Well Thursday night's American Idol results show taught us three things...
Hulk Hogan's still got it. Steven Tyler is old. And the only criticism that the American Idol judges could give this week was that the millions of people who voted Wednesday night were wrong.
The voters chose to send the likeable Casey Abrams home, and also had Stefano Langone and Thia Megia in the Bottom 3. Megia deserved to be there, but this week's weakest performers - Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo - were inexcusably granted a stay of execution and spots on the American Idol summer tour that only the Top 10 contestants usually get to go on.
But no worries Casey fans, the judges decided - before Abrams even got a few measures into his swan song - to use their only "save" of the season.
I agree that Abrams didn't deserved to go home this early, but I don't think that the judges should have saved him.
Abrams is talented and has the potential to be a fun performer to watch. But his last two performances - with covers Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the classic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - were way too over the top and borderline sinister. He spent most of his time on stage making bizarre faces and growling the lyrics, instead of singing them like he is capable of.
After getting saved, a clearly shocked Casey - who turned pale and looked like he was going to see reruns of his dinner upon hearing the news - said he didn't think the judges would've saved someone before the field was narrowed to 10.
And I don't think they should have.
The American Idol voters made a decision - something the Idol judges have struggled to do all season - and there are way too many weeks left to risk losing a contestant who could be great, like Pia Toscano, to a fluke vote.
Now all 11 contestants will be on the Idol tour and two contestants will get voted off next week.
I'm telling you right now, if Pia doesn't make it to the finale because the voters took it for granted that she would be moving on, which happens at least once every season, saving Casey tonight will go down as the worst decision in American Idol history, just ahead of:
- Chris Daughtry finishing fourth behind Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee and Elliott Yamin in Season 5
- Chris Allen beating out Adam Lambert in the Season 8 finale
- This year's judges sending home budding star Chris Medina before the Top 24. It has only been a few weeks since he was eliminated, but Medina has already recorded a single written for him by Grammy Award-winning producer and Pleasantville native Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins.
But on a positive note, we were given one of the best moments in American Idol history on Thursday night when Hulk Hogan surprised pro wrestling enthusiasts James Durbin and Paul McDonald on stage to let them know they were safe and to "punch" Ryan Seacrest in the face.
Hogan looked old, but to put it in perspective - he is five-years younger than Steven Tyler, who will celebrate his 63rd birthday this weekend.
But what made this moment so enjoyable wasn't as much Hogan's surprise appearance, as it was Durbin and McDonald's awestruck reaction to being thrust into the presence of one of their idols. Durbin was still beet red and panting after the commercial break. I thought that he was going to pass out when Seacrest tossed him Hogan's signature ripped shirt.
This week, I have also unveiled my Idol power rankings on the main page of this blog. The rankings often change from week to week and I do take input from readers into consideration when making my selections, so check back regularly and let me know what you think in the comment section below the blog.