May 12th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

'Idol' Top 3, is it what it was supposed to be?

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SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the contestant being sent home from "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results.

Even "Big Mike" Lynche's baby was in tears.

Her daddy got the boot and now we have our Top 3 who next week will head home for a hero's welcome in their hometowns.

We lost the big guy. Did you predict who would be sent home tonight? And does this now make the competition more evenly matched or not?

Sound off!

And head over to iReport to upload videos of your questions for Michael Lynche.


Filed under: American Idol 2010 • television

soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. mci

    EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF CD WILL CRYSTAL PRODUCE THAT PEOPLE WILL BUY.....I'M TELLING YOU NOW.SHE IS GONNA TANK BIG TIME..SHE NOT GONNA GET VERY FAR IN THIS BUSSINESS

    May 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. millie

    Slotman- There ia problem if this country elected someone because he or she is African American. Voting for someone's race is the same as not voting because of someone's race.

    May 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slotman

    Also, let us not forget we have had at least two African-American winners on AI. (Haven't followed every season of AI). Remember season one's winner Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Berino (sp?) of the season that escapes me at this moment.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. slotman

    For those of you on here crying fowl because of race and the elimination of Mike Lynch because he's African-American you are no different than the true racists in the world. If this country can elect an African-American to be President of the United States than I don't think it was race that lost it for Mike. Perhaps it was the over-saturation of his baby, his predictable but powerful voice, his picking up everyone he met or his borderline arrogant/confident demeanor. That said, leave the race comments to those situations truly deserving and get over the fact it was time for Mike to move on!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Myrna

    very well put Harry Javila

    May 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just a Drummer

    @Just a Thought – It refers to a show that's run out of ideas worth airing and is already destined to be canceled.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just a Drummer

    @Just a Thought – I think that's a reference to a Happy Days plot line.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Myrna

    AMEN Jeff P

    May 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rigs

    COUGARS ARE...

    $EXY

    IN-CONTROL

    DOMINATE

    POWERFUL

    ALSO THE #1 REASON WHY CASEY IS IN THE TOP 3 FINALIST

    AS I SAID BEFORE DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT BE SHOCKED IF IT'S CASEY AND LEE IN THE FINALS WITH LEE AND YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL...

    ANY QUESTIONS...LOL

    May 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Myrna

    @yoli and Katie – i say it again: NOT EVERYONE LIKES MIKE. it's nothing personal i'm sure, but everyone has different tastes. there may be a FEW exceptions to the rule, but most people don't vote on someone because of their hair color (or skin color for that matte) – different strokes for different folk. that's just the plain and simple truth! (sorry for all the posts from me, but i'm playing catch up. :)

    May 14, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Myrna

    Anette – if you think it's rigged just because Mike got voted off, just remember not everyone likes the same people or have the same tastes.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Myrna

    AMEN eb

    May 14, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Myrna

    @A Lafond – good grief – you think just because Casey is from Texas everyone in Texas votes for him? Did you vote for Mike just because he was from Florida? I'm from Texas, and i DO like Casey, but my vote goes to Crystal. GET REAL! AND if you really think people vote for someone just because of where they're from, try to think of it this way – there were only 4 contestants; there are 50 states. LOL – you're funny............

    May 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. JulieannK

    I am so glad to see that Lee and Crystal are still in the fight to win this year's Idol. Lee had me extremely worried with his solo performance on Tuesday night, but he was very lucky to have been saved by the overwhelming amazing duet that the two sang nearly flawlessly. Was it just me, or was anyone else almost moved to tears? Kudos to the both of them for finally realizing the potential I always knew that they could reach.

    Casey's presence in the top 3 is a little baffling to me. In my eyes, he's practically a third-wheel. Not to say he isnt a darn good performer or that he doesnt have talent... but lets be real here people. This guy has yet to find his niche in the biz. He's had how many weeks now and he still has no clue what genre is good for his voice. I'm really sick of seeing him stumble through it like an elephant in a dishware store. I would love nothing more than him to come out of that small little box he's confined himself in and prove me wrong. I would gladly eat my words because, even though he has continually underachieved, I know it's in him to be more... to reach higher.

    Overall, I'm excited to see this year's finale. There were a lot of less talented contestants which had to be weeded through this season, but I don't believe that this fact speaks down to the individuals left in the running. I'm extremely excited to see remaining three duke it out for this year's American Idol position. I sincerely hope that they step up and reach their full potential to share with us... becuase if they can and do, I have a feeling that this race to the top is going to be EPIC.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    I think they should be voting like on "Survivor", for the one who should leave. Otherwise its a popularity vote. Last year Adam was clearly the most talented and should have won but I believe because he is gay the "granny" vote went to Chris. Also, there should be some kind of incentive for the most iTune downloads. Afterall, its all about what sells, right? I've purchased almost ALL of Mamasox's songs because I like them. I've only downloaded one of Casey's. But I think Casey and Mike should team up to become the next Righteous Bros. They rocked! BTW, I'm 59 for what its worth.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. cincinbeer

    @eb: I love ur comment! Objective comment.

    Anyone has their own tastes, shouldn't degrade the others that not like you.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Shawn

    I am happy Mike got the boot. He was saved and was on the bottom a few times so he needed to leave. I hope the two finalist are Casey and Crystal with Crystal taking it all. The track record, It seems that the guys never really make it big, ok some have but most haven't . It is sad that most of these reality shows are based on fans and not their talent.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jeanne

    Okay, if Crystal does win, what type of album would she record?? Would people go running to the record store buying this album? Is the Janice Joplin type of music popular these days?I think not. Now, Casey's style is similar to Chris Doughtry, who by the way did not win BUT sold more albums than the winner did that season he competed (a reminder, it was Taylor Hicks, whose record sales BOMBED). Does all of this make sense everyone?

    May 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. PaHa

    Pretty boy Casey is only mediocre and does not have the depth as a singer. He is not consistent, from day to day. Crystal is the best!

    May 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. J. Celonis`

    Chrystal, I hope you does something with your hair. This is what does not you represent the american idol.Look professional, something like Carrie, Or Taylor Swift. Not completly like them. But you are so good, so look the part. If you look the part, there is no stopping you.
    good luck to all of you.
    thank you.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mona

    I also think that Crystal should win it she has been the only one true to herself and consistant in her performances I also think that they need to put a wek in there where they sing one of there own songs to show case which way they they will go and get a true sence of there talent and who they are as they are going to be artist they should have a week that shows that.
    To all you blogers who keep saying your not going to watch any more your so full of it you have been saying that for years, and every season gets more veiwer not less so get over your selfs and don't watch any more if that is the way you feel. but I'm pretty sure the shows will continue and we will continue to get more people in to the profession they so dearly want, and if they do the part they want so bad it will be good all the way around Keep singing all.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. bored

    Mike was really starting to sound the same to me every week, so i don't think it's a huge loss...but then again, (no disrespect to any of them) all of them are sounding that way in my opinion.

    I don't think anyone has taken a song and truly made it seem new and/or interesting this season, with the exception of the song "Straight Up." I really enjoyed that.

    I'm really confused as to how Casey got labeled as the "heart throb" of this season. He's not unattractive or anything, but I really don't see him as being someone who people would vote for based on looks alone; especially not tweens. I think he is talented, and it's kind of a bummer that people are attributing all of his votes to his looks... I'm sorry, but I just don't see it.

    As for Nicholas' comment above regarding grammar, I laughed, and I have thought about that a lot when reading comments. While, most of the time, one can get a sense of what people are trying to say regardless of how poorly written their comment is, it does tend to make it more difficult to take certain individuals seriously.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. beverly

    i am glad that mike finally went home, he reminds me of rubin studdard. not strong enough of a singer.. where is rubin today, nowhere, it was awasted win. i believe crystal will win and i chose her from the very beginning. lee is good and so is casey when they have the right songs, and casey is the best guitar player. with a little more work, we'll be seeing more of him. nonetheless....all three will have fabulous careers. AND on the subject of who will relace simon, who is unreplaceable, i think adam lambet deserves the position because he proved to handle it well when he was idols mentor and he was better than all the others. he knows his S#!t. good luck idol finalists. whoever wins....you earned the votes.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Don

    Crystal is the best performer.
    Come on people, Casey is good on guitars, best I have heard on the Idol but his voice is nothing great. Wish the women would vote for talent not looks.
    Aloha
    Don

    May 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Just A Thought

    Just curious? Anyone actually know what it means to "Jump the Shark"? And better yet where it started?

    May 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JA

    Who cares? This show absolutely sucks anyway. It jumped the shark at leats four seasons ago!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Lisa

    I was glad to see Mike go, the judges should never have saved him in the first place. The only real talent left is Lee. Crystal had two BAD weeks in a row. She has no personality and does not appeal to the young voters. Lee should be crowned the winner. Can't wait to watch it.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jamin kawalawalawalawits

    ok its me again i think crystal is going to win da whole thing!!@!!!!!!! definitly not lee or that constipated guy, casey ( he sounds like poo)
    ' any way Crystal if your reading this you better get your butt in gear cause you gonna win gurl!!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Stephanie Battaglia

    I was upset that Mike didn't get into the top 3. But Crystal is going to win anyway. She was set to win from beginning. I wanted Shiohan to be in top 3 also. She was great! But I guarantee Crystal is going to win!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Read It!!!!!!!

    listen up people that think Lee is a badd singer and should of gone home last night!!!!!! FYI: Lee is a good singer for his genra of music and has been very consisisant for the entire season except for the cracks in his voice last night but thats beside the point

    i personally feel that Lee and Crystal are going to battle it out in the finale!! WHoot WHooot!!

    PS Would be nice to see a True Texan win American Idol again hint hint Casey!!!

    See ya next time!!!!
    The Liger:)

    May 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  31. kushempeng

    Crystal is a star already. She is amazing. Better than people who have contracts. Amazing talent. There is no contest. The First timei heard her voice i was like wow! She is to good for American Idol.
    Win or loose she will be a star. I cant say that for the rest of contestants.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Just a Drummer

    @ Just a Thought – I'm with ya now.

    @ Rigs – So you're saying that it isn't just 'tweens voting for Casey?
    Hear that, gang?

    @Dylan – Pretty good take on Casey. The kid's got some chops on stringed instruments.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Just A Thought

    @shrimpduster – Might have to agree with you there – even though I do watch. I FFWD alot, does that make me any better off?

    @mrsKool – TRUE, TRUE!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sausage

    Crystal seems to be the frontrunner, but They all have a chance. As we saw last night, with Mike going, and a lot of people thinking he should have stayed anything can happen.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  35. mrskool

    Hmm...

    I have a feeling Mrs.Marie is Dogs Rule aka Dog show mom in disguise .

    No one else spews as much filth about Crystal B

    Something is clearly unbalanced about this person

    May 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  36. shrimpduster

    Hey Just A Thought, if that's enjoying TV, WE ARE DOOMED.

