This week's American Idol had a major twist. With the contestants down to just five, Idol producers took it upon themselves to add the new shocking element.
Host Ryan Seacrest explained the twist to the contestants, judges and viewers at home, saying that the contestants had a chance to save each other if they all anonymously voted "yes" to the save. However, the big twist was that two contestants would be headed home next week. As he tossed to commercial break, the contestants looked stunned and began talking to each other about whether or not to use the save -- keeping in mind that they wouldn't know who had the lowest votes until after their decision was made.
After the commercial break, Seacrest went through the votes individually, keeping the voter's identity hidden. The results were in and three Idol hopefuls voted "yes", while two voted "no", meaning that someone was going home that night. The unlucky one ended up being Sam Woolf -- who was given the "one-and-only" save from the judges a few weeks prior. This could have been Woolf's second save.
As America wondered who could have possibly voted "no", Pacific Rim Video red carpet reporter Chris Trondsen revealed who voted how with a single Tweet:
Chris Trondsen @ChrisTrondsen:
American Idol fans: Caleb, Sam & Jess voted YES, keep everyone together (2 home next week). Jena & Alex voted NO, send someone home tonight.
In Trondsen's defense, all the Idols revealed their votes on camera during his interview. He told us how it all went down.
"I was surprised," said Trondsen. "I thought no one would tell me. But they all did except Alex, so it was easy to figure out it was him. He was the only one left."
However, this may have been a bad idea because today, blogs and the like have gone on a Jena Irene and Alex Preston hate fest. But is it really fair to blame the two singers for sending Woolf home? Isn't that just how America voted?
When asked if he felt bad about revealing how the Idols voted, Trondsen said no.
"If they told me in private, I wouldn't have said anything!"
Idol producers knew who was going home before initiating the possible save twist. So now the question is, if it was, let's say, Jessica Muese going home this week, would there have even been a twist?
It's no secret that Woolf has been the heartthrob of the season. His grandparents raised him, he just barely turned legal, and he blushes anytime a teeny-bopper girl screams her love for him. Idol's ratings haven't been exactly stellar this season, and who else obsess and buy merchandise and concert tickets more than young girls looking for the next young, adorable heartthrob. This could have all been a ploy to save Woolf once again and retain viewership -- but it definitely backfired.
It is possible that because of how close the Idol contestants have been to each other this season, the producers assumed they would all use the save. However, at the end of the day, it's a competition. Only one person is going to win, so why prolong the situation? It wouldn't have been fair for Woolf to be saved again, so yes, the two who voted "no" did the right thing. They shouldn't be getting slack for how America voted.
If you don't want someone sent home, you're watching the wrong show.