OK, tonight's "American Idol" results are tough to figure.
Scotty McCreery, a potential country superstar, was in the bottom three. So was Jacob Lusk, the show's best pure singer. And Casey Abrams (the best musician) was voted out -- again. This time, the judges couldn't save him.
What do we make of it? A few conclusions:
1) It's helpful, in the early rounds, to have an odd niche. When there are 13 contestants, 10 percent of the votes can mean survival. As the field shrinks, however, it's best to be near the pop mainstream.