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Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, and Kris Allen Advance from Group Two to the Top 12 of American Idol

American Idol Elimination: Which Three Are Moving On?

Well, I think it's safe to say American Idol has delivered its first surprise finalist of the year. Maybe its first two: A couple of people who have been fairly under the radar got spots in the show's top 12 on Thursday. Which three contestants from the second group of 12 made it through? To find out, just

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And the next three finalists are . . .

Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, and Adam Lambert!

Adam's no surprise; he's got a load of professional experience and has been a favorite since the start, and I'm sure Randy comparing him to Twilight's Robert Pattinson didn't hurt either. But I'm not 100 percent sure we even saw Kris before this round, and Allison also had limited screen time. So, apparently this tricky voting format actually can be kind to people without a lot of prior exposure.

It's not a secret that I would have preferred to see Megan Corkrey go through from this round, but the judges seem to like her enough that I expect her to be back for the wild card. Matt Giraud might get a wild card spot, too, as a chance to show the judges he can pick a better song for his voice. I imagine Jesse and Mishavonna might also get to return — is there anyone else from this group you think deserves another shot?

A few more thoughts on Thursday's show:

  • I wonder just how much the top 12 will end up weighted toward guys. So far, we have four guys and just two girls in the first half. I wonder if the judges will try to even it out at all in the wild card.
  • One of my favorite moments of the whole season so far was Seacrest saying "What have you done?" while standing next to Nick/Normund.
  • Nice to see Brooke White again, and I'm glad she's working the piano-playing singer-songwriter thing. The song didn't necessarily grab me, but I did catch myself literally tapping my toes in the middle of it, so that can't be a bad thing, right?
  • Wow, a group sing of an actual modern song that's on the radio! Cool, no? And this group's voices actually sounded pretty decent together.
  • What do you think of the "Idol Moments" hidden in the ads? If you were fast-forwarding, did you actually stop to see it?
  • Jesse reminds me of a cross between Janeane Garofalo and Lauren Ambrose. I actually kind of hope we see her again.
  • What do you think Alexis, Danny, and Michael have been doing all week?
  • Funny to hear Simon complaining about Kara talking. I mean, they have an hour to fill. What the heck else are they going to do?

Next week we have three whole nights of Idol, including the third group of 12 and the wild card round. Ready to go?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 7 years
I wish Megan had gone through too, but I like these picks.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Megan Corkrey better be in the wildcard round. Same goes for Anoop. I was pleased that Adam and Kris got through (Adam's got great vocals and Kris has some potential - plus he's good eye candy), I liked Alison's voice but I'm not crazy about her personality.
iknowitall iknowitall 7 years
bring megan corkrey back!
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
I like all the people that got in. Allison and Kris were my picks, Kris is hot too. I missed Adam's performance on Wednesday but saw it yesterday and thought he was good but a little overdone. So can someone explain how the wild card and the third group of performances will work next week?
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 7 years
The group song didn't suck this week. After they ruined 'I'm Yours' last week, I was a little worried. But it was actually pretty good. Matt and Adam sounded really good together. The group performance seemed to be all about the boys this week. I really hope they don't try to balance the girls and the guys out. If two guys get through next week, and they want the top 12 to be balanced, then Anoop and Matt G don't stand a chance. Brooke White is pretty. I wonder if Jason Castro will show up next week? Kris Allen! I can't even believe it. I'm so happy for him. He's not my favorite (that title belongs to Adam) but I really do like him. And he's so freaking cute. There's something endearing about him and he seems really genuine. And he's cute. I'm not sure he'll last long, but if he chooses the right song and really starts to impress, he could potentially be a dark horse. And yay Adam. He's been my favorite since the auditions. He's keeping my interest this season. I'm excited to see what he'll do next. I would've preferred Megan over Allison, but not Megan over Kris. Also, I think Megan kind of looks like a cross between Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone. Matt Giraud for wildcard. He's too good not to be in the top 12, he just faultered with song choice. I actually thought Simon was referring to Matt at the end when he was talking about the wildcard. I'd also like to see Megan get a shot at the wildcard. Group 3 is the least interesting group to me. That probably means they'll be the best.
ivanka ivanka 7 years
i lo-ve Allison!!! she is crazy talented !!!!!!!
Tvmegafan Tvmegafan 7 years
MEGAN!!! I LOVE HER VOICE...IT'S DIFFERENT AND SO ENJOYABLE...SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND HAS CHARM...MEGAN IS A STAR!!!
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 7 years
Adam is hot hot hot!!!!!
em1282 em1282 7 years
I'm realllllly hoping Matt Giraud makes it back for the WC round. I've liked him ever since his audition, so I'm hoping he at least gets a second chance. The group sing wasn't annoying, for once, and I loved how Matt Giraud and Adam sounded together.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
those three were my 3 picks so I thought it was good. Next week should be interesting, got some of the crazies in there too. And I never liked Brooke, her style is boring to me and she always irritated me on the show. Her song was, as Simon would say "forgettable"
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
It's so hard to say who will be back for the wildcard round. I think Megan will definitely be back, but I think a lot of others are still up in the air. I am guessing we'll see Matt, though, since the judges seem to really like him. And, I was a little surprised that Kris made it over Megan, but when it came down to the two of them, it was kind of obvious that it would be Kris because one girl had already made it and if Megan made it, all of the other girls would automatically know that they didn't.
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