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The final 11: Voting times two, part one

This week was pretty crazy on American Idol. By now I'm sure you've heard how the producers messed up the voting phone numbers on Tuesday's show and the votes couldn't be used. So instead, for the first time ever, they basically recapped the whole Tuesday show on Wednesday and had everybody vote again. At least everybody who text messaged their votes didn't get charged, so cool by me.

Wow, I've got to say, watching basically the same show on Wednesday that I saw on Tuesday gave me serious deja vu. It was like that movie Groundhog Day except Bill Murray was Ryan Seacrest and the groundhog was Simon. Or maybe Mikalah. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start by describing Tuesday's performances, which didn't change much between then and Wednesday, as far as I could tell.

The theme for this week's show was: "Don't Fire the Phone Numbers Guy" -- no, just kidding, actually it was Billboard Number One Hits -- which meant that the finalists could choose any number one hit to perform. It sounds easy, but you have no idea how hard it is to narrow down and choose the perfect song. I think the song choices had a lot to do with who did well this week and who didn't -- and there were a couple of surprises.

Starting things off, Anthony Federov sang George Michael's "I Knew You Were Waiting." Randy was digging it because he worked on the original song with George M. and Aretha Franklin...smart pick Anthony. Paula liked Anthony's performance, but Simon said he was just OK and shouldn't try to do any "sexy numbers."

After Anthony, Carrie Underwood came out in big 80's hair and did Heart's "Alone." She wowed all the judges, even Simon. In fact, Simon is such a fan of Carrie's that he predicted she will win the competition and go on to sell more records than any other AI winner. I don't know, that's a pretty bold statement, Simon.

Scott Savol sang Phil Collins' "Against All Odds," because his dad likes that song. He got pretty loose -- whipping off his glasses in the middle of the song and throwing them to the crowd. Randy and Paula liked it, but Simon said he was glad the song was only a minute long and that he thought Scott was going to do a striptease if it went any longer.

After Scott, Bo Bice sang Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle", which was a favorite of his mom's. Bo showed us how he can get smooth with the best of us. I think Bo's got a huge following out there. (Continued...)

Read more now -- about this episode of American Idol: Season 4 by clicking here.

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