"Idol": Grand drama ... almost


Simon Cowell has a great sense of music, but not of drama. Tonight, "American Idol" barely missed an epic moment.

The viewers had put Scott MacIntyre at the bottom, with Anoop Desai next and Lil Rounds -- a great singer who had an average week -- third from the bottom.

The viewers got it right, but there was still a chance for the judges to save him. For a while, this seemed like it had been scripted for one of those feel-good menus.

Starting with the words "How can I convince you," MacIntyre sang better than ever, much better than the night before. He soared; the audience roared. If the judges had saved him, it would have been an immensely emotional moment.

It didn't happen. The vote had to be unanimous; two of the four judges (including, apparently, Cowell) dissented. MacIntyre is out.

Here are a few of my comments; please add yours:

1)  The night's biggest honor should go to the clean-up crew. In one commercial break, they had to clean up a ton of confetti that fell on Flo Rida.

2) I kind of liked Lil Rounds' dress, which seemed to be made of pseudo-armor.

3) OK, we all wanted Anoop Desai to go, instead. There's been enough trouble with North Carolina in basketball; we don't need its biggest fan winning "Idol," too.

4) Maybe Michigan people didn't need to win the basketball tournament, after all. Right now, it has one of the people in the final seven of "Idol" and three in the final seven in "Biggest Loser." Victory, somewhere, looms.

5) Matt Giraud, the Michigan "Idol" guy, had a great week and stayed out of the bottom three. He even got to introduce Kalamazoo's mayor, Bobby Hopewell.

6) Incidentally, you know that the mayor made up that name. A black politician, in Barack Obama's year of hope, named Hopewell? Before Obama, he was probably named Bobby Gloom.