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American Idol: Sanjaya Strikes Again

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LAist will cut to the chase and do in less than a minute what American Idol took 30 minutes to do tonight: Rocker chick Gina Glocksen is out and Sanjaya Malakar just took another step toward the finals.

If you need a few more details than that, then read on...

The nine finalists were split into three groups:
>> Group 1: Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson and Sanjaya Malakar
>> Group 2: Haley Scarnato, Gina Glocksen and Phil Stacey.
>> Group 3: Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones and Jordin Sparks.

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Of course, Group 3 held the top three vote getters. Sanjaya and company were the middle tier. So then it came down to Gina and Haley because Phil was sent to safety. And, after the break, Gina was eliminated from the competition. She really didn't deserve to go, but it seems that America voters liked Haley's legs better than Gina's tongue piercing.

And the night's entertainment came from neo-crooner Michael Bublé, who subbed for Tony Bennett (down with the flu). But what was up with his performance? His vocals were just OK, and he was trying way too hard to be a Rat Packer. Sorry, but it didn't work for us, dawg.