April 12, 2005 08:00 AM

Scott Savol may be shown the door this week on American Idol – at least that’s the consensus of Idol watchers following the 28-year-old Ohioan’s lackluster performance and the recent revelation of his past accusation of domestic abuse against the mother of his child.

Whatever this week’s voting decision will be, however, viewers will have to wait out the results a little longer. Wednesday night’s episode of the FOX talent hunt has been super-sized to an hour, with the network yanking the two-episode-old new show Life on a Stick to accommodate the longer Idol.

Idol also still needs to recover from the black eye it gave itself for posting the wrong phone numbers when it came to voting – necessitating a replay of the performance episode and the results episodes (but resulting in another ratings winner for FOX).

Then there was last week’s show-tune theme, which didn’t seem to score particularly with the show’s audience or with judge Simon Cowell, who besides his usual nastiness also expressed boredom, blaming host Ryan Seacrest on air for the Broadway blasts.

Seacrest, too, is being criticized for the way he announces who gets booted. Some TV writers have called him self-serving and cold-hearted, while some reports say that contestant Mikalah Gordon became so disoriented by Seacrest’s announcement of the vote that she blurted out an expletive at him, according to her fellow contestants. Gordon subsequently denied the claim.

Still, it’s not over till it’s over, and that will be on the May 24-25 finale. Those remaining, besides Savol, are: Anthony Fedorov, 19, from Trevose, Penn.; Anwar Robinson, 25, East Orange, N.J.; Bo Bice, 29, Helena, Ala.; Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.; Constantine Maroulis, 29, New York, N.Y.; Nadia Turner, 29, Miami; and Vonzell Solomon, 21, Ft. Myers, Fla.

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