    As for all this singer hit song chat, a good singer sings good. What he or she sings will be good, regardless. When they put TOO much of their own spin on the song, then it is no longer a hit song, it is a whole new animal. Then people judge the new version.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. mrskool

    Sorry folks but as nice as Big Mike appears to be he just doesnt have what it takes to go big time. You cant compare him to past runner ups who have made it because his voice is only so-so and it takes more than karaoke to sell records. Mike's fan club is mostly friends and family so I dont think we will hear much from him beyond the Idol Tour and maybe a one-shot song deal and then its hasta la vista baby !

    May 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  38. tom scully

    Lee is the kind of talent that will continue to get bigger with every show and every song that he eventually will record. He has the good looks, the puppy dog eyes that all the young girls love ( I have two daughters and they are very taken with Lee). I am only hoping that whoever produces his first album takes the time to really search Lee's soul and not just produce a teeny bopper album. What a waste of talent that would be.!!! Lee is the kind of talent that can be trans-generational, and not just a one album flash in the pan kind of entertainer. He has the vocal capacity to do it all from country to blues, from rock to gospel. He has a great future ahead of him. Hopefully he will find the right manager and agent to keep the musical idiots away so that he can truly develop into the great talent he has the potential to become. Congratulation in advance to Lee even if he is not chosen to be the next American Idol, He is # 1 in our family.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Just A Thought

    Rigs is Right! I like Crystal, and I think it's gonna be a close one, but I have a feeling Lee is gonna take it!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dylan

    Casey is the most marketable of the three and actually, musically, the most talented. Yes, his voice is not as good as Crystal's. But Madonna didn't start off with the best voice either and look at the career she had. But he can play about any instrument and play them wall. Casey also has true star potential and yes, a lot of it has to do with his looks, rather than his vocals. But he does have a good voice and with the help of a good vocal coach he will get better and better. I can see him having a long term career if he gets the right song and the right band behind him. Crystal is another Janice Joplin and will no doubt ultimately win. As for Lee, his voice is good, but his charisma sucks! Lee will do great things if he gets the right band behind him and works on his stage presence. I think the top three were dead on and I think Casey should be in the top two because he is a great musician.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Rigs

    BEWARE OF THE COUGARS

    ALL THESE COUGARS WANT TO SINK THERE TEETH & CLAWS INTO CASEY AND I WONT BE SHOCKED IF HE MAKES THE FINAL PAIR....

    I PERSONALLY THINK ITS LEE VS. CHRSTAL IN THE FINALS WITH LEE YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL....ANY QUESTIONS? LOL

    PS...COUGARS RULE :))

    May 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Harold

    I really think Casey should've went home instead of big Mike cause everone knows big Mike is way better singer than Casey. Like that just didn't make any since that whole thing was rigged.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  43. MrsBojangles

    Should have been Casey. It should have been Casey several weeks ago.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Just A Thought

    @shrimpduster – yes please help the masses that can't enjoy an hour or two of TV. We are all doomed!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Robbed

    American Idol has no substance anymore. Big Mike was the best singer. If you notice he was the more flexiable one regarding vocal talent. Just goes to shwo you that if you don't look a certain way. It becomes harder to get the prize. Best of luck to Big Mike... I know I will be buying his records....

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Sherry

    My family and I had the top three pegged weeks and weeks ago. Next to go will be Casey. Lee and Crystal will the the last two...and I love each of them so much that I will not vote the last night. At that point I won't care who will win. Their duet was wonderful...I downloaded it and have enjoyed it very much. Too bad they can't call it a tie because it really is.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Just A Thought

    @ Just A drummer, I agree; I was commenting on somone who stated they all need to sing current songs; instead of songs that were before thier time and so forth.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. blaze

    BLAZE: Well, the right one went home although I kinda liked Mike but he was a little boring to watch. Lee is great but boring as well. Casey can sing and and plays an instument and is great to look at. He should at least come in 2nd! But the winner is going to be a female and that would be Crystal. I kknow she can sing but she isnt as good as she could be. I mean she still needs to improve. After Adam lambert the bar has been set very high and its hard to settle for less!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. shrimpduster

    Hey, Just A Thought. What America wants is to continually watch mindless shows like American Idol, Dancing, Singing, Cooking, Gardening, and Washing cars "with the stars", and becoming mindless electronic dependent coach potatoes.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Kal

    Big Mike just might be the Jennifer Hudson, or Daughtrey of this year's contestants. He should consider it a blessing to be off the show, because really the producers prefer someone they can mold, and someone they are comfortable working with, Simon looked like he just did not want to be bothered, and it would not have worked working with Big Mike, I could not see Big Mike putting up with all of the crap, and likewise for Bowersock. She stands out style-wise, and appears to be a no-nonsense type of person, she may win based on her talent, but Lee is the type that will give them no grief, and they will somehow maneuver to make him the winner. Nice guy he is, but talent-wise, it should have been Crystal bowersock and big mike, who I think will have great careers. I definitely will not waste time watching American Idol next season, if there is a season unless they revamp the show.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  51. A

    Mrs. Marie
    SHAME ON YOU..y you need to take inventory of yourself. Take your meds.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Just a Drummer

    @Jeff P – PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  53. A

    All need to go....Crystal is over rated, Lee can not sing and Casey got
    the look, they can build him into a super star.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Just a Drummer

    @D-man – Good points all around.

    @Just a Thought – A hit song is a hit song no matter which (qualified) artist sings it. A good singer can make any (good) song sound good, but can't make a hit with anything less than a hit song.
    Mark Wright (producer of Trisha Yearwood, Gretchen Wilson and many others), says "hit song, hit album, hit artist".

    @Mrs. Marie – God I pity Mr. Marie. You're a bucket of sunshine.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Hillary

    I was very disappointed that Mike was eliminated last night. he has that wonderful Luther Vandros quality to his voice. It is often not the winner that winds up having the most impressive career. I predict that will be the case with Mike

    May 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jeff P

    @michelle I just figured it out, you're Michelle Bachman. You have to be with all of your crazy ideas and conspiracy theories. :-)

    May 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Just A Thought

    @ Mrs Marie – Get a clue! You have no idea of what America wants! Need I remind you she is in the top 3!! Looks quite obvious who America wants!! Your comments are shallow, and reflects on you I'm sure!

    btw – has your spread come out in Cosmo yet? Your probably no picture of beauty either!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mrs. Marie

    Crystal will not win. She needs a good scrubbing of the hair, dental care and better clean clothes. What the public wants today are clean-cut females ala C. Underwood and Taylor Swift. Crystal looks as dirty as a public toilet.

    I hope Lee or Casey win.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. D-Man

    I'm not getting all the love for Lee. He is a solid singer with a limited range and a tendency to sing off key when the melody jumps more than a couple of notes. Watching Chris Daughtry last night you saw the vocal style Lee aspires to, but he is no where near the singer Chris is – nor David Cook for that matter. I like Lee, but no way should someone as average as he is win Idol.

    Big Mike had to go last night. On a sheer talent basis he is way better than either Lee or Casey – but his love of old school R&B stylings is not going to sell a bucket load of music, nor get enough votes to stay on the show.

    I like Casey better than Lee, but neither is even close to Crystal's level as a performer and singer. Casey is probably the best guitar player of any of the Idol contestants in any season to date, and he has a real shot as an alt-country/rock artist is be a big seller. But this Crystal's year. None of the other three guys were even close.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Just A Thought

    Adam Lambert's is in Las Vegas, and Kris Allen is doing car commercials? What's your point? There's a lot of freaks in Vegas! His performance back at the AMA's that showed Lambert kissing a male keyboardist, grinding a dancer's head against his pelvis, and grabbing the crotch of another. Wow, now that's entertainment! Please, at least Kris Allen maintains a little self respect and decency.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jessse

    I do NOT think Big Mike should have been voted off this week. I think he should have been voted off during Hollywood week.. He has no talent, his size and stage presence are the gimmick here, beyond that there is absolutely no singing ability, or star power. He sucks. Good riddance.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Just A Thought

    For the record, singers make a song great, not the other way around! The singers should be making the songs thier own – hmmm, I've heard that somewhere before- and not just sing the song the same way it always has been.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Victor

    Crystal should win it easy.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Victor

    Crystal vs. Lee in the final.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  65. shrimpduster

    Um, hate to break it to you, @Drummer, but Carrie Underwood is the most successful in terms of sales and awards of any of the idols. And, I did say WINNER, not contestent. There are those who have been on the show who have been successful, but not won. Hey, I like Daughtry, he is great. David Cook? Not bad.

    As for "singing other people's compositions like a flawless robot", MANY successful artists have writers. I am not a fan of country music or Carrie Underwood, but hearing her and looking at the numbers she is a good singer, with good crowd appeal, and a good stage presence.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. moon627

    Best. season. ever. This is the perfect Top 3 !!! :-D

    The Top 4 were perfect too but Mike's time was up

    Now i just hope America gets the Top 2 right and Casey goes home next leaving Crystal and Lee to duke it out :P

    I think Crystal will win but Lee will turn out to be the bigger star in sales

    PS: i cant believe those saying Joss Stone sounds like Joplin are wrong – Joss is a jazz singer – Janis sang the blues

    May 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Just a Drummer

    @Dave – That ain't Rome, it's the Gulf of Mexico.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dodie

    Mike should have stayed and Lee should have gone home.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  69. shirley

    This season should have been cancel the second week,they all are
    not good singer please end this.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  70. zephyrwinds

    Big Mike was an absolute sweetheart and seemed a really nice guy, but, I did not like his voice.. Crystal has super star written all over her like Janis Joplin. Lee should have a great career ahead of him. Casey needs a manager and he will do well too.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dave

    And the proles are busy watching American Idol and DWTS while Rome burns. Enjoy your bread and circus plebes.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Don

    Casey never should have made it Hollywood. Were it not for Kara, he would be a spectator. I thought maybe the show had changed....Fantasia Barino and Taylor Hicks never should won. They're both a couple of "has been's!"

    May 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Rita Timmons

    I am not happy that Mike is gone. He is WAY BETTER than Casey - Is going to be between Lee and Crystal and CRYSTAL will be the next American Idol. Simon you will be missed. Your shoes cannot be filled.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  74. mark

    They got it right Mike should have left. Next is Casey, then Crystal, Leaving Lee the winner. I know everybody has an opinion and they all stink, but really some of the folks on the site are just plain tone def.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  75. mrs. tucker max

    i agree with Robyn. i have been a Lee fan from the start, and knew he would only get better and fierier aka HOTTER.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  76. joanne

    My favorites were always Mike & Cyrstal, I realy enjoyed their performance. I'm very sad that Mike has to go home I blieved that Casey should have been the one. He makes me feel that for him it is all about playing is guitar. Casey was not bad, I just found it hard to watch he had no expression when he sang. I believe that Crystal will be the winner this season. Good luck to her.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  77. JJ

    Chris you are right on . WORST SEASON EVER. It didn't matter who went home last night. I thought it was a great reminder of how bad the season with Fantasia as the winner. Man is she terrible. Chris Daughtry reminded them that they all suck and he finished 5th!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Chris

    Worst. season. ever.

