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American Idol Results: Down to 8...

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The American Idol judges decided against saving Erika Van Pelt last week, a decision she said left her feeling shafted. Unless the judges use their save, another contestant will be leaving us tonight.

But first we'll have our usual commentary by the voice of reason, Jimmy Iovine, as well as performances from Nicki Minaj and Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. That is, if we can ever get through the advertisements for Ford, the upcoming Aerosmith Global Warming tour, and watching the Top 9 flip out over tiny pantries, closets bigger than my house, and bidets in the Idol mansion.

American Idol Top 9

Elise Testone, Phillip Phillips, and Hollie Cavanagh take the stage first. Jimmy says Elise did herself a lot of good last night and totally agrees with me that Elise being older than the other female contestants is working in her favor. She's got the charisma and ability to command an audience that some of the other girls don't have. Jimmy thinks Phillip is on his way to being a "big, big star" and that Hollie is too technical and lacks experience, emotion, and soul. I think Jimmy is the smartest man I've heard speak on this show in two years.

One of my predictions from last night has come true. Hollie is in the bottom three. The lack of connection has definitely hurt her. Phillip is safe and so is Elise. Neither of which is shocking after their respective throwing down of the gauntlets yesterday.

Nicki Minaj almost had a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction with all the jumping around she did during her performance of "Starships." J.Lo's body language after Nicki Minaj's performance says that La Diva Latina wasn't amused. She especially wasn't amused when Nicki asked to guest judge and insinuated that J.Lo would need to scoot over. Or maybe she's just feeling superior about her ability to keep her goods under wraps against all odds in ways that other female performers can't seem to figure out.

Colton Dixon, Joshua Ledet, and Heejun Han are up next. Jimmy says that Colton was good, but not good enough last night. He deducted points from Colton's performance because Colton lost control of his emotions in a way unbecoming of someone who hasn't yet "made it." According to Jimmy, Joshua only performed about 85% of his song because his loss of emotions affected his voice. Jimmy things Heejun's the weakest link in the competition. I don't think Colton losing control of his emotions hurt him too terribly last night, but I know that performance wasn't his best. Joshua seemed all in his own head, and maybe that was because he allowed his emotions to overtake him. Maybe that's what felt disconnected to me about his performance last night. Heejun, well, yeah. My hopes aren't high that he's sticking around much longer.

Colton's safe. Joshua's safe. Heejun's in the bottom three. So far I'm two for two.

Scotty McCreery performs his new single "Watertower Town" with the accompaniment of a full band. He seems really comfortable and I'm happy for him. I even kind of like the song. country music is about telling a story and this song definitely does that. Jimmy comes out to congratulate Scotty on his platinum album and remind us all that Idol is definitely capable of producing stars. Good job, Scotty!

Skylar Laine, DeAndre Brackensick, and Jessica Sanchez are the last trio of the night. Jimmy says there's always something about Skylar that makes him want to vote for her but that in order to stay, she's going to have to pick a song with more...song. Jimmy is kind of apathetic about DeAndre and says that he needs more experience. He also says that the falsetto is "polarizing"--people will either love it or hate it and he's afraid they just won't get it. Jimmy feels like Jessica's a seasoned performer at the age of 16 and has more presence than people twice her age. I'm inclined to agree with Jimmy about Skylar and DeAndre, but not so much about Jessica. I know, I know, y'all think I'm too hard on the girl. But there's something about her that is very hit-and-miss with me. Overconfidence? Too much pageantry? I'm not sure.

Jessica's safe. DeAndre is...safe. Skylar's in the bottom three. And I'm completely shocked. But she's the first to be sent back to safety so my jaws are sufficiently unclenched.

Hollie's headed back to the couches. Heejun will be singing for the save tonight, futilely is my guess. If the judges didn't save Erika last week, they won't use the save on Heejun.

He repeats his song from last night, "A Song For You," and when he's done Steven says "You knew this was coming." We're saying goodbye to Heejun Han. This week the judges were more than right to save the save. It was time for Heejun's journey to end.

Next week is 80's week, so I'm expecting great things from Elise since she's the only remaining contestant who was even alive in that decade.

What did you think about the results from this week's show? Were you shocked to see Skylar in the bottom three?

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Jossua is wonderful. but you Jessica are the great one. Please show next week you are the best........... everrrrrrrrr take care.
Cesar

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Much as I hate to say it, I think that many if not most people are voting on looks as much as talent. Take Erika, for example. Her voice is as good or better than most of the contestants, yet she's gone and Colton is still there. Go figure. Jessica is obviously the best overall talent, and she will probably win, but I was wrong last year so I wouldn't bet on sheer talent winning the contest. If enough girls are jealous of her, she'll get booted too in favor some guy who stirs the hormones. Ah, human nature. Ain't it grand?

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totally vote jessica

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Saying Jessica is overconfident is very tough on you people. Her pageantry like performance was not a product of her own. Every production has choreographers who listens to the performer's song and imagine a choreography for that song. The production director is handling all these pageantries. All she needs to do is to follow what is instructed to her and it looked to some of the people here as overconfident. Well, she has the right to be confident because she used to be a scholar at the Hollywood Theater of Arts.

