For a minute there I was paranoid that my main man Clay Aiken wasn’t going to be in the Top 12 on American Idol! But luckily he was America’s choice, and I’m thrilled. I am looking forward to the next several weeks as we weed out the herd a bit and narrow it down to the folks who can REALLY sing (Clay, the two Kimberlies, Charles, Ruben, and Trenyce). I think we have a Top 12 that is pretty talented and once we get to the Top 5 or so it’s going to be REALLY difficult to decide who stays or goes. We have no real RJ Helton’s or Nikki McKibben’s in this group, which is a relief.