It was double elimination night on the latest American Idol results show, following last week’s last-minute save of soulful crooner Michael Lynche. The show featured a performance by this week’s Idol mentor and season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, and a duet from Brooke White and Miley Cyrus ex Justin Gaston. Most important of all, by night’s end, AI bade a fond farewell to Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens. Here’s how it all played out.
The American Idol results show kicked off with a medley of Elvis Presley songs delivered by the top 9. The number got started in firecracker fashion with likely Idol frontrunner Crystal Bowersox, and continued on with the varied vocal stylings of the other remaining two gals and six guys. As unabashedly corny as these little performances are, I think they’ve gotten better as the season’s worn on, so bravo to the hopefuls for their hard work.
The medley and a commercial break were, of course, followed directly by yet another flagrant piece of advertising hidden with such subtlety in the week’s American Idol Ford music video. (If you missed it, you can even go watch online! Whoa!) It was, um, cute. Campy. And all that stuff.
Host Ryan Seacrest got the elimination action started post-video by asking Casey James, Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia to stand mid-stage under the glare of the criss-crossy red light. After briefly reviewing the guys’ respective Tuesday night performances, Seacrest abruptly announced that Andrew had been eliminated. Wow, talk about quickly ripping off the band aid; though I felt like he ripped it off before I even knew there WAS a band aid. Andrew immediately began his sing-off. It was a decent way to go out for the former AI hopeful. It started off weakly, but gained a great deal of punch about halfway through.
So one down, two safe (because Casey James and Aaron Kelly were quietly proclaimed safe as Andrew Garcia was booted), and six more to go.
After a break, Seacrest talked up next week’s Idol Gives Back with video from Angola featuring current Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and a lot of super cute children. The show will feature the Black Eyed Peas, Sir Elton John, Joss Stone and Carrie Underwood, among others. Go online to Ticketmaster for tickets.
Next, former American Idol season 7 finalist Brooke White and Justin Gaston hit the AI stage singing If I Can Dream. Brooke was great; Justin, well, he was maybe not quite as strong. Sorry Justin fans. The duet is available as a free download on iTunes, if anyone’s interested (despite my stellar review).
Actual American Idol results action continued as Seacrest summoned the remaining six contestants to stand with him under the roaming red lights. After talking with each of the guys and girls, he, in order, passed Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus and Lee DeWyze on to next week’s AI top 7. Still awaiting their fates? Oft-bottom three bound Katie Stevens, season save recipient Michael Lynche and this week’s (per Simon Cowell) “zero to hero” Tim Urban.
Next up? Screams from the audience as last season’s runner-up Adam Lambert returned to the Idol stage with his hit What Do You Want From Me. The singer cut an impressive figure and he rocked the performance aspect of his number, which came tied up nicely with green laser beams. I giggled during the post-sing interview; Seacrest seemed nervous as heck and as giddy as a schoolgirl to be sharing the stage with Lambert.
With this week’s American Idol results show performances complete and Andrew Garcia already gone, only the final elimination remained. Seacrest began the final cut by sending Tim Urban back to the couch, leaving Michael Lynche and Katie Stevens in peril. With little additional fanfare, Katie was eliminated from American Idol season 9. The teen took the mic for her sing-off, Let It Be. Her voice quavered at first, but she settled in reasonably well and delivered a respectable final performance.
That’s it for this week’s American Idol results show. In no particular order, here’s a listing of the top 7 hopefuls still in the competition:
American Idol Results Show, April 14, 2010, FOX