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...lovely voice and actually has moved me with his singing. Sadly, his vocal technique is too weak (hence the pitch problems and uneven tone). Hollie's got a good voice and technique, but little artistry, which makes her too bland. I can't see her sticking around much longer. I love Joshua, but he's moving in a bad direction. If he keeps on as he did last night, he'll damage his vocal cords. It's not necessary to shout in order to convey emotion. I wasn't a fan of Elise until last night, but wow! It took balls to take on Led Zep, but she totally pulled it off.My favorite still has to be Phillip. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of his performances, which I can't say for anyone else who made it to the finals. Who am I forgetting? Oh yeah, DeAndre. I thought he would be gone by now. I'm not sure his appeal to young girls is strong enough to keep him around, but now that he's got the support of VFTW, we may have to put up with him a bit longer.

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So right about Jimmy! I was thinking he should be a judge, since he's the only one on the show who tells it like it is. As for Jessica, Jimmy was right when he commented on her over-elaborate arrangements and show-offy oversinging. I think she's very talented, but for me, her versions of "Dock of the Bay" and "I Will Always Love You" were ridiculous, showed no understanding of the songs, and made me cringe. But her confidence is not a problem unless it keeps her from taking good advice, and I think she has listened to Jimmy. Skylar is getting votes solely because she is the only country singer left, but she's no Carrie Underwood (not even a Kellie Pickler). Jimmy wants more "song" from her, but he'll be disappointed, because she's all attitude and no voice. I cannot stand anything about Colton Dixon, and I'm baffled as to why the judges (and America) like him; maybe it’s his hair. His voice is so harsh and ugly that I'm tempted to hit mute. I'd much rather hear Hee Jun, who has a lovely voice and actually has moved me with his singing a couple times. Sadly, his vocal technique is too weak (hence the pitch problems and uneven tone). Hollie's got a good voice and technique, but little artistry, which makes her too bland. I can't see her sticking around much longer. I love Joshua, but he's moving in a bad direction. If he keeps on as he did last night, he'll damage his vocal cords. It's not necessary to shout in order to convey emotion. I wasn't a fan of Elise until last night, but wow! It took balls to take on Led Zep, but she totally pulled it off.My favorite still has to be Phillip. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of his performances, which I can't say for anyone else who made it to the finals. Who am I forgetting? Oh yeah, DeAndre. I thought he would be gone by now. I'm not sure his appeal to young girls is strong enough to keep him around, but now that he's got the support of VFTW, we may have to put up with him a bit longer.

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I liked heejuns performance but it was his time. I don't think Jessica is overconfident... but I do think she embodies pageantry and that will get on anyones nerves. I think skylar is overconfident. She's comfortable in her pop country status and she lacks a connection with the audience and a humility and it makes her irritating. She doesn't feel authentic when she sings. I feel like I'm watching karaoke at a rodeo. I truly look forward to eighties week. Im really rooting for Phillip the most but if I take into account how polarizing it is winning this show, the only one who could fit that mold is Jessica. Because she can be molded and she'd allow herself to be made into what they tell her to be. The others wouldn't or won't fit into where they'd want them to be.

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I am not sure how you can say Jessica appears overconfident. Watching the show, I see humility in her, from the way she interacts with mentors and with the judges. Doesn't overconfidence mean that you stop listening to other people's advices and critique because you feel you already are the best? If you say she has overconfidence because she feels like she is better than she is, again, how did she manifest that?

Terrie

I agree that it is high time for AI to change it up a bit. As in, posting the actual vote numbers. I really don't see them ever doing that as it could lead to discord among the contestants and as passionate as some are about this show poossible riots in the streets!!!!!! To those saying Phillip is sounding the same every week.......that's called BEING CONSISTANT. At this stage in the game, however, he is going to have a show another side of himself if he wants to carry on.......I still think he's a top contender at this point. Skylar DOES need to tone it down a bit. Her performance this week was a bit over the top. To those that still don't like Elise, WHERE WERE YOU Wednesday night? She absolutely ROCKED that Zeplin song!!!!!!! She redeemed herself.....

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I am so sorry HeeJun was voted off. After the way he sang this week, he should have gone on. Thought sure the judges would have given him the chance to go on. The softness and feeling was beautiful and I could listen to that all day. Sorry his comedic personality did not appeal to the viewers, but he realized it, although too late. I do not know what he meant by not wanting to "let the kids down". At least he did make it to be on the tour and I hope a recording company will offer him a contract. I surely would buy his album. As for Elise, Skylar and DeanDre - too much, too much yelling/singing - like trying to stretch their voice too much. Like Jessica and Hollie who truly have beautiful voices as well as Joshua (much feeling in his voice). I have always felt that singers like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett felt the meaning of the words and made you feel it; that is why their careers lasted so many years. You don't hear this with rapsters or a lot of the singers today.