Surprise! We normally don't do live blogs for the American Idol elimination episodes, but tonight is different, because it's also time for the Idol Gives Back special! FOX. 8:00 PM ET. Two-plus hours. Ready? More inside, plus your open thread.

LIVE: American Idol, Season Nine, Top 7 Elimination/Idol Gives BackS

As mentioned above, tonight's show is live on FOX, starts at 8:00 PM ET, and is scheduled to run for two hours (though Ryan Seacrest mentioned last night that it will probably go long, so adjust your DVRs accordingly). In addition to the results of the voting following last night's Top 7 performance episode, it's the Idol Gives Back charity special. There will be tons of performances! And other cool stuff! Here's a description of what we can expect, courtesy TVGuide.com:

One of the Top 7 singers is slated to be eliminated in an "Idol Gives Back" episode, which features performances by Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige. The initiative raises funds for U.S. and global charities, including Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children's U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. Queen Latifah emcees the performance portion of the show.

While you wait for the action to begin, feel free to chat in the comments below. If you're new to Idol—or want a refresher on everything—here are some helpful links:

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