Last night's booted contestant, Karen Rodriguez, can take some comfort in the fact that on American Idol, you don't have to be the winner to sell records — and for very important people to sit up and take notice.
And that includes the producers of the show. For the first time in 10 seasons, Idol is including also-rans in its opening credits. Watch closely, because they go by quickly. Better yet, hit the pause button a couple of times if you record the show. Because what you'll see first is the electronic image of Season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson, as expected. But then the very next image is that of the eighth season's runner-up, glam rocker Adam Lambert.
As the graphics of American Idol's Thursday night intro package read: America has spoken. But which singer did the voters choose to send home?
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12. Shot Through the Gut Award: On House, the newly single doc has some fun with hookers and his hotel room service guy, Carnell, when he attempts to shoot an apple off one of his latest conquest's head, William Tell-style, with a bow and arrow. Despite Carnell's pleas to stop, House fires the arrow — into the girl's stomach, unleashing a pool of red liquid. No worries — the blood was fake, and the bow and arrow was rigged. Carnell, you just got punk'd!
11. Biggest Cry for Help: Steven Tyler has shown his...
American Idol's Top 12 take on one of the show's longest-running themes: songs from their birth year. Despite a flu bug hitting the Idol mansion, many of the contestants took the judges' complaints from last week to heart and kicked up the energy a few notches. However, for every good performance and exciting song choice, there were still plenty of snooze-worthy moments.
So which sick singer caved under the pressure and which finalist fought the flu and rose to the occasion? Let's break down the performances:
Naima Adedapo, "What's Love Got to Do With It"
The beginning feels a little karaoke-y and almost as if she is speaking instead of singing, but it's the...
Are Randy Jackson's "dawg" days over?
Along with the addition of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, the other biggest change to American Idol's judging table has been the toughening up of the last original judge.