"American Idol" is about to cut to the final three, with 37 million votes cast -- and Bon Jovi, Fantasia and Chris Daughtry performing. Again, I question running a show where your own contestants play second banana to "real stars."

Fantasia first, singing "Bittersweet." She's in leather pants and a sparkly top. She was spectacular on the show, but not as much touring -- but still more compelling than pretty much anything we've heard this season.

I've always loved her passion as a competitor, not as big of a fan of her pure vocals. Good to see her back in front of the judges, though. Great charisma and humor, as always, chatting with Ryan afterward.

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