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We didn't see this coming.

In one of the most shocking eliminations in the show's history, Michael Johns was sent home on American Idol tonight. He was joined in the bottom three by Syesha Mercado and Carly Smithson.

Michael and Crystal

Everyone assumed Syesha was headed home, but when Ryan Seacrest closed the show by saying she and Carly were safe, shocked silence filled the arena.

Did you think Michael Johns deserved to go home after his rendition of Dream On?

While Chris Daughtry is still the most surprising, and undeserved, American Idol elimination of all-time, Johns isn't too far behind.

Where would you rank this in terms of shock value in the show's history? Did you see it coming?

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Sorry, David Archuleta. But you weren't the cutest guy on American Idol last night.

Certified hottie and impressive humanitarian (and actor) Brad Pitt received a raucous round of applause when he appeared on the Idol stage.

Big Michael Lynche

After overcoming microphone difficulties, Pitt introduced a video of Daughtry visiting Uganda and asking for donations. Check it out below:

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Meanwhile, for clips of American Idol auditions throughout the season, visit that show's video section now. Vote on your favorite.

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It was an evening that brought together already-established singing stars with American Idol finalists on the rise.

Grammy winners (Carrie Underwood) and Oscar winners (Reese Witherspoon).

Most importantly, though, the Idol Gives Back fundraiser last night brought together viewers from around the world to make millions of dollars in donations to worthwhile causes. Thanks to everyone who called in.

Relive the special evening with a look at the following photos from it. Check out how brightly stars such as Fergie and Idol's own David Archuleta shined. Click on each for an enlarged version...

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David Archuleta is the most popular finalist among this season's American Idols, at least among the young, female demographic.

Here's disturbing proof of Archuleta's main fan base, as a 10-year old pleads for David's luscious lips to be licked - and her father (we presume) sits idly by, smiling at the adorable, sex-laden yearning of his child:

Meanwhile, take a look and listen at Archuleta's rendition of "Angels" from last night's show now. Did you enjoy it?

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During an evening of inspirational songs, our three favorite American Idol finalists can't be feeling very good about themselves this morning.

David Cook, Michael Johns and Brooke White (who we very much fear will be sent home this week) all failed to impress the judges, as they each appeared to be trying too hard.

Johns was criticized for his attempt to emulate Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler; Cook was called "pompous" by Simon Cowell for going into the crowd; and White's emotional depth on "You've Got a Friend" did strike us as forced.

Cook, at least, did send the following, important message to fans on the heels of tonight's Idol Gives Back:

So, which finalist put on the best performance? We hope you're sitting down because the answer is: Kristy Lee Cook.

The often-criticized beauty created a stir with her rendition of "Anyway," even causing Simon to tell her she looked like a star. That's like getting The Hollywood Gossip staff to tell Perez Hilton he's an insightful blogger.

David Archuleta, as usual, received nothing but positive reviews for his performance, too. He sat at a piano for Robbie Williams' "Angels." It was nice, it was sung well, it likely led to gallons of tears being shed by girls around the country.

Remember: tonight is Idol Gives Back. Call in. Make a donation. And let us know who YOU think should be going home next?

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While tonight's American Idol telecast (which will be recapped in full on our site!) will be live, many segments for tomorrow evening's Idol Gives Back special have already been taped.

We've already shown you a few Miley Cyrus photos from her performances on the program. Now, here's a look at other celebrities and finalists from the charitable broadcast:

Brad Pitt received a standing ovation - and not just because he's frickin gorgeous. The actor has dedicated loads of time and money to assisting Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

As she did last year, Carrie Underwood (fresh off her text message break up with Chace Crawford) put on an outstanding performance during the special.

The American Idol finalists themselves were also accounted for, of course. Follow the jump now to see a few of them in action...

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Last week's American Idol Power Poll angered many David Archuleta fans. They can't believe we referred to their favorite as "boring."

Sorry, but we're not taking it back.

Phil Phillips Picture

As talented as Archuleta is, Simon Cowell reminds us all the time that performance matters. All we see from Archuleta on a weekly basis is the same pained, emotional expression as he sings ballad after ballad. We'd never buy that album.

Who's would we purchase? Perhaps this week's rankings will give you an idea:

1. David Cook: As news of his brother's cancer has spread, Cook has managed to block out the pain and focus on fresh performances every week. We're ever more impressed than ever with him.

2. Michael Johns: Can sing slow, can sing fast. Has the look and the sound to really go far in the music world.

3. David Archuleta: Simply due to his voice, we'll never drop Archuleta lower than the three spot. But, as we said earlier, it's impossible to see how he could sell any albums.

4. Brooke White: We still love this folk singer, despite her difficult last couple weeks. Along with Brooke's water works, tears flowed from The Hollywood Gossip staff last Wednesday night, as we feared for White in the bottom three. Hang in there, Brooke!

5. Carly Smithson: If she wins, Carly can afford to buy her husband a few more tattoos.

On the Block: Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado

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Like an endorsement for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton from Al Gore, the support of Jordin Sparks should mean a lot to this year's American Idol finalists.

With that in mind, the two heavy favorites - David Cook and David Archuleta - should rest easy tonight.

"I really like Jason Castro," Sparks told MTV News from the orange carpet at last weekend's Kids' Choice Awards. "I like his look, and I love his vulnerability. He goes out there, and if he messes up, he's just like, 'Oops.'

But I like David Cook too. I think the guys are where it's at this year. I love you, girls �" please don't get me wrong �" and I could be totally wrong, because the show is so unpredictable."

I Won

Jordin Sparks won American Idol last season. Who will win this season?

Come on now, Jordin, pick a winner.

"It's going to be either David Archuleta or David Cook," she said, before sating that she ultimately believes David Cook will be America's next Idol.

We hope she's right!

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Awww, poor Brooke White.

Our second favorite American Idol finalist couldn't stop crying last night, according to a behind-the-scenes report from People Magazine.

Absolutely the Best

After being named one of the bottom three vote-getters, White leaked tears during the break. She had to be comforted by David Cook, who walked down the couch to give his fellow singer hug. Then, Carly Smithson stepped in with assistance, using her hand to fan cool air on Brooke's face and assuring her, "It's going to be okay."

Heck, even producer Nigel Lythgoe offered sympathy, rubbing White's back as David Archuleta wrapped his arms around her. Even after Brooke received the news that she was safe, the tears kept coming.

Just like our challenge to debate Perez Hilton!

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Ramiele Malubay became Ramiele Malu-BYE last night on American Idol.

The diminutive singer was voted off the show during an emotional evening. As soon as Ryan Seacrest announced her in the bottom three, Ramiele sat on a stool with tears in her eyes.

The Clear Favorite

She was joined in the trio with the lowest number of votes by Kristy Lee Cook - who obnoxiously had made a "Kristy's Seat" sign to signify her unpopular standing on the show - and Brooke White, who was legitimately moved by the end of the night.

"I'm emotional for a variety of reasons," White told Seacrest while she hugged Ramiele and Kristy Lee. "We throw everything we have into this thing here at American Idol and then you watch that "Idol Gives Back" portion and you think, ‘Gosh, that's a whole other meaning of difficult and sad, and then Dolly comes out here and [sings her song] ‘Jesus & Gravity' and it was really amazing."

Have we mentioned lately how much we love Brooke?

We're also major fans of David Cook, who assured viewers his hospital visit from Tuesday night was not big deal.

"I'm cool. I'm not going anywhere," Cook said.

Neither is Kristy Lee, at least not this week.