AMERICA VOTED: We're going to need to spoiler protect everything. A fascinating results show.
First off, a surprise Stevie Wonder performance for Steven Tyler's birthday? Hulk Hogan speaking to all the little Hulkamaniacs?
But that's not what we have to talk about. Instead, it's this: your bottom three was Thia, Stefano and Casey, with Casey drawing the fewest votes. Idol Immunity was granted almost before he started singing, with a tremulous Abrams shaking in disbelief that mercy had been granted. Shaking. As in, both Sepinwall and I were worried that he was going to faint. Or worse, given what we know.
What to say? First of all, the leadoff slot really, really is a problem, and I may not have been wrong in not being thrilled with Casey's performance last night. Indeed, when Nigel Lythgoe tweeted that tonight would be "shocking," I figured he'd be in the bottom three. This, however, was a stunner.
But that's why they have Idol Immunity, and in the same way that I wish it had been used for Alexis Grace, I'm glad it was used tonight. He's a talented, obviously-a-bit-fragile singer, and I'm glad he has a second chance even if I'm not entirely sure it will matter. (I still don't think he's winning this thing.) Hell of an hour of television.