American Idol Episodes

2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "1 of 10 Voted Off"

Season 8, Episode 24
Episode Synopsis: The singers face the prospect of elimination in a results show. Smokey Robinson, Ruben Studdard, Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder perform.
Original Air Date: Mar 26, 2009
Guest Cast Joss Stone Smokey Robinson Stevie Wonder

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 9 Perform Season 8, Episode 24

This week the remaining nine Idols perform popular iTunes downloads (random!)... so, basically, any song they want. The hopefuls tackle everyone from No Doubt to Rascal Flatts to The Fray, but how did they fare?

Anyone else notice the spiky/bed-head/bouffant hair going on tonight? Adam's hair is ridiculous! If he had sideburns he could really be a frontrunner for a Teen Wolf remake. And, I'm sorry, but did Paula think that she was going to prom instead of judging a nationally televised singing competition? What is she wearing?

After a boring field trip to watch Ryan pimp his "America's Top 40" radio show, we begin the evening with 'Noop Dogg. Full disclosure: I'm not the hippest chick about Top 40 music. I listen to Travis, Pete Yorn, Ben Folds, etc. But I'll do my best to pick apart songs I may have never heard.

Anoop Desai
Anoop is singing "Caught Up" by Usher so he can bring back some energy and swagger. That he does! Randy is torn because he thinks his vocals were cool, and he's glad the swagger is back, but isn't sure if that was the right song choice. Kara thinks he played it safe and should have gone for more riffs and range. Paula loves that he went back to his playful side, but wants him to work on his stage presence. Simon says it was a complete and utter mess, and he came across as a wannabe. Anoop stands up for himself at the end, and I love how the camera keeps sticking on Kara looking pinched.

Megan Joy
Megan sings "Turn Your Lights Down Low" because it's a song she absolutely loves. Too bad I don't feel the same way. Though she sounds better here than she has in weeks, I think the back-up singers are the ones who are enhancing her song. Kara says she really likes Megan but thinks she's in trouble. She picks the wrong songs, and part of her register (which sounds kinda like Adele) is starting to be irritating. Although I can't really stand Kara, I completely agree with her. We were just saying in the office today that Megan should sing some Adele or Duffy. Anyhoo, Paula says that at this stage in the competition Megan needs to dig deeper and surprise them with a different sound — like singing a ballad without any of her (ridiculous) movements. Simon says that the song was boring and indulgent, and that all the things they liked about her are disappearing. Randy says it was like watching paint dry... I'm gonna end this blood bath here. We all get the picture.

Danny Gokey
Danny is singing "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts, but what hurts me the most is his song choice. Sorry to all you country fans, but that song (which I know is a huge hit) just doesn't do it for me on the radio. I have to give Gokey some props for making it much less annoying as a solo artist. He sings the heck out of it and his emotion is quite palpable. Paula says this is where he thrives and he left her wanting more. Simon thinks it was his best performance so far this evening. Randy says he "brought it crazy with the vocals." But he also does want him to keep his swagger since the song was filled with emotion. Kara says he moved everyone in the room with his emotion.

Allison Iraheta
Allison is making me nervous with her selection of "Don't Speak" by No Doubt. For some reason, artists have a hard time singing No Doubt songs on this show. But, if anyone can pull it off, it's Allison. The beginning is awesome, but as she busts out into the chorus she kinda falls apart. She's still an amazing rocker, but it was far from phenomenal. Randy says he has mad love for Allison but didn't love the song, and doesn't understand her outfit. Kara says she doesn't need to try so hard with the outfit, because her rocker vibe comes out naturally in all her performances. Paula... I have no idea what she said. I think she liked it. Simon felt like she was playing dress-up rock star instead of actually being one.

Scott MacIntyre
My new name for Scott is "Muzak Man." Why does he keep picking songs that make him only suitable for an easy listening station? The name of the game here is edge, not fluffy bunnies! He's singing "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel — who is obviously an iconic artist, but still, it's easy listening. P.S. David Hasselhoff is somewhere weeping for your hairdo, Scott. The performance is much better than past weeks, but still nowhere near the caliber it should be for this kind of competition. Kara thinks he made smart decisions by picking that song and stripping it down. Does anyone get creeped out by Kara ogling the contestants: "I loooove the new look." Ew! Paula is the most proud of Scott because he makes her forget about his challenge with the quality of his performance. She also busts out more musical vocab for y'all. Tonight's word: Legato. It means smooth and connected. Simon says it's his best performance by a country mile, and Randy says it was one of the best of the night.

Matt Giraud
Matt's singing "You Found Me" by The Fray and instantly I can tell this is gonna be a repeat of the Coldplay debacle. I know he loves this kind of music, but he's trying to be something he's not. It does sound better in the middle and end, but the beginning is kind of shaky and doesn't show off his voice. Paula didn't love the song because it didn't show off his real talents. Simon says he was trying to be someone else and seemed uptight. Randy says it was the wrong song, and he needs to let all that soul flavor out of his performance.

Lil Rounds
Lil is tackling Celine Dion's "I Surrender" and says she spent quite a bit of time picking out this song. My response: Really? That was just a hot mess for me. I thought she missed a bunch of notes, but I think the audience was really impressed by the bigness of her voice instead of listening to the actual pitch. Randy says she has mad skills but didn't love the song choice. Kara says we got a glimpse of the singer who can wow us, but we need to see more of it. Paula wants to see more joy from Lil and Simon says it was safe and much like a wedding performance.

Adam Lambert
Adam sings Wild Cherry's "Play that Funky Music," and I think we may see him wag his tongue like KISS tonight. Ew. This song is ridiculous to me. After his awesome performance last week, I feel like he's transitioned into a frustrated hair-band dropout again. The end of the song was totally sick, and I know he's got "mad skills" in the vocal department, but it was too Wedding Singer for me. Paula drools all over Adam and herself by calling him a genius (really?). Simon says it was original, and Randy says he's in the star zone. Kara says she can't wait to see what he's gonna do next.

Kris Allen
Kris is singing "Ain't No Sunshine," and is determined to make it his own. I can honestly say that his mission was accomplished. He tricked us; the beginning seemed very much like the original, and then he pulled the rug out and sounded wonderfully original. Well done! Randy says he is in the zone and it was one of the best of the night. Kara says, "I have three words for you: That is artistry." (Shut up, Kara). Paula says it could be the first cut of his future album. Simon said he brought a lot of confidence to the performance and thought it was a clever arrangement.

New feature: How many times did I say "Shut up, Paula" or "Shut up, Kara" in my head tonight? If you guess correctly, you will win nothing... except my respect.

What did you think of the Idols' performances tonight? Who thrilled you, and who will end up in the bottom three?

For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET.

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This week the remaining nine Idols perform popular iTunes downloads (random!)... so, basically, any song they want. The hopefuls tackle everyone from No Doubt to Rascal Flatts to The Fray, but how did they fare? read more

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