I'll admit, I haven't been the biggest Amanda Overmyer fan on this season's American Idol. Her uber-husky voice is somewhere between Harvey Fierstein and Martha Raye. It's definitely an acquired taste. You either love it or hate it, and I don't love it.
But I was as surprised as anyone Wednesday night when Amanda got her walking papers. I didn't think she would make it to the finals, but I sure didn't think she would get axed so soon.
At least three other Idol contestants should have gone instead of Amanda.
Ramiele Malubay must have a four-leaf clover tucked in her pocket.
target="_blank">Michael Johnsalmost certainly has a rabbit's foot hanging around his neck. (Maybe a dingo foot, since he's from Down Under.) Perhaps Jason Castro keeps a horseshoe over his door. Any one of them should have departed Idol before Amanda.
For that matter, what was America thinking in general? In addition to Amanda, Carly Smithson and Kristy Lee Cook were in the bottom three this week. I realize the theme was The Beatles, but I think viewers have been doing some "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." As Simon pointed out, Carly is one of the best
singers in the group. And while Kristy Lee has been in the bottom three the last two weeks, she sure didn't deserve it this week.
Kristy Lee, by the way, is turning out to be the Rocky Balboa of American Idol. You can knock her down, but you can't knock her out. You just can't.
So it's goodbye to Amanda -- the Harley-riding, Janis Joplin-sounding "Rock & Roll Nurse." Back to selling medical equipment in Indiana. While I think Amanda has loads of talent, I don't think we'll see a whole lot more of her in the future. Because she didn't make it into the Top Ten, she won't be on tour with the other Idol boys and girls this summer. Too bad if you
A few other Idol notes.
Kellie Pickler performed this week. She has a great voice, but her pre-performance video confirmed for me that she is the dumbest woman on the face of the Earth. Seriously. She makes Jessica Simpson look like a member of Mensa. Have you seen her now legendary appearance on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? It's all over YouTube. Check out part of it here.
They showed former Idol contestant Elliott Yamin in Africa doing advance charity work for Idol Gives Back. At one point he found out that a newborn baby was being named after him. Elliot was reduced to tears. It was a wonderful moment. Really. Even my cold, robot soul was touched.
I still think an hour is overkill for these elimination episodes, but thank goodness they didn't make all three bottom contestants re-sing their songs like they did last week. Perhaps Idol producers read my blog. I mean really... who wants to hear the worst three songs all over again? One is plenty.
Ten little Idols left and counting. See you next week.
Ethan Morris: "Not always right, but never in doubt." Go ahead and write me.