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Another “Idol” Upset(?)

Nothing was going to top last Thursday on American Idol, right?

Pia Toscano was the surprise eliminee out of a bottom three that also included Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk, so it would stand to reason that one of those gentlemen would be packing his bags tonight.

But the tables turned a bit yesterday, with Stefano giving his best performance of the competition so far (in the judges’ eyes, at least) and Jacob picking such a good song…And it was Haley Reinhart who underwhelmed the critics after a nice run of being completely safe.

So how did the 53 million-plus votes stack up?

The big wheels have stopped turning for Paul McDonald, the first guy to be eliminated (and actually sent home) since the top 13 was formed.

In the bottom three two weeks ago after a bum night, he was back on the hot seat after singing a forgettable version of “Old Time Rock and Roll,” and this time, the voters didn’t let him off the hook.

The judges said they liked it, but the Simon-seasoned fans at home apparently weren’t fooled by what really amounted to karaoke. (Not to mention, the Brit would have raked Paul over the coals for his spangled suit.)

“It’s OK, man, it’s OK,” Paul said when Ryan Seacrest insisted he was the life of the party. “It’s been fun, a good time,” he added as the judges gave him a standing O. “A good ride, you know.”

At least Stefano, in danger again, returned to his seat to fewer boos than when he went up against Pia last week.

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