Alexis Grace and Danny Gokey

Another week, another "scandalous" (and unsubstantiated) bit of American Idol buzz.

This time, the talk is that Season 8's final four have already been decided on by producers and judges, and that two of said "chosen ones" in fact have been ruled out as possible winners.

As whispered to the New York Daily News' Gatecrasher column, a female Idol staffer is going around claiming that "the last four are going to be Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace." When asked if this was mere opinion or fact, the employee attested, "Those are the people" — suggesting that Idol execs are steering the results, and perhaps have done so in the past.

The series' supposed snitch also is alleging that Idol mucky-mucks have ruled out Adam and Lil as eventual winners because "they're too much like" past runners-up Chris Daughtry and Fantasia, respectively.

So, though Adam and Lil may be the better singers of the supposed final four, "The producers really want it to be Danny of Alexis," the loose-lipped show staffer is said to be avowing.

Fox reps have no comment on the alleged tinkering.

What's your take, Idol fans? Do you think the show would dare to attempt to manipulate the results? If so, do you think this has been going on all along, or perhaps was instituted after Ruben emerged as a clinker of an Idol?

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