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American Idol, The Day After: Top 7 Performance Night Dish (with Special Guest Kimberly Caldwell!)

Lyndsey Parker
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Last night, the top 7 "American Idol" contestants competed. And since my Yahoo! Entertainment colleague and usual cohost Matt Whitfield is out this week, who better to comment on the top 7 than my guest hostess, one of "Idol's" most successful seventh-place contestants, Season 2's Kimberly Caldwell, who just released her debut album this week?

As the former hostess of the TV Guide Channel's "Idol Chat" and a girl who knows firsthand what it's like to compete on that "Idol" stage, Kimberly certainly brought her expertise--and strong opinions--to Yahoo! today, without regret.

So today, Kimberly and I cover all the important topics, from James Durbin's dog-whistle screech to Casey Abrams "owning his awkwardness," from Haley Reinhart holding her own on an Adele hit to our conflicting predictions regarding who's going home. But whoever gets voted off, keep in mind all is not lost, since seventh-placers like Kimberly and Jennifer Hudson obviously did just fine post-"Idol."

Check out our convo below--and be sure to join in by posting your comments, too!

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