After Jermaine Jones' disqualification Wednesday night (March 14), there was added pressure for the remaining "American Idol" contestants both that night and Thursday (March 15) to make it past the fan vote. Hearing Ryan Seacrest say the word 'safe' meant a spot on the nationwide "Idol" tour that takes place after the show.
So, of course, you can imagine the heightened happiness of many when they received the news.
All told, it was 16-year-old Shannon Magrane who got the disappointing distinction of finishing 11th on the show's 11th season.
Shannon, the daughter of former Major League Baseball pitcher Joe Magrane, showed considerable potential in her run on the show, but once she made the finals, her performances began to falter.
She was joined in the bottom three by two of the elder stateswomen of the show, Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt. Both were considerably upset after performances Wednesday night that should have solidified their place in the top 10 -- particularly Elise, with her raspy rendition of "Let's Stay Together" -- but were equally thrilled when they were revealed to have made the tour.
As is custom with "Idol" these days, Shannon was given one chance to "sing for her life," as the show tends to put it, performing one last time to try to get the judges to use their only save on her. It worked last year for Casey Abrams, who was facing elimination as the 11th place contestant, but it wasn't meant to be for Shannon, who again stumbled through Mariah Carey/ Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" -- the song that put her in the bottom three.
It was a strange choice and a bit of a gamble for Shannon, and resulted in a fairly unsurprising decision by the judges. Shannon was going home.
"I want to thank you guys so much," she said to her fans as the show ended, "because you guys have been so loyal to me."
The one-hour telecast also featured two separate live performances. Demi Lovato took her turn on the stage to perform "Give Your Heart a Break," while former contestant Chris Daughtry returned with his band for "Outta My Head."
Perhaps I'm still in a critical mood, but was it just me, or was Demi's performance a bit bland? She was having trouble hitting some of the "Break" notes -- I don't know, maybe I just expect those issues to be a non-factor on "Idol."
The Ford car commercial this week was stranger than usual. It featured the contestants in a haunted house while singing Shiny Toy Guns' modest rock hit "Ghost Town," which itself was an odd choice. Plus, did you recognize one of the ghosts? Yep, that was Jermaine Jones in the ad. Awkward!
Did the right contestant go home? What did you think of the bottom three? Were you fans of Demi Lovato and Daughtry? Am I just a hater? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to tune in next week, when the top 10 contestants vie for your vote.