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'American Idol:' Surprise for remaining 5 idols

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Last night on “American Idol” was elimination night and with only 5 idols remaining, there is no place to hide and the difference between top and bottom is narrow. However, Ryan Seacrest, -host-, explained that there was a surprise in store for the idols.

Once viewers heard those words the intensity grew and a collective sigh of surprise was heard throughout the audience. But to recap Wednesday’s performances some harsh criticism must be given, Jena without doubt has worked tirelessly on perfecting those nuisances the judges have pointed out. Jessica, although a great singer, just doesn’t appear as one who would fill arenas and be called an entertainer. Alex, tries but despite having the voice and able to carry a tune, still is missing that je ne sais quoi, that captivates an audience. Sam appears so uncomfortable on stage that it makes viewers cringe for him and his intimidation is beyond question, and then there is Caleb, one who was born to be on stage, the voice, the appearance, the stage presence, he can be a front man in a band or just be solo; regardless, he will fill arenas and sell records by the millions.

Then came elimination time and the idols were told that they had a choice as to whether keep all 5 and then next week 2 would be eliminated, or just go ahead and eliminate one, but the decision would have to be unanimous. The idols cast their votes anonymously and decision time came, it was 3 to keep all 5, but then came the next 2 that wanted 1 to go home, and so Sam was eliminated and the girls in the audience did not appear happy at all.

“American Idol” runs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.