Project ‘Idol’: Wednesday’s Top 12 elimination

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imageThe Top 12 became the Top 11 on “American Idol” Wednesday after the bottom three became the bottom one, and the contestant up for elimination had to sing for a chance to stay in the competition.

Lacey Brown, Tim Urban and Paige Miles (photos, top to bottom) were in the bottom three, but Lacey and the gigantic, ugly flower in her hair were ultimately sent home.

Lacey sang for her life as the judges’ “Save” option is in play again this season. That means if the judges disagree with how America voted, they can unanimously agree to save a contestant voted off up until the Top 5.

imageTrust me, they’ll use it to save someone sucky. Last year, it was the unworthy Matt Giraud, now on tour at an airport hotel lounge near you.

Before the elimination, Simon and Miss Seacrest continued their lovers’ spat from last night over Michael Lynche’s performance of “Miss You.” Simon called it desperate and corny, and Miss Seascrest got in Simon’s face and told him to offer more constructive criticism. Blah, blah, blah…

Which brings me to whiney-voiced Ke$ha singing her new single “Blah, Blah, Blah”, and desperately trying to be Lady Gaga. Sorry, honey, it was Ke$hit. I would have rather heard another auto-tuned, lip-synched group sing.

imageSeason 7 winner David Cook, the original Cougar Bait, returned to sing “Jumping Jack Flash.” Then there was the first of the weekly corny Ford commercials (note to Big Mike, white makes you look like Aretha Franklin in man drag) and a performance by Orianthi, Michael Jackson’s guitarist featured prominently in “This Is It.”

She sang her new single “According to You.” Great on the axe, but the song was just kinda awright for me, dawg.

My favorite part of the evening: Crystal Bowersox’s rebuke of the judges for pimping her as the winner and then suggesting that she wasn’t performing at her best because she already considered herself the winner.

“Don’t put words in my mouth,” she said. Snap!

There was no announcement of next week’s theme, so I guess you’ll just have to watch Tuesday (or read my recap) to find out.

Collin. Out.

imageCollin Kelley is a poet, Atlanta-based journalist and author of the recently released novel, “Conquering Venus.” Follow him on the Modern Confessional blog at collinkelley.com.

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