March 31st, 2009
08:09 PM ET

Top 9: And we're off

The intro is done and now we have entered the land of "Top Downloads."

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When I first heard tonight's theme, I immediately started thinking all types of wicked thoughts. With so broad a range, there's no telling which downloads the contestants will choose to sing.

I couldn't help but imagine someone rocking a little Flo Rida, Miley Cyrus or (heaven forbid) Britney Spears' "If You Seek Amy." That will never happen, but how delicious would that be?

The latter got me considering what a Britney themed night might be like. Especially if "American Idol" could convince Ms. Spears to serve as a mentor. Can't you just see her telling the contestants to "Sing the lyrics like you feel them y'all!"

Oh well. A girl can dream can't she?

Back to the show. Randy says the "competition is just getting started," and Kara gets to define artistry. They don't trust Paula with a serious question, and she just gets to tell us that she is hiding no props under the table tonight.

Ryan says the door is thrown wide open for song choice with the popular downloads from iTunes. The group took a field trip to Ryan's American Top 40 radio show. Nicely played, Ryan. Way to cross-publicize!

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. mary

    I think they have very little talent on this season. unlike the season that jordan sparks won. they had so much talent on that one that I now find it hard to watch. I have to listen to all the bad singers cause they save the best for last (or last two).

    March 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gregg

    scott.. the sympathy vote??
    oh god
    looks like a comedy
    what can the jugdes say

    March 31, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nspoetsoldier

    Megan was so-so. I am a big fan but the judges were right. It was lame when the song is like vintage and deserves much more respect than she gave it. Speaking of respect her flippant lack of it is becoming obvious. She is forced to recycle her reactions to the judges remarks because she seems genuinely angry and can't think of anything. She should be in trouble this week.

    March 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Margaret

    Please people, vote Megan off the stage, the girl can't sing nor can she move her body other than spastic arm jerking... seriously, it's painful to watch!! From a Canadian who implores you to stop voting for someone because she's blond!

    March 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |

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