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    'Idol' Final 12 Celebrate With Simon; Antonella And Sundance Head Home

    Barba's out, Sanjaya's in and Cowell's pulling for a 'battle of the divas.'

    by Corey Moss

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — "Sanjaya to win," Simon Cowell cheered Thursday as he raced into the annual "American Idol" final 12 bash. "What an extraordinarily great singer!"

    Ah, nothing like a little British sarcasm.

    The "Idol" final 12 got off to a shocking start as Sanjaya Malakar, who struggled all through the semifinals, made the next round, while early favorite Sundance Head did not. Haley Scarnato — who Cowell called "horrible" Wednesday — made the cut, while contender Sabrina Sloan was sent home. Also eliminated were Jared Cotter as well as Antonella Barba, the controversial college student whose semifinals run battled Sanjaya's for the worst critiques (see "Sexy Pictures Won't Get Barba Booted From 'Idol' — But Wednesday Night's Song Could").

    "Tons of surprises, but it wouldn't be 'American Idol' without it, would it?" Cowell told MTV News. "At the end of the day, I could go out and find 12 great singers, but that's kind of boring. The fact that there's people there who shouldn't be there makes it 'American Idol.' "

    For the record, Cowell is actually hoping for a "battle of the divas," with Melinda Doolittle edging out Lakisha Jones and Stephanie Edwards. "I like her humility," he said of professional backup singer Doolittle. "I like the fact that she's happy to be on the show and she's giving 100 percent. She's got passion."

    Doolittle, of course, accepted the compliments with her signature modesty.

    "Oh my goodness!" she exclaimed. "I'm excited because it's anybody's game. People are bringing their A-games right now, and things change from week to week."

    As for fellow backup singer Brandon Rogers, he was still glowing from congratulatory e-mail he received from former employer and pop star Anastacia. "She's so happy for me," said Rogers, who escorted the youngest contestant, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks, through the press line. ("I'm soaking it all in," she said. "I love every moment of it.")

    Blake Lewis was excited to hear that 311 singer Nick Hexum approved of his "All Mixed Up" performance Tuesday (see "'Idol' Gets Its First Taste Of Hip-Hop — Thanks To A Rock Band"), and said he plans to push the envelope even further.

    "Maybe I'll do some Björk," he said. "I was trying to get an R&B/rap song cleared, and it didn't. I'm just trying to do music that inspires me."

    Lewis and Chris Richardson have been praised for bringing a modern edge to this season's "Idol," and Richardson also plans to continue down that path. Although there's one artist he won't sing: Justin Timberlake.

    "It's an honor to be compared to him, but I'm trying to get as far away from the comparisons as I can get," he said.

    Chris Sligh, who bandleader Ricky Minor dubbed " 'Idol' 's Jack Black," also let on about his future song selections.

    "My Christian faith is obviously very important to me, but I don't see myself in the contemporary Christian world," he said. "I did the DC Talk song because I thought the message was so universal."

    The singer whose song choices could be the most surprising is Phil Stacey, who has so far sang LeAnn Rimes, John Waite and Edwin McCain songs.

    "With the Navy Rock Band," Stacey said, referring to the military group he sang for before "Idol," "I do My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy, so we'll see."

    Also praying for an emo theme week is Gina Glocksen, who shined with Evanescence on Wednesday. "The older songs are safe, but so many have already been done," she said.

    As for Malakar and Scarnato, both know they need to step it up to repair the damage the judges have done.

    "I just have to pick songs I can put a lot of energy and personality into," Malakar said.

    "There's only so much camera time you get onstage, so it's tough," Scarnato said, addressing the remarks that she was forgettable. "When Simon makes comments to me, if I can use it I will definitely use it. If I can't, I just got to get rid of it."

    Ah, nothing like a little American honesty.

