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February 22, 2008
Idol Chatter: And then there were 20


I can't argue too much with America's choices for elimination Thursday night on "American Idol," though I'm sure Joanne Borgella (pictured) would love to get a re-do.

More than 28 million votes were cast to kick off two of the guys and two of the gals. But first: The Top 24 were forced to croon a medley of '60s songs.

The "Idol" wardrobe and hair departments went wild with black and white pleather and hair extensions. Heck, I didn't recognize some of the contestants!

The first guy eliminated was Garrett Haley. No surprise there, though I admit Ryan Seacrest pretty much asked him to step forward and told him, "I have to say goodbye." Brutal? Kind of. But even more so was having the kicked-off contestants' family members and friends perched overhead as they performed for the last time. The loved ones looked awkward and uncomfortable and very unhappy.

Kristy Lee Cook, who suffered bronchitis earlier, was spared. (I said the sympathy vote would save her.) Not so for Amy Davis, who left the show with "lots of memories." I know it will be a while before any of us forget her take of "Where the Boys Are."

Next up? Viewers got a sneak peek at judge Paula Abdul's upcoming music vicdeo (due out March 11), "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow." I was impressed. She seems waaay more comfortable performing than judging. Her cohort Randy Jackson is producing the album. He even performs on it.

Anyway, Joanne and rocker Amanda Overmyer were the next female contestants to face the ax, and Amanda is safe - with a lot more hair than she had a couple days ago.

I have a hunch Joanne was one of the flu-bitten among the gals. Her parting song had a lot more going for it than when she sang for votes. Too bad, because she does have a pretty good voice.

The last to go? Teen Colton Berry, who was encouraged to go for a singing career by Randy and Paula. Simon Cowell's parting shot, though: "Get a good job and enjoy singing." In other words, don't count on performing as a permanent gig.

The Top 10 guys get another crack at it next Tuesday (at 8 p.m. on Channel 40).

Oh, and we already know Season 7's parting song, which will mean months of hearing "Best Days" by Graham Colton.

FYI: Let me know if anyone out there is downloading the performances from iTunes.

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