Usually around this time of year when people are talking about "The Final Four" they're referencing college basketball.  People who know me probably know that I would likely be talking about anything other than a legitimate sport, though.  In this case, the "Final Four" I'm referring to are the four remaining American Idols...  EVER!


I have to be honest, Judges Keith, Harry, and Jennifer, as well as America, have done a very good job making sure the four best contestants occupied the final four slots.  Without further ado, here is what I thought watching this week's episode of "American Idol:"


LA'PORSHA - WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: While still good, this was EASILY La'Porsha's worst performance to date.  I don't think the "Classic Rock" category or this Bon Jovi song played to her strengths, and to further prove that her heart wasn't in this performance, there was a spot where she CLEARLY forgot the lyrics, but the judges are still so enamored with her that they seemingly didn't notice.


MACKENZIE - I WANT YOU TO WANT ME: I got really frustrated with the judges panel after MacKenzie's cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Those three numbskulls had nothing nice to say about it.  I, on the other hand, absolutely LOVED it and thought it was probably my favorite performance ALL SEASON!


TRENT - SHARP DRESSED MAN: My track record shows that, despite only receiving positive marks from the judges, fans, and my girlfriend, I have not liked a SINGLE performance from Trent since the show has gone live.  When I heard the changes he was making to ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" I face-palmed because I didn't like it while he was rehearsing with mentor Steven Van Zandt.  However, when he came out for his live performance...  I thought he was excellent!  Not quite as good as MacKenzie's "I Want You to Want Me," but right up there.


DALTON - GOD ONLY KNOWS: First of all, while he seems to be getting worse sadly week after week, I agreed that Dalton was the right save and Sonika was the right elimination.  Dalton seemed to struggle off camera deciding which song to sing.  I was glad he went with the choice he did, favoring The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" over The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" for his classic rock song selection  To be honest, "Seven Nation Army" came out around like 2003, I always considered 20 years to be "classic" when it comes to music, but whatever.  His performance wasn't bad, but wasn't great either.  I think we may be saying goodbye to Dalton when the field narrows down to three next week.


LA'PORSHA - ELASTIC HEART: La'Porsha's second performance was also mediocre in my opinion.  I think she was a victim of two themes that didn't really suit her.  She has a track record strong enough that I don't think she'll be facing elimination next week, but I think that this night was her worst night to date.


MACKENZIE - TITANIUM: I was really starting to think the judges just wanted to pick on poor MacKenzie this week.  Despite being crapped all over by the dumb judges, I thought MacKenzie's cover of Sia's "Titanium" was fine.  The judges' unfair criticism could put MacKenzie in an unfortunate situation next week, although I don't think he'll be sent home.  I'd like to see him in the finals against La'Porsha.


TRENT - CHANDELIER: Trent's cover of "Chandelier" from Sia was nearly as good as his "Sharp Dressed Man" earlier in the night.  After never liking him ever, I thought he was nothing short of fantastic last night.


DALTON - BIRD SET FREE: I was a bit concerned that for Dalton's Sia selection, he chose a song that wasn't a popular radio hit.  However, he did a pretty good job with it.  Enough to be better than his "God Only Knows" from earlier, but probably NOT good enough to save him from elimination next week.

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