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American Idol Eliminates Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens, Welcomes Back Adam Lambert

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Viewers got it right on American Idol last night, but that didn't make it any sadder to watch Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens go home.

The tears started flowing for Katie as soon as her name was announced at the conclusion of the results show, as Siobhan Magnus and Crystal Bowersox also cried over this young singer's departure.

Interestingly, those are now the only two female finalists remaining, following weeks of pre-show hype from judges saying this would be a woman's year to win.

It still might be, of course. Bowersox is definitely the favorite to go all the way.

End of the Idol Line

As for Garcia, he was humble and grateful: "I appreciate everything. I'm glad I'm here. I'm glad I've been through what I've been through. You guys let me experience something that I've never experienced."

Only seven contestants remain. Next week, they'll sing inspirational songs on Tuesday night and take part in the third Idol Gives Back special on Wednesday. It's unclear right now if anyone will be eliminated during that charitable edition of the show.

Meanwhile, Adam Lambert returned to the stage that made him a household name last night. Watch his laser beam-themed performance below.

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SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE BY ADAM LAMBERT . WOW FACTOR IS ALL OVER THIS YOUNG MAN . I PREDICTEDIT WHEN I FIRST SAW HIM. HE IS DEFINITELY THE WHOLE PACKAGE .G-D BLESS HIM. I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING LIKE LAST NIGHT SINCE ELVIS TOOK THE STAGE. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIM ON STAGE IN VEGAS.

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WOW!!!WOW!!! Is this guy amazing or what!!!! Just when you think ok he's gonna sing this song again (which I love)he goes and changes it up!!!! And Change It Up He Did. Adam is just amazing, his talent, creativity, his everything is just AMAZING!!!!! Glad to see that some non Adam fans (Larry) felt the same way about his performance as us Adam fan. Larry, you going to enjoy his CD, you will not be disappointed at all, my daugher and I listen to it everyday. Hope more people start appreciating his music, he is great!!!!!!!!

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It's too bad two had to be eliminated on a night when Adam Lambert had to perform. I was totally blown away by Adam's performance last night: breath-taking, electrifying and mesmerizing! I'm officially an Adam fan now. I'm sure it won't be a boring ride. Now, I need to go and buy his album and songs.

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OMG!!! That was one INCREDIBLE Adam's preformance. It amazes me how extremly talanted he REALLY is.
I have heard this song so many times, One of my favorite, and this was EPIC.
Adam is THE MASTER of changing songs and making them FREASH and exciting that you ,actually, don't get tired listening to them. Think about it, usally we like a song for a WHILE and then we kinda get boared with it, rigt? Not when you are listening to Adam's music, he keeps it FREASH ,everytime it's like you are listening to somewhat a NEW song. That's one of the things I found SO fascinating about him.
YES, he can sing, he has an IMMENSE talent. Yes he is good looking and HOT. Yes he is humble, kind and HONEST. But this guy is in his own leauge.with his ABLITY to sing and TEAR it up. EVERY time he takes the stage. He is today's SHOWMAN.

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Garcia and Stevens did well, they should be proud... and hey, how bad can touring across the U.S. this summer be, right? I'm sure the uber-talented Lilly Scott would have loved that opportunity. Adam Lambert was as exciting as ever, guy's got an amount of talent that should be outlawed. His magnetism, charisma and charm are just icing on the cake - that sweet treat being an incredible vocal prowess that the massess could be enjoying if only they opened themselves up to it. His "For Your Entertainment" cd is delicious and his acoustic performances are nothing short of stunning. Secondarily, I wish the mnassess would/could see what a downright nice guy Lambert is... but in the meantime, they should check out his music, because there really is something for everyone. If his performance on AI wasn't your cup of tea last night (which was something I think he did for his hard core fans who've treated him right - lots of sort of "references" in that performance that the uber-fans will delight in) but if that particular performance wasn't your cup of tea - just check out another, because that's the thing about Lambert that's so intriguing - immense diversity and creativity and he has a very mainstream sensibility too that could be enjoyed by so many more than the Glamberts. The guy's got "IT" factor coming out of everywhere. A talented few emerging now on AI9 - I hope they can get to the end by making it past the tween "he's sooo cuuute" vote. Don't think it's a mystery that the girls are dropping like flies... which is why of course AI should have revamped their voting system seasons ago to be, if not one phone-line/one vote, at least something more like DWTS which will only take in like 10 votes or something like that per phone line/email address etc. American Idol has a huge over-tween age following - too bad they don't honor that with a voting system that respects it.