Here at WBKR, we thought we had it all figured out.  We just knew that Candice Glover and Angie Miller would be battling it out next in the American Idol finale and that country girl Kree Harrison would finish the season in third place.  But, then, America voted and delivered a huge surprise.  Our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, explains what may have happened!

Idol Chatter from this morning's WBKR Waking Crew.  Steve, Moon and I share out theories about why Angie was voted off and what Idol really needs to do to shake up the show and the judges' table.  LISTEN!

From Steve Thompson:

It's been a good day here in Idoloonie Nation.  First, for the one or two of you who haven't heard the most stupendous news since the dawn of television-- Randy Jackson has announced that he is leaving Idol after twelve seasons.

I realize many of you never knew what his purpose was on the show, but this is good news for most of the folks who've been watching.

Meanwhile, there were actual results actually worth talking about.

Every poll on every website pointed to the fact that the viewers believed Kree Harrison would be sent home tonight.  I didn't want to think Kree would be sent home, but Angie had the support over the last few weeks to stay in the competition.  Three factors may have had a hand in what some perceive as an upset.

First, Candice killed with Somewhere.  One of the best performances all season and I suspect she may have moved up to second place on the strength of her song.  (Remember-- Candice was obviously third last week.)

Second, Angie didn't have a powerhouse performance all night.  As I said yesterday on WBKR, (or at least I think I said this,) "she hasn't had any five star performances-- they've all been four star."  This may have cost her some votes with the disenfranchised-- especially the folks who had been voting for Amber.

Finally, Kree sang a heart-tugging song after a video that reminded everyone of the hard luck life she had endured early in her life.  Never underestimate the country music fans who know a kindred spirit when they hear one.  I suspect Kree may have actually received more votes based on her Rascal Flatts song than any other song she sang.  Using this formula, I think she may have wound up with first place in the voting.

I think America got it right.  Candice has had several spectacular moments.  Kree has probably been the most consistent performer from the beginning of the season.

It's going to be a close final.  Jimmy will choose two more songs, the contestants will sing a song they've sung earlier in the season, and-- stop the presses--  we might hear coronation songs the contestants had a hand in writing.

As always-- we'll see.

@May 9, 2013    Stephen W Thompson