Let's go behind the scenes of last night's surprising American Idol results show, shall we?
After the most shocking moment of season six, when Melinda Doolittle, by far the best singer this year, got her walking papers, half the audience gasped in disbelief while others cheered that their favorite, Blake Lewis made it through. But Doolittle kept her cool throughout, gave another great performance and managed to thank the most important people other than the Idols onstage â€" Ricky Minor and the band.
Rather than keep the beautiful bouquets given to her by finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, she walked over and handed them to the backup singers. Then it was hugs goodbye and a congratulatory embrace for Melinda as well as Jordin and Blake. Simon Cowell, Nigel Lythgoe, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson came up to congratulate them all for getting so far, give advice, and say goodbye to Melinda.
Last season's Dancing with the Stars winner Mario Lopez was instantly spotted by the warm-up guy, as well as fans while chilling in the front row of Wednesday's audience and was given a Lewis-like welcome when they did so. When Corey the warm-up guy shouted, "Mario Lopez in the house" the crowd lit up like he was the next American Idol. "I love you, Mario" was heard so much throughout the show, he might as well have been onstage with the other three Idols.
Big Love for Kiki
LaKisha Jones was larger than life as she made her way over into the front row of Nigel Lythgoe's section. Corey the warm-up guy quickly shouted, "LaKisha â€" what up, girl?" sending the fans into frenzy, cheering and even giving her a standing ovation as she made her way into the room. Other former Idols that made the scene: leggy Haley Scarnato and season two's Josh Gracin.
Judges Have Left the Building
For the first time since the season started, it was Ryan Seacrest who made the first appearance of the night with only three minutes to air. Then it was Randy, of course, Simon, and then the Idols ... where was Paula? With only 40 seconds to make it to her seat, Abdul casually cruised down the aisles and right into her chair without batting an eyelash.
Elliot Yamin Fever
Every time Elliot Yamin's name came up the fans went absolutely wild. Maroon 5 also performed on the show, but maybe it was home-court advantage because fans were giving Yamin a standing ovation before he even began his set. But there was definite Maroon 5 lover in the house: Blake Lewis, who covered one of their songs the night before. The guy had definite "Levine-envy," as he mouthed the words to their new tune, as well as ogled the front-man before making his eager way over to the band members one-by-one to shake their hands and meet them after their set.
Why does Ryan Seacrest keep singling out young Jordin Sparks at each results show? Tonight he made her cry for a second time when he dimmed the lights and read the judges' comments again tricking her into thinking she was out just before announcing that they're they were going to break. Once cameras stopped rolling, Ryan went off to do his thing while poor Jordin was left to her tears and the couch. But it was mama bird Melinda Doolittle that came to the Idol's rescue, quickly comforting her as she helped wipe the tears from her face and bringing Jordin to giggles and making it all better.