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Just three more weeks till this year's American Idol is crowned! Which of the five smiling singers pictured above couldn't make it past the rigors of Neil Diamond week and was sent home on Wednesday? To find out, just


Aw, Brooke! At one point, I had her pegged as the last woman standing — and maybe even making a run at the finals. But it's no secret that she's been declining for the past few weeks. I don't know if she just lost confidence or faith in herself or what, but it had been a while since we saw the same singer who turned "Love is a Battlefield" into a dark, heartbreaking ballad. She's one of the few contestants from this year whom I'm legitimately curious about, though; I think she could have an interesting career, and no Idol alum has really broken into the singer-songwriter sphere yet. If she gets a contract (which I bet she will), I'd definitely check out her album. I'm also proud of her for pulling herself together enough to sing — I honestly didn't think she could do it.

Syesha dodged a bullet again, ending up in the bottom two but staying safe. As for Jason Castro, he was the first guy sent to the Safety Couch. Um, he can't actually be the winner . . . right? I'm a little worried that if he could be safe after Tuesday, there's nothing that will get him voted off.

Some other thoughts on Wednesday's show:

  • At 9:26 p.m., we knew Brooke and Syesha were the bottom two, and Ryan had them both out on stage together. I got momentarily hopeful that the show was actually only half an hour. Yeah, no.
  • The only comment about PaulaGate came from Seacrest: "The rumors? They're not true. She's part of our family, and we love her." What, by the way, were the specific rumors? That Paula was drugged/crazy/fired?
  • Maybe I'm wrong, but David Archuleta seemed to be genuinely surprised that he was safe. Either that, or he's just learned to fake it better
  • Who is this old flame of Simon's from when he was 9 years old, and how did she get the number to call American Idol? That was actually funny, though I admit I'm perversely intrigued by both Simon's personal life and his childhood, so it was kind of the perfect storm. Also: "For all the kids watching, 9 years old is too young to kiss."
  • Neil Diamond looks like a sweet old man when he's not wearing a glitter-laden sparkly shirt.
  • I was thinking the group sing really seemed to be missing something, and then I realized what it was: Carly! Without her, there's just nobody else with a big enough voice to carry the songs forward.
  • It is ridiculous how excited I am for So You Think You Can Dance — except that it looked like Sex is back again at this year's auditions. Seriously, the show really needs to move past him.

Your thoughts? Was it Brooke's time to go? How long can Syesha squeak by? And does a Young David vs. Older David finale seem inevitable at this point?

