April 20, 2005 10:39 PM by Joe Blackmon
Last week, the bottom three contestants each got to sing a song during an hour-long results show. This week, the results show was back to only half-an-hour, and Anwar Robinson was kicked off and cut off mid-song as the credits rolled. It would have been nice to hear Anwar sing one last full song before he was shown the door, but we guess there just wasn’t time with everything that had to be packed into the thirty minute show.
The results show starts with Ryan asking Bo what it is like being famous to which Bo replies, "Well, I don’t have anything like a star like some people." A perfect lead-in to a segment on Ryan Seacrest getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We get to see Ryan dirty dancing with a group of girls, assaulting a make-up artist, slaughtering the French language, demonstrating his expert knowledge of the animal kingdom, doing something with a pink flamingo that we don’t even want to take a guess at, and finally posing with his star.
After the staged surprise Ryan segment, the American Idol finalist perform a song called "You Can Shine" that was written especially for them by legendary songwriter John Farrar. In addition to singing, some of the idols showcase their other musical talents such as Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice who play guitar and Anwar Robinson who plays keyboards.
Next comes the dramatic build-up to the elimination. Ryan Seacrest divides the finalist into two groups. One group consists of Vonzell Solomon, Constantine Maroulis, and Carrie Underwood, and the other group consists of Anthony Fedorov, Anwar Robinson, and Scott Savol. Ryan then tells Bo Bice that he is safe and asks him to go stand with the group that he thinks is the top group. Bo wisely avoids a set-up that would have alienated him from three of his fellow contestants and stands in the middle of the two groups.
Ryan eventually lets Bo off the hook and tells him to go stand with Vonzell, Constantine, and Carrie, and reveals that Anthony, Anwar, and Scott are the bottom three. Scott once again proves to be Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof, and Ryan sends Anthony and Scott back to the couch. Ryan points out that Anwar is "said to be technically our best singer," but that the viewers have voted to send him home. Anwar says in his farewell video, "I never thought I would have made it this far anyway. I’m glad to have been here." The statement is ironic considering only a couple weeks ago Anwar was widely considered to be a sure bet to make the final two or three. For the second week in a row, American Idol fans have demonstrated that even favorites can quickly fall from grace and be sent home.