Carrie Underwood Returns for Idol’s Shocking Top 11 Results

To round out the full hour American Idol needs to give us the one name of the person being eliminated this week, we were treated to performances by three Grand Ole Opry members – Brad Paisley and a duet by Idol’s own Carrie Underwood and guest mentor Randy Travis.  But the performances would be overshadowed by the shocking news of who was to go home.

Carrie Underwood performed a duet with guest mentor Randy Travis tonight

Carrie Underwood performed a duet with guest mentor Randy Travis tonight

It wasn’t long before we learned that Allison Iraheta, Michael Sarver and Alexis Grace were in the bottom three.  In short order, Ryan let Allison know that she was safe, leaving Michael and Alexis to sweat it out until the end.

And it probably didn’t help their nerves to know that the judges said they were willing to consider using the Judges Save for one of them – that someone turned out to be Alexis. 

When Michael was declared safe, the judges told Alexis that her encore performance would determine the judges’ vote for her safety.  Unfortunately, as Simon said, her performance was good, but not good enough.

Does this exit disprove the alleged rumors that Idol producers have already determined the Top 4?  Alexis’ name was leaked to be among the final four. 

I don’t know about the producers, but these results definitely through a wrench in who I thought would be in the final four.

The rest of the show was your typical filler.

After learning that 31 million votes were cast, being reminded of the new Judges Save rule and seeing a review of Tuesday night’s performance, we finally got to hear from our Top 11. 

Unfortunately, after the group performance of Travis Tritt’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” I kind of wished they had kept quiet.  Normally, I’m one of the minority that actually like the group numbers – that is until tonight.  It sounded horrible like 11 different people were singing separately instead of together in harmony.

And my mood didn’t improve when I saw this week’s Ford video.  “Here It Goes Again” featured a water balloon fight between the Top 11.  Normally, these videos are one of my favorite fluff pieces, but I’m just not feeling it this season.

Luckily the guest performers were at least entertaining.  Brad Paisley debuted his new single “Then.”  And then recently inducted Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood teamed up with the man who issued her invitation to The Opry, Randy Travis, for their first live duet of “I Told You So.”

Finally, the identity of the Top 10 – Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraurd, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Megan Joy Corkrey, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds, and Michael Sarver – have been identified for those of you waiting to purchase your Idol on Tour tickets.

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