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<I>Idol</I> Speculation: Did the Judges Intentionally Sabotage Gokey Last Night? I think so. I hesitate to suggest that Paula Abdul is the mastermind of anything, even something as simple as picking out a song, but the judges' picks last night seem suspect to me. It's crazy that out of all the songs in the world to choose from, Adam got to sing a U2 anthem literally (literally!) everyone on the planet knows backwards and forwards, Kris got to sing one of last year's biggest, most widely played hits, and Gokey got stuck with "Dance Little Sister" by Terence Trent D'Arby -- a forgettable song I've honestly never even heard of. Maybe it's the biggest song in the history of music, I don't know. I do know that I'm a huge music fan and a devout follower of all things pop and I had never heard it before.

And besides, if Paula really thought Gokey and D'Arby are as comparable as she said on the show, why not pick "Wishing Well"? I'd wager that most people watching have probably at least heard that song, and it's a pretty catchy tune. It would have been a better choice. And with little (at best) nostalgia factor or "I love this song!" sentiment help, Gokey was kind of left naked and dancing like an awkward goober on that stage -- could that change enough Gokey fans' opinions of him to eliminate his chances at winning? I think the judges might have thought it was worth a try.

But why sabotage the ratings bonanza that is the epically hyped Gokey/Lambert final showdown? With all the talk in the media about how Adam's done so much to change the show for the better, and how Gokey represents everything that's old and stale about it, while Lambert is a glorious sparkly unicorn, it could be an effort to get Gokey gone tonight so Lambert can easily defeat Kris next week, or at least to start deterring Gokey voters a week early. And it might have worked -- as I'm writing this, Dial Idol (which of course has been wrong before, but many, many times it hasn't) has Gokey as the lowest vote-getter for the first time I've ever seen. There's also the fact that Idol finale ratings are going to be massive no matter who's actually left competing, so why risk a Gokey upset if they don't want one?

Or it could have just been the Vicodin choosing the song for Paula and none of it means anything. It's Paula; I could go either way on it, really.

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