Two will go home tonight on American Idol Season 9. There are no more saves, no more second chances. After tonight we will be down to 7.
Last night American Idol Season 9 sang the songs of Elvis Presley. Adam Lambert did an admirable job of mentoring the performers through this tricky set of songs. I expected a parade of karaoke and bad lounge act interpretations of Elvis. Andy Garcia, Aaron Kelly and Siobhan Magnus managed to meet that expectation. However, Crystal Bowersox (as always), Lee Dewyze and (believe it or not) Tim Urban delivered interesting, nuanced performances. See our live blog of American Idol Season 9 Elvis night.
Last week we experienced the Michael Lynche shocker. According to dialidol, America responded to the almost Lynche tragedy by voting for Michael Lynche more than any other performer in the American Idol Season 9 Top 9. Tim Urban has gained some well deserved momentum since the judges nearly had nervous breakdowns over his smiling. I think his star is on the rise and Tim Urban could make it into the American Idol Season 9 Top 5 (remember Syesha Mercado?). It is time for Aaron Kelly to go, but he won’t.
I think the bottom three will include Katie Stevens, Andrew Garcia and Siobhan Magnus. Katie and Andrew will go home and Siobhan will be so crushed that she loses her way the rest of the season.
Let’s find out together as we live blog the results for the second installment of the American Idol Season 9 Top 9.
Ryan tells us America voted 34 million times last night, the largest number this season. Adam Lambert and Brooke White perform. But first we start with a American Idol Season 9 group medley of Elvis classics. The medley gets the full Vegas lounge act review treatment.
To the results. Casey James stands first and he is joined by Aaron Kelly and Andy Garcia. Ryan walks them to the center of the stage. Andy Garcia looks like he thinks he is going home. Andrew Garcia is going home. Lee Dewyze is crushed, he loses his new best friend. I hate to see Andrew Garcia go home but it is time. What a classy guy, Andrew Garcia leaves with a statement of gratitude. Well done.
For this most commercial of endeavours, I very much appreciate American Idol‘s consistent commitment to global charities. Next week is Idol Gives Back.
Brooke White and Justin Gaston perform a duet of “Why Can’t My Dreams Come True”. Brooke sounds great and this Justin guy sings really well. This is the best guest performance of the past month.
It is time to set-up the second elimination. Who will be in the bottom 2? Crystal Bowersox is safe. SURPRISE! Siobhan Magnus is safe. Really, kind of a mild surprise. Lee Dewyze is safe. They leave Tim Urban, Michael Lynche and Katie Stevens in a sort of bottom 3.
Finally, Alicia Keys will mentor American Idol Season 9. The best musician on the scene today will guide the Idols through their selections of inspirational songs. I am excited.
It is time for Adam Lambert to reprise his place on the American Idol stage. Some things never change. I don’t think American Idol sprang for the lasers or the sparkling in-ear monitors last year, but that is about the only difference.
Will it be Tim, Michael or Katie? It is time to find out. Ryan sends Tim Urban back to safety. The season ends tonight for Katie Stevens. Ryan does reveal that Michael Lynche was not even in the bottom 3.
Join us next week for Idol Gives Back, inspirational songs and Alicia Keys.