The American Idol audience has spoken and picked the first three finalists of season eight on Wednesday night: Alexis Grace, a 21-year-old single mother from Memphis, Tenn.; Michael Sarver, a hunky 27-year-old oil worker from Jasper, Texas; and Danny Gokey, a 28-year-old church music director from Milwaukee. Next week, 12 more semifinalists will compete for three spots in the competition's top 12. After the first nine finalists are picked by viewer votes, the judges will select the last three finalists in a wild card round on March 5. Also on Idol, cloying crooner Tatiana Del Torod was voted off. (Photo: WENN)

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