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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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    I was glad to see they got rid of heejun, he wasn't stepping up he blew it the week before with his funny side..which didn't bowl me over..I hope the next one to go is Skylar i can't stand her and her country twang..she is to over compatant she needs to slow down shes not going to a horse race...she suckd.

    Miranda-wicker

    @Not Rude Steve :) -- I agree with you that it'd be nice to know exactly how many votes each contestant received so that those of us who are pulling for a certain contestant can see exactly where s/he is ranking in the competition. It would be a great "new" thing to add. I don't even know that results like that would have to be posted until the night of the results show. Seeing that a performer like Phillip received less votes than DeAndre would surely get people voting. Of course that scenario about Phillip and DeAndre is hypothetical because if I saw that, I'd know for sure that America had lost its mind completely. As for Phillip, yes, his songs sound the same, and yes, he, like Skylar, needs to show a different side to himself. He can pick the Bluesy, classic rock numbers and slow them down a bit and still be true to himself. But I'll love him even if he doesn't.

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    @swannie--Overconfidence IS a problem. Yes, Jessica's a good singer. She has talent. However, she doesn't have as much talent as she thinks she has for her age and that's where her overconfidence comes out. She's very talent-show/pageanty in the same vein as Brielle Von Hugel and that won't make her a star. She shows no humility and that's off-putting.

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    @Terrie--I think you're right. The judges can only use the save up until a certain point in the competition. I think they're saving it for something like what could've happened last night. With Skylar in the bottom three, it could've been her. I think they would've saved her. I do think Skylar needs to change it up a bit. I have no problem with her singing country, or taking a pop song and making it country. She's clearly a country artist. But she needs to show more range within that genre. Country can be slow, too.

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    Continued from below... Having said all of this... why doesn't AI post the final vote tallies each week? There is currently no way to know if your favourite is in jeopardy of being on the brink of the bottom 3 or not. Maybe they are afraid to disclose craziness like the possibility that DeAndre had the most votes last night? In any case, I think it would add to the show and possibly make it better... comments?

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    I listened to all of them again on YouTube before the results show... My opinion is America did not vote correctly, with the exception of Heejun... it WAS his time, even though he really impressed me on Wednesday night and even more so last night. The vote should be for what happened the night before with some factor of previous performances (I hope!), plus tangibles and intangibles that keep coming up here (looks, cuteness, story, connection, memorable, yadda-yadda). Skylar and Hollie in the bottom 3? Wow. Who knows what Jessica is really thinking, but I have to agree it's apparent to me that she is carrying herself as someone who’s looking quite overconfident... almost a diva. Yes, she can sing, but there's somehting that is stopping me from liking her and maybe that's why. I really like Phil a lot, but his songs are starting to sound the same... but he is still top 3-4 for me. I'd put DeAndre’s voice and ability below Skylar, and especially below Hollie for SURE. Having said all of this... why doesn't AI post the final vote tallies each week? There is currently no way to know if your favourite is in jeopardy of being on the brink of the bottom 3 or not. I think it would add to the show and possibly make it better, or are they afraid to disclose craziness of something like the possibly of DeAndre getting the most votes last night? ... comments?

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    Yeah, you're too hard on Jessica. Just listen to the studio performance of her last night "Sweet Dreams", that could totally be a hit if it's not on Idol. Overconfidence? People have been complaining her 'surprised-the-judges-like-me" attitude and you're saying she's overconfident?
    Meh, Jessica is the best singer without doubt but at this rate, minus Deandre, everyone actually have a shot at coming out number one.

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    I don't think Jessica Sanches is over confident. She just knows that she works so hard and so she feels good about herself and it comes out. There's nothing wrong with that. It's strange that you don't think Skylar is over confident too, or is it a matter of putting someone in their place?

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    Not surprised about Skylar. Her voice isn't there for the quality of competition in the match. America called it right and next week needs to be more about flexibility in the range of song delivery than skill in one specific type of delivery ie. country. I feel that Skylar is vulnerable.

    Terrie

    Hey Miranda YES I was shocked Skylar was in the bottom three!!!!!
    I was more shocked Deandre WASN'T!!!!!!!! I really thought he'd go home.
    I guess all his hair flipping is doing something for all the teen age girls calling a billion times on their cell phones............. I wholeheartedly agree with you that it was time for HeeJun's journey to end. From the look on JLo's face I thought for sure the judges were going to save him. If I'm correct I think they said the judges can only use that save till they get to the top five. Right now my top ones are still Colton, Jessica and Phillip. If Elise keeps on the path she did last night, She will be one of my picks too. I suspect she will do well with 80's week next week.