It definitely wasn't my best year for predicting the top 12 on "American Idol". Only seven of my picks actually made it through to the final dozen. Some of you, however, did much better: Four people who filled out our ballot correctly guessed the fate of 20 out of 24 potential Idols. Pop also came in ahead of me by figuring out what would happen to 18 of the contestants.
The one prediction I thought for sure I'd get right was Antonella moving into the top 12. She's gotten more press than any "Idol" contestant at this stage of the competition (especially if you count "near-nude photos" as "press"), not to mention the push from Vote for the Worst. What happened? Did America finally start voting based on talent? Or was the competition rigged to get rid of her early, especially in light of the Frenchie controversy?
My top three — Blake, Stephanie, Brandon — are all still in, but if I could do it over, I'd substitute Melinda for Stephanie and Chris Richardson for Brandon. What about you? Who's your new pick to win it all?
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