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American Idol Episode: "Results Show"

Season 8, Episode 26
Episode Synopsis: The finalists face elimination in a results show. Season 7 winner David Cook performs, as does singer-songwriter Lady GaGa. Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.
Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2009
Guest Cast Lady Gaga

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 8 Perform Season 8, Episode 26

The competition heats up this week as the Top 8 perform songs from the year they were born.

What's up, dawgs? Megan Joy stopped by our studios Tuesday to talk about her time on Idol with our own Matt Mitovich. I crashed the party so I could give you all the scoop on Megan in this lovely recap. So what is Megan really like? She's young, vibrant, beautiful and sweet as can be. And, her tattoo is wicked cool up close.

Our Top 8 return tonight, ready to knock our socks off with songs from the year they were born. Since some of these contestants were born when I was in *cough* high school *cough,* I'm guessing there will be some interesting song choices.

Before we begin with the performance, we're treated to some baby pictures of the judges and Ryan. Randy is adorable, Kara looks like she's about to cry, Paula (who seems to be about 6 in her pic — cheater) is cute and Simon (also an older shot) is in some sort of hilarious costume. But my favorite, by far, is the tow-headed, buck-toothed picture of Ryan. Priceless.

Ack! Did you just see The Observer from Fringe sitting in the audience? He was at a NASCAR race this weekend too! He's everywhere and it's freaking me out!

On to the show....

Danny Gokey
Danny starts the night off with a strange version of "Stand by Me" from 1980. I've never heard this arrangement, and I'd be OK if I never heard it again. But, I have to say, Danny has such a great voice that the song kind of works, even with the funky, uneven arrangement. The judges agree with me! Paula says he's set the bar so high, everyone else will have to run as fast as they can to catch up. Paula's fancy music term of the night: Chord substitution — to which Simon laughs hysterically because it sounds completely made up.

Kris Allen
Hee. He's my favorite now. I know I shouldn't play favorites, but he's grown on me every week, and that's saying a lot with this round of Idols. Kris is singing "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," from 1985. He's rockin' the electric guitar and looks like a star with all the girls in the pit crowding around him. I'm not in love with his song choice, but he sounds fantastic and is having a good time. Kara is glad he picked an up-tempo song but she thought his version took a lot of the youth out of the song. Paula thinks it's wonderful that he's so heartfelt in each performance and is one of the most likable contestants this year. Simon thinks it was indulgent and boring (how was that remotely indulgent?), and that he came off more like a guitarist who wanted to sing instead of the other way around. Randy agrees and says Kris was lost in the arrangement.

Lil Rounds
Oh man, Lil is going for Tina Turner's 1984 hit "What's Love Got to Do with It." This could either be brilliant... or a total disaster. I feel that Lil is being more herself tonight than she has been in weeks (except for the bad dance moves), and that's refreshing. But what will the judges say? Paula says Lil looks hot, but she didn't make the song her own. Simon says it was a second- or third-rate Tina Turner wannabe performance — he feels they've lost her. Randy says she has mad skills but isn't listening to their advice. Kara agrees, and poor Lil looks so dejected!

Anoop Desai
Ryan asks Anoop to address his reaction to Kara's critique last week. I didn't think anything of his "Excuse me?" at the time, but Anoop says he overreacted and wishes he could take it back. Seriously, can we lose some of this made-up drama? Let's hope Anoop's version of "True Colors" from 1986 will carry us off into our happy places. (Side note: I don't know the lyrics to this song, but doesn't he sound like he's making them up?) I love his take on this song, but what do I know? He's probably being self-indulgent, and I have no clue. I'm sure Simon will tell me. Randy loved that he pulled it back, and had a controlled and great vocal. Kara congratulates him on turning a pop song into a soulful song. Paula says he showed his true colors, just like a rainbow. (Excuse me while I throw up.) Simon says he did a good job and made the song more original — unlike Lil. OK, Simon has earned his way back into my heart (please, he never left it) for telling Anoop that he didn't need to apologize to Kara for reacting to her critique. Ha! Thank you!

Scott MacIntyre
Wow, Scott is going big or going home this week! No piano! It's just him and his guitar, singing "The Search Is Over" from 1986. Props for stepping away from the piano, and this performance is stronger than many in the past weeks. There were a few wonky notes, and he still can't compare to the stronger men in this competition. Kara commends him for trying something different, but said there were parts she liked and parts she didn't. Brilliant, Kara. Paula — dear god someone tell her she has lipstick all over her teeth — also gives him credit for stepping away from the piano, but says his high notes were a little screechy. Simon suggests that he go back to the piano next week and thinks the song was atrocious. Randy says it was just OK and didn't show him off as a star.

Allison Iraheta
Allison is going for a very different kind of song this week with Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," from 1992. I'm so curious! Maybe I'm just a sucker for this song, but I think Allison is molten hot! It's a really cool mix of power and control. She is just so talented. Paula says it was undeniably "Allison" and gave it all of her heart. Simon thinks it was very good, but doesn't think her personality is shining through. Randy says she reminds him of Kelly Clarkson, and she can really sing. Kara says she made an adult song young and current.

Matt Giraud
Matt's singing Stevie Wonder's "Part-Time Lover," from 1985 and sounds fan-friggin'-tastic! He is just ten billion times better as an R&B artist than a wannabe rocker. Randy says that it was vocally one of the best of the night, while Kara says it was amazing on every level. Paula gives him a standing ovation, and Simon says it was a million times better than last week.

Adam Lambert
Adam is singing "Mad World" from 1982, and it's a pulled-back, haunting performance — which I prefer to his crazy Steven Tyler schtick. Simon is the only one who gets to critique Adam, and he gives him a standing ovation. It's hard to deny Adam's incredible vocals and really rich, layered performance. As my husband says, like him or not, Adam makes a choice, and that's much more than any of the other contestants usually do.

What did you think about tonight's performances? Who will go home tomorrow?

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