Four hearts will be broken on “American Idol” on Thursday night (March 4). The only question is: Which two boys and girls will be the recipients of the bad news? We asked a couple of “Idol” experts to make their predictions on who deserves to go home.
“Tim Urban, he’s a cute kid, but he’s got no singing chops or stage presence,” MJ Santilli, webmaster of “Idol” fan site MJsBigBlog.com, said about the floppy-haired singer who has miraculously stayed in the competition after getting a last-minute call-up due to Chris Golightly’s disqualification . “But after Simon’s praise, he’s staying put for at least another week.”
In that case, Santilli’s other choice was cranky soul man Jermaine Sellers, who seemed to annoy the judges with his attitude and a slightly unhinged cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On.” “Not only was his oversinging horrendous,” she said, “but he’s super unlikable. Dude, God is not getting you to the next round. … Plus, his hair is stupid.”
On the ladies’ side, Santilli said it was time to say sayonara to bubbly teen Haeley Vaughn, whose dreams of country/pop stardom crashed and burned with Wednesday night’s painful cover of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” “Haeley has an adorable personality and a great spirit, but it’s become very clear that she’s in over her head,” Santilli said. “I don’t want to hear any more of her caterwauling, thank you.”
Also worthy of booting? Fellow teen Katie Stevens, who just can’t seem to find her musical personality onstage. “She’s a boring pageant-bot, and there are similar yet better singers amongst the remaining girls,” Santilli said.
MTV’s own “Idol” obsessive Jim Cantiello disagreed somewhat about which females should be shown the door. “Given that she was my early audition-round fave, it pains me to say that Lacey Brown deserves to head home,” he said of the 24-year-old antique-refurbishing nut who took the judges’ advice but still put up a fail with an uneven cover of Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me.” “She hasn’t figured out how to showcase her strange, interesting voice the way Lilly Scott has. Plus, this season there’s no shortage of squeaky-voiced quirkettes.”
Also on Cantiello’s chopping block is seemingly sweet but a bit dull Michelle Delamor. “[She] should probably pack her things too,” he said of the children’s choir director who took a shot with a smoothed-out R&B cover of Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open.” “I give her credit for going out on a limb with that Creed song, but she didn’t nail the vocals. For such a crazy song choice, you’d think it’d be memorable, but it just wasn’t.”
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