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Video: Paula Abdul, DAUGHTRY Singing on 'American Idol' Stage

Video performances showing musical guests, two of whom were Paula Abdul and DAUGHTRY, rocking " American Idol " result show have been found. The show's judge delivered her new single "(I'm Just) Here for the Music", while the rock band fronted by the Idol alum Chris Daughtry sang their new track "No Surprise". Another performer at the singing competition on May 6 was No Doubt. Sporting black boots and black pants matched with a white tank top and a studded leather belt, the band's singer Gwen Stefani took the mic and invaded the stage alongside her bandmates with their 1995 hit single "Just a Girl". In between those musicians' live appearances, Ryan Seacrest came onto the Idol stage. He announced the elimination of Allison Iraheta from the competition and so revealed that Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen are going to face against each other at the next episode of the Fox's hit reality TV show. Source & Video Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - Featured

* Scrubs (8 pm/ET ABC) Scrubs wraps up its eighth season tonight as J.D. prepares to leave Sacred Heart and fantasizes about finally landing a hug from Dr. Cox and learning the Janitor's real name. But leaving the hospital isn't the only change in store for J.D. as Elliot slowly begins moving her things into his place, a clear sign that she's changing the course of their relationship. More than 50 past guest stars turn out for tonight's finale, a fitting tribute to this quirky and heartfelt show. * American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) The final four singers are between a rock song and a hard place in tonight's results show. Last night, the remaining quartet - Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert - blasted through rock-and-roll tunes, putting some edge in the show while being mentored by Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitar master Slash. Sadly, one of our singers will be slashed from the contest before night's end. There's little doubt that rockers No Doubt will perform. And Daughtry, fronted by Season 5 contestant Chris Daughtry, are on hand to perform "No Surprise." * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Now we know exactly why the crash of Flight 815 happened. And we know about Faraday's theories for making it unhappen. What would happen then? We'll have a better idea next week, after "The Incident" happens to wrap up this season. But for now (1977, actually) Jack and Kate are at odds about what to do next, and the jig is up for Sawyer and Juliet at Dharma. And in 2007, Locke is fully in charge of the Others. What does that mean for Richard Alpert (not to mention Ben)? * Lie to Me (8 pm/ET Fox) Cal is going to jail tonight, but not for anything that he did: He's posing as a cop killer so he can get into the skull of a serial rapist ( Rescue Me 's Daniel Sunjata) whose MO - come on like a nice guy, then blind the victims before raping them - is being copycatted. This approach could yield clues for catching the copycat, but it won't be easy because the guy is both smart and a pathological liar. Mekhi Phifer guest stars as the skeptical FBI agent on the case. * America's Next Top Model (8 pm/ET The CW ) Teyona strengthened her front-runner position with last week's double wins in the go-see competition and the photo shoot. Slight-of-height Fo wasn't so lucky and got the short end of the elimination stick, while golden oldie Celia narrowly escaped ouster (she bombed the beach photo shoot), due to her strong past pictures. But if she doesn't soon remove the "old-looking" label from her back, Celia is history. Fortunately, Tyra directs a jungle-themed photo shoot tonight that requires the final four models to resemble exotic birds. Maybe Celia can hide behind the distracting makeup and feathers. Source Here

Who Was Rock Solid? Whose Dream Will Be Dashed?

Throughout American Idol 's final weeks, as each sing-off signs off, TVGuide.com is checking in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini for their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judge's review most rang true. This week, Caldwell shares her thoughts on who rocked Rock Week, and who got rocked by it. Be sure to read TVGuide.com's full recap of the show. Plus. get an update on the freak accident that happened on stage before the show began. To Read More Click here .

Which Idol Judges Will Be Back Next Season?

Simon Cowell has confirmed that all four Idol judges will return next season. "I think certainly next year everyone's going to be back," he told Ellen Degeneres during a pre-taped Tuesday appearance on her show ("Yeah, absolutely," he added.) In recent weeks, the judges' plans for future seasons have been uncertain, with Season 8 addition Kara DioGuardi being the latest question mark. The arrival of the fourth judge, who has a one-year contract, has been controversial throughout the season, in part because of how much time an extra judge adds to critiques. (Former Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe told TVGuide.com that he's "not a fourth judge fan," for example, and nearly 60 percent of voters in a TVGuide.com poll agreed that four judges is too many.) Cowell acknowledged the debate surrounding the additional judge. "There's less time for us to talk," he said. "One week ... 10 minutes before the show started, [producers] said, 'Oh, by the way you can't talk for half the show.' It's rather like saying in a singing competition to the singer, 'Half of you can't sing.' It was just crazy." The show's veterans have also been discussing their Idol futures. Paula Abdul -- whose contract ends after this season -- pondered her plans during an April appearance on Nightline. Cowell has been vocal about his next steps too. He recently told the New York Times that he still intends to leave American Idol when his contract ends after next season. Are you glad that all four judges will be back? Source Here

Paula Abdul to Perform New Single on Idol Results Show

Paula Abdul is going to be a different kind of vocal on Wednesday's American Idol results show. The singer-dancer-judge will perform her new single, "I'm Just (Here for the Music)," live on the Idol stage, Abdul confirmed on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show Tuesday. The single also made its world premiere on Seacrest's show. (Listen to the song here.) Abdul said she was hesitant to take up the show's producers when they made the last-minute offer. "I wasn't sure if I was going to do it. Timing was of the essence," she said. "I put everything together on Saturday and rehearsed on Sunday. It was really good, and I am feeling good about it... There's a lot to see in less than three minutes." No Doubt and Daughtry are also scheduled to perform on Wednesday's show. This will mark Abdul's first live performance on Idol. During Season 7, Abdul debuted a music video for "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" - which featured Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Seacrest - on the show. Are you looking forward to Paula's performance? What do you think of the new song? Source Here

