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American Idol: The Cat With Ten Lives

After watching tonight's results episode, a number of questions come to mind. Who is this Keiran guy that Ryan is always asking to dim the lights? Was that bill for the maid service to clean up the "Idol" kitchen actually real? (And if so, what could've cost $6,000?) Who is Danny watching on tape to help perfect his performances? And exactly how much did they pay Simon to give Taylor Hicks a standing ovation?

But the question that's probably on everyone's mind right now has nothing to do with any of that. Everyone is most likely asking themselves, how could Adam have ended up in the Bottom Two? I mean, the Bottom Three was shocking enough, but how did "Idol" almost lose the judges' favorite tonight? That's a good question. But before we get to that, let's take a look at the rest of the night.

It all started out like any other Results Night. Ryan began the evening by playing this week's Ford music video, which featured the Top 5 singing the song "Energy." For once it wasn't completely cheesy, though it did have our singers running slow-mo through a black and white desert.

The group number was up next, as our Fearsome Five sang a double shot of "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "I've Got Rhythm." And as we've whittled contestants, the group numbers have gotten better, especially since these singers are all top-notch. Allison showed off a little more personality (something she started last night with her slow ballad) as she strutted down the stairs and the guys snapped their fingers. Matt proved that this is his one of his genres and Kris showed his soulful side. Both Danny and Adam showed off what makes them popular (Danny with his kinda gruff, growly voice and Adam with his over-the-top mannerisms.)

Before we could get to the results, though, we had a quick interlude at the "Idol" mansion. Since it was both Danny and Allison's birthdays this week, they all decided to make some cakes. But what they actually made was a mess, as they trashed the kitchen via food fight. That's where that $6,000 cleaning bill comes in. Was that for real? And does that come out of the winner's paycheck?

Pretty soon, though, Ryan was telling the mysterious Kieran to dim the lights, and it was elimination time once again. Quickly Ryan sorted our singers into two groups. Group #1 with Matt and Kris, was sent to stage right. Group #2 with Danny and Allison was sent to stage left. This left poor Adam in the middle, all by his lonesome. But not for long, as Seacrest asked Adam to make a choice, which friends do you wanna tick off tonight? Ryan told him to stand with the appropriate group, i.e. who he thought was safe. (And don't try selling me that Adam doesn't think he's going to win, because, let's face it, the judges tell him that every week.) So, as the internal struggle commenced, and Adam had to choose between Team Timberlake or Team Downey Jr., I was pretty sure he'd follow in the footsteps of past singers given this choice. For the most part, when a singer has been confronted with this same choice, they either decline to choose or just sit down in the middle of the stage. But Adam shocked me by choosing Allison and Danny's group, which Ryan immediately declined and said Adam was in the Bottom Three with Kris and Matt. Whoa. (And in this instance, when I say "whoa," I'm saying it just like Keanu Reeves does when his mind is blown. "I'm actually a human battery plugged into the Matrix? And Adam could actually go home? Whoa.")

There wasn't much time to let that information sink in as we had back-to-back performances from Natalie Cole and Season 5 "Idol" winner Taylor Hicks. Cole's song "Something's Gotta Give" left me a little cold, and I couldn't help thinking the band was better than she was. Which was weird because she's such a good singer. And then there was Taylor Hicks who surprised me with a good band AND a good voice. Plus, he can play the guitar and harmonica. I was glad to see him back on stage, proving why so many people voted for him in the first place. He still has those goofy mannerisms, but the judges all gave him a standing ovation. I guess you could call them his stand-in "Soul Patrol" for the night.

Back at the eliminations, Ryan sent Kris back to the Couches of Safety. This left the audience and judges to pick their jaws up off the floor as they all worried what would happen if Adam went home.

We had one more performance left before discovering tonight's cast-off. Jamie Foxx, this week's mentor, was on deck to sing his number one hit, "Blame It." And though this is a catchy ditty on the radio, it didn't come over too well on TV. It also didn't help that Foxx kept using that vocoder, which alters his voice electronically. This guy sang as Ray Charles, so why the heck couldn't he just sing the song? Oh well, at least he gave some encouraging words to the singers later, saying they were "five of the most talented people I've seen in the last ten years." (Then he plugged his movie. Glad we could squeeze that in!)

