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“Idol” Top 10 — How does this year stack up?

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With Alexis Grace’s elimination from “American Idol” on Wednesday night, the show has its Top 10 and the viewers can ask themselves how this year’s pack compares to last year’s crowd.USA/

“Probably as strong a group in the years that I have been watching ‘American Idol,’” country singer Randy Travis, who was this week’s guest mentor, said on Wednesday’s show.

Making the Top 10 is a particular victory on “Idol,” as only ten singers will perform in the show’s annual arena concert tour this summer.

This year, there’s the flamboyantly extroverted Adam Lambert, everyman Michael Sarver, tenderly earnest Kris Allen, gravelly-voiced Allison Iraheta, artful piano man Scott MacIntyre, big-voiced Lil Rounds, charismatic personality Danny Gokey, soulful Anoop Desai, bluesy Matt Giraud and quirky Megan Joy.

On “Idol,” country night takes down frontrunners

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USA/“Country Week” is always a mixed bag on “American Idol”, alternately filling viewers with anticipation and dread.

Tuesday night’s tribute to the “Grand Ole Opry,” with country icon Randy Travis as guest mentor, certainly didn’t buck that trend, taking several of the show’s frontrunners down a notch and allowing dark horses to emerge.

“American Idol” nixes nine

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The Fox television show “American Idol” eliminated nine contestants on Wednesday night, allowing single mother Alexis Grace, widower Danny Gokey and oil rig worker Michael Sarver to advance.paula-abdul

A lot of contestants went home unhappy in the show’s first voter-driven elimination round. In past seasons, 24 contestants competed for votes. But the cast was expanded to 36 this season with nine contestants eliminated in each of three opening rounds of 12 contestants. Then, another three contestants will be brought back to the show as wildcards. Aside from some complicated math, the show’s new format also means numerous contestants are eliminated early on, just as viewers are starting to get to know them. 

Who will survive “Idol’s” opening round?

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The judges on ”American Idol” broke down many of the first 12 competitors to take the cowellstage Tuesday night, saving their praise for a widower and a 21-year-old mom. Who will survive and who will go down on Wednesday night’s results show?

If “Idol” voters take their cue from the judges, the three competitors who will make it through will be Alexis Grace, Danny Gokey and either Anoop Desai, Rick Braddy, Michael Sarver or Tatiana Del Toro. The judges had very little good to say about the rest of the contestants.

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