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American Idol Episode: "3 Finalists Chosen"

Season 8, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: In a results edition, three finalists are selected from the final pool of 12 performers, and nine singers are eliminated.
Original Air Date: Mar 4, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: "Three More of the Top 12 Revealed" Season 8, Episode 17

Another night, another painful group performance, and another three make it into American Idol's Top 12. Did the singers you voted for find themselves sitting on one of those coveted silver stools? And who will be battling for one of three wild card slots? Let's find out!

Hey, guys! I'm Adam Bryant, subbing in for Erin tonight. I'll also be with you Thursday for the Wild Card show, so you're stuck with me for now. (Have mercy!) In truth, recap shows usually make my head hurt, so we'll just get straight to it.

Having been majorly unimpressed by much of the talent in the semifinal rounds thus far, I had to chuckle when Paula described this group as "amazing," though to be fair she was talking about the Top 12 so far. After a montage of how the final group of 12 got to this round, we were treated to tortured with a group performance of Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold." (Is her 15 minutes almost up?) Honestly, the singing wasn't bad, but the choreography — especially for the guys crossing their legs on the couch — was rough. Poor Alex was so lost he even stopped singing for about 10 seconds.

Another montage reminds us of the night that was on Wednesday. Von, Ju'Not, and Felicia were strong, while "Hamster Boy" Alex, Arianna, Kristen and Taylor faltered. Kendall and Nathaniel played to their strengths as artists, while Jorge and Scott brought the emotion to match their strong vocals. And Lil was in a class of her own.

So, it was far from shocking when Lil was instantly given a pass to the Final 12. Kudos to the producers for not trying to build suspense around a clear finalist, as they have the past couple weeks. With that bit of good news out of the way, it's nothing but good-byes for Arianna, Taylor and Alex, who despite his weirdness always makes me laugh. Ryan narrows it down to Kendall and Scott, who, not surprisingly, becomes the second person to make it through. While I think Scott is brave and inspirational — and definitely was among the better voices in his group — I still can't say that I think his voice is deserving of all the flowery praise he's gotten, even from Simon. Just saying. You all hate me now, but backstory aside, his singing has yet to move me.

More bad news awaits Nathaniel, Kristen, Von and Felicia, who all get passed over. That leaves us with the ever-emotional Jorge and Ju'Not, who apparently suffered from an asthma attack earlier in the day. (Feel better!) Ryan builds suspense by teasing a commercial, but then suddenly delivers the word that Jorge is the final person entering the Top 12. He's very emotional, naturally, but there is something charming about him. I'm intrigued to see how he fares in the weeks ahead.

And now the moment we've all waited for — especially my wife who has been pouting for two weeks since Anoop didn't make it through — has come: the Wild Card announcements. Not only do the smattering of people Ryan points out in the Red Room have a shot, but also every contestant not chosen from the final group. After reminding us that Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson were Wild Card finalists, the judges chose eight singers who will perform for their lives Thursday night. And they are:

• Von, who Simon hopes wears his hat again.
• Jasmine, who Kara says needs to "kill us" with her vocals.
• Ricky, who Paula says was flawless, but who the producers continue to give as little screen time as possible.
• Megan, who vows to be her wacky, rhythm-less self.
• Tatiana, who cries and — wait, seriously? (My wife is beginning to hyperventilate at the point.)
• Matt, who says he's ready to bring it. Hopefully "it" being something not of the Coldplay variety.
• Jessie, whose bluesy voice Paula wants to hear more of.
• And Anoop. Oh, thank God. My wife is happy, I'm happy, and Simon says Anoop was the easiest decision.

Overall, I think America got it right tonight, though I am shocked that each week two guys have gone through. And looking at the Wild Card selections, I really only see one girl I think belongs in the Top 12. (I'll never tell, until tomorrow anyway.) Do you think the judges will balance the sexes with the Wild Card choices, or is it going to be boys' night all season long?

Are you pleased with the newest members of the Top 12? Who do you most want to see earn the Wild Card slots? Share your thoughts below and check back Thursday night when we officially complete the Top 12!

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Another night, another painful group performance, and another three make it into American Idol's Top 12. Did the singers you voted for find themselves sitting on one of those coveted silver stools? And who will be battling for one of three wild card slots? Let's find out!< read more

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