HOLLYWOOD - When Ben Briley started off on his American Idol journey he was a good old boy from the Volunteer State of Tennessee.
But by the time the producers, hair stylists, makeup artists, and wardrobe folks got through with him even his own family had a heck of a time recognizing him.
Ben sang the Elton John song "Benny And The Jets" which is probably the first time a country boy has ever sang an Elton John song much less a show type tune like Ba-ba-ba-Benny and The Jets.
Everyone in the audience and everyone viewing at home could tell that the Southern boy, who normally wears his baseball cap backwards, was very uncomfortable; in fact he looked as uncomfortable as Ann Coulter at a beauty pageant.
And so it was really no surprise to anyone when Ben Briley ended up in the dreaded Bottom 3 along with Majesty Rose of North Carolina and Sam Woolf from Michigan.
Majesty and Sam got sent back to safety. Ben had to sing hoping to get the judges save but everyone knows that it would not happen. The judges are saving the save for the very last week that they can use it.
So when Ben was singing all of the talking going on between Harry "The Ragin' Cajun" Connick, Jr., Jennifer "La Tush" Lopez, and Keith "The Aussie" Urban was all just for show.
They already knew before the show even started that no one would get the coveted save.
SIDENOTE: During the results show, Harry performed two songs on stage. After the show was over, one of the contestants Jessica Meuse told Music Moments Magazine that Connick was sharp all the way through his performance. CJ Harris said that Harry sang out of tune from the first note to the last, and Ben Briley said that Mike Tyson could have probably played the piano better than Harry did.