April 7th, 2010
10:06 PM ET

Did you see that one coming 'Idol' fans?

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SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the contestant being sent home from "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results.

The world was just a little bit crazy tonight on "Idol."

"Big Mike" almost went home, and I still can't believe it. The judges evoked their save to keep him, and it's a good thing, too, because sending him home would have been all kinds of wrong.

What do you think happened? Did the fans get as cocky as "Big Mike" seems to be sometimes and think he was safe?

Sound off!



soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Terry

    America can't handle an uppity black man. lol.

    April 10, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. MILLIE

    The politically correct media is theorizing that the reason tweens are voting for the "white boys" is because they find them cuter than Big Mike. If I were Mr. Lynch, I would be offended.

    April 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chambord

    I don't want to use the term "racism" but it occurs to me that viewers of Idol are probably (a guess) mostly white....get my drift?

    April 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    I'm surprised Mike ended up at the bottom. I thought he had more fans pulling for him. I'm glad they saved him though. He deserves another chance.

    April 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MILLIE

    Reports are that tweens have hijacked Idol. Now the media is on board in guilting America into voting for Big Mike next week.Tweens should be ashamed and do whatever it takes to make things right. It all be good.

    April 9, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Erik

    @Anex Started with Avril Lavigne?? Wow.......know your history before making asinine comments

    April 9, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. MILLIE

    Mainstream media is now blaming tween girls for Mike's problems. They are saying these girls are texting for "white boys" only and it's causing problems for the show. Yes, let's not vote for who we want to, but instead for who we need to. Sounds familiar.Another racist comment that noone will be called out for.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    This show is tired. It's done. Without Simon, it will be nothing. The contestants on this season are below average, and there isn't one stand out amongst them. Send them all home next week, so we don't have to listen and read about this Fox Show.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anex

    Totally agree with Reggie April 8th, 2010 7:08 am ET. When you have girls who think Miley Cyrus is a rock star watching and voting for the show what kind of "music" do you think you are going to get? I blame disney and their pre-made "musicians" for all the crap we have to listen to on the radio nowadays (though it probably honestly started with Avril La Vigne).
    I'll hide in my collection of symphonic metal then subject my ears to such torture.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Erik...

    Wow...all of you are drinking on that HATERade...

    These are the majority of complaints I hear from you all:

    -He has false emotion

    -He is shoved down our throat

    -He is confident and..too fun loving?

    -He..picks people up to much?

    That's just.....pathetic...for all of you

    Your cynicism runs as deep as your delusions of grandeur

    Big Mike can sing...better than you......so deal with it

    April 9, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. MILLIE

    Why does everyone keep asking what is up with the judges? I'ts been obvious from the start who they have been shoving down America's throats. They might as well call it 'The Big Mike Show". Ratings are low- especially last night's dismal episode.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nessa99

    What a waste of a save. Big mike is so boring when he sings all i can hear is nasal. he could sing in a church somewhere and that would bemore than enough. i cant stand him. i was so happy when mikes name was called and then they went and saved him. ugh. come on. theyre going to wish they would have saved the save when lee or crystal is on the line.. what is up with the judges this year? Im rootin for Lee, Andrew and Crystal i guess.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KJ

    A good save, Mike's definitely got a top three voice, although he lacks in versatility. Tim and Andrew should not be in the show at this point, they completely lack the voice to be in contention. Cuteness is a factor again, I guess. CB is in a class of her own, she should be the last person standing... Lee will have a career as well (perhaps Casey until the looks fade), but the rest will return to their little towns with the experience and their dreams, if nothing else.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Suziqzee

    What a waste of a save! His voice is decent, but surely not that great. Seems to me, the votes should have the final say in the matter. Send him packing!

    April 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brenda Crosby

    We made the mistake of becoming too complaicent. Our thinking that there is no need to vote, in political elections as well as Idol, has shown again that we MUST vote. We must give our support. You can't sit back and say "Oh its OK. They will go thru". It was proven once again last night that no matter what every vote does count!!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Watson

    That Big Fat guy could NEVER sing! What a Sad Sad Season this is!!

    April 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mikey

    Big Mike should be in the top 5.

    Tim Urban, Aaron, and Katie should be kicked next. *snore*

    April 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MILLIE

    The XFactor will probably be the big hit next season and Idol will be on the way out. I'm on the fence about Paula joining Simon. It sounds like fun, but as they say- you can never really go back. Could curse the show.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Just A Thought

    Heres one for you –

    What's your proof? How do you justify your comments? Why would they not count the votes? You crack me up with your conspiracy theories! Big Mike butchered his song and he got what his performance earned!

    April 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Here's one for you

    If everyone thinks that the votes are actually counted, you're so wrong. They only "voted" Mike off and saved him for a ratings boost. This is the worst season so far (in ratings) for AI and they have to do something. That's why all the teeny boppers are coming on the show as Idols and why Adam Lambert will be on next week. The producers are getting scared that everyone will quit watching once Simon leaves.

    April 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Just A Thought

    Talent voted off early??? who was that? So talented I dont even remember their names – as Simon would say 'forgetable' so I say we didn't miss anything. The save was a waste because Big Mike is not a top 5 contender; he will be going home soon, and probably next week when we vote off 2!

    April 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jim S

    To Millie

    That's why i used the term "race bias" . Hopefully, the color of one's skin or the gender of the person shouldn't matter when talent is concerned. Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world – and it does.

    April 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. MILLIE

    @Patti... I'm so impressed that you knew what album.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. moon627

    W T F ?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

    Big Mike Sux !!!

    They should have saved the save for Siobhan – she's gonna need it !

    What a waste ... because Mike will be going home next week anyway

    Losers:
    Tim
    Mike
    Aaron
    Andrew
    Katie
    Siobhan
    Casey

    Winners:
    Lee
    Crystal

    April 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MILLIE

    Why do people think it is racist when black contestants are voted off,but seem to find nothing wrong in keeping a black contestant on a show maybe because he is the only black one left?

    April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Eve Lynne

    I totally saw it coming. He has been to sure of himself....simma that down Big Mike.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jim S

    I really hate to say this – and I'm white and nearly 70 (actually I'm the same age as Sir Paul), so my opinions on current pop music are very outdated.

    But, unfortunately, I see a bit of race bias coming back – despite, or maybe because, of the fact we have the first black president.

    Some very talented black vocalists were eliminated early – a judgement call in each case – but then "Big Mike"?

    April 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mana

    I think that the people of America need to stop voting on who they think looks the best and vote on who can sing this best. This is a singing show not America's Next Top Model....So there for Tim and Chicken little look alike need to go!!!!!! Big Mike is much better than most of the people left. Wake up America vote on singing not on somebody that you think has a cute smile and a hair cut that looks like Boa Duke.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Patti from Montreal

    @ Millie....I agree. It was nice to see someone pick a song that wasnt the regular top 10 Beatle songs. Perhaps now alot of the people will go and look for the song and will be introduced to The Imagine Album .

    April 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. M. Freeman

    Actually I agree, but I don't think Mike should have been saved. Its either this week or next, whats the difference? He is not that good.
    I predict that it will he and Aaron to go next week.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Just A Thought

    heck, i posted earlier they hadn't released albums yet, then I was like oops, article i was reading was dated 2009! obviously they both have albums out now! Oh well! No body's perfect, my wife points that out everyday!

    April 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Just A Thought

    it's all good!

