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March 19, 2008
Idol Chatter: I can't get it right!

OK, I officially declare my incompetency as a prognosticator of "American Idol" votes.

Country vs. rock? Contestants who pop off vs. contestants who take their judges' medicine and get on with it? So, what are you gonna do,

Your pick, Amanda Overmyer, got her ticket to ride - home - tonight.

Not only that. Get ready Lafayette (I'm assuming Louisiana). Amanda told Simon Cowell she could basically care less if he thought she was verging on "boring." "I'll sell out a bar in Lafayette and be happy."

Well, hope that works out for you, hon.

This week's live results show was much better. The bottom three weren't humiliated and we weren't subjected to them singing all the songs they butchered the night before.

Instead, we got more goofy questions from viewers. This is the most annoying part of the show.

The rewards?

Loved, LOVED Season 5 finalist Kellie Pickler in her cute red cocktail dress and red stilettos crooning "Red High Heels" (natch). Pay attention Season 7's Top 10: If I recall correctly, Kellie went out at No. 5 and is now touring with Rascal Flats.

My point? Winning isn't everything. Getting on the summer tour? Priceless.

So, here's how the evening went:

* Brooke White, David Archuleta and Michael Johns are the first three to make the Top 10. A way-startled Carly Smithson is the first in the bottom three. (Remember, she made a big deal Tuesday night about broken wings and musical hardship after singing "Blackbird.")

* This week's Ford commercial was shot out on the "moors" of Los Angeles to "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

* David Cook, Jason Castro and Ramiele Malubay (surprise) are safe; Kristy Lee Cook, who should just take a throne without the wait each week, is once again in the bottom three.

* Then, instead of the bottom three singing, the show promoted the April 9 "Idol Gives Back" show, with former contestants Elliot Yamin and Fantasia Barrino distributing mosquito nets to malaria victims in Africa.

* A very relieved Syesha Mercado and Chikezie make it nine safe, leaving Kristy, Amanda and Carly in the bottom three.

No surprise - Carly is safe. But here's the thing: She and Amanda have been roommates from the get-go, and she had no problems saying adios to her roomie. It's like, "Better you than me." All's fair, right?

Kristy must have some major country fans out there who like sequins and cowboy boots. I'm all for it, now. I'm not putting her on the chopping block again.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced the upcoming mentors. Interesting mix of talents. They include: Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Neil Diamond.

Oh, and for you songwriters out there, "Idol" is looking for the next finale song, and if there's anyone who can top last year's totally boring "This Is My Now," you'd better bring it in 2008 - you've got until March 31 to come up with something better than that sappy salute.

Game on!

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