American Idol 2011 Results Approach the Final Four

The American Idol 2011 results from last week made a lot of headlines, when Casey Abrams finally went out. Tonight’s results show may not be as shocking, although American Idol is guaranteed to have some noteworthy twists ahead. Since the competition is down to the final five, and Abrams’ elimination proved that no one is safe, anything can still happen. But will the expected happen tonight- whatever that might be- or will the twists keep coming?

Warning: Spoilers follow

Scotty McCreery, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart are the only ones left for this week, after Abrams couldn’t hold out any longer. The new pecking order is still very uncertain, even as the season enters its final weeks.

To try and distance themselves from each other, the final five performed two songs each, from “Now” and “Then” The “Now” soundtrack included the likes of “Closer to the Edge” “You And I” and “No Air” while “Then” was represented by “Unchained Melody” “House of the Rising Sun” “Without You” and “Love Hurts”

Lusk has lived on the edge from the start, and might have to do it again after his two mixed performances. Yet Reinhart won raves for her “House of the Rising Sun” as Durbin had an emotional rendition of “Without You” However, Wednesday night’s results and grades won’t mean as much as tonight’s ruling.

So far, the 2011 season has been quite up in the air for American Idol. Supposed favorites have been knocked out early, although that might be better than having one dominant leader up until the finale. McCreery and Durbin could have the unenviable task of being favorites now, but Alaina and Reinhart are seemingly gaining steam, and Lusk continues to keep hanging on.

There hasn’t been a female eliminated in some time, after they kept getting knocked off to start the season. Alaina might be a little vulnerable after Wednesday, as Reinhart stole momentum, but America’s decision-making process is always mysterious. If the men continue their losing streak, it may then finally be Lusk’s time.

Should a man get eliminated, there will be an equal number of men and women left for the first time in a long while. The playing field would then be leveled, though it already has been, since no one can really breathe easy at the moment.

The final five are used to sweating out Thursday night results by now, so they will go through it one more time tonight- in hopes that they can do it a few more times after that. American Idol will soon be down to a last four in 2011, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.


American Idol Net- “American Idol 2011: Top 5 performance show recap”

Daily Mail- “American Idol 2011: James Durbin breaks down under the strain”