    April 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MILLIE

    Crystal and Lee are the best. Lee tends to make me a little nervous- he sometimes looks as if he is going to crack on stage.I was most impressed by Casey and his song choice. Choosing a Lennon song alot of people don't know was a gamble. He performed it well and the risk paid off.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  34. JC

    edit: Oops....looked at it more closely. It said he went platinum in Canada....:)

    April 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. talley

    Didn't see the show yet. Still on my DVR. I'm not a huge Mike fan. He's better than most there but that's not saying much this year. I hated his version of Elenanor Rigby. I'm a huge Beatles fan and I just didn't get it. I'll say this about the save. It can't be done again right? Well, that means no more last minute decisions and putting contestants through the "maybe I'll be saved" thoughts. Now its real and final FOR SURES. LOL I think that's why they saved him. It had to be for someone decent enough not to be a cop out yet early enough.

    Another thing, it's called AMERICAN IDOL so how can AMERICA get it wrong if they don't vote for someone and they get cast off? Too bad if the judges like them. Who cares? They picked them, now it's AMERICA'S turn.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. JC

    @Just A Thought

    They aren't my facts. Wikipedia cites an article that says Lambert's first album went platinum. I don't know what criteria (RIAA or whatever) they used for that. I was just responding to the person that said Adam Lambert has not outsold Kris Allen. Susan Boyle is irrelevant for that discussion and I am not really sure what she has to do with American Idol.

    I like both Lambert and Allen (I like Boyle also). But it is a fact that Lambert has outsold Allen so far. Not that it really matters...but it still happened.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Pokua

    Mike is a fantastic singer and he makes idol lovely. As a newly parent he had a lot the offer to the world. Eliminating Big Mike was not going to be a good thing to do and I support the judges 100%.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Just A Thought

    For those of you wondering – next weeks theme is Elvis Presley! with you guessed it Adam Lambert as mentor! WOW talk about the wrong guy for the job! Maybe he could mentor Boy George week – Elvis no way! AL hasn't got a clue!

    April 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  39. MILLIE

    Tim Urban has a good voice. Unfortunately, he is so cheesecakey. That flashy smile, pretty hair, nice body- Zac Efron comes to mind. This is a look that many are uncomfortable with.I'ts a shame because he seems to be a genuinely nice guy. Just so "happy" to be there.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. tee

    BIG MIKE NEEDS TO GO HOME ! !

    April 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Mike

    The judges made a mistake in keeping Mike Lynche on the show. Hopefully, he will be booted again next week when voters get another chance. He does sing better than the "little kids" left, but he's not great, and all that posturing is self-aggrandizing and arrogant. When the numbers slim more, the lil kids will be gone, but Mike will be gone later, too. Why not sooner?

    April 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Just A Thought

    Maybe Simon was swayed by the other 3? Doesn't matter, Big Mike is going home soon enough.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. money

    Top 3 are in this order:

    1. c. bowersox
    2. Casey
    3. Siabon

    4. Lee
    5. Mike
    6. chick from Waterbury, CT

    3 that should not even be there – Andrew, guy smiley, Yoda.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Dave

    Should have let Big Mike leave....BIG MISTAKE!!!!! He will go home next week with one other. He shows too much confidence and always has to be center stage.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. H New York City

    I don't like him as a performer... Corny as hell.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. BJ

    Folks! please stop comparing a legend like Luther Vandross to whatshisface Big Mike. Its insulting to Luther Vandross. Mike can't even come anywhere near. Soul? not. R&B? wannabee but again not.

    and what story do they keep pushing about Big Mike? So his wife had a child. Is that a wow moment for America? People have children and its a great event for them. It does not make it over the top special for America.

    My top three Crystal, Siobhan and Lee. Now if one more girl leaves becasue they saved the sorry Big Mike – I am going to be a bit mad.

    I am disapointed in Ellen – she agreed with the save. Tacky.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Joshua Weikel

    @Just A Thought...Simon said that based upon the show on Tuesday, America made the right decision. Then he saved Mike, plain and simple.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Carmen F

    I am SOOOO happy that Big Mike stayed. He truly is my favorite.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Erik

    I love everyone talking about how overrated Big Mike is or how he isn't that good or special....why aren't those comments saved for the person who should have gone home which was Aaron Kelly. He is the MOST plain-vanilla, boring, waste of space on that show. He is easily the most forgettable person on this season. Someone mention that sometime. It's true

    April 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jon

    I have always had a problem with the whole "America has Voted" thing. When they say that they received (for example) 34,000,000 votes (in a 2 hour voting period), that boils down to 4722 votes every second. Quite a phone system you have there Idol. I could dial for 10 minutes and never get through but in that same time 2.8 million people did. Is that fish I smell ????

    April 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Just A Thought

    Fear not AI faithful, Big Mike will go home next week unless he pulls out a miracle! Andrew too.

    As for Tim, get used to him he's going nowhere anytime soon! He's like a twinkie – lasts forever!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jen

    Mike is good. But, there's nothing exceptionally intriguing about him. I'm not really interested. I like his personality, but I think it rarely shows in his performances. I feel like I've seen a million people do what Mike does.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Just A Thought

    The judges never said Big Mike was the worst! Therfore using the save did not go against what they said, They agreed with the bottom 3; which was more correct than not agreeing. Cause the other 3 were miles better than the 3 Mike was a part of.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Sarah

    I think that Big Mike deserved to go home. He can't really switch things up and, unfortunately, they liked his personality, which is why they kept him. Katie also needs to go home. Big Mike now has a BIG HEAD...I'm rooting for Crystal – all the way!

    They should have saved their SAVE for someone else...

    April 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Joshua Weikel

    I don't get it, I really don't. For years, the judges preach about how it's about the performance on Tuesday nights, that's how America should vote, that's what should determine who should go home. Simon said himself that based on Tuesdays performance, America made the right decision....and they save him anyway?!?!?!?!?! That's ridiculous. This season has been all about mixed signals for the judges, and now they're not only giving them to the contestants, but they're giving them to the voters. So we get it right, and still we can't get rid of the worst performance on Tuesday???? I am so frustrated and about to give up on the show. It's clear that Crystal is the best, not my favortie, but the best and should win by a mile. I didn't like Mike at all, and would have liked to see him go. (regaurdless of what I think of him though, it's wrong they agree he was the worst, then saved him...the judges save is supposed to be for when America gets it wrong, not to bail someone out who has one bad performance. I actually didn't think that Mike had the worst performance, I thought it was close between Andrew and Aaron...but Simon said that Mike did, and saved him anyway).

    With that said, I think Crystal, Lee, and Siobhan should be hoping to lose. I think they are the only 3 with any kind of future, and having that guarenteed contract is no real incentive for them, because they won't have the artistic freedom that they need. They need to break the Idol chains ASAP, they will ALL get deals somewhere, don't worry about that, and they can work a deal that gives them the artistic freedom that they need, not the suffocation that Idol brings. Aaron fits best in that Idol champ contract, then Katie, then Tim...they could all benefit from the constraints of being Idol champ.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Just A Thought

    @ JC – records must sell over 1M before platinum status!!! According to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). So your facts are off by alot! If you want to make comparisons – Susan Boyle is currently outselling Adam; and not only does she look lika a girl she is! Adam just dresses like one!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  57. MILLIE

    Really Robyn?!?!?! White people can be discriminated against too. Mike's father told the press his son was going to be a contestant on Idol before the show started. This is a complete no-no. It results in immediate dismissal of that contestant. Well guess who is still there? In other words they saved his ass twice.Just look at the time that is spent talking about him. He butts into other people's airtime and nothing is said to him about it. Seacrest is the worst of the offenders- he can't mask his lust for poor Big Mike.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Paris

    I am so mad!!! I wanted him to go home, I cannot stand him. He is beyond cheesy, I don't see him selling a million records, and he doesn't have a good enough voice. Such a dissapointment!

