American Idol Top 8 Results: Did the Right Contestant Get Sent Home Tonight?

Don’t shed any tears over the outcome of tonight’s American Idol Top 8 results-show telecast. The contestant with the lowest number of viewer votes wouldn’t want it that way. “It’s okay, man. It’s been good times,” a smiling Paul McDonald told his fellow finalists as they gathered around him following his exit performance of “Maggie May.”

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McDonald’s ouster wasn’t particularly shocking. Despite getting uniformly glowing reviews from the judges’ panel for his Wednesday night cover of Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” plenty of pundits (myself included) predicted it would be the end of the road for the gravelly-voiced rocker, who finished second (behind only Jacob Lusk) in a TVLine.com poll ranking the worst performance from Songs from the Movies night.

Anyway, let’s get to the “just the facts” portion of this article, shall we?

Bottom Three
Stefano “We Haven’t Quite Come to the End of the Road” Langone
Haley “The Only Singer Who Deserved Any Kind of Criticism Wednesday Night, According to Our A-List Judging Panel” Reinhart
Paul “This Is What Happens When You Set Down the Guitar” McDonald

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Bottom Two
Stefano Langone
Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

Musical Performances
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery: “American Honey”
Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams: “Moanin'” [HAY-LEEEEEEEE!]
Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean: “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Jacob, Stefano, James, and Paul: “The Sounds of Silence”/”Mrs. Robinson”
Rihanna: “California Kingbed”

And now that you’ve got the facts, I’m going to get working on my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com. [UPDATE: Full recap is liiive!] Until then, how are you feeling about Paul’s ouster? Do you think he should head directly to Nashville to record more duets with Kendra Chantelle (like this one)? Were you surprised Jacob avoided the bottom three? Do you wish the judges still had their save to use? Sound off below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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