Stevie Wonder, Hulk Hogan, and a Shocking (Almost) Elimination! Recap of American Idol Top 11 Results
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Stevie Wonder, Hulk Hogan, and a Shocking (Almost) Elimination! Recap of American Idol Top 11 Results

Tonight’s Idol was full of surprises. Like, a lot of surprises. As usual, when it comes to this show, some were good, some were not-so-good.

Dramatic Motown Intro! Reminders of what went down last night! Judge fashion check: Randy Jackson in a black and white striped shirt with a red graphic, Jennifer Lopez in some kind of wacky metal fringe couture Princess Leia ensemble with one million bangle bracelets, Steven Tyler in more flowing leopard print.

Ryan informed us that over 30 million votes were cast last night and introduced the Top 11, who came out looking all sorts of spiffy with the girls in white dresses and the guys in black suits and ties. After a behind-the-scenes segment in which Mr. Jennifer Lopez — also known as Marc Anthony — gave the kids some tips on performing for large crowds and getting the proper sound mix, the finalists performed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which was mildly entertaining. Then... SURPRISE STEVIE WONDER!

Stevie emerged from behind the stage on a moving platform, rocking on the piano and singing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” before transitioning into “Happy Birthday” for Steven Tyler, who turns 63(!) on Saturday. You don’t look a day over fabulous, Steven!

After a Ford music video about recycling and rain (or something like that) set to The Weepies’ “All This Beauty,” it was time to get serious. Ryan called Lauren, Pia, and Scotty to the center of the stage. They all looked awesome, incidentally, and they were all unsurprisingly safe.

Next, we were, uh, treated to a performance of “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland, the lead singer of which was wearing a very colorful outfit, including a belt she randomly found backstage and went “Oh, this’ll be cool! I’m gonna tie this on.” That’s our guess, anyway.

After Sugarland, we were shown a behind-the-scenes video which taught us that The Durbz is obsessed with pro wrestling. He and Paul and some of the others cavorted around the Idol mansion, whacking each other in the head with cookie sheets and assorted other household goods. It was fascinating. Or ridiculous. One of those!

Stevie Wonder, Hulk Hogan, and a Shocking (Almost) Elimination! Recap of American Idol Top 11 Results
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Immediately after the video, James and Paul were called to center stage. “Neither of you are safe,” said Ryan. As the crowd gasped in dismay, he added, “I mean, really not safe.” And in the second surprise appearance of the night, Hulk Hogan emerged from backstage to deliver the good news that both James (whose reaction to Hogan’s appearance was hilarious) and Paul were safe and would be going on tour, and to fake-punch Ryan into the audience.

Next to hear results were Stefano, Thia, and Jacob. After this week’s awesome performance, the Lusky Stank will be going on tour, but Thia and Stefano were sent to the Stools of Shame. We can’t argue with any of that.

Then, things got surprising in a bad way — Ryan called Casey, Haley, and Naima to center stage, and announced that Naima was safe (yay!) and that the third person in the bottom three was... Casey?! Apparently the Haley Scarnato Short Shorts of Desperation Method worked for Ms. Reinhart, who escaped the Stools of Shame entirely this week.

While we panicked about our favorite furry-faced soul man, Season 3 Idol contestant (oh, and Grammy and Oscar winner) Jennifer Hudson performed her single “Where You At.” JHud looked and sounded fabulous, but the song was just a’ight for us, dawg. It was kind of sweet to see her fellow Season 3 contestant George Huff singing backup.

Time for more results! After sending Thia back to the Couch of Safety (we did not approve), Ryan informed us that the lowest vote-getter was, in fact, Casey Abrams, to which we had to say: America! What’s up with that?!

Casey chose to sing “I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Ray Charles to earn the judges’ save, but he was cut off about four lines into the song when the judges informed him that they knew who he was and he didn’t need to convince them — they’d already decided to save him.

Oh, the drama! Somehow, Casey managed not to pass out, throw up, or have a heart attack on stage, all of which seemed like completely plausible outcomes, considering he turned white as a sheet and kept getting bleeped out for his dazed swearing. Which, once we were sure he wouldn’t actually die on stage, was actually really amusing.

Casey ran to the judges’ table to shake their hands and thank them. “It’s Top 11, why would you do that for me?,” we could hear him say, shocked, as the crowd in the studio chanted his name. And when he darted into the crowd to hug his parents, we might’ve teared up a little. Maybe.

“I knew that if there was someone that got cut tonight, I thought that they wouldn’t use the save, because there’s eleven people, so the fact that — oh my god, it’s unreal. I started singing and I — the fact that you cut it — it scared the... stuff out of me,” Casey said.

Us too, Casey! Us too.

What about you? Did your stuff remain in check? Did you enjoy this extremely surprise-filled results show? And are you psyched for a Top 11 tour this summer, which will include Casey? Hit us up in the comments!

03.25.2011 / 08:00 AM EDT by Tracy Fusaro
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