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America Idol 8 Results: Michael Sarver, Alexis Grace, and Danny Gokey Make the Top 12

American Idol Elimination: Which Three Are Moving On?

Normally we get a lot of "you made it" from Ryan Seacrest on American Idol elimination nights, but on Wednesday, it felt like one "no" after another thanks to this year's wild card system. But eventually those no's led to three yes's, and the top 12 has officially begun to fill out. Ready to see who's movin' on and chat about the rest of the evening? Just


And the three American Idol hopefuls moving on are:

Michael Sarver, Alexis Grace, and Danny Gokey!

I think America got it right for the most part, and I didn't necessarily spot a huge upset — did you? The Anoop die-hards out there will probably be pretty disappointed, and it's actually too bad we couldn't bring four along for this round. Ryan said there was just a small difference in votes between him and Michael Sarver.

This year's process isn't doing folks like Ricky Braddy any favors. Yes, Ricky had a snoozy performance on Tuesday, but he also had zero screen time beforehand, so America didn't have much to remember him by. Oh Ricky, we hardly knew ye. I also think Brent Keith will have a lot of disappointed fans out there. Danny sang us off the show while the cameras made sure to zoom in on Tatiana 's destroyed face — she couldn't hold it together enough to answer Ryan's questions after learning her fate.

But! There's still a wild card round to come, so some of these folks may yet return to the Idol stage. Wasn't it weird that there was zero mention of that on Wednesday? It was just, "Oh, your dreams are crushed, sorry."

A few more thoughts:

  • Raise your hand if you were a tad bit concerned that Tatiana was about to swipe Danny's spot in the top 12. I was worried America would riot if that happened.
  • I like the fact that the winners sang the song that helped move them forward in the competition, rather than the old system: losers singing the song that made America vote them off. I've never seen the logic of subjecting us to those losing performances twice. Too bad it will only last three weeks!
  • Um, I kind of want to go to the new American Idol experience place! Also, I hope they have a David Cook/Carrie Underwood live performance planned for later this season — that short clip made me want more.
  • Yay Carly Smithson and Michael Johns! Carly plugged her weave, Michael his upcoming album. They both sounded great, though the song was a little meh. What do you think?
  • Is it just me, or does Simon seem so over it this season? Getting him to talk was like pulling teeth for Ryan, and he just looked so bored. Maybe it's just this early process of sorting through the first batch. Hopefully someone in the next 12 can get him excited about this season.

