A friend on Facebook said Scotty was in the bottom three one time and that James never was. So, being the curious sort (I love research) I had to go back through my blogs and then do a little research on the Internet to track down the information required. So here for the rest of you curious folks is what I found:
Top 13 (March 10) Bottom Three: Ashthon, Haley, Karen
Top 12 (March 17) Bottom Three: Haley, Karen, Naima
Top 11 (March 24) Bottom Three: Casey, Stefano, Thia
Top 11, part 2, (March 31) Bottom Three: Naima, Paul, Thia
Top 9 (April 7) Bottom Three: Haley, Jacob, James
Top 8 (April 14) Bottom Three: Haley, Paul, Stefano
Top 7 (April 21) Bottom Three: Haley, Jacob, Stefano
Top 6 (April 28) ― NO Bottom Three announced: Only the contestant who was leaving was announced. All others were told they were safe in random order. Scotty and Casey were the final two on the stage, but Ryan made a point of telling the audience that they were not the bottom two.
From USA Today, 4/28/11: "On a night when American Idol didn't offer viewers a Bottom Three and Ryan Seacrest sent individual contestants back to safety 'in random order,' the growling jazz singer from Idyllwild, Calif., got the news that he was going home. For real this time."
Top 5 (May 5) Bottom Two (not Three): Jacob and Lauren
Top 4 (May 12) ― TOP Three announced: Once again, only the contestant going home was announced, and that was James
Have I mentioned I was a bookkeeper in my former (pre-writing) life? So I had to look at the numbers. Here's how it stacked up for our final four.
Haley: 5 times in the bottom three
James: 1 time in the bottom three
Lauren: 1 time in the bottom two
Scotty: 0 times in the bottom two/three
Looks to me like Haley is our miracle girl! But does that also show us who the winner will be?