Need a few examples that illustrate how far American Idol has fallen on season nine?
- Fox now airs commercials for the remaining episodes that don't even focus on the contestants. Instead, they hype this as Simon's final season.
- On last night's movie-themed edition, Casey James resorted to a rendition of "Mrs. Robinson" from The Graduate, in order to revive jokes about Kara's crush on him and distract from his lack of actual, finals-worthy ability.
- Kara critiqued Lee's "Kiss From a Rose" with these vapid words: "It's one of most difficult songs to sing. But you can't take away from the fact that you are still great." Really? This is the final four. Isn't he supposed to be able to sing difficult songs at this point?
- Former finalist Blake Lewis, blogging for USA Today, wrote: "The show is getting close to over and I am waiting for someone to have an amazing performance, but this year has been pretty boring, I must say. Hopefully someone will prove me wrong."
Amen, Blake. We've ranked last night's performances below, simply because we have to:
- Crystal Bowersox: Ellen said the evening got "Crystal-ized" with this rendition of "I'm Alright." Sadly, that pun was the highlight of the entire episode.
- Lee DeWyze: We summed him up above. The judges agreed his performance wasn't anything special, but basically admitted: Eh, you're better than Michael and Casey.
- Michael Lynche: Went with Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" and did his usual connecting with the audience. At some point, though, viewers will have to realize that Big Mike's singing voice is nothing special.
- Casey James: The whole "Mrs. Robinson" thing was forced and lame. It's his time to go home.
WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMER?