American Idol Leaderboard: Who's Your Favorite Heading Into Part 2 of Hollywood Week?

We’re less than 36 hours away from American Idol‘s official announcement of  its Top 40 contestants for Season 12 — and all the inevitable joy and pain that come with it.

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Before the painful winnowing down of the field occurs, however, we thought we’d celebrate the season’s strongest performances thus far with our weekly Top 21 countdown. So click through the photos below for the whole shebang, then take our poll and vote for your own faves.

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