American Idol, 2009 – Episode 34 (4/29/09)

Idol LogoGreetings all, and welcome to tonight’s results show. Spoilers will be live-blogged below the fold once the show begins.

A couple of quick announcements before I log my predictions.

MJ, of MJ’s Big Blog, was the subject of a nice profile in the Boston Globe this week. MJ is apparently very modest, because she didn’t even highlight it on her site, sticking it below the fold in one of her Idol Headlines posts.

For those of you not familiar, MJ’s Big Blog has the most complete Idol coverage that I’ve seen on the Web. If she doesn’t cover it herself, she links to it. I try to avoid spoilers, so it’s verboten to me Monday and Tuesday, but I read it religiously from Tuesday after the show all the way through the weekend. If you’re looking for Idol coverage beyond show recaps, this is your starting place. Check it out. Congratulations to MJ for the much-deserved recognition.

Meanwhile, the folks at Vote for the Worst have launched their second annual charity auction, benefiting the American Cancer Society. See here for details on the items for auction (some great stuff) and information on how to bid or donate.

With all of that out of the way:

Who Should be in the Bottom Two

  1. Danny Gokey. Yet another phoned-in performance. He’s taking this for granted. Don’t let him get away with it.
  2. Matt Giraud. Long past his sell-by date.

Who Will be in the Bottom Two

  1. Matt Giraud. I think everyone recognizes that it’s time for him to go.
  2. Kris Allen. Doesn’t deserve it, but an opening slot and vote-splitting with Matt will put him here anyway.

I think they’ll only do a bottom two with just five contestants, but on the off chance they do a bottom three, throw Kris in the should-be category and Allison in the will-be category.

Poll results, live-blogging, and spoilers below the fold once the show starts at 8:00 Central.

OK, before we get rolling, let’s see what our readers thought of yesterday’s performances.

Poll Results From Last Night


  1. Adam Lambert (50%)
  2. Kris Allen (22%)
  3. Allison Iraheta (13%)
  4. Danny Gokey (10%)
  5. Matt Giraud (5%)


  1. Matt Giraud (63%)
  2. Allison Iraheta (18%)
  3. Kris Allen/Adam Lambert (T-8%)
  4. Danny Gokey (2%)

This is my Idol live blog!

Simon reviewed the tapes and decided that everyone was good, and last night’s was the best show yet at this phase of the competition. Interesting.

Three guests tonight–Taylor Hicks, Natalie Cole, and last night’s mentor, Jamie Foxx.

Awful Ford video is to “Energy,” which is apparently by Apples in Stereo.

Awful group number is a jazz medley. Matt is mugging for the camera like Constantine, which is really irritating–well, I guess it’s his last chance, so let him have his fun. It’s a medley of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “I’ve Got Rhythm.” Bring back Paula to choreograph! That was annoying all the way around.

Because Danny and Allison both had their birthdays in the past week (happy birthday to both!), we are subjected to a video of a cake-making session by our top five turning into a food fight. I’m sure it wasn’t staged at all. They present Danny with a bill for cleaning services.

Here we go!

They’re going to make it tricky by moving people all over the stage.

Matt goes left (from the audience’s perspective).

Danny goes right.

Allison goes right to stand by Danny.

Kris goes left to stand next to Matt.

Oh, they’re doing that awful thing where they make Adam pick a group. He doesn’t wimp out and picks a side, going to stand with Allison and Danny.

And Adam is in the bottom three! Holy cow!

Allison got more votes than Adam? She was amazing last night, but I never would have seen that coming. She  must have picked up a significant number of Lil and Anoop fans.

Kara says Adam makes her mouth go open and illustrates. Randy snickers. Off to the break.

Natalie Cole now sings “Something’s Gotta Give.” Didn’t she used to be chubby? She looks like she’s in terrific shape. I like her vocal approach–she makes it talk like she’s talking to you rather than singing to you, even though she’s definitely singing. Although I don’t think the vocal is anything special, I’m enjoying it despite that. She looks like she’s having a lot of fun up there.

After the break, we get the return of Taylor Hicks. He hasn’t moved all that many albums by Idol winner standards, so this is a nice promotional opportunity for him.

The song is called “Seven Mile Breakdown.” It’s a bluesy, classic-rock style number (of course). He now looks fifty instead of forty.

On first listen, it’s a little generic, but the band is tight and energetic, so it’s fun anyway.

Back to safety is–Kris! Looks like Adam’s voters took the week off. I did–I was voting for Allison.

Jamie Foxx is back with “Blame It,” yet another autotune song. This was old years ago, guys!

It’s got a lot of chanting and stuff. Jason is at my house–we’re about to leave to go see the Gaslight Anthem as soon as the show is over. He describes it as a “hot mess.” He’s right.

Get the movie plug in, Jamie!

Back with our results.

Adam is safe. Amazing that he was ranked so low, but there was no way he was losing to Matt.

Here’s our montage, one last take on “My Funny Valentine,” and we’re down to four.

Next week is rock week, with Slash mentoring. Sounds like fun. See you then!


2 Responses to American Idol, 2009 – Episode 34 (4/29/09)

  1. Rick says:

    Great live blog! I was quite surprised to see Adam in the bottom 2 this week. I’m not a fan, but I can’t deny his fan base. I was just so happy Allison was in the top two this week!


  2. I, too, was thrilled that Allison was in the top two, even though I know it’s just giving me false hope that she can take out the Gokey machine.

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