The last three American Idol contestants held their breath on May 13, 2009, in anticipation of which lucky two would be moving on to the American Idol grand finale next week. Guest stars for the American Idol elimination episode were Jordan Sparks, Katy Perry and Noah, with surprise appearances by Alicia Keys and Ben Stiller.
In an effort to relieve a bit of the elimination pressure, Ben Stiller and a host of other guys opened the May 13 American Idol show with a comedic skit of Ryan Seacrest being absent due to a botched up bikini wax. Stiller took the advantage of pimping his new movie, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” For more info on the movie, which will appear in theatres on May 22, click here.
The American Idol Ford music video of the week, “Break My Stride,” featured the Idols using their caricature super powers to make life a bit easier. To watch the video, click here.
Alicia Keys, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, urged America to assist in the prevention of AIDS. Keys introduced a young man from Rwanda, named Noah. Noah performed “I’m the World’s Greatest,” a single in which all proceeds go toward the prevention of HIV. This courageous young man’s story is guaranteed to touch a nerve. To visit the Keep A Child Alive website and to learn more about Noah, click here. Visit the itunes section of the American Idol website to purchase a download of Noah’s single here.
American Idol musical guest, Katy Perry, performed her latest single, “Waking Up in Vegas.” For a look at Perry’s webpage, click here. Former American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, performed her new single, “Battlefield,” on her old stomping grounds. To check out Sparks’ website, click here.
At elimination time on American Idol, Ryan Seacrest attempted to keep American Idol fans in suspense by calling Danny Gokey out from backstage first. After Gokey’s judges’ comments review, Gokey was asked to take a seat in the designated American Idol contestants area. Second to be called to the American Idol stage was Kris Allen. Allen was also asked to take a seat and relax next to Gokey. Adam Lambert was the last aspiring American Idol who was asked to take a seat by Gokey and Allen. When elimination time finally arrived, Seacrest announced that, after 88 million votes were tallied, Allen would be the first named to be in the American Idol grand finale next week. Next called out to be in the finale was Adam Lambert, which meant that Gokey was the unlucky winner of a ticket back home on the night of May 13.
Gokey’s farewell repeat of “You Are So Beautiful” struck an emotional chord with all American Idol fans. Gokey’s farewell song was so touching, this writer was crying, my daughter was crying, Paula Abdul was crying . . . everyone was crying. We all know that May 13 would not be the last glimpse of Gokey’s talent. When the American Idol door closes, other doors open. Good luck and Godspeed, Danny Gokey.