David Archuleta, Rihanna Breathe Life Into ‘Idol’

So Michael Lynche was spared on last night’s American Idol, after Simon Cowell and company debated throughout the show whether to use their much-hyped, one-time-only “save” or cut loose a contestant. And Michael — who sang for his life — got lucky, re-joining the rest of season 9′s hopefuls, who are all kinda meh save for soulful Crystal Bowersox and quirky Siobhan Magnus.

But the contestants got a dose of undeniable talent when Rihanna and Idol alum David Archuleta paid the show a visit. Archie, who now looks older and huskier at age 19, performed a smooth rendition of “Imagine,” and has seemingly ditched his habit of licking his lips between each note. Apparently, Tim Urban whispered to Lee DeWyze, saying “He’s really good.”

And Rihanna, well, she looked amazing in her rocker-grrl catsuit. Show J.Lo how it’s done, RiRi!

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    • cassidy

      David Archuleta was fantastic on AI! I’m very tired of the acts that AI has had on this year with their dancers, pyro technics and over the top outfits. It was nice to have David come out and sing with just a piano. David, stripped down is fantastic!!!