American Idol: Gettin' Down to the Nitty Gritty

Four more wannabe Idols bid farewell. But only two really deserved to get the boot.

What a shame. American Idol narrowed the field from 16 to 12 this week and according to the rules they had to eliminate two guys and two girls.

I call it a shame because, after this week's performances, none of the girls really deserved to go. But rules are rules I guess.

I realize, of course, that eventually all except one contestant will be eliminated. But that doesn't make it any less painful when you see someone leave who absolutely doesn't deserve to... and see someone else stay who absolutely doesn't deserve to.

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Before getting to the eliminations however, we had to endure last year's runner-up, Blake Lewis, singing his latest single, "How Many Words." The fewer the better after hearing this song. Watching Blake gave me flashbacks of some of last year's beat box fiascoes.

I'm not sure which was worse: Blake's new single or Paula's new single and video. It's a little like choosing which is the worse disease to have: Ebola or Bird Flu. Either one might leave you bleeding from your ears before a painful death.

Finally Ryan got to the eliminations. More than 36 million people voted. Don't anyone tell that to Hillary or Obama, it will only depress them.

Is it just me, or do you think it's getting ridiculous how they're dragging out these eliminations? I know they have an hour to fill, but come on!

After a montage of what the guys sang this week, Ryan started calling the guys out one by one.

He asked David Cook to stand up, and told him he's in the top 12.

He asked David Archuleta to stand up, and told him he's in the top 12.

He asked Jason Castro to stand up, and told him he's in the top 12.

Is anyone going to get sent home???!!!???

Suddenly Ryan switched to the girls. Same drill: montage of what the ladies sang, then call them out one by one.

He asked Brooke White to stand up, and told her she's in the top 12.

He asked Syesha Mercado to stand up, and told her she's in the top 12.

He asked Kady Malloy to stand up, and told her she's going home.

Did anyone NOT see that coming? I didn't think Kady deserved to go, but after five contestants got free passes, you knew she was getting her walking papers.

After the break Ryan gave us some wonderful news (please note extreme sarcasm). Starting next week, Idol viewers can call in to the results show. Hey, I'm sure that will work great for all of us on the West Coast who watch the program three hours after it airs live. Thanks a bunch, Ryan! The Left Coast gets screwed again.

Time for more eliminations.

Ryan asked David "Male Stripper" Hernandez to stand up, and told him he's in the top 12.

Ryan asked Michael Johns to stand up, and told him he's in the top 12.

(Can you guess what's coming next?)

Ryan asked Luke Menard to stand up, and told him he's going home.

Luke deserved to go. His awful rendition of Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" has me glad that he's gonna leave-leave.

Without missing a beat, Ryan jumped right to the ladies.

He asked Ramiele Malubay to stand up, and told her she's in the top 12.

He asked Carly Smithson to stand up, and told her she's in the top 12.

He asked Amanda Overmyer to stand up, and told her she's in the top 12.

After the break, Ryan called Asia'h Epperson and Kristy Lee Cook to the stage. A few seconds later, Asia'h finds out she's going home. What a rip! She absolutely shouldn't have lost at this stage of the game. I'm not saying Kristy should have left instead, but Asia'h? Definitely not.

Back to the boys. Ryan calls Danny Noriega and Chikezie Eze to the stage. Mr. Sassy Pants (Noriega) is already broken up and picking nervously at his fingernails. Does he know something we don't yet? Yup. Danny is gone. His overly affected version of "Tainted Love" gained no affection with viewers. On the sidelines, Ramiele is really upset. I guess they had become BFFs.

Bottom line: there is no doubt that Danny and Luke deserved to go. I can't defend Kady too much. She was sub-par in her first two weeks, although I thought she had redeemed herself a bit this week. But Asia'h? Not in a million years should she have left if you ask me. I would have cut Michael Johns or Chikezie Eze before dropping Asia'h.

But rules are rules.

Next week the official "Top 12" square off as the competition really begins in earnest.

Ethan Morris: "Not always right, but never in doubt." Go ahead and write me.