    VH1.com : News : 'Idol' Final 12 Celebrate With Simon; Antonella And Sundance Head Home

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    Sundance admits there's one cocky SOB left in the bunch

    Sundance to Ryan: Arrogant Finalist Claiming Victory - TMZ.com

    Sundance to Ryan: Arrogant Finalist Claiming Victory

    Posted Mar 9th 2007 12:08PM by TMZ Staff
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    The horribly bearded Sundance Head was booted from "American Idol" last night -- and today he admits there's one cocky SOB left in the bunch.

    The rejected singer was on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM morning show, where he said one of the guys remaining on the show -- whose name he wouldn't mention -- thinks he already has the competition in the bag.

    Sundance also confessed he was shocked he was kicked off -- as the pseudo-vocal stylings of Sanjaya Malakar remained in the Top 12 -- saying, "I had not prepared myself for that ... I was a little angry ... at this point I'm just bitter this morning."

    Head's elimination was only the first bad news he received yesterday, as OK! Magazine reveals he received word right after the taping that his cousin died in a fire that night. The cousin, Burl Head, had given Sundance $1500 for his stay in Los Angeles during the competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoBoFan;2272609;
    Sundance to Ryan: Arrogant Finalist Claiming Victory - TMZ.com

    Sundance to Ryan: Arrogant Finalist Claiming Victory

    Posted Mar 9th 2007 12:08PM by TMZ Staff
    Filed under: American Idol

    The horribly bearded Sundance Head was booted from "American Idol" last night -- and today he admits there's one cocky SOB left in the bunch.

    The rejected singer was on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM morning show, where he said one of the guys remaining on the show -- whose name he wouldn't mention -- thinks he already has the competition in the bag.
    Sundance also confessed he was shocked he was kicked off -- as the pseudo-vocal stylings of Sanjaya Malakar remained in the Top 12 -- saying, "I had not prepared myself for that ... I was a little angry ... at this point I'm just bitter this morning."

    Head's elimination was only the first bad news he received yesterday, as OK! Magazine reveals he received word right after the taping that his cousin died in a fire that night. The cousin, Burl Head, had given Sundance $1500 for his stay in Los Angeles during the competition.
    Dude you can't make a comment like that without naming names. People are going to start speculating who it is and probably start pointing fingers at a person who it's not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigerusty;2272633;
    Dude you can't make a comment like that without naming names. People are going to start speculating who it is and probably start pointing fingers at a person who it's not.
    I think he was just stressed out and needed to vent!
    He had a very bad day yesterday. Not only did he get the boot, but he also received the news of his cousin dying in that house fire just a few hours before the Live show last night. That had to be very hard to take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoBoFan;2272657;
    I think he was just stressed out and needed to vent!
    He had a very bad day yesterday. Not only did he get the boot, but he also received the news of his cousin dying in that house fire just a few hours before the Live show last night. That had to be very hard to take.
    Yeah, I know and God Bless him.
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    Blake doing Bjork? i absolutely love bjork's music, so his twist on one of her songs will be more than interesting.


    and what's this about praying for an emo week? emo is not idol music. emo is not evanascence, nor anything you've ever heard on the radio or seen on mtv.

    ridiculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBase;2272869;
    Blake doing Bjork? i absolutely love bjork's music, so his twist on one of her songs will be more than interesting.


    and what's this about praying for an emo week? emo is not idol music. emo is not evanascence, nor anything you've ever heard on the radio or seen on mtv.

    ridiculous
    Thank God for mute buttons.. I like Blake but can't stand the Iceland Swan.
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    Off topic, but SecondBase... I totally adore your avatar!

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    The horribly bearded Sundance Head was booted from "American Idol" last night -- and today he admits there's one cocky SOB left in the bunch.

    The rejected singer was on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM morning show, where he said one of the guys remaining on the show -- whose name he wouldn't mention -- thinks he already has the competition in the bag.
    I love him to death, but Sundance HAS to be referring to Blake or Chris because they are the only two the judges seem to say good things about. Too bad because they both seemed so nice.

    I hate arrogance.

    Either way, a girl is going to win anyway. Lakisha or Melinda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jexter;2273586;

    Either way, a girl is going to win anyway. Lakisha or Melinda.
    Which makes this season extremely predictable and boring.

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