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American Idol Episode: "1 of 5 Voted Off"

Season 9, Episode 37
Episode Synopsis: One of the final five singers is eliminated. Harry Connick Jr. and Lady Gaga perform.
Original Air Date: May 5, 2010
Guest Cast Lady Gaga

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 4 Revealed Season 9, Episode 37

And we have the final four! After a night of middling Frank Sinatra covers, America spoke — and it was one more American Idol hopeful for the road. Before that, Lady Gaga brought her brand of weirdness back to the Idol stage, the show continued to dote on Harry Connick Jr. and the contestants sang two (groan) group numbers.

Ryan Seacrest also informed us that Jamie Foxx would mentor the contestants next week as they perform songs from movies. Terrible theme and a proven terrible mentor? Can't wait!

Group Number, Sinatra Medley
Call me crazy, but some parts of this number sounded like they were live. And by parts, I mean when Crystal was singing without any four-part harmony from the guys. The rest was clearly lip-synched, and Casey James still hasn't learned how to not overact the fake singing. I didn't really love any of the arrangements for "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Was a Very Good Year," "I've Got the World on a String," and "Night and Day." What — did Harry Connick Jr. take the day off?

Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"
After a few brief bars of her monster hit "Bad Romance" at the piano, Lady Gaga moved to her new — and much less interesting — single, "Alejandro." Besides being a pretty generic pop song, the show also edited the choruses for time, which made for some awkward transitions. Plus, I have no use for all the artistry Gaga piles on top of her performances. I'm all about self-expression, but again, she just makes generic pop music.

Harry Connick Jr., "And I Love Her"
It's good that the show used a hilarious intro package (Connick is a clown, and he made fun of Big Mike using his baby for sympathy and Randy using the word pitchy) before the performance because it put me to sleep. I will forgive Harrry since just about everything else he did this week was awesome. Well, except for the fact that he also introduced another ...

Group Number, Harry Connick Jr. Medley
The Idols lip-synched their way through "We Are in Love," "Come By Me," and "Hear Me in the Harmony" joined by Connick and his band. It was better than Connick's performance, but I just can't find new ways to express my hatred for these group numbers.

The Results
After more lavish praise for Lee (he was good, but not the best of the night, for sure), Ryan tells Lee he is safe. He then groups Casey and Crystal together on one side of the stage and Aaron and Big Mike on the other. Ryan seemed as if he was going to make Lee choose the safe group. I've always hated when the show does that, and thankfully, Ryan just went ahead and broke the bad news. So, your bottom two is:

Michael Lynche
I've been hot and cold on Mike all season, but I honestly couldn't believe that he was in the bottom two after his latest performance. I just knew that Casey would be heading home, but perhaps his terrible performance activated his fan base — which has failed to keep him out of the bottom three the past two weeks. In any case, Big Mike avoided elimination once again, which means the stranger in the night was ...

Aaron Kelly
Again, Casey was clearly the week's worst, but Aaron could have easily gone weeks ago without me missing his presence. And if there was a second worst on Sinatra night, it was Aaron. His exit performance was better than the previous night. (Why didn't he get to choose his best song of the season like other eliminated singers?) Still, Aaron will find some success after the competition.

So, were you sad to see Aaron go? Who do you think will win it all? Vote in our poll below!

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And we have the final four! After a night of middling Frank Sinatra covers, America spoke — and it was one more American Idol hopeful for the road. Before that, Lady Gaga brought her brand of weirdness back to the Idol stage, the show continued to dote on Harry Connick Jr. and the contestants sang two (groan) group numbers... read more

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