Keep reading to find out the results of Thursday's American Idol elimination show:
Ryan Seacrest, in his buoyantly sadistic way, meticulously assembled a bottom three before our very eyes. None of the names could have surprised anyone who'd watched Wednesday's performances: Karen, Ashthon – one of the judges' wildcard saves – and Haley were called out.
Ashthon, alas, had the unfortunate distinction of being the first season 10 finalist to leave the show.
When she was announced as one of the bottom three, Ashthon admitted it may have been a miscalculation to perform Diana Ross's "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" – a better-known hit might have worked to her advantage. And yet she chose to sing the same exact song over for the judges. Ryan urged her to give it "everything you've got – all the heart, all the soul." Actually, she'd sung it better Wednesday – she was trembling with nerves and tears.
Jennifer Lopez sighed and told her, "Not this time, baby." And it was a unanimous decision.
Karen, perhaps, will have learned her lesson and avoid such a close call next week. Her performance of Selena's "I Could Fall in Love" had struck all the judges as off. She wasn't relaxed, she explained to Ryan, and there were a couple of minor technical glitches – so maybe it's a matter of confidence?
As to Haley: She has a distinctive voice, very sultry, but unless someone gives her a makeover quick she's probably doomed. With her hair and her costume jewelry, she looks too retro and too old for the show. Jennifer helpfully pointed out that she might try doing a Stevie Nicks song.
Poor Casey Abrams was absent, and back in the hospital, for reasons unexplained. The one lucky thing was that no one would have expected him to be eliminated, or even near the bottom three.
Oh yes, we saw the Beverly Hills mansion where the finalists are staying. The main room looked as if you could fit in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining and still house all the Von Trapps.
The contestants started the night performing a Michael Jackson medley. Those songs are indestructible.
Diddy Dirty Money sang "Coming Home." Adam Lambert, the best known Idol product in recent years, sang an acoustic version of "In the Aftermath." You know, he even looks like James Durbin.