March 17th, 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.
8:58 p.m. – Despite a plea from Karen, the judges are not going to use their save for her.
So we won't have our first Latino "American Idol" after all. The decision not to save her was not unanimous, and Steven Tyler and J-Lo do not look happy as the judges join her on stage.
8:56 p.m. – Karen sings "Hero," and all I keep thinking is I rewatched last night's performances, and there is no way she should be on the chopping block. She sings the mess out of "Hero." Will the judges save her?
8:54 p.m. – We are down to Haley and Karen, and I am once again shocked when Karen is announced as the contestant in danger of going home. What?!?!?
8:53 p.m. – Seacrest declares this a "critical moment." It's not that serious Seacrest.
But after a nationwide vote, Naima is safe. Color me stunned!
8:45 p.m. – Here we go with the world premiere of The Black Eyed Peas' new single "Just Can't Get Enough." They dedicate their performance to the people of Japan.
They have been outspoken in their desire to help that nation, so I'll give them a pass on this auto-tuned foolishness. My mama says if you can't say something nice ... well, you will forgive me my silence.
8:40 p.m. – That leaves us with Karen and Thia, and I refuse to believe America is ready to let Thia go home just yet.
I'm correct! Karen is in the bottom three.
So there we have it. Our bottom three are Haley, Naima and Karen. Who will it be?
8:35 p.m. – Our wild cards, Stefano and Naima, are at risk, and I didn't want to have to go comfort J-Lo if it was Stefano. She loves him so.
No worries Jenny - Stefano is safe, and Naima is in the bottom three.
8:33 p.m. – So who is going to join Haley?
Scotty, Pia and James arrive center stage. Did Scotty dye his hair darker? Before I even get a chance to consider, the kid is back on the couch as he is safe.
Then there is Pia, who I need to go straight to superstar status with her gorgeous looks. She really is stunning. And she really is safe.
Next up is James and a funny moment when Seacrest asks if Steven Tyler sees a little of himself in James. I see it, even before James pokes his lips out. Steven will get to love him more as James is also safe!
8:25 p.m. – In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I was totally going to make a joke about wee Marc Anthony being in the audience along with rapper Pit Bull, but I won't go there. I kid, because I love, Mr. Jennifer Lopez.
Poor Lee DeWyze. He is never going to get way from that paint salesman thing. He performs his new single, "Beautiful Like You," and it's very Counting Crows. He seems much more comfortable than he was last year. He actually makes eye contact. Welcome home Lee.
8:19 p.m. – Paul and Haley come down front.
Haley defends her choice to jump all around the genres. Paul says he is feeling better after being sick during his performance Wednesday night. I'm sure he feels even better knowing that he is safe.
That leaves Haley and, you guessed it, she is in the bottom three.
8:14 p.m. – I'm kind of digging the personal moments on these tapes. Folks get to talk about what languages they speak and their pets. It's nice to see the personal interviews.
But later for all that. We are here for someone to get sent home, and we have our first three front and center: Jacob, Lauren and Casey. First up is Jacob, and he is safe!
Next up is Lauren with her up-do (they really must do something about the multiple colors in that hair), and she, too, is safe. That leaves Casey of "I screeched through "Smells Like Teen Spirit" fame. And after some back and forth he, too, is staying around for another week.
8:10 p.m. – Hold on. Are the producers trying to tell us something by hooking Stefano and Haley up in that commercial? I wonder...
And I felt like I was watching "Oprah's Favorite Things" when Ryan told everyone to check under their chairs for the "Idol" compilation album.
8:03 p.m. – We are treated to baby pictures of tonight's guest performers, Lee DeWyze and the Black Eyed Peas. How precious!
Seacrest shouts out viewers for their support of the Japan relief effort, and we get a definite "Glee" type mash-up with "Born to Be Wild" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."
OK, where are Rachel, Finn and the gang when you need them?
8:00 p.m. – Nice touch starting the show with the "When I was growing up I wanted to be" theme. Though honestly, most of them are STILL growing up.
And we are off!
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