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American Idol Season 8 Top 7 Results

Published April 16, 2009 in Television
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
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I will title this week’s results show “No Door Matt”.

The show opened with Ryan reminding us the judges’ save is in play for two more weeks. Tonight ‘could’ be the end of someone’s Idol journey. And someone ‘could’ go home. It is almost as if he knew…

The Ford music video was set to “Freeze Frame”. Our idols were popped on and off magazine covers.

To continue the ‘Songs from the Cinema’ theme, the group number was “Maniac” from the movie “Flashdance”. Matt Giraud was certainly featured in the piece.


American Idol: Top 7 Results


The contestants attended the premier of “17 Again”, starring Zac Ephron and Matthew Perry. Zac was in the Idol house.

Here we go “Dim the lights” – Allison Iraheta – safe; Adam Lambert – safe; Anoop Desai – in the Bottom 3 (Again! And this was one of Anoop’s best performances.)

In her first return to the Idol stage since being eliminated, Jennifer Hudson sang “If this Isn’t Love”. Her debut self-titled album won a Grammy for best R&B album. Jennifer took home the Oscar for her amazing performance in “Dreamgirls”.

Back to the results. “Dim the lights” – Kris Allen and Lil Rounds stood together – Kris was safe and Lil joined Anoop on the stools of shame; Matt Giraud and Danny Gokey stood together- Danny was safe and Matt made up the last of the Bottom 3.

Ryan granted Anoop Desai his reprieve to return to the sofa of safety.



Next up was a performance from Miley Cyrus. She ‘sang’ “The Climb”. I just don’t get this people. I know she is only 16 so I will be kind but, is this singing? Parts of this song were painful. Someone send her Carrie Underwood’s body of work. I am begging you AI producers, there are enough talented AI alums and former Idol mentors; let’s restrict performances to those people.

Finally, “Dim the lights” – Ryan told us over 36 million votes were cast and Matt was the bottom vote getter. Matt sang for his life. I did not think it possible, but he was worse than Tuesday night. This was not a good song for him. The judges were conferring, Kara and Paula were dancing, the audience was cheering “save, save, save”. After all of this concluded, Simon said, “Matt, it’s good news” – the judges played the save. Idol history had been made. Our Idols went crazy hugging and congratulating Matt. Simon warned them not to be too quick to congratulate him because 2 people will go home next week and it will be Disco Night. (Disco has been a historically difficult week for contestants on AI.)

Was it the right thing to do? What if, by some crazy turn of events, one of the front runners is in the Bottom 2? Could a favorite be lost and therefore defeat the purpose of the save? As we know next week is Disco, so put on your “Boogie Shoes”. American Idol performances on Tuesday/ results on Wednesday night on Fox.

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