    April 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  59. JC

    Adam Lambert has sold 587,000 albums. Lambert's first album went platinum.
    Kris Allen has sold 291,000.

    Lambert has sold twice as many as Allen. Both already crack the top-20 Idol sales.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idol_alumni_album_sales

    April 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mary

    Thought the save was wasted on Big Mike considering there are other contestants that are far better then he.

    Yes, I did see it coming .

    What is going to happen if Crystal,Lee or Casey end up having to leave? Oh, I am sure they will pull out another save from SOMEPLACE...

    Get rid of the save.... People vote how they vote that is the name of the game.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Stevo

    Exactly why I quit watching this show. Americans are stupid and don't know who has real talent. AI has turned into a popularity contest which isn't a contest at all. Sorry America but you couldn't be more wrong. AI will never get the old ratings back until they get better judges, better talent and lose the idiots who do the voting...

    April 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dennis

    For all complaining the save should have been kept for later, if you are that passionate about anyone, then just vote as much as you can. The save was only in play for three more weeks, anyway, so its use now makes as much sense as any other time. Remember, from now on its America voting, and Lord only knows what that will get us in the end.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  63. TLPT

    OK, maybe the save was wasted considering Crystal, Casey & Lee are still there. But they can only use the save for so long (I've forgotten) and I think and hope that they leave like this. Tim, Alex, Katie, Aaron, Sioban, Mike, Lee, Casey, leaving Crystal as American Idol.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  64. WI Badger

    Hello.... If he picks up one more person I am going to puke. America told him what they think of him. Humility would be a good start. They are going to regret using this save. Teflon Tim AKA ( SANJI ) is going to take down a better contestant than him. Bad , Bad decision !

    April 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  65. Yvonne

    I don't like the "save" thing. Maybe the show should be re-named Judges Idol. Ever since season 2, when no one could get through to vote on Clay's phone line, I've stopped voting and have called the show Judge's Idol.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  66. jim

    Mike is an arrogant ass....they should have canned him. America had it right.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  67. Queen Anne

    There shouldn't even be a save, votes are votes....

    April 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  68. Bmorechick

    If he went home, I would not have watched the rest of the season. Am I saying he's the greatest and should win it all?? Absolutely not BUT for him to go before the Urban kid or Andrew is ABSURD! I really do hate Idol's voting practices. The voting is no longer about talent but about who the teeny boppers are in love with and sit there and text/call over and over and over like robots for their favorite.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  69. Cherryl

    ...and what's with Kara and Simon??? As soon as he announced his engagement, she is all over him..... YOUR MARRIED....SIT SOMEWHERE ELSE...Put Ellen there!!!

    April 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  70. Cherryl

    Now this is political. There are others not as good as Big Mike. He must have some a contract awaiting somewhere. That is not what this show should be about. It is about the best, not to get voted off so they have to stay in a one year contract with Idol. This will be my last year watching as the same thing happened at the end of last year with Adam Lambert!

    April 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  71. Patti from Montreal

    on a different note: Archuletta (sp?) is starting to look grown up now!!! He is losing his baby face. Still love his voice for those kind of songs.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  72. Ginmill

    Big Mike has been to convinced he is going to the end. Tonight proved it America likes the underdog. He may go next week in retaliation unless he sings something (like Archuleta's version of Imagine, still gives me chills).

    Andrew is being saved cuz we all think judges being unfair. They lauded that Abdul song like he was the Messiah and haven't been happy cuz he hasn't exceeded it every week. It was a moment judges back off and stop comparing every song to the performance judge them individually. I thought he was much improved this week.

    Big Mike had better get warm and fuzzy or he will go even last night after the save the others came running over Christal was crying and he stood there with the arems crossed and closed fists over his chest, that is what will send him home.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  73. Just A Thought

    @Joe – sorry dude, to say he has destroyed last years winner is a vast overstatement! In fact if you do a simple internet search you will find it's quite the opposite. AL is barely surviving in sales and I have to agree the only reason AL is coming on the show is to attempt to boost his fading career and album. He certainly does not have the credibility to be a mentor!

    April 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  74. Joe

    Ernesto, make-up and swish are what every rocker does. You just need to spray it on him because he is Out and not afraid to do so. As far as poor sales, he has destroyed last season's AI "Winner". He has been the most unique talent Idol has produced and he will be very successful. He can mentor the contestants because he has been through it. He didn't win AI, but hey, most of the successful ones didn't!!

    April 8, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  75. Confused in Houston

    Come on people!!! What the hell is Andrew still doing there ??? He's horrible only good performance was straight up. He needs to be "straight out da door"

    April 8, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  76. mary

    GOOD SAVE

    April 8, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  77. Matt in KC

    Siobahn is terrible. She sings so nasal I can't even hardly stand it. If you were to plug her nose while she sang, NO sound would come out. She has moments of brilliance followed by long periods of mediocrity. Tim needs to go home, Andrew needs to go home, Aaron needs to go home. Crystal, Mike and Lee all fill a niche in the show and have a place in show business. No one else is good enough.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  78. Ridiculousness

    Wasted Save. He SUCKS.... his antics are not endearing... he's a stage person, not a pop performer...this show is on its last legs and last nights "save" just shows the judges are more about ratings than authenticity.

    They are their own biggest fans. its done when simon leaves anyway

    April 8, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  79. Vallary

    this show is for the birds, If that was rigged I don't know what was. Please. Once again a better singer was going home, and for ratings they save big mike,,,, the show needs to retire

    April 8, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  80. Joan

    He is such a corny, arrogant guy. All that fist-bumping, lifting people up, pounding his chest, false emotion. Ugh.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  81. andy

    It was so preditable itwas not even worst watching. Pick the winner next week and get it over with. It should be renamed as American Idio Final Season!!

    April 8, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  82. Ernesto

    Big Mike is going home sooner or later. The idea that Adam Lambert has something to contribute next week as mentor is silly. This is nothing more than an attempt to give him a boost in his poor record sales. Make-up and swish aren't going to endear him any more.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  83. Michael

    Wow! Wow! Wow! That is all I can say. I definitely do not think it was Michael Lynche's time to go – but I also don't think he deserved the save as well. He's been slipping in recent weeks, and his frontrunner status at the beginning of the top 12 rounds seems like a distant memory now. Another shocker? Tim Urban and Katie Stevens not in the bottom 3! Katie could be a dark horse...
    http://thesmogger.com/2010/04/08/idol-hangover-and-then-there-were-9-again/

    April 8, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  84. Josh

    He sucks, plain and simple!

    April 8, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  85. Joe

    Mike is too arrogant and that, "I'm Awesome" thing is old. He does have big arms, but he is also fat and has Man-Breasts; so stop with the routine. I think he turned people off when he compared his and Simon's Pecs after Simon gave his critique. He isn't listening and doesn't take the criticism seriously. Even after he was SAVED, he showed arrogance and defiance with his posturing, like he is awesome. He should have been humble and VERY thankful. I don't think he will get the message delivered by the voters, or lack there of. The reality of it is he will not sell out concerts and his recordings will be average. The Save may be needed for a real contender and it will be sad to see one of the 2 or 3 real artists go home because it was wasted on someone who is "likable".

