May 13th, 2009
09:32 PM ET

Top 3: Kris Allen hits Arkansas

I went to Kris' hometown of Conway, Arkansas, when I was driving cross-country, and the folks there were great people.

Kris Allen

It seems like everyone there has turned out to love up on him. Kris' family totally made me cry.

From his dad's tearful exclamation of pride in his boy to his mom, who looked like she was going to lose it any minute before she actually did, it made me all the happier that he has made it this far in the competition.

Back in the studio, there's more recap from Ryan before Kris is sent to sit with Danny. I hate the anticipation, but good luck to them both.

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May 13th, 2009
09:26 PM ET

Top 3: Danny Gokey returns home

Danny and and his friend Jamar Rogers get to see each other again when he returned to Milwaukee.

Danny Gokey

I have to admit I am still salty that Jamar didn't make it further on the show. That kid is mad talented!!

Danny is moved to tears by all the hometown talent, and it is great to see all of the fans there running after his car, screaming and losing their minds.

He gets to throw a pitch out at the game, and he speaks of what it feels like to come so far from where he was 10 months ago.

Ryan calls for the dimming of the lights, but you just know we won't find anything out this soon. Danny is sent to sit down, and I am on pins and needles.

Filed under: television
May 13th, 2009
09:15 PM ET

Top 3: They snuck Alicia Keys in on us

Wow, Alicia Keys is gorgeous!

She's there because of her charity work in Africa, and she makes a pitch to help the children there in the fight against AIDS.

But the highlight is Noah, a youngster from Rwanda who wants to be a recording artist, singing R. Kelly's "I'm the World's Greatest." He's so cute, and he gets his groove on, dance moves included.

Noah learned the song in English in one week. That's better than some "Idol" contestants!

Filed under: television
May 13th, 2009
09:12 PM ET

Top 3: First the laughs

** SPOILER ALERT: Wednesday night’s blog will eventually reveal the contestant leaving the show. Do not visit the final entry of the blog if you do not want to know the results. **

Everyone wants to know who is going home and so do I.

But first, here comes the cast of "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" with a skit on the "American Idol" desk.

Ben Stiller cracks me up just by standing still, but the fact that the desk will be in the Smithsonian is no joke. Big-time things, Idol!

Ryan says more than 88 million votes came in and just over 1 million votes separated the top two. Of course he teases that you think you know, but you don't know.


- Lisa Respers France, writer

May 13th, 2009
05:25 PM ET

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"American Idol" is one step closer to crowning a winner.

Top three

The final three will be cut down to the remaining two on Wednesday night - and you don't want to miss it.

Tune in tonight and watch with’s Lisa Respers France, who will be blogging live during the show.  Scheduled performers include former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, and singer Katy Perry.

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–Lisa Respers France, writer

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