There were over 38 million votes. According to Ryan this is a Top 7 record (at the time at least).
The Idols got a first look of Shrek The Third, and even met Antonio Banderes (who plays Puss N Boots).
One of the people being interviewed in the street was BJ Averell, winner (with Tyler MacNiven) of The Amazing Race season 9.
Bucky Covington, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Jeffrey Katzenberg, & Emma McBride were in the audience.
The top 7 sang "I'm Alright" by Jo Dee Messina.
Ryan: Martina, there is the bottom 3 over there.
Emma McBride: Yeah, I know.
Ryan: I was talking to mom.
Emma McBride: Everybody's really really good.
Ryan: Thanks, Paula.
(After Sanjaya got voted off)
Sanjaya:I'm fine,It was an amazing experience
Ryan:I can promise you, we won't soon forget you.
The American Idol challenge asked about which contestant this season was considered the rocker. The options were Brandon Rogers, Stephanie Edwards and Gina Glockson.
At the beginning of the show Simon had to clear up an issue. After Chris' performance he made a comment about the Virginia Tech shooting and Simon gave a funny face. Reports came out that he was being disrespectful, however Simon said he had been talking to Paula and the look was directed at her and he did not hear what Chris had said. They showed video footage to prove his point. It also doesn't seem to make much sense that he was trying to be disrespectful, as at the end of the episode the night before Simon spoke on behalf of the judges to give condolences.
This was LaKisha and Blake's first time in the bottom 3 and Sanjaya's second and final bottom 3 appearance.
The song that the contestants sang in the Ford music video was "I Ran" by A Flock Of Seagulls. The contestants are all dressed up as Spies. Phil and Melinda are seen sitting down at a restaurant with a silver briefcase and LaKisha picks it up secretly. She gets in a car. Through the sunroof Chris and Jordin lift up the case. Blake walks with an umbrella that shoots lasers and cuts the rope holding the case. He runs down the street with it where he trips over a wire set up by Sanjaya. He walks into a building and opens up the case to reveal Ford keys inside.
It appeared that in Sanjaya's final preformance on the line where he is supposed to sing: "How about love?" He sang: "other than hair"
Sanjaya's shirt said Life is Beautiful.
When the final 7 sang "I'm Alright" Ryan was sitting on one of the three chairs and Blake Lewis pushed him off the chair.
Martina McBride sang "Anyway".
Fergie sang "Big Girls Don't Cry".
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