What a boneheaded move.

Um, American Idol, what were you thinking, ushering Casey James to safety right away?

What was the audience supposed to think after that? That, somehow, season-long favorites Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze weren't going to make the top three along with Casey?

Because if they thought that, they would have been dead wrong!

It was the end of the road—kinda obviously, by that point—for the lovable Michael Lynche, who was technically eliminated weeks ago but remained in the competition thanks to the judges' decision give him another chance.

"It's been unbelievable," the new dad, whose wife gave birth during Hollywood week, said of his experience. "I sit here right now and think, 'I wasn't even supposed to be here.' Thank God for the judges saving me."

Then it was hugs all around from Lee, Crystal and Casey. The trio will be feted in their respective hometowns with parades and media appearances before next Tuesday's performance show, when they will sing two songs apiece, one they've picked themselves and another selected for them by the judges.

Are you happy with this top three, or has Casey continued to fail upward? Or maybe you don't think much of Lee or have had enough of Crystal. Do share!

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