The lights are nearly ready to be dimmed tonight on American Idol so let’s take a look at the Top 9 elimination. The pool of finalists is growing smaller which means we’re not far away from seeing some of the more popular singers falling in to the danger zone. Tonight I’m not expecting anything shocking and your votes in our weekly poll look to back that up.

Starting out in the “so safe they could just stay home” category are the two obvious choices: Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips. Those two singers will continue to march on down the road to the American Idol 2012 finale. Joining them in the safety zone tonight should be Elise Testone. After weeks of struggling in the bottom ranks she nailed her Led Zeppelin performance in the pimp-spot. That’ll be a combo sure enough to keep her away from the risk of elimination tonight.

The middle-ground group tonight should consist of Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, and Joshua Ledet. All three have had their ups and downs so far this season but those ups will keep them above the fold with their fans. Out of this group Hollie should be the most concerned. She’s been slipping and needs a fresh standout performance fast if she wants to make it through to May.

Finally we’ve got the unenviable Bottom 3. I’m expecting a near repeat of last week with DeAndre Brackensick and Heejun Han returning to Seacrest’s Stools-o’-Sorrow. Last week I expected Skylar to take one of the Bottom 3 spots and she didn’t. Maybe she’ll be as lucky again this week and if she is come American Idol results time then I’m going to flip her seat over to Hollie.

As for who will be singing for his/her life tonight on American Idol 2012, I’m awfully tempted to say DeAndre, but I’ve said that for the past two weeks! Heejun managed to shed his goofy side for the night and I think that’ll be enough to keep his head just above water. If Skylar gets the Bottom 3 spot I’m not expecting her to go home on her first visit to that side of the stage. I just can’t get past DeAndre having previously been eliminated by America’s votes before his return as a wildcard. To avoid jinxing myself again I’m going to say “DeAndre won’t go home.” Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

Who do you think will be in tonight’s Top 9 Bottom 3 and is most likely to go home?

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