Thu, 23 April 2009
Ryan opened the show by wishing everybody a happy Earth Day and announced that the finale will use green energy to power the Nokia Center for that night. (Note to the producers: how about every night????)
Paula choreographed the dance moves for the group number tonight. She may be a bit wacky on the program, but the woman is a tyrant in the dance studio. It's easy to see why her choreography won so many awards, and this may be her way of trying to get on So You Think You Can Dance if in fact her contract with American Idol is not renewed and Kara takes her place.
Paula introduced the group number, which was the Michael Jackson/The Jacksons hit song "Shake Your Body (Down To the Ground)." The choreography was the best ever for a group number, and even Danny "Can't Dance" Gokey was looking better than normal.
After the number, Paula was called up on the stage and presented with a surprise bouquet of flowers and a lot of applause from the audience. Ryan called for the commercial break.
After the break, Allison and Lil had not finished changing, and Ryan stalled for time by introducing the Ford commercial. This one was a little more interesting this week, but then again, the bar has been very low this season.
After the commercial rolled, Lil and Allison had joined the rest.
Ryan did a quick bit of banter, pointing out that Matt Giraud had taken the longest of all the guys to change, and then it was time to start reading the results.
Lil Rounds stood up and went through her recap.
Ryan then asked her to move to the stools, based on her vote total.
Ryan then joined her and announced that she was the first of the two people to be eliminated that night. This was unexpected and a bit awkward, in my opinion, but then again, I don't produce the show.
Lil gets her chance to sing for the last time on the stage and turns in a dynamite performance. Frankly, if she had been putting out peformances like that one all season, she might not have been eliminated. The judges all had positive final comments, and all of them said that this was "only the beginning." I have no doubt that Lil has potential to be signed, and that final performance may take her far. She just needs a good producer who can challenge her, but not break her down.
Ryan calls the commerical break.
In keeping with the disco theme of the night, three classic disco artists, Freda Payne, Thelma Houston, and KC of KC and the Sunshine Band performed. Freda Payne's voice was way out of practice, and she practically talked through her song. Thelma Houston was better, but still showed signs that her voice had seen better days. KC was a bit disappointing as well. Overall, this was the most uncomfortable part of the show.
Another commercial break.
After these performances, Ryan begins to read the rest of the results.
Kris Allen said he understood Paula's "shopping in the women's section" comment. He is safe for another week.
Adam Lambert expressed concern that the arrangement of "If I Can't Have You" would not go over well. Apparently, it did, because he's safe once again.
Danny Gokey said he kept meditating on Simon's criticisms of his "clumsy" performances, and he was beginning to understand Simon's point of view. (Run, Danny, run!) Danny is safe.
Anoop watched his performance and felt he could have done better. He is in the Bottom Three.
Allison and Matt are both asked to stand up. One of them will be in the Bottom Three. Both had attracted lots of criticism for their song arrangements. Matt stated that he had done his arrangement, and he wanted to do something different since he had been given the Save last week. Allison also felt good about the changes she made to her arrangement. Matt is safe, and Allison rounds out the Bottom Three.
So, for the Top 7 Redux week, the Bottom Three are:
Lil Rounds-Already announced as eliminated.
Ryan calls the commercial break.
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