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Didi Benami was eliminated from American Idol last night, making her the third finalist to leave this season.

The 23-year-old waitress from Knoxville, Tennessee found herself in the bottom three with Tim Urban and Katie Stevens. It was no shocker seeing Didi at the bottom this week after receiving heavy criticism for her rendition of Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”

“It was like swimming in jelly,” Simon said of Didi’s Tuesday night performance, adding that it was over-the-top, old-fashioned and off melody.

And though Didi gave a great performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” last night, the judges did not save her with their Judges’ save. Simon however told her she was “a million times better” than her Tuesday performance.

The question that is now on every one’s minds seems to be why does Tim Urban continue to stay on the show despite receiving harsh criticism from the judges week after week? Well it seems Tim might be this season’s “Sanjaya” as the website votefortheworst.com (which urges America to vote for the worst American Idol contestant every year) has deemed Tim the worst this season, which might explain why he continues to receive plenty of votes.

TELL US – DID DIDI BENAMI DESERVE TO GO HOME LAST NIGHT?

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Despite numerous reports linking former American Idol judge Paula Abdul as a new judge on the remake of Star Search, UsWeekly is reporting that Paula will not be a part of the show.

An insider however shares that even without Paula, there’s a good chance the show will return to TV sometime this summer.

Paula also denied the rumors earlier this week when she tweeted, “Once again, until you hear it from me, you can’t believe what you read ;) Lots of love!”

Paula continues to be in talks to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s upcoming talent show – The X Factor.

TELL US – DO YOU WANT TO SEE STAR SEARCH BROUGHT BACK TO TELEVISION?

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American Idol finally pared down to its top 12 finalists last night in what most are calling a shocking elimination.

Out of the four singers eliminated, many viewers were shocked to see Lilly Scott (top right), and Todrick Hall (top left) leave. The two singers earned rave reviews for their performances this week.

“I thought that I was appealing to a lot of people,” said Lilly. “A lot of incredible talent is going home tonight. I don’t know what America wants to hear.”

Teen power seemed to be come out on top of the show last night as teen singers Katie Stevens, 17 and Aaron Kelley, 16, made it to the top twelve.

And now the real competition begins! The judges have already declared Crystal Bowersox, 24, of Toledo, Ohio and Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, 26, as the two to beat.

A photo of the top twelve is below -

american-idol-top-12-finalistsAmerican Idol finalists: Tim Urban, top left, Siobhan Magnus, Lee Dewyze, Paige Miles, Michael Lynche, Andrew Garcia, Didi Benami, Lacey Brown, Aaron Kelly, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James and Katie Stevens.

TELL US – WERE YOU SHOCKED BY THE ELIMINATIONS? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR?

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American Idol fans tuning in tonight will be in for a surprise as the Top 10 male finalists will be performing instead of the girls, as originally planned.

The reason being top 20 contestant Crystal Bowersox was rushed to the hospital. A source reveals to UsWeekly that Crystal, 24, is recovering from diabetes complications. “Crystal is doing OK and should be fine for tomorrow,” said the source.

A FOX rep confirms that as a result, the guys will compete on tonight’s show, and the women will perform Wednesday.

The bottom two guys and two girls will be cut from the competition during Thursday’s live results show.

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The top 12 ladies of American Idol performed live for the first time last night, and according to the critical judges, they mostly left a lot to be desired.

The show started with a noticeable change in the line-up of the judges, with Ellen DeGeneres now sitting furthest away from Simon Cowell. Ellen, in Ellen fashion, jokingly explained that she had to move away from Simon because he kept putting the moves on her.

When asked about the talent pool of the ladies by show host Ryan Seacrest, Simon responded, “Some are good. Some are not.” Interesting foreshadowing.

First up was Paige Miles who kicked off the competition with the Free classic “All Right Now.” She sounded just okay to me, and didn’t seem to have much of a stage presence, but she ended up receiving good praises from the judges.

Next up was Ashley Rodriguez who sang Leona Lewis’s “Happy,” and ended up getting trashed by the judges. Ashley likely received the worst criticism of the night, in a performance that didn’t seem that bad to me.

My favorite of the bunch, Didi Benami performed Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am,” which I believed was a perfect fit for her singing style. However the judges disagreed and said her performance was missing a spark.

