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American Idol Episode: "Performance Show"

Season 8, Episode 29
Episode Synopsis: The Top 7 finalists take center stage and interpret songs of the cinema in a performance show. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is the guest mentor.
Original Air Date: Apr 14, 2009
Guest Cast Quentin Tarantino

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 7 Shocker Season 8, Episode 29

Teen sensation Miley Cyrus takes the stage as part of the cinema-themed week, Oscar winner and former Idol Jennifer Hudson performs and one more hopeful faces elimination.

Hey dawgs! Once again, I must thank you all for your awesome comments on Tuesday's episode — even the one poster who said I was too snarky and was running off to read Michael Slezak's recap. Moi? Snarky? Compared to Slezak? I think we all know who would win that snark-off. Just sayin'. But seriously, thanks for your lively debates and passionate beliefs!

Ryan begins the night by introducing our Top 7 and reminding us that the Top 10 will be on tour beginning this summer (in 50 cities? Did I hear that right?). After the magazine cover-themed music video, the Idols launch into "She's a Maniac" from Flashdance. Like last week, it's not lip-synched, which is good? Such a weird song to sing, out of all the movie songs they could've chosen. I love how the contestants get crap for bad song choices, but the producers don't do any better with their selections.

After a short break, Adam speaks about working with Quentin Tarantino (it was awesome!), Allison talks about going to the 17 Again movie premiere (they got to ride in a limo and meet Zac Efron!), and we get a little behind-the-premiere video.

The Bottom Three
Anoop is the first one to be sent to the bottom three stools. Paula is surprised, but Simon is not. Shocker. Lil Rounds is the second addition, and I have no idea what she said because my DVR has now become possessed by Satan. Digital hits! Can't hear! Argh! Matt Giraud is the third and final singer in the bottom three, and soon after, Anoop is declared safe for another week.

Jennifer Hudson Performs
We get to take a little walk down memory lane with a video of Jennifer's time on Idol as well as her skyrocketing career. She walks out onto stage to sing "If This Isn't Love," and I get automatic goosebumps. This girl has been through so much and still exudes confidence and talent. She's lookin' good, too! Hudson's definitely a little stiff, because her ear piece is giving her trouble. Still, though, she's pretty damn awesome.

Miley Cyrus Performs
Again, my DVR is whacked out, and I can't hear a freakin' thing, but Miley looks really pretty!

Going Home
Lil is safe for another week!? WTF!? I'm sorry, but that is total crap. America, what is wrong with you? Lil hasn't had one performance in the Top 12 that has earned her a reprieve from going home. So, Matt sings for his life. My DVR is still possessed! It takes me about eight times rewinding the segment to realize that Matt has been given the one Judges' Save! Yippee! I'm so happy they used it for Matt, who may be inconsistent, but has showed so much potential as an R&B artist.

Did you think Matt deserved to be saved?

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Teen sensation Miley Cyrus takes the stage as part of the cinema-themed week, Oscar winner and former Idol Jennifer Hudson performs and one more hopeful faces elimination.

Hey dawgs! Once again, I must thank you all for your awesome comments on Tuesday's episode — even the one poster who said I was too snarky and was running off to read Michael Slezak's recap. Moi? Snarky? Compared to Slezak? I think we all know who would win that snark-off. Just sayin'. But seriously, thanks for your lively debates and passionate beliefs!

Ryan begins the night by introducing our Top 7 and reminding us that the Top 10 will be on tour beginning this summer (in 50 cities? Did I hear that right?). After the magazine cover-themed music video, the Idols launch into "She's a Maniac" from Flashdance. Like last week, it's not lip-synched, which is good? Such a weird song to sing, out of all the movie songs they could've chosen. I love how the contestants get crap for bad song choices, but the producers don't do any better with their selections.

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