Goodbye, Chris Sligh, America said last night, as the 28-year-old from South Carolina trailed in

American Idol


Sanjaya Malakar, vocally challenged heartthrob of tween girls everywhere, avoided the bottom group, which gets less surprising every week.

Even host Ryan Seacrest joined in Sanjaya mania, wearing a faux Mohawk wig mimicking the Tuesday performance hairdo of the 17-year-old, who's by far the most talked-about Idol contestant this season.

- Jonathan Storm