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?

Final 12

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]