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'Idol' Top 12 is good, but it could have been better

No surprises.

Travesties? Sure.

But no surprises.

Your Top 12 is a good Top 12 but not the best it could have been, considering the talent in the "Sweet 16." But "Idol" is "Idol." Fair or not, quality is not always part of the equation to get to this point.

The final 12 are - ladies first because they are the strongest - Siobhan Magnus, Crystal Bowersox, Lacey Brown, Paige Miles, Katie Stevens and Didi Benami.

And the guys: Michael Lynche, Lee DeWyze, Tim Urban, Andrew Garcia, Aaron Kelly and Casey James.

So, then. What are the travesties? To begin with, Lilly Scott - the Texas native by way of Colorado who sang in a band called "Varlet," which (judging by the impression most of us held) must have been punk, except that she was not remotely punk. Possessed of talent and voice and maybe even a little soul, she is gone way too soon.

Also gone: Todrick Hall, also from Texas, who pretty much performed the best he has all season Wednesday, but the best wasn't good enough. Or, as Simon might say, he may have simply peaked too late.

Alex Lambert (no relation to who you're thinking of) - again, from Texas - seemed destined to continue but stumbled badly Wednesday. Katelyn Epperly (Iowa-born; Chicago auditions) never stood a chance.

So: The final 12.

Are they good? Sure. Some very good and some are just very good on camera. Who will win this whole thing while keeping in mind that the greatest talent doesn't always prevail over the greatest appeal?

The front-runners have to be Lynche, Bowersox, Magnus, Brown and Benami, while James is better than anyone wants to give him credit for being.

Nevertheless, a woman will, or should, win this season.

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