    Also quit watching weeks ago and, good luck with your positivity, I wish these people well, but there's no way they're the best 3 singers left.

    Angela Martin was better than all these people and didn't even make it into the Top 24. Siobhan Magnus was easily better than Casey, more interesting than Lee and yes, sorry, more versatile than Crystal (who sounds the same on every song).

    May 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Carrie

    I'm sorry to say but I wasn't too thrilled with Mike. I have tivo and everytime he sang I fast forwarded. Don't get me wrong he was a great singer, he was just very boring and sang the same way everytime. I want Crystal to win. She's my fave.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jimcradford

    u know its kind of funny how people who dont know what being on stage does to people, and to be seen by the whole people watching them dont realize that some one might get scared and make mistakes feals about there selfs, and we judge them when we can not do what they have to do to stay alive, and make a buck or two,..

    May 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Danette

    My favorites are Mike & Crystal so I was very sad to see Mike go home and not Casey. Now that Mike is gone, all my votes (and my hubby's) will go for Crystal. She Rocks!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Natisha

    Okay so I'm a fan of Casey but I think he may very well be the one to go next week...
    To win this thing? Crystal, hands down. Let's see how this turns out!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Chris

    Lee should have been voted off weeks ago. His performance Tuesday at these final stages and the fact that he continues on, downgrades the value of this show. Not that it matters though, Big Mike will undoubtedly be picked up and this will not be the last time we hear from him. He's probably following a similar path to that of Daughtry's.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Patsy1302

    This has been a difficult year as no one idol has been too outstanding!
    Glad Big Mike left – a bit too full of himself!
    Casey is lucky he has a big tween backing. Nice guy but not overly talented.
    Crystal – has she washed or combed her hair since the show started?!?
    Lee is the winner! Chicago loves you!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Leena

    It should have always been Crystal and Lee in the top 2 for consistency and talent. I can't believe Casey made it this far, because it's not based on talent but looks. There's America for you.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Just a Drummer

    I prefer SYTYCD. Just to make a good showing on that one, the kids have all sacrificed so much more. And their recorded musical accompaniment choices are much more inspired than the choices made by the participants on AI.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Karen

    i dont think casey is better than mike!! i wish casey would go home tired of watching him flirt w/ kara kind of making me not want to watch it anymore.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Just a Drummer

    @shrimpduster – Depends what you call "impact". If getting up on stage looking very pretty and processed, and singing other people's compositions like a flawless robot, then Carrie's your girl. I think both Daughtry and David Cook have written, recorded and performed some excellent music. Daughtry's numbers have been damned respectable too.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Carol Foust

    I am pretty sure they were fooling around again with the call in vote lines this week. Never before did I get so many interruptions, not go through and had to repeat to get a vote in for Big Mike!! So it proved out when Casey didn't go this time!!!! He certainly should have but if he doesn't go next week, we will know it was really some tampering going on.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  90. okgal

    BIG MIKE CAN NOT SING. It was time for him to go! america got it right. Casey can sing slow and upbeat songs. the only thing big mike can sing is slow. not an IDOL at all. reminds me A LOT OF RUBEN.. where did he go... NO WHERE!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. shrimpduster

    Can the words "who cares” be used too much in this case? NO! This show has steadily been going downhill for years. The concept is old, and whom have we had as a winner, since Carrie Underwood, that has really had a big impact on the music world? No one. Time to hang it up, people, and start watching something worthwhile on TV.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  92. justpeachy

    Crystal Bowersox may not win but she has the most talent, she will be the one who has the career (just like Daughtery) after this season is over.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  93. AIGirl

    I love love love love love CASEYYYY JAMES!!! ONE MORE time LOVEEE CASEY JAMES (=

    May 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Bring on modern music

    As I said, it is not necessarily the kids singing that is boring, it is the fact the show is having them sing songs that were old when the contestants PARENTS were kids!!!

    Have the kids sing current songs and I bet they would relate to them better, and thus of course sing them better.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Just a Drummer

    @Phyl – Nice try, but you're tilting at windmills. The anonymity of blogs like this brings out the worst in people. The vitriol here is amazingly hurtful and speaks volumes about the character of most of the posters.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Phillyexp

    Well It's not about time it's actually way past time. To think they kept this lame dude all this time over Didi, S Magnus and others is beyond ridiculous. No depth to his voice, same tone – the guy's just a "sing in the shower guy."

    Go Away Mike!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Misty

    i think casey should have went!!! i soo think the show is unfair!! i stoped watching when chris daughtery was kicked off forever ago!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Picklelily

    First – Entertainment 19 has rights of first refusal for the top singers (top 3 for sure; could be top 10) so finishing first doesn't tie you as the only one to their contract. Second – Crystal already sang "Me and Bobby Magee". Third – two "ethnic" singers have already won idol so how is it White Idol (Fantasia and Ruben)?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Melissa

    All of them are boring. Just like everyone else this year. Not a single person deserved to win. I've even stopped watching the show. I don't think I will again. Anything that was interesting about it is long gone.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Doc

    Mike is easily a much better singer than Casey, but his song selections were inconsistent, self-indulgent, and (in some cases) lame. Casey's vibrato is annoyingly similar to Tine Tim, which eliminates any ability to carry a single note with any authority. However, to the teeny-bopper voters, he is much more relateable than a big black man. So, Big Mike didn't stand a chance. At this point, Lee lacks star charisma but he does have a voice that, with some serious professional coaching, could be a vehicle for pop stardom. Crystal is the only contestant with artistic substance, which will serve he well as a recording artist in the vein of someone like Tracy Chapman. She will have a long career, but not as an "Idol". Still, she will still be around when all the rest of this year's weak line-up have been forgotten.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Just a Drummer

    @Cat – You're right on point, the whole thing is flat. The caliber of the contestants is only part of it, too. The song choices have been uninspired, the arrangements have fallen off (maybe Ricky is preoccupied with his future gig on Leno's Big Chin Circus), and the judges have been a mess. Add to that Ryan's increasingly awkward and strained attempts at creating suspense, and you get a pretty big mess.

    It's too bad; although these kids are not great, we are getting less from them than we could be, and it's not all their fault.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Phyl

    As much as I am not a fan of Crystal, I will say for all those that criticize her teeth must realize something. As a diabetic, that is one of the effects of the disease & no matter how much you brush or whitener you use, the affect would be minimal. Capping them all could also result in addditional health isssues, so go ahead & crticize her hair or signing, but ease up on the rest.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Just a Drummer

    C'mon, people. If the producers were manipulating the outcome of AI, do you think that they would have allowed Taylor Hicks to win? Nigel and "The Simons" knew perfectly well that they had no hopes of marketing him. Just because you disagree with the outcome, doesn't mean it's fixed.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Hiram Flektarnsmock

    Lee should make #2 if only for choosing the bagpiper.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Hiram Flektarnsmock

    I would buy Crystal's music. Her voice resonates, and transports you elsewhere. There is some depth there.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Bill

    It had to be Casey or Mike going, the final should be Lee against Crystal in the final. I think Lee is the best, but would not be surprised by a Crystal win.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Hiram Flektarnsmock

    I greatly enjoy all of the analysis about teeth from a music show on TV. The shallowness is the perfect example of CNN material.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  108. ras

    ron May 13th, 2010 10:28 am ET

    No offense but i think that american idol is rig becasue the two white boys where not that good..

    Give me a break Ron –and the black guy was nothing special either

    May 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Marnie

    I quit watching Idol weeks ago when I saw how thin the talent is this season. Also, I couldn't stand it when Chrystal opened her mouth to sing - those teeth, ugg. Did she ever get them fixed?!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Cat

    I have to say that this whole season has fell a bit flat for me. The addition of Ellen didnt add anything to the mix. Although I like her day time show and her stand up – as a judge she's a bit of a snooze.

    Speaking of snooze – that is also how I felt about the contestants this year. There hasnt been anyone for me that has really stood out ...throughout the entire season. Each of them has had a good performance or two but "overall" – I dont see the appeal of any of them.

    That being said – if I had to pick the best of the mediocre, Id go with Lee. I think he has the most potential as a viable artist.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  111. manilafan

    I stopped watching weeks and weeks ago...the whole set up is so boring now, it's not even funny or entertaining. American Idol will be an event of the past unless the producers can come up with an amazing gimik and some good talent to lure us back into their fold...Manila has abandoned AI with out any regrets!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  112. John Lubeck

    They should have another save, when they get down to the final 3 and find out they lost better singers along the way. Bring back Siobhan, drop Casey !!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Farideh Varoujian

    Chipp above indicates he could not care less who made it to the top 3 as it was long since he had given up on this seasons Idols - yet he has made a comment - obviously he has really not given up, his comments speaks louder than he admits - that I believe is hypocritical. The show has been eagerly looked forward to and the contestants as voted by so many are good - so let's not run down anyone - sit back, enjoy and wish for the success of anyone of the three to make it to the top - they have put in a lot of effort towards what they believe in and should be proud of where they have reached.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Steve

    Weakest season yet. Hope it's the last one, it's all downhill from here. Simon is the only reason left to watch, and he's seen the writing on the wall and leaves.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Frank S.

    Finally I can watch the show without using the mute button!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Ruthie

    It is a popularity contest. I don't think I would pay to see someone just stand there, sing and leave the stage. Today people want more for their money. Adam Lambert is great, he lost now he is in Las Vegas, and the music award show, that's entertainment. What's the winner doing? Car commercials, I can't even remember his name.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Kim

    I expected Casey to go.
    Hope Lee will win although Mamasox has a strong fan base. Overall, it has been an uninteresting lineup of contestants this year with boring song choices.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  118. jimmy

    Chrystal has the best voice, by far. But for God's sake A.I, spend some money and get the girl's teeth capped and send her to a salon to fix that hair. I can't look at those yellow teeth and dreadlocks any more!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  119. mizdona

    Sorry to see Big Mike go....but it was probably time for him. I don't see the facination with Casey and why he stays in the game....but then I am in my 70s and have different values in music. My prediction is that Lee and Crystal end up as final two....

    May 13, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  120. TC

    This is probably the first and only time since I started watching Idol they got the top 3 right. The problem with Casey, IMO, is that he doesn't let loose and tends to be a bit on the lazy side but he does have talent. Now's the time he better let it show else he'll be bested from the #2 spot by Lee. Momma Sox will be the next Idol.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  121. dianne

    There's only to exceptional singers in this group of young people this season, is Big Mike and Crystal Bowersox. It's a popularity contest, nothing more. Crystal will win it, but Big Mike should of been standing this week, and Casey, as cute as he is, should of gone home weeks ago.

