I have to say I now feel a little bad about wishing that voters eliminated Casey James earlier on in the competition, after last night's show.
I enjoyed watching the contestants go home and visit with their fans.
Casey James' emotional return to the hospital where he almost lost his life if not for the people who worked there was especially heartwarming.
He seems like a nice guy, and I think he will have a successful career in music. Casey will be appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show today, as all booted contestants are the day after their elimination.
Crystal became emotional while speaking to Ryan about her return home. She also spoke beforehand about the hectic schedule the remaining contestants have been following. Crystal spoke about being a mom and that she is doing this so she can provide for her child's needs, and she thanked American Idol for the care they took with her medical issues during her run on the show.
Lee returned home to Illinois and visited his elementary school, with hoards of screaming fans. He also got to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, and performed at a racetrack to thousands of screaming fans from his hometown.
There were two guest performers last night, who could not be more opposite from the two remaining male contestants left before Casey received the news that voters eliminated him.
One looked like a girl, and the other one sounded like a girl. Justin Beiber, who is 16 years old, is this generation's version of Donny Osmond, sort of.
Travis Garland's voice was uber-soprano and I did not get the jumping around all over the stage, which the judges railed into Tim Urban when he did it during a performance.
Rushing at the end of the show to get to the results, Ryan let Lee know that he was in the finale next week, first, and then quickly told Crystal that she was also safe.
Ryan apparently did it so fast, that Crystal was not sure she heard him say that she was going home.
I think next week will be a test for not only the two finalists, but also for Simon, since he is the one who predicted a female would win this year. I think Lee is going to give Crystal a run for her money and I think she will have to be on the top of the top of her game, to beat him.
The audience for the show last night seemed to favor Lee, screaming louder for him than for Crystal, but we will have to wait until next week's American Idol finale, to know for certain who the voters decide will be the next American Idol.