American Idol

Season 8 Episode 16

3rd Group Of 12 Perform

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Simon and Paula switched judging order at one point. Paula should have gone first after Nathaniel, but Simon did, and then Felicia sang and Paula went first, the next singer Randy went first, and they went in order after that.

    • Ryan supposedly broke a mic by accident, by dropping it, after Alex's performance.

    • After Taylor's performance the music started before Randy got to critique, possibly because they are so use to him going first and Simon being last, not Randy being last.

    • This is a 2 hour episode.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Although not mentioned why, Felicia Barton was called back. The reason was because Joanna Pacitti, who was originally selected as a semi-finalist, was found to have been having a "private relationship" with 19 Management so she was disqualified.

    • Songs sung tonight:
      Von Smith-"You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
      Taylor Vaifanua-"If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys
      Alex Wagner-Trugman-"I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" by Elton John
      Arianna Afsar-"The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA
      Ju'Not Joyner-"Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's
      Kristen McNamara-"Give Me One Reason" by Tracey Chapman
      Nathaniel Marshall-"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf
      Felicia Barton-"No One" by Alicia Keys
      Scott MacIntyre-"Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
      Kendall Beard-"This One's For the Girls" by Martina McBride
      Jorge Núñez-"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John
      Lil Rounds-"Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige

  • Allusions