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"American Idol": Here's Our Top 12!

"American Idol": Here's Our Top 12!

Well, one of our great national nightmares came to an end Thursday on "American Idol" — but another just kept rolling. It wouldn't be a major "Idol" elimination without some controversy, and Thursday night had its share of surprises. To hear who's going home, check your ballots and hear what made my jaw drop,

Sent packing:

  • Sundance Head

  • Jared Cotter

  • Antonella Barba

  • Sabrina Sloan


Is Haley Scarnato the luckiest girl in America, or what? Even though Sabrina wasn't at her best the other night, she's definitely a better singer than Haley, and she, uh, had "yo." But I never got the sense that she had a large fan base, and so I guess her elimination isn't that shocking.

Sundance, on the other hand: Seriously? It came down to Sundance and Sanjaya for the final elimination, and Sanjaya's fans won out. I'm no fan of Sundance, but if one of the two of them had to move on, I would have picked him. Wasn't he one of the most popular contestants? What happened?

A few other observations:

  • I guess conspiracy theorists can stop saying everything that happens on "Idol" is tied directly to Vote for the Worst, huh? The site supported Sundance and Antonella, and neither made the top 12.
  • The "Idol" tour is always the top 12, right? So that means people will be paying good money to hear Sanjaya sing. Just throwing that out there.
  • At least when Seacrest asked Antonella about her "Idol" memories, she didn't say anything about becoming the most-searched-for person on the Internet.
  • Sabrina's facial expression when she found out she was going home? Priceless. Probably the most sour face I've ever seen.
  • I applaud "Idol" for its new charity project, I really do. But if I were choosing a goodwill ambassador to another country, I'm not sure I'd pick Simon Cowell.

Sadly, Jared was the only eliminated contestant I picked right this week. How did you do? Check your ballots for the girls and the guys, and stay tuned for more on the top 12 later today.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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