Nadia Turner just couldn't turn things around.
At the start of the competition, the 28-year-old Miami native seemed an "American Idol" lock. Even the show's toughest critic, Simon Cowell, said to the aspiring singer just last month, "In a competition of hamburgers, you are a steak." But Wednesday night, "American Idol" viewers — seemingly concurring with Cowell's Tuesday night assessment of Turner as "musical wallpaper" — had their say.
Turner, known for her eccentric, cutting-edge fashion sense and untamed, Macy Gray-like mane, became the latest to join the "American Idol" castoffs.
Although Turner was believed to be one of the show's early favorites, her latest batch of live performances didn't do much to help her cause and couldn't influence "American Idol" devotees to dial in and keep her in the running. She was one of the show's bottom-three vote getters twice in the last three weeks, and, as "American Idol" panelist Randy Jackson noted Tuesday night, her latest song selection was far too obscure to be memorable — a stark contrast, for example, to Constantine Maroulis' decision to take on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (see " 'American Idol' Recap: Constantine Now Rocker Of Choice, Nadia Like 'Wallpaper' ").
This week's theme was tunes from the year each contestant was born. Turner, born in 1977, chose Crystal Gayle's "When I Dream" — a decision the panelists lambasted. Nadia defended the choice, saying, "It's a song about dreaming and I've always been a dreamer."
Before the show's credits started rolling — and just prior to beginning her sign-off serenade — Turner, tears welling, bid adieu to America, saying, "The journey has just begun — so watch out, baby."
With Turner out, that leaves just seven contestants remaining in the televised competition. Only two of the remaining finalists, Carrie Underwood and Vonzell Solomon, are females.
The most surprising development during last night's results show was the falling out of favor of Bo Bice, one of the program's two official "rock dudes." The long-tressed, goateed singer's performance of "Free Bird" helped win him a spot at the bottom of the barrel.
Viewers will continue next week to chip away at the show's pop-star hopefuls. The "American Idol" finale has been scheduled for May 24 and 25.