American Idol

Season 8 Episode 21

The Top 11 Perform

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming.

    • Because of the double elimination last week, this becomes the first season since Season 1 to not have a Top 12 week.

    • Songs sung tonight:
      Michael Sarver-"Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)"by Garth Brooks
      Allison Iraheta-"Blame it On Your Heart" by Patty Loveless
      Kris Allen-"Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan
      Lil Rounds-"Independence Day" by Martina McBride
      Adam Lambert-"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash
      Scott MacIntyre-"Wild Angels" by Martina McBride
      Alexis Grace-"Jolene" by Dolly Parton
      Danny Gokey-"Jesus, Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood
      Anoop Desai-"Always on My Mind" by Brenda Lee
      Megan Joy-"Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline
      Matt Giraud-"So Small" by Carrie Underwood

    • Randy Travis is the mentor.

    • Megan Joy has taken off her last name when being credited (i.e. for her number being shown). She was also really really sick tonight.

    • Simon didn't start the critiquing after any of the performances, only ever went after Paula. It just went Randy, Kara, Paula, then back to Randy again.

  • Allusions

    • Ryan: "It's like a Jonas Brothers' concert down here".

      The Jonas Brothers are a pop/rock group who have their concerts filled with screaming teenage girls.