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'American Idol': Down to 16

Four more will be trimmed on tonight's American Idol. I can think of at least that many who deserve to go.

Ryan says more than 32 million votes were cast. Now we're revisiting all the performances. Which we've already seen.

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Group sing time: "Joy to the World." Did you know Jeremiah was a bullfrog? Same choreographed snapping as last week. This is just so cheesy. There's no escape.

Cutting time. Phil Stacey is safe. Chris Sligh is safe. Sundance Head is safe. Blake Lewis is safe. Jared Cotter is safe.

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Nick Pedro is going home. Randy says he should stick with his genre and he should "keep on keeping on." Simon says it was lack of charisma and he didn't stand out in the crowd. Paula says she's glad he didn't opt out like last season in Hollywood. He sings his Valentine performance of "Fever" to his girlfriend again. They don't cut to the drummer 65 times like they did last night. He completely loses his lyrics at the end of the song, but it's OK.

Now the women are up. Stephanie Edwards is safe. Gina Glocksen is safe. (Also, I finally figure out who she reminds me of: the woman from The Pretender.) Sabrina Sloan is safe. Melinda Doolittle is safe. (Duh.) Alaina Alexander is going home. (Duh.)

She tells her fellow contestants to sing their butts off, and she starts crying. She is crying so hard that she can't really sing. (It was bound to happen at some point.) The backup singers pick it up while she hugs everyone. (Another one with bad lyrics for this moment: "It's a sad, sad story." ) Paula says something, but the audio on my TV cuts out for just long enough to keep me from hearing any of it.

Now it's time for a trivia break. I'm sure there are plenty of details on the AI Web site.

Kellie Pickler is out to perform. She chats with Ryan for a bit. At one point, he asks her if she has spent her money on anything since leaving the show. She says, "Shoes." He says, archly, "Just shoes?" Maybe it's just me, but he seems to be suggesting that she might have had some "work" done. She sings "I Wonder," "which she co-wrote," Ryan says. She's Pickler-esque, her usual self, although the song is pretty sleep-inducing.

The guys are up again. Chris Richardson is safe. Brandon Rogers is safe. Sanjaya Malakar and AJ Talbado are last. AJ is going home. Sanjaya says he "very much so" thought he was going home. Paula says this is a singing competition, and she doesn't think this result reflects that. Randy says he is shocked. AJ sings "Feeling Good" again. He sings it like it's an act of revenge, proving that he is a good singing. I don't think he would have won it all, but I'm shocked he's out this soon.

Now it's the women again. Lakisha Jones is safe. (Another duh.) Haley Scarnato is safe (and shocked). Antonella Barba, Leslie Hunt and Jordin Sparks are asked to join Ryan on the stage. Antonella is safe. Leslie is going home. (Gina is bawling her head off.) Simon says the right people are "not necessarily" getting voted out. Now Leslie has to sing "Feeling Good" even though AJ just sang it. (How sad is it that 20 minutes into the show, I can't remember which guy was voted out?)

Next week, same as this: Guys sing Tuesday, women sing Wednesday, results on Thursday. See you there!

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