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American Idol Episode: "Performance Show"

Season 8, Episode 27
Episode Synopsis: The remaining eight finalists render songs from the year they were born in performance showcases.
Original Air Date: Apr 7, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 7 Revealed Season 8, Episode 27

This American Idol results show featured tons of performances, including those of the crowd-pumping hip-hop variety and twangy country alike. But there was also a surprise blast from the past, an un-lip-synched group number and, of course, one of our Top 8 sang for his/her life. Who did America vote into the Bottom 3? And did the judges see fit to save someone from elimination? Let's find out.

Hey guys, Adam Bryant here again, filling in for Erin. As I've said before, results shows are not among my favorites, so I'll stay on point. Randy summed up this week's performances pretty well, and for once, I agree with Dawg. "It was really kind of flat and a little bit off," he said. There were some bright spots (Matt, particularly for me), but there were several singers who I considered in danger of sitting on those dreaded silver stools.

Before getting to the results, Ryan played a song from the year Simon was born (1959). And suddenly the video playback of Frankie Avalon's "Venus" gave way to Frankie himself on the Idol stage. And seriously, he and Ryan did look like relatives standing side-by-side. Strange.

I've been complaining for weeks about the shamelessly lip-synched group numbers, but tonight's — by all appearances (and terrible, terrible sounds) — was live. The solos were fine, but when the group sang together on Kylie Minogue's 2002 hit, "Cant Get You Out of My Head," it was just painful. The numbers are hard to pull off live, and the pre-recorded tracks are so embarrassingly cheesy and obvious. So, they should just skip it all together. 

The Ford music video was perhaps one of the coolest I've seen, and the behind-the-scenes video was harmless enough. Of course, Adam Lambert would be the "brooding" one. He loved it for the theatrics, go figure. Nothing (much) against him, but I'm still waiting for him to do something in between his restrained falsetto and his screechy, over-the-top numbers.

Flo Rida rocked the house with "Right Round" and Kellie Pickler was as cute as ever, but was a little shout-y for me. There's such a clear distinction between the country singer who won Idol and the one who came in sixth in her season. But hey, she's working with Taylor Swift — who basically owns the world right now — so go Pickler!

OK, results: Of course Adam Lambert, who earned more praise from the judges who didn't get to speak in last night's rushed closing moments, is safe. Joining him was Kris Allen, who had an off night, but lives to sing another week. Sadly, Anoop is the first in the Bottom 3, despite a great outing last night. I don't like it one bit.

Danny and Matt each get a free pass to next week before Ryan tells Scott that he is also in the Bottom 3. Then it's down to the ladies: Allison, who rocked her Bonnie Raitt cover, is safe, sending Lil to the Bottom 3 for the first time this season. (OK, America, you redeemed yourselves.)

The judges say this might be the first week that they actually need to use the judges' save. But Lil won't need it, as she is the first person sent back to the safety of the sofa. I'm furious that Anoop is still in the Bottom 2, and I only get more nervous when Ryan says that only 30,000 votes separate him from Scott. Ultimately, America said it was Scott's time to go. He did his best with his song, but I honestly think it was a little worse tonight. (Though, unlike many, I enjoyed him away from the piano much better.)

The judges heighten the drama by saying that they are split on the decision of whether or not to save Scott. Simon sums it up: They like Scott, but are there people on the couch more talented than he? (Yes.) I don't doubt that there was some debate, but I still think the whole deliberation is a farce. Ultimately, Simon says, somewhat exasperated, that it's the end of the line for Scott.

Paula gets the final word, though.  "Scott, you're an inspiration to the entire world," she says. "You're a classy gentleman, and we love you." I do appreciate what Scott went through to compete despite his sight impairment, but it was his time. Still, Paula's sign-off was pretty classy too. Her gloves on the other hand...

Do you think America got it right? Do you think the judges' debate was sincere or more of the same dramatic posturing? Share your thoughts below and vote for who you think will win in the poll below!

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This American Idol results show featured tons of performances, including those of the crowd-pumping hip-hop variety and twangy country alike. But there was also a surprise blast from the past, an un-lip-synched group number and, of course, one of our Top 8 sang for his/her life. Who did America vote into the Bottom 3? And did the judges see fit to save someone from elimination? Let's find out.

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