    Mike will still have a great career. He doesn't need to win the contest, to be a BIG winner!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  122. Sara

    This has been the worst American Idol ever! Lee should have been gone by now. No one has taken the mic or taken over the stage. Last year was much better. Who will pay big bucks to see any of them on stage. Adam Lambert and Allison were outstanding. They know how to perform on stage. Personnally I think American Idol is over with Simon gone and Kara stinks. The only excellent judge is Randy.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  123. Mo

    None of the guys are good enough to where I'd buy a CD from them. I have no idea what kind of CD they'd make, I don't think they have any idea either! I would buy a CD that Crystal made. She's true to herself and her music style. Go Crystal GO!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  124. Just A Thought

    @michelle – yup it's rigged! AI's plan all along to bring the families in for voting night! They were all there too! What a sneaky plan they're trying to pull! Gimme a break!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  125. Cindy G.

    It is down to the BEST three! You know, in music it is personal preference and we ALL have different opinions and choices. No need for anger and saying you are not going to watch anymore – of course you will continue to watch because it is great entertainment which we look forward to every week. As we see every year at least one "Star
    is Born" each season and it so nice to see that normal, everyday people can become stars – it gives us all hope that there are still
    some good things that happen out there. So continue to watch with
    someone, have fun, shout out your comments and try to outguess the other guy – and of course keep voting!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  126. joni

    I'm so happy with the top 3 !!! Good luck to them all.

    they are the best singers.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  127. dingdong

    I feel Mike was wrong choice going home, but it was just matter of week or two because my man 'Lee' is the winner.He has looks, voice and evrything an AI should have.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  128. Lauren

    Seriously... I don't get the obsession with Lee. He is a Dave Matthews, O.A.R wannabe and there is nothing about him that is in any way unique. He sounds like every drunk fraternity guy singing at a party. Not to mention the fake humbleness he displays. If anyone is fooled by his 'oh I am so grateful' antics they are a fool.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  129. Rose

    So it's 9:55 and our local newsman comes on with a blurb about the news broadcast to come and afterwards says stayed tuned to American Idol and watch Big Mike wave goodbye. Then as the spot is over we can hear him say – So I hear - or something like that. Clearly, American idol is not live as we are watching it. What a bummer to find out who was leaving via this newscaster.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  130. Sick of American Idol

    It's white idol really!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  131. David

    I'm Done with American Idol. Big Mike was 20 times better that that Texas Guy. For me its gonig to be between the girl and guy that did the duet

    May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  132. ben

    Definitely should have been Casey pr Lee last night. No wonder that some people vote for beauty rather than talent.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  133. Justin

    How is Casey still around? Listen closely, he sounds like a chipmunk. That little chipmunk stutter is driving me crazy.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  134. Phyl

    should have been Casey that went home. Having said that next week it will be Casey, with Lee & Crystal at the end & Lee taking it all. Crystal may have a semi OK career coming in second, but she will never make it big & never last past a couple of years.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  135. Just a Drummer

    @Bring on Modern Music – I'm with you about the musical presentation of RockStar. The behind the scenes stuff got a too close to Survivor, but it wasn't much worse than all the crap with Ryan. I especially liked the way in which the contestants got to interact with the band more on RockStar.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  136. michele

    @joy Crystal is being set up to become the obvious winner.

    BINGOOOOOOOO..

    BUT

    now that i think about it.........i don't think she will win........simply for the fact that she wanted out of the show a couple of weeks ago.....she prob signed a contract that forces her to stay til she is voted off....i REALLY don't think she wants to win because she will be in a signed contract with AI and will be forced to be away from her family ..kid and ugly boyfriend....and that will be the only way she will get out of the slavery contract..........

    OHHHHHH and another sign that this show is RIGGED...how convient Mike's baby was in the audience on voting night.................think about it.....

    and she is really lactching onto Lee tight....so i think she has a plan to let Lee win.....

    May 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  137. Frenchie

    For Nicholas did I ever laugh when you said Americans were because they didn't know how to spell. I am still laughing over this one.

    Frenchie, from Halifax Nova Scotia

    It's great to read all these comments.

    I do have to say one more thing about Crystal she is truly orginial and she's not phony and doesn't try to be someone else, this is why she's loved very much from her fans. She will make it and she will take it.

    Thank you

    May 13, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  138. Linda

    What a disappointing season. Not much talent in this group.
    The show either needs a new format or a new way to judge.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  139. RLC in Dallas

    This has been a terrible season of AI – the worst I've seen and I've watched it from the beginning. Next season they need to revamp the whole thing – with Simon gone it will present an opportunity to re-engage the whole process and hopefully be more selective in their choices during the audition phase. I am anxious to see who they will replace Simon with or perhaps go back to the 3 judge format.

    As far as this current crop is concerned, I agree that unless Crystal and Lee totally screw up next week, Casey will be the one going home. I would like to see Lee win the whole thing as he is the one I think who would be the more commercial of the two, but if Crystal wins it all that would be fine too!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  140. Chris

    Big Mike should have gone when he lost the vote. His ego was too big to be tolerated and always finding ways to appear in the frame when the focus was on someone else.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  141. Bring on modern music

    I think maybe the contestants might sound better if they were given modern music to sign every week. Why not have a Def Leppard week, or Van Halen, or Nickelback, etc. Let's have them rock out, not just do the next version of Stand By me, or some other ballad.

    CBS had the formula right with RockStar for two seasons, they just needed to get rid of the the need to have a band looking for a lead singer (Inxs, SuperNova)

    American Idol will be dead if Simon's new show focuses on making the young contestants sing current songs, or at least ones within the last ten years.

    And Crystal will win this...

    May 13, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  142. frogmandude

    It's been a season without reason for real talent. The contestants are being eliminated as they should be. I've almost eliminated myself from watching as this year has been so lame in the game. Will I try out next year for watching? Depends on who is judging. By the way, go Crystal!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  143. Just a Drummer

    @Frenchie – Your wish will be granted next week.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  144. kevin

    This was a few weeks overdue. Sorry Big Mike but your style is a dime a dozen and there is nothing new or exciting about you.
    Seems like a damn nice guy though.
    And Casey has his moments but should also have been gone long ago. Crystal is the only true artist in the bunch.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  145. Sherri

    If the voters would go to YouTube and listen to Crystal's original music, in particular, Farmer's Daughter, Don't Leave and Holy Toledo, they would all be voting for her. Crystal has a unique way of reaching in and touching your soul with her music. By far the best talent to rise from American Idol. If she doesn't win, I hope the record producers are paying attention because I know many people who (myself included), would pay big bucks to see her perform live and buy any CD she released.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  146. watcher

    Lee's voice is atrocious. Mike is a superb singer and should have stayed on. I don't know what the hell is happening with this program.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  147. Michael

    I think this season's starting to wrap up as almost everyone had assumed...and next week will probably launch Lee and Crystal into the final two for the finale. While Casey may have a shot of breaking it up, it's looking tough unless things change momentum-wise quickly. Of course, there is also always a chance that we don't know who's really getting the most votes, but since Lee and Crystal have never been in the bottom 3, I'm going to guess it's them. http://thesmogger.com/2010/05/13/idol-hangover-the-three-to-see/

    May 13, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  148. boring america again

    Real News....

    Search warrants executed in Times Square probe

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    Junk News...

    Less Idol Jerks Remaining

    Comments:158

    May 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  149. Frenchie

    All great entertainers and will make it, but Crystal your still my favorite.

    Crystal I would love for you to sing Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin. You have this kind of voice that is so unique. I will compare you to Sade your different and you can sing girl. I am proud of you.

    I wish the Judges would pick a song for you. The Judges know what they're doing.

    Frenchie from Canada

    May 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  150. tallin

    I agree with the top three from the choices there were. I think Casey should be next – but predict he'll have a great career; just needs a good band behind him – the perfect front man for a band. Lee deserves to be second. Crystal is in her own league – she's the only really exceptional and consistently good performer of the group – she's a natural. I think she should win it.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  151. Just a Drummer

    The point made earlier that most of these kids can sing (live) as well as many extremely successful artists, is a very good one.

    Casey and Lee both have their weaknesses as singers, but if they can write good songs, they'll be easy to market.

    Mike will be even harder to market than Ruben, cuz he's just not as warm and fuzzy. (He's not as emotive a singer, either.)

    Crystal is a good singer, but the entertainment industry is not fair when it comes to a female's appearance, and she will thus have a harder time. If it were all about singing, M. Doolittle would have had greater post-AI success than K. Pickler.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  152. lindac

    Wrong person was sent home, should have been Casey. He might have the hair but lacks the true star personality. He is cute though....

    May 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  153. Jan

    Casey should have gone – but either way it is down to Lee and Crystal. Overall – I believe Lee should get it.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  154. Russ

    Crystal is talented, but if I want her kind of music, I will buy the original performers. I can't see her holding the attention of a crowd for an hour and a half.
    Casey is not original, just attractive to the young girls. Definitely not a solo artist
    Lee has a good voice. Something like Michael Bolton or Rod Stewart, but different. I don't know if he can write music though or if he can hold up on his own.
    Mike has a great voice, but didn't have enough votes to keep him in it. I don't think he was original enough either to have a career as a solo artist.
    I thought Crystal and Lee together were a quantum leap better than they are as individuals. They should consider working together in the future.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  155. steveo

    This show has run its course. Time to let it die.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  156. Sienna

    Pretty sad when someone who can sign as well as Mike gets voted off before someone like Lee who can't carry a tune.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  157. Sheryl

    Mike should have never tried to sing a Michael Jackson song. No one can touch the King of Pop. Period. Mike Lynche started to become too familiar and seemed to take his temporary celebrity status as carte blanche that he had already made it. I didn't think he fit the image, especially the overweight factor. I'm tired of R&B as the only genre that blacks sing. How about some pop music that is fresh. I just didn't like him and he was in the bottom a few times. He should have been sent packing a long time ago. I'm glad he's gone. Crystal or Lee are my top picks. Casey is getting by on looks.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  158. blah blah

    Who wants to be the next karaoke idol. Stupid show for stupid people.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  159. Millie Bea

    P.S, to those who bemoan the "tween factor" affecting the contest- they are the ones buying most of the downloads and CD's- it's a business folks. Theya re not buying indie rock in the same numbers- hello- Miley Cyrus, Joans Brothers, Justin Bieber.....Sons of Sylvia are as attractive and far better, but they won't be promoting Saturday morning shows or starting their own clothing lines... see?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  160. MaggieMay

    People who say only teenyboppers are voting for Casey, or that it's because of Vote for the Worst, are simply wrong. I'm almost 40 and the people I know who vote (about 7 or 8) are mostly voting for him. It's a backlash because the judges appear to be marginalizing him and pimping Lee. Lee should have been dismembered for that offkey trainwreck of KFAR, which is an awesome Seal song. Instead, there were minor points about pitch and then how great he is. Crystal and Casey in the finale – you heard it here first!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  161. Jean-Jacques

    The top 3 are very good. Mike was at some one else place, he was saved by the judges and that was wrong...The public decides.
    After being saved, he looks FAKE, Chrystal will take it this year.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  162. NatTurner

    1)I'm not into this Bowersox janis Joplin comparrison. Pink and Joss Stone sound more like Janis than Bowersox ever did..I think its the fact that she looks the Janis Joplin part that has everyone pooping about it.

