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Danny Gokey Eliminated from American Idol; Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Advance to Finale

American Idol Elimination: And Our Finalists Are . . .

Wednesday night was a big one on American Idol, as we learned which of the final three guys would advance to next week's big finale. Would it be the perpetually safe Danny Gokey? The longtime favorite Adam Lambert? The dark horse Kris Allen? With more than 80 million votes, and only a million between the top two, it was quite a struggle for the final two spots. To talk about who got them, just

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So Danny's first time in the bottom was also his last time in the competition. The finale will be a battle between Kris and Adam, while Danny heads home to Milwaukee. And I'm OK with that: Danny's certainly a good singer, but I've been feeling like I've already heard everything he can do, while Adam and Kris (especially Kris, actually) continue to surprise me. Danny has a compelling backstory and enough fans to have kept him safe for 95% of this Idol season, though, and I'm sure there will be a market for his music.

Meanwhile, an Adam/Kris finale is about as shocking as it gets in the Idol universe — neither Pop nor I even had Kris making the top 12. It's nice to see a contestant who didn't get a ton of screen time in the early rounds break through. And while Adam would seem to be the favorite, knowing there were only a million votes between them this week complicates things a bit. Who do you think has the edge going into next week's finale?

Some thoughts on the rest of the show:

  • Kris's reaction to getting into the finale was great, but it was nothing compared to the judges, who looked genuinely shocked. Simon even did his crazy-eyes "whoa" thing.
  • Love the animated Danny, Adam, and Kris from the Ford ad. I wonder if you really know you've made it when you become a cartoon.
  • Whose hometown visit do you think looked like the most fun? Danny's reunion with Jamar was sweet, and Adam's little theater group kids were adorable, but Kris's dad getting emotional was the only one that made me want to cry.
  • Going back for a second — JAMAR! Love that snappy green tie. I still wish he'd made the live shows.
  • I'm starting to think Jordin Sparks is my favorite Idol winner after Kelly Clarkson. It's been fun to watch her grow up.
  • Katy Perry generally bugs me, but with those costumes and backup dancers, I can understand why she might be fun to see live.

What do you make of these results?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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Allyace Allyace 8 years
I haven't really watched much of this season, but Kris's rendition of Heartless alone would have made him worthy of the finales for me. Good for him :).
Harmonia Harmonia 8 years
no offense but Kris Allen didn't even deserve to be in the top 3. Even just out of the top 4, when he was alongside Allison, Danny and Adam, he faded away into the background, being entirely forgettable in vocals and in personality.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
I love this top 2. It's exactly what I wanted so I'm pretty happy. So glad the producers plans for an Adam/Danny finale backfired. The looks on the judges faces were hilarious. HAHA. Kris was just supposed to be cannon fodder and I think it's awesome that he somehow made his way into the finale. I'm really happy for him. I definitely got a little bit emotional during Kris's homecoming. The hug between him and his dad was really sweet. I love both Kris and Adam. At the point, it doesn't matter to me who wins. Kris is probably my favorite, but I kind of feel like this is Adam's season. I'd be cool with either outcome. I think they're both great and I'm so excited they're the last two standing.
care0531 care0531 8 years
Adam needs to do some Guns N Roses! Bring out his inner Axel! :ROTFL: He will kick ass no doubt.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
My favorites from the beginning were Adam and Allison. That would have been one awesome finale! I'm happy Adam is there and will be voting for him, however I know he'll be successful whether he wins or loses.
Harmonia Harmonia 8 years
i love Adam. I hope he will win, he can really sing. While Kris is amateur for me. it would be better if Allison would be in the finale with Adam!-
catstarr catstarr 8 years
I'm so glad that Danny Gokey FINALLY went home. Kris really deserves to be there!
pxpxcutie pxpxcutie 8 years
I think Adam would be great on Broadway, but I wouldn't buy one of his albums. I might buy an album from Kris...his musical choices/style is more something that I would be interested in than Adam's.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I agree that Katy Perry having the Adam Lambert on the cap had to not made the others feel good. I was thinking maybe he looks more like Elivis- lol but no. Entertainment Weekly also has Adam Lambert featured on its cover and it's as if they are already proclaiming him the winner. There is a lot not right but what can you do. Do you remember the finale with Fantasia and Diana? Remember Fantasia was in her dressing room and got flowers from celebrites etc and there was Diana still a nobody- this is kinda of reminds me of that Finale.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
2 things jumped out at me: 1) what the hell was with the african lip-synching kid dressed like pharrell? 2) what was with katy perry's cape that said Adam Lambert? that shouldn't have been allowed
care0531 care0531 8 years
I was so happy with the results! I am a little confused with what Simon said about next weeks finale. What did he say it was going to be? PinkPrincess- I study that shirt Buzz is wearing every day and I try and think something more Buzz related so I am thinking it might be a Star Wards T-shirt or something.
raieven raieven 8 years
RE: the t-shirt. To me it looks like one of those Buddha designs popular in the 90s. With Buddha seated on a sort of throne thing and gold surrounding him. Adam for the WIN!!! I would so much rather listen to an Adam rock album than a Kris light rock album. But thats just me.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Sorry but Adam makes me cringe...he's just creepy.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
I'm so happy! I would've preferred allison and kris/adam but this is good too. it was about time that danny left. it's so annoying that everyone was crying, especially paula and kara. in his 2 interviews with jillian reynolds right after he got eliminated he kept saying "10 months ago I was at my wife's casket"... it's a sad situation but it's like he wanted sympathy and I feel like that's why he was there for so long cuz I don't think he was great. but whatever, he's gone and I hope kris wins now!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Haha! Pink! I've been wondering that same thing! what is on that t-shirt and earrings? Pumpkin? Peanut Brittle? cookie?
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