American Idol Recap: Thank God Almighty, There’s Three at Last!


It’s hard to say anything too harsh about an American Idol finalist immediately after experiencing his/her “Hometown Visit” package.

Misty-eyed mamas. Weeping dads. The contestants themselves embracing Fox affiliate meteorologists, kissing schoolkids and choking back their emotions when they realize they’re officially stars (or something pretty damn close).

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Lucky for me, Wednesday’s Top 4 performance night — featuring one painful elimination — was (despite the absence of Quentin Alexander and Joey Cook) about as solid a night of performances as we’ve had in Season 14… no small task considering the remaining vocalists were all suffering some combination of jet lag/sleep loss/anxiety/terrifying proximity to Scott Borchetta’s Goatee of Doom (TM pending).

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Still, since…

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