here i am talking about American Idol-2011 "American Idol” really likes to ratchet up the drama on results night, and it always gets a little out of control narrowing the final three to the final two. Hours before the show started, Fox sent out a release boasting that 95 million votes — the most for a non-finale night EVER — had been cast for Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart.
Ryan Seacrest mentions this at the top of the show, though of course the results won’t be revealed until the very last possible second. Instead, there’s an hour to kill before the contestants get the news of their lives. Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler appear on stage — they don’t really do anything on results night, so they’re more like props. Props wearing very short shorts (J-Lo) and snakeskin pants (guess who), but props nonetheless.
After mentor Jimmy Iovine makes a fearless prediction that a guy will be in the finale (ya think?) and everyone has been properly introduced, Seacrest kicks off the time-honored tradition of Ways to Waste Our Time on Results Night.
First up is an Idolette trip to the J.J. Abrams factory, also known as production company Bad Robot. Abrams, who just so happens to have a show on Fox (”Fringe”) is also the writer-director of the upcoming supernatural film “Super 8.” J.J. tells the Idolettes (the top three, plus last week’s evictee James Durbin) more than once that they are seeing highly classified material — scenes from the movie — that few others have seen. Until, well, now, when the scenes are played for millions. J.J. equips the Idolettes with old fashioned Super 8 cameras and sends them on their way.