May 12th, 2009
09:13 PM ET

Top 3: Now this is a competition

That show was much more energized than I anticipated.

The top three is usually a battle, and tonight was no exception. Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen all clearly want to be in the finale, and it's a tough call.

Each seemed to be equally divided with an amazing performance and a not-so-amazing one.

So who makes it to the final two?

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May 12th, 2009
09:08 PM ET

Top 3: Adam shows them how it is done

Nicely played Lambert.

Adam Lambert

He selects "Cryin' " by Aerosmith, and he might as well have worn a T-shirt that said "Danny Gokey, this is how you do Steven Tyler."

He rocked it out, and Simon all but gave out Adam's number to have the viewers vote for him.

Adam tries the humble thing by giving Danny and Kris their kudos. That's nice and all, but I see the gleam in his eye that translates to "I wonder what I will wear in the finale?"

I absolutely cannot wait for results night!!!

Filed under: American Idol judges • Simon Cowell • television
May 12th, 2009
09:00 PM ET

Top 3: Kris does Kanye?

Let me go on the record right now and say Kris shut it down!

Kris Allen

Talk about going out on a limb!!!

He selected Kanye West/The Fray's "Heartless," and it was acoustic and not to be believed! This guy is amazing when it comes to the full-on artistry. Adam gets all the love for bringing something fresh and different to this year's competition, but he needs to share some of that shine with Kris Allen.

Even Simon had to give him his props because Kris smacked it up, flipped it and rubbed it down. OOOOO noooo!

Gokey better watch his back, because Kris seriously came full force. Way to go dark horse!!!

Filed under: television
May 12th, 2009
08:53 PM ET

Top 3: Gokey isn't your ordinary Joe

Danny is back, and we are now in the stage where the contestants get to choose the song they perform.

Danny Gokey

Danny has selected "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker after consulting his "mentors." Who is that, do you think?

Anyhoo, Danny on the stool accompanied by strings is a nice performance. His voice sounds great, and I thought it was one of his best showings to date.

Simon calls it a "vocal master class," and it seems like I remember him saying that about Fantasia and Elliott Yamin. I don't think Danny exactly had a "moment" like those two did when they earned the same compliment, but it definitely was lovely.

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May 12th, 2009
08:42 PM ET

Top 3: Idol Gives Back

Wow, I had completely forgotten about the Idol Gives Back campaign.

Ryan says the initiative has raised more than $140 million, and I loved seeing Carrie Underwood in Angola handing out bed nets.

Great to see our "American Idol" doing charity work in an African country, but oh honey you should never, ever attempt to do "the snake" again. Stick to being a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll Carrie!

Filed under: Ryan Seacrest • television
May 12th, 2009
08:39 PM ET

Top 3: Adam Lambert loves U2

Seriously, how did they decide which judges got to pick which songs for which contestants?

Adam Lambert

Simon selects "One" by U2 for Adam to sing, and we learn that Simon got a call from Bono clearing the song for use. Groovy.

Adam is in denim, and I find myself missing the leather. I am going to risk the wrath of the Lambs and say I don't think he did his best.

I thought it was going to be AMAZING, and it was just OK. He seemed like he fell back on the theatrics instead of just singing beautifully as we know he can.

But honestly, Adam so owns this show this season that they should rename it "Adam Idol." He advises the audience to rewind the performance and listen to how beautiful the U2 lyrics are, and I find myself reaching for the remote. I am his to command!!

And not to beat a dead horse, but honestly I want to do a Three Stooges smack on the judges down the line with all of the snark they are throwing at each other. When Kara launched into the faux-British accent to taunt Simon, I was waiting for the "Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah" to come next.

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