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Our Long Lazaro Nightmare ...

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 11, 2013

....  is over. He was the lowest vote-getter tonight, and -- even though he sang "Feeling Good" with the skill he should have been showing instead of the lousy performances in recent weeks -- the judges chose not to save him. Which means that, for the first time in ages, "American Idol" will have a woman as the winner.

In the vote, stretched out by one of those silly you-stand-here-you-stand-there arrangements, Kree and Candice were the top two, Janelle and Angie the middle two and -- alas -- Amber paired with Lazaro in the bottom two. Amber was better than that, and it does not bode well for her in the future.

But at least we have gotten past Lazaro. The judges' finally defining perceptions of him in a way that separated the person from the singer seems to have worked.

Guests were Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson, with the latter introducing a new single that was very "Stronger" in tone; she also got to fawn over Mariah Carey, who accordingly was able to demonstrate her incomprehension of keeping things concise.

 

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