American Idol: Top 6 Results Show (and Idol Gives Back) Live Thoughts
American Idol: Top 6 Results Show (and Idol Gives Back) Live Thoughts
American Idol should never have a two-hour results show. However, if you're going to have a two-hour results show (and, thus, have one hour and 58 minutes of filler), you might as well have it be for charity and involve a cornucopia of celebrities and rock stars.  Tonight is Idol Gives Back, and all the proceeds from tonight will benefit the fight against poverty in Africa and the US.  Apparently, Ellen Degeneres is going to be sharing some of the hosting load tonight, which could be interesting. 

I'll be live-blogging the proceedings in a relatively live fashion, so check back throughout the show for updates, especially near the end when someone is about to be eliminated tonight.  My early prediction: Phil Stacey is going home, although he shouldn't.
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Whoa...the top 6 performers look like futuristic lounge singers.  They all wear white.  Weird.

And, some more weirdness.  Seacrest botches the opening, so he asks the cameraman and director to reset the cam position and do it over.  Which he does.  Oh, Seacrest, look how much clout you have.

“The biggest American Idol show ever”.

They received over 70 million votes last night.  That's freaking crazy.

Seacrest says that tonight has the “most shocking result in Idol history.”  Hmm, that means that Phil and Chris are staying.  If it's shocking, then I'm guessing it is Lakisha going home.  Could be Blake too.  We shall see.

Well, Ellen Degeneres is in front of a packed house at the Disney Concert Hall.  Ellen is so grudgingly funny.  Meaning, I'm never sure if I either want her to be funny or think she should be funny.  But, I have to admit that she makes me chuckle. 

Earth, Wind and Fire are the first act to perform.  Oh, good god.  The EWaF lead singer has the most obscene receding hairline dreads ever.  Awesome.  They perform a medley.  I've always liked these guys, but they're about 30 years past their prime.  I think they played the Emerald Queen Casino last month.

We get a sad look at the devastation that Katrina inflicted upon New Orleans and Lousiana.  On the bright side, it is narrated by Randy after he apparently swallowed a frog. 

Is it possible to hear Louis Armstrong's “Wonderful World” without getting chills?  Not for me.  But, weirdly, I also always think of the end of 12 Monkeys.

Quincy Jones wrote an anthem for the night, called “Time to Care.” 

The top 6 contestants sing “Time to Care” live, still in their creepy all-white outfits.  They look like really hip mental patients or cult members. 

This sounds like a Lion King Soundtrack B-side.  That;s not an insult.  It's a pretty cool song, with a distinct African feel to it.  Not bad, Quincy. 

It's Will, from Will and Grace.  I can't believe he was available.

First commercial of the night.

Ben Stiller does a bit live via satellite.  He says that he's going to sing “Reminiscing” by The Little River Band until they raise $200 billion.  He starts singing.  Modestly funny. 

More footage from Simon and Seacrest's trip to Africa.  They visit a crazy big slum with 1.2 million people.  Shit, this stuff is emotional. 

Stiller is still singing.

Commercial.

Hey, it's Forest Whitaker talking to us from Uganda.  Gotta love the Ghost Dog.

We're getting some results now.  Earlier than I thought.

Melinda Doolittle is safe.  And that's all that we get. 

We get a taped segment of Paula Abdul visiting the local Boys and Girls Club, down the street from the Idol theater.  This is funny.  They obviously don;t trust Paula to go out of the city, let along out of the country.

It's hard to watch all these kids crying.  Then again, I'm for it.  Anything they can do to get people to give money is a good thing.

Il Divo hits the stage, singing “Somewhere.”  I can respect the fact t hat these guys a really good singers, but it's just not for me.  It's all too proper and over-dramatic.  And corny.  I'll take Jack White over these guys any day.

Dr. Phil makes an appearance.  It's the first time I've ever seen him where he wasn't yelling at someone. 

Jack Black gets “randomly” called on to the stage.  He calls Seacrest “Cresty”.  I love Jack.  He sings “Kiss from a Rose,” from Batman Returns, he says.  Kyle Gass sits in the crowd, rose in hand, watching. 

