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Four Down on American Idol

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The first four American Idol contestants were booted last night. While we weren’t surprised at the girls (Amy Krebs left because of her vanilla on vanilla rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Nicole Tranquillo tried too hard to be Chaka Khan and Rufus all at once), the guys who left kinda did.

We thought for sure than smiley Sanjaya was a goner, but he turned out to be in the top four guys. (America, what is wrong with you?) Cheesy Rudy Cardenas, whose voice wasn’t that bad, got the axe instead. The other guy to go was Paul Kim, who chose Wham!’s “Careless Whisper.” Now he had a good voice, but we guess singing in stanky bare feet brought him bad luck.

The singing continues next Tuesday and Wednesday with the results on Thursday.

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Other assorted AI notes:

>> They announced the singing coaches for this season: Diana Ross, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Martina McBride, Lulu and Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits and Barry Gibb. And some of those folks have had a hit in this century!

>> Why did they pick a lame song like “Sowing the Seeds of Love” to open the show? Probably ¾ of the audience had to Google “Tears for Fears.” So not in this century.

>> Was it just us, or did they do a horrible job of cutting off Quincy Jones mid-sentence when he started talking about Fantasia Barrino in The Color Purple?

>> And this year's "controversy" has surfaced: Semi-nekked photos of the Aerosmith-loving, Jersey girl Antonella Barba were posted on Wednesday. If you're really interested, see them here.

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Until next week…