Michael Sarver eliminated but Matt Giraud in danger

American Idol‘s phones were called 36 million times last night, and apparently a big chunk of those calls were made by morons. While Michael Sarver was justifiably eliminated, Matt Giraud was also in the bottom two and was nearly eliminated even though bottom-three Scott MacIntyre was safe.

Scott MacIntyre’s third-from-last position led to him being pulled across the stage and then almost immediately pushed back to the couches by Ryan Seacrest, who needs to take lessons in how to actually lead the blind. But at least Scott belonged in the bottom three, unlike Matt, who was declared a front-runner last night. Simon Cowell said the three guys were in the bottom three “because the public don’t like them very much.”

The judges didn’t like Michael Sarver very much as they didn’t save him, although to ramp up that manipulative drama even more, they hadn’t made their decision even after Michael sang again and Ryan pretended Michael was “begging to stay here on American Idol,” which he was not doing.

Cowell told Seacrest, “we haven’t decided,” and asked Paula to decide, and she of course refused. After a few more moments Simon finally said, “I’m going to make a decision. Michael…” And 9 p.m. ET came and DVRs everywhere stopped recording.

After a badly lip-synced and pre-recorded group number (I typically fast-forward through the group numbers, but watched since we finally got confirmation that they’re lip-synced, and that was so obvious I can’t believe Fremantle initially lied about it to the New York Times), three guest performances, a Ford ad, and a recap, there just wasn’t enough time to fit in the actual elimination. No time at all.

Obviously, the results show needs to be expanded to 90 minutes.

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