American Idol Recap: Sanjaya Is (Finally!) Out!

Ding dong, Sanjaya's gone! And it's about time! After seven weeks of utter ridiculousness, Sanjaya Malakar is out of the running to be the season six American Idol winner.

Hi guys, Lindsey here. Don't worry, the amazing Julia will be back next Tuesday, but for tonight, I'm here with your Idol recap.

The top seven elimination show started out with a clarification from Simon. Rumors swirled all day that the notoriously mean judge rolled his eyes last night after Chris Richardson expressed his sympathy to those at Virginia Tech. Simon said that while he wouldn't normally entertain such rumors about himself or the competition on air, he felt it was necessary this time. He even admitted that while he might not be the nicest guy around, he would never. ever. do something like that. Even before Idol aired a clip of him really rolling his eyes at Paula last night, I believed him. I still think Simon's a big softie at heart.

After the remaining contestants (ironically) sang "I'm Alright," Fergie performed her single, "Big Girls Don't Cry." Was it just me, or did anyone else think it was weird that Fergie was performing during country week -- just seemed like a strange juxtaposition. That said, I thought Miss Black Eyed Pea looked fab. Loved the hair... and the shoes... and the song! I'm downloading it now, actually.

What I really didn't get about the show, however, was how they stretched it out. I get that it's sweeps time, and Fox wants the stellar ratings for the 9pm hour, but there was one whole segment of the show that had no mention of the singers or the songs. The show went on for like 10 minutes about next week's special American Idol Gives Back. Yes, I'm psyched about it, but I didn't need a 10-minute reminder!

Then, they showed the contestants taking a fieldtrip to the Dreamworks studio, where they met founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and got a sneak peek of Shrek 3. Will somebody PLEASE tell me what in the world this has to do with American Idol?!? I don't understand. Besides my confusion, I was mildly entertained by the contestants pretending to voice Princess Fiona and Puss 'n' Boots. Then again, it doesn't take much to amuse me.

Also, for those of you who don't know, I'm a completely unapologetic country music fan, so when this week's mentor, Martina McBride took the stage, I was in heaven. What I thought she lacked in mentoring critique last night, she more than made up for with her gorgeous performance of "Anyway."

Now, for the real meat of the show, which in my opinion should only take about five minutes, the judging.

Ryan split the top seven into two groups, one obviously being the top and the other the bottom. Sanjaya, Lakisha and Blake were put on one side, and Phil, Jordin and Chris on the other. He then told Melinda she was safe (as if there was ever doubt) and asked her to choose which group she thought was going home. How awful! Luckily, Melinda, being the nice girl she is, sat her butt right down on stage and refused to answer. Love her -- and her straight hair this week.

Unsurprisingly, Lakisha and Sanjaya were part of the bottom, but I had a hard time believing Blake was. He's not my favorite, but he does have a unique stye and the judges love him. Luckily, Ryan told him he was safe right away.

So, the bottom two came down to the powerful Lakisha and the wacky Sanjaya. I for one am happy it was Sanjaya who was sent home. I felt for the kid, though, when the tears started flowing after his elimination was announced. After all, he is only 17. But he managed to pull himself together and sing "Something To Talk About" one more time -- even subbing in the lyrics, "Let's give 'em something to talk about... talk about HAIRRRR...."

Well Sanjaya, you certainly have given us all something to talk about this Idol season.

Will you miss Sanjaya? Do you think America made the right decision? Were you expecting to see him go? And more importantly, can you tell me what Fergie was doing on country week? Just kidding, kinda.

But seriously, go to our American Idol Countdown page and vote for which contestant you think is going home next week!

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