'American Idol' elimination: Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens say bye-bye
But of course that meant a dreaded double elimination show was necessary for Wednesday (April 14) night.
Ryan Seacrest moved the show along at lightning speed to ensure ample time for two "Idol" boots and Adam Lambert's tricked-out light show performance. The host brought out Andrew Garcia, Casey James and Aaron Kelly, then promptly declared Garcia -- an early season favorite -- the one who would say his last goodbyes tonight.
Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus were the first two declared safe. Then Seacrest briefly taunted the always-nervous Lee DeWyze by making him walk with him -- over to the safety zone.
So the last three standing included "zero-to-hero" Tim Urban (of course he's safe), Katie Stevens, and the just-saved Michael Lynche.
We got to enjoy Lambert's wild green laser light show before learning that Katie Stevens would be joining Garcia on their way out the door.
Both contestants had consistently received poor critiques from the judges, so their exit was no big surprise from that standpoint.
Were YOU surprised to see either of them go?
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