AMERICAN IDOL Reveals First 3 of Top 12 for Season 8

WTH?!! Anoop is gone? Argggghhh! Most shocking and upsetting result of the night! Man, I thought he was a sure thing. I voted for him about 30 times and he’s still going home. What happened?! This is such a bummer. What a huge loss to the show. They’ve got to bring him back for the wild card round.

Tonight’s elimination show was a bloodbath compared to results shows of years past. Nine people were sent home instead of the usual two at this stage in the competition. (Bolded names are the ones who made it.)

The first person asked to face the music was Casey Carlson. No suspense there; her campy act was a disaster. She’s gone. Stephen Fowler was next with his “soaking wet hands” and was sent home, too. Then it was Alexis Grace’s turn and I knew she was safe. That girl killed last night and was by far the most impressive female. America agrees—yay! She’s the first one in.

Ryan asked her to reprise her performance, which was better than asking eliminated people to sing like they’ve done in the past. I mean, if someone’s getting kicked off for sucking, why would I want to listen to them repeat their sucky performance? Conversely, Alexis, with a shot of confidence from being the first one named to the top twelve, upped her game in her encore of “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You.” She burned it up! This Kristin Bell-lookalike is definitely one to watch. She keeps getting better and better.

Next up were Jackie Tohn and Ricky Braddy. Jackie said she disagreed with Simon 100% that her performance was cheesy. Loved Simon’s response: “We’ll see.” Yup, she’s gone and so’s Braddy. No surprises here.

Then the shocker. Anoop was asked to step forward with Michael Sarver. I was just thinking, “It’s a no brainer. Sorry, Michael” when Ryan dropped the bomb that Sarver was the one who’s safe and Anoop was eliminated. I had to rewind the DVR to make sure I heard Ryan correctly. America let Anoopy down!

At this point, there were five people left vying for the last seat available tonight. Ryan took a break from dishing out results by bringing on Michael Johns and Carly Smithson to do a duet to the Box Tops’ “The Letter.” Johns looked spiffy and Smithson went on about some emergency weave-shopping incident. Then they started singing and oof, it was not good for me. Johns was all right (I loved his Michael Hutchence-ness last year) but Smithson was shrieky. They went for volume instead of emotion regarding that letter. It’s a good thing they couldn’t be voted off for this performance.

Back to the eliminations. Ann Marie Boskovich, Brent Keith and Stevie Wright were asked to stand up. Since they weren’t even asked to come down to center stage, it wasn’t hard to predict they were all goners.

And then there were two—Danny Gokey and Tatiana Del Toro. It was so obvious Danny would be the victor but Tatiana took it hard. I must say, I wasn’t rooting for her but I got no joy from seeing her dreams crushed like that. At the end of the day, she’s still human and I felt kinda bad seeing how devastated she was.

So, 2 out of the 3 people I voted for made it; I’m just disappointed about Anoop. If the producers have any common sense at all, they’ll bring him back. This kid will boost their ratings.

Next week, the second group of 12 will perform: Megan Corkrey, Kris Allen, Mishavonna Henson, Matt Breitzke, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, Jasmine Murray, Kai Kalama, Jesse Langseth, Adam Lambert, Jeanine Vailes and Norman Gentle. (Dude, I’m begging you—buy a new shirt.) Based on their past performances, I’m rooting for Jesse Langseth, Megan Corkrey and Matt Giraud.

What did you think of the eliminations? Were they too harsh or fair? Do you like this year’s new voting system? Post me some comments!

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    February 19, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Anoop is gone? What a rotten way to begin the main part of the competition.

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    February 19, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I am mixed on the whole thing. I love it that they got rid of a lot of people who should have never gotten this far (goodbye, Tatiana!), but to get rid of Anoop is just plain crazy!

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    February 19, 2009 at 9:48 am

    ANOOP IS GONE?!??! WTF? WTF?!?!

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    February 19, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Well, I do like Alexis Grace, but I am still scratching my head over Michael Sarver. He’s a nice guy, but so was Ruben and no one bought his CD.

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    ARB Ent
    February 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Alexis Grace can come over and sing to me anytime she wants. Dig the stripe.

    I think the spandex pants Jackie Tohn borrowed from Randy did her in. (LOL)

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    February 21, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Thanks, Elyse!! Just when I thought I’d successfully eliminated one t.v. show from my “must-watch” list, you lured me back in with your review of American Idol. I watched Alexis Grace’s performance on YouTube, and I’m hooked on A.I. once again!! I totally agree with your take on this girl; she’s amazing! Now I can’t wait for your next review!

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      February 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

      Hi Helen,

      Ack! Isn’t A.I. addiction awful? I hope you saw the clip with Alexis wearing the hat because that was even better than the first time she performed in the black dress. That girl is one little package of dynamite.

      I won’t apologize for sucking you back in because it’s more fun with more addicts here!

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    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    the producers of American Idol are obviously singling out Danny Gokey as their favorite, but i would like to see him win so i don’t mind

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