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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 manĀ 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.

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