Do you want to talk about Taylor Hicks? Or Jamie Foxx? Or Natalie Cole? Or Paula Abdul? No. You want to talk about tonight's Bottom Two. So let's get to it, after the jump.
I was actually nervous in the final moments of this show. Butterflies in the tummy nervous, as I waited to hear Adam's fate. I said in today's chat that I wouldn't be totally stunned if Adam left in a Shocking Elimination, but I guess that wasn't true.
Intellectually, yes, I know that with five contestants left, anything is possible. And I know that Adam's falsetto and his tongue and his theatricality rub a significant portion of the country the wrong way. Tonight gave us our first true indication of how significant that portion is. If we thought Adam was sailing far ahead of everyone else, we were wrong.
I know Adam isn't everybody's cup of tea -- and, as a friend noted tonight, he should not have fallen for the choose-a-group trap -- but I'll come out and say that I'd consider it a minor travesty if he doesn't at least make it into the finals. (And his fans might well be energized now to put him there.) He's an electrifying performer and a bold strategic player, and, as I said yesterday, he's the bravest "Idol" contestant I've ever seen.
Hmph. Got a little emotional there. So I'll end with a bit of reason. I listened again to Matt's "My Funny Valentine" during his sing-off. His phrasing was quite nice. His pitch was off. His hat was still on. It was time for him to go.