American Idol - Top 24 Results Show Recap
The slaughter has begun.  American Idol had its first Results Show last night, which is a nice way of saying the souls of four Idol hopefuls were unmercifully crushed.  As sad as this scenario is, it makes for somewhat riveting television.  Ryan Seacrest began the night by letting us know all the guest singers who will be appearing on American Idol this season.  The list is formidable:  it includes Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennet and Barry Gibb. 

Next we were treated to the group song, which was “Sowing the Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears.  I've never been a fan of the group songs.  It feels like a second-rate musical with the cheese factor turned up to 11.  Last night was no exception.

By this point, we all know how it works, but I'll explain it anyway.  Intermittently, Ryan Seacrest will bring up a row of either the girls or the guys, and will tell each whether they are safe or have been eliminated.  They do their best to fake the audience out, something Seacrest and Co. have gotten good at.

These are the four contestants who were eliminated:

Paul Kim:  Paul had a terrible performance on Tuesday.  It sounded like maybe he had lost his voice, because I don't remember him being that raspy earlier on.  He sang completely out of tune, and after watching him perform I immediately felt like there was a good chance he'd be heading home. 

Rudy Cardenas:  To me, this was a baffling decision.  Rudy was the first singer on Tuesday, and maybe the home viewers had just forgotten about him.  His performance was corny, but his voice is good and he didn't mess up during his song.  Sanjaya Malakar was the one who deserved to go, after his abominable Stevie Wonder impersonation. 

Amy Krebs:  A pretty good singer, nothing special, and a little boring.  A liked Amy actually, thought her voice was enjoyable and that she performed well on Wednesday.  America agree with Simon: there was nothing memorable about Amy.

Nicole Tranquillo:  Although Nicole has an impressive voice with preposterous range, she didn;t stand a chance.  Her delivery and voice was a little off, a little weird, and voters aren't going to respond to something so different.  Again, I liked Nicole and thought she should've gotten another chance or two.

The big disappointment of the night was that Antonella Barba will be sticking around.  Antonella turned in a contemptible performance on Wednesday and, by all accounts, deserved to go home.  But, alas, Antonella is very attractive girl, and the adolescent males of America have access to phones, so Antonella remains.

Next week brings another three episodes of American Idol and the phenomenon just keeps on rolling along with no sign of slowing down.  Until then, enjoy your Idol-less weekend.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer