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Amanda Overmyer Kicked Off American Idol

American Idol Elimination: Who's Headed Home Now?

Wednesday's American Idol finally brought out the first big prize of the season: the 10 spots up for grabs on the summer tour. As I said a while back, getting to the top 12 is nice and all — but finding out you'll have a job as a working singer for at least a few months must feel like such a dream come true.

So who's not heading out to stadiums with the Idol hopefuls this year? To find out and talk about it, just


Amanda, Ms. Rock-n-Roll Nurse, was sent home Wednesday — a decision that probably wasn't terribly surprising, given how divisive she can be (witness: my feelings about her vs. Pop's!). She wasn't going to win. But I'm still bummed that she won't be on the tour, and I'm going to miss her on the show. She truly did bring something different to Idol: a voice and a persona that were highly unusual, especially on the female side. For those reasons, I would have preferred to see Kristy go; poor girl's got to know her days are numbered.

The night also brought what I think was the first real surprise of the season: Carly ending up in the bottom three, which neither Pop nor I (nor DialIdol, for that matter) saw coming. Seacrest slipped it in so quickly that I almost thought it was a joke. Do you think her fans just got complacent? Or is she not as loved as we've been led to believe?

Some other thoughts on the show:

  • So far in this season's finals, only one guy has been in the bottom three. Just thought that was interesting.
  • Three revelations from the group sing: First, the five guys' voices sounded surprisingly awesome blended together. Second, all 11 of them sounded pretty decent together, too. And finally, Amanda can carry a tune! Even if it was just for a second.
  • Michael Johns on his work in the Ford music video: "A Susan Lucci type of performance." Also, that behind-the-scenes segment went on forever, but I do love me some cheesy Ford videos.
  • "Simon said you looked a little smug last night. How do you react to that?" Smugly, that's how.
  • Simon has no ego? Ha. Ha. Hahahahahaha.
  • Best of the night: "We have time to get to second base right now." You know, every so often, Seacrest busts one out that actually makes me laugh.
  • Kellie Pickler: "A contestant who's grown in so many ways since she left us." Heh.

Did the right person go home? And who really needs to step it up next week?

