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American Idol Episode: "1 of 10 Voted Off"

Season 11, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: One singer is voted off in a results installment. Guest performers are Lana Del Rey and Haley Reinhart.
Original Air Date: Mar 22, 2012
Guest Cast Lana Del Rey

American Idol: Steven Tyler's Big Birthday Surprise Season 11, Episode 22

We're stuck on last night's Billy Joel theme, and the remaining 10 contestents sing "The Longest Time" for the group number. It was pretty bland, as far as these things go, except for the creepy moment when Elise sat on Steven's lap and it seemed like he was going to eat her face. So that was a fun moment.

But more importantly, who were the Top 7 performers? Who will be banished to the loser stools? It's time to find out.

The first grouping goes as follows:
Hollie = Safe
Skylar = Safe
Elise = Safe (finally!)

It is at this point that we realize American Idol's talent bookers must not watch a lot of Saturday Night Live. Because if they did, they obviously would have remembered that manufactured singer Lana Del Rey was widely considered the biggest catastrophe to ever hit the SNL stage. She was so bad, Kristen Wiig even parodied her the next week. Anyway, she pretty much did the same exact whiny, pouty thing tonight on Idol. Not exactly an ideal role model for this impressionable bunch of whippersnappers.

But then... a Steven Tyler birthday surprise! It's Aerosmith's Joe Perry, who at the age of 61, looks arguably as strung-out as Steven himself! The Idol contestants -- most of whom have no idea who this crazy man is — nod their heads obediently and join Perry in a "Happy Birthday" serenade. Steven tears up. They man-hug.

Elimination time:
Jessica = Safe
Joshua = Safe
Deandre = Loser Stools

Next up, unmemorable Idol alum Haley Reinhart debuts her unmemorable single called "Free" or something of the sort. It was a bit of a stripper-like performance, but still markedly better than Lana Del Rey's.

More eliminations:
Erika = Loser Stools
Phillip = Safe
Heejun = Loser Stools

Seacrest then removes one person from the bottom three, and tonight — that person is Deandre. Ludicrous in my opinion (he should have gone home weeks ago), but as long as he's whippin' his hair back and forth, I think he'll continue to get the tween girl support.

We're left with Erika and Heejun, and ultimately, Erika will be singing the "save me" song for this evening.

She chooses Whitney Houston's "I Believe In You and Me" — a clear demonstration that she's decided to go big or go home. But will it be enough to sway the judges to use their save?

"Uh no...sorry," says Randy, in the most unsympathetic manner humanly possible.

And so, we watch the requisite montage of Erika's journey, and she departs into the abyss of departed Idol contestants, joining the ranks of all the others who people will forget about in a week.

What do you guys think? Did Erika deserve to be sent home? Who is your favorite to win the competition at this point? Vote in our poll below!

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We're stuck on last night's Billy Joel theme, and the remaining 10 contestents sing "The Longest Time" for the group number. It was pretty bland, as far as these things go, except for the creepy moment when Elise sat on Steven's lap and it seemed like he was going to eat her face. So that was a fun moment.
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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
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