American Idol Recap: Take Us Home, Season Eleven

So here’s the thing about Phillip Phillips’s potential winner single "Home." Last night, it reminded me of two different songs (aside from the Edward Sharpe song that is also called "Home," and every track from the Mumford & Sons album): a song whose verses go "Ho! Hey!" and another song with a chorus that goes "I belong to you, you belong to me, you’re my sweetheart." Well, it turns out those two songs are the same song, it’s called "Hey Ho" by the Lumineers, and the intro package to tonight’s finale is set to it. Even the music supervisors of American Idol have stopped trying to pretend Phillip won’t run away with this.

The proper show begins with a giant, unnecessary group number, as the top thirteen (minus Phillip and Jessica and also Gentle Recidivist Jermaine Jones) take on Bruno Mars’s "Runaway." Everyone is in white, everyone is playing to the camera like this is their last shot, which in many cases it is. Even Deandre Brackensick is there, which is weird, because I forgot that he was a person. When they pair off, we are reminded of Joshua and Hollie’s friendship; of Colton and Skylar’s relationship, which none of us believed in the first place; of the fact that Heejun and Erika ever breathed the same air. Welcome back, everyone. Who are most of you? And then, as some professional dancers come out, Joshua attempts a split and somehow falls down three separate times.   Read More...


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