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Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds Voted Off American Idol

American Idol Double Elimination: Down to Five

It was an American Idol rarity this week: The judges saving Matt a week ago led to two Idol hopefuls heading home on Wednesday. Suddenly, a hefty group of seven has become a much slimmer top five. Was Matt spared another week, or was it his turn (again) to be voted off? Did Simon's prediction that this week would be the end of the road for Lil come true? Is America as into dark horse Kris Allen as much as I am? To find out, just


So wow! Even though Ryan told Lil Rounds "we need someone like you in this competition," he went ahead and put her out of her misery right off the bat. I think it worked out well that she got to sing "I'm Every Woman" as her swan song, and all the judges had nothing but kind words for her.

I think Lil was eliminated first because it was the most predictable result of the night. It was also no surprise when Kris and Adam were immediately told they were safe. After Danny was told he'd be back another week, it was on to one of the big cliffhangers: Matt's fate. It turns out the judges' save really was a lifesaver for him, as he's redeemed himself to America and was voted back in this week.

That meant Allison and Anoop were sent to the stools, and Anoop was the one who had to say goodbye. I'm not totally surprised — his position in the competition has been precarious for a while now. However, I continue to be confused by both America's love of Danny and indifference toward Allison. What's up with that?

A couple more thoughts:

  • Matt downloaded himself as a ringtone. I can't decide if that's kind of cute or a little egotistical.
  • Paula appears to be at her most sane when she's in her element: teaching people how to dance.
  • I know it was a disco theme and all, but the guys all kind of looked like they were going to a pimp party.
  • That disco medley was out of control and perhaps the definition of "filler."
  • I always think it's so fun when Simon wants nothing to do with Ryan's banter. At one point, Ryan was trying to draw Simon into a conversation before telling Danny if he was safe or not, and Simon shut him down with, "You're being facetious. Get back to the contestants."
  • The return of the prodigal son! David Archuleta took the stage and made lots of girls happy, as evidenced by their screaming when he appeared.

Were you guys sad to see Lil and Anoop go?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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kasey009 kasey009 8 years
Im sad about Anoop leaving. I never thought he'd win, but I'm a through and through born and bred north carolinian, so it was sad to see one of our own go. Oh well.. I'm pleased with the top 5 anyway.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Danny just seems so cocky! And I love Allison! Hopefully next week, if not eliminated, Danny will be at least in the bottom 3-- just to shake him up a bit and give him a dash of humility.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
I really liked Anoop's voice actually. But yeah I'm ok with the eliminations...idk why America loves Danny so much either ! I like Allison much better. But I lovelovelove Kris and Adam best.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I am sooo glad to FINALLY be seeing comments of people that do not like Danny. I haven't liked him much since Hollywood week. He is boring, his voice bugs me, I think so many people are better. I agree with buzz and the others and can't figure out america's or the judges obsession with him. at least adam mixes things up a little bit.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
this is just what I had hoped for!!!! I still havent seen the show b/c I was out of town last night, but I was so excited when I heard! Lil NEEDEd to go for weeks now...and Anoop, although I like him, was just boring. I would never buy his music. I am happy with this top five. Now that those two are gone I am excited to see what happens!
zeze zeze 8 years
I don't get who is voting for Danny, everywhere I read talks about how no one likes him - WHO IS VOTING FOR HIM! I think Adam will win, but I think ultimately, Kris will sell the most records and maaaaybe Matt. Kris is more likely because he seems to know exactly what to do with his talent, while Matt seems a bit confused. Although their first album is usually handled ALL by producers and they don't get a say...
care0531 care0531 8 years
I was so happy with the results. The right people went home. As for Danny people love him and vote for him out of sympathy and not based on talent which is almost just as sad. I don't think Kris has a lot of range with his voice he is an okay singer- he makes a lot of weird faces too when singing and I think that is why he reminds me of John Mayer. Adam is the only consistent contestant in this competition. The only problem I have with him is he can rock out and sing a beautiful ballot but those are 2 totally different styles and I can't see him singing both styles on 1 album.
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
What's up with this season having such issues with time? They seem like they are always rushing!
emalove emalove 8 years
I knew Lil and Anoop would go home.
alesimas alesimas 8 years
I find kinda sad how Anoop lost his mojo through this whole competition. I really had high expectations for him. . Am I the only one that noticed that they gave final comments on Lil and Anoop was left with nothing ? I was bummed about that.
GMarie GMarie 8 years
Of all of them, Allison has far and away the most talent and marketability. Other than her, the rest of this season is boring and disappointing. We TiVo it and watch the whole episode in 10 minutes.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
agree with the elimination. can i just ask if anybody finds the way adam is grabbing matt in that top picture as awkardly hilarious as i do?
hokiepokie hokiepokie 8 years
Agreed that Danny is overhyped and Allison should not be in the bottom. I'm still hoping for a Kris-Allison-Adam final 3, though. & Matt downloading his own ringtone was for an AT&T plug. I'm sure the producers told him to.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Danny sucks... Allison is fantastic... Adam is in a league of his own... Kris is very cute and often does a good job... Matt can be good in the right song... I'm just not attached this year. Happy to see Lil go - she was always off pitch and so boring! and Anoop has a good voice but his song choice was blecchh the other night.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
danny is very much a Taylor Hicks kind of contestant...he doesn't have a niche...he's GOOD but he doesn't have star power....but then again america voted and taylor won, so you never know what could happen!
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I think the right people went home, though I think Lil really sang well! I don't see Danny's appeal either, I mean he seems like a really nice guy, but it makes me wonder how is he still there?
khameel khameel 8 years
I think Allison is fantastic and did not deserve to be in the bottom. I used to like Danny, but he's just been kind of one-note to me. I'm over him at this point. Allison, on the other hand is fantastic, especially considering she's only 16!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I agree with you Pop, this was a great results show, but honestly, why does America LOVE Danny and not like Alison? Their talent does not even compare!
kismekate kismekate 8 years
I can't stand Adam and Danny. It makes my ears burn to know that they may be the final two.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I was happy with the outcome. The disco medley was horrible!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
totally agree with the elimination, matt needs to go next followed by allison and then kris and then Danny and Adam for the win.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i thought lil deserved to go but felt kinda bad for anoop. i have to say, that guy dresses WAY better than any of the male contestants! and he seems so sweet. but he was never going to win so it's fine to see him go. and about that, K-C of K-C and the Sunshine Band fame was just embarassing to watch...that entire thing killed me...why were those women stuffed into those tiny dresses? oh god, there are no words....i feel like randy would have been telling them "you know, it was pretty pitchy the whole way through" and simon, "it sounded like bad karaoke"
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I was happy with the elimination. Everyone knows my dislike for Adam, but this performance I almost cried during his performance, other than the screaming it was beautiful.
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