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American Idol Episode: "1 of 10 Voted Off"

Season 9, Episode 27
Episode Synopsis: One of the Top 10 finalists is eliminated in a results episode. Performers: Ruben Studdard; Diddy; and Usher and will.i.am.
Original Air Date: Mar 31, 2010
Guest Cast Diddy Usher will.i.am

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 9 Revealed Season 9, Episode 27

One more singer's bid to become the next American Idol champ came to an end. Before the results, former Idol champ Ruben Studdard stopped by, showing off his new figure and new single. Plus, Usher and Diddy delivered a couple of visually interesting but otherwise lackluster performances. So, which singer got eliminated by America's votes? Let's find out.

First of all, tonight's overly dramatic intro package was an annoying promotion for the Clash of the Titans remake. The producers mixed footage of the film with clips from last night, suggesting the singers are in a life-or-death battle and that Simon Cowell is the Kraken. (Is "Release  the Kraken!" the only line Liam Neeson utters in this film?) In truth, the only thing Idol and Titans have in common is that I am increasingly less and less interested in watching either of them.

Some quick thoughts on the night's performances:

Ruben Studdard, "Don't Make 'Em Like U No More"

The Velvet Teddy Bear was in the house, and he was looking svelte. His voice was as smooth and listenable as ever, but I couldn't help but focus most of my attention on Ruben's 100-pound weight loss. (He might want to go see a tailor, though, as his suit didn't seem to shrink with him.) After a side-by-side comparison with Big Mike, Ruben said he and his Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken are about to head out on tour together. Eat it up, Claymates!

Usher featuring Will.I.Am, "OMG"
Somebody needs to tell Usher his auto-tune wasn't on tonight. This is a song that will sweep all the clubs, but as a live number, it just fell flat. Honestly, there just wasn't much singing, as all of the notes in the lower register may as well have been spoken. (It also sounds a lot like several of the songs on the last Kanye West album.) To his credit, Usher is an awesome dancer and delivered an eye-catching performance.

Diddy, "Hello Good Morning"
The man formerly known as Puff Daddy delivered an energetic performance of his group Dirty Money's new single. The song isn't half-bad, but the strobe lighting effect really was the highlight of the performance. I doubt Diddy meant for that to be the case.

Before Ryan revealed the results, there was the usual amount of padding the hour. Topics included Big Mike's pink rat-tail hair extension, a overlong and ridiculous argument between Ryan and Simon about Aaron Kelly being in love and even more arguing between Simon and Kara over the genre that Katie Stevens should pursue. After all the mind-numbing filler, the singers in the bottom 3 were:

Katie Stevens
I chalk this up to residual mediocrity. Sure, Katie finally got her act together this week, but at this point she is still a far cry from being able to compete with the top tier of singers in this group. But since she was the first person Ryan sent back to safety, she will have another opportunity to show that she really has grown beyond her performances in weeks past.

Tim Urban
This kid may just win it all. Even though he's been a fixture in the bottom 3, his fans always seem to find a way to keep him in the competition. And he rewards them with more awkward and boring performances.

Didi Benami
I hated to see Didi in the bottom two, but after last night's performance, it didn't come as much of a shock. The performance was cheese-tastic and just wasn't well sung. Did she deserve to be the lowest vote-getter? Certainly not. Alas, she sang Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" for her final song — which asks the unfortunate musical question "Will you ever win?" — as the judges deliberated.

Judges' Save: After a prolonged pause as the fans in the theater cheered for Simon to save Didi, Mr. Cowell delivered the news that Didi would instead be going home. Her outro package served as a reminder of one thing: She probably cried more than she sang throughout the show. So, it's fitting that the final shot of the night showed Didi sharing a tearful goodbye with her fellow contestants.

Do you think Didi should have been eliminated? Who do you think will win? Vote below in our poll!

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One more singer's bid to become the next American Idol champ came to an end. Before the results, former Idol champ Ruben Studdard stopped by, showing off his new figure and new single. Plus, Usher and Diddy delivered a couple of visually interesting but otherwise lackluster performances. So, which singer got eliminated by America's votes? Let's find out... read more

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