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American Idol Episode: "1 of 9 Voted Off"

Season 10, Episode 25
Episode Synopsis: One singer is cut from the competition in a results show. Iggy Pop and Constantine Maroulis perform.
Original Air Date: Apr 7, 2011
Guest Cast Iggy Pop

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 8 Revealed Season 10, Episode 25

American Idol has certainly raised its game on results show this year. After Casey's shocking save two weeks ago, it seemed nothing would come close to matching that intensity and craziness. But Thursday's show turned viewers on their heads once more. Just as I was mocking the overly dramatic intro packages and laughing at Ryan Seacrest for once again promising  what "could be shocking" results, America's votes indeed gave everyone  — viewers, contestants, and most certainly the judges — a jolt.

So let's break it down.

It almost feels silly to recap the rest of the night's activities, but let's give it a whirl. The Top 9 sang a medley/mashup of rock hits that included "I Love Rock and Roll," "She Wrote Me a Letter," and "Sweet Home Alabama." This one appeared to be live, and for the most part sounded good, except for when, you know, the sound engineers didn't turn the right singer's mic on until five seconds before his or her solo ended.  Overall, harmless.

Russell Brand and Gwen Stefani were on hand as "charisma coach" and stylist, respectively. Russell made his usual amount of jokes about being topless, pantsless and randy. Gwen seemed upset that the girls she styled were stealing clothes from her closet. Fast forward button, how I love thee.

Also, the contestants received "media training" from the folks at TMZ. I won't even dignify this segment with any more thought.

Results: Casey, Stefano and Lauren
On second listen, Casey didn't have the best performance Wednesday, but I think he's still riding the wave of over-voting following his almost elimination. I am not that shocked when he and Laruen are both saved because, well, I predicted Stefano would be sent home. Stefano didn't have a bad night, I just think he doesn't have America's favor.

Constantine Maroulis, "Unchained Melody"
Hey, kids! You can get eliminated sixth in your season and still make a return trip to the Idol stage. Bonus points if you destroy a classic song with an arrangement that relies on jumbled mess or distorted guitars. Oh yeah — check out Rock of Ages!

Results: Paul, Scotty or Pia
Of course, Scotty is safe because, well, he may just win the damn thing. Paul, who was in the Bottom 3 last week seems like the easy choice since his wacky Johnny Cash cover didn't score points with everyone. Sorry, Paul — what's this? Pia is in the Bottom 3? Oh my.

Results: James, Haley and Jacob
James remains in high esteem with voters and Haley delivered a solid performance after winning over some hearts last week. Jacob decided to insult viewers. As such (and also because he brutalized my ears with his song and my eyes with his bumping and grinding), Jacob is in the Bottom 3.

Iggy Pop, "Real Wild Child"
I can only imagine that the 13-year-old girls that watch this show (and clearly hate women, based on the results this season -- and the three that preceded it) were absolutely frightened by what they saw on stage tonight.

The Bottom 3: Jacob, Stefano, Pia
I should have known it was all downhill when Ryan sent Jacob back to safety. (At least he messed with his head a little bit before doing so.) Just as I'm patting myself on the back for predicting the eliminated singer (and the look on Stefano's face tells me he knows he's going home), Ryan drops the bombshell: Pia has been eliminated.

The room is silent, and then erupts in boos. Jennifer Lopez has virtually no words (kind of like last night, when she couldn't find it in her to say one thing that could even be slightly mistaken as constructive criticism.) "I have no idea what just happened here," she finally mumbles on the verge of tears. Randy said he is mad and Steven said "lack of passion is unforgivable" (not sure how that applies to voters) and that America got it dead wrong.

Now, I love Casey, but I'm pretty sure the judges wish they still had their save. But I think an even better idea is to get rid of the save altogether, that way we can all be shocked and appalled, but nobody has to second-guess a decision (or make Casey feel like crap that he's still there and that perhaps the best vocalist in the competition has gone home.)

We've had Jennifer Hudson. Latoya London. Chris Daughtry. All of them went home before their time, most viewers would agree. But I think Pia now takes the crown of Idol's most shocking premature elimination. I don't usually get that emotionally invested in any contestant (and I didn't really in Pia, even though she constantly topped TVGuide.com's Power Rankings), but I have to say that the next eight weeks are probably going to feel like everyone's going through the motions before someone less deserving takes the title without having to actually beat one of the best.

What do you think of the results? And who do you think will win it all? Share your thoughts and vote in our poll below!

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American Idol has certainly raised its game on results show this year. After Casey's shocking save two weeks ago, it seemed nothing would come close to matching that intensity and craziness. But Thursday's show turned viewers on their heads once more. Just as I was mocking the overly dramatic intro packages and laughing at Ryan Seacrest for once again promising  what "could be shocking" results, America's votes indeed gave everyone  — viewers, contestants, and most certainly the judges — a jolt.

So let's break it down... read more

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