Bye Bye Bucky — ‘Idol’ Voters Send Country Boy Home

Ace Young, Elliott Yamin still standing after another brush with elimination.

To quote bombastic British rock legends Queen — whose extensive catalogue was tackled by eight “American Idol” finalists during Tuesday’s performance-night episode — another one has bitten the dust. And to paraphrase the sign that President Harry S. Truman kept on his desk, the Bucky stops here.

The show’s viewers narrowed the “Idol” field to seven, sending 28-year-old country boy Bucky Covington back to his Rockingham, North Carolina, home Wednesday night, seemingly agreeing once again with judge Simon Cowell, who called Bucky’s rendition of “Fat Bottomed Girls” “mediocre.”

Covington didn’t seem the least bit surprised by the results. “Somebody had to lose, didn’t they?” he wondered aloud, smiling wide as “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest patted him on the back.

Covington was joined in the show’s bottom three by Ace Young and Elliott Yamin, who had the next-lowest vote tallies. For the 27-year-old Yamin, it was his second scrape with obliteration in as many weeks; he belted out “Somebody to Love” during Tuesday’s program, and last night, judge Randy Jackson expressed bewilderment over America’s voting habits. “They must be confused,” he said of the viewers, “because this boy can sing, dude.”

Before the results were revealed, Cowell predicted, based solely on Tuesday night’s performances, that Young would be the next to go. The judge said during Tuesday’s competition that he “really, really, really hated” Young’s performance of “We Will Rock You,” calling it “a complete and utter mess.”

Covington’s discharge leaves just seven runners in the “Idol” race; the victor of the fifth season of the talent contest will be crowned May 24. Next week, the remaining contestants will put their stamp on Rod Stewart selections as they continue their efforts to convince America to keep them around.

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