
And they were.
Favorite Alexis Grace landed at the bottom of the heap, thanks to a rather strident performance of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”
Because of the newly instituted Judges’ Save rule - and because the judges have always liked her so much - Alexis was permitted to sing an encore as Randy, Simon, Paula and Kara huddled together and discussed her fate.
But Alexis hadn’t come to the theater with a whole new arrangement or interpretation, and under the gun she seemed even more histrionic.
How bittersweet that the song’s lyrics include: “My happiness depends on you / and whatever you decide to do … ”
The judges said she was good - but not good enough.
The other singer with Alexis in the bottom two was Michael Sarver, who at the start of the hour almost cried when he talked about missing his little daughter.
But now he’s in the top 10 - even though Simon implied that the judges would NOT have asked him to perform again if he were the one facing elimination - and will get to go on this summer’s Idols Live tour.
Perhaps the more serious disappointment was the fact that rounding out the bottom three was none other than the immensely talented Allison Iraheta.
She’s arguably the best natural singer in the whole competition but her surprisingly outsized voice and magenta hair may count against.
People may regard her as more of a phenomenon than a talent. Will she be able to rethink her act and thrive in this competition?