By Michael Slezak
Updated February 16, 2009 at 08:42 PM EST

Actually, to be technically accurate, the above headline should read “trying to make sense of American Idol‘s top 36.” Because, really, only Paula, Kara, Simon, and Randy know for sure how and why Tatiana Del Toro and Norman Gentle are a part of the season 8 semifinals, while Jamar Rogers, Jessica Furney, and Leneshe Young are not. But let’s not dwell (entirely) on the negative…Missy Schwartz and I took our places at the cubicles to debate which contestant gives better sourface (Michael Sarver or Nathaniel Marshall), which week-one performers are most likely to crack the top 12, and which reality series would be the perfect fit for season 8’s mad(dening) cackler. Press play below, then share your own thoughts about the week in Idol in the comments section below.