‘American Idol’: Wade Cota was robbed of a place in the Top 3, say 56% of season 17 viewers

On Sunday’s “American Idol,” two of the Top 5 contestants were eliminated: Laci Kaye Booth and Wade Cota. Although they performed at the top of their game, in the end their three rival finalists got more of America’s votes. That leading trio of vote-getters as revealed by Ryan Seacrest are: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. (Vote in our ‘American Idol’ winner poll.)

This result meant that Laci and Wade fell just short of making the Top 3. We asked you which of these two talents to be sent home was robbed of a place in the finale next Sunday (May 19). By a margin of 56% to 44% “(as of this writing), “American Idol” viewers favor Wade over Laci.

Wade, a 27-year-old musician from Phoenix, had never been in the bottom 2 before. Conversely, Laci — a 23-year-old college student from Livingston TX — only made it to the semi-final after she inspired Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie to use their one judges save of the season at the end of the Top 6 show on May 5. That controversial decision meant that Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon was sent packing instead.

Which of these artists would you most like to have seen avoid elimination and continue in the competition? If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, be sure to do so at the bottom of this post. To help you make up your mind we’ve listed the titles of the songs that each of them sang on the show as well as their celebrity duet partners.

Laci Kaye Booth
Top 40: “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles
Top 20 Solo: “I Want You To Want Me” by Cheap Trick
Top 20 Duet: with Brett Young on “Mercy” by Young
Top 14 Song 1: “I Miss You” by Blink 182
Top 14 Song 2: “As Long as You Follow” by Fleetwood Mac
Top 10 Song: “I See the Light” from “Tangled”
Top 8 Song: “Love of My Life” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “To Love Somebody” by The Bee Gees
Top 6 Song 2: “Open Arms” by Journey
Top 5 Song 1:”Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” by Elton John 
Top 5 Song 2: “The House that Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
Top 5 Song 3: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac

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Wade Cota
Top 40: “Work Song” by Hozier
Top 20 Solo: “All I Want” by Kodaline
Top 20 Duet: with Lovely The Band on “Broken” by Lovely The Band
Top 14 Song 1: “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne
Top 14 Song 2: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Top 10 Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”
Top 8 Song: “We Are the Champions” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles
Top 6 Song 2: “Through The Valley” by Shawn James
Top 5 Song 1: “Rocket Man” by Elton John 
Top 5 Song 2: You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne
Top 5 Song 3: “Hard Luck Woman” by KISS

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