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'American Idol': What do you think of the top 36?

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How’s this for exciting? We now know that the next American Idol will come from a pool of 36 people who were named tonight as season 8 semifinalists by Paula, Kara, Simon, and Randy. Well, hopefully that’s exciting. I’m about to plunk down on the couch myself, fire up the DVR, and pray that at least a third of the judges’ picks have exhibited talents beyond shedding tears, praising their own performances, and wearing atroshe headband-shiny shirt combos. Check back around 6 a.m. for my full TV Watch recap; until then, enjoy the latest Idolatry episode (featuring Porky Pig!), then head to the comments section and start sounding off on who you think will assume David Cook’s crown. [UPDATE: Check out our breaking news story: Joanna Pacitti out of ‘American Idol,’ Felicia Barton in.]

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