American Idol dismissal night was chock full of interesting events, including the musical future of Matt Giraud. The celebrity performances of the night on the Wednesday, April 15, 2009, American Idol show consisted of 2004 American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson and teen sensation Miley Cyrus.
The opening act on the April 15 edition of American Idol was the remaining seven Idol contestants performing “Maniac” by Michael Sembello from the movie “Flash Dance.” The “Maniac” performance was in keeping with the music of the movies week on American Idol. The Idol group had some performance boo boos such as Anoop Desai almost tripping while going down the steps and Allison Iraheta dressed like she forgot she was about to be on national TV.
The field trip of the week for the lucky American Idol performers was a cruise in the American Idol limo to the premier of the movie “17 Again,” a stroll on the red carpet, posing for snapshots and other celebrity stuff. “17 Again,” starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, will hit the theatres Friday, April 17. More info on the movie can be found here.
Miley Cyrus was the opening act for Jennifer Hudson on the April 15 edition of American Idol on the Fox network. Cyrus sang “The Climb,” a single from her movie entitled “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” Cyrus donned a floor length formal gown and looked to be in her 20s, yet sang like a little girl. Too bad Cyrus had to ruin her beautiful persona by slinging her head around so much that she looked like she’d just been in a wind tunnel. Makeup! For Cyrus’s website, click here.
Former American Idol contestant from 2004, Jennifer Hudson, must have had a feeling of déjà vu as she performed “If This Isn’t Love” from her self titled debut album. After being booted off American Idol in 2004, Hudson showed the world what she was really made of. She starred in the movie “Dreamgirls” in 2006 and won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Grammy Award. Not too shabby for an American Idol reject. For more info on Jennifer Hudson, click here.
Finally, the bottom three lowest scoring American Idol competitors were made public. The bottom three for the week of April 15 were Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds and Matt Giraud. Ryan Seacrest asked Simon Cowell if the judges would deploy the rare “save” for anyone in the bottom three. Cowell’s response was that there could be one American Idol contestant worth saving.
When Ryan Seacrest finally made the announcement of who scored the lowest number of viewer votes, it was Giraud who was slated to return home on the April 15 episode of American Idol. Singing for his musical future, Giraud belted out the same pitchy, voice cracking number of “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.” I am still a fan of Giraud’s and it is quite obvious that the vocal strain on the Idol contestants is really taking its toll. After Giraud’s nail biting repeat performance and the American Idol crowd chanting save, save, save, the judges were all smiles and Giraud begins to weep as Cowell said the news was good.
So, America, Matt Giraud will be around one more week to continue the American Idol charade. Cowell was quick to point out, though, that next week, two Idol contestants will be receiving a one-way ticket home. My feelings are, “Why bother?” This tactic makes no sense at all and is just another American Idol attempt to keep viewer attention. We all know who is going to carry home the American Idol gold. Oh well, enjoy another free week in the mansion, folks, courtesy of American Idol.