Rocker Shocker as 'American Idol' Cuts to Seven
8:00 p.m. The results are in and American Idol is actually starting at 8 p.m. What a sweet relief after all of the 8:58 and 7:31 starts of recent weeks.
8:01 p.m. Even more guest stars and surprises? Hannah Montana? Please?
8:02 p.m. Remember last night? I do. I was watching for all 158 minutes. But just in case you've forgotten... Did we get to a googillion dollars? And can we ban
8:05 p.m. So what's the
8:05 p.m. So far, the Idol Gives Back tally is over $60 million. Good on you, America.
8:06 p.m. This Jewish recapper isn't exactly sure why the very Jesus-specific "Shout to the Lord" is getting its second performance in two nights. There are so many fine religious songs that are directed at a general, more-encompassing, all-loving "God." One of those might bring more viewers under the Idol Big Tent (we won't discuss the atheists or agnostics who might also want to watch Idol without being preached at). Uh-oh. Cue the hate e-mails.
8:13 p.m. Puberty hasn't been kind to Zack and Cody. Uh-oh. Cue more hate e-mails. I'm on a roll tonight. Anybody got a puppy for me to kick?
8:14 p.m. Hi, celebrity lip-synching montage that didn't make the cut last night (set to "I'm a Believer"). Poor
8:15 p.m. There were 31 million votes cast after Tuesday's show. Who will take their place on the Ignominious Stools and who will ride out the hour in the plush comfort of the Sofa of Love? America's Nanny
8:19 p.m. Presumptive American Idol Winner
8:25 p.m. On his trip to Africa,
8:29 p.m. Where's Melinda Doolittle at? Just curious. I have no quarrel with last season's Idol winner
8:33 p.m. Four fans bring out a pair of platinum records for downloads of two singles, plus a gold album for her debut CD. This is a direct retaliation against the naysayers who have questioned the success of recent winners. I know this because Seacrest ends the segment with the very imperative pronouncement, "Idol works!" Now stop talking about all of those recent favorites without record deals!
8:37 p.m. The week's Ford commercial gets arty, as the Top Eight throw pain at each other in the
8:39 p.m. After a brief and fruitless discussion of the high cost of ukuleles in today's ukulele-hostile marketplace,
8:41 p.m. I guess I'd have preferred somebody other than Michael to be there, but the other two were no-brainer picks for the Ignominious Stools.
8:45 p.m. It's former American Idol Audience Elephant
8:49 p.m. Randy thinks the Bottom Three is pretty surprising. In what way, Randall? Paula agrees that the Bottom Three is "partly right, partly wrong." As always, Simon insists that America is listening to him.
8:53 p.m. Elimination time! Syesha and Carly... are safe. We were due for a big surprise in the voting and tonight we get one. Michael Johns is done.
8:54 p.m. Ryan gives Michael a few seconds of hope by reminding viewers that nobody went home in last year's Idol Gives Back week. This year? No such luck. Simon and Randy are stern and disapproving. Paula is aghast. After several weeks of singers who were resigned to their fates, Michael admits to being surprised.
8:57 p.m. I didn't think Michael was at his best on Tuesday, but this was nowhere close to his time to go. Randy urges him to keep on rocking. Paula's such a big fan and she tells him to get on with his career. Even Simon says he'll miss him.
8:58 p.m. Michael goes into the audience to sing his good-bye song. By my count, at least one of the remaining men and three or four of the women should have been gone first.
Agree? Disagree? What do you think went wrong with Michael?
And, as always, check out Zap2it's Guide to American Idol.