American Idol went back to the '80s Wednesday night, with the Top 8 finalists performing song selections from music's most fluorescent decade — despite the fact that none of the contestants were alive in the 1980s. (Think about that for a second. Feel old yet?) They get help from a nearly unrecognizable David Cook, who returns to the Idol stage this week to act as a mentor.
We get our first elimination of the night fairly early, when judge Keith Urban opts to ditch his bitchin' mullet ("sixty thousand dollars' worth of hair extensions," quips his co-panelist Harry Connick, Jr.) within the first five minutes of the show.
With the judges having used their only save on Sam Woolf last week, someone will definitely be going home on Thursday night. So, how did the Top 8 do? Let's get to the performances:
Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and David Cook
As part of American Idol's complete overhaul for its upcoming 13th season, the show is considering hiring former alums to join the judges' panel.
No sneaky twists this week — someone was definitely sent home from American Idol Thursday night. Who was it? Keep reading to find out.
Something you don't expect any NBC show that isn't The Voice to be asking: "Are you better off than a year ago?" Leave it to cockeyed optimist Leslie Knope (the sublime Amy Poehler), the hopeful heart and resilient soul of Parks and Recreation, to set herself up for a smackdown in the too-soon season finale (Thursday, 9:31/8:31c), by posing this question at a public forum that she naively sees as a "victory lap" to celebrate her one-year anniversary in office. While Leslie contends with a Pawnee version of Tea Party-style opposition — in this town, more like "sweet tea," with extra sugar in a 512 oz. cup — Andy (Chris Pratt) adopts his bumbling "Burt Macklin, FBI" persona (always a win) to solve a mystery that could change one of his co-worker's life forever. NBC is certainly better off for sticking with this show as it has improved over the seasons to become the network's most reliably enjoyable comedy — even though this already eventful and possibly pivotal episode would have been better off without the subplot involving Tom's "Rent-a-Swag" business and his contentious relationship with Jean-Ralphio's horror-show sister Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate).
David Cook will premiere his new single, "The Last Goodbye," on American Idol next Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Season 7 winner, 28, is gearing up for the release of his...
What do you get when you cross David Cook and Simple Minds? This season's American Idol goodbye song.
The Season 7 champ has recorded a cover of the band's classic ...
Lost - Matthew Fox, 24 - Kiefer Sutherland
Season finales provided a lot of healthy closure this week, at least according to our shrink Mitzi Cohen-McGinty, Ph.D. She says that The Biggest Loser is not just about how we look on the outside. She praised Glee for showing us that there is no "right" when it comes to the relationship between a child and the mother who gave her up for adoption. She thinks Jack and Chloe are totally 24's most codependent coworkers, so it's good that they've decided to spend some time apart. And finally, according to Dr. Cohen-McGinty, Lost's season finale is just a metaphor for the journey to self-actualization that we all must take — except, you know, while we're still truckin' on this mortal coil — and preferably from the couch of her stately Upper West Side salon. Welcome to Top Moments: Everybody in Therapy Edition.
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
American Idol ended its night of giving by taking away a contestant. That's right, after a night of A-list performances, bad comedy bits and some moving telethon-worthy packages about the work being done by charities stateside and abroad, one more Idol hopeful's dream ended. So, who turned out to help Idol's cause? And which singer said goodbye?
David Cook, Keith Urban
David Cook will be on hand to pass his crown to either Adam Lambert or Kris Allen on American Idol's finale.
The Season 7 champ is one of the eight performers scheduled to appear on the show, Ryan Seacrest announced on Twitter. Joining Cook at the Nokia Theater will be ...
American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook opened up about the death of his brother, Adam, and vowed to continue his fight for others battling cancer.
Cook thanked his fans for their support on his official website, and explained why he wasn't with his brother when he died. Cook had flown into Washington, D.C., to participate in the 12th Annual Race for Hope 5K on Sunday.
"I decided to run in the race, despite all of this, for two reasons," Cook wrote. "First, my brother never wanted his illness to affect others... So, with that wish in mind, I ran and was involved with the event as an homage to him... Secondly, there are many people who are still battling, and by running and sharing my brother's story, I hope that it offers those still fighting that much more resolve to not succumb to this wretched disease."
Season 7 Idol runner-up David Archuleta applauded ...