    April 8, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  86. Corey

    are you people drinking????? Tim and Andrew are the worst 2 left....Honestly the judges should be the ones voting, b/c they know way more about what will work then any of us do! This turns into a popularity contest like voting for Homecoming king and queen. This show would be way better if they took the voting via phone out of it, and let the real music people make the crucial decisions!

    April 8, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  87. David

    Time for Big Mike to go Home, i was disappointed the judges used the save on him.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  88. Kevin

    I absolutely agree with everyone who thinks this was a wasted save.
    The bottom 3 were spot on. Big Mike is way overrated. I knew the save was coming because they all seem to love him for some reason.
    He does have a good voice but not a great voice. There is nothing stand out about him except his stature.
    If Crystal doesn't win this something is very wrong. I say Crystal is the next Idol with Sha-boing the runner up.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  89. Brad

    This show is 100% rigged. Dancing With the Stars beat it in the ratings this week. Now, all of a sudden, one of the more popular people finishes last and they have to pull out the dramatic "judges' save"??? Come on, people. This was total grandstanding.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  90. John

    It wasn't a wasted save. The judges in the entertainment industry recognize that he is worth saving; that his voice is quality and given some great material will sing and perform much better than anyone else on the show.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  91. preuegl

    Wasted save.......NOT the next American Idol !!!

    April 8, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  92. JP

    I think this is just another case of TV magic. Producers are making TV. They throw in a dramatic bottom three and a suprise elimination and surprise the judges save him. OMG that was so transparent its sad. I'm very disappointed with Idol this year. Instead of a talent constest now we have product placement and annoyingly inserted commercials for what we should buy. I miss a time when it was talented people who stayed on the show and the judges were not WAY TOO HIGH paid cast members. Remember when they were judges and they told people they did well or badly. Not all this blah blah blah, pitchy, blah blah blah, boring blah blah blah too old, too young. No matter what these kids do they are "too (something)

    April 8, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  93. pam

    For all you Tim haters, you might want to note that success in music is not ALL about raw talent. The person also has to be "commercial" (i.e., have the "it" factor). No matter what you think about his singing, you kind of have to admit his charm and looks make him great eye-candy. Much like Britney Spears. A label could do worse than sign Tim.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  94. paul Elsass

    How can sending him home be "all kinds of wrong"?!??!

    Just to review, the person with the LEAST VOTES is the one that is supposed to be sent home.

    He had the LEAST VOTES.

    Am I missing something here? SEND HIM HOME!

    April 8, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  95. John

    Big Mike is my favorite singer, because as a singer and voice instructor, I know that what he's doing is astoundingly technical and pure. He has a Freddie Jackson/Luther Vandross voice and it's a shame that people don't have more taste. The other singers are so mediocre.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  96. MB

    Considering that the bottom 2 without questions should be the in-effective wishy washy Tim and annoying Katie, or screamer girl - it is mind blowing that Mike was even close. Andrew hasn't been consistent but is still good compared to drippy Tim and screamer girl.

    Using the save was necessary because of that very reason. He is an effective talent, a soulful singer of R&B, much like the late Luther Vandross. If you don't like that kind of soul and sweet music you won't like Mike that is understood.

    What is clear is who are the top 2 – Crystal and Lee, with Goldie Locks rrunning a tight 3rd. Mike and Arron, 4th & 5th respectively.

    Aaron will end up on the Disney Network for certain and the other 3-4 will certainly have a substantial following coming out of this.

    This is the year of introspective artists – not flashy – but mindful and stable young people if you ask me. I am a 9 year idol mom who loves the show and the talent it is provided a stage too.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  97. tbazz

    I think they "invoked" the save"not "evoked"?

    April 8, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jean

    Can't believe Tim Urban is still there. He is SOOOOO boring. American Idol needs to get some better entertainment. Rhianna can't sing worth beans and that other wanna be Michael Jackson stinks !!!

    April 8, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  99. wigginnutz

    What a waste. He is not nearly as good as the two standouts, Lee and Crystal. They are by far the two best and the only ones that have a chance at having a decent selling album. Mike was going sooner or later. The judges may regret this soon.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  100. paul Elsass

    Are you kidding me? Mike doesn't have a chance of winning this thing, and he should not have been saved. There are stil 9 people left, and if he is already hurting, then why in the world would they save him? He can't possibly win this thing. First of all, the song was terrible! What was that high pitched squeek he was doing at the beginning and end of the song? That was freeking bizzare. Second, he is nothing but an R&B singer, and that is too small of a market. To win this thing, you have to be able to sing mainstream music. That is why David Cook won, and that is why Chris won. Big Mike needs to go home and stop the freeky squeeking. It's just a matter of time now.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  101. pam

    Big Mike's voice is not bad....just not stellar. And the judges were right about the over the top theatrical performance...same reason Adam Lambert lost. Mike also seems to get way too much preferential treatment simply because his wife spawned a brat when the show started when Mike was out chasing his own personal goal. He should get a medal for THAT? The save was wasted. He'll go anyway.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  102. Tim is awesome

    @ Stewart I have been studying music since the the 6th grade and I am 29 now, so i do know music, and yes Tim is in Tune, yet he did mess the song up last week he did great this week and did great on the Hallejuah song, I don't know why yall hating on TIm, he is better then a lot, yet to me Crystal is the best, and Big Mike didn't do good this week at all, they all have their off weeks so boo hoo to all the whines and haters out there.

    Some of you guys need to get your ears checked, Tim does sing in Tune.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  103. Ted

    "Siobahn can't sing"?????

    Are you serious? She almost sounded like an opera singer this week!
    Her voice control was beautiful. She's been the one to beat for several weeks, IMO.

    The shocker is that Tim is still there. I think that's why Mike got the save....he is hands down a better singer than Tim. Hopefully this wil get the alignment back where it should be.

    Of course 2 will go next week. If Tim survives that, it isn't about the best singer.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  104. Yvonne

    I stopped watching this season when Angela Martin didn't make the top 24

    April 8, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  105. MC

    I was thrilled that Big Mike was in the bottom, however it was a HUGE mistake to waste the save on him. There's still four weeks left to use that save and who knows what will happen. It was time for Mike to go and the judges made a huge mistake. I was so frustrated I vowed off watching the rest of the season.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  106. Dave

    It's simple. The guy is great and will make it. However him hanging on the sensitive stuff once again made his performance weak for a WOW moment. He can handle anything Luther V can he needs to stretch next time.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  107. angie

    i think it was all staged. i mean.. y did he get to sing to save himself when the other ones that got voted off didnt? totally staged. they knew, wanted the hype.. that was that

    April 8, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  108. Sarah

    I figured Mike was on the list of automatic saves, though I'm sorry they had to use it at all this early. This will get me off my phone-dialing butt in the coming weeks to make sure nothing bad befalls the likes of Crystal. As long as Tim and either Aaron or Andrew get kicked off next week, all will be as it should be.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  109. happyChap

    Not sure how the rest of y'all vote, but we vote for all but one person each week. That's how we vote "against" someone. And we didn't vote for Aaron. Not sure how he could be safer than Mike or Andrew... ! He's cute I guess for the tween girls, but not the same caliber as the rest. But yeah, you (us) Big Mike fans can't take him for granted any more!