    2) Casey has lasted because millions of 13 year old think he's cute. When the other little boy left, they left him for that demographic

    3) I personaly liked Mike because his style is what i listen to. I think Idol just lost that demographic and the ratings will continue to decrease

    4) Crystal wins YAWN. It will be interesting to see how Idol does up against the televised showing of Transformers 2.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  163. Russ

    It is all about the demographics, not necessarily the singing. In this case, Mike needed all the African American votes he could get, plus a sizable number of others. He obviously didn't get many crossover voters. I'm wondering if any "ethnic" performer can win this thing?
    Next week it will be interesting to see if Casey stays. If he does, it is on his looks, not his singing. I could live with either Crystal or Lee winning, but neither have charisma that true Idols have.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  164. Millie Bea

    Mike's a nice guy- he may may have an R&B career- but he's never going to be a Luther– he doesn't have "It". Nice guy- needs to lose the toddler wave. I thionk he has actually gotten bigger since the start of the show. Casey and Lee both have the makings- they are both good looking boys- and Lee has those Harry Connick eyes. Crystal could be a huge hit or a hit and miss because she is so Janis-ee. The three who remain all have potential and are huge leaps and bounds over the likes of Lacy or Didi- who are the best of the high school Spring musical performers. Tim I think could be a Disney Channel star tomorrow. I am sorry Aaron didn't wait another couple of years before trying out- because he has mad music ability in a little boy's wrapper. I am going with Lee, but any of the three could/should have a shot.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  165. James

    I could not be happier that Mike is gone. He never should have been saved, as you should usually reserve that for someone that could actually win. Mike was always a "top 12" kinda guy, but never "American Idol" material, let alone his goal of "top 3" (he should really expect more from himself than just top 3). Either way, a Lee/Crystal finale is in the stars, and Crystals gonna take it all!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  166. KT

    Casey will go next, then Lee and Crystal will win! Done!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  167. Just A Thought

    I'm gonna keep it simple that was my worst subject!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  168. ceijake

    Mike came off arrogant, but they are all great talents with Chrystal in the lead. She's been the most consistent, a great performer!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  169. Just A Thought

    Oops..guess I mis-typed in that other post too – that was for the grammatically OCD! Gotta keep everyone involved!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  170. lmleis

    I am done with American Idol. Casey has absolutely no talent. He has a vocal range of three notes, a fantastic guitarist. I just dont see what the attraction is. Shiobann Magnus(Spelling)vocally had so much more talent than most of them still standing. I am sure both she and Big Mike will have recording contracts and actually sell records, I would buy them! Guaranteed Casey will not have a contract, who would buy it? Chrystal is very good, versatile, but is she a recording star. I don't think so. Lee, well, I think he has faded into the sunset,

    Look back at all of the Idol winners, most of them became nothing, because they won based on a popularity contest, not on talent. It's really sad. Now, runners up, they got somewhere.

    I have a great idea, American Idol contestants should watch "Glee" now, there is talent...allot of talent!! America should watch too so that they can hear what great vocals sound like!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  171. boring america

    This isn't news.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  172. Just a Drummer

    @Just a Thought – Oh, crap now we have to do math also? ;-)

    May 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  173. Just a Drummer

    @ron – Your reasoning is fallacious. If the show were "rig" [sic], then the evil producers would have made sure Fantasia lost out to the little pageant girl, Diana D-what's-her-name, and Ruben would have lost to Clay.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  174. kat

    i`m still high off the show....next bye bye crystal,then lee.casey deserves first place .hes got it all! singer,songwriter,can play the strings off the universe`s shoes,personality,and looks that would turn on any species on earth....rocking it soft and slow or getting busy with it .no wonder you`re from cool texas.you are nothing but!! love ya.......no matter what you got it made now.....:)

    May 13, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  175. Just A Thought

    @Just a Drummer – never said I was trying for english perfection – that was my whole point! We are not in english class! It's a blog, and hopefully everyone is quite capable of putting 2 & 2 together!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  176. watcher

    does anyone really think that the voting at this point is based on one week's singing? all these folks are very good and its more of fan base size. American's love winners but all four of these singers will be 'idols' in their respective genres.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  177. Just a Drummer

    @Trish – If 'tween girls are such a dominant voting block, why did David Cook beat Archie?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  178. ron

    No offense but i think that american idol is rig becasue the two white boys where not that good..

    May 13, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  179. dogs rule

    Don't bet on it, Mark. The rest of the Nation has phones, too!

    On another note: WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL CASEY TO SING JASON MRAZ' "I'M YOURS" BEFORE THE SHOW IS OVER?????
    LOOKS LIKE IT WAS WRITTEN FOR HIM (LOTSA LYRICS, THOUGH)

    May 13, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  180. Just A Thought

    It's amazing people think that the show is rigged, Please! Armstrong hasn't actually walked on the moon either, and there was obviously more than 1 shooter on the grassy knoll! Furthermore, how exactly do you folks figure that it's the teenie boppers 13 – 20 that caused this travesty? Get real folks – Mike was voted off weeks ago, and should have not been saved! He's been bottom 2 or 3 ever since! He was not the favorite or the voters!

    @dogs rule – good to see your still drinking the haterade!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  181. Mark

    @trish – Right on. Kara wouldn't know talent from a hole in her head. Ellen adds nothing but bad jokes to the show. With Simon gone, the show is done. Randy's cool and all, but he can't keep it alive.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  182. Diane

    First all Casey should have gone home, 2nd i'm getting tired of Crystal's annoying voice and 3rd Lee deserves to WIN!!! because he has never been on the bottom 3 Crystal and Casey have so GO LEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  183. Shana, Babylon, NY

    It doesn't seem to matter who wins AI.
    Example: Daughtry- He was terrifc! 2nd or 3rd =you've got it made if you have an iota of talent! Good for them!
    I think Mike has the potential and funny enough the young fellow Aaron Kelly had the sweetest voice. He has a long way to go to mature and I think he has a future.
    Lee's so-called charisma is sadly lacking. It seems the poor boy has to make an effort to even smile. Call it nerves or lack of personality, an "entertainer" must have both.

    Talent and charisma! I don't think you need a PhD to know that!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  184. Just a Drummer

    @Alicia – Problem is, many of the notes that Lee "holds" are not the ones he was shooting for. Granted, Casey's vibrato is a bit much. But on balance, his intonation has been better than Lee's. Not that singing true pitches 100% of the time is the criteria on which most listeners base their assessments of the the contestants' appeal.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  185. trish

    As long as America is voting this contest will dominated by adolescent girls who vote for contestants not for the talent but for their appearances only and that is totally unfair.I hope American Idol has something in place for these talented people who get booted off and are extremely talented.This only shows the demographic for who watches the show.I personally threw in the towel when Kara joined the judging team.She was not a good addition to the show and at that point the show lost validity.When Simon leaves I don"t see the show surviving past that point.They took a perfectly great show and picked it apart....when it`s not broke don`t fix it.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  186. Mark

    Its so obvious Crystal will be the winner. Why else would AI play her near the end of the show (if not last) for weeks. She's the only talent there at all. Everything else is vanilla soft-serve.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  187. janet

    Mike is the best and the others oh well. Mike even thou you are done you will have a career bigger than ever.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  188. janet

    I am upset Mike is the best by far. American Idol I am done with you. The Judges,Ryan you are completely out of control and Ryans comment to Mike regarding eating was wrong.

    Mike you are going to places the others will never find.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  189. Just a Drummer

    @Just a Thought – Nicholas may be misguided in trying to police grammar and spelling in a forum such as this, but you, my friend, appear to be outgunned. Your misuse of "you're" (contraction of "you are"), and "your" (2nd person possessive pronoun), are taking the teeth out of your otherwise stinging little missive. Ditto on "critiSize" (c), and "were" for "we're". Or were you just being ironical? ;-)

    May 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  190. mejazzbo

    I though it would be Casey going home. I like Mike, but I see him being part of a group rather than a solo performer. Casey or Mike at this stage doesn't matter. Interchangeable positions. Casey next week. Crystal and Lee have the most potential from this sad season.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  191. Alicia

    I called that one. Still only missed one this whole season.

    The season, fyi, is not balanced. Casey is not going to be able to hold his own next week. Crystal and Lee now have the boost they need..they've made it this far and neither of them are going to step down because they feel sorry for Casey.

    I hope going home really makes each contestant feel like they are worth something. Hopefully, just maybe, that will make Casey be the awesome performer we knew weeks and weeks ago. It seems like he's been worn out. Maybe this will rejuvinate him.
    I hope that the Casey fans out there won't be too disappointed if he can't hold his own though.
    Crystal and Lee just have so much more going for them. Crystal is multi-talented. Lee is flat good. He is showing much more emotion. He's got the ability to be big. Crystal is a compassionate performer. Both of them let songs root deep in their soul and they go with the flow.
    Crystal can hold a note. Lee can hold a note.
    Can Casey hold a note? Oh wait- he bleats like a sheep.

    Is that the quality of a winner?
    I feel bad for the guy. He is in that position where he knows now he has no chance. It's a great accomplishment none the less.
    I'll have better judgement next week after the performances.

