Jason Castro finally leaves American Idol and there’s no clear favorite among the final three

American Idol 7 voters finally listened to Jason Castro, who’s all but given up these past few weeks, and stopped voting for him, so he was eliminated from the competition. That leaves David Cook, David Archuleta, and Syesha Mercado as the final three, and right now, they’re all basically tied.

That there’s no clear favorite among the final three was the most surprising part of last night’s results show. At the beginning, Ryan Seacrest said the vote, despite being a season record of 51 million votes, “was close: The top three all had within 1 million votes of each other, so that’s pretty tight considering the number of votes coming in.” In other words, it’s anyone’s game at this point.

To kill time, the Idols went to see the Cirque du Soleil show Love at the Mirage, which uses the Beatles’ music. Appallingly, the editors had the gall to cut between photos of screaming fans and the Beatles’ fans, and Ryan Seacrest said “they were greeted with a frenzy. it was total Idol mania.” Yeah, so much mania that you could see people walking by bewilderly behind the “crowd,” which was about five people deep max. Doesn’t matter how much you pretend, Ryan, the show’s crap this season.

Perhaps the biggest ironic moment came when the final four went backstage at Love and signed autographs for some of the cast members. It’s so very rare that such entertaining, talented people–the Cirque cast–seek out the autographs of people who are consistently fail to use their talent to entertain us.

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