American Idol Gives Back Elimination Inspirational Songs Week

The 2 hour special program American Idol Gives Back was not seen by many people who use a DVR because the program went 2 hours and 25 minutes.  They saved the elimination for the end, so many people who were hoping to see the elimination portion of Inspirational Songs week were short of recording time.

There were many guest celebrities and musicians who participated in this fund-raising event. President Obama started off the show with a plea to help the less fortunate and told the remaining contestants that “you are all my dawgs”. Ban Ki-Moon, the President of the United Nations, made a similar plea, but obviously doesn’t watch Idol, so he made no endearing remarks to the audience or contestants. Annie Lennox, Morgan Freeman, and David Cook went to poor areas of the United States and Africa to show how the money that is being pledged has, and will continue to help less fortunate people around the world.

Queen Latifah held a simulcast and hosted several musical acts including the Black Eyed Peas, Jeff Beck, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, and Elton John. George Lopez and Wanda Sykes did comedy bits about American Idol. George judged the judges and Wanda made fun of the show. Both were done very tastefully.

Crystal Bowersox and Casey James were brought to the stage. It was announced that Crystal was safe and Casey wasn’t.  He was in the bottom three. Then Aaron Kelly and Lee DeWyze came out. Lee was safe and Aaron was in the bottom three. Then Siobhan Magnus, Michael Lynche, and Tim Urban were brought out. Siobhan was sent to safety while we waited to find out that Mike was also safe, putting Tim in the bottom three.

With Casey, Aaron, and Tim hoping to remain in the contest, it was announced that Aaron was safe, Leaving Casey and Tim to await their fate. Tim got the fewest votes and he reacted better than any previous contestant. He was all smiles. He knew that he had beaten the odds by lasting this long.  He was brought into the top 12 after having been sent home–because another contestant dropped out. He had some poor weeks, but endeared young voters with his positive attitude, charm, and good looks. He has a great summer job singing on the Idol tour and will gain incredible experience. He seems to have been the most grateful and gracious of all of the previous non-winners.  Casey dodged a bullet, as this previous front-runner has been a little bit too relaxed and nonchalant for this incredible opportunity.

tim urban

Next week, the Idols will be mentored and sing songs by Shania Twain. Country week has historically been tough on many contestants–but nothing could be worse than Inspirational Song week, as 6 of 7 contestants did not have a great performance. The remaining 6 contestants will need to step it up a notch and put on a great show or will be sent home.


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