The numbers confirmed what I suspected.
Heading into week one of the finals, Phillips Phillips, Colton Dixon and Heejun Han are the most popular contestants.
You can check out the number of Facebook likes and Twitter followers each contestant has below.
The gap between those three (plus Erika Van Pelt on Twitter) is pretty phenomenal.
How much relevance does that have on the show’s outcome?
Well, I doubt the numbers are all-telling. But I also checked them before the semifinals.
The contestants at the top of the list for the gals and guys breezed into the finals on fan voting.
The contestants near the bottom of both lists — Hallie Day, Brielle Von Hugel, Creighton Fraker and Aaron Marcellus — are no longer in the competition.
Check back tonight, when I’ll be live blogging about the first round of the Season 11 finals and grading each performance as it occurs.
1. Colton Dixon: 23,730
2. Heejun Han: 18,054
3. Phil Phillips: 15,583
4. Jessica Sanchez: 11,532
5. Deandre Brackensick: 10,512
6. Skylar Laine: 9,723
7. Hollie Cavanagh: 7,815
8. Joshua Ledet: 7,623
9. Elise Testone: 7,233
10. Shannon Magrane: 6,953
11. Jeremy Rosado: 6,247
12. Erika Van Pelt: 5,833
13. Jermaine Jones: 2,960