There was an AT&T poll, asking which Judge's comments do the audience agree with most. Simon: 49%, Paula: 30% and Randy: 21%.
Only Ricky sang after being announced as moving on.
Judges' predictions of Top Two:
Randy: Vanessa and Kimberly
Paula: Vanessa and George
Simon: Vanessa and Kimberly
Ryan had a lot of mic trouble at the beginning of the episode. First his lapel mic didn't work and then the hand mic they gave him cut out.
The two moving on are: Vanessa Olivarez and Rickey Smith. The other contestant in the Top 3 was: Equoia Coleman.
Edwin McCain who sings "I'll Be" made an appearance in this episode pleading for future contestants to not ruin his song.
Paula, Randy and Simon all make a prediction that Corey and Josh will go to the Top 10. They were right.
The two moving on are: Josh Gracin and Cory Clark. The other contestant in the Top 3 was: Patrick Lake.
Ryan did not mention the number of votes.
Both Josh and Cory sing their song from the night before after being selected into the Top 12.
A joke made from this episode was that "The Big Surprise" was that Brian Dunkleman (Season 1's Co-Host) would come back and host. It didn't really happen though.
Justin Guarini, made a special guest appearance.
Trenyce becomes the first contestant in the Top 12, to be referred to by just one name.
This is the first season where two contestants in the top 12 have the same name, although not spelt the same way (Kimberly and Kimberley).
The four moving on tonight:
Kimberly Caldwell (Randy's choice)
Trenyce (Paula's choice)
Carmen Rasmusen (Simon's choice)
Clay Aiken (America's choice)
Simon explained that the reason he was in a bad mood the previous night was because of the producers being a pain. This caused a bit of a stir and also led to a group hug involving all the contestants, families and some of the crew as well, to cheer Simon up. Simon later "apologized" for his comments.
This episode introduces the Celebrity Judge. They, like the regular Judges, sit at the table and critique each performance. This week's Celebrity Judge is Lamont Dozier.
The Bottom 3:
3. Kimberley Locke
2. Julia DeMato
1. Vanessa Olivarez
Eliminated: Vanessa Olivarez
There were 13.25 million votes.
Starting with this season the contestants sit at the right side (our right) when hearing the results instead of the left side.