American Idol

Season 8 Episode 19

The Top 13 Perform For The First Time Ever

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 2009 on FOX
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The Top 13 Perform For The First Time Ever
The Top 13 contestants take the American Idol stage for the first time to perform live for the nation. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week in the competition. Tune in to see who impresses the judges and who buckles under the pressure.

Tonight's Theme Is: Michael Jackson songs

Performing Tonight Is:
Adam Lambert
Alexis Grace
Allison Iraheta
Anoop Desai
Danny Gokey
Jasmine Murray
Jorge Nuñez
Kris Allen
Lil Rounds
Matt Giraud
Megan Joy
Michael Sarver
Scott MacIntyremoreless
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  • They once sang to stay alive and to make it through. And now, since his death on June 25, 2009, the Top 13 once again sing (literally) the praises of our fallen King of Pop, Michael Jackson.moreless

    On March 10, 2009, the American Idol Top 13 sang on Michael Jackson Week to try to stay alive and to make it through to the next round. There were the voting numbers that you had to call to keep them up; but it didn't help save Jasmine Murray (strange how Simon Cowell didn't get a "boo" from the crowds about Jasmine! LOL) or Jorge Nunez, who were eliminated the next day (March 11), the same day that the Judges' Save was first introduced by Ryan Seacrest, and that Kanye West performed "Heartless" and Season 1 alum Kelly Clarkson sang "My Life Would [Stink] Without You" (had to put the word "stink" in place of the other s-word). The whole thing was going well, with Kris Allen being the winner on May 20. Then one month later, on June 25, Michael Jackson suddenly departed this life from cardiac arrest at such a tender age of 50. I wondered if Fox would show this episode again. And it did, in honor of the man whom people called "Wacko Jacko"! I saw the whole thing again, but without the 1-866 numbers or the i-Tunes download ad. It kind of feels like, with or without them, the Top 13 are singing the praises of our fallen pop star. And I think the numbers might have been replaced with how the Top 13 are faring now, starting with:

    Lil Rounds (Eliminated 4/22/09): "The Way You Make Me Feel"

    Scott MacIntyre (Eliminated 4/8/09): "Keep the Faith"

    Danny Gokey (Eliminated 5/13/09): "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

    Michael Sarver (Eliminated 3/25/09): "You Are Not Alone"

    Jasmine Murray (Eliminated 3/11/09): "I'll Be There"

    Kris Allen (Winner 5/20/09): "Remember the Time"

    Allison Iraheta (Eliminated 5/6/09): "Give In to Me"

    Anoop Desai (Eliminated 4/22/09): "Beat It"

    Jorge Nunez (Eliminated 3/11/09): "Never Can Say Goodbye"

    Megan Joy (Eliminated 4/1/09): "Rockin' Robin"

    Adam Lambert (Runner-Up 5/20/09): "Black or White"

    Matt Giraud (Saved 4/15/09; Eliminated 4/29/09): "Human Nature"

    Alexis Grace (Eliminated 3/18/09): "Dirty Diana"

    In Memoriam, Michael Jackson (Aug. 29, 1958 - Jun. 25, 2009).

    I give this an 8 out of 10. Well done, Michael Jackson. Even in death, you will never be forgotten. ;)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (5)

    • All the songs song tonight were Michael Jackson songs (including two by Jackson 5). Songs sung:
      Lil Rounds-"The Way You Make Me Feel"
      Scott MacIntyre-"Keep The Faith"
      Danny Gokey-"P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)"
      Michael Sarver-"You Are Not Alone"
      Jasmine Murray-"I'll Be There"
      Kris Allen-"Remember the Time"
      Allison Iraheta-"Give It to Me"
      Anoop Desai-"Beat It"
      Jorge Núñez-"Never Can Say Goodbye"
      Megan Joy Corkrey-"Rockin' Robin"
      Adam Lambert-"Black or White"
      Matt Giraud-"Human Nature"
      Alexis Grace-"Dirty Diana"

    • They didn't mention what it was, but they commented that there was going to be a major change in the results, and the judges had something to do with it.

    • Due to the number (1-866-43657-13) being owned by another company (Intimate Encounters,apparently a phone sex line), Alexis' number was 36, as they needed an available line and there was a Top 36 this season.

    • Instead of Ryan coming out and introducing the judges, the judges start behind the screen and a voice (sounds just like the one from the first few seasons who recapped performance nights) announces them, and they come out and walk to their seats. Ryan is also announced by the voice.

    • Will be played as a replay June 29th 2009 at 8:00 pm eastern as a tribute to Michael Jackson.


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