    But in the end, everyone loses but one. So Mike's wife may be crying again...

    April 8, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  110. Kenneth

    BLACKLASH! I CALL BLACKLASH!!

    April 8, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  111. Lovin' Big Mike

    I'm am sooo glad they saved big Mike.. This has got to be the worst Idol season ever. Tim should have gone home weeks ago. All my 16 year old keeps saying is... but he's sooo cute... ughhhh he can't sing to save his life and his performances are terrible.. Most of the others won't hold an audiences attention for longer than 1 song... I like Casey, but he needs to move and use the stage... He just stands there with his Guitar.. boring.. Andrew is likable but not an Idol.. Siobahn... same thing... Aaron is cute, young and talented.. We'll see him on Nickelodean soon enough... The other 16 year old needs to go home and be a teenager.. now she is too over the top... I am hoping they all go home before Mike... Lee is good and Crystal is by far the only one I see with a real career... I am wondering just how many tickets the idol tour is going to see this year? Individually they would do better attracting an audience then as a whole...

    April 8, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  112. Don Check

    Not sure what the demographic breakdown is with regards to AI but the realty is that there could be some voting along racial lines , but with that said " Big Mike " is obviously the better singer out of at least 2 of the other males in the contest . just a thought of the reason for him being in the bottom 3 last nite.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  113. 3G_Cydia

    @Michelle "Is anyone else sick of hearing Siohban.(?)"

    Totally agree. This girl cannot sing, was screeching during her "power notes" at the end of her songs. That the judges took two weeks to realize this and make her stop is amazing. Im glad they saved him, but he'll probably be gone next week, since the vote totals arent likely to shift that much.

    As for the "racism" comments, I'm pretty sure whoever "Millie" is was calling out 'reverse racism', which is hilarious because people around America vote contestants off. So America decided the diversity of this group.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  114. scubaduba

    Why oh why did the judges waste their save on this guy. I have had enough of "Big Mike"

    April 8, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  115. Patti from Montreal

    To Millie: The fix was in before the show started. Mike's father's actions should had eliminated him. I scream racism! .......what did Mike's father do? What did I miss????

    April 8, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  116. chris

    I hate to say I told you so (except to my family with whom I argued at dinner), but this was the right bottom three for this given night. That was a wicked bizarre pick for a song, and he waffled so much at the tender non-power portions of the song. Those two performances were by far the worst of the night.

    What is weird, however, is seeing who is actually judged on their performance, and who is getting through strictly on popularity. Historically we have seen this (ie: Sanjiah, et al), and it typically shows itself with peculiar and unexpected votes (see Jennifer Hudson). It seems Mike does not have the stalwart fan base as some of the other favorites. It is sad, though. AI has seen this Teddy Bear gimmick before with Ruben. Mike, if you ask me is a bit more versatile in his phrasing and range, but lacks Rubens punch. So... that being said.... its interesting nonetheless, but not entirely unexpected.

    His performance was blah, it was not executed well, and was as Simon said forgettable. But the save was probably worth it, both from a network demographic... and from a talent perspective.... there are probably four more that need to go before Mike does.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  117. BJ

    Wasted save! this was a set up all the way. Did Simon and Randy not say the girls were more talented this season? then we proceed by sending the girls home. Didi – you are missed. Lily – you are missed.
    Then the judges use the save on a guy! Boring.

    Big Mike is corny and full of himself. Annoying. He has to go!

    MamaSox is talented and everyone thinks she has got it made but I have a gut feeling that this is a set up all the way. Don't count on it! MamaSox fans need to be ready for more drama.

    Siobhan – Keep the faith. You are good.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  118. Liss

    I am so glad they saved Big Mike!! He is very talented and deserves another shot. I think people are assuming he would be safe because he has a strong following...the same thing happened to Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  119. Kevin

    This year's AI field is weak...Big Mike is boring!

    April 8, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  120. swick

    What they really need is a judges swap ... so that the judges can swap-out the person who gets to go ... that way Tim Urban would have been toast a long time ago

    April 8, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  121. DrPhage

    First, it was a travesty of voting that Big Mike was almost gone. He can sing circles around most of the other guys remaining, especially Andrew and Tim, both of whom should have been gone before this! Secondly, I can't believe that this kind of grammar is allowed on a CNN site – it should be INVOKED their save. Wow, this generation has really gotten lax when it comes to proper English, especially in the written form.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  122. JT

    WHY IS URBAN STILL THERE? GO HOME TIM.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  123. Robyn

    Really, Millie?!?!?? Racism??!!! You must be seriously insecure (or dumb) to be throwing out "racism"...

    Considering 3 of the 4 judges are "white' – wouldn't it be "racism" if they DIDN'T save him??? Oh, wait, if Andrew were the one at the bottom you'd probably be screaming racism because Andrew is Hispanic, right??

    Grow up.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  124. Raf

    Being a man of color myself I feel that this save was based a lot on race. Sending home the only black contestant left would have sent a bad message to America about Fox, and American Idol. He is talented, but they should have saved the save.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  125. Robyn

    Andrew should have gone home! I'm glad Big Mike got saved. Big Mike has a great voice. Yes, sometimes a little too over the top, but at least he has a good voice. Andrew has done NOTHING good since he's been on the show. Hollywood week just seems to be one lucky break for him. It's time for Andrew to go.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  126. MILLIE

    The fix was in before the show started. Mike's father's actions should had eliminated him. I scream racism!

    April 8, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  127. Sujesh Arukil

    They saved Big Mike so that next week when Tim Urban once again comes second last in the bottom three, he will be gone forever!! Good plan judges!! Big Mike, Andrew Garcia and Tim Urban will surely be the bottom three again next week and this time, it will be Garcia and Tim Urban who will be sent home!! hehehe

    April 8, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  128. Debra

    I think this just goes to show that this show is fixed. Ratings were down and they needed a schocker, so why not tell America that they voted one of the best to go home. Come on, Idol, there were 3 other people who need to go home.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  129. kevin

    Hate to say it but I see the voting off going this way

    Andrew is next
    Finally Tim
    Probably Katie
    Then comes Mike
    Siobhan if she doesnt settle down
    Lee, if he doesnt lighten up
    Casey
    Chrystal wins it all

    There are a couple of good singers this year but overall you'd have to go back to seasons 2, 3 to find a lamer total group. But, as I tell myself every week, Tim may not be the best singer or brightest bulb but at least he's not arrogant and at least he's not SANJIYA!

    April 8, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  130. kevin

    Reggie – You said its not about like, its about whats good.....huh? Actually I think its both. What I do agree with you on is it should be about the singing and not the hair-clothes-etc....

    April 8, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  131. John

    You mean people still watch this crap show. HAHaha now that is something I didn't see coming.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  132. Mike.....least amount of votes.....I think not!

    American Idol was my favorite reality show.......I love to see the discovery of new talent and how it changes lives for otherwise not known individuals.........BUT........Big Mike being in the bottom of the voting scale........c'mon? So, now I question do our votes really count? .......... do the results that Ryan Seacrest holds in his hands....our votes? .........a very fishy and dramatic worm has attached itself to American Idol.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  133. kevin

    Wasted Save.

    Why didnt he have to sing the song he trashed the night before?

