Review: Paige Has Miles To Go
As predicted, Paige Miles was eliminated last night, narrowly missing the Top 10 and losing her spot on the “Idol” summer tour. The 24 year-old from Naples, Florida showed admirable poise and composure while facing what was undoubtedly the cruelest elimination I can ever recall witnessing on the show. As Paige prepared to “sing for her safety”, Simon Cowell coldly informed her that the panel had already unanimously decided not to use their Judges Save on her, and that her final performance would basically be for nothing. The Grumpy Brit then continue to berate her and advised her to try and become “the great singer that she once was.” I honestly don’t know how she was able to hold it together after hearing those harsh words, but Paige somehow managed to perform her swan song “All Right Now”…and sounded phenomenal! Granted, I still wouldn’t have saved her, but imagine how nice it would’ve been if her final message from the judges could’ve been “Sorry, we’re not going to rescue you, but at least you’re going out on a high note!”
Joining Paige in the Bottom 3 were Tim Urban, and a surprised Katie Stevens, who was the first returned to safety. Thanks to a ticket and backstage pass provided by Kara DioGuardi, I was able to attend last night’s live results show, and I noticed quite a few Katie fans in the crowd (with “Go Katie” signs) who seemed a bit shaken by the close call. Here are some other random things I observed as a member of the studio audience:
* The venue is not as large as it appears on TV…it seats 450, but still feels intimate.
* The judges are seated one at a time before the show starts, and as each one makes their separate entrance, the crowd goes absolutely bonkers!
* As cringe-inducing as the group numbers are on television, I can report that they are enthusiastically embraced by the audience. When Ryan first announced that they were doing Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” I rolled my eyes, but then found myself smiling by the end. Even the contestants that are visibly uncomfortable performing such a corny song (hello Casey James) seem to be appreciative of the crowd’s excitement.
* Aaron Kelly is really tiny on stage, the smallest of all the singers, male or female. At the other end of the spectrum, Casey James towers above all of them and looks like he might be close to 6’3″.
* On TV, Siobhan Magnus has always appeared sort of other-worldly and ethereal to me, and she seems even more so in person.
* As Ryan informed each contestant of their safety, it felt like the strongest audience reactions were for Crystal and Big Mike. No one seemed very upset with Paige or Tim being in the Bottom Three, although I heard a lot of “boos” when Katie was sent to the silver stools of doom.
* You may have heard Ellen mention in a past episode that the sound is mixed in a way that can make it hard to hear well when you’re in the audience, even though it’s crystal clear listening at home. So I’ll have to leave it up to you to inform me in the comments section whether or not Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas, and Demi Lovato sounded good.
What did you think? Are you looking forward to next week’s “R&B/Soul” theme, with guest mentor Usher? Who do you think will be the next contestant to leave? Sound off below!
PS – An extra special thank you to Kara DioGuardi’s assistant Shirin Fletcher for getting me into the show, and to Becky Baeling for taking such good care of me once I got there!