'American Idol' Results: Time Vs. Expectation

There's really no way around it. At one point or another this season on American Idol, there has to be a week in which no one goes home. It was expected that the judges' save would play its way out in normal fashion, where voters would unjustifiably send a singer home somewhere between the top 10 and the top 5. Our four judges would unanimously agree that America got it wrong and invoke their save privileges, everyone would be happy and the show would be on track to end on the date its finale is set for -- May 16.

But then American Idol went and shot itself in the foot.

Producers and judges stacked the deck so as to ensure a female winner (because they've been just ACHING for one after five straight guys), and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named Arbos was put in the top 10. It quickly became clear that 1) The guys were nowhere near the class of the girls, and 2) Lazaro was getting the vote-for-the-worst crowd AND the sympathy vote.



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