Idology: Who Broke Out of the Pack This Week on Idol? And Who Merely Shot the Peacock?

There are only 10 contestants left on Season 12 of American Idol, but let’s not pretend each of ’em has an equal chance at getting a confetti shower and “A Moment Like This” by the end of May.

As the performances from last week’s Semifinals — and subsequent results-show victory anthems — proved, several vocalists are already building sizeable fortresses in the hearts and minds of the Idoloonie Nation. Others, meanwhile, seem to be getting unwarranted praise from the judges — and the lack of constructive criticism could come back to haunt them like the Ghost of Kristy Lee Cook’s “Eight Days a Week.”

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On this week’s episode of Idology, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I separate the contenders from the pretenders, and on occasion, the conversation gets kinda, well, intense: I use the word “crunk” for the first time ever (not counting singing along with Mary J. Blige), Melinda steals one of Randy Jackson’s favorite turns of phrase (¡!), and I explain why the elimination of Breanna Steer is a detriment to the Season 12 proceedings.

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