Lacey Brown out of Idol as judges’ save returns, Seacrest spoils results for west coast

After three separate guest performances and a lot of extended chatter–but no group number!–American Idol 9 lost its first finalist: Lacey Brown. That was as unsurprising as the bottom three, which also included Paige Miles and Tim Urban.

If there was any surprise, it was that Tim wasn’t in the bottom two, and when Ryan Seacrest sent him back to safety, he gave us that now-familiar look of surprise that appears on his face every time he finds out the world doesn’t think he sucks as much as he knows he does.

Meanwhile, the mostly pointless judges’ save returned to be pointless again, and of course the judges unanimously declined to save Lacey.

By the way, if you’re on the west coast and follow Ryan Seacrest on Twitter, he spoiled the results early. You’d think his followers would thank him for sparing them the misery of the results show, but no, they’re mad.

Next week: teen idols.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.