Credit: FOX ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Candice Glover American Idol Top 8 Performance

Predicting who got voted off American Idol tonight seemed like it would be a simple prospect after this week’s performances. The problem is, nothing is ever as easy as it looks when it comes to the voters. Sometimes the viewers will send home exactly who you think they are going to. And sometimes, they will surprise and shock you with who was voted off American Idol at their hands.

 

Going into the American Idol results show tonight, our prediction was that Devin Velez would be the one getting the boot. However, the voters in our fan poll about who should go home chose — by a wide margin — Lazaro Arbos. If you were listening to the American Idol judges last night, you’d certainly think that was the best bet for who should go home. Who should get eliminated and who does get thrown off, however, are sometimes very different things.

 

We did not choose Lazaro, despite his track record of horrible performances, because he has a huge Twitter and social following, he wasn’t even in the bottom three last week, and he’s the poster child for the Vote for the Worst crowd. Of course we don’t think Lazaro is going to join the ranks of future American Idol winners, but his moving backstory has brought him a long way — and we thought it might at least get him through to the next round once more.

 

So who was eliminated on American Idol tonight from the Season 12 Top 8? America voted and the judges made their decision whether to save the loser or not. And the result is...

 

After the nationwide vote, the bottom three this week were Devin Velez, Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos. As we predicted, the person eliminated this week was Devin Velez.