In-progress notes after the jump ...
(Safe so far: Brooke, David A, Michael, David C, Jason, Ramiele, Syesha, Chikezie. Bottom three: Carly, Kristy Lee, Amanda. Carly is safe. Amanda is out.)
This won't be the most detailed recap ever. I got home about 8:30 after a semi-busy work day, and am not at my most lucid.
Mentors announced: Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Neil Diamond. Didn't they realize the mentors thing didn't really work -- especially with young singers who had no connection to some mentors? Then again, this is a show that thought it could wring two weeks of good performances out of the Beatles songbook.
Hype for the songwriting contest. Didn't they realize that "This Is My Now" was a bad song? Oh, right. Two weeks of Beatles songs.
Group sing. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Here There and Everywhere" and so on. The bride notes that Amanda appears to be not singing in the sections calling for close harmony. (She does get a solo a little later.)
Recap. Re-edited to put David Archuleta at the end.
Brooke is summoned, and is safe.
Carly summoned, and is bottom three. Randy and Paula insist America got it wrong.
Michael Johns. Safe. Break.
Making-of-a-Ford-video segment. Followed by, gosh, the Ford video. "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
David Cook is summoned. Safe.
Kristy Lee Cook. Bottom three. Ryan does not ask the judges if America got this one wrong.
Jason Castro. Safe.
Ramiele Malubay. Safe.
Return of the stupid call-in question feature. I decline to recap.
Kellie Pickler intro. Ryan says she has grown in so many ways. If you know what he means, and I think you do. Video. Kellie sings "Red High Heels." Either I am slipping into a coma or this is an excruciatingly long song. Break.
"Idol Gives Back" update, with Fantasia and Elliott Yamin helping to fight malaria in Africa. Fantasia also sings "Amazing Grace." A baby is named after Elliott. He wipes away tears.
Syesha Mercado is summoned. Safe.
Amanda Overmyer and Chikezie are summoned. Chikezie safe, Amanda bottom three.
Carly safe. Leaves Amanda and KLC.
Ryan asks Simon if America got it right. He says yes. KLC is safe. Amanda is out.
Journey video, Ruben song, blah blah blah.