I thought this would be the most predictable final two ever, but I was wrong, and you were too probably. Not only did we get some surprise results on Thursday night’s show, there was also some huge news regarding the judging panel. So let’s get to it!
Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returned to the Idol stage to debut her new single “Barefoot and Buckwild” which is exactly the type of song she would be singing. Alicia Keys also graced the stage to perform “Tears Always Win.”
Judge Mariah Carey also debuted her new video for “#Beautiful” with Miguel. Yes, the hashtag is a part of the title. It’s a good Spring single, and Mimi looks good in it, which is all that all that matters.
Candice Glover was the first to learn that she would be one half of the Final 2. Bless her, she was so shocked and it was nice seeing the judges be so happy for her. She had to know she was a shoe-in though, right?
On to Kree Harrison and Angie Miller. I predicted that Angie would get the other spot, it seemed Kree wasn’t performing to the best of her abilities these past couple of weeks and Angie had been slowly stepping up her game. When it came down to it, Kree had more votes so that meant Angie was being sent home, well for a couple of days anyways. It was surprising because Angie had never been in the Bottom 3 the entire season, and it seemed like the judges and producers were pulling for her to be in the finale.
Jimmy Iovine offered his critiques of the girls’ performances, pointing out that Angie wasn’t at her trusted piano on Wednesday night. Well, you guys gave her songs that didn’t require her to play the piano, so…
In other Idol news, judge Randy Jackson is leaving the show, FINALLY! He’s been the longest serving judge since Simon Cowell left in 2010, but announced in a statement released on Thursday that he would not be returning to the show for a 13th season.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after twelve years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”
Lawd, bye Randy.