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In the spirit of March Madness, now we can get serious about American Idol Season 12.

That’s because we’re down to the Elite 8, following this week’s elimination of Paul Jolley.

How would we rank the remaining contestants? THG presents our very first Power Poll of the season below, and then we ask readers to vote on their favorites…

8. Lazaro Arbos: Nice guy. We feel bad about his stuttering and his reaction to such a poor performance on Wednesday. But clearly should no longer be here.

7. Devin Velez: Quick, name his most memorable performance so far. Sorry… time is up! Doesn’t bring much to the table.


6. Angie Miller: Might be ranked higher in past years, but let’s face it. This is a REALLY strong season for the women.

5. Burnell Taylor: Tough song choice on “Let It Be,” a track that has been done to death over the years. But the only chance the men have to keep their winning streak alive.

4. Janelle Arthur: We’ll show some love for country. Expect Arthur to stick around for awhile.3

3. Kree Harrison: Absolutely adored her version of “With a Little Help from My Friends.” She’s basically even with the top two.

2. Amber Holcomb: REALLY, seriously adored her rendition of “She’s Leaving Home.” Has been improving each week.

1. Candice Glover: Our favorite since day one. You heard it here, folks: no WGWG is winning this season!

Your turn. Who do YOU think will win American Idol Season 12?