American Idol Episodes

2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "1 of 11 Voted Off"

Season 8, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: One Top 11 singer is eliminated in a results show. Country artists Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis and Brad Paisley perform.
Original Air Date: Mar 18, 2009
Guest Cast Randy Travis Brad Paisley

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 10 Revealed Season 8, Episode 22

After a less painful country-themed night of performances, America has voted, and one more Idol will be sent home... unless the judges invoke their "save" rule.

Here we are again, ready for another elimination show! But will we actually lose an Idol, or will the judges choose to save that poor soul?

We start off with another bad lip synch number, "Trouble," and follow it up with a Ford commercial music video. Then, to make us feel really bad about the elimination shows (OK, I'm sure that's not their point, but I felt bad watching it), they show a behind-the-scenes video about what happened after Jasmine and Jorge got kicked off last week. There were lots of tears, lots of hugs, and (for me) lots of guilt. (Why is the guilt setting in? I didn't vote them out!) Then Sarver has to get all choked up when he tells the story about his little girl asking him why he doesn't want to be around her anymore. Is this Idol therapy?

In an awesomely jerky move, Ryan makes Allison and Michael stand up, and tells Allison that she's in the bottom three —  when Michael looks relieved and sits back down, Ryan tells him to stand back up and tells him he's in the bottom three as well! I know they do that kind of stuff all the time, but I never get over how mean it is. Guess I should nut up.

Brad Paisley Performs
Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley sings "Then" for us. He sounds great... and I don't even like country music!

More Results
Alexis is told to join Allison and Michael, but Allison is immediately sent back to safety.

Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis Perform
I didn't say it last night, but how scary-skinny is Randy Travis? Yikes. And what the heck is Carrie wearing? Luckily, their talent distracts me from such trivial discussion. She really is the perfect country artist.

Going Home
Michael is safe and Alexis is sent home, even after they give her hope that they'll save her. I think this is total crap, but that's just me. I think she has so much talent, soul, power and a real spark. I hope she continues to pursue her career.

What did you think of the results?

Check out our interview with Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell, who gives her take on the Top 11's performances during country week.

For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET.

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.



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