Simon says that he was “better than Sanjaya.”  Seal is actually sitting right behind Randy.  He calls the best rendition of Kiss from a Rose ever.  That was all very entertaining. 

More results.  We're probably doing one at a time tonight.

Blake Lewis is safe.  So, that means, if this really is a shocking result, it's Lakisha or Jordin going home.  It has to be Lakisha.

Carrie Underwood gives a taped performance from Africa.  Maybe not the appropriate time, but Carrie is quite hot.  The song is “Stand by You,” which is a pretty darn good tune.

Rascal Flatts performs a song.  I remain unimpressed.

We get a segment on The Appalachian region in Kentucky.  Half the adults in the one county didn't finish high school.  Yikes.

Another one of the Ford commercials featuring the remaining contestants.  This one is to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” 

This is kind of weird/funny/bizarre.  It's a ridiculous amount of celebrities in succession dancing along to the Bee Gees' “Staying Alive”.  Quite entertaining. 

More results:  Phil Stacey is safe.  Now, that is surprising.  And I'm about 0 for eternity in my predictions.

More footage of Simon and Ryan in Africa.  It regards 14 people living in one small tent/room.  Sad stuff.

Another one of the Ford commercials featuring the remaining contestants.  This one is to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” 

This is kind of weird/funny/bizarre.  It's a ridiculous amount of celebrities in succession dancing along to the Bee Gees' “Staying Alive”.  Quite entertaining. 

More results:  Phil Stacey is safe.  Now, that is surprising.  And I'm about 0 for eternity in my predictions.

More footage of Simon and Ryan in Africa.  It regards 14 people living in one small tent/room.  Sad stuff.  They take a mother of two, terribly ill, to the hospital.  She died two days later. 

Ellen tells us that she is personally donating $100,000 to the cause tonight and she implores other rich people to do the same.  C'mon rich people!

Josh Groban sings.  Again, like Il Divo, he's a great singer.  Just not for me.

Kelly Clarkson performs.  In case you didn't know, she can sing pretty well.  However, it looks as if she's put on quite a few pounds.  It's not affecting her singing, though.

That was really good.

More Ben Stiller.  He keeps singing.  Does The Little River Band get royalties for this?

Ha!  We get a Simpsons parody of American Idol.  It is Simon Cowell auditioning for Idol in front of the judges, played by Homer, Lisa and Marge.  Funny stuff.  They get in a good Dunkleman joke for good measure.

More results. 

Lakisha Jones is safe.  That means that it is either Jordin or Chris.  Ummm, does that mean that Jordin's going home.  If this really is shocking, then it has to be.  Chris being eliminated would not be shocking. 

The weirdest duet in the history of the world.  It is CELINE DION SINGING WITH ELVIS.

They superimpose a digital image of Elvis singing on the stage with Celine.  It's a really cool effect.  But, Celine Dion?  Couldn't we get someone cool to sing the King?  Regardless, as much I'm annoyed by Celine, this is kind of awesome.  Mostly because it's Elvis.

The Heaven's Gate Cult has come on stage to sing back up.  Oh, wait, it's the top 6 contestants.  My mistake.

Now, a segment with Madonna and her faux English accent from Africa.  And then a commercial.

They're at around $30 million raised for the night.  Not bad.

They're having some production issues.  Ryan fills the void with some calming awkwardness. 

Annie Lennox performs.  Hey, I remember her.  She gives us a rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”  Not that good, however.  It's a boring version.

We get a montage of little kids saying “thank you.”  Cool stuff.

All right, it's time for the results.  Let's see what's so damn shocking!

It's down to Chris Richardson and Jordin Sparks.

Chris is safe!!! 

Jordin is also safe!!!

NO ONE IS GOING HOME TONIGHT!!!

So, this week's votes are still valid and they'll be added on to next week's votes when TWO PEOPLE will be going home.

We end the night with the 6 contestants talking to Bono.  He's a great man, I don't care what you say about him.  He's using his wealth and fame to try and change the world.  And, he's doing it.

This was a good night.  They raised a lot of money and, hopefully, this will help a lot of lives. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer

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