Ryan Seacrest let the secret out straight out of the gate on this American Idol vote night, saying that there would be a “shocking twist” to come that no one would expect, and that the five singers would have a tough decision to make. It was clear something would be different, but no one was certain of what the difference would be. First, it was time to celebrate the previous night’s performances, and Harry Connick, Jr. sounded much like a proud parent describing the journey each of the talents had taken since their auditions. Making the Top 5 is reason enough for celebration, and the contestants let loose for a little poolside party fun! Keith Urban proved he can deliver the goods on stage as well as judge a good performance. He performed his latest single from his highly successful Fuse album, “Good Thing,” showing the characteristic high spirit and heady guitar virtuosity that keeps him a touring favorite!
Randy Jackson wasted no time praising his protégés for their performances. He summed up Jena Irene’s night as “amazing” overall, featuring performances of an energetic “My Body,”and Amy Winehouse ‘s “Valerie.” He was beaming with pride over Alex Preston, too, relating how he really had his “moment” with his second number, “Say Something,” making for a transforming performance. Jessica Meuse’s power as a vocalist has never been in question, and she had perfect songs to display it with Christina Perri’s “Human,” and Lana del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” but even Randy admitted that she didn’t have “the best of nights.” Sam Woolf started out slipping a little with his selections of Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” and The Fray’s “How to Save a Life,” with Randy’s admiration that “he really brought it home at the end.” Putting it simply, Randy said that Caleb Johnson was “on fire” with his closing Whitesnake classic, “Still of the Night”– enough said!
All five contenders came forward, and Ryan Seacrest said that they would have opportunity to vote whether someone, any one of them, should be voted home this week, or stay. The condition would be that their vote had to be unanimous to keep everyone, and next week, two would have to depart. Votes would be anonymous. The judges seemed as rapt in attention as the audience, waiting for the news. Three votes came, all vying that no one was leaving this week from the force of five that have become life-bonded friends. Surprisingly, though, the final two votes came that one should go home. Ryan Seacrest revealed that Sam Woolf was the least favored in the votes from America. This time, no saving grace could be granted. Stunned, but keeping a smile, and keeping free of tears, Sam sang his Imagine Dragon’s hit, “It’s Time,” his loving family looking on, and with that favorite tag lyric of Jennifer Lopez, “never changin’ who I am,” resonating from Sam through the theater. He won’t need to worry about changing. A plethora of fans love Sam just the way he is!
American Idol broadcast, May 1, 2014 FOX Networks.