I'm back! You missed me, all five of you, didn't you? Don't answer that. Big ups to Mandi for filling my shoes for the past two weeks. I'm supremely grateful.
It's Anne Murray time here in Top 4 Land.
Last night Canada voted more than 3.6 million times. Fancy that.
While Ben is talking to the judges at the beginning of the show, Ben mentions that Zack had nothing negative to say about this week's performances, and asks him if he's okay. Zack retorts with a crack about not being a wind-up toy like Ben is. Well played, Mr.
Tonight's show can be divided into 5 stages: the group performance, a really bizarre recap of what happened last night, a performance by Simple Plan, a question and answer session, and the results.
The group song this week is The Who's "My Generation." It's not bad, exactly, but it is pretty annoying. Of course, the song itself is annoying no matter who sings it.
The most exciting thing that happens is Sebastian stands on the judges' table and sings "I hope you die before I get old" to Zack. No, I lied.
Gavin Rossdale is mentoring our eight intrepid performers on this, Unplugged Week. And what a fine job he does.
Will my first real predictions of the season hold up? Can I set a better track record with this Top 10 than any before? Let's see...
But first, let's see that group medley.
Let me just preface this by saying that this episode put me in a bad mood, and I blame Ben Mulroney. I don't know what's up with him this season, but he's extra irritating, instead of the usual annoying-but-he's-ours endearing type of irritating. He's all pause-y and twitchy and stumbly and blinky and... distracted.
Who's it going to be, folks? With a Top 10 consisting of a mere two singers I don't care for, my chances of a happy ending tonight are limited.
Are you ready to meet your Top 10?
Is it really going to be only 10?
Up first to hear their fate, it's Martin and Mark from Monday, and Gary and Drew from Tuesday. Mark is through (boooo) and Martin is not (phewf). Gary is not through (aww, but not surprising); Drew is (yay!).
This is bittersweet for me. Most of my favourites are playing tonight, but I know that (allegedly) three of them will get booted, and there are only two I wouldn't miss (the girls, of course).
Ben's still overexaggerating the Top 10 thing, so I'm holding out hope it's not true.