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American Idol: Sanjaya and Antonella Going All the Way?

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Sanjaya Malakar must have his whole high school voting for him. Again and again. There's no reason why the kid is still on the show. Now Antonella Barba, embroiled in nudie pic scandal is the go-to girl on, a site that tells American Idol haters who they must vote for, so we expected her to stay this week -- even though she can't sing. But Sanjaya? He's a geeky 17-year-old kid without much of a personality and not much to look at either. Kicked off in his place was AJ Tabaldo, who has a decent voice.

Others voted off were crooner Nick Pedro, Leslie Hunt and West Hollywood's Alaina Alexander. We know that they'd never be American Idols, but hey they all should have had a week more. And yes, it's a cruel thing to have the losers sing the song that got them kicked off. Alaina couldn't get through her song at all and Leslie and Nick were a little off. It's hard for us to watch -- and listen to.

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>>> Did anyone else notice that Leslie was doing a little improvising as the credits rolled, singing "Why did I have to scat?" and "America doesn't like jazz..." then cut to Jeff Foxworthy.

>>> So we were wondering how Fox could fill the hour. But they did. And we watched every second. We even listened to ex-contestant Kellie "calimary" Pickler, who told a story of eating sushi and spider rolls for the first time. Really, did she think that there were spiders in spider rolls? Come on now.