American Idol Sets Final 12, Sends Four Packing

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American Idol revealed its 12 season nine finalists last night, eliminating four contestants in the process.

Two of those eliminations were easy to see coming: We'd have gone with Paige Miles and Tim Urban instead, but it's hard to argue with viewers sending Katelyn Epperly (the weakest of this season's singer/songwriters) and Todrick Hall (more of a dancer than a singer) home.

But Lilly Scott and Alex Lambert? Wow. The lessons future contestants can take from these semifinalists would be: don't only sing songs from previous decades; and get over your stage fright.

  • Paige Miles Image
  • On the Keyboard
  • Todrick Photo
  • Alex Lambert Pic

We wish all booted contestants the best, but it's now time to focus on those remaining. We're not down to the top 12, and we've listed them below, from most likely to win to least likely...

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Siobhan Magnus
  3. Casey James
  4. Michael Lynche
  5. Didi Benami
  6. Lee DeWyze
  7. Andrew Garcia
  8. Paige Miles
  9. Aaron Kelly
  10. Katie Stevens
  11. Lacey Brown
  12. Tim Urban

There's a big drop-off after the top four, as two women and two men really stand out. Do you agree?

Who would you have sent home and who do you consider the favorite?

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SIOBHAN.. AI 2010

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i like tim because he is cute, but i always feel sad whenever i think that alex lambert was sent home and tim stays?
seriously the show is not for good looking people. it is for talented people with a very great voice
so maybe tim urban should just take ellen's advice. to the girl's,
yeah i am very sad that lily goes home
she is unique, no one on american idol ever can be compared to her voice i would like katie stevens to go home than lily. poor lily and alex.
america doesn't know what great talents they've been loosing
well i hope that the producers of the show will do something about it. i want to hear lily scott and alex lambert more! i hope they will have a career after this i am betting know on siobhan and didi(girls) and big mike and lee (boys)

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""Kelley...."use your brain".... Alex is much better than Tim....""
yeah!!...they looking is talented and originality... not looking beauty!!! i will miss alex...:(
i will miss he's voice...very much! ...now my only favorite is mike

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PAGE IS MY GIRL, STEP UP YOUR GAME, YOU CAN GO ALL THE WAY,AND MICHEAL IS MY BOY, THE COMPITION IS BETWEEN THE BOTH OF THEM....

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i agree with kelly and lauryn..and people if u dont like tim keep ur funcking dan opinons to ur f-ing self

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Todrick - Ronald McDonald called, you've got your job back..

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Kelley...."use your brain".... Alex is much better than Tim....

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So NOT a Didi fan. I feel like there are a million of her out there. I wanted Miss Epperly over Paige. Paige totally bombed on one of the best songs ever. Siobhan is good but not great, her voice is all over the place but she has good range.

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Oops I meant Didi not Lacey!
I like Lacey, her voice and style but not to win. I love Didi's voice.

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tim? whhyyyyyyyy??!!! *groan*
okay, he's cute. whatEVER!
Just because his performance last week was his best doesn't mean he's even on par with anyone else! His stage fright annoys me and his voice is too nasally. He's NOT GOOD. Stop the denial, people. Lilly was one of my top 4 girls. I'm sad but she has enough talent to make her own records.
My fav girls are Crystal (yeah ohio!) and Lacey. I like Siobhan but I'm not sure I really like her voice.
My fav guys are Casey and Andrew. They could sing the phone book and I would buy it!

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]
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