With minutes left to go in the episode, there were no more special guests or dance numbers remaining. It was time to see who was going home. Dim the lights Kieran! Would it be Adam, the judges' odds-on favorite, or Matt, the R&B crooner with the funny hats? In the end, it was Matt's time to go and Adam was spared elimination. (I'm guessing his fans will be voting double time next week!)

So, here's to you Matt Giraud! The dueling piano player with Justin Timberlake's stylists and a closet full of funny hats! You dodged elimination once and won the judges' save, but in the end it wasn't enough. Hope to hear your music soon, Piano Man!

Was anyone expecting to see Adam in the Bottom Two? Was it deserved or did America just forget to call and vote? And now that you've seen the Top Two, have you changed your predictions about who is going to win? Post your comments below and be back here next Tuesday for Rock and Roll Week on "American Idol." -Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on April 30, 2009 12:04 AM
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I have to believe that American forgot to call and vote. Adam is amazing and should win this years Idol.

-- 1. Posted by: PhDude at April 30, 2009 12:32 AM

I'm hoping it was only because America forgot to call (and that AI didn't monkey with results to create drama). And I really hope that Adam doesn't feel like he let his fans down and needs to change his act. Last night's performance was one of my favorites. Don't change a thing Adam! We'll all be on the phones next week to show you that you deserve to win.

-- 2. Posted by: Kelly at April 30, 2009 12:50 AM

I love Natalie and I like Jamie Fox but I have to say Taylor Hicks blew them both out of the water. I had forgotten how he owns the stage when he gets on it.
Star Power Big time.
As far as Adam being in the bottom, all I can say is some phone lines must have been down somewhere???

-- 3. Posted by: Kathy at April 30, 2009 10:19 AM

Thanks so much for being positive about Taylor and not bashing like most everyone else does. He was great, wasn't he? I heard this song is going out to country stations next month.
I wonder how it will go?

-- 4. Posted by: Sherry Hollis at April 30, 2009 11:20 AM

Surprised, yes. Glad, absolutely. Hopefully it knocks his ego down a few notches. Unfortunately it probably guarantees a win as everyone will vote like crazy so he isn't in danger anymore. Again, I think he's a great singer, just not as good as he thinks he is. I'd much rather see Kris or Allison win.

-- 5. Posted by: Andy at April 30, 2009 1:36 PM

I saw Taylor Hicks in concert 2ce, & would go again. The man looks HOT & sounds incredible! As with all results show, since we don't get to see the actual figures, I beleive Adam was put in the bottom for ratings. Obama had every other station taken & if you never watched AI before, they made it memorable! Go Adam, I'll buy your CD!

-- 6. Posted by: Joyce at May 1, 2009 8:00 AM

I feel Adam is 2009 AMERICAN IDOLL!! For sure Adam you are the best.I'd buy your albums too!...My prediction will be Adam as IDOL and Danny as runner up. GOE GUYS!! AND GOOD LUCK!

-- 7. Posted by: michelle at May 1, 2009 11:26 AM

Taylor was absolutely amazing! He blew everyone else off the stage and you could see the musicians smiling. That, honestly holds more meaning for me than any judges comments!

No one else on Idol have ever come close to Taylor, and I honestly believe they will never top Season 5 for talent.

-- 8. Posted by: Q at May 1, 2009 1:40 PM

To the last poster, ??? best ???
I like Taylor, he's a good performer. But in my opinion there have been at least 3 other idol winners head and shoulders better than him. And Season 5 did have great talent, but it was a disgrace that Daughtry didn't win.

-- 9. Posted by: Andy at May 1, 2009 4:43 PM

Yes Q ---
No one else on Idol has ever come close to Taylor and I might add - No one else ever will......

-- 10. Posted by: Carolle at May 4, 2009 9:21 AM

And how does that mean? I do not understand anything.

-- 11. Posted by: Brandon at January 29, 2013 4:02 PM

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