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'IDOL' THOUGHTS

Following last week's shocking departure of Pia Toscano and last night's ejection of Paul McDonald, the predicted elimination order offered here after the unveiling of this season's top 13 "American Idol" contestants continues to go off course after a promising start:

As predicted:
13, Ashthon Jones
12, Karen Rodriguez
11, Naima Adedapo
10, Stefano Langone
9, Jacob Lusk
8, Scotty McCreery
7, Haley Reinhart
6, Thia Megia
5, Paul McDonald
4, Pia Toscano
3, James Durbin
2, Casey Abrams
And ... 1, Lauren Alaina

Actual order so far:
13, Ashthon Jones (correct)
12, Karen Rodriguez (correct)
Tied 11, Naima Adedapo (correct)
Tied 11, Thia Megia
9, Pia Toscano
8, Paul McDonald

(Since that original prediction, it's also unlikely that Scotty McCreery will come anywhere close to finishing in the lower end of the top seven).

In the wake of widespread outrage following Toscano's elimination, how about a nod to McDonald for his run on "Idol"? His career prospects appear encouraging, especially considering that his former band, the Grand Magnolias, already reached No. 16 on Heatseekers Albums with its self-titled set (featuring his vocals) last month.

Wednesday's (April 13) "Idol" performances featured songs released after 1988 for the first time in three weeks, including Lauren Alaina's cover of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," a No. 4 Hot 100 hit in 2009. Next week will bring renditions of songs exclusively from 2000 on, as series executives have confirmed that next Wednesday's episode will spotlight songs from the 21st century.

On the following night's results episode, Katy Perry will take the stage to perform "E.T." and 2008 "Idol" champ David Cook will premiere a new song, "The Last Goodbye."

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