Michael Slezak
March 27, 2009 AT 05:32 AM EDT

There are only eight weeks left in American Idol’s eighth season, and tonight’s episode drove home Ryan Seacrest’s enduring refrain about the importance of speed-dialing on behalf of your favorites — even when you think they’ve performed well enough to easily bypass the bottom three. [SPOILERS AHEAD: West coast readers beware!] Indeed, the sight of Matt Giraud on the Silver Stools of Doom, while (Megan) (Joy) (Insert Name Here) relaxed on the safety couches added a jolt of electricity to a rather low-wattage results show. As my pal Kristen Baldwin just texted me: “What does she have to do to land in the bottom 3? Club a baby seal on stage?” Perhaps, since clubbing an innocent Stevie Wonder composition didn’t stop her from getting more votes than Matt, Scott MacIntyre, and Michael Sarver. Then again it can’t hurt Megan’s cause that she’s one of only three women left in the competition, while Matt is likely splitting votes with fellow male soulsters Danny, Kris, Anoop,  Michael, and even Adam. Anyhow, I’m off to complete my full TV Watch recap — look for it first thing tomorrow morning. In the interim, use our comments section to offer your own takes on Michael’s ouster, the total farce of a judges’ deliberation, and the guest performances by Ruben Studdard, Joss Stone, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. My two-word summation: Stevie wins! Agree?

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