Ryan Seacrest can stop dragging American Idol 8‘s first blind finalist around the stage, as Scott MacIntyre was finally eliminated from the competition. Scott’s a good guy and has accomplished a lot despite his disability, but he’s not in the same league as the rest of the finalists, and was rapidly becoming the Sanjaya of the group.
Anoop barely escaped elimination, as Anoop and Scott were 30,000 votes apart. Scott left even after begging the judges to save him. “I can please you another week, Simon,” he said. Simon told him that “two people think you should stay, and two people think you should go.” So which judge besides Paula Abdul has such bad taste? They did not use the judges’ save, which seems to be more about injecting some drama into the end of every episode. Since the decision has to be unanimous, Simon Cowell has basically decided it’s his game, now, making the decision again last night. He even said, “it’s whether I think someone–or we think someone–is more talented than someone over there.”
Despite apologizing online for the “unpredictable elements that affect running time” (please), the show didn’t directly address the eight-minute overrun that Seacrest blamed on producers. Instead, he gave Adam Lambert a chance to talk, and then allowed the other judges to comment, since they didn’t get to do that Tuesday. If a contestant other than Adam had performed last and had been in the bottom three, that would have been a little harder to make up for during the results show, but f course Adam stuck around.
And amazingly, the show went at least a few seconds long last night. After Scott sang one final time, Paula addressed Scott, saying, among other things, “you’ve been an inspiration to the entire world through your commitment”–and shortly thereafter, my DVR actually cut off. Thank you, Bruce Gowers, incompetent director, for preventing me from having to listen to more of Paula’s babble.