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orisugar orisugar 9 years
I think Jason will make top 3 but he definitely won't make the final two. It'll a David squared battle. The reason they announced he was safe first is because the producers felt guilty that Paula told him his second song sucked before he actually performed it. I hope Paula apologized to him profusely. I don't blame him for acting disillusioned and apathetic. I would be too if the producers were pushing a David-David finale. I did feel bad for Brooke, but it was definitely her time to go. Many argue that Jason should have left before her, but I disagree. Jason has never screwed up as majorly as she has. Maybe his Jack Johnson-esque songs bore people, but that's his genre and I know alot of people who like that kind of singing. Plus, I think his very laid back attitude suits his genre of music. I find Jason quirky and charming. I LOVE David Cook. He is such an amazing musician and I can't wait for his album. He seems like a mensch too. I hope hope hope he wins. Archie has lost alot of the charm he had at the start of the show. His songs do sound all the same and I think he needs a lot of growing up to do before he can handle fame. Also, I read on Entertainment Weekly that his dad is basically his translator in the song arrangement process. He can't convey to the music director what he wants without his dad around...I think that's a little turning off. But with all that said he seems like a very sweet person though, but more of a Disney singer than a pop idol.
DailyCrush DailyCrush 9 years
I think it's going to be David vs. David at the final. Syesha beating Brooke? Bizarre. I guess America prefers fakeness. And I'm still completely baffled that Jason is there at all - sorry, Castro-Fans, but the guy has mediocre vocals and the personality of a soap dish.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Aww, I'm really going miss Brooke. It was probably the right time for her to go, but I can't believe Syesha made it farther than her!
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
FINALLY!! I never liked Brooke, and she has been getting on my nerves even more so recently. Now if they would just vote off that Jason kid. . .
karlorene karlorene 9 years
i don't understand jason's appeal. he really needs to go home- every song sounds the same and his vocals aren't anything amazing. i think he should have left before brooke, but i didn't see brooke in the final 3 ever either... as for david archuletta, i'm still a huge fan... i think both him and david cook are incredibly talented, and i'm sure they'll both get record deals... as far as syesha goes, i think she does have a very nice voice, and is more talented than jason, but i think her performances are forgetable
zombielove zombielove 9 years
bout damn time she leaves.
hadassah hadassah 9 years
it's kind of sad that probably 90% of AI's target audience isn't familiar with Neil Diamond.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 9 years
I was so sad to see Brooke go even though I knew her time was up. There was something so endearing about her and I was definitely a fan. After Michael left, I would have loved a David/David/Brooke final 3. I'm really going to miss Brooke. I'm not sure if Brooke and Syesha were even the bottom two last night. Brooke was, obviously, but Ryan never once said they were the bottom two. At the same time, he never said it wasn't the bottom two and Syesha's been in the bottom virtually every week, so its kind of hard to tell. Now that Brooke's gone, I definitely want a David/David finale. I've wanted a David/David finale for a while now, but if one of the David's weren't there, Brooke is the only other person I'd want to be there. I have kind of a soft spot for David A though. He reminds me so much of my first boyfriend. But I don't really have a preference to which David wins. I love them both. Syesha, imo, brings nothing new to the show. There's been a Syesha every single season. And she does nothing for me. Jason, vocally, is completely out of his league and I really have no idea why he's still there. Still, I prefer him over Syesha.
GMarie GMarie 9 years
I think Liss is right on the money with that prediction - Syesha'll go next, then Jason. Cook will win. Archuleta is a great singer, but I think he needs some time to mature. Cook is a great package as is and will only improve with coaching, etc... I actually think Syesha is a better singer than Jason, but she's always in the bottom two, and I think it's because she had a haughty attitude in the first several weeks, so people didn't get attached to her the way they did to the others. Jason's not a bad singer at all, and I like his style, but he's gotten as far as he has because he's cute and goofy and easy to like.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
You don't know any Neil Diamond songs??? Have you listened to anything besides the pop top 20?
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 9 years
gooo jason! archuleta is getting on my nerves.. it seems its happening to a lot of people too. maybe he'll be out before the top 2. i want jason to make the top 2 just cuz i love his style and love watching him.. no one else keeps my attention. but david cook will probably win.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I think Syesha will go next then Jason and it will be both Davids at the final show with David Cook winning.
mswender mswender 9 years
I am so tired of Archleta or however you spell his name! Find a personality and annunciate! Jason wants to go home, little girls, stop noting for him!
bealotus bealotus 9 years
Next one to go home is Syesha,then Jason. Hopefully little david doesn't win this thing. He reminds me of Teletubbies.
rlindz rlindz 9 years
It's totally going to be the David's in the final 2. And the winner will depend on who votes more- those with an actual ear for talent, or teeny boppers. Time shall tell.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I'm glad Brooke was sent home. I think it was her time. Hopefully Jason is next.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
i just dont understand why jason wasnt even in the bottom 2..he has got to go!! But i think this season theme nights are stinkin a lot too! i mean come on i didnt even know 1 Neil Diamond song!
Cocoangel Cocoangel 9 years
It felt to me like Brooke's breaking point came when she missed her sister's wedding. Just seemed like she really started to wish she wasn't stuck there away from her family. Jason's clearly getting the Sanjaya votes. How embarrasing was it that he didn't even sing the right words to the Neil Diamond song during his one-on-one time with Neil!? Seems like it's always a boy vs. girl finale. I think it's going to be David Cook vs. Syesha. And then, BRING ON So YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 9 years
I thought it was so terrible seeing Brooke cry and stuff. Broke my heart. When she was singing at the end I could tell Syesha was thinking, "I'm so going home next." And you are. :)
gr8gossipqueen gr8gossipqueen 9 years
yay for jason staying!! he shouldnt win but he's nice eye candy :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
It was time for Brooke to go, she just couldn't do it anymore. She needs to work on performance and maybe see a vocal coach to help her with her range. I think it's there she just doesn't know how to use it. I was never really into her, so I wouldn't buy her album, but I'm sure a lot of people would
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I think it was brookes time to go... Syesha is a better vocalist and Brooke's innocence was annoying. Actually, I thought it was David Archuletas, I dont know why but I can't stand the raspy voice.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Like you, Buzz, I'm a little worried about Jason sticking around; surely he won't win...will he? Looking forward to So You Think You Can Dance as well. I'll be glad when AI is done.
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