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American Idol Season 8 Top 3 Results

Published May 14, 2009 in Television
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
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I will title this week’s result show – Gokey, Gokey, Gone.

The show opened with Fox pimping Night at the Museum, Battle of the Smithsonian. It was mildly funny, but the pertinence to the night was we learned the AI judge’s table is in fact going in the Smithsonian.

Ryan told us over 88 million votes were cast and only 1 million votes separated the Top 2.

The Ford Music Video of “Break my Stride”, done in reality and anime, did not sound much like the Top 3.

The stunning Alicia Keys, who is the global ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, made a plea for donations. Some of the funds raised help child victims of HIV/Aids in Rwanda. Finally Noah, a Rwandan boy, performed “I’m the World’s Greatest”. He learned the English in only one week.

Danny Gokey’s hometown visit was up first. There was a huge turnout in Milwaukee – he was reunited with his friend Jamar Rogers (remember Jamar from auditions and Hollywood week?) – a huge parade – the declaration of Danny Gokey Day– his account of tragedy to triumph in ten months – throwing out the opening pitch at a Brewers game – and thousands of ‘screaming’ fans.( I could not help myself after the fact the producers actually showed one of the Milwaukee fans waving a “Scream On” sign.)


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Ryan said “Dim the lights”, but this was only a tease and sent Danny to the sofa.

Kris Allen was up next. He told us he was so excited that Stoby’s, a local Arkansas eatery had awarded him with cheese dip for life. Kris felt that already made him a winner. His return to Arkansas showed clips of two performances – a parade – a visit to his parents’ home in Conway, highlighted with an emotional hug with his dad – the announcement of Kris Allen Day and some time in Little Rock. Definitely the visit with the most “warm, fuzzy, family feel”.

“Dim the lights” and Kris joined Danny on the sofa.

AI Season 6 winner, Jordin Sparks was joined by OneRepublic’s Ryan Teddy. She never looked more beautiful in her performance of “Battlefield”.



Adam Lambert’s hometown visit seemed the most ‘Hollywood’ (but San Diego is just south on the 5 freeway). He went to the local Fox morning news – the Metropolitan Education Theatre where he performed as a child – a huge event at Mt. Carmel, Adam’s high school ; where a “streaker” appeared in a white mini skirt and blue bra (Note to Idol producers – streaker means naked.) – he sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem – and was granted Adam Lambert day. Once again, Ryan said “Dim the lights” and sent Adam to the sofa. As Ryan joined the Top 3 on the sofa, Danny who looked quite anxious asked to bypass the rest of the show and “get this over with”. For someone who had never experienced the bottom, he seemed really nervous. But, Adam added “I want to see Katy Perry”. Who knew when she appeared on stage she would be sporting an Elvis costume (Vegas white jumpsuit Elvis) complete with cape emblazed with Adam Lambert on the back. Her number included Vegas showgirls. The singing was … we’ll just say bad.

Finally, here we go, for the last time this season Ryan said “Dim the lights” – the first person in the finale would be Kris! His facial expression was priceless. I’m not sure who was more stunned, Kris or the judges. (Simon rolled his eyes and Paula’s mouth was agape.)The crowd, especially his family, went wild. Danny and Adam were left with their arms around one another awaiting the verdict – the second person in the finale would be Adam. The judges were shocked. Danny Gokey was eliminated. Roll Danny’s Idol Journey Package. His tearful rendition of “You are so Beautiful” had Kara and Paula in a puddle. Simon commented Kris’ version of “Heartless” got him in the finale (Note to Simon, his singing talent, skill with song arrangement and likability got him to the finale. Where have you been the last 10 weeks?) Simon concluded by saying the finale could be “A Big Ding Dong” – I guess in Britain this is a good thing?

Ryan closed the show and told us there would be a two part finale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Well Idol fans, did you see this coming? Who will be the Season 8 American Idol? Will it be Adam, the front-runner from the beginning or Kris, the momentum-building dark horse? American Idol Season 8 Finale Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox.

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