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Another Contestant Goes Home on Idol

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Michael Becker/Fox

The American Idol judges had (almost) nothing but praise Tuesday, when the remaining contestants performed songs by country superstar Shania Twain.

But someone had to go.

Keep reading to find out which of the top 6 singers earned the fewest votes and was eliminated Wednesday on Idol

Siobhan Magnus was the one who lost favor with Idol voters this week.

Ryan Seacrest, bidding her farewell, saluted her “independent spirit, laser focus, incredible work ethic” — but her problem was probably her mannerisms, notably the way she’d end a number by throwing back her head and sending out a high note that would have unnerved the Phantom of the Opera. After she performed Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” Tuesday night, Simon had observed that she sounded as if she were giving birth. Too-shay.

Still, I wasn’t expecting her to go home this week. And I didn’t expect Casey James to wind up again in the bottom two, especially given how pleased the judges were with the new pop sensibility he showed singing Twain’s “Don’t.” Plus, he has the best hair of any of the finalists. It just seems so unfair.

Michael Lynche, the one singer saved by the judges this season, rounded out the bottom three. No shock — his weekly survival has become problematic — but he told Ryan there was “no shame” in that, considering how well all the finalists had done this time.

It’s harder to understand why voters keep sending Aaron Kelly to safety. Except that Aaron is 17, looks younger, sings older and has the vulnerability of a pony. Okay, never mind my objection. Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox apparently remain invulnerable. Even if Crystal gave a fairly colorless performance this week, the public forgives her, as do the judges. “I don’t think America’s that fickle,” said Ellen.

Of the live musical performers, the best was a barefoot Shakira, singing “Gypsy” with Rascal Flatts. She was charming, and quoted Teddy Roosevelt as a source of inspiration: “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” I will! –Tom Gliatto

Tell us: Will you miss Siobhan? Did America get it right?Michael Becker/Fox