So the big rule change is revealed: the judges get to save a single contestant, once, from elimination -- and only before the top 5. It's a power they'll only use, it's clear, to protect someone who they think could win it all. So who would that be? Danny, for sure. And Adam. How about Megan? Alexis? Allison? Anoop?
More thoughts on tonight's elimination show after the jump...
OK, I was kidding about Anoop winning it all. But the big headline for tonight is, he's safe! As predicted by dialidol.com, he was protected by a quite-forgiving fan base. Also safe was Megan, who was Vote For The Worst's choice of the week. Of course, she has a legitimate fan base, too, including my four-year-old daughter, who doesn't understand irony (or vocal talent) yet, but has declared that she likes Megan best.
I wasn't shocked that Jorge or Jasmine would be out, and I wasn't surprised at all that the judges wouldn't save them. Jorge's a good karaoke singer at best, and Jasmine lacks the presence and the skill to compete at this level.
Other tidbits from DialIdol: Danny and Adam came in first and second, respectively. This proves that while our own crowd is deeply divided on Adam, he clearly is getting some love. It also proves that people usually listen to the judges, who might not really need that veto power, after all. Especially because, as both Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks will tell you, winning isn't everything. (Kelly Clarkson, however, can attest that it helps. Though, hit single notwithstanding -- and she did sound good -- she was looking a little haggard, no?)