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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

Who makes the finals on 'American Idol'?

Alex Preston, the quirky band geez with the strange stomping motion while he played guitar, just missed the finals.

He brought a singular style, inspired by his heroes Jason Mraz and Jeff Buckley. He certainly has a shot at a great career if he picks the right songs and surrounds himself with the right people.

Alex was also the consensus choice to go home tonight, which I predicted as well. I'm having my best year ever for predictions: I'm 9 for 12.

He simply couldn't stop the powerhouse (relatively speaking) followings of Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson.

Both are worthy finalists. Jena Irene brings a youthful esprit de corps, great chops and stage presence to the fore. Sure, she isn't always easy to understand but she's fun to watch. Plus, she can sing a variety of genres with aplomb.

Caleb is a bit more one note than Jena Irene but boy, what a note! He loves his classic 1970s/80s rock and personifies a young Meat Loaf. Is there much modern about the man? Not really. But given who votes nowadays, the fact he has a following is not surprising.


Two third-place winners return: Danny Gokey, third place from season 8, has been married and is about to have a second child. He has a new single out, too, and a new foundation Sophia's Heart. Season 5's third place finisher Elliott Yamin is working on his fourth album. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery sings his latest single "Feelin' It," looking a little more filled out. The song's verses are a little clunky but the chorus is catchy.


Caleb will sing with KISS. Jena will join Paramore. And Alex joins his buddy Jason Mraz, a former mentor.


Good news for once in ratings. The 500th episode rebounded to 8.93 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating. That's the show's second best performance since top 9. But "Survivor" (9.93 million viewers, 2.6 18-49 rating) still beat it. So did "Modern Family" (9.03 million, 3.2 18-49) and "Criminal Minds" (12.03 million, 2.7 18-49)


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