Somewhere a fairy is losing its wings:

‘American Idol’ performances take back seat to image

HOLLYWOOD—What we learned from this week’s ” American Idol” results show isn’t pretty. The performances of any given week don’t matter on this season’s “Idol.” This is not, at this juncture, a singing competition. Nor does this season reward the virtues usually associated with champions: courage, determination, a strong sense of self.

Carly Smithson’s booting Wednesday night is not simply unjust; it threatens to undermine the very premise of “American Idol.”

To paraphrase Robert Christgau, it’s like Taylor Hicks never unhappened. I didn’t know, reading this, whether to be sad that it exists at all, or that it is, on its merits, wrong.

And then I realized… like I was shot… like I was shot with a diamond… a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought: My God… the genius of that. The genius. The will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.

Related: I’m going to show this picture to my grandchildren when they ask about the time the fire rained on the virtuous and the wicked and grandma got turned into a pillar of salt.