Idol Eliminatin Recap: Goodbye, Haley. Hello, Boring!

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That does it. Idol's over. First, Casey Abrams, the least predictable, most entertaining contestant of the season -- and the only one with the potential to make American Idol live up to its name, for once -- was sent home in April. Then the astounding Jacob Lusk, who stood a reasonable chance of becoming some kind of latter-day, closeted cross between Solomon Burke and Antony Hegarty, lost his nerve and devolved into a clench-throated squawkbox and was booted from the Top 5. After that, the only thing keeping the show going were the increasingly dramatic, decreasingly musical ejaculations of wannabe metal god James Durbin and the occasionally affecting singing of Haley Reinhart -- a brilliant song stylist who couldn't figure out what to do with her body. Durbin got canned last week; Haley this week. Leaving us with two country-lite singers who seem to have been beamed from 1997 Nashville. 

Idol's producers seem to have anticipated the show's turn for the banal in prep for last night's episode. The more enjoyable of the night's two featured musical guests was Il Volo -- a popera trio of hairless teenaged boys who brought considerable charm and swagger to "O Sole Mio," which almost (but not quite!) saved the performance from its own astounding cynicism. Basically: Teenaged boys cannot be credible operatic tenors, and if they begin their careers so young they're very likely to ruin their still-maturing voices. When they reach the age when proper operatic tenors are just starting out on the big stages, they're undertrained and past their prime. Very sad. Still, a fun performance.

But Nicole Scherzinger? Her duet with 50 Cent was an embarrassment to the audience, the judges, to America, and to music in general. It was almost an embarrassment to embarrassments. "Right There," which appears to be about either a penis or a finger finding the sweet spot in the singer's vagina, was calculated enough to be deeply unsexy while lurid enough to make one squirm. (Explicitness is only un-gross when it's effective.) Presumably, Scherzinger was present to drive buzz for her new show with Simon Cowell, The X Factor, which I have now promised myself to never, ever see.

After Scherzinger fretted and strutted, Haley got the boot and sang a fine rendition of "Bennie and The Jets," which I doubt she knows is about amphetamines. Still, I hope to see her again someplace. She's got a helluva voice.

And next wee... egads. Scotty McCreery will go head-to-head with Lauren Alaina. Bland on bland.

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Metamorphose
Metamorphose

 and you are also an embarrassment to the world of journalism with your biased take on nicole!

HaleyFan
HaleyFan

Scotty has vocal talent but is predictable and has little variety; sounds like a bunch of other country singers (George Strait comes to mind, but prefer George's voice). Lauren is sweet, has a good voice,  but again falls in with a whole group of other singers. While I really like Lauren's voice, I ind them both to be rather boring by now. Haley, on the other hand, has a ton of talent, a uniqueness to her sound and is vastly more entertaining than the other two. Re-watching the segments from the last two or three performance shows, I find myself mostly watching and enjoying Haley. Towards the end, I even found her more enjoyable than Pia! A true idol - someone you enjoy listening to and watching over and over. Haley will not be this season's American Idol, but here's hoping and expecting a long and successful career. I will buy her recordings.

Robbles
Robbles

Unfortunately, Haley peaked too late in the AI season to have the same fan base as Scotty or Lauren.  Early on, I suspected Haley would end up going home before the final 5 was left, but she suddenly stepped from her cocoon and emerged as the most talented butterfly remaining in the competition!  I was amazed as she got better and better each week and was actually hopeful that she might have captured some of the votes that were going to James Durbin after his exit, but it was not to be and Lauren and Scotty held on to their season-long popularity all the way to the end.  The finale will be less than exciting as the 2 predictable contestants go head to head.  Congratulations, Scotty...he's a shoe-in to take the Idol trophy home if he holds on to the luck he's had all season.  I hope they have the meds ready for Lauren when that happens...I'm not sure she's ready to accept anything but victory. 

Fan in Georgia
Fan in Georgia

So disgusted with Amer Idols obvious contract with AT&T!! Dont know if I'll ever watch again. Started out really engaged & loving this, my first season; loved the judges (at first). By the end their inability to be unbiased was beyond irritating!!! They & the producers were obviously pushing for these 2 young pups--the both have talent, but are young & still have growning up to do & need some more maturing before becoming an Idol. But, AI could only see $$ signs with their communities behind them & the teeni-boppers behind them & AT&T loving the nonstop texting for 2 solid hours!!! The "older" contestants didn't have a chance against kids under 18yo. No adult is going to sit on their phone or at the computer for 2 hours & vote non stop like their teen fans will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AI has to revamp their venue or I'm not watching ever again. 

milo
milo

Haley had the best voice in the competition no doubt about that! I think Americans are deaf for voting her off.Her voice was a bit too complex for teens and other people who voted for the other contestants. I hope we'll hear her amazing voice again.

Charlie
Charlie

 Actually, there were quite a few educated, sophisticated adults like myself (age 71) who were power voters on TEAM HALEY and would vote the whole 2 hours, usually while doing or watching something.  We kept her in the game for as long as we could.   She's one of the best contestants ever on Idol and deserved to win IMO,  but  TEAM HALEY couldn't overcome the odds that most of the best contestants have faced in the last few years on Idol.   Here's hoping she get a record deal from a company that will combine her with good producers and songwriters and strong promotion and help turn her into a superstar like Adam Lambert.  I think she deserves that!!!!   GO HALEY!  YOU'RE GREAT AND I LOVE YOU!!!

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