Project ‘Idol’: Wednesday’s Top 9 elimination (?)

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imageI missed the first 20 minutes of tonight’s elimination episode of “American Idol” Wednesday, but got in just in time to watch the guest acts and then the drama unfold with some surprising vote results.

When I turned on the show, Jason Durulo, who was discovered by Kara DioLaguardiaAirport, wearing some Adam Lambert costume cast off and dancing like Michael Jackson. Meh. Speaking of Adam, he’s mentoring the Top 8 next week in how to wear leather codpieces, glitter, eyeliner and producing a weak debut album. I digress…

David Archuleta returned – still looking like a 12-year -old and sounding gaspy – to sing “Imagine” at the piano while the swaybots in the front row clapped out of time.

imageRihanna showed up trying to look like Grace Jones – and failing – singing her tuneless new single, “Rockstar.” No, honey, you’re a pop star, so get back to making great songs like “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Disturbia” instead of this faux-rock mess.

The girls – Crystal, Siohban and Katie – were all sent to safety early, which meant the bottom three was going to be all guys.

I predicted Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia (top and middle photos) for the bottom last night, but Michael Lynche (bottom photo) was a shocker. But the surprise was when Miss Seacrest sent Aaron, then Andrew to safety.

imageBig Mike got the lowest number of votes. He had to sing for the possible Judges “Save.”

He wisely chose to reprise his stand-out moment, Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.” It was a no-brainer that the judges would save him, and they did. By invoking their only save allowed in a season, that means two people go home next week, and no one can be saved from here on out.

Next week, I’ll be in Florida reading from my novel at the Tallahassee Pridefest, so Project Q’s intrepid Mike Fleming will be filling in for the Tuesday recap. I’ll be back for Wednesday’s double elimination.


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


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