Well, Kara. Don’t ever say Simon never did nothin’ fer ya.
The climax of tonight’s American Idol results show was the judges’ “unanimous” decision to save Big Mike from the jaws of irrelevance for another week, and the scene in the Idoldome as he sang for his survival was like something out of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Verukara Salt wanted a golden goose, she wanted a golden goose now, and she was not going to stop until Daddy gave her one. Kara begged. She pleaded. She cajoled. She clenched her fists and stomped her feet and refused to take no for an answer. It was beautiful to witness, all that emotion coming out of one tiny, overstyled body, trying to rescue a relative stranger from a fate that’s likely to befall him at some point in the next three weeks anyway.
Was this the right time to use The Save, PopWatchers? Was it the right person? Will it matter in the long run? Unless you happen to have Matt Giraud on speed dial, the answer to that third question may forever linger unknown. But it sure did make good entertainment for a second there. THIS…was American Idol.