April 22nd, 2009
10:08 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: We now have our top five

I'm not completely shocked at the eliminations, though I held my breath a little with the final bottom two.

Now that the final five have been revealed, was it all that you thought it would be? Here's what I thought about last week's show:

The competition is sure to heat up, as the number of contestants continues to dwindle. Do you think the right pair was sent home?

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- Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

Filed under: television
April 22nd, 2009
10:02 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: It's done

** SPOILER ALERT: This entry of Wednesday night’s blog reveals the contestant leaving the show. Do not continue reading this entry of the blog if you do not want to know the results. **

It's down to Anoop and Allison, and I'm not shocked by the result.

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Anoop is going home.

I am sad because as he proves in his final performance, Anoop can sing.

His parents look so proud, and Anoop handles it with grace.

Double tribute, double the sadness. Lil didn't break down like I thought she might, and like Anoop, she goes out with her head held high.

Nice way to end the show.

Filed under: television
April 22nd, 2009
09:57 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: David Archuleta sings

David Archuleta still looks like he is 12, bless his little heart.

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I wanted him to continue the disco theme, but no, he sings his single "Touch My Hand."

He does a lot of hand touching with the girls in the front rows, and it looked like they were jamming to the song.

I wasn't.

It reminded me of my eighth-grade talent show. He's a nice kid, but I'm not sure that was a great song choice for him. I would have thought he'd have learned after being on the show that song choice is everything.

He's heading on tour to the UK, and he has some words of wisdom for Anoop and Allison, which basically is that even if it's the end, it's not the end.

Well, yeah, maybe when you are the runner-up, but other than Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry, most folks have not found major success if they haven't reached at least the top three.

Arch is still a cutie, and I wish him well.

Filed under: television
April 22nd, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: Back to the elimination

Kris is up, and then he is down because he is safe!

Next on to Adam, and he is safe also.

We move on to Danny, and Ryan lets us know that the bloggers thought the judges were a bit harsh.

Simon got snippy with Ryan before we learn that Danny is safe.

Then it's Anoop's turn, and he and his new beard are in the bottom. The only thing different about that last sentence is the beard.

It's down between Allison and Matt. This time, Matt is saved by the voters. Maybe that JT hat is his lucky hat?

That means Allison joins Noop Dogg in the bottom two, and one of them is going home. OH NO, the little rocker chick is in jeopardy!

Filed under: Ryan Seacrest • Simon Cowell
April 22nd, 2009
09:38 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: Get down!!

Was "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne a disco song?

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I don't think so. And I will chalk Freda not sounding her best up to the sound system.

She makes way for Thelma Houston singing "Don't Leave Me This Way." She sounds much better than Freda, but that dress!!! Not exactly what one expects to find on a, umm, mature woman.

Watch out now! KC from KC and the Sunshine Band gets on the good foot - literally - complete with dance moves and backup dancers for "Get Down Tonight."

It reminded me of when your crazy uncle jumps up at the family BBQ to show the relatives a little something, something on the grassy dance floor.


Filed under: television
April 22nd, 2009
09:31 PM ET

'American Way' mystery singer hits hard

The song is a down and dirty lament about crooked fat cats and companies with their hands out, waiting for a bailout, while the American public foots the bill and tries to make ends meet the old-fashioned way.

In the music video, fuzzed-out guitars and woozy vocals play over a bleak montage of news clips, stock photos and newspaper headlines:

"Grab a hammer, go to work, you owe money.

That's what my daddy used to say.

Back then, you kept your own motor runnin' - ha!

It's the American way."

By the end of the video, you still don't know who the singer is. He isn't shown. But somebody is really ticked off - and it's none other than Ronnie Dunn, the fair-haired half of the country music duo Brooks and Dunn.

The song, called "American Way," was penned entirely by Dunn - and that's pretty much all we know. His people ain't talkin,' and probably with good reason.

Brooks and Dunn have made a long and distinguished career of crafting highly polished, highly commercial songs about how great it is to be an American. This little ditty isn't so optimistic, and its raw, gritty sound would be more at home with a rock band than with one-half of the most successful country duo of all time.

It's neither pro-Republican, nor pro-Democrat. Instead, it's anti-corruption, anti-bailout and anti-sending jobs to Mexico. And it's the most intriguing stuff Dunn has ever written. In a music business where veteran artists are struggling to remain relevant, Ronnie Dunn has just found a way to do it.

- Denise Quan, CNN Entertainment Producer

Filed under: Music
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