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WE DEMAND A RECOUNT!! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WE DEMAND A RECOUNT!! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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American Idol Shocker!!

At least once or twice each American Idol season, I want to pick up something heavy and hurl it toward my television.  That already happened once this season when Pia Toscano was voted off the show WAY too early!  Last night, it happened again!!  James Durbin, who I fully expected to make the final and even win this season of Idol, was voted off the show . . . leaving Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Hayley Reinhart to battle for the title.  Our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, reviews last night's SHOCKER and looks ahead to next week's FINAL THREE!

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American Idol’s Final Four

 

American Idol is down to its version of the Final Four and, last night, James, Lauren, Hayley and Scotty took the stage twice to battle for a spot in the Final Three.  In Round One, the contestants took on songs that have inspired them.  In Round Two, they got an assist from Lady GaGa with the songs of Leiber and Stoller.  So, who was "in it to win it" as Randy Jackson says?  And whose dreams of making the American Idol finale will end?  Let's check in with our Idol expert Steve Thompson for his take on last night's show.

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ANOTHER Open Letter to Lauren Alaina

Dear Lauren Alaina,

Chad Benefield here again from WBKR in Owensboro, KY.  I am writing to you today to tell you that I have just about had enough and am ready to break up with you.  I wrote to you a few weeks ago when it appeared that your nerves were holding you back on American Idol.  In my initial letter to you I said that I truly believe that you have the perfect combination of personality and voice that's needed to win the show.  But I urged you (in the friendliest of manners) to step up the singing, go for bigger notes and just lay a song out for us once and for all (like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood would have).  After all, American Idol is a singing contest and, to win, you've gotta sing.  Now, I don't mean to sound like Ike Turner, but, Tina .  . I mean, Lauren . . . you have to sing!  Rougher!!  Harder!!  You better sing, Tina!

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American Idol's Remaining 6!  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
American Idol's Remaining 6! (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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American Idol and The “King”

Last night on American Idol, our remaining 6 contestants took on the songbook of Carole King.  If you tuned into the WBKR Waking Crew this morning, you know that her music has divided Moon and Chad!  Moon's a fan of Carole's voice and her songwriting.  Chad doesn't think Carole is much of a singer and, consequently, wrote songs that didn't require much "singing!"  So, which Idol hopeful manage to choose the RIGHT song?  Who was the KING of the last night's show?  We turn to our Idol expert, Steve Thompson.

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Stefano Is Lan-GONE! (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Stefano Is Lan-GONE! (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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And Then There Were Six . . .

Elimination night Thursday on American Idol and we finally said goodbye to Stefano, who'd been lingering in the bottom three for weeks.  This time, though, he couldn't escape America's vote and now we are down to the FINAL SIX!  So, what does Steve Thompson, our Idol expert, think about all this?  And what's in store for our Idol hopefuls (and us!) next week? 

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An "Uprising" on Idol! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
An "Uprising" on Idol! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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James Durbin “Rocks” The Country

"Songs from the 21st Century" last night on American Idol. It was definitely a mixed bag . . . with Scotty McCreery singing 'Swingin'" by Lee Ann Rimes (Uh, what?), my favorite little underachiever Lauren Alaina taking on Sara Evans' "Born To Fly" (Uh, why?) and James rocking out to "Uprising" by Muse (Uh, awesome!!).  What did our Idol expert Steve Thompson think about the show, how did he rate the performances, and who does he think is hitting the road, Jack?

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Scotty "Crosses His Heart" (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Scotty "Crosses His Heart" (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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American Idol Goes To The Movies

Well, yesterday I wrote "An Open Letter To Lauren Alaina" and encouraged her to start singing like she can WIN this competition.  And, last night, Lauren and the other members of Idol's Top 8 went to the movies and performed songs from the cinema.  So, how did they fare?  Who rocked it out and who's in danger of following in Pia's steps and hitting the house?  Our Idol expert Steve Thompson shares his thoughts . . .

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Scotty Survives, Ashthon Goes Home

WBKR American Idol expert Steve Thompson blogs:
American Idol: Wherein We Say Goodbye to Miss Jones
by Stephen Thompson on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:38am

The one constant about Idol is that an hour long results show nearly always seems two hours long.  The other constant is how Seacrest stretches the reveal often to

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Scotty Swift?

American Idol contestant Scotty McCreery says he wouldn't mind recording a Taylor Swift song. 

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