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American Idol Episode: "1 of 12 Voted Off"

Season 9, Episode 23
Episode Synopsis: One of the Top 12 finalists is eliminated in a results edition. Kesha and Orianthi perform, as does David Cook, who sings the Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
Original Air Date: Mar 17, 2010
Guest Cast Orianthi Kesha

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 11 Revealed Season 9, Episode 23

American Idol thinned the final field, but not before padding Wednesday night's results show with a trio of performances and some maddening banter. So which contestant was sent packing? Let's get to it.

First, a sad announcement: The "judges' save" is back this season. Yes, I feel your pain. Basically, between now and when the top 5 is revealed, the judges can, by unanimous decision only, save the person America has decided to send home. Each week, the judges will give the lowest vote-getter a final performance on which they make their final decision. (Translation: They sit only half-listening. If it's someone they really care about keeping, they will. Otherwise, they won't until the competition gets a lot tighter.)

Ryan Seacrest did a masterful job of killing time with the help of Season 9's first dreadful Ford music video and a behind-the-scenes package promoting the Ford Fiesta.Oy. Aside from the result, the night was also filled with these performances:

David Cook, "Jumping Jack Flash"
Now that's how you appropriately rock out a Rolling Stones song. (Seriously, the contestants took the edge out of every single song they played last night). It was an exciting and well-sung way to open the show, and I am grateful that it took the place of another terrible group number. I was a big fan of David's when he won Season 7, and while he hasn't enjoyed the level of success of say, Chris Daughtry, I look forward to hearing his next album, which he said he is writing. Also: David will be back for "Idol Gives Back," for which he is planning a trip to Africa on behalf of the United Nations Foundation.

Orianthi, "According to You"
Rocker chicks are cool and all, but Ryan was seriously overstating it when he called her one of rock music's new pioneers. She does have some blazing guitar skills, as anyone who saw Michael Jackson's This Is It can attest. Vocally, she's less inspired. I think a singing show should feature stronger vocalists as guest performers, but I digress. I found myself wanting to fast-forward through the pop radio-ready sing-along melody to get to more of her soloing.

Ke$ha, "Blah Blah Blah"
It's an appropriate song title, because that's really the only words needed to describe this travesty of a performance. I believe that somewhere in there Ke$ha might have a singing voice, but this performance was as laughably ridiculous as some of the auditions shown in January. I humbly believe the judges would never put her on the show. She did her half-rapped, half-sung song with lots of energy (and a crazy headdress) but I spent most of it wondering how David Cook feels that Ke$ha took top billing. She's sold 6 million records, so what do I know?

Once the votes were tallied, this week's bottom three were:

Tim Urban
He wasn't that bad vocally. (Then again, the melody wasn't all that challenging.) Even so, the reggae arrangement was seriously odd, and I still haven't forgiven him for "Apologize." He clearly doesn't have the pipes to go the distance, so seeing him in the bottom isn't a shock. And 38 percent of TVGuide.com users felt he should have been the one to go. Alas, he was granted the night's first reprieve.

Paige Miles
While she showed some serious improvement last night over the "Smile" debacle the previous week, she still didn't deliver a memorable vocal performance that displayed the potential she keeps insisting she has. Also, I'm glad she didn't get a pass because she had laryngitis. Not that I don't sympathize with her illness, but I don't think that alone is reason to reward someone. In any case, she better rest up: She will be back next week.

Lacey Brown
Her performance wasn't offensive Tuesday night, but it was also pretty forgettable. As Simon said, it felt Lacey was giving the exact same performance she's already given four times and that it was extremely rehearsed. My biggest problem is still with her breathy singing style, which feels completely put on. Lacey didn't connect with the viewers and she received the lowest number of votes.

Judges' Save
Lacey sang "The Story" for her last-ditch effort to impress the judges. I liked the song better than anything she's done before, but she didn't sing enough with the strongest part of her voice. She prefers the quirky, delicate notes, which while they are unique, often sound out of tune. After some deliberation (a total joke, in my opinion), the judges decide not to save Lacey and she becomes the top 12's first casualty.

Do you think Lacey deserved to go home? Are you happy that the judges' save is in play again this season? And finally: Who's going to win? Vote in our poll below and share all your thoughts in the comments!

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American Idol thinned the final field, but not before padding Wednesday night's results show with a trio of performances and some maddening banter. So which contestant was sent packing? Let's get to it.

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