    Tired of watching him "reach out and touching" the audience.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  134. Toma

    Did Big Mike really receive the least amount of votes or did the producers decide it was time to get rid of the save?

    This years top 10 talent pool is the best there has been in years and it's time to allow only the voting fans to make the decision who stays and who goes, no matter the judges favorites.

    For the first time in years there are no freaks in the top 10. This year could be as exciting as the David and David show a couple of years ago.

    April 8, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  135. k scott

    I really hate the whole "save" thing....It's American Idol, remember? The fans decide week to week? This is just a stupid way of making it more dramatic. Kara trying to be Paula is enough for that.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  136. Tony

    He can sing certain kinds of songs good, but overall he's not an Adam Lambert or Daughtry kind of talent. I believe Simon was pressured into using the save from the other judges and probably doesn't really care anymore since he's leaving. It was definitely a wasted save that will come back to bite them in the butt. Kelly Clarkson.....WHERE ARE YOU!?

    April 8, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  137. John D

    Do people not listen to the program anymore? There would have been – had they not used the save – only 3 weeks left to use the save. This isn't like last year. With only 3 weeks left, it was the perfect time to use it.

    And despite what people think, this was shocking news. Tim should be gone. EVERYONE is better than him. The fact that people are voting for him just because they are displeased this season is another reason why this will be AI's last.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  138. Jack

    What a gimmick. They weren't about to send Mike home.....yet. Nothing but a "publicity stunt", as they used to say. In any event I think he's a lot more of a talent than Garcia, who can't really sing.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  139. meangirl

    I'll be watching Dancing with the Stars from now on. AI sucks!

    April 8, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  140. Dan

    The 'save' should not be an option. If you're not going to sing 'live' why bother (re: opening act by top nine)?

    April 8, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  141. Michaelfla

    Saw this coming? You mean the fiasco this season has been or Big Mike sent home?... Both... This is the worst season ever...Oh-so-talented David Archuleta proved last night what real talent and singing is all about... Big Mike can sing, granted... but he hasn't been able to "connect" with the audience; just doesn't have that "It" factor... his other problem is/was/and will be that he up against all the pretty faces that teeny boppers will be voting and voting and voting for... It's a matter of time for Big Mike and hopefully MamaSox will be able to survive the barrage of teenage votes... When Simon leaves; they might as well shut down the franchise... it was fun while it lasted...

    April 8, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  142. Ike canada

    its business as usual..people. This is what they do to get you to keep voting, viewing, and spreading the word about the show. They goch-ya all..lol. Good trick AL .

    April 8, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  143. Rob

    Big Mike's been my least favorite since the Top 12 started. I don't know why–he sings nicely, but there's something about his sensitive-yet-testosterone-fueled stage presence that just didn't turn me on. At all. He can sing, yeah, and he's got confidence, yeah, but there's still more to it than that. Crystal has both of those things too, but without feeling like she's going to come over and "compare pecs" with me, or stick my head in the toilet.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  144. toni

    tey should not have wasted the save on him. ugh

    April 8, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  145. Reggie

    The winner this show will be 1 of the following performers:

    1. Rock guitar singer guy (HE REAL GOOD)
    2. Hippy Chick with dredlocks (Eva Cassidy + Bonnie Rait = hippy chic)
    3. Big Mike (Could be the next.........Luther Vandroos)

    REMEMBER PEOPLE THIS SHOW IS ABOUT THE TALENT.
    NOT WHO HAS THE BEST ..........."HAIRCUT"........?????

    Mike getting voted off says ALOT about the people who call in to the show. Basically it's 13 year old girls and people who don't know or understand what real musical talent is all about. They need to stop gearing this show towards teenage girls and make this show just about talent. Period. The actual taste some people have in the adjudication of music is pathetic. It's not about what you like.
    It's about what is good. Wake up people...

    April 8, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  146. Miss T

    Crystal and Casey for the final...
    Lee has impressed me but more often than not he sounds to nasal, same with Sioban, she is really, really over-rated and over-hyped I think, I just don't see the appeal.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  147. Henry

    It should read "The judges INVOKED their save."

    April 8, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  148. apathetic

    who gives a sh!t?

    April 8, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  149. Alex

    I'm glad they saved him. But I am still shocked that Tim Urban is there. He is so terrible and yet he gets through every time. It will be a huge shame if he makes it much further because many good singers who actually deserved to be there are going home because of him. It is sad that this is a popularity contest and not a talent contest.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  150. BobH

    Yes I did, seems to sure of himself and mainly appeals to the older female audience.

    April 8, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  151. JC

    What was so shocking about Mike being voted off? He is a pretty good singer, but his chance of actually winning is almost 0%. It was a waste of a save if you ask me – and far too early at the top 9. Part of me kind of hopes the judges end up regretting it and next week one of the favorites (Crystal, Lee, or Casey) get booted.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  152. diane

    It was a great save. Mike is one of the best singers in the group and most consistent of all the males. Its too soon for someone like him to go home, after all its still about singing not about who has the best hair.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  153. GAYLE

    I was surprised he was saved, the judges do seem
    to like him. I just don't get it.

    There is so much talent this year, that i think
    next week will be up for grab. Is it country week?
    i don't even know.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  154. Sami

    Idol showed so much of Mike goofing around at last night's show, that viewers got a little turned off. He seemed really annoying. Unfortunately, that may have been why he lost votes. In general, Idol isn't so great this year. They seem to push the sentimentals too much. Also, they no longer show clips of the singing the night before (to make money in Itunes.) All that does is not give the viewer the chance to catch up if they missed the show. If we can't see the singing, we can't judge for ouselves and then get bored. It is showing in the ratings.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  155. Scott

    Tim is crap. Anyone who votes for Tim has some pretty crap taste in music as well... or they just like Voting For The Worst... or they're a freakin' 8 year old little girl. He's bad – REAL bad. Those who keep voting him through are even worse. Yikes.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  156. Ariel

    I thought it was a complete waste. It's obvious he's not going to win. That was a completely stupid move on the judges part.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  157. ray

    even if casey or someone good gets sent home they have stayed in long enough to get a break in themusic business chris D didnt win and look at him neither did adam and he is suppose to be coming back to mentor them not the "winner"

    April 8, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  158. Denise

    Guess some of you didn't hear! The save CAN NOT be used after week 5. I'm not a fan of Mike but he sure sounds better then several of the other men!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  159. send Tim Home

    Lee-casey-crystal-siobhan

    April 8, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  160. sarah sebert

    i like big mike! but i dont think he is going to win....Tim is a sweet guy but needs to go!!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  161. Sally

    Go ahead and waste your money and time voting for him SonShine. You are just as dumb as Big Mike.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  162. Greg

    Dude!.!.! Your song choices SUCK____!! You need to pick songs that make people move their feet, snap their fingers.. Not cry or go to sleep...