    My overall prediction is that Lee will win because he is current and he's got that alternative rocker to him.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  192. janeane

    I think one of the best singers was sent home. Big Mike has an awesome voice.. Casey should have been sent home and I think the top 2 should have been Crystal & Big Mike.. They have the best voices.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  193. Coach

    The last few years, my interest in AI has dropped considerably. However, this year with Crystal, she is the only reason why I tune in every Tuesday and Wednesday night. I agree with other posts about talking down about the other finalists. I don't want to do that. I do know that it is just a television show, and that voting can be very fickle from night to night. I just wish everyone could sit and enjoy the show from week to week without turning it into high school bashing. It's here for our entertainment and to help some people get a start in a music career. Just one guys opinion. Good luck to Crystal!! I really hope you can win this whole thing and I for one cannot wait to see you on the AI tour and for your debut CD to come out! Thanks for letting me enjoy your musical talents!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  194. FRAN

    Top 2 Crystal and Lee and I am hoping Crystal is the winner she was hands down the best this season. I am hoping next year we get a better crop out of these judges because as far as talented this year was the worst! If it weren't for Crystal I would have stopped watching at the Top 12. Lets get some new judges too next year randy can stay but Ellen and kara need to go! i was really hoping Ellen would have brought a little more to the table but really fell short...very dissapointed.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  195. FRAN

    BYE BYE BIG "BORING" MIKE!
    COME ON CRYSTAL TIME TO WIN THIS THING!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  196. Just A Thought

    @Nicholas – Your gonna critisize spelling and grammer?? Really?? Can you say Fragment? Can we get a subject, verb maybe? Try and make a proper sentence before you try to judge! Besides, were not in english class here and your certainly not the teacher!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  197. untillisasleeps

    Every week the right contestant has been sent home. I think Casey Is next. I like him, but his nice looks don't mean talent. I'm rooting for Crystal. She is very talented!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  198. cloudnine**stop watching**

    1 down 3 to go :) Can't wait till this show is done. Sad for the contestants because once this show is done sadley so are they. :(

    May 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  199. Lubiana

    I'll be honest. I want Lee to win but it's mostly because of his blue eyes and cute cute shyness. There I said it.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  200. Rob - Australia

    As predicted.

    The results as Seacrest mentioned were in no order, so Crystal was there to add drama.

    'Roid Rager gone, hard to decide who's next.

    My Pick is Casey, although he's a bit like Daughtry and can have a great career in a band. Creed, Nickleback anyone?

    Lee is tougher, distinctive voice, but his "I wanna jump off the top storey" looks bothers me.

    Crystal is the real talent. She'll go far no matter what happens.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  201. LINDA M

    Thank you America. I am so glad that BIG MOUTH MIKE ,who does not have any talent has left the HOUSE that he thought he owned. He should have been gone weeks ago. The only reason he wasn't was because of Randy. Crystal and Casey are the only ones with Talent. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  202. Clyde

    Last night's results have made it abundantly clear the who the larger "Idol" voting demographic is. It also show that those 13 – 20 year old females care only for the looks of the performer than the true musical talent. Had talent been considered, Casey would have been gone many weeks ago and I am afraid the one with the most talent (Crystal) won't survive next week. It's also clear todays consumer of pop culture focus only on the good looks or the shock or oddity of the performance rather than the musical talent and skills. Can you say "Lady Gaga"?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  203. Just a Drummer

    @MIke – Agreed on Jamie Foxx. But Usher gave some good performance advice, and Harry Connick was fantastic. Swing era music may not be to everybody's liking, but Harry actually got the most out of those kids of any mentor yet. Heck, he even got them singing in tune on the group numbers without resorting to prerecording the vocals.

    @protogere – How can you possibly mention Sanjaya and Constantine in the same post as Melinda Doolittle, Daughtry, and Adam Lambert?
    At times you have made some insightful comments, but that's just plain crazy talk.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  204. fanofcasey

    I must be the only one who watches this show that thinks Crystal sucks. I can't stand her voice when she screeches. When she sings softly it's okay but when she tries to push it out it irritates me. IMO. I also think as far as the total package, and yes, looks matter, Casey and Lee have her beat. They are far more marketable. I hope the final 2 is Lee and Casey with Casey the ultimate winner. I can hear him on the radio. He is fresh while Lee has already been done over and over.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  205. Brittany

    Crystal has it in the bag! And if she doesn't win, I am officially boycotting the show. She is the first raw talent I have ever seen on the show. She PERFORMS, where as the other contestants appear to be singing karaoke. Go Crystal!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  206. Lid

    I think Casey should have gone home. The guy only made it due to his looks and the crazy girls voting for him. He has one tone only and not as versatile. I feel Mike should have stayed. At the end the winner will be Lee.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  207. jeff

    I think Casey sucks, he can't even carry a tune at least big Mike can . I think america got it wrong .Suckie Casey should have went home!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  208. Diana

    Ok people...be realistic! Mike should of gone home...no stage presence...ok voice....too cheesy! Lee, Crystal, & Casey are all very talented...but let's face it who do you think will make it BIG? Casey will because he has talent and Lord knows he has the looks! He is gorgeous!!!! He is what every music producer looks for...someone who who can sing and will have a big female following. The top 5 will get recording contracts anyway....someone will sign them.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  209. Debbie

    I feel Big Mike is as talented as the other contestants that are still in the running as the American Idol. I also feel that the judges comments have something to do with how the public votes and their comments should not put down or put up a contestant. They seem to really influence the votes. It is just a shame because different people have different tastes as far as music is concerned. It seems to me Crystal Bowersox was picked weeks ago to win.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  210. Wendy

    Yup it was time for Mike to go. All these people are very talented and that's why they are in top. Casey is a talented kid and belongs where he is! All three are worthy to win!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  211. meme

    sike i think all of u guy all cool

    May 13, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  212. pat

    I think the choice was right. All four will have a career in the future. I liked Mike but he should have shown different singing styles. Lee has a great distinctive voice, but you can tell he scared to death. Crystal has been my favorite from Day One. Rock on!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  213. Shane

    I will never watch American Idol again!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  214. meme

    if i was a judges there would b no idle it would only b gurls

    May 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  215. Kimbi

    It is probably better that Big Mike didn't win because it seems that if you certain people who have won in the past don't have as successful a career as they might have if they didn't win.
    I am not sure the American Idol producers can produce the right music for some of it's winners.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  216. Shelby

    Crystal and Lee in the final – yeah!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  217. Mike

    The show has lost its power. My kids would never miss it. Now we don't even know what night it's on. Too many judges. Watered down talent. Harry Connick?? Jamie Foxx?? Usher?? It had a good run, but it is over!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  218. joy

    What in the world??? I predicted the top three would be Crystal, Lee, and Mike. I don't understand why Casey is still there. People have to be voting for him because of his looks. Vocally he is been everywhere. Mike was more consistent. There is no way Casey can beat Lee or Crystal. If he is not voted off next week, I will start thinking this show is rigged. If it comes down to Casey and Crystal, then Crystal is being set up to become the obvious winner. The same thing with Lee.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  219. sal paul

    i agree with some of the comments that have been sent in pertaining to the show itself. it really is lacking something, and i think that something is Paula. If Simon leaves the panel i think the show will really lose more ratings and probably last 1 more season. its a shame, because i couldnt wait for Tuesday nite to come around and watch Idol. Voting, theirs got to be a better method, we all know some should have never made it as far as they have. If the show is based on talent, then thats how it should be voted on, not on anything else. Truly hope you guys can get it together before next season, if you dont, Dancing With the Stars will be my favorite Tues. night show to watch.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  220. Lan Anh

    I just LOVE crystal but I don't like big Mike for HE'S the reason on of my fave on idol went out. I think, honestly, Casey is never make it to the top 3. NEVER!!!! just bcuz he's hot doesn't make him talented. I am TOTALLY in LOVE with Lee's talent!!!!!! He is going to win this thing, I know he will. his vocals are brilliant and he looks great too!
    ROK ON LEE!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  221. Airforcegirl

    I am not done with watching idol only because Crystal is still in there. I thought Mike should have stayed and Casey or Lee should have left. This show is supposed to be about voting for people with talent, but it is a popularity contest. Anyone who degrades a person that they only know from seeing them on tv is ignorant and shallow. I feel sorry for people like that and I can only pray for you. I am proud of all of them for following their dreams but it should Crystal and Mike in the top two, if it was based on talent and stage presence. They both had that from the beginning. I am extremely dissappointed in my country that I have served for 15 years in the Air Force. There are quite a few embarrasing comments degrading people that we only know from television, that is sad and pitiful. I am sure the people making these comment are just soooooo perfect. For those who have been ignorant on this site, get a life and may God or bless you. Mike I have no doubt you made it "big" a long time ago. Good luck Crystal, I will be voting for you.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  222. Sunshine

    Dave, Please! Howard Stern? What a loser.
    They would have to name the show "Howard Stern, American Idol"
    It is always about him.
    They need to get back to three judges and they should know a little about music.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  223. Sunshine

    This was a weak year for talent. I predict Crystal will win.
    As for the judges, Simon rarely gets it wrong.
    You may not like his comments but he is the best judge on the panel
    and tells it like it is.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  224. David Fitzgerald

    Casey is terrible. All you females need to stop looking at him and actually listen to his voice. He sounds so baaaaaaaad. Like a damn sheep. This year is terrible. The best ones are mediocre at best. American Idol has jumped the shark. With Simon leaving, the only possible person who could replace him and do well would be Howard Stern, and they aren't bold enough to do that. I think Idol has a few more years and it will go away.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  225. kat

    Mike was gone along time ago if the judges hadn't saved him so now the best three are on top and FYI I think casey has the best voice of the three but never chooses the right songs where Crystal always chooses the right songs I wish them all the best but dont b surprised if Casey wins!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope he does.
    He is so handsome and down to earth and humble so opposite of the big fat mike who thought he was the winner, oh go home and start changing diapers!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  226. Nicholas

    You know what's worse than Idol's rigged voting system? The fact that 95% of the above respondents can't spell or use proper grammar. Disgusting. No wonder people think Americans are idiots.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  227. mrsb

    I wasn't too surprised that Mike was the one to go home last night but I completely disagree with it!! Casey should have been sent home before Mike, perhaps even before the last couple contestants who were sent home. He has nowhere near the vocal talent that Mike has but unfortunately his good looks (which aren't even that attractive to me anymore) and his guitar playing have pushed him into the top 3.

    I predict Mike will have a better and longer lasting career than Casey will.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  228. Jim

    I think Crystal has what it takes to win (plus she's hot!)

    May 13, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  229. Jackie

    Casey is not anything close to Crystal or Lee, Casey has not prove to me that he can be an artist. Big Mike should have gone through to the top 3. I vote for Talent not for what they look like, They have to have the whole package. Lee and Crystal have the whole package. I will buy a CD of Crystal or Lee. Next one should leave is Casey. I am a fan of Lee and Crystal, You can count on my votes for you two. Good Luck to both of you. I will be crossing my fingers.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  230. LEE SUCKS!!!

    Seriously, what do people see in this guy, Lee? I've watched most of the episodes this year and have only seen one good performance from Lee. However, for the life of me, I can't remember what it was. Not only does his singing suck, he has no personality, and its not like he's a Brad Pitt or something. Why do people keep voting for him? Crystal, on the other hand, has been flawless. Great voice, song selections, style, etc. I see why people vote for her, but not Lee. As far as the comparisons of Crystal to Janis Joplin (as if that were a bad thing), those comparisons stop at "Me and Bobby McGee." Her record will be completely different than Joplin, as, she's been dead for about thirty years, just so you guys know. Above me, someone posted that they and two others have voted over 1500 times. I just want to say that is completely insane and a waste of time. Of course, AI does not care, they just want your money. Keep feeding the machine little sheep.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  231. JaneKaye

    So now we are down to the top three and I have to ask myself – who has the voice that would make me download a song or album. I find the voices of Lee and Casey to be much more to my liking. While Crystal has a great voice (and she's the first contestant I ever remember seeing in tryouts that I thought would make it far), I just don't find her style appealing. I would not be surprised if America sent her packing next week..

