March 10th, 2011
08:02 PM ET
SPOILER ALERT – Tonight's "Idol" blog will reveal who is leaving the competition, so please don't read if you don't want to know.
8:59 p.m. – It's always so sad to see those who are safe surround the person who is out.
Lots of tears and hugs.
8:57 p.m. – Ashthon sings the Diana Ross song again, breaking down into tears after she sings.
The camera pans to those who are safe and you can tell by their faces that it's just not good enough. Ashthon knows it's over and we know it's over.
Jennifer breaks the bad news: "Not this time baby."
Cue the goodbye song, David Cook's version of "(Don't You) Forget About Me."
8:55 p.m. – We have our first contestant who is safe and that person is:
She returns to the couch and it's down to Haley and Ashthon. And the person singing for the save is ... Ashton. Haley is safe!
8:50 p.m. – Diddy has some words of wisdom for the contestants to "keep God first in your life and don't stop, don't ever stop."
Can't stop. Won't stop.
8:45 p.m. – Diddy–Dirty Money performs "Coming Home," a song that features Skylar Grey.
Is it rude to say I wouldn't have been mad if only Skylar Grey and Dirty Money performed? I like their flow and the jam didn't need Diddy at all. Sorry Mr. Combs.
8:35 p.m. – Our next three victims, err, contestants are brought down front.
Lauren, Ashthon and Haley are in the spotlight. Ryan asks Lauren about her performance, which didn't exactly thrill the judges. She agrees, apologizes and tears up.
This is exactly why I worried about having the youngsters this season. Lots of stress, which can be crushing to a teen. The tension is made worse by Seacrest saying Lauren is going to have to deal with ... the stress for another week because she is safe.
So who between Ashthon and Haley is in the bottom three?
Both! Everyone else is safe!
8:25 p.m. – How the Lambs have missed you Adam Lambert.
He's back to sing an unplugged version of his song "Aftermath" and he looks super poised and relaxed. I love to see how polished the "Idol" alums are after some time off of the show.
The audience is feeling him and he hits one of his signature notes. *Cue girls screaming*
Seacrest manages to drop the factoid that Adam gave him the remix/dance club version of the song to premiere on his radio show. Proceeds from that version are going to charity. Somehow we get from there to Jennifer Lopez doing The Dougie.
Wow, just wow.
8:20 p.m. – Here we go with the first three folks in the spotlight.
Jacob, Stefano and Karen are called down to join Seacrest.
Everyone gets to hear a replay of the judges' comments, the good and the bad. And Seacrest pulls an okey doke by saying "You are all safe this evening....except for Karen."
That was kind of whack, Ryan.
8:15 p.m. – Another season, another batch of stars with something to promote.
Tonight we have Amanda Seyfried in the house with her new film, "Red Riding Hood." The "Idol" contestants are totally starstruck on the red carpet. So cute!
8:07 p.m. – That "Idol" mansion is some kind of hot!
Love that house. How do you go back to your regular life after living high on the "Idol" hog? Sweet.
Cute little Michael Jackson medley. It appears they are singing live this year instead of totally to a recorded track – at least on some parts. And what is going on with Ashton's faux-hawk pony? It seems like every season some contestant rocks that.
8:05 p.m. – Oh no! Casey is sick again and back in the hospital. Get well soon Casey!
8:03 p.m. – I had totally forgotten that Diddy-Dirty Money were performing tonight along with Adam Lambert. Diddy and DM were on the end of last season, too. They love them some "Idol!"
8 p.m. – Welcome back cats and kittens.
"Idol" just started and I am reminded of Steven Tyler's Paula-like quotes with the replay of his "plethora of passion" comment.
Can't wait to see who ends up in the bottom three, because I honestly can't call it.
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