    April 8, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  163. Betty Boop

    To Shelby the contest is based on your singing not the color of your skin stop with your racist remarks Mike is very confident not arrogant, to say Tim is a better singer is plane stupid and to Rikis comments yeah lets blame Obama for that to GO BIG MIKE he and Crystal are the best should be the final 2.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  164. Billy M. from MI

    Shelby? Answer the phone. Its your Mom calling from prison.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  165. SonShine

    Shelby @ 12:58 a.m.; Comments like that only go to show that going through puberty at your age must be very difficult. Mike is a talented man, plenty of enthusiasm, loves life, is just trying to do his best and I'll continue voting for him.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  166. Billy M. from MI

    I knew Big Mike wasnt going anywhere. Honestly, who would they 'save' their save for? Tim? Andrew? Whats his name? Big Mike is the feel good story of the year and gives the show some depth so its not Disney Idol.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  167. Sally

    Good point Buck. Kids learn in Kindergarten that you don't go around picking people up. Who does this guy think he is that he can do this socially unacceptable thing of picking people up. All he wants to do is brag about his muscles (which I think is mostly fat). He wanted to have a "pec" contest with Simon last night. What a jerk!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  168. Buck

    I agree with Shelby... Mike is a big fat arrogant piece of cr@p. He should have went home. He needs to quit picking up people. Send his fat @ss home! All you dumb sh!ts that like him go get your dammmn ears checked and get the h3ll off this chat.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  169. Lia

    Tim should have gone home a long time ago but I'm absolutely SHOCKED Aaron is still in. He has no talent, makes horrible song choice and is annoying! WHO is voting for him??

    April 8, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  170. sid

    i love big mike i was so shoked to ALMOST see him go home

    April 8, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  171. Ann Foster

    Mike should be in the top 3, not the bottom. Never voted before, but will now!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  172. Mac

    Regardless of what you think of Mike, why is Tim Urban still in the show? He has little talent and only gets by on his looks/image. How many little girls must vote for him is beyond me......

    April 8, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  173. Stewart

    @ Tim is Awesome- Sorry, most of the time Tim is not in tune. If you think he is, then you probably don't know anything about music.

    I like Big Mike, but I think the problem is that he doesn't ever sing anything other then sappy songs. It's probably ok if that's what he wants to do as an artist, but it will cause people to vote for others because they will assume he is safe. He is one of the more talented singers, probably top three. But America votes stupid sometimes.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  174. Riki

    America spoke and the judges thumbed their nose at America ,sound familiar.?

    April 8, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  175. TIM IS AWESOME

    Tim was awesome this week, I dont understand why yall say he sucks, he sings in tune, when others sing off tune yeah he screwed that one song up but he sang in tune where most others have pitch problems, wake up people and quit being tone deaf

    April 8, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  176. TIM IS AWESOME

    SCREAMS LEAVE TIM ALONE CHRIS CROCKER STYLE, Tim is good, he sings in tune and did an excellent and marvelous job this week. Andrew needs to go as weel Siobhan. Crystal is good.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  177. linda

    Bottom Line, Chrystal and Lee will be the final 2, the rest really don't matter. Mike will go home the next show anyway. Also, is it just me or is it really hard to listen to Siobhan, and she is a FLAKE.real wierdo..

    April 8, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  178. BIGMIKE

    The save should only be used to save someone who has a legitimate shot at winning. This overgrown guy has no chance.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  179. Tara

    I was SO shocked!! Big Mike is one of the best singers on that show to date. He has character and that boy can sing. The one who should have went home is Andrew.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  180. Kevin

    YAWN!
    Every time I watch Idol this season I keep hoping that somehow, in some way, God reaches down his hand and gives a contestant at least a tiny little spark of actual talent...
    So far I've been very disappointed....

    I *refuse* to believe that out of the whole country and tens of thousands of people who auditioned, that the best they could come up with is this mediocre group of people that would probably lose at a local karaoke contest.

    Really, I sure wish I knew what grand scheme Simon and the other execs are brewing up with this seasons fiasco because it seems to be that they are just flushing a great show down the toilet.

    I just can't figure out any logic to why they would sink their own show...

    April 8, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  181. Kim Smith

    I think the fans just didn't vote.
    I am glad that the judges used the Save vote.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  182. jp

    big Mike's wife nearly had a wardrobe malfunction in the moment... now that would have been a real shocker FOX never saw coming

    Casey/Lee finale

    April 8, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  183. RG

    BIG Mike was a wasted save.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  184. SamH

    I don't think many Black folks are watching the show. Not because they are black but because I think black viewers tend to vote for genres practiced by black singers. It's a popularity contest. The makeup of the voters determine who wins. The best voice has never won.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  185. Gillian

    I liked Big Mike. I like his persona. I've always found his singing to be too nasal. It's bothered me from the beginning. I wouldn't have saved him. He makes good TV. He's a good performer. That's why he's still there.

    You can be sure, so the judges don't end up looking like fools for wasting the save, the least favored of the remaining finalists will be slaughtered by the judges next week so there will be no surprise upsets for the bottom two.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Pat Raugh

    LEE – KATIE – MIKE -- Don't underestimate Mike ...

    April 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Sam

    What a waste of the so called 'SAVE'. He is in the top 10 and he will be going on tour and he will be eliminated in a few more episodes, so what's the point of saving this guy.
    Well ok, he is good at singing sensitive, sappy songs but he is not the 'Idol' material. Or maybe that's what the producers of the show want – someone singing sappy, sensitive songs and sending the viewers to sleep.

    The 'SAVE' should have been saved for the likes of Crystal or Siobhan, the really deserving ones. But then this show is not about talent but about controversy and ratings.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  188. IronCider

    I am happy that Big Mike was saved but sad that the only saved was used just in case Casey, Lee or Crystal gets sent home.

    Big Mike needs to sing songs that are Modern and new to everyone. Yea it is good to hear stuff from the 40's 50's and 60's but come on Mike we are new generation so help us out here.

    I kind a like Tim now as he is growing on me. His performance was really good this week and he is charming so he has likeability. He will rally to about top 5.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Chaz

    You Stupid losers need to pay attention before commenting. They can only use the save until the top five so why save it. Aaron, Tim, Siobhan and Andrew all suck so they should be gone leaving only five left. Your comments that he has a good voice but.... are just ridiculous. The others don't even have good voices.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Mizdona

    I hope Tim gets sent home....Glad Mike gets another go at it!

    April 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Mizdona

    I was sooooo happy to see the judges save Big Mike!

    April 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  192. IronCider

    Folks, its all about likeability. If we like you, we vote for you and its as simple as that.
    I was surprised that Big Mike was in the bottom three but I made a comment last night and said "His turn is coming sooner than we think". I guess next week we will know for sure.

    I am confident that Andrew and either Katie or Big Mike will be sent home next week. We sent off some very good singers in the early stages so we have to grapple and juggle what we have left.

    I cant wait for the show next week....it will be awesome and tense at the same time. See you then.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  193. dh

    Michelle,

    I, too am sick of Siobhan. She definetly needs to go

    April 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  194. jk

    Yes, I called it before the show. Mike has been just too confident. Most people like the sweet, humble person.

    I hope they did not make a mistake by saving him. There are a few others who are better than Mike and, hopefully, don't get to go home because of their decision.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Chauncey

    I agree with the judges, Big Mike does have the vocals to go far in his career. Tim U. is certainly out of his league and it's almost to the point of embarassment. Please send him to the house.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Mike

    Man one guy was so upset with the wasted use of a save he tried to light his shoe on fire on a United flight... Idol fans are crazy.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  197. betty

    He will probably be going home next week. I would say him and Tim hopefully.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Amy

    I think that the American public has again shown its true colors.
    We can't vote for the right people in Congress. We can't run this country.
    We don't notice talent when we sit it. People in America need to WAKE UP!
    Amy Davis

    April 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  199. singer85

    Simon is hot. I'd be hanging all over him, too if I was her!

