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Tuesday: ‘American Idol’

[IMG:L]American Idol — 8/7c on Fox

OK, so it’s the second straight Tuesday American Idol has been featured here and tonight is, indeed, the season finale of Nip/Tuck over on FX (10/9c), but…it’s voting week! How could we not?

The first month-plus of Idol perhaps shines the spotlight more so on SimonPaula and Randy (and Ryan) than potential breakout singers: They mug and crack jokes for the cameras and pass contestants through to Hollywood on a whim.

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In Hollywood week (last week), things heat up a little more–namely dreams are obliterated (Josiah, anyone?).

But now, for better or for worse–usually better, judging by the ratings–American Idol is purely a competition show for the 24 hopefuls that remain; the gears have officially shifted.

The judges give their two cents (Simon: “Absolutely dreadful”; Paula: “There’s something special about you”; Randy: “I dunno, dawg, it was a little pitchy for me”), and, conspiracy theories aside, it’s all up to the voters from here on in.

The top 12 guys kick it off tonight, followed by the gals tomorrow night, followed by Idol mayhem for almost three months after that!

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