By Phil Stacey
The pressure was on for the five remaining American Idol finalists last night as they performed standards, vying it out for that coveted Top 4 position. As Simon stated at the beginning of the results show tonight, they were all REALLY good! No doubt, this is the strongest group of talent in the history of American Idol.
At this point in the competition, the audience is no longer voting for a performance. They are now voting for their favorites, regardless of who did the best job. And that is the way it should be. However, if one of the contestants comes out with an unquestionable show-stopper (aka Fantasia's Summertime or Katherine McPhee's Summertime), they could easily jump out in front of the rest of the group.
The big story of the night was this season's clear judge favorite, Adam Lambert, being in the bottom 2 vote getters. Ryan had divided the other four into to groups and asked Adam which group he felt he belonged in. Adam chose to join Danny and Allison in the group that was obvious favorite before being stooped by Ryan. Everyone seemed surprised to see him in the bottom 2. Including Adam.
Tonight's telecast featured performances by Jamie Foxx and Natalie Cole. After 47 million votes were cast, it was Matt Giraud who was sent home. Matt is a gifted vocalist and exceptional pianist. He will be featured on the American Idols Live Tour this summer.