    April 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  200. katie

    Isn't Kara married, and Simon engaged? Kara, you are overdoing it.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  201. rome114

    enough of his hammy, porky antics. he should have gone home. period.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  202. katie

    Has anyone noticed how Tim looks like a young Peter Noone. (Herman, of Herman's Hermits) ???
    Big Mike is good, but I agree, he is not going to win. Save the "save" if and when it is really needed.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  203. jamie

    Not to change the subject, but I just wanted to comment how sick I am of seeing kara hang/flirt all over simon. It's like she is trying to be like Paula was with Simon. She has written some greaqt songs but she seems pretty full of herself this year. And those pony tail extensions look so darn fakey!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  204. jb

    Big Mike's choice of song was terrible and the performance was terrible. It should have been the end. The judges let other more qualified contestants get voted off. The judges got it wrong big time but did you expect them to get it right? NOT

    April 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Lee Fer

    I am totally confused. I understand that this can be as much of popularity contest as a singing contest, but it blows my mind that the judges had to use the save on Big Mike because the voting public thinks that Tim is cute and that maybe Andrew might find one more song he can sing really well. If the contest was based on talent alone, Tim or Andrew would be gone, and if we are lucky, that will be the case next week. I guess that the good news is that the artists that are really talented in this show will have real shot at a career regardless of the voting public. Just my opinion.....

    April 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Jay

    Top four: Casey, Lee, Katie, Mike.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Jay

    YES, Michelle! I'm VERY sick of hearing Siobahn!!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  208. KT

    Wasted save. But literally SHOCKED that more people aren't outraged that Tim is still on this show. He is intolerable.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Mark

    Gotta know this is all rigged. Ryan comes out saying expect big surprise tonight...Big Mike gets saved...ratings in the tank....Dancing with the Stars beat'in Idol...the fix is in!!!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Michelle

    Total waste of a save. Big Mike is ok but there is a lot better. Only people that should have been considered for the save Bowersox, Lee and Casey. Is anyone else sick of hearing Siohban.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Pam

    If it really is a singing contest, as Simon keeps reminding us, Tim and Andrew need to go. The Katie and Aaron. Mike is not final five material, but certainly deserves to stay longer than those Tim.

    Best singers? Crystal, Casey, Lee, Siobhan. The question is who pulls the most marketable stage presence?

    April 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Hey Dude!

    Wasted token or not, this sends warning signs to the top 9 to step it up next week as two (2) of them will be leaving, and there will be no more save for any of them. Don't you worry guys, if Mike still doesn't take it up high, then he'll be gone anyway.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  213. bill

    mike should have gone he's so full of himself it's nauseating i agree with TampaBayOldie wasted save

    April 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  214. kara

    Big Mike should have gone long ago. I can't believe they used the save on him. He voice is very ordinary and I can't picture him as an artist.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  215. K Seriously

    Big Mike needs to stay and that stupid talentless vapid little dork Urban needs to go home. He's only there because teenyboppers are voting for his haircut. I'm sure of it.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Liza

    I was in total shock that Mike almost got sent home. I think people believe he was safe and did not vote for him. Remember that happens all the time.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Leebo

    The only contestants ever worth saving anyway are Crystal, Lee and Casey, and I don't see any way those three don't make the top 5. I think Mike is definitely one of the five best singers on the show this season, so a save makes sense to me. But still, at this point I think its clear that Crystal and Lee are the frontrunners.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Adeline

    Yes i really think that it such a big waste to use the save on someone who wouldnt win the Idol. The true contenders in this show are Crystal, Casey, Lee and Siobhan. The judges would regret if any of these 4 is needs the save eventually..

    April 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  219. TampaBayOldie

    Wasted save!

    His ego is as big as he is.

    NEXT!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Jeff P

    Wasted save!!!! Big Mike is overrated and should have gone home tonight. Considering, I wish Aaron or Andrew had recieved the least votes because the judges would not have saved either of them. All three of them were very bad last night but Mike was easily the worst. I wish that they would do away with the save. Maybe for the first six weeks, it would be better if the judges decided which contestant out of the bottom two goes home. Just a thought...

    April 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  221. isabel

    It is no surprise the some of the singers are there way too long than their talent goes. However, as long as AI doesn't have a cap on the amount of calls that can be made, it will never be fair voting. AI seems more interested in being able to brag about the amount of votes that are cast each week and was made even worse this week when Katie was allowed to tell the voters that the one how can prove that they called in more votes for her will win a date to the prom with her. The order of the contestants being voted out is becoming a joke! Please... allow 10 votes per phone! It isn't rocket science.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Jay

    Good use in the save. Did should still be with us though. Send home Bowersox and Siobahn, I've heard enough wailing and screaming.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  223. fanofcasey

    Waste of a save!!!!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Suzy

    Sorry to see the save....even for big Mike! It could have been wasted. What if Crystal needs it down the road because everyone thinks she is the shoe-in.....the judges blew it. Remember what happened to Chris Daughtery? That should be a lesson. No saves until closer to the end.
    There are plenty who should go before Big Mike, but the votes are the votes. Isn't it the people's choice?

    April 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Erinn

    Seriously...there was nothing "shocking" about this elimination. Try not telling us 3 to 4 times that it is going to be TOTALLY SHOCKING. But once they put the six guys into the two groups it was obvious which was the bottom three and the only shocker there would be Big Mike.

    I agree that he didn't deserve to go home tonight, but what are the judges going to do when they actually need the save??

    April 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  226. lrmd

    I am glad the judges saved Big MIke. If they did not, they would have lost credibility as judges. Big Mike is one of the best male contestants.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  227. chris

    mike is not that good, he has a nice voice, but he's gimmicky and exceedingly corny when he takes to the stage. what kind of audience will he have? i ask because nothing he does seems all that current, exciting, or unique. it's all a bit luther-y with some jennifer holliday stage-stomping thrown in for good (or bad) effect.

    i don't know, personally, when it comes to a singer whose performances i found largely enjoyable AND who actually has a chance at being a commercially-viable singer, my heart is still with didi benami. i think it was a big mistake on their part not to use the save last week. it looks like we're heading to a repeat of last year, where only one girl will survive in the end.

    if that's the case, big mike is like the dan gokey of season 9. it's all fine, well, and good...except that he's annoying and his singing isn't anything i'd write home about.

    put the go in gokey. and don't waste the save on someone like mike who will soon enough join the annals of forgettable idol contestants past.

    lame.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  228. mushymushroom

    Guess his supporters just can't get through the phone lines...

    Maybe some were turned off...

    Or maybe they became Tim Urban fans now...seriously there can be a million reasons why he got the least number of votes.

    I partly agree that the judges made the right decision in saving him, afterall there isn't much talent in this season; I mean some of the contestants are not of that IDOL caliber not that they really don't have talent.

    Anyway, I also think it's a bit early to use the save. What if, God forbid, Crystal gets the least votes what could be they're remedy...? Manipulation of votes? Lol...

    April 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  229. lecter1963

    I've said to my Mrs that Big Mike is over rated. His voice isn't distinctive enough for my liking. Or Hers.

    I think the save is wasted.

    He should stop picking people up....

    April 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  230. RATWELL

    Stunned...

    Peeps, BIG MIKE, MOMMA SOX and GOLDIE LOX are the THREE!

    DUH!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Mike

    Wasted save if you ask me. He's going home sooner or later.. might as well have been sooner so America doesn't have to suffer through another sappy song.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |

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