American Idol Report: Jessica Alba Stops By

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A lot happened on American Idol last night.

Lakisha Jones was voted out, of course. Ryan Seacrest announced a new reality show dedicated to finding the next great American band. And a well-known, beautiful actress made an appearance ..

A Standout

Fantastic Four Meets the Final Four
Jessica Alba
was the delight of the night, as she accompanied her Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer costars Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Ioan Gruffudd to watch Idol's final four face the music. Just before the start of the show, Simon Cowell switched seats with Paula Abdul to get a better look at the star because, as Paula put it, "she's so hot!"

And while Seacrest was about to introduce the cast and a clip of their movie, Alba, who plays the Invisible Girl, left her seat empty and hid behind the host, tickling his back as he pretended that she had vanished.

But having the beautiful actress so close proved too much for Seacrest â€" he almost fumbled his lines completely.

Unbreakable Bond

In the final break before learning their fate, the Idols turned toward one another and formed a big group hug that couldn't be broken. Seacrest was already in place when Blake Lewis was still giving kisses on the cheek to Jones, Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle. But the Idols wouldn't budge â€" even after holding the position for almost three minutes during the commercial break.

It was only when the cameras came back on that they let go of each other.

Follow the Signs
Wednesday's audience was as loud and aggressive as ever, but it was the fans of Jordin and Blake who made most of the noise. In fact, it was so loud and out of control at times that the stage manager had to police the situation and remind fans that they must keep it down. There were far more showing support for these two than Melinda Doolittle, however.

Politics Aside
Politically Incorrect
host Bill Maher left the politics at home and took a front row seat to watch one of his idols, Barry Gibb, perform live. Maher, known more for controversy, let loose at American Idol, bobbing his head while mouthing each and every word in unison during Gibb's performance of "To Love Somebody."

Now we see how he won over Karrine Steffans.

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