"Lost" In "American Idol"
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As we get closer to the big finale, the show just keeps getting more intriguing.

Every Tuesday night, the questions multiply.

No, not "Lost."

"American Idol."

Or, actually, both.

Between watching one in real time and the other on tape or TiVo, the shows can blend into a blur by night's end.

One show gave us Kimberley Locke. The other one features (sort of, still) John Locke.

The youngest cast member on each show this season is named Aaron.

One show ominously presents a Man in Black, an imposing authority figure who can dictate the fate of many at whim.

So does "Lost."

(And, it seems both antagonists can't wait to leave their current homes).

One show constantly struggles with the notion of good vs. bad, with infighting that often turns vicious.

So does "Lost."

Each show has prominently featured the Sox. Dr. Jack Shephard was shocked to eventually learn that, shortly after the Flight 815 crashed, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

This season, many will be shocked if Crystal Bowersox doesn't win "American Idol." (Related weird coincidence: "Idol" finalist Didi Benami was born Oct. 25, 1986. That's the date that the Red Sox (in)famously lost Game Six to the Mets).

One show is obsessed this season with choices. Would someone's fortunes be significantly better if they had made smarter decisions?

"Lost" focuses on that a lot, too.

The "Lost" cast can't quite figure out what to make of the Black Rock, which sailed until it wrecked when the sea crested.

Ryan and the "American Idol" judges can't quite figure out what to make of Siobhan Magnus, although they did like her rocky version of "Paint It, Black."

On one show, certain cast members have endured splitting headaches upon flashing back to the '70s. They've pleaded for the pain to stop.

That's happened on "Lost," too.

Both shows regularly, and tearfully, say goodbye to their own.

Thanks to weekly visits from former fan favorites, however, it's never a certainty that a character has disappeared for good.

And, despite all the struggles to survive and the constant threat of elimination, one cast always looks its best, without a hair out of place, even when tension swells and future safety is in doubt.

So does the other.

Whether you're watching Randy Jackson's critique of a contestant's cover of the Jackson 5's "ABC" on Fox, or Matthew Fox in a scene with Jack's son on ABC, best of luck in keeping track of all of tonight's dramatic action.