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Burnell Taylor was eliminated from American Idol last night.

But the finalist wasn't shocked by the ousting, he told reporters soon after Ryan Seacrest delivered the news.

"This whole week, it was basically God giving me a sign so that I could be prepared," said Taylor, who has been romantically linked to fellow contestant Amber Holcomb.

Goodbye, Burnell Taylor

As for the future? Look out, music world!

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On the American Idol Top 8 performance show last night, Janelle Arthur separated herself from the pack.

And so did Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez and Lazaro Arbos... but for a very different reason.

Taking the stage as a trio and covering the Motown classic "I Can't Help Myself," these three were met with rather harsh criticism from Nicki Minaj, who railed:

"I don't know what that was, but imma act like I ain't even seen it, or heard it! Imma thank God that all three of you already had your solo performances. Lazaro, you fell as flat as a pancake. Don't ever do that again. All three of y'all, go! GET OFF THE STAGE!"

Did Minaj over do it? Watch now and decide for yourself:

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The American Idol Top 8 took their act to Detroit this week, covering songs by artists who hail from the Motor City.

Did this variation on Motown Night pay off? For some, yes.

Janelle Arthur broke out her guitar and broke down "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" in very impressive fashion. See for yourself:

For others? Far less so, most notably Angie Miller, who failed to show the "fun crazy side" she promised prior to her failure to really rock out on "Shop Around."

And Lazaro Arbos, who attempted to cover Stevie Wonder and whose voice was simply not up to the challenge. Will it finally be time to say goodbye to Arbos tonight?

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The American Idol Top 9 tackled the Fab 4 this week.

Yes, it was the annual Beatles songbook-themed night for Candice Glover, Burnell Taylor and our other Season 12 finalists.

Which contestants stand the best chance of moving on?

Glover was her typically excellent self on "Come Together," but she may have been overshadowed by two other female hopefuls:

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The American Idol Top 10 gave it their all Wednesday with "Songs of the Idols," i.e. tracks used on the show by previous contestants or later released by winners.

Basically, hooray for Kelly Clarkson tributes!

It's hard to handicap a clear favorite right now, but as Randy Jackson put it, Angie Miller, Candice Glover, and Kree Harrison look like they're in it to win it.

Take a look at those strong efforts below:

The vocals and performances of the above three seemed to put them in the top tier last night, though there are many weeks (and voter surprises) to come.

As for the best - and worst - of the rest? Read on ...

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So far, so not very good.

Through the opening rounds of American Idol Season 12, we haven't exactly been impressed by any of the male contestants.

But it's not too late to turn things around Cortez Shaw, Lazaro Arbos and company.

  • Lazaro Arbos Photo
  • Cortez Shaw Photo
  • Nick Boddington Picture

The voting turns over to the viewers next week, so we might as well get it started early. Which American Idol male do you think has the best chance of winning?

 

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The semifinalists are on American Idol Season 12 are finally set.

Last night, the final quintet of men were named, as the 10 remaining contestants with penises squared off in a Las Vegas-based Sudden Death round.

Who would be joining the previously-revealed 15? And take to the live stage next week to sing for your vote?

Scroll down for a list of the final five, along with the tracks they belted out last night, and sound off on their inclusion in the Top 20:

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