American Idol

Season 8 Episode 20

Two People In The Top 13 Must Go Home Tonight!

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 11, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Oddly enough the two people eliminated sang Jackson Five songs as suppose to just Michael songs like everyone else.

    • Although not officially stated to be in the bottom, before announcing the eliminated contestants, Megan Joy and Anoop were both in the center of the stage awaiting their fate.

    • Kanye West performed "Heartless" and Kelly Clarkson performed "My Life Would Suck Without You". Kanye's was pre-recorded which is (most likely) why the judges weren't there during his performance. Ryan also mentioned that every week there will be a former Idol will perform, and tonight is Kelly.

    • The Group Number was a two song medley of the Jackson 5, which had the songs "I Want You Back" and "ABC".

    • The Ford Music Video was "We Will Rock You" by Queen. The Idols' are projected on skyscrapers.

    • There were 33 million votes.

    • Jasmine Murray & Jorge Nunez are eliminated tonight. This is the first time that both a boy and a girl are eliminated during a double elimination. In Season 2 Julia DeMato and Corey Clark both left the same week, but Corey was disqualified, so it doesn't count.

    • This episode airs in the new 9:00 pm eastern time slot.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • For the results show the judges are presented the traditional way, in their seats by Ryan.

    • When introducing the Judges' Save, Ryan shows pictures of Tamyra Grey (Season 1), Michael Johns (Season 7), Jennifer Hudson (Season 3), and Chris Daughtry (Season 4), as examples of contestants who had all been sent home too early, and a reason for having the Judges' Save. However the rule is that it must be done by Top 5 week and both Tamyra and Chris were sent home Top 4 week, so the Save wouldn't have been available for them anyway had it been in place.

    • For this year's good-bye song, Carrie Underwood covered "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue.

    • The new twist is revealed. Because of a number amount of former contestants being eliminated "too early", starting this season there is now a "Judges' Save". How it works is after a person is declared eliminated by America, they sing a song, the judges have the power to give them a second chance, however all the judges must be in agreement to keep the person. They only get one for the whole season and they can only use it up to (and including) the Top 5 week. The week they use it, no one gets eliminated, however the next week two are gone.

    • During the first commercial break they should a never before seen audition, and it was Nathaniel's (who was in the Top 36.)

  • Allusions