American Idol
Results: Top 24

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The Blake Lewis Show, Guest-Starring: Everybody
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Today we will break the group down from 40 to 24, but not by doing anything we didn't already do, as far as I can tell ... they make them sit in the Chair and tell them their decision, but I am unsure why, since the last time they sang, I thought, was when they were cut from 56 to 40. Lots of names and faces go whizzing by, and Ryan Seacrest looks particularly appealing right now, and all season, and I'm glad. Whatever lack of sleep he was getting last year, I'm glad he fixed it.

Doom piano attends the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, but there it is not all bad, because for every plink of the doom piano, there's at least five seconds of the camera staring at Blake Lewis for the same reason that that room off the stage at the old set was shaped like Coca-Cola: the more you see it, the more you want it, and this episode pushes the Blake Lewis brand pretty much non-stop, to give him and a few others the edge over their competition, and just like every year, it's totally going to work. But this year, um, he actually is the best, so we're not going to have a Judd Harris situation, but PS, I still miss Judd Harris. There's a girl with shaky hands and a nervous stomach, and one of those two guys who are Nick and Phil, and then the other one, and they all get to do that stuff where they go up the elevator and walk across the very long room and sit in the Chair and fooferaw to no great effect. For some reason this is less dramatic than in past seasons, maybe because the editing is so much more obvious, and has been throughout.

Sanjaya Malakar works that runway like the fiercest diva ever to sell it, catwalking directly for them, and we get to see a bit of his solo from yesterday, which was amazing. He's got a little Jeff Buckley in there, for a sec. Was not expecting that. Nice. He interviews prior to the reveal that the process has been easier for him, because of the mutual support with Shyamali, so it's kind of sad that she didn't make it or something, but now he's freakin'. Flashback to him crying into her hair. He admits that making it into the Top 24 would obviously make him ecstatic, but there's a whole ickiness now that she's gone that kind of makes it weird. In the Chair, Paula and Simon are by turns creepy and sweet, and Paula finally puts him through. He's adorable; shivers and gets shy and bashful and generally loses track of all his stuff. Paula tells him to go tell everybody, and downstairs, he hugs everyone in California.

Next is Gigantic Anna Kearns, who I love, and she sits down all charming to give Simon a Hairy Mandisa Eyeball about how he called her a giraffe, but it's okay because giraffes are beautiful, whatever, and Simon is totally charming in his apology, then lies that it was meant as a compliment. Randy breaks the news to her that she didn't make it through, and weirdly calls this "see you later" time, which sounds just really flippant and heartless, and...she literally cannot, does not believe them. She thinks they're fucking with her, and she's like, "But I'm really really tall?" Simon shakes his head I think, tinily, because I think he's having the same thought I'm having, which goes along these basic lines: "Honey, stop. I like you too much. Stop babbling. Don't give the producers this." But she does, and she keeps -- ick -- admitting that she's not the best singer in the world, but...and then not filling in the blank, so finally Simon has to: "So it's about being tall?" Which is kind of the only place she could go with this conversation, once she took the "I am very unique" angle, which she should not be doing ever, and she gives in and leaves. Also out is Bernard Williams of Birmingham, with his scary eyes, and when he comes downstairs, Buckstein and Gina -- and Blake, of course -- are shocked, because they all loved him. Eric Davis, whose name I could have sworn was Justin for some reason, is the nice Christian that let Pigtails into his group, and he is gone, as is Tami Gosnell the lovely lesbian-slash-homeless person.

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