Should Idol Keep Kara? Former Show Boss Nigel Lythgoe "Not a Fourth Judge Fan"

Former American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe says that while Kara DioGuardi is "very good" in her capacity alongside Simon, Randy and Paula, as a matter of principle he is "not a fourth judge fan." "What we've seen is that four judges tend to take away time from the program, which was always going to be the problem," he explained during a visit to TVGuide.com. Lythgoe's comments about Idol's addition of a judge come on the heels of DioGuardi revealing to ET that she only was signed to a one-season deal, yet hopes to stay on. On Fox's summertime reality smash, So You Think You Can Dance (premiering Season 5 on May 21), executive producer Lythgoe also serves as a judge alongside Mary Murphy and a rotating choreographer. But rarely has that competition ever trotted in a fourth panelist. Does Lythgoe think that the addition of DioGuardi, the Judges' Save and the expansion to a Top 36 are all changes worth keeping? "They've tried a lot of different things," he notes. "I think they'll probably ... keep some of them and lose others." Source Here

Idol's Matt Was "Definitely Surprised" to See Adam Nearly Eliminated

If you did not expect to see season-long front runner Adam Lambert in American Idol 's bottom two this week, know that the singer who ultimately got sent home shares in your astonishment. "I was definitely surprised that Adam was there with me," Matt Giraud said in a Thursday press conference call. "He didn't really like his performance [of "Feeling Good"], but I thought he was great." Prior to landing in the bottom two, Adam was asked by host Ryan Seacrest to ally himself with either of two pairs of fellow singers - essentially declaring whether he thought he was safe this week as well as share his opinion on who wasn't. "It was a cruel twist," said Matt, who (paired with Kris Allen) failed to court Adam's favor. "We kind of played with him backstage [afterward] ... but it felt kind of uncomfortable." And what would Matt have done had he been put in that sticky sitch? Alluding to how a similar "choice" played out this time a year ago, he said, "I would have pulled an Archuleta, and just sat down!" Even though he eventually was ordered to Rat Pack his bags, Giraud put the best spin on his performance of "My Funny Valentine," which earned raves by no less than Mr. Cowell. "Going out with Simon calling you 'brilliant' and comparing you to Nat King Cole ... is certainly better than, 'That is the worst you've ever done. Have a good day!'" Source Here

Idol Takes On Rock Week with Slash, Daughtry and No Doubt

Put up your devil horns - American Idol 's Top 4 are about to rock. Legendary Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash will guide the crooners through all things rock 'n' roll as the week's celebrity mentor. Slash, who's sold 100 million albums and earned seven Grammy nods for his various projects, is currently working on a solo album and with his current band, Velvet Revolver. Once the Top 4 have put their spin on some rock classics, No Doubt and Daughtry will grace the stage to keep the fist-pumping energy going on results night. No Doubt is gearing up for a summer tour and putting the finishing touches on an album planned for 2010. Season 5 Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and his band will perform "No Surprise," the first single from their upcoming sophomore album. Are you excited for rock week? Which performance are you looking forward to most? For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET. Source Here

Ratings: A Nearly Three-Month High Is in Order

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET President Barack Obama's 100-day touch-base drew 19 million total viewers across ABC, CBS and NBC. That's down 39 percent from his previous prime-time address, though one must remember that Fox was not carrying the POTUS this go-round. Fox instead went with Lie to Me , which matched last week's 7.88 mil. Similarly, Top Model held steady at 4 mil. * 9 pm American Idol 's reveal of the Top 4 played to 21.85 million viewers, down 6 percent week-to-week. Criminal Minds claimed second with 13.27 mil, dipping 280K. Lost found 8.81 mil celebrating its 100th episode, down 200 thou from its last fresh episode. * 10 pm CSI: NY topped the hour with 12.47 mil, on par with its last new episode. Law & Order followed with 7.7 mil, its largest audience since Feb. 4. ABC's The Unusuals was flat with 5.08 mil. Source Here

Matt Giraud Eliminated From 'American Idol', Adam Lambert in Bottom 3

It was a surprising line up of the bottom three this week in " American Idol ". Many have predicted that either Matt Giraud or Allison Iraheta will be the least voted but they only got one right. Matt was in the bottom three along with Kris Allen and surprisingly, fan and judges favorite, Adam Lambert. Ryan Seacrest announced that there were 47 million votes cast on the Rat Pack night. Then later he started dividing the top 5 into two groups. Matt was grouped with Kris and Adam on right side of the stage while Allison and Danny Gokey stood on the left side. The host then announced that Matt's group belonged to the bottom three. Kris was first to be declared safe, leaving Adam and Matt for the climax toward the end of the show. Seacrest finally said that Matt, who was saved by judges two weeks prior, is not in the top 4. The result night on Wednesday, April 29 invited several guest performers including Jamie Foxx that became the mentor of the week. Others were Natalie Cole and former "Idol" champion Taylor Hicks. Source Here
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