American Idol 8 Finals: Semifinal Results

OK, I’ve had a bad day… I found out I’m losing my job in August… in comparison, all someone will lose in the next hour is their dream of being the 8th American Idol.  I’ll survive.  Will tonight’s elimination victim? 🙂

Get ready for lots of footage of contestant hometown visits… another awkward Ford video… and plenty of other filler before we reduce the field to the Final Two.  This… is Hometown Heroes night.  This… is the last show before Finals week.  And THIS… is American Idol. *music cue*

Talk about filler… we start with an aimless short film (featuring Ben Stiller and the Night At The Museum cast).  Did I make a wrong turn?  Is this American Idol or SNL?  Can we get on with the show?

Holy (ahem)… 88 million votes, and Seacrest is hinting at a surprise (if I were to wager, it’s that Kris may have sneaked ahead of Danny – there’s no way that Adam misses the Finals)…

…and right into the Awkward Ford Video… "Break My Stride” (do you remember who sang it back in the Great Eighties?  No peeking at Wikipedia!)…

…from there, a surprise appearance by Alicia Keys.  Tragically, she’s not singing.  She’s introducing an Idol Gives Head Back plea for money. Gee, I don’t think this is a good time to ask me for money…  While Alicia isn’t singing, a Rwandan child who benefited from Keep A Child Alive does sing… if you want to help, text “ALIVE” to 90999 to donate $5.

…and we’re back… more dates added to the Idol Top 10 tour (looks like second dates in Newark and Uniondale)… but we have the Top Three waiting for results now…

  • Danny Gokey has been summoned to the stage first.  And we’re treated to his Hometown Visit video.  There was cheering, screaming, a Fox local news appearance, product placement, tearful reunions, and screaming.  Oh, almost forgot the screaming.  After a tease, Danny is told to wait while…
  • Kris Allen is summoned to the stage.  And we’re treated to his Hometown Visit video.  There was cheering, screaming, a Fox local news appearance, product placement, tearful reunions, and screaming.  Oh, almost forgot the screaming.  After a tease, Kris is told to wait while…

…we take a break.  Interesting.  I wonder if they’re trying to tell us something. 

We’re back with Jordin Sparks and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (hmmm… gee, “Apologize” was just used last night… and now… nah, it has to be a coincidence)…

…off to a break, with an extended Glee preview-preview.  Yes, a preview of the preview Tuesday of the series that starts in September – and probably tanks in October.  I know I’m voting for it in the 2009 Ted Marshall TV Death Pool.  Back to our show…

  • Adam Lambert is summoned to the stage, refers to “CBS Studios”, and to the streaker, who probably won’t be referenced again. And we’re treated to his Hometown Visit video.  There was cheering, screaming, a Fox local news appearance, product placement, tearful reunions, and screaming.  Oh, almost forgot the screaming.  After a tease, Adam is told to wait while…

…we go to break.  Really, Fox needs to look at 30-minute results shows next year.  This is rather excruciating.

We will get to the results Real Soon Now.  BUT… Katy Perry performs her latest single live first.  Gokey wants the results, Lambert wants to see Katy Perry sing “Waking Up In Vegas”.  Guess who’s nervous and who’s confident…

Damn, that’s one of the more… interesting… Elvis outfits I’ve ever seen.  But it’s clear that Katy is another studio creation the more she sings live…

This just in – VFTW explains the Simon-Kara feud last night…

We’re back, it’s 9:56 PM, and we get it over with…

  • The first finalist is Kris Allen.  Oh my… does this mean Gokey gets gone?
  • The second finalist is Adam Lambert.
  • Danny Gokey has been eliminated in third place.  Time for the “Home Sweet Home” video, one more reminder of Danny’s late wife, and the swan song.  Of course, it’s “You Are So Beautiful”, so America can feel guilty about sending the young widower home. :)  If you DVR’ed the show, and didn’t give the recording extra time, you missed Danny’s song.

The finale is Tuesday at 8e/7c.  Adam Lambert gets the title at about 10:02e/9:02c on Wednesday, after two long hours of filler and product placement, which I’ll watch so you can skip it.  We’re way over time… your late local news is next.

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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