Photos courtesy of Fox

fabric2000 fabric2000 9 years
i liked chekieze oh well. hope that blond country chick goes next she bores me to sleep
gaptooth gaptooth 9 years
I told my wife when Ruben beat (?) Clay to wait until the record sales numbers came in. That's where the real votes would be. And that proved out. Clay has outsold Ruben about two to one.
hmweis1 hmweis1 9 years
It was ridiculous that Carly was in the bottom three. She is by far the best female singer on the show. Kristy should've been booted a long time ago. Chikezie should've been in the bottom three instead of Carly. He's not terrible, but nobody is going to buy his records. He'll end up like Ruben Studdard.
nadya226 nadya226 9 years
brooke sucks, and so does Paula
bealotus bealotus 9 years
gmarie, phasekitty and askmetostay: I am a David Cook fan too! He seems so comfortable on stage performing. My favorite so far was when he sung that Lionel Richie song "hello" I think it was.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I never liked Amanda so it's okay that she's gone, but seriously, Kristy Lee Cook should've been voted off! It's amazing how she's managed to stay on this long.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
gmarie and phasekitty, i love love love david cook too!!!! he's by far my favorite guy, even with that awful hairdo! syesha suffers from wannabe whitney syndrome....thinks she's amazing, think she's got the best talent, and can't see that she has to have stage presence too...not sing elevator music. i want the top four to be david cook, brooke white, carly and...someone else. i can't figure out who. NOT archuleta though...he still creeps me out.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 9 years
How KLC managed to stay in for another week I don't know- although it is particularly painful to know she'll be on the summer tour! ack
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
GMarie- you are most certainly NOT the only one who finds David Cook utterly awesome! I've been a fan since Hollywood and I'm inexplicably in love. He really does just get better and better and he seems to be enjoying himself a lot more. I also completely agree with you about Syesha. She bothers me to no end and I look forward to her being voted off because I think it will be funny to see her reaction :EVIL:
gaptooth gaptooth 9 years
AI can hardly be accused of turning out country stars. Aside from Clarkson and Underwood the others were pretty much the other side. You could hardly call Studdard or Barrino or Hicks or Sparks country. Daughtry placed fourth and Pickler was sixth. Both 2006. Incidentally, Pickler is dumber than dirt. Just my humble opinion. Two country. Four not. And this year there won't be a country winner. So that will make it two out of five. Hardly a predilection toward one venue over another.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Y'know.... Carly was my early favorite, but I didn't vote for her Tuesday night! I think she absolutely butchered that Beatles song. I love her, don't get me wrong... but I vote mainly based on performance. I am VERY glad Amanda is gone-- her shtick was great the first couple of times-- but I think she has very limited range and appeal. I hope Kristy Lee either finds her niche or goes home soon. Her voice is great, but her choices aren't. same with Ramiele (even though I voted for her on Tuesday!). I guess I'm not really super excited about any one contestant like I have been in previous years. Carly and Ramiele were my early favorites, but so far only David Archuleta has REALLY impressed me (esp on Tuesday night).
GMarie GMarie 9 years
Shoulda been Kristy, but I doubt Amanda cared all that much. I REALLY liked her singing - right up my alley, but I think the whole rigamarole was more than she was expecting. Didn't seem like it was really her bag. Syesha bugs me because she comes off as though she thinks it's a foregone conclusion that she'll win, and she just isn't that good. That may just be a style preference on my part, but still. Am I the only one who thinks David Cook is awesome? I know, I know, his hair is awful, but he's a fantastic performer IMHO - solid and improving every week. I didn't read him as smug, either - it just seemed like he was having fun.
mafonseca mafonseca 9 years
The first thing I thought when I saw that Amanda was out was "Pop must be soooooooo happy right now"... And I agree!!
crankycoyote crankycoyote 9 years
Amanda should NOT have been voted off this soon.I knew she had little chance of winning,but she's far more talented than several others who stayed,(such as the incredibly annoying and soulless Ramiele and Syesha).Carly being in the bottom three was ridiculous..she's the best singer this season,by far.As "sumnboutme" said,Simon was spot on in this being a SINGING competition.The only reason Jason,Ramiele and Syesha are still there is because apparently some folks find each of them "cute".
sarahbeee sarahbeee 9 years
i was so upset about amanda leaving! i mean, i know her days were kind of numbered but kristy should have gone. i think the only reason she is staying is because idol has such a history of turning out successful country stars and she's the only contestant obviously leaning toward country. but that's just not enough! she butchered those two beatles songs. and also, i really thought, that based on the performances, chikezie should have been in the bottom 3, not carly. his performance was a massacre of a wonderful song. he got to full of himself after the phenomenal performance he had the week before and really messed it up, i think.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 9 years
I have a feeling the winner is going to be one of the fellas. The ladies just don't seem to be as strong this year as in previous years.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
I think people who watch the show should listen to what Simon said last week...this is a 'talent' show and not a popularity show.
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 9 years
I agree about Amanda, Phasekitty. I thought Amanda was lip-syncing through most of the group performance. She looked uncomfortable.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I'm a fan of Kristy's and even I thought she needed to go last night. But then again, look how long Haley stayed last year based on nice legs and Kristy's way cuter, I think. I kind of feel bad for her because as badly as she wants to stay, you know she couldn't help but think that it should have been her last night. I also think Carly was a victim of her fans assuming she was safe. I honestly thought the first victim to that would be Michael Johns, but guess not. I was cracking up over that Ford commercial last night since Syesha, the self proclaimed "working actress" was seen for no more than a split second in the Ford commercial about movie actors. Fantastic. Did anyone notice that in that medley when the girls were singing together, Amanda wasn't singing? Not until they did her spotlight towards the end. I felt like it was probably because her voice would have stood out so much from the others who harmonized so well. Also, did anyone else get the feeling that Amanda never gelled with any of the other contestants? Even in that picture up there she looks incredibly uncomfortable to be in that group hug. Amanda really did bring something different to the show, but she was never going to win. First I hated her, then I liked her last week and the week before, then this week wasn't that great. I'm really not too broken up, and I'm still crossing my fingers that Kristy will find the right song to stand out.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I forgot to add that Kellie Pickler is crap also. Why anyone would think that we need one more BAD blonde country singer is beyond me. I'm looking at you KLC!
gaptooth gaptooth 9 years
Amanda is a one trick pony. Etheridge is a rock star. Joplin was a rock star. David doesn't have to worry about leaving because of the young girls voting. Ditto Jason. Ditto Ramie except it's the young boys voting (and some dirty old men).
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
What a crock of shit. Amanda was an actual rock star. KLC should have gone home.
Isista Isista 9 years
I haven't been keeping up with Idol as much as in past years, but the second I heard the country girl butchering her song last week, and then another disappointing performance this week, I wanted her gone. And yet the woman with actual talent leaves. Figures. Rockers never work on American Idol. But hopefully, just like Daughtry, she gets a deal and makes it ten times bigger than whoever wins this year. Unless it's Jason (that's the name of the guy with the dreads, right?) or the black guy (I honestly can't remember his name). They actually have talent.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 9 years
I'm so beyond happy that Amanda went home last night, I think Carly was the first victim of her fans thinking she was automatically safe and didn't vote enough for her. I think they all need to step up since this week clearly was the worst so far.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
I think they should have cut the whole bottom three last night, i can't stand any of those girls. Amanda - not everywhere on the planet is a biker bar. and cut back on the whiskey and cigars, you might keep your voice until you hit 30. Kristy - you are cute, but just not cute enough to win over the blonde-country-lovin voters. and i'm sorry, but Carly - you have no soul. (not in a spiritual sense, i would never say that about someone, i mean in the singing sense) I just feel like the Prince Humperdinck in the Princess Bride during his wedding- "Skip to the End!" We know they are gonna go, it's just a matter of time.
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