Last night on American Idol Crystal Bowersox wowed us yet again by taking on Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia,” stepping out from behind the acoustic guitar to behind a piano and then stepping out from behind said piano. Despite what Simon said, it was lovely to see another side of her, because no matter the instrument or the shoes or the hair it was still quintessential Bowersox.
But, as my sister remind me, many of us (or just my sister and I) best know this classic tune as performed by Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold on Growing Pains. Could it be that Bowersox grew up addicted to the show just like us? Will she put her own spin on “Show Me That Smile” during “Classic TV Themes Week? One can only hope and pray (although it seems that Chris Daughtry has beat her to it).
The Seaver version (starts about 30 seconds in):
If there was any justice in this (reality TV) world, last night’s American Idol would have been a double (and perhaps even triple) elimination, with at least Tim Urban joining Paige Miles on the way out the door, and with neither securing a spot on the Idol Summer tour. But at least with Tim on the tour the producers won’t have to worry about a shortage of crying, screeching 13-year old girls.
But since the only surprise last night was not who went home but who didn’t, we thought we’d take a look back at a true Idol elimination shocker, one of our favorite pieces of video in the history of video.
Love how Seacrest just slides it in there, like Hanks at the Oscars. It really seems like it takes a few seconds for everyone to realize what had happened, or perhaps they expected this to be one of Seacrest’s customary teases; “Chris, you are going home tonight…to get ready next week’s top 3 show!” But no, the journey was over, just like that.
And that, friends, is how you do an Idol elimination.