What do you think of the three who made it? Predictable? Shocking? Is there anyone eliminated who you hope makes the short list for the wild card round?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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care0531 care0531 8 years
Braddy should have made it over Michael! He has a good voice but didn't get any face time on tv over the previous weeks.
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 8 years
the-afterlife the-afterlife 8 years
Anoooop!! And I'm getting SO sick of Dead-Wife-Man...
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
I was so glad to see Michael go through! His earlier audition stuff was SO good, i hope he'll go back to that. Even though she has the best voice out of the girls, I'm just not a fan of Alexis
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
A couple other things... I hated the group performance. The arrangement was awful. It sounded like something you'd hear on one of those Kidz Bop commercials. My favorite part of the show last night was the snippet of the Carrie/David duet. They're my two favorite contestants ever, so naturally, I loved it. They're are full versions of their duet on youtube. They sound good together. They should record something together. I really wish Carly and Michael would've done a different song. They did that song last year at the finale. So I was pretty underwhelmed by their appearance. Michael's hot though.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
I don't think Tatiana had the 4th highest number of votes. I think it was the producers setting her up for the fall. I can't say I'm really all that happy about Michael making the top 12. Both Anoop and Ricky were better than him. I really don't like the rule that the top boy and the top girl have to go through. How does one's sex relate to their singing? UGH! The best should go through regardless of whether they're male or female. I think Anoop will be back for the wildcard. He only lost out to Michael by 20 000 votes, which really, isn't a whole lot. I really like Anoop and I think he deserves to be in the top 12. I'm worried about next week. They put Matt Giraud and Adam Lambert in the same group and they're my favorites. I think one will probably get through, but I don't think both will, which sucks a lot. And super cute Kris Allen doesn't stand a chance, which is really sad.
Katie-Kat398180 Katie-Kat398180 8 years
I was really disappointed that they had 4 of my hopefuls in this round. I totally called the three who went on, but I also wanted Anoop to go through. Tatiana is over, thank God. I understand that she was upset, but so was everyone else that didn't make it through and they were still able to be good sports about it during Danny's song...but no, she's standing there weeping and the camera keeps going to her...ugh. And, Buzz, I think you totally called it. Simon seems "over it." We kept commenting how bored he looked last night and Tuesday night...weird huh?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I think Anoop will get the wild card, for the life of me i couldn’t stand Tatiana and her circus show, it really annoyed me when Danny won and they immediately tuned into her for her stupid reaction.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I was even thinking that Anoop could have finished third, but a girl had to make it, so he didn't. But that could just be because something about Alexis annoys me a little.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
bchigrl — I'm not so sure Tatiana finished fourth. We don't even know for sure who was the top guy between Michael and Danny. We just know that Alexis was the top girl, either Michael or Danny was the top guy, and whichever one of them was next got more votes than the next girl (ugh, confusing much? Thanks a lot, Idol). Since Ryan said there were only 20K votes between Michael and Anoop, I think Anoop could be fourth place, too.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I'm so unbelievably happy that Tatiana didn't make it through but I really don't want her in the wild care round either and she's automatically in since she was in 4th place (how did that happen). Anyhow I completely agree with Alexis and Danny but I really though Anoop would've gotten it or even a surprise with Jackie but oh well. I'm sure there will be a few back in wild card night. I'm partially excited for next week, there's only 2 ppl that I really like so hopefully Megan and Jasmin will advance.
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
sorry danny is just a little bit overrated
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
im glad danny and alexis are going through, based on michaels performance this week, annop should be the one going through, danny has a very sad story, but its not him throwing it down our throats so why take it out on him?
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
Half of them performed good the other half not so good. thought for a moment that they mentioned Tatiana won; i had to rewind my tivo. she proved she can sing, but oh well they had to pick Danny. i personally think the judges just took pity on him, and so does america. he's wife died what 3 months ago and is on American idol? he can sing, he did a beautiful rendition of that song but he's a little too raspy. Now with Michael, he is not that good i would have picked Anoop.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i wish they would stop playing up danny's sob story. he really is way more talented than everybody who performed this week, but people aren't giving him the respect he deserves because they're sick of hearing the same thing over and over.
iknowitall iknowitall 8 years
love megan corkrey! so excited for her group's performance :) happy with last night's outcome, and i also would like to see anoop come back as a wild card.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I think that those are all good choices...I would have gone with 3 guys if I could have, but she was the best out of the girls for me. It would have been fun to keep "Anup Dog" in, but I was strongly attached to these two guys.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
so I was just looking at the pictures of each person alone. They all kind of look like Senior pictures for the yearbook haha
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I think that from this round, we'll likely see Tatiana "Crazy Face" Del Toro and Anoop "Noop Dog!" Desai back for Wildcard. I was a little bit crushed to see Anoop go in this round. I really thought he had the internet backing, since every blogger loves him, but alas, I will be without his liquid chocolate eyes until Wildcard.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I thought it was weird that Simon practically begged America to give Michael another chance. I liked him better when he was doing the whole R&B-type stuff. He also sounds a lot like Nick Lachey.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
Michael is very likable but he's not a great singer. I was very surprised he got through. I'm not sure he'll last very long.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Gokey backlash already? That was quick. Ten bucks says Del Toro will be back for the WildCard round. I don't know if her fragile psyche will be able to handle it, though. I've read that people were giving Danny flack for not being more "sympathetic" with Tatiana, but...c'mon. She hijacked the camera every single chance she got this season. So Danny didn't hug her right away. Maybe he was afraid she's claw his eyes out with that star-shaped ring. It does have sharp edges. I'm looking forward to next week too--my other favorite will be on (Matt, the dueling pianist, or Elliot Yamin v. 2.0), so I'll be psyched to hear him.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Aparently I'm missing something because I haven't even heard all of Dannys story. It kind of sucks that people are saying they're over him, jeez let the guy live his dream. I'm looking forward to next week because one of my fave guys will be on! I definitely think there's more good guy singers than girls this season. And I think Michael got in more based on his older stuff (auditions) than his current performance.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I was surprised that Michael Sarver got through. He was rather forgettable.
Emberly Emberly 8 years
Love Danny! So happy he made it in. Wasn't sure about Michael beating out Anoop but I think you're all right - he'll be back in The Wild Card Round - GOOD CALL!
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