It's time for the first single cut on American Idol, where one of the 12 finalists will be sent packing.

Jim Carrey is there for some cross-promotion of this movie he is in, and he's also sitting so close to Ryan Seacrest's TelePromTer that it keeps sneaking into shots. Whoops!


Then Ryan announces that there was such a positive response to this week that they have changed next week's theme and are doing more of the Lennon-McCartney songbook. Why? No, seriously. Those amazing songs ate some of these kids alive, and it wasn't pretty. Why are we doing this again?

Before I can scream "whyyyyyyyy" for too much longer, the Top 12 come out for a cheesy group sing. It's Beatles, so the songs are good, but the dance moves? Cheesy.

Then, the contestants are in the hot seat ...

Ryan has Carly Smithson, Michael Johns, Syesha Mercado and Jason Castro stand. Carly is safe. So is Michael. As is Jason. Syesha, however, is in the bottom three. Randy and Paula say she should be safe, but Simon says she deserves to be in the bottom three. With that, she has to sing again.

Next, the contestants ruin the song "The Distance" with their commercial this week. Thanks, y'all.

Chikezie, Amanda Overmyer, Kristy Lee Cook and David Cook are asked to stand. Ryan calls Chikezie forward to see if he is sweating like last night and tells him he is safe. Amanda Overmyer: safe. David Cook is also safe. Kristy Lee Cook asks Ryan where her microphone is, but first, he has to go through all the judges' comments. He gives her the mike. She says, "I'm sorry you have to hear it again." I'm sorry, too. Again, it's not even really her voice. It's the viciously bad arrangement.

Then viewers call in with questions, and it is what it is.

Next up, Katherine McPhee comes out to sing George Harrison's "Something" accompanied by David Foster on piano.

Back to the results. David Archuleta, Brooke White, David Hernandez and Ramiele Malubay come to the front of the stage. David Archuleta is safe. Brooke White, also safe. Ramiele Malubay is safe, and David Hernandez is in the bottom three. He sings.

Syesha, Kristy Lee and David hit center stage. Ryan tells Syesha she is safe after dragging it out for a while.

First finalist ousted is: David Hernandez.