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The Top 13 of season 8 of American Idol started on March 10th, 2009 and finished on May 20th, 2009.

Contestants[]

Kris Allen Anoop Desai
Matt Giraud Danny Gokey
Alexis Grace Allison Iraheta
Megan Joy Adam Lambert
Scott MacIntyre Jasmine Murray
Jorge Nunez Lil Rounds
Michael Sarver

Top 13[]

The theme this week was "Michael Jackson".

Lil Rounds "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Scott MacIntyre "Keep the Faith" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Danny Gokey "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Michael Sarver "You Are Not Alone" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Jasmine Murray "I'll Be There" (The Jackson 5) Eliminated
Kris Allen "Remember The Time" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Allison Iraheta "Give In to Me" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Anoop Desai "Beat It" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Jorge Nunez "Never Can Say Goodbye" (The Jackson 5) Eliminated
Megan Joy Corkrey "Rockin' Robin" (Bobby Day) Safe
Adam Lambert "Black or White" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Matt Giraud "Human Nature" (Michael Jackson) Safe
Alexis Grace "Dirty Diana" (Michael Jackson) Safe

Eliminated: Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez

Top 11[]

The theme this week was "Grand Ole Opry".

Michael Sarver "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" (Garth Brooks) Bottom 3
Allison Iraheta "Blame It on Your Heart" (Patty Loveless) Bottom 3
Kris Allen "Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan) Safe
Lil Rounds "Independence Day" (Martina McBride) Safe
Adam Lambert "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash) Safe
Scott MacIntyre "Wild Angels" (Martina McBride) Safe
Alexis Grace "Jolene" (Dolly Parton) Eliminated
Danny Gokey "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Carrie Underwood) Safe
Anoop Desai "Always on My Mind" (Willie Nelson) Safe
Megan Joy "Walkin' After Midnight" (Patsy Cline) Safe
Matt Giraud "So Small" (Carrie Underwood) Safe

Bottom Three: Michael Sarver, Allison Iraheta, Alexis Grace

Top 10[]

The theme this week was "Motown"

Matt Giraud "Let's Get it On" (Marvin Gaye) Bottom 2
Kris Allen "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" (Marvin Gaye) Safe
Scott MacIntyre "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes) Bottom 3
Megan Joy "For Once in My Life" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Anoop Desai "Ooo Baby Baby" (The Miracles) Safe
Michael Sarver "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (The Temptations) Eliminated
Lil Rounds "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" (Martha and the Vandellas) Safe
Adam Lambert "The Tracks of My Tears" (The Miracles) Safe
Danny Gokey "Get Ready" (The Temptations) Safe
Allison Iraheta "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (The Undisputed Truth) Safe

Bottom Three: Matt Giraud, Scott MacIntyre, Michael Sarver

Top 9[]

The theme this week was "Popular iTunes Downloads"

Anoop Desai "Caught Up" (Usher) Bottom 2
Megan Joy "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley) Eliminated
Danny Gokey "What Hurts the Most" (Rascal Flatts) Safe
Allison Iraheta "Don't Speak" (No Doubt) Bottom 3
Scott MacIntyre "Just the Way You Are" (Bruno Mars) Safe
Matt Giraud "You Found Me" (The Fray) Safe
Lil Rounds "I Surrender" (Celine Dion) Safe
Adam Lambert "Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry) Safe
Kris Allen "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) Safe

Bottom Three: Anoop Desai, Megan Joy, Allison Iraheta

Top 8[]

The theme this week was "Year They Were Born"

Danny Gokey "Stand by Me" (Ben E. King) Safe
Kris Allen "All She Wants to Do is Dance" (Don Henley) Safe
Lil Rounds "What's Love Got to Do With it?" (Tina Turner) Bottom 3
Anoop Desai "True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper) Bottom 2
Scott MacIntyre "The Search is Over" (Survivor) Eliminated
Allison Iraheta "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt) Safe
Matt Giraud "Part-Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Adam Lambert "Mad World" (Tears for Fears) Safe

Bottom Three: Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai, Scott MacIntyre

Top 7 [Week 1][]

The theme this week was "Songs from the Cinema".

Allison Iraheta "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Armageddon Safe
Anoop Desai "(Everything I Do) I Do it For You" (Bryan Adams) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Bottom 3
Adam Lambert "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf) Easy Rider Safe
Matt Giraud "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (Bryan Adams) Don Juan DeMarco Saved
Danny Gokey "Endless Love" (Lionel Richie and Diana Ross) Endless Love Safe
Kris Allen "Falling Slowly" (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova) Once Safe
Lil Rounds "The Rose" (Bette Midler) The Rose Bottom 2

Bottom Three: Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds

Top 7 [Week 2][]

The theme this week was "Disco".

Lil Rounds "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) Eliminated
Kris Allen "She Works Hard for the Money" (Donna Summer) Safe
Danny Gokey "September" (Earth, Wind & Fire) Safe
Allison Iraheta "Hot Stuff" (Donna Summer) Bottom 3
Adam Lambert "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman) Safe
Matt Giraud "Stayin' Alive" (The Bee Gees) Safe
Anoop Desai "Dim All the Lights" (Donna Summer) Eliminated

Bottom Three: Lil Rounds, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai

Top 5[]

The theme this week was "Rat Pack Standards".

