Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: American Idol's Top 13 Arrive at the Premiere of Red Riding Hood on March 7, 2011
Well, one of our “Lucky 13” wasn’t going to be lucky after all, and now we know who it was, along with who else joined that contestant in the bottom three. Let’s look back and see how it all went down.

Dramatic intro! Nerves! Dreams being crushed! This... is American Idol!


The show started out on a troublesome note, with the news that Casey Abrams, one of our faves, is in the hospital. This is the second time Casey has been in the hospital in the last few weeks, and we were immediately worried that the show would release him rather than sending someone else home. Hey, they do it all the time on So You Think You Can Dance.

After a segment with the contestants moving into the Idol mansion, we were treated to a Michael Jackson medley performed by the Top 13 (minus Casey, obviously). The performance was choreographed by frequent So You Think You Can Dance contributors Tabitha and Napoleon, a.k.a. Nappytabs, although there didn’t seem to be much actual dancing involved.

Product placement time included a rather bland Ford music video, and a segment on the Top 13’s outing to the premiere of Red Riding Hood. On the upside, Amanda Seyfried, who stars in the movie, was in the Idol audience tonight and had a brief chat with Ryan. Love her!

Next, it was time for the first set of results. Ryan called Jacob Lusk (who was wearing a jacket that looked three sizes too small; who picked that out?), Stefano Langone, and Karen Rodriguez to the center of the stage. After a quick recap of the judges’ comments to the three contestants, Ryan delivered the news.

“You are all safe... [long pause, so that everyone starts cheering]… except Karen, this evening.” Ouch! Oh, Seacrest. Always finding new ways to torture people.
Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX Photo: Ashthon Jones' Season 10 Top 13 Promo Shot
After the commercial break, Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert performed a stripped-down acoustic rendition of his song “Aftermath.” It was a very cool performance, and Adam sounded great. We wonder if James Durbin was quietly weeping over on the contestant couch. Just kidding. (Sort of.)

Adam had a quick chat with Ryan and promoted the special charity remix of "Aftermath," which raises money for The Trevor Project, an organization aimed at suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

More results followed, as Ryan called Lauren Alaina, Ashthon Jones, and Haley Reinhart to center stage. After a quick chat with Lauren, during which she became rather emotional, Ryan sent her back to the couch, and we learned that both Ashthon and Haley were in the bottom three! We weren’t necessarily expecting to see Haley there, but it wasn’t shocking either.

After a performance of “Coming Home” by Diddy-Dirty Money featuring the lovely Skylar Grey, Ryan asked The Artist Formerly Known As, Among Other Things, Puff Daddy And J.Lo’s Paramour (awkward!) to give the contestants a bit of advice. “You get out of life what you put into it,” he said, urging them to never give up on their dreams.

One more commercial break, and it was time for the bad news. Karen was announced safe, followed by Haley, which left Ashthon Jones as the lowest vote-getter. She was given the opportunity to sing in hopes of earning the judges’ save, although we all knew (and she probably did, too) that the likelihood of the judges saving the first contestant to be cut was pretty slim.

In any event, she chose to reprise “When You Tell Me That You Love Me,” and it was much, much better than the previous night’s attempt. Was it good enough to save her?

“Not this time, baby. I’m sorry,” Jennifer said.

Season 7 winner David Cook’s version of the ‘80s Human League classic “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” played over Ashthon’s farewell clip package, and she smiled bravely through her tears. The other contestants gathered around her in a group hug as the show ended.

And then there were 12. Did you like the guest performances? How worried are we about poor Casey’s health? And most importantly — were you surprised with how things played out, or did America get it right? Let us know in the comments!
Credit: You Tube Photo: Video: Adam Lambert Performs His New Song "Aftermath" on March 10, 2011
Credit: You Tube Photo: Video: Top 13 Contestants Sing a Michael Jackson Medley