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SUSAN PIERCE: Tonight’s episode of “American Idol” will show America that nobody can throw a homecoming parade like Chattanooga. I’ve watched YouTube videos of the other two finalists’ parades and concerts, and they certainly didn’t have as scenic a locale as hometown star Lauren Alaina Suddeth.

Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth appeared to get the fright of her life Thursday night when “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest pulled one of his weekly feints in telling her that ... unfortunately ... she would have to put up with the judges for another week.

Idol Chatter: Our picks to win 'American Idol'

Features staff members make their predictions

SUSAN PIERCE: More than 100,000 aspiring singers auditioned for Season 9 of "American Idol," and tonight we're down to two: Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox.

Kris Allen, the ultimate underdog, has made one of the biggest comebacks in television history! After 620 million votes, 19 weeks, 100,000 auditions, an extra judge and a bikini girl, Kris Allen is your new “American Idol.” The all-American, married boy next door defeated the glammed-out, leather-clad rocker and now is the 8th reigning champ in the Idol kingdom.

The last songs have been sung, and tomorrow either Adam Lambert or Kris Allen will be our new “American Idol.”

After 14 weeks of build-up, “American Idol’s” showdown is set. It’s Adam Lambert vs. Kris Allen.

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen will face off next week during the eighth season of “American Idol.”

Tonight’s “American Idol” gave us Danny, Kris and Adam battling it out for a spot in the final with an Idol and judge song choice. The guys took the gloves off and gave it their all. Tomorrow’s result show is going to be a nail biter!

SUSAN PIERCE: Watching Adam Lambert’s duet with Allison Iraheta Tuesday night, I really hoped that might be a preview of what was to come in the finals. But that wasn’t to be as Alison got the boot.

The show opened with a performance of “School’s Out” featuring the 4 contestants remaining in season 8 of American Idol, along with Slash, who mentored the group this week.

Idols rocked the house!

CLINT COOPER: And then there were four. Matt Giraud’s exit last week left the competition a pretty terrific quartet. But he was no slouch, either.

The pressure was on for the five remaining American Idol finalists last night as they performed standards, vying it out for that coveted Top 4 position.

T-minus three weeks until the “American Idol” finale and we are now on the hunt for who will go head to head with Adam for the crown.

ANNE BRALY: Well, it came as no surprise to me that Lil Rounds was voted off last week. I was hoping she would be the next to go. She seems like a great person, but her singing just couldn’t stand up to the others.

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