Brief spoilers for tonight's "American Idol" coming up just as soon as I listen again to that "Flight of the Conchords" song about the perils of having too many, uh, men on the dance floor (link NSFW)...
Are there no women left in America who can sing? Other than Lil Rounds, I mean?
I thought Lil was overhyped during the Hollywood episodes, where she got massive praise for what sounded like shouting, but she was terrific tonight, not oversinging Mary J. Blige (on a song where she sure could've gotten away with some oversinging) and looking so in command of the stage that she made all the other contestants, male or female, seem like they were there for karaoke night and she was there for a professional audition.
Between the pimp spot, the performance, one of the best "Idol" semi-finals makeovers ever and the judge worship, Lil's a lock to advance, but it's looking like we're once again going to get a two guys and a girl situation, with the other two finalists coming from the trio of Ju'Not Joyner, Scott MacIntyre and Jorge Nunez. Ju'Not's my favorite of the bunch for his understated, extremely pretty take on "Hey There, Delilah," but unfortunately "Idol" rarely rewards people for understated, and I imagine Jorge's flashier take on "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and/or Scott's pleasant but unremarkable Bruce Hornsby cover, coupled with some sympathy votes, will top him.
The other contestants, male or female, are barely worth discussing. Alex Wagner-Truman and Felicia Barton both had several moments where I thought PETA was going to step on stage to investigate whether an animal was being strangled, several other performances were competent but completely forgettable, and Nathaniel Marshall's Meatloaf cover was as blandly vocalized as it was campy. Feh.
So here's my concern: if I'm right that it's gonna be a 6/3 bro/ho ratio (to again quote the Conchords) going into the wild-card, then there's going to be one spot, at most, that a guy has a chance of getting. And as an Anoop rooter, that's gonna be rough -- especially if Ju'Not doesn't go through tomorrow and another guy does. Meanwhile, Megan Corkrey and her weird arm movements can already start packing her bags for the finals, I'm guessing.
What did everybody else think?