Pink and Gwen Steffani were both announced as performers, however there was not enough time to show their pre-recorded songs.
ASimpsonsanimated short was aired with Bart as Ryan, Marge imitating Randy, Lisa imitating Paula, and Homer imitating Simon while listening to a much mellowed Simon Cowell's audition of "Don't Cha".
After the AI Challenge there were some issues so Ryan had to stall.
At the very beginning Ryan messed up his line and actually told the camera man to go back so he could redo it.
Bono was revealed as the mentor last night, and tonight you see his meeting with the Idols.
Ellen DeGenerous co-hosted with Ryan. She was in the Disney Concert Hall, where most of the performances took place.
The following celebrities all made at least ONE appearance either in a video (with the exception of Jack Black and Seal *See note below):Kirstie Alley,Marc Anthony,Gillian Anderson,Kevin Bacon,Antonio Banderas,Jason Biggs,Blue Man Group,Jack Black,Emily Blunt,Bono,Michael Bubl�,Helena Bonham Carter,Tom Cruise,Matt Damon,Chris Daughtry,Micky Dolenz,Kyle Gass,Sarah Michelle Gellar,Hugh Grant,Teri Hatcher,Goldie Hawn,LeBron James,Chris Kattan,Keira Knightley,Lisa Kudrow,Hugh Laurie,Rob Lowe,Joel Madden,Benji Madden,Madonna,Eric McCormack,Ewan McGregor,Kevin McNally,Helen Mirren,Parminder Nagra,Shaquille O'Neal,Gwyneth Paltrow,Bernadette Peters,Dr. Phil,Miss Piggy,Seal,Rob Schneider,David Schwimmer,Ben Stiller,Twiggy,Harvey Weinstein,Forest Whitaker.
*Jack Black and Seal were at the Idol area. Jack came up and sang for the judges, withspecial judge Seal, who showed his approval.
*Ben Stiller decided he'd help by saying he would sing (badly)Little River Band's "Reminiscing" until a total of $200,000,000,000 in donations was reached. Throughout the show, the camera cut to him continuing to sing as the goal was not reached.
All the special musical performances from tonight:
-Earth, Wind, and Fire- Medley: "Boogie Wonderland," "Shining Star," "September"
-Top 6 Contestants - "Time to Care," an anthem written and composed specially for the occasion byQuincy Jones, who conducted the band.
-Il Divo- "Somewhere" (fromWest Side Story)
-Carrie Underwood -"I'll Stand By You" (Originally by The Pretenders) in Africa, which was used as soundtrack for a video vignette.
-Rascal Flatts- "My Wish"
-Josh Grobanbacked by theAfrican Children's Choir- "You Raise Me Up"
-Kelly ClarksonwithJeff Beck- "Up to the Mountain" (Originally by Patty Griffen)
-Celine Dionduet withElvis Presley(together on stage with use ofrotoscoping) - "If I Can Dream". The Top 7 joined them on stage part way through to do backing vocals.
-Annie Lennox- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Originally by Simon and Garfunkel)
-Top 6 Contestants - "American Prayer" (Originally by Bono)
This results show marks the second time where no one is sent home. The first was after Corey Clark was kicked off, that result show ended in no one being voted off. This is the first time that there wasn't a Bottom 2 or 3 though.
Simon: (after Jack Black sang) You were better than Sanjaya.
The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special and an Governor's Award.
The American Idol Challenge question was: "Which of the Idols sang the last song in the Season 5 finale?" The options were Taylor, Katharine and Elliott.
The Ford music video was "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen. The Idols are driving in two cars and stop for gas. They continue on where they pull into a drive-in movie and watch a bunch of celebrities (including Ryan Seacrest) lip-sync "Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees.
There were over 70 million votes.
Audience Members included: Sanjaya & Shyamali Malakar, Tom Anderson(MySpace creator), Seal, Jack Black.
The way that Ryan revealed the results was to go one by one (in no particular order) telling them that they were safe until it came to Chris and Jordin. He then said Chris was safe making everyone assume that Jordin was eliminated. He then revealed she was safe. Because of the special week AI thought it would be best to not eliminate anyone. He announced the votes would count and be added to next week and the bottom 2 would go home.
This is a special 2 hour episode, "Bones" is pre-empted.
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