Following last Sunday’s first American Idol performance show of this truncated season, the fateful viewer votes were revealed on Monday’s live telecast, sending shockwaves through the audience as eight fan favorites and media darlings did not make the cut and consequently had to sing their hearts out for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan in the hope of being included in the all-important Top 10. After the last notes were sung four of them had to leave the competition. Two more will go tonight (April 29) as the show tries something no reality competition series has done before: Idol will be telecast live simultaneously in all time zones. It will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT so that all voting can take place at the same time. On the West Coast, a repeat (including the same national ads) will be shown at 8 p.m. and (says an ABC insider) the ratings for the two telecasts will be added together.
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