CLINT COOPER: And then there were four. Matt Giraud's exit last week left the competition a pretty terrific quartet. But he was no slouch, either. Giraud had some fine moments in the competition, having been compared in looks and talent to Justin Timberlake. However, he was up against favorite Adam Lambert, 16-year-old wunderkind Allison Iraheta, early favorite Danny Gokey and surprising Kris Allen. Those who are left will take on rock songs this week, having been guided by Slash, the former lead guitarist of Guns 'N' Roses.
KAREN NAZOR HILL: I cannot be upset that Lambert was in the bottom two. I didn't vote last week. My guess is that many other Lambert fans thought other Lambert fans would keep him on the top. We were wrong, unless, that is, Simon and his cohorts put Lambert in the bottom to keep things interesting. What do you think, Clint? But, this week, I know Lambert is going to knock everyone's socks off. Since Lambert first sang on the show, I've compared him to Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns 'N' Roses. I can't wait to hear him sing tonight.
CLINT: I've heard that producers may put one "Idol'' contestant in the "Bottom Three" who may not necessarily have the votes to be there to make it interesting. Whether or not that happens may be another thing. The fact is, as the judges always say, if you want to your favorite to stay in the competition, you have to vote. I have no doubt that Lambert will shine tonight. How could he not on Rock Night? I'm expecting Allison to be strong, too. She's a rocker chick, or seems to be.
KAREN: I agree. Allison will knock 'em dead tonight - if she chooses the right song. That's been the drawback for the contestants all season, with the exception of Adam. He could sing the phone book and make it a No. 1 hit. As the show's end draws near, I hope word got to "Idol'' producers about our superb suggestion - give us fans one more show, a show highlighting the 2009 American Idol, Adam Lambert.
CLINT: Yes, I don't know why they haven't called us yet to acknowledge our idea. Anyway, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Kris will be eliminated this week, then Allison next week, and the finals will be Adam and Danny. Of course, anything could happen, based on the songs they sing, but the fans have consistently loved Danny. And Adam is clearly the front-runner.
KAREN: Bye-bye, Kris. He seems like a top-notch guy with a nice voice, and his newfound fame on "American Idol" may land him work in the entertainment industry, but I doubt it. I think he got a lot of teeny-bopper votes, not that teeny-bopper votes aren't good. And it will be a close call between Danny and Allison, though Allison has been at the bottom numerous times. So, Mr. Cooper, I'm with you. It's slow sailing to the final two, Adam and Danny.
E-mail Clint Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen Nazor Hill at email@example.com.