American Idol Experts Weigh in on Michael Johns Departure

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It will mostly be forgotten about the American Idol finalists take the stage again tomorrow night.

For now, though, talk within this show's world is still centered around the shocking elimination of Michael Johns last week.

"Johns' departure shows how much depth there is this year in the top eight," says Rodney Ho, an American Idol blogger for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Johns also suffered from going first — when viewership is lower and memories fade by hour's end — and from being good but not great or awful."

Don Waller, a member of USA Today's Idol coaching panel, thinks the Australian suffered in comparison with David Cook, the other remaining male rocker.

"Cook had taken his potential fans away already, as rock guys. Michael was getting overshadowed."

Four women and three men remain in a season where many said the men were better. Music consultant Tom Vickers expects a woman to go next, but he says Idol becomes difficult to predict in later weeks.

"Any year you get to the final eight and counting downward, it could be this one going this week or that one going next week," he says. "It comes down to song selection and how well you're able to connect vocally and express your personality."

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