From CNN.com Special Projects producer -- and "American Idol" fan -- Steve Almasy:
This is why I watch "American Idol." In the middle of an awful, horrifying week, we get a break from the news that is dominating the television hour after hour. We get an hour just to enjoy ourselves a little. A little.
(Watch Steve and Rodney rate the show
It was country week and we got a couple surprises -- and possibly had an important development. We have to talk about Sanjaya, whom my friend Troy (who has departed for HGTV) said looked more like a pirate than a country singer. With his bandanna flailing about his head, Sanjaya was at his absolute worst singing "Something to Talk About." He will finally be in the bottom three -- and I think could get kicked off. Finally.
The surprises were Phil, pretty good (vocally) in a genre he obviously really likes; and LaKisha, pretty bad taking on a song by a former American Idol (never do that).
The clear winners were Jordin, who sang "A Broken Wing" by Martina McBride (who was just OK as guest coach) and Melinda, who sang the obscure "Trouble Is a Woman" and made me want to grab a tall, cool longneck.
Simon was pretty grumpy last night. What was up with that?