    May 13, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  232. Flyin11

    Still not a fan of Crystal...Someone who doesn't want to win shouldn't deserve to be there and win it in the first place.

    Mike's baby was in tears?? Give me a break. Stop playing the touchy feely role here. He shouldn't have been saved anyways. I got tired of his seeing his wife crying and beliting out in the audience that night "Save! Save! Save!". I was like...Shut up. Anyways...It was time and I turned it just in time to watch who got kicked. I don't even watch the performances anymore as I'm busy now on Tuesday nights but Idol was over for me quite a while ago...

    May 13, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  233. michael

    Don't get the lee thing at all, he is an okay singer but not great, as for casey please, this guy is just average.

    Top two should have Crystal and Mike. If lee wins he will be another Taylor.....and will not have much of a career. there is nothing unique about his singing and he has alot of work to do on staying on key.

    Crystal should take this if it really is about talent. Again as for Casey, lets face it, you women keep voting for eye candy, not talent.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  234. CherylS

    It was a bad save to begin with those many weeks ago. The next to go needs to be Casey. The finals should be great between Lee and Crystal.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  235. millie

    Mike sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo deserved to go home and stay there.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  236. Kenneth

    I'm a big fan of Big Mike from day one. I'm actually glad he lost at this point because now he won't be stuck in an Idol slave contract with their cheesy producers and songwriters. Kelly Clarkson prospered once she was done with those guys and Chris Daughtry is probably the most successful Idol loser of all time. By the way, did anyone else notice the extremely heartfelt goodbye Big Mike got? I don't think I've ever seen that before.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  237. Laura

    When is Casey going to leave the show?? I'm shocked he is still there. Even if I didn't love Big Mike as a winner. Casey is not even that handsome for heavens sake! I wish Kara (or the show producers) hadn't started that ridiculous flirty game the country is now playing!!! I find him so past decade, reminds me of Fred Armisen with a blond wig!! God let Lee or Crystal be the final two!!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  238. kimberly

    i would have never thought that any of these males would have made it this far. crystal has been consistant and strong in the majority of her performances. i think either lee or casey will be going home next week.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  239. Nance

    I am so glad Mike is gone.... Everything he did sounded the same. I am surprised Casey is still in it. Lee's and Crystal's duet was awesome. They will be the top two. I really like both of them but I hope Lee wins it all.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  240. Laflor

    I want Crystal to win, followed by Lee. I couldn't wait for Mike to get the boot! He's too pompous, self-centered, and arrogant. Now it's all about Crystal!!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  241. thejen

    I agree with Crystal, they are all winners. I am thankful for the new music to listen to... and...for the record, I am a Crystal Bowersox fan.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  242. dogs rule

    Crystal: you stink, stink, STINK!

    Lee HAS to win this. He has it all!

    May 13, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  243. dogs rule

    FINALLY, we won't , ever have to see this guy try to sing again! YAY
    Crystal stinks–she has to go next! She never moves, she screams, and holds the guitar. Big whoop! She has been singing the same song over and over for-–how many weeks?? And her half-naked outfits belong on skinny women!

    May 13, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  244. Amazing Amazon

    Crystal should be the next American Idol. She is the MOST CREATIVE and CAN SING ANY SONG. People, get on the band wagon

    May 13, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  245. carole

    i think that shibhoun should still be one of the top, i thought that it would be between crystal and shiboun

    May 13, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  246. Ol Diz

    Where's the drama? These little boys can't hold a candle to Crystal. Any other year and these guys would have been out before week 5. The rules beginning in round 8 THIS season should have been that if you were in the final three – you're out. Just get it over with and quit making fools of the viewers FOX.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  247. diane

    I really do believe that Mike had more heart and soul in his voice than Casey. Maybe the public wants someone that looks hot rather than a great voice.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  248. Gmoney

    Sooooooooooooooooboring......
    The meat is in the stock....Crystal.....who cares

    May 13, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  249. MattinNJ

    I lost most of my interest this year when Lilly didn't make the top 10 and dull-as-dishwater Tim Urban did – Casey is a one-trick pony, should have been gone long ago. Mike has a great voice, but I felt like I was listening to the same Luther Vandross song over and over. I like Lee, but talent-wise, Crystal has it all over him. Crystal should be this years winner. This season has been a real snoozer and I am not excited about seeing the AI tour in person, as I was years past.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  250. palm

    i think mike should have been in the top three!!so sooooooooo wrong!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  251. Deo

    The finale will be between Lee and Crystal..

    May 13, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  252. Jayson

    I was not shocked by the decision to send big mike home. I believe Casey is next. Mamasox and lee are both in contention for the Prize with each having a good amount of talent, but we shall see

    May 13, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  253. AEvangelista

    @eb: You made my case for me. If voters don't care about talent, then voters are lame. Keep in mind that a relatively small number of voters are casting a large number of votes. If the voting minority is out of sync with the public, the public will lose interest in the show.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  254. mr keno

    early on i tabbed crystal to be in the final 2
    very talented knows exactly who she is appears totally relaxed on stage
    and i really like her voice
    casey should have been gone weeks ago especially in place of siobhan

    May 13, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  255. eb

    Is the voting lame because you don't agree? Remember, this is American Idol. It's not always the best singer who appeals to the fans. Lee has his fans due to his modesty and Crystal has her fans due to her vocals. Casey has the rock look for many people.
    Last year, most observers, including Kris Allen, thought Adam Lambert was the most talented performer. But Kris had the personality that appealed to the majority of voters.
    I am looking forward to the final two weeks and will not accuse the voters as lame. Even though this group may lack the talent of past American Idol performers, they still appeal to a lot of fans who have enjoyed watching their development throughout the year.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  256. Cathy

    i don't know but i just think lee is so boring, and he was out of tune. he should go next.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  257. ito524

    I agree with Annette and Rac, Idol is rigged. If you go to Dialidol.com it shows that Mike and Casey were bottom two and Casey had the less busy signal. Idol is officially on it's last leg, and I think it was on it's last leg the moment they let go Paula!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  258. AEvangelista

    I'll take Lilly Scott or Didi Benami over Casey James, and of course Siobhan over Lee. I spent the whole summer bashing Kris Allen, but I'll take Kris over Casey and Lee. The voting has become so incredibly lame.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  259. MC

    Thank God they finally sent Mike's wife home...and Mike, too. I knew he would be next because he's been in the bottom too many times. I think Crystal is amazing and she will have a career whether she comes in second or first, but I predict Lee will win.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  260. Theatrebear

    It's going to be the finale it should and deserves to be – Lee and Mammasox. They have been the standouts for a long time – especially Crystal but Lee has crept up as his confidence has blossomed. Happy for either to win as I would buy both their albums (someone needs to release their duet pronto. It was amazing!). Also very happy Mike has gone. One of least favourite performers. And don't get me started on his two-handed baby wave. Casey? Gorgeous with a great voice but is not a performer sadly. Bring on the Bowersox/Dewyse finale. I quietly predict a Lee win.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  261. Suzanne

    Casey & Crystal are by far the best musicians every to grace the stage on that idiotic show...Casey has consistently given good performances with great vocals as Randy always mentions (aside from Sinatra night), unlike Lee or Michael. And what Casey and Crystal bring is something new...not a new pop star...they're a dime a dozen. But a new rock/blues star–they don't come around that often! Anyone who thinks Casey's skating by on his looks paid no attention to his beautiful guitar playing on last night's episode, his kind, reassuring looks to Michael, and his intimate sweet version of Mrs. Robinson! Don't kid yourself...Casey James is a star already and will stay a star far longer the any pop star who might come out of this patently biased, badly judged fiasco of a show!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  262. Liza

    I was sorry to see him go. I liked him i thought Casey should have left.He will go far in life even though he didnt go farther. Good Luck Mike We Love You

    May 13, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  263. sara

    CASy needs to gooooooooooooooooooooo

    May 13, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  264. Harry Javila

    It is American "IDOL" after all and not just American "singer". We are talking about the ENTIRE package here.

    IMHO, Big Mike was very polarizing - many liked him and many also disliked him, being turned-off by what was perceived as his smugness, conceit, and macho actuations on stage. So this dislike was perhaps stronger than negative feelings for the other contestants who are less polarizing and have a higher "likeablity" factor. For example, they may be those who do not like the off-key notes of Lee but, quite certainly, a lot less dislike Lee the person as an over-all package.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  265. stupid commenter

    This show is so stupid. There is absolutely no talent this year (which is why I continue to watch and post blog comments). I'll never watch this show again (just like I said I'd never watch it again after every voting decision I didn't agree with). The judges are so biased and have no idea who's a good singer. Of course, who I think is the best is the ONLY contestant that should ever be voted for.

    Am I the only one who grows weary of the same tired tirade?

    FWIW, I think think Crystal and Lee are the finalists.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  266. Jeff P

    Rigs (with one G) I agree with you completely. Last night I predicted Mike would go home and I believe Lee will win. Singing in perfect key is way overrated. I want to hear an emotional connection with the lyrics and when a singer gets emotional, some notes will be sung out of key. And often this makes the song much more dynamic and enjoyable for me.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Bing T

    Read all your comments above but.....I am still for Casey. Although I also love Lee and Crystal's voices, Casey has the strongest star presence and not to mention, he also has a very lovely voice. I hope and pray he will have a stronger deliverance next week, bringing with his next chosen song a most meaningful and utmost expresssion and feeling ...just like he did with "Jealous Guy" and "Don't" Then that'll really set him apart from Lee and Crystal. Go Casey! Go!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Rigs

    Mike sings like when he was kid playing soccer the other kid missed the ball lol

    May 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Hugh01

    I think it is down to the right three in the end.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Rigs

    and its RIGS with 1 "G" :P

    i quit smoking!!!

    y'all think ya have to sing in key!!! y'all crazy lollllllllllllllll...

    Mick Jagger, Bob Dillon, Pete Townsend & Tom Petty to name just a few sold BILLIONS of records without singing in KEY lolllllllllllllllllll

    none of the contestants hit ALL the notes ALL the time,,,but the "KEY" is the quality and style of their singing which is why LEE IS YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL....any questions? lol

    May 12, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Ronnie1

    The show is over. Mike was the only genuine singer on the show. Everybody knows that. The panel knew he would have a career whether he won or not, so they talked him "down" nearly every week. Same thing they did to Jennifer Hudson. Look what happened.

