American Idol recap: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Randy and Steven tell J. Lo she can't save her adorable pet; The Wanted and Kellie Pickler perform
Ep. 26 | Aired Apr 5, 2012

HAKUNA MATATA Lion prince DeAndre said American Idol "has been and always will be the highlight of my life."

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Hush, my darling. Don't fear, my darling. You looked beautiful tonight.

Against J. Lo's wishes, the judges did not use their save this week, so wild-haired, chiseled-faced 17-year-old DeAndre Brackensick was eliminated. He went out on a high note -- namely the final note of his sing-for-your-life jam, Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster."

The often bewildered baby lion prince had delivered his most confident performance to date on Wednesday night, so his rock-bottom placement may have come as a surprise. Overall, though, he was the right one to head home from the Top 8.

I only wish he hadn't yanked that mane into a tragic loose ponytail just before the judges had their final say. In a way, this was Simba's first and only act of defiance. So what if they didn't want the goods? He'd just closed up the shop anyway. The customers are always wrong.

While I was satisfied with tonight's decision, I hated what J. Lo and Randy implied -- that America had gotten the bottom two only "half right." To me, Elise Testone has the coolest voice in the competition and has shown more artistry, stage presence, and passion than anyone else. She's not a frightened animal and she's not a robot. In other words, the judges don't like her. To shoot the non-teen down like that for one iffy performance was totally unnecessary. You want to know what love isn't? This.

Hollie Cavanagh had joined DeAndre and Elise on the bottom three stools of doom after Jimmy Iovine ragged that Wednesday's "Flashdance" effort "wasn't even a great high school performance." Jimmy also had harsh words for Phillip Phillips, saying he'd given his worst performance of the entire season. "It's very difficult to push yourself when everyone's telling you you're so great," pointed out Sebastian the crab.

After listening to Jimmy, Phillip copped a bit of a holier-than-Idol attitude, telling Ryan, "I don't go around onstage and try to touch people's hands. That's not me. I'm just trying to play music." None of that had anything to do with Jimmy's comments, let alone Ryan's question, which was "Are you worried about complacency?" But to be fair, that's a tough word. Since when does Seacrest sling such challenging vocab?

Meanwhile, Joshua Ledet felt lightheaded. "Do you feel like you might pass out?" Ryan asked greedily.

I didn't think too much of this screengrab until reader/hidden gem minerĀ @CindyKay618 pointed out to me via Twitter that DeAndre's hair makes it look like Joshua is holding a pom pom. Good looking out, Cindy! Goooooo....Joshua!

NEXT: British boy band The Wanted is glad Jennifer Lopez came

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