By Michael Slezak
Updated April 09, 2009 at 06:26 AM EDT

First things first…the group performance for Top 8 results night was liiiiive…and it was also pretty atroshe! But hey, if we have to be subjected to Up With People-style antics, I say we might as well get another chance to hear how our favorite contestants’ voices are holding up, rather than have pre-recorded tracks shoved down our throats (which has been the case the last four weeks). So thank you, producers, for that earsore. And I say that without the slightest hint of sarcasm. Well, almost. As for this week’s bottom three…[West coasters, SPOILERS are comin’ atcha!]…I can’t say it was a huge surprise, although I felt Anoop Desai’s pain after Lil Rounds got sent back to the couches of safety, and he was left standing at center stage with Scott MacIntyre, waiting to see if America had voted to make him walk the Idol plank. In the end, though, it was season 8’s Mr. Congeniality who got sent packing, after a judges’ deliberation that was as disingenuous as it was anticlimactic. Quick question: Who do you think Simon was referring to when he said one contestant in particular was a good candidate for the Judges’ Save? I’d like to think he meant Anoop, whose “True Colors” last night towered over Lil’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” like The rock facing off in a wrestling match against Dakota Fanning. But I’ve got a feeling it was the other way around. Anyhow, I’m off to write my full TV Watch recap, which will post in the wee small hours of the morning. In the interim, head to the message boards below and weigh in on tonight’s proceedings…but before you do, we just added two new Megan Joy interview segments (for a grand total of three) in the Idolatry player below. Ch-ch-check ’em out…the season’s polarizing chanteuse was in a pretty candid mood, if I do say so myself!