The "American Idol" 2014 top five results show aired May 1 on FOX and featured an epic twist that host Ryan Seacrest promised would "send shockwaves" through the nation. By evening's end, one hopeful did indeed get the ax, but not before all five finalists were forced into making a very difficult and unprecedented decision that left them with a collective bad taste in their mouths.
After teasing the twist, Ryan welcomed judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban to the stage. Harry praised the top five, telling them he was "so incredibly proud" of them for doing "an amazing job." The week's round table recap followed as the contestants chit-chatted about their April 30 performances over dinner.
The week's Ford commercial followed as the top five partied it up. Keith and his guitar followed with a live performance of his new single "Good Thing."
Show mentor Randy Jackson's reflections on the April 30 performance show came next in the evening's order of events. He had high praise for three contestants, Jena Irene Asciutto, Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson, but was less impressed with the efforts put forth by Jessica Meuse and Sam Woolf.
With the rest of the results show fluff in the books, Ryan finally addressed the five contestants, telling them "the power is your hands" before revealing that they were in charge of the evening's elimination. He said that they could vote to either forgo the elimination in favor of sending two contestants packing on May 8, or send the lowest vote-getter of April 30 packing. The decision to keep the top five intact for an additional week had to be unanimous to be put into effect. He distributed secret ballots and the flummoxed five began deliberations.
Following a break, Ryan revealed the results of the secret ballot. Although the first three votes favored keeping the group intact for another week, the final two votes were to someone home. Moments later, Sam, who earned the sole judges' save of the season, was booted from contention. Sam took the news in stride, and delivered a tear-free farewell rendition of Imagine Dragon's "It's Time."
Following the broadcast, several of the contestants took to Twitter to complain about the twist. While Jess likened it to something from "The Hunger Games" and hash tagged her frustrations with "#ew #hateit #mean," Alex had harsher words for show producers, tweeting "That twist was not cool. Didn't make sense at all. Should have just kept it the same. Whatever. Sam HAS a career, he's about to explode."
"American Idol" 2014 continues May 7 on FOX as the top four perform again for a shot at the coveted title. The results show follows on May 8.