American Idol Goes Country; Anoop Steals Show

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Yes, we're serious. Last night was the genre-busting Grand Ole Opry night on American Idol, and some unexpected performers pleasantly rose to the occasion.

The biggest story? Anoop Desai, who sucked royally last week on Michael Jackson night, turned in a surprisingly sold rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind.”

Said Simon Cowell, “You’ve just managed to go from zero to hero.”

Similarly, Megan Joy Corkrey had a comeback triumph with “Walking After Midnight,” giving it a bluesy turn and maybe taking the heat off herself for a week.

Kris Allen also did a nice job with Garth Brooks’s “To Make You Feel My Love,” while Matt Giraud opted for Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” and came up big.

Here's how we see the field after last night:

The Top Performers
Matt Giraud
Kris Allen
Anoop Desai

Still Totally Safe

Adam Lambert
Danny Gokey
Allison Iraheta

Probably Alright
Alexis Grace
Lil Rounds
Megan Joy Corkrey

On the Chopping Block
Michael Sarver
Scott MacIntyre

Click to enlarge pictures of all 11 American Idol finalists on last night's episode and chime in with who you think should be going home this evening:

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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]