American Idol News and Notes from This Week

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Kristy Lee Cook was eliminated from American Idol this week. That's a fact every fan of the shows knows. But here are a few backstage and off-camera developments from Wednesday night's broadcast:

  • Mariah Carey came out before the camera began rolling to test the microphone. She delighted those in attendance with a rendition of "Bye Bye," telling them: "No judging... Sorry, I don't have a sound-check â€" I'm always late."
  • Former finalist Elliot Yamin also performed, just a few weeks after his mother passed away. He sang the song "Free," with "We miss you, mom" written on his hand.

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Kristy Lee Cook found out she was eliminated, but then sucked up the emotion and serenaded Simon Cowell with her farewell performance.

  • Famous - and random - people in the crowd included: Taylor Dane, Kristy Swanson, David Hernandez and Justin Guarini.
  • When David Archuleta found out he was safe, Ryan Seacest asked him to pick the group that he thought was not the bottom three. Simon, Randy and Paula could all be seen shouting and desperately pointing for him to choose Cook, Castro and Smithson's side. He sat in the middle instead.
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]