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'American Idol': Presenting your first three finalists!

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Sabotage! Oh, no, I’m not talking about the outcome of tonight’s inaugural results show of American Idol‘s season 8 semifinals — even if two of the better contestants got booted, and are now left in desperate need of a Wild Card. I’m calling “sabotage” because whoever is producing and directing this season of Idol seems determined to drain every last ounce of genuine suspense and excitement from the show. Without spoiling the results for our Left Coast friends, let’s just say that the last contestant to get a ticket to the Silver Stools of Safety™ was such a foregone conclusion, you could’ve turned off your TV at the half-hour mark fully confident you knew the final outcome. What the hell? Anyhow, I’m about to hunker down to write my full TV Watch recap (check back for it around 6 a.m.). Until then, do check out our latest episode of Idolatry below, and if you’d like to be this week’s call-in guest, shoot an email with your thoughts on week 1 of the semifinals to idolatry@ew.com. Be sure to include your daytime phone number. Holla!

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