    The show has suffered its worse ratings ever this year, and its because the panel tries to steer the voting to certain singers. This years crop of singers were the worse ever. Some times when they're doing the critiques you're wondering if you were listening to the same performance.

    This year the panel has been steering toward Lee for some reason. Just like they played up non-singer Kris Allen last year. It's almost as if they–especially Simon and Randy–are trying to manipulate the vote just to see if they can.

    Some here have said that Mike had no charisma, yet he seemed to be the most popular personality with the other contestants. Whereas Lee has the charisma onstage and off of a box of rocks.

    The show is over.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  272. JackoB

    I had a moment of fear and thought Crystal might have been going home. All it takes is one fickle night of voting... But thank goodness. Mike's a good character but I agree that it was his time to go.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  273. robin Sokolow

    OK-that idiot blond country western male sucks and can't hold a tune. I can't believe Big Mike was voted off-a real talent. When are they going to eject the votes of the 15 year old hormonal teeny boppers?????????

    May 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  274. TTommy Tucker

    Gimme more of the looney tunes contestants at the beginning of the season. I could watch a full season of that. It kind of gives me comfort to know there are lots of very unusual and odd people out there.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  275. rac

    Mike SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSOSOOOO did not deserve to go! I don't care what happens next!

    May 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  276. usedtowatch

    Siobcnhan is gone. Who cares about the second stringer American Idol runner ups

    May 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Jeff P

    Okay everyone, the show is called American Idol, not America's Best Singer. Who has the most talent? That really depends on your personal tastes and preferences. As I said already, Lee is not the best singer but he is my favorite because I enjoy listening to his singing more than the others. Just my personal taste. I wish people would quit saying the show is rigged just becasue your personal favorite was eliminated (by the way no one is ever voted off). Get over yourselves already.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Jeff P

    I love old blues music. It is not about always hitting every note perfectly, but about putting true emotion into the music. Mike is a better singer than Lee but I would rather listen to Lee by far. Lee comes across as emotionally connected to the music while Mike seems to be faking it. I keep refering to Mike as the Glee singer, all flash and no substance. That's just how I see it.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  279. No fan

    When is everyone going to realize that Big Mike was VOTED OFF five weeks ago because the voting public didn't like him. The only reason he stayed is because the judges chose to go against the public voting and keep him. He was in the bottom two every week after that and finally got what was coming to him. What's a shame, and Lorraine it's not "all in good fun", is that when the website voted Casey in over Aaron last week, they were fooling with someone's life. That's no joke and definitely no fun. He stunk and Aaron deserved to be here this week at least. It was obvious everytime the other person left instead of Big Mike, he saw it as one less person to compete with. What a phony. Kelly had it all over Casey and Mike. Kelly is definitely going places. Not so sure the others are. Bye, Bye Big Mike. Whose huggin' you?

    May 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Orlando Bob

    I think Crystal is the most talented and should win this year. But then again, this year's crop of contestants were awful. My wife and I won't be going to this year's tour of AI. We went last year to cheer on the real winner of AI last year-and it wasn't Kris Allen!

    May 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Katie Phelps

    I promised myself to stop watching AI the season Melinda Doolittle was booted and here I am back again. After this season, for real no more. Big Mike was the best of them all. I don't think it'll be around another 2 years. I will give Simon's show a try now, but it's over for me with American Idol, it's apparent folk don't know real talent....

    May 12, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  282. yoli

    I agree with Anette, I will no longer watch American Idol! Mike was robbed of a chance at the final three because his hair is not blond. This joke of a show is on its final leg and I am glad to see it go. It has become a popularity contest instead of a recognizing talent. Lee is not talented and is a copy cat of the guy who sang tonight. He has no diversity except to scream every song. It is about 15 year old WG's who vote who they would like to get busy with, go figure.

    Good Luck Mike, you will have a great career, because the one's kicked off have been the biggest winners.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Mark

    Yeah, Riggs I have a question. What are you smoking?

    I predicted Mike would go home. He was good but not versatile enough. Lee is the weakest of the three. His singing is more often than not off key and he is not polished. His performance was definitely the weakest last night. Casey is a polished artist and such a great guitarist. He should take it over Lee next week. It will be a close fight between casey and Crystal. Although the judges have not been impressed with her the two weeks prior, she has not turned in a bad performance all season. Every performance she has done has been perfectly executed. She should come out on top.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Lorraine

    Casey was saved because Vote For The Worst website pegged him as the worst of the 4 so encouraged everyone to vote for Casey. I disagree but it's all good fun. Mike doesn't have any charisma or stage presence & sometimes that matters most, especially in a tween's eye. Look at J. Beiber
    I knew Crystal would be the Idol from the get go so kind of said.. Why even watch when it's just going to dwindle down to her anyway? Lee will hve a career as runner-up.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Anette

    IBig Mike was the best on American Idol! I will not be watching it anymore.
    It is rigged, I thought it was but now I know it is.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Peggy Sue

    Personally, I am VERY happy with the top 3! I hope Crystal wins it because she is the most talented and seasoned of the performers. I wouldn't mind a Crystal-Casey finale at all!!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  287. kishore

    About time!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  288. protogere

    Kat, sounding like Joplin won't get you played on airwaves – look at Joss Stone. She too is an amazing vocalist and instrumentalist who has a sound like Joplin as well, but very rarely will you hear her on the air either. Outside of that, none of these contestants bring anything unique or new week after week. Look back at prior years, look at the folks like Doolittle, Daughtry, Pickler, Hudson, Sanjaya, Vonzell, Gracin, Constantine, Lambert – none 'won' but all of them came out on stage with a performance and you knew who was singing without seeing them. You remembered their performance, talked about it the next day at work and hell some of those performances I still remember and replay to this day – they were THAT good.
    That isn't the case this season. They play their guitar, sing their song and wait for the results.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  289. mushymushroom

    Kinda can't wait for this season to end!

    Big fan right here but you know what, I haven't been watching AI for three weeks now...I'm just reading the blogs here to be somehow updated but to actually watch it feels like "work" already...it's tiring.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Rigs

    ive been telling anybody who will listen Mike is going home tonight...

    LEE DEWYZE IS YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL...any questions? lol

    May 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  291. A Lafond

    By now everyone should realize that the winner will be Casey because he is from a big state. When it comes down to the final five it changes. Florida don't have much viewer to vote and we will never be able to produce a winner, not ever. We are a state of seniors not juniors. Big Mike please continue on your journey and keep reaching for the stars.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Tabbitha

    Tonight's results shows that American Idol is just a popularity contest. Casey isn't nearly as good as Mike Lynch. He has no stage presence and he looks confused and bored whenever he is performing. I predict a big decline in ratings next year. Oh well, Big Mike can look at who performed tonight and know that finishing fourth ain't so bad. As we all recall, Chris D. finished fourth and he is the biggest star out of his season despite continued attempts to shove Cat McPhee down folks throats.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  293. jat

    Lee & Crystal gave me goosebumps. Are you kidding me? They are your top two.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Dan

    Lee was HORRIBLE LAST NIGHT! Vocally, Mike and Crystal are the best. The voting process for AI is horrible and I will probably never watch again!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Kat

    I am amazed that you would think no one brings something special. Crystal is special and very unique–no one like her since Janice Joplin. Crystal is just not strung out on booze and drugs. I hope she wins because she should. She never struggles like the others often do. Granted the judges have not always liked her songs but I, and I know others have liked every one of them and no matter what the song–she sings it well and most of the time she is great.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Robyn

    Thank GOD Lee is in the top 3!!!! I was surprised to see Big Mike leave us...in my eyes he has much more talent than Casey. I think Casey's looks are keeping him around at this point. Won't matter, it will be a battle between Lee and Crystal and Lee will prevail!! Lee has a HUGE fan base and is humble and slowly coming out of his painfully shy shell. Crystal does have talent but I feel that she is not as connected to the fans as Lee is. Will be a good finale, and I predict Lee will be the last man standing! Go Lee.....we love you!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  297. mozart4898

    Well, first of all, Crystal deserves to be there. She's been the best all around performer for the whole season. Casey wasn't the worst last night, but the week before he was definitely very very weak. Lee, IMO, should have been gone several weeks ago. So really, I think Mike should have been top 3. The save was designed for someone just like Mike – who just didn't connect with a performance but had definite promise and skill. He deserved to be around the whole time he was, and should still be in, but he still just didn't make the connection. My whole family thinks he's a great singer and we've lately been getting probably 1,500 votes in on a Tuesday night for Crystal between 3 of us. Mike should have been there too, but apparently he just doesn't have the support.

    With these 4 as the top 4, and just this week's performances considered, should be Crystal, Mike, and Casey. Another bad week for Lee next week and he should be gone, leaving Crystal and Casey as the top 2.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Dave Yaeck

    It was a tough call for me. Casey and Mike were pretty much on the same level. It's been a rough year with very little talent. Will this show survive the kind of year it's had. Who knows. Good luck to the top 3.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  299. millie

    BIG looks like burnt toast to me.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Linda B, Ga

    2 out of 3 are right, I feel Mike is a better and more versital singer then Casey. Lee is great and so is Mommasoc's.....I wish all of them the best. Now maybe let's consider the fact that perhaps Mike signed a contract, like Daughtry did the year he shouldve won....

    May 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  301. chipp

    I could care less who went home; this season was over for me before it got to the top ten. I doubt i'll watch another season of idol until they change the voting rules to a limited number of votes per method of voting. There's now way I can compete w/ the tweenys who vote 5 or 6 hundred times nnor do I have the time to do so

    May 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  302. travlintom

    When it was down to Mike and Crystal, you knew Mike was toast. Crystal, I believe will be the winner.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Mark

    Yeah, I figured Mike was going home and no, it's not even. By far and away Crystal has the most talent and should win.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  304. protogere

    (I didn't mean to hit enter yet.)
    I think the voters probably got it right, but unfortunately, none of the contestants are really strong enough at this point to try to say who is next. They all are fairly equal – they whip out their guitar, stand in one spot on the stage, sing their karaoke cover, smile and then leave. They have nothing unique, nothing that helps them stand out and no performance skills.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Don't judge me

    I really thought Casey was goin' home

    May 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  306. protogere

    I don't think Lee or Casey are near as consistent or strong vocally as Mike, but I think Mike is in a rough place as far as music style – he doesn't sing typical R&B style, Top 40 or Rock. His weakness is that he fashioned himself a balladeer the entire contest without showing where he could grow.
    I think Casey should have been sent home last week personally and he should be very grateful to his fans who have kept him here thus far.
    I know some folks are crying fowl for Crystal's supporters, but she has a strong fan base, that's commendable.
    Lee, I don't know what to say about Lee. He should have been gone long ago but I struggle on the fence about the fact he is probably the one with the most potential.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Laura

    I think the voting was right. Next week it will be Casey. We are all talented and will have great careers.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |

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