“American Idol” Fix Exposed?

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Paula Abdul’s stupor may have pulled back the curtain on the plot to destroy Jason Castro tonight–it was the first night that the contestants sang two songs each, so they ran through all their initial performances, then came out to be judged at the end of the first half-hour. And Paula used this opportunity to tell Jason, who went first, that while she liked the use of his lower vocal register on “Forever In Blue Jeans,” his second song “felt like your usual charm was missing for me… it left me a little empty. The two songs made me feel like you’re not fighting hard enough to get into the top four.” But he only performed one song! Apparently those second-song comments were meant for David Cook–but then when Paula “recovered” to give Cookie her critique, he said that he was “fantastic,” and that the only problem with his performance was that the song wasn’t as well-known as other picks from the night. And the producers can’t figure out why the ratings are down this season? Between this and the fact that David Archuleta could have an on-stage vocal cord hemorrhage and still be called “the bomb” by Randy, I think any sentient being can know that there’s at least some sort of “desired outcome” that’s been communicated to the judges by Nigel Lythgoe’s camp.