OK, this is supposed to be a fun thread - total speculation, and it doesn't even have to make much sense - just possibilities.
Who thinks they saw things in last night's show that are evidence of attempts by TPTB ("the powers that be" - whoever you think they are) to manipulate the voters? And if so, which contestant(s) do you think they are pulling for (or trying to stop)?
I think TPTB are obviously pulling for Chauncey.
They gave him a song that won both a Grammy and an Oscar.
It was producer Nigel Lithgoe's favorite song.
Ryan pronounces his name is such a way as to remind us of R-u-u-u-ben
They dress him so as to remind us of Clay.
He was the only one to get a cool split-screen picture
They pointed out that he had a cold.
Ryan complimented his SHOES!
They showed the judges DURING his song.
They showed his family 4 times.
They showed people waving Chauncey signs
And finally - MAGIC FAIRY DUST!
Now, what did you see?