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In the world's ultimate talent search - where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Is your favorite still in the running? Check out the Idol Set List!

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Gordon Pepper, GSNN


FACT FILE:

Host: Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson
Creator: Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller
Packager: 19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America
Airs: Tuesdays at 8pm ET and Wednesdays at 9pm ET on Fox


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"Special Roundtable" - March 13

Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and welcome to a special American Idol Roundtable. We are joined by Jason Block, Joe Van Ginkel and Travis Schario as we discuss the breaking news and how this impacts American Idol.
Jason: Good evening Gordon.
Travis: Greetings.
Gordon: The news, in case you don't know, is that Mario Vasquez has quit American Idol for personal reasons.
Jason: According to the Drudge Report...he did not want to be tied to the "exclusive contract".
Joe: Hmm...
Gordon: I would think that there has to be more than that. These people are told over and over again about that exclusivity, and Mario had to have known that when he hits the Final 12, if he was to continue, that he would have to deal with that exclusivity. I think there has to be another reason -something we may not know yet, but we will in the next couple of days.
Jason: Just trying to get the news out there, Mr. Pepper.
Gordon: I think we hit the tip of the iceberg, I also think that there's more
iceberg that we haven't hit yet.
Jason: I think there is a Titanic sized iceberg. I think this story may have
some legs.
Gordon: I agree. First of all - and the most important question - how does
this affect the show?
Jason: The ratings will INCREASE. People will want to see why and what happened, and then settle back to their normal blockbuster zone.
Travis: But, as soon as the news is out, ET, Access, and all the other entertainment shows will report it. So wouldn't it stand to reason that THEIR ratings will increase?
Jason: Sure.
Joe: But it also means that the show has lost a bit of musical talent. So the quality might suffer.
Gordon: That leads me to the next question - do you think that the person who quit tonight was the person who was going to win American Idol?
Jason: He would have been up there. But Anwar now is the lock. It's his to lose.
Joe: Probably not. Most people are betting on Anwar Robinson. I for one, like Anthony Fedorov.
Gordon: I don't think Anwar is a lock by any means. I think he has the advantage, but I don't think he is a lock. No one who was a 'Lock' going into
American Idol has ever won it AI1 - Tamyra Gray - out in the Final 4. AI2 -Clay Aiken - out in the Finals. AI3 - Latoya London - out in the Final 4. I still think it's very up in the air as to who wins this.
Joe: Isn't it always?
Jason: True.
Travis: At this point, I'd say everyone has a 1 in 12 shot of winning.
Gordon: Mario's loss is the gain of the person who American Idol reinstated, and that person is...Nikko Smith, who apparently got the second lowest number of votes. Is this delaying the inevitable and will Nikko be bounced in the first round? Or will he be spared and will someone else be going in his place?
Jason: Nikko is gone.
Joe: Not necessarily. It took three rounds to eliminate him in the first place. Too bad it couldn't have Amanda that replaced Mario. ;P
Jason: Yes...but he is the smallest fish in the biggest pond.
Gordon: I think he is safe for 2 reasons. #1 - I think that everyone who may have not voted for him because they thought he was safe will definitely vote for him because they know he is in trouble, and...#2, even more importantly, even a 6th place Nikko is better than 4 of the women, and it wouldn't surprise me if the bottom three next week are all females.
Jason: That is probably true. The women are the weaker sex talent wise this year. I don't think you will see a woman in the top 4.
Gordon: I think there will be 1 woman in the Final 4.
Jason: Who?
Joe: Underwood. No question.
Gordon: Jessica Sierra or Carrie Underwood - but one of those two will carry the country vote to the Top 4. Nadia Turner could be a dark horse, but she will have to really up her game.
Jason: I think though that the men are MUCH better this year.
Gordon: I agree. With Mario leaving, does this help clear out the path for Anwar Robinson?
Jason: He just rocketed into 1st. To put it in NASCAR terms. Someone crashed...and he avoided it.
Gordon: How far can Nikko Smith go in this competition?
Joe: Hard to say at this point. Let's see how he does this next week.
Gordon: I agree. With that, any final thoughts?
Jason: Tuesday night will be fun to watch, and now the story gets real interesting.
Gordon: I think that this only makes Idol more of an open playing field and although Idol loses some depth, it gains a new storyline and a very interesting new hero in the form of Nikko Smith.
Travis: To quote Dan Rather, "Courage."
Jason: It's going to be fun... no matter what.
Gordon: With that, we end this truncated edition of the Idol Roundtable. Thanks again to Jason Block, Travis Schario and Joe Van Ginkel.
Jason: Good night.
Travis: Pleasure being around!
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, saying good night - and may all of your idol memories be good ones.

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