Alexis Grace Eliminated; American Idol Field at 10

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Tuesday's country night generated more than 31 million votes from viewers, and the surprising results were announced on American Idol Wednesday.

We thought she would be safe, but Alexis Grace instead landed in the back of the pack after delivering a weakish rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

Because of the newly instituted Judges' Save rule - and because the judges have liked her so much - Alexis Grace was permitted to sing an encore.

But it wasn't enough. As they did a week ago, the judges declined to oust her from elimination. Instead it was time for a farewell performance ...

An Alexis Grace Farewell

NOT SAVING GRACE: The judges declined to, but she had a good run.

The other singers with Alexis in the bottom three were Michael Sarver and Allison Iraheta. The judges told Sarver in no uncertain terms that he would not have been asked to perform an encore had he finished last. Ouch!

In any case, the Idols Live touring roster this summer is now complete, with 10 finalists remaining heading into next week's third finals episode.

Do you think Alexis Grace deserved to go, or did Michael? Who of these standouts is your favorite now that the field is at 10?

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