Carly’s got a new best friend, Jason couldn’t go the distance and one lucky kid has the night of his last. Our man in the Idol studio brings you the moments the cameras missed.
In the audience at CBS Television City for the elimination last night was actress Joely Fisher who brought her two-year-old, True, to the taping. Although studio rules say "no children under 6 years admitted", apparently the ‘Til Death star found a loophole.
BFF alert: Arriving together to the taping was the recently booted Carly Smithson and former Idol contestant, Kimberly Caldwell. They had apparently met early in the evening on the TV Guide channel’s Idol show, which Kim hosts with Justin Guarini.
"They hit it off right away," an insider on set tells OK!. "They were like best friends."
The pair showed up during the pre-show and Caldwell danced along to Play That Funky Music when fans from the crowd were on-stage playing a game to win free downloads on iTunes.
Carly Smithson was called on stage during a break, and to her obvious surprise, she got to sit on the sacred couch with the remaining Idols. The crowd applauded and a stage manager said, "You think everyone would be confused if we come back [from commercial] with Carly on the couch?"
It was an exciting moment, but just before they returned, Idol gave Carly the boot for the second time! She seemed a bit surprised to be ordered back into the audience, since they had let her sit there for so long. It looked like she was expecting to get her moment on the show.
During a commercial break a fan said to David Cook, "I really love you. Will you marry me?" They didn’t quite run off to Vegas together, but David did get up and give the fan a hug, which, by her ecstatic reaction, seemed to be good enough of her.
Midway through his performance, former Idol Bo Bice pointed to a standing Kim Caldwell, who flashed him a peace sign in return. "I love this," she told pal Carly Smithson of Bo’s performance.
Also in the crowd was comedian/game show host Howie Mandel. Even though he is a famous germ-a-phobe, he seemed to shake hands with judge Randy Jackson. He must feel comfortable touching celebrities.
It was a big night for 10-year-old fan Kobe Diamond, who won himself a Guitar Hero game for cheering all the way through the show. As if that wasn’t enough, he got it autographed by David Cook and David Archuleta, then handed a backstage pass to go and get some more signatures. "David Archuleta and David Cook are my favorite Idols," Kobe told OK!.
But last night seemed to be a lot more fun for Kobe than Jason Castro. There were no tears at the end when Jason got the boot, and he only managed to sing half of Bob Marley’s, I Shot the Sheriff before saying, "I don’t want to sing anymore," once the credits had rolled. Perhaps he wasn’t too proud of the song that Simon Cowell called ‘atrocious’, but, with that, Jason called it quits on his Idol career.
By Jon Warech