It's time for fans of a certain cleft-chinned Idol contestant to pray for the career of Constantine Maroulis.
In a results-show shocker, the crowd-pleasing rocker got the boot on Wednesday night's American Idol after receiving the lowest number of votes from viewers.
Fans and judges alike were taken aback by Maroulis's ousting.
"Wow. Actually I am really shocked," commented Randy Jackson, while a tear-stained Paula Abdul said, "Constantine, I did not expect this. I think you have shown such star--I can't even speak right now."
Even more surprising was that Scott Savol, a repeat visitor to the loser's circle in recent weeks, was among the top three vote recipients, despite Simon Cowell's advice to pack his bags after his throat-cracking performance of Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" on Tuesday night's show.
Anthony Fedorov and Vonzell Solomon joined Maroulis in the bottom three, but were ultimately spared to compete another week.
Theories about the reversal of fortunes on Idol sprouted all over the Internet as soon as Maroulis was shown the door.
Some fans in the idolonfox.com forums felt that other contestants were more deserving of votes, since Maroulis' band, Pray for the Soul of Betty, was just signed to Koch Records, giving him something to fall back on.
Others opined that Maroulis doomed himself on purpose with his unpopular performance choice of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" so that he could return to his duties as frontman of his band.
"I think this is exactly what Constantine wanted and it is no surprise that he goes out the week it is announced that his band, PFTSOB, has it announced they got a record deal," one poster stated.
Still other, disappointed viewers cried foul, accusing Fox of rigging the voting system. An online petition calling for a recount had already racked up over 15,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
As for Savol's mystery surge in popularity, one theory holds that anti-Idol Websites such as votefortheworst.com, which encourage viewers to vote for Savol simply based on his lack of vocal chops, may be making a real impact on votes cast.
Besides Savol, Fedorov and Solomon, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood are still in the running to become the next American Idol.
Meanwhile, it's possible Maroulis may have the last laugh. Advance CD sales for his band's self-titled album, due out May 10, skyrocketed after his Idol exit. By Thursday morning, Pray for the Soul of Betty was number two on Amazon.com's most wanted list.
Certainly Maroulis did not appear overly fazed by his departure from the show.
"You know, crazier things have happened in my life, and I'm just really blessed to have gotten this far," he said Wednesday night. "It's cool. It's totally cool."
Though Maroulis will be seen no more in the final weeks of season four, he and the nine other top 10 Idol finalists will reunite for the Pop Tarts Present American Idols Live! tour, kicking off July 12 in Sunrise, Florida, and traveling to 41 cities in all.