‘American Idol’ Results Recap: Who ‘Gave Rock A Bad Name?’

After an admittedly “rocky” Rock Week, FOX’s American Idol sent one hopeful home Thursday night — though without first welcoming alum Carrie Underwood and Season 9 standout Casey James back onto the stage.

The Top 7 kick off the results show with a cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” and I’m already wishing for Rock Week to be over. It’s just not the right genre for this group.

Jimmy Iovine thinks Burnell Taylor “got it all wrong,” and will be on the chopping block. “I’m baffled by last night,” he says. “He gave rock a bad name singing like he was in a different time zone from the band. At the very least, he’s in the Bottom 2.”

He also thinks Lazaro Arbos will be eliminated this week after he botched his song lyrics again. The music man is wrong however, as Lazaro ended up in the Top 3, ousting Candice Glover from the coveted bunch for the first time this season.

Once again, Ryan Seacrest skips the statistical rundown of voting and cuts right to the chase. Joining Lazaro in the Top 3 for the night are Kree Harrison and Angie Miller.

Season 9 finalist Casey James performs his latest single “The Good Life” and gave goodie bags to the contenders. Idol’s real country queen, Carrie Underwood, came out in a gorgeous gown to perform her soon to be hit, “ See You Again.”

Candice is next to join the safe group. I’m surprised she didn’t rank higher after her killer performance of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” helped save Wednesday’s lackluster line up.

The next contestant in the clear is Amber Holcomb. Now, it’s down to Burnell and Janelle Arthur. While I think he has been the stronger singer overall, I know he’s going home. Janelle’s country cutie persona is just too hard to pass up and Burnell hasn’t connected with viewers as much as she has this season.

I hate to be right, but I am: Burnell is officially eliminated. Candice is crying as he sings his finally song. He chooses India Arie’s, “Ready For Love,” and seems to be looking straight at Amber and Candice.

All four judges stand up when he’s finished and Mariah Carey has tears in her eyes when Randy Jackson reveals they won’t be using their save.

“Unfortunately Ryan, we’re not gonna use it,” the judge says before signing off. “But good luck, Burnell. We love you, brother.”

Do you think the right person went home?

Watch again below: Burnell’s ‘Idol’ audition. 

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