American Idol Surprise: Judges Won't Save Alexis Grace

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More than 31 million votes were counted after Tuesday's country night and the results were announced on American Idol Wednesday. They were surprising.

Alexis Grace, considered by many to be an early favorite, instead landed at the bottom of the heap after her lackluster rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

Because of the newly instituted Judges' Save rule - and because the judges have always liked her so much - Alexis Grace was permitted to sing an encore.

But she didn't knock that out of the park either. Randy, Simon, Paula and Kara huddled together to discuss her fate, and decided it wasn't good enough.

Instead it was time for a farewell performance before packing her bags.

The other singer with Alexis in the bottom two, as predicted, was Michael Sarver, while 16-year-old Allison Iraheta, in a bit of a surprise, was third-to-last.

Those two and the other remaining eight constants have now achieved a significant goal, as they will comprise the Idols Live touring roster this summer.

Do you think Alexis Grace deserved to go? Who's your favorite to win now that the field is down to 10? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Then follow the jump for a video of our own Carrie Underwood and country legend Randy Travis "I Told You So" on the eighth season of American Idol ...

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]