Kris Allen "The Way You Look Tonight" (Fred Astaire) Bottom 3
Allison Iraheta "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Gertrude Lawrence) Safe
Matt Giraud "My Funny Valentine" (Mitzi Green) Eliminated
Danny Gokey "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Sy Oliver and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) Safe
Adam Lambert "Feeling Good" (Cy Grant) Bottom 2

Bottom Three: Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Adam Lambert

Top 4[]

The theme this week was "Rock Music".

Adam Lambert "Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin) Safe
Allison Iraheta "Cry Baby" (Garnet Mims and the Enchanters) Eliminated
Kris Allen "Come Together" (The Beatles) Safe
Danny Gokey "Dream On" (Aerosmith) Safe
Kris Allen and Danny Gokey "Renegade" (Styx)
Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta "Slow Ride" (Foghat)

Eliminated: Allison Iraheta

Top 3[]

The theme this week was "Judges' Choice/Contestant's Choice". The three contestants performed twice this week.

Danny Gokey "Dance Little Sister" (Terence Trent D'Arby) Eliminated
Kris Allen "Apologize" (OneRepublic) Safe
Adam Lambert "One" (U2) Safe
Danny Gokey "You Are So Beautiful" (Billy Preston) Eliminated
Kris Allen "Heartless" (Kanye West) Safe
Adam Lambert "Cryin'" (Aerosmith) Safe

Eliminated: Danny Gokey

Season 8 Finale[]

The theme this week is "Contestant's Choice/Simon Fuller's Choice/Winners' Single". The final two contestants performed three times.

Adam Lambert "Mad World" (Tear for Fears) Runner-Up
Kris Allen "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) Winner
Adam Lambert "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) Runner-Up
Kris Allen "What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye) Winner
Adam Lambert "No Boundaries" (Adam Lambert) Runner-Up
Kris Allen "No Boundaries" (Kris Allen) Winner

American Idol: Kris Allen

Notes[]

  • The Top 13 Performance Show was re-aired on FOX on June 29th, 2009 in a tribute to the death of Michael Jackson. This marks the only time an American Idol episode was rerun on FOX.
  • The Top 13 sang a medley of "I Want You Back" and "ABC" during the Top 13 Results Show.
  • Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson sang "Heartless" and "My Life Would Suck Without You" respectively during the Top 13 Results Show.
  • The Top 11 sang "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Travis Tritt during the Top 11 Results Show.
  • Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis (who served as mentor that week) sang "Then" and "I Told You So" respectively during the Top 11 Results Show.
  • Smokey Robinson served as mentor for the Top 10 Performance Show and performed "You're the One for Me" with Joss Stone during the Top 10 Results Show.
  • The Top 10 sang a medley of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes, "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell during the Top 10 Results Show.
  • Ruben Studdard sang "Together" during the Top 10 Results Show.
  • Stevie Wonder sang a medley of "My Cherie Amour", "Superstition", "Overjoyed" and "All About the Love Again" during the Top 10 Results Show.
  • The Top 9 sang "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey during the Top 9 Results Show.
  • David Cook sang "Come Back to Me" during the Top 9 Results Show.
  • Lady Gaga sang "Poker Face" during the Top 9 Results Show.
  • The Top 8 sang "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue during the Top 8 Results Show.
  • Frankie Avalon sang "Venus" during the Top 8 Results Show.
  • Flo Rida and Wynter Gordon sang "Right Round" during the Top 8 Results Show.
  • Kellie Pickler sang "Best Days of Your Life" during the Top 8 Results Show.
  • Quentin Tarantino served as mentor for the Top 7 Performance Show.
  • The Top 7 sang "Maniac" by Michael Sembello during the first Top 7 Results Show.
  • Jennifer Hudson sang "If This Isn't Love" during the first Top 7 Results Show.
  • Miley Cyrus sang "The Climb" during the first Top 7 Results Show.
  • During the Top 7 Results Show, the telecast showed a montage of events when they participated in a screening of 17 Again.
  • The Top 7 sang "Shake Your Booty (Down on the Ground)" during the second Top 7 Results Show, which was choreographed by Paula Abdul.
  • David Archuleta sang "Touch My Hand" during the second Top 7 Results Show.
  • Freda Payne, Thelma Houston and KC sang a medley of "Band of Gold", "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "Get Down Tonight" during the second Top 7 Results Show.
  • The Top 5 sang a medley of "If Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got the Swing)" and "I Got Rhythm" during Top 5 Results Show.
  • Taylor Hicks, Natalie Cole and Jamie Foxx (who was that week's mentor) sang "Seven Mile Breakdown", "Something's Gotta Give" and "Blame it" respectively during the Top 5 Results Show.
  • Slash served as mentor for the Top 4 Results Show.
  • The Top 4 sang "School's Out" by Alice Cooper accompanied by Slash on the guitar during the Top 4 Results Show.
  • Paula Abdul, No Doubt, and Daughtry sang "I'm Just Here for the Music", "Just a Girl" and "No Surprise" respectively during the Top 4 Results Show.
  • Ben Stiller, Bill Hader, Hank Azaria and Jonah Hill made a cameo appearance during the Top 3 Results Show in promotion for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
  • Alicia Keys appeared to introduce, Noah Mushimiyimana, a Rwandan youth with a dream to release an album. Noah sang an original song called "I'm the World's Greatest" during the Top 3 Results Show.
  • Jordin Sparks sang "Battlefield" (with co-songwriter Ryan Tedder on piano) during the Top 3 Results Show.
  • Katy Perry sang "Waking Up in Vegas" in the Top 3 Results Show.
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