American Idol Recap: "Who Says You Can't Go Home?"

Someone's gotta go home. In fact, this week it was double the pain as we bid adieu to two great guy vocalists!

"If I go home tomorrow, that's the way it's supposed to be. And hopefully I'll have a great career after that." -- Chris Richardson

Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson both have promising careers ahead. They each did very well on Bon Jovi week... but it was sort of predictable that they would be the two leaving now. And it's only a matter of time (yes!) until we pluck off two other contestants...and we're down to the real deal: The Grand Finale!

The first three to learn their fate were Phil, LaKisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle.

Phil was the first to go down in a "Blaze of Glory" tonight, working the crowd while he sang himself out of the competition...shaking hands, giving hugs and kissing that stepford wife of his. I must say, it was always so nice though -- how the two of them support and love each other. When Phil practiced his version -- Bon Jovi told him, "I got chills, you nailed it." He did, but it wasn't enough to nail down the votes needed to stay alive.

It was a dream to work with Jon Bon Jovi for Phil Stacey who says, growing up he was "discouraged" to listen to rock music by his preacher father. But like most any kid told not to do something --- he said he managed to sneak in a little Slippery When Wet.

When it was the back row's turn to find out who got the least amount of votes -- it was out of Blake Lewis, Chris, and Jordin Sparks. Since Ryan tricked Jordin last week into thinking it was she who was going home - he wanted to spare her first. She was safe.


It came down to Chris and Blake, two contestants who have become good buds. They each held on to each other for support. But of course they'd have to hold on longer. It was time for a commercial break. And then, back out of that break -- Jon Bon Jovi performed, "Make a Memory."

Bon Jovi told us his official tour starts in January, but there will be spot dates where they'll perform (mostly in Jersey). The rocker said everybody did a great job. And when Ryan asked him, "do you want to call it?" Bon Jovi answered, "not on your life buddy."

Chris closed the show with "Dead or Alive." When the vote-off came down to just he and Blake – the two gave us a moment reminiscent of last season's Ace/Daughtry BFF bit.


Chris and Blake say excitedly -- they are going on tour together! Hear that ladies?

When the show was over and all the contestants were huddled around Chris -- someone said something that was picked up by the mic. And just before the show cut out you heard giggles. Anyone catch what was said?

AI didn't vote anyone off last time -- so they combined those votes with this show's too.
In those two weeks, they tallied 135 Million votes.

The safe ones:
Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, and Jordin Sparks.
Look at that -- I had each of those pegged for The Final Four.
It could be anyone's game now. A fight to the end!

Well, treat me like it's my birthday!! I want it this way, I want it that way. I want it... Newcomer to the R&B scene, Robin Thicke, performed his Billboard chart topper "Lost Without You."

Robin is the son of Alan Thicke of Growing Pains fame. You can totally see the resemblance. It's hysterical to see that he is the guy who sings that song.

But I have to ask the son of "Dr. Seaver," if your dad's a psychologist (not in real life, but he played one on TV) -- shouldn't you know better than to talk "weight" to a woman? His lyrics: "Baby you're the perfect shape. Baby your the perfect weight..." Cracks me up!


Simon and Ryan were quite punchy… Back to their old ratings ploys. (Hey, it's May sweeps.) What do you consider the best zinger of the night? My favorite: Simon "the puppeteer." That joke about Simon's "girlfriend" was strung throughout the entire show. It was game on for Ryan. He was on his toes.

Ryan also went out on the street to see what the common folk had to say about the contestants. The funniest was a guy who said he thought LaKisha's the best. Ryan said though, but she's had a few rough weeks. The guy goes, "I know but the Dreamgirls showed she could sing. She's wonderful and she's a winner."

So I'm like, does he think she's Jennifer Hudson? But after working it out in my head -- maybe he just left out the word song -- the Dreamgirls song that LaKisha sang back in the semifinals -- which was Jennifer Hudson's song. (Am I confusing you now as much as I did w the President comment yesterday? My goodness, that whole joke was blown out of proportion and totally taken out of context.)

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