American Idol: Later LaKisha

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Simon and Paula traded seats at the judging table on last night’s Idol. In a moment of brilliance, Simon embodied the spirit of Paula’s seat and did her patented seal-at-the-circus clap. They never gave a reason for the seat trade, but it may have just been out of pure tedium. Toward the beginning of the broadcast, Ryan Seacrest said, "You can tell we have an hour to fill tonight." So true! Even Pink looked bored in her pre-taped performance of "Who Knew." Between the "What America Thinks" segment, the Top 4 singing a medley of Barry Gibb songs, a promo spot for the new Fantastic Four movie, and grandpa Gibb himself giving a performance in a bizarrely sheer shirt, the hour really dragged on before we found out that LaKisha Jones would be sent home.

Next week should be pretty exciting. Even though the judges are leaning toward Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks, the public seems to love Blake Lewis and his beatboxing and rewind-y voice. It really is anyone’s game at this point.

Who do you think is next?

–Tracie Egan