Was it a conspiracy? The result of a once down-on-her-luck singer peaking at the right time? Do all the "usual morons out there in Twitterland," as exec producer Nigel Lythgoe put it to us, just need to shut their traps and accept reality?
There are many ways of looking at the results of last week's "American Idol" elimination show, when James Durbin was shockingly ousted, but one thing is clear: people have strong opinions about what went down on the hit reality show. That's why we put the question to you in an "Idol" poll: after all the less-than-illuminating judges' commentaries and a string of surprising eliminations— Goodbye, Pia! See ya later, Casey! — did the voters actually end up selecting the correct top three? Or is a final three comprised of Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart nothing short of an "Idol" tragedy?
Almost fifty-percent of poll respondents agree with the tragic explanation, declaring that the top three is a joke. Just over thirty-percent, meanwhile, say they support some members of the top three but that not everyone belongs. And only about 22-percent believe voters picked the most deserving singers.
"The top four have put up a fantastic show and all are equally good," said one commenter. "In fact, this year's top 10 contestants are unique in their own ways and [this] is the best seasons by far."
Other voters were far less charitable. Some pointed to Durbin's high Twitter and Facebook follower counts and suggested either "Idol" or AT&T are involved in some sort of voter-suppression conspiracy. "James should of never been voted off. Hailey should of been off. I'm not sure what's up but it doesn't make any sense. James was too good," wrote one commenter. "James, Scotty and Lauren should be in it. They have talent."
So what's going to go down on Wednesday's show, when the top three — love 'em or hate 'em — take the stage? And, almost as importantly, are we going to be celebrating or raging against the next night's elimination results? Whatever the case, be sure to tune into MTV News' "Idol Party Live" on Thursday (May 19) at 12 p.m. ET to discuss the craziness with our own Idol expert, Jim Cantiello.