The American Idol voters better wake up soon, or this could very easily go down as the worst season in the show's tenure. And it would be a disappointing way for Simon's reign to end, because the show will never be the same once he leaves at season's end.
But onto Wednesday night, which marked a night of firsts for Season 9 of "American Idol." It was the first Bottom 3, the first introduction of the judges' save... and the first time dancing television sets graced the "Idol stage." But more on that later.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Lacey Brown on Wednesday night. The quirky red-headed singer, whose unique voice wasn't enough to get her through Rolling Stones week. But even though her arrangement to "Ruby Tuesday" was bizarre, it was far from the worst performance of the night.
Brown was joined in the Bottom 3 by Paige Miles and Tim Urban. It seemed American had no sympathy for Miles and the laryngitis that made her passable cover of "Honky Tonk Woman" raspier than normal. And Urban's reggae version of "Under My Thumb" was heavily criticized by the judges and was easily the weakest performance of Tuesday night's show.
I thought America had finally come to its senses when it put Urban - he of the flabbergasted facial expressions - in the Bottom 3. But alas, he was the first one declared safe, leaving Miles and Brown to sweat it out. Ultimately Brown was sent packing.
The judge's save was back this week, which meant that Brown got to sing a song of their choice for the chance to be unanimously saved by the judges. But even though she chose the Brandy Carlile song "The Story" that wowed the judges two weeks ago, Brown ultimately had to go.
We also got not one, but three guest performances. The first was the return of Season 7 winner David Cook promoting his upcoming album and covering "Jumping Jack Flash," one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs. The man has the swagger of a bonafide rock star, but has yet to master how to use a comb.
Australian guitarist Orianthe performed her hit single "According to You" at intermission, followed closely by pop singer Kesha and her new song "Blah Blah Blah." I have to say that the only thing more annoying than the auto tune-aided Kesha - who somehow ended up wearing an Indian headdress on her by the end of the number - were rappers 3OH!3 and the dancing TVs who accompanied her. Painful.
The show ended before Ryan Seacrest could tell us what next week's theme would be, but I think it's safe to say that Urban better watch his back. While adoring fans maybe keeping him alive for now, he won't last long against heavy hitters like Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze.
But voters better get their act together - and in a hurry.