American Idol's magnificent seven turned to six tonight, after a night of performances that saw Katy Perry and David Cook take the stage, while the audience waited on the edge of their seats to find who would be eliminated in this week's episode.
Over 52 million votes, including Facebook online voting, were received from American Idol fans last night. Fan's seem to have recovered following the shocking elimination of Pia Toscano two weeks ago.
Katy Perry performed her hit song, "ET", which features Kanye West, and David Cook debuted his new single, an up-tempo rock song titled "The Last Goodbye."
Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk sang Train's "Hey Soul Sister." While the trio of Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery performed Cold Play's Viva La Vida.
After a night of songs from the 21st century, that got American Idol judge Steven Tyler so fired-up he momentarily forgot where he was and dropped the F-bomb, saying to Casey Abrams "Your performance brings out jealousy and anger in others because, "You're so f---ing great," Abrams and Jacob Lusk were called to center stage to begin the weekly elimination.
In last night's episode, Abrams, "the eccentric 20-year-old film camp counselor of Idyllwild, Calif., planted a peck on "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez after delivering a rockin' rendition of Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe." Lopez proclaimed that she loved Abrams' performance — and his "soft lips" weren't bad either," reported the Associated Press.
Jacob Lusk had a technical glitch last night, with the drum track and musical track in the beginning of his performance, which threw him off his game, according to Lusk. He sang Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father", which didn't garner enough votes to send him safely to the contestant's couch. Lusk was the first to land in the bottom three.
Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone were up next and after the nationwide vote was announced, Stefano joined Lusk in the bottom three.
Lastly, Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery joined host Ryan Seacrest on stage where Reinhart found herself in the final seat set, aside for the bottom three.
After the final votes were tallied Stefano Langone, who was a judge's wild-card pick, was sent home. But before he left he entertained the crowd one more time with his version of Stevie Wonder's "Lately."
Vote for the Worst has switched their alliance now that Paul McDonald was eliminated last week and has called for their fans to join Casey Abrams' fans and cast their votes for the bearded singer. Abrams is expected to net millions of votes from the website whose fans consistently vote for the worst, most quirky or unusual contestant.
The popular Idol website's marketing details for Abrams said "With the growling, those faces, and the cojones on this one, we have a sure-firecrotch winner! Vote for Casey Abrams."
When this week's episode concluded, Idol contestants still in the competition were Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin.
Next week the performer's take on the songs of Carole King.