First, Seacrest called Brooke White to center stage. Seacrest had Brooke read his card that revealed she was safe. Next, Seacrest called David Cook to center stage and revealed that he was safe. Finally, Seacrest called David Archuleta to center stage and revealed that he was also safe.
After an Idol Gives Back video segment with Forest Whitaker, American Idol 6 winner Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown performed "No Air." For the Ford music video, the American Idol top 8 finalists performed "I Just Want To Celebrate." First, Ryan Seacrest called Jason Castro to center stage and revealed that he was safe. Next, Seacrest called Kristy Lee Cook to center stage and revealed that she was also safe.
Since five finalists had been announced as safe, it meant the bottom three were Michael Johns, Carly Smithson, and Syesha Mercado. After an Idol Gives Back video segment with Bono, Presidential candidates Hilary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama encouraged viewers to donate to Idol Gives Back.
Ryan Seacrest revealed that after the nationwide vote that Carly Smithson and Syesha Mercado were safe. Which means Michael Johns has been eliminated.