53 million votes were collected prior to Thursday nights shocking American Idol results show...the highest total of the season. Idol hopefuls begin the episode with their usual group performance, collectively singing Martha and the Vandella’s “Dancing In the Street.”
First up to hear of their fates are Hollie Cavanagh and Joshua Ledet. Based on last nights’ performances, Iovine thinks Ledet is a sure thing, and that Cavanagh has the ability to continue on in the competition. Although incredibly nervous, Ledet learns he’s safe; Cavanagh, on the other hand, is the first sent into the ‘Bottom Three.’
Kris Allen rocks out enthusiastically at the piano while performing his song, “The Vision of Love.”
Next up are Skylar Laine and Elise Testone. Iovine thinks Testone didn’t bring her A-game; Testone comments that the judges are tougher on her than they are on the other contestants. Testone unsurprisingly is added to the ‘Bottom Three,’ while Laine, thankfully, is safe.
Ryan Seacrest pays a tribute to the recently deceased Dick Clark of American Bandstand before LMFAO performs “Sorry for Party Rockin,” and clearly has fun with it.
Iovine apologizes for encouraging Jessica Sanchez to sing songs that are too mature for her young voice. Iovine goes on to commend Phillip Phillips in his Usher performance, but criticizes Colton Dixon’s rendition of Lady Gaga’s song, calling it “all wrong.” Out of everyone, Iovine believes it's Phillips who belongs in the finale. Sanchez is safe but Dixon joins Testone and Cavanagh in the ‘Bottom Three.’
“Did America get this right?” Seacrest demands of Randy, who writes the final results off as “crazy.” Seacrest announces that Testone is safe, and the spotlight turns to Cavanagh and Dixon before Seacrest announces, “The person whose Idol journey ends tonight is Colton.”
Colton apologizes for his off-performance in Wednesday night’s episode and vows to use the judges’ advice when “…making a record.”