"American Idol" in 60 Seconds has fast become an MTV News institution, but it goes by so fast that it's not always easy to catch every golden nugget. So, here we present to you Jim Cantiello's bite-size recap of this week's "Idol" high jinks.
This week, [article id="1637081"]"American Idol"[/article] producers targeted the tween demo by forcing the top nine to sing the songs of Elvis Presley! And where better to rehearse than on the stage of the Cirque du Elvis Las Vegas stage show?!
[article id="1636130"]Adam Lambert broke all sorts of barriers[/article] by being the first openly-"Idol" contestant to return to the show as a guest mentor. Although Adam's advice was spot-on and intuitive (Yo, Andrew, stop being a bore! Yo, Aaron Kelly, stop being a 5-year-old! Yo, Lee Dewyze, Jocelyn Wildenstein moves her face more than you!) most of the contestants blatantly ignored his wisdom. The result? An episode as entertaining as "3000 Miles to Graceland." Yep, it was that bad.
The only thing that kept viewers from switching over to "Lost" was Ryan Seacrest's increasingly erratic behavior. He slow-danced during Tim Urban's (kind of awesome) performance; he slurred his speech; he made inappropriate comments to contestants; he forgot he was on live television — it was like Paula Abdul never left "Idol." So congratulations, Mariah Carey! Your loopy "TRL" appearance from 2001 is no longer the wackiest thing we've seen on live television.
On Wednesday night's results show (which featured a double elimination), we learned that "Idol Gives Back" will have the same lineup as the one from two years ago. (Basically.) We also learned that Kara DioGuardi is somehow even more unappealing when she's holding an adorable African baby.
Two "Idol" alums returned to sing a song, and each brought something special to the stage. Adam Lambert brought lasers and a glittery ear monitor, while Brooke White brought along deadweight in the form of Miley Cyrus' tone deaf ex-boyfriend, Justin Gaston.
Once results time arrived, Andrew was the first to get the boot, and he straight up didn't sing "Straight Up" as his farewell song. By the end of the hour, Katie Stevens was the other singer sent packing, putting the "cut" in "Connecticut."
Next week is "Idol Gives Back," which means we'll hear inspirational ballads from the top seven. You've been warned.
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