'American Idol': Diddy Dirty Money, Ruben Studdard and the Kraken unleashed

american-idol-diddy-dirty-money-320.jpg "American Idol" packed its results show with lots of entertainment beyond just Usher, who also acted as mentor to the contestants this week.

Unsurprisingly, it was Diddy Dirty Money who delivered the most over-the-top performance, complete with violins, a staircase, dry ice effects, strobe lights and his signature white clothes.

Part '90s throwback, part aerobicized routine, "Hello Good Morning" was all attitude. It kept us entertained, but was it good?

See for yourself:



Rewinding to the top of the hour, we were treated to "American Idol" winner Ruuuuuuuben Studdard's return with a strong and assured performance of his "Don't Make 'Em Like You No More."

Healthier and happier, he did a creditable job, doing the "Idol" name proud.

Oh, and as a bonus, right before his performance was the hilarious "Clash of the Titans" meets "American Idol" trailer mashup. Simon Cowell is to be feared!




What did you think of the performances? Your favorite part of the night?

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