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'American Idol' Recap: And Then There Were Three

Time ran out for the singer from Slapout.

There would be no "shocking twist" on Thursday night's (May 8) "American Idol." The "big cut" would determine who faded into history and who earned the coveted home visit.

And when the beignet dust settled and the final four were cut down to the top three, it was a pretty straight line to the semi-finals... which ran right through (and over) one of the season's most unpredictable finalists.

We'll tell you who went home... after, well, this sentence. Here's how it went down.

No Surprises

Jena Irene and presumptive champion Caleb Johnson were ushered through pretty early in the episode. No shocker there. But when it came down to split up the final two contenders, it was no surprise when Jessica Meuse's number came up. That meant that sensitive crooner Alex Preston would get his shot at the title.

Meuse was sent packing after going 1-for-3 on Wednesday night, striking out on her first two songs and finally connecting on Lady Gaga's "You & I," at which point America might have already made up their minds.

P-P-P-Poker Face

Meuse, who got dinged repeatedly this season for not showing enough emotion, went down after failing to ignite a cover of original "Idol" Kelly Clarkson's "Since You Been Gone" and Pink's "So What" on Wednesday. “It wasn’t right for you,” Jennifer Lopez said, echoing Harry Connick Jr.'s sentiment about both of Meuse's first two selections.

The Slapout, Alabama, singer/songwriter with the pink streaks in her hair and her heart on her sleeve had a solid run on the show. And, in the end, the emotion finally poured out (along with some tears) as she sang her way back to that small town with a gritty encore of her original blues rocker, "Blue-Eyed Lie."

Homeward Bound

And so, it's back home for Alex, Caleb and Jena next week, when the top two will be decided and season 13 of "Idol" will take the final step toward crowning its champion.