9 p.m. --
To Save or Not To Save
So we're back, and Lil and Matt are on the chopping block. Argh, Matt got the lowest number of votes. If the judges don't save him, the producers will probably freak out, because there's nothing this show needs right now more than a big twist.
Matt Giraud does a fantastic job in his "sing for your life performance," and has Kara and Paula on their feet dancing around. He hits a bum note at the end and laughs, which is a shame. I really hope that doesn't hurt his chances at a save.
Kara and Paula join the crowd in chanting "save, save, save." Simon says he has no chance of winning the competition. Randy, Paula and Kara tell Simon to save him, and Simon says it's good news.
The judges save him, and he breaks down in tears, which is a goosebumps moment.
Next week, two Idols are going home, and it's Disco Week. And this show just got a whole lot more interesting.
8:53 p.m. --
Just Being Miley
On elimination nights I have to stay off Twitter so that I don't find out who gets kicked off before it happens. I've been successful tonight, which is a relief. There is nothing more annoying/earth shattering to an American Idol fan than hearing the results before the live show.
Miley Cyrus is singing "The Climb," which actually isn't a bad song, besides the last line of the chorus, which annoys me every time. "It's the climb" -- well duh. That's what the song is about, so show the listener, don't just flat out tell them. Sorry, pet peeve.
I've got to say, though, this performance is pretty pitchy, and I always find myself wondering how this girl got famous. Who knew tweens had so much influence in the culture?
Simon said he would consider saving someone, and it might come as a surprise to that person. Ryan asks if it's Lil, but I sincerely hope that it's Matt.
Here's my beef with Lil: she hasn't lived up to the spirit of the American Idol competition. She just keeps skating by week-by-week, but has not once had a "moment" on the Idol stage, which is what the show is all about. Most of the show is manufactured time-filling and karaoke performances, but viewers know that and put up with it because, every once in a while, a contestant does something that just blows us all away.
And just doing what you have to in order to get by is just not acceptable.
8:41 p.m. --
America Gets it Right
We're back to some eliminations, and Anoop admits that he's frustrated to be in the Bottom Three, since he did so well this week. Paul says he doesn't deserve to be there, and Simon says he does, because he has to keep up his mean vibe.
Kris and Lil stand up, and if Kris is in the Bottom Three I will be livid. This is such a clear choice I can't imagine it would be Kris, and even Simon says Kris' performance was brilliant.
Oh, I forgot that Lil talked back to the judges, which is the kiss of death for Idol contestants. Maybe she'll go home tonight.
Kris is safe, which restores a little bit of my faith in the American people. Lil is in the Bottom Three (finally) and now Matt and Danny stand up.
(Simon and Paula keep flirting during the eliminations, which is a bit distracting.)
Danny is safe, but not before he makes a very surprised face when he thinks he's in the Bottom Three. He doesn't come off looking very good after that, since humility is one of his best qualities and he didn't look very humble just then.
Of the Bottom Three, Anoop is safe. I really hope Matt doesn't go, because he is one of the best contestants this season.
Miley Cyrus coming up. Greeeeaaat.
8:31 p.m. --
Jennifer Hudson: Always an Idol
Jennifer Hudson is the only Idol alum to have won an Oscar, for "Dreamgirls." She also won a Best R&B album Grammy this year for her debut album. She says in the opening montage that this is her first time back on the Idol stage since she was eliminated.
Hudson looks beautiful as always, but this song has a very bizarre tune and feels disconnected. She reaches up midway to fix the monitor in her ear; she must have been having trouble hearing herself, because it gets a lot better from there.
Wow, I got goosebumps when she started singing in her higher register in the power portion of the end of the song. I just need to say really quickly that her rendition of "I'm Not Going" in Dreamgirls was one of the best songs I've heard in a long time.
Jennifer Hudson is a great reminder why American Idol exists in the first place.
8:19 p.m. --
Bottom Three 'Again'
Ryan questions the Idols about Quentin Tarantino and going to the "17 Again" premiere, and Allison has a crush on Zac Efron, which is adorable. But then, she's a 16-year-old girl, what do you expect?
Shameless plug for the movie, which actually looks halfway decent, we will see. Lil makes fun of Danny for being old, which is ridiculous because she looks at least 10 years older than him, which is all that matters in show business, right?
Now we get down to the results:
Well, Allison's safe, so there goes my whole prediction. As much as I love being right, that was kind of a relief.
Adam stands up, and talks about how he loves the "Rocky Horror Picture Show," which explains a lot. He's safe, which everyone expected.
Anoop looks pretty nervous, probably with good reason since hes been in the Bottom Three the last two weeks. Ryan tries to drag it out, and Anoop tells him to hurry up, so Ryan obliges and very meanly just says, "Bottom Three again, Anoop." Ouch.
We'll see who rounds out the Bottom Three after the break.
'Maniac' on the stage
An uber-dramatic movie-type montage leads off the show, since this week's mentor was Quentin Tarantino and the theme was movies.
Ugh Miley Cyrus is performing tonight. I'm so sick of her. Idol alumna Jennifer Hudson, however, is incredibly classy and has a wonderful voice, so I'm looking forward to hearing that.
The Ford Music Video this week is "Freeze Frame" and features the Idols singing from the covers of magazines. That was one of the worst music videos we've seen in a while from this show.
They're singing "Maniac" for the group sing, and Kara (the new judge)practically drools all over Kris, who sings the opening solo. She's been barely trying to hide her judge crush for the past three weeks, let's hope there is no Corey Clark situation this season. (Google it.)
I don't think they're lip-syncing this week, either. Matt Giraud "blows it out da box" in the immortal words of Randy Jackson on the mid-song solos, and sounds as good as he's sounded all season, actually.
7:56 p.m. --
Recap of 4/14
Last night's episode of American Idol was like a super-hyped blockbuster flop; it didn't live up to expectations.
And it had so much potential! The theme was Songs from the Movies, which includes some of the best and most memorable songs of recent history.
Why, then, were we subjected to a tuneless Bette Midler song, the theme from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and for some strange reason, "Born to be Wild" (which is possibly the most annoying/overrated song in existence).
So here's my recap:
Allison Iraheta -- decent but boring rendition of Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Anoop Desai -- beautifully sung but unmemorable "Everything I Do, I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams
Adam Lambert -- screechy and technically sound "Born to be Wild," which probably most of the world loved
Matt Giraud -- sang "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," which has a beautiful melody, but didn't wow me either
Danny Gokey -- sang "Endless Love" in a heartbreaking and easy-to-listen-to way. Much better than what we've heard from him lately.
Kris Allen -- finally, some imagination! Sang last year's Oscar-winning song, "Falling Slowly" from Once. But again, it could have been much better than it ended up.
Lil Rounds -- bored me to tears again this week with some song by Bette Midler.
My pick to go this week? In a fair world, Lil Rounds. However, I'm going to predict a shocker tonight (this season's getting too boring): Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds and Allison Iraheta in the Bottom Three, with Allison getting the fewest number of votes. But get ready: I'm guessing the judges will use their save, giving her at least one more week and forcing two contestants to get kicked off next week.