One contestant who did seem to win over some of the judges was my second favorite, Crystal Bowersox, who sang a soulful rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket.” “You were good tonight. I think you have greatness in you, though,” said Kara.

Last night’s episode reminded me of why I tend to stop watching Idol after the audition rounds. I can’t help but feel like the judges are somewhat too critical and go out of their way to find flaws in sometimes amazing performances. But then again, I’m no music expert but I find some of the critiques to be a bit ridic.

The top 12 boys will perform tonight, with the results show airing Thursday night.

TELL US- WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE TOP 12 LADIES? WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITES SO FAR?

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The top 24 competition has yet to officially began and there has already been a major shake up on American Idol.

Curly-haired contestant Chris Golightly was removed from the competition this week and replaced by Tim Urban in the Top 24.  Chris is the 19-year-old Texas native who spoke in the audition rounds of living in 24 different foster homes as a child.“It has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition,” says FOX in a press release.

The show’s  host Ryan Seacrest echoed the same statement on his Twitter page, where he also announced that for the first time in the show’s history, the contestants will have MySpace, Twitter and Facebook pages on the Idol hub. Ryan did not elaborate on why Golightly was booted.

However, Joes Place Blog was able to score an interview with Chris and revealed the exact reason he got booted. According to Chris, he had an old contract with a Boy Band that expired in June 2009.  Chris tried out for AI in July 2009 and when asked if he was entered into any contracts, he answered no.

After making it into the top 24 in January 2010.  Chris’s former manager then called Chris and American Idol and told them that he still had a valid contract. Chris denied this but couldn’t find his copy of the release. American Idol unfortunately decided to cut Chris when he couldn’t prove he wasn’t under contract.  Chris’s old manager ended up finding the contract release and emailed it to American Idol, but according to Chris, the people at AI are not taking his calls.

Even worse, Chris was told by American Idol he can no longer audition for the show again because he made the top 46.

Also, no word yet on whether or not Michael “Big Mike” Lynche was dismissed from the competition. It was reported back in January that he got the axe after his father revealed to a Florida newspaper that he made the Top 24, breaking the confidentiality rule of the show. As of today, his profile is still intact on Idol’s website.

The official Top 24 semifinalists are as follows:

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Ever since news hit that shock jock radio host Howard Stern was in talks to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on American Idol, a lot of tongues have been wagging, with most people being not too keen on the idea.

Though Howard himself has revealed his interest to judge AI, current judge Kara DioGuardi doesn’t think he would make a good fit for the show.

“I don’t really know if I can even speak on it,” said Kara on the Howard rumor. But then she added: “I don’t know that [Stern] has a musical background,” she mused. “I think that if you’re gonna replace Simon, you have to have that background.”

Kara continued, “You have to have somebody who knows about signing great artists and being a part of their career from the very beginning to the very end… I think that’s probably a precursor for whoever takes that position if they’re not a big artist who’s been through it themselves.”

Kara however went on to sing praises of new judge Ellen DeGeneres, who has received rave reviews for her recent performance on judging Hollywood week. “Ellen brings a sense of humor, of course, but also I think she knows more about music than we think she does,” explained Kara.

“She had a really good handle on whether a contestant had potential,” DioGuardi added. And as for those pesky rumors that Simon and Ellen have been butting heads? “You have to take every rumor you hear about “American Idol” with a grain of salt,” she said. “They usually aren’t true.”

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Ellen DeGeneres finally made her highly anticipated debut as a judge on American Idol.  Ellen, 52, made her debut alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the Monday night Hollywood episode.

The TV Host brought her sense of humor into judging the contestants, telling Skiiboski, one of the more memorable contestants from the Idol audtions — “You frighten me,” she told him. “You were like a leopard behind a cage.” Ellen continued, “Sexy and scary — it’s a fine line.”

And so much for the alleged tension that has been reported between Ellen and fellow judge, Simon, as the two seemed to get along rather well last night, even joking with one another at times.

Ellen recently told Entertainment Tonight she is “getting good at delivering bad news” to Idol wannabes.  “I’m trying to do it in a tender way,” she says. “I hate hurting people’s feelings, so that, I think, is the hardest part.”

TELL US – THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS DID YOU ENJOY ELLEN AS A NEW JUDGE? DID SHE DO WELL?

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