March 18, 2008 05:01 AM by Joe Reality
During the American Idol top twelve performance show, the American Idol finalists performed Beatles songs. After approximately 29 million votes were cast, David Hernandez was the first of the top twelve finalists eliminated from the American Idol competition. Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard’s “Celebrate Me Home” was introduced as the new goodbye song for the American Idol finalists.
For the upcoming American Idol top eleven performance show, the American Idol finalists will perform Beatles songs. No, that announcement isn’t a mistake, American Idol is going to use songs from the Sony/ATV Music Publishing songbook of John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the second week in a row.
Why is American Idol doing The Beatles part two? On the most recent American Idol results show, Ryan Seacrest offered up the following explanation. Seacrest said, “We had so many calls and emails that we’re changing next week’s theme and we’re going to do more from the Lennon/McCartney song book.”
Of course if you don’t buy Seacrest’s explanation about the calls and emails, other explanations could be that it was so expensive to get the right to use the songs that American Idol producers wanted to make sure they got their money’s worth. Or there could be some sort of Beatles related special guest starwho is comingwho couldn’t make it last week.
Regardless of the reason, the Top 11 finalists (Amanda Overmyer, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Chikezie, David Archuleta, David Cook, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Ramiele Malubay and Syesha Mercado) will once again perform Beatles songs on Tuesday, March 18 from 8 PM to 10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. Then, the second finalist from the American Idol 7 top twelve will be eliminated on the live American Idol results show on Wednesday, March 19 from 9 PM to 10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX.
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