Great post! Yeah she got sympathy votes for sure! Let's remember everyone that AI and Jimmy Lovine have a major investment with the winner in regards to management/publicity and record label. 19 Entertainment who produces the show will also have exclusive rights to manage the winner and Jimmy Lovine and Interscope Records will be the label that the winner is on. So they without a doubt have a say in things when it comes to the contestants! Maybe they don't actually rig the votes but I'm almost positive they do other things to "sway" the votes. Case in point switching the order every round so Candice would be last in the 3rd round! I mean if they would have kept the order the same in all 3 rounds like they almost always do then Candice would have went first and Angie would have went last. Another thing is the last round and the producers picks! Of course they give Candie one of the most recognizable songs ever and Angie got a song I wasn't that familiar with. Like I said before the producers have a MAJOR investment with the winner and they will do anything to persuade the voters. So when it was the 3 girls left they were thinking ok we have a girl that can be like Jennifer Hudson in Candice, a girl like Carrie Underwood in Kree, and a girl like Colton Dixon in Angie. OF COURSE they would want Candice and Kree in the finale because Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood are huge and they want to replicate that! It's all about copying and trying to rekindle what they have had in the past. I mean a country artist with a sad past is like gold to the entire country music scene and most likely a cross over to the pop world as well. Then with Candice you have someone who has an amazing voice, someone who had nothing growing up, and could be the next Jennifer Hudson. Lastly my favorite contestant Angie who seems to have had a great childhood, great family, and didn't have the struggles maybe that Candice and Kree have had. Everyone loves a rags to riches kind of a story and it seems that Angie doesn't fit that so in AI's mind that might not sell as well. I personally think she will have the longest career because she writes her own music and plays an instrument. Not to mention very attractive and seems like a really cool person . Ok enough with my rant but dexternjack is so on the money when it comes to the voting procedure! Let's vote once for the person that you want to leave the show rather than voting 50 times for your favorite or dividing those 50 votes to multiple contestants.