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Thursday, April 15, 2010

American Idol 9: Update 3: Top 9 => Top 7.

Jeff's opinion.  As a result of Last Week's Judges used their one and only save of the season on Big Mike @ Michael Lynch, this week, we have 2 elimination.  I just watched the Results show 4 hours ago live via satellite (Astro) and I dunno what to say.  All is NOT LOST...  I dished out a well written article from  Enjoy:

'American Idol' results: Top 9 gets cut down to Top 7 as two singers are eliminated

By Len Melisurgo/ The Star-Ledger

April 15, 2010, 7:00AM

The 'American Idol' journey came to an end last night for two finalists: Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens.

Two of the nine finalists of "American Idol's" season 9 saw their dreams of stardom come to an end last night in a tension-filled double elimination show.

After the votes were all counted, and the revelation drama was stretched out for a full 60 minutes, the two contestants who didn't survive the cut were California acoustic-guitar hipster Andrew Garcia and Connecticut high school singer Katie Stevens.

The results weren't all that surprising, following a relentless string of flat performances by the one-time front-runner Garcia and inconsistent singing by the sometimes robotic Stevens. But many observers -- including this blogger and our many readers who took the time to cast votes in our weekly online Idol poll -- had expected 16-year-old country singer Aaron Kelly to get ousted from the competition before Stevens.

Many other polls and bloggers across the nation also had predicted Aaron would end up in the bottom two spots along with Andrew, and the popular Dial an Idol website -- which uses special computers to measure busy signals during the Idol voting hours -- projected Andrew, Katie, Tim Urban and Siobhan Magnus were all in danger of going home.

But, as always, it's very difficult for anyone (even computers) to figure out the dialing and texting habits of millions of Americans.

This was the happy group of nine 'American Idol' finalists before two of them got the bad news that they were eliminated from season 9.

So now, the competition gets even more intense, with only seven finalists left -- including two who have been struggling of late (Aaron Kelly and Siobhan Magnus), one who was voted off last week but saved by the judges (Michael "Big Mike" Lynche), and one who wasn't even supposed to be among the 24 semi-finalists and who was on the verge of elimination three times in the past five weeks. (Tim Urban)

The 20-year-old Texan, who has been nicknamed "Teflon Tim" because of his incredible ability to slide away from trouble and brush off harsh criticism, made it into the Top 24 only after another contestant was booted from the competition for violating a rule regarding music contracts.

However, Tim has made a remarkable turnaround during the past few weeks and has begun to earn a good deal of respect among the judges and fans of "American Idol," even though he clearly doesn't have the talent needed to make a run for the title.

But it's been fun rooting for this kid. He's the perennial underdog who's waging a difficult battle and somehow managing to overcome adversity and beat the odds.

A few short weeks ago, who in the world would have predicted Tim Urban would make it into the Top 7? If anything, Tim has added some much-needed excitement into an otherwise bland season of "American Idol."

Also moving to the next round, as expected, are front-runners Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James.

 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest, center, flanked by the Season 9 judges: Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell.

Last week, Idol host Ryan Seacrest said 132 million votes had been cast this season since the public voting began, when the field was narrowed down to the 24 semi-finalists. Last night, Seacrest said 34 million votes were cast after Tuesday's show -- the largest number of any week this season.

Adam Lambert

 Adam Lambert, the popular season 8 runner-up who served as a guest mentor for Tuesday night's Elvis Presley-themed show, hit the Idol stage again last night and performed his hit single, "Whataya Want From Me" -- complete with smoke machines and green laser lights. Lambert sounded great and brought back nice memories of season 8.
Brooke White and Justin Gaston

Also performing last night were season 8 finalist Brooke White and singer Justin Gaston -- a former underwear model, a 2008 finalist on "Nashville Star," and a current star of the web reality series, "If I Can Dream."

One of the show's co-stars is popular season 9 Idol contestant Alex Lambert, who was dealt an unexpected early exit in the semi-finals. (The web series was created by Idol producer Simon Fuller.)

White and Gaston sang a duet last night and sounded pretty good. Their song is available, for free, on iTunes.


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