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American Idol Elimination: David Hernandez Booted from the Top 12

American Idol Elimination: Down to 11!

It feels like our American Idol contestants just got to celebrate their status in the top 12, and already one of them is heading home. Whose Beatles song wasn't enough to push them foward into the next round? To find out who's missing from the picture above, just


That would be David Hernandez who's sung his last song on the Idol stage. His "desperate"-sounding "I Saw Her Standing There" got him booted first from the finals on Wednesday night. Well, that's one way to get rid of a controversy. Farewell, David. I'll think of you next time I go to a "pizza bistro."

Some other thoughts on the show:

  • I had the right bottom three, but the wrong person going home. Nice one, Pop!
  • Just for the record: There were 29 million votes this week. I think last week went over 30 mil.
  • Because there were so many votes — or, at least that's the reason according to Seacrest — next week will feature yet more songs from Lennon/McCartney. That strikes me as a bad idea. At least spread it out!
  • First Ford ad! A politically themed spot set to "The Distance." Best moment: Chikezie holding the big sumo wrestler baby. Man, I love those things more than I should.
  • Um, nice Horton Hears a Who ad disguised as a "Contestants try to grapple with going Hollywood" video package.
  • Snap judgment: Was Jason Castro actually stoned while trying to answer the question from that 12-year-old?
  • I remember liking Katharine McPhee a lot more when she was actually competing on Idol. Good to know she's recording again, though, what with all that business about being dropped by her label.
  • How are we liking Reuben's farewell song?

Were you surprised at David's elimination? Still think Kristy should have gone? And how do you feel about a second round of Beatles tunes so soon?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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hmweis1 hmweis1 9 years
Definitely shouldn't do Beatles songs again....they already milked that for all it's worth. David going home was the right choice, but next week it better be Kristy. She's cute, but not good enough. Carly, David C and Jason should be in the top three at the end. And finally, the banter between Seacrest and Cowell is getting OLD! Stop ignoring the contestants and have your pi**ing contest some other time.
hahaylayp hahaylayp 9 years
@juju spot on! as Simon would say
juju4 juju4 9 years
I feel like all of the contestants this season have opposite-sex counterparts in the top 12 (except for David and Kristy...and they will be heading home first!). Hippie couple: Brooke and Jason R&B couple: Syesha and Chikezie Rock couple: David Cook and Amanda Shy balladeer couple: David Archeleta and Ramiele Rock-tinged belters: John and Carly Poor David and Kristy didn't match.
HeatherFOB HeatherFOB 9 years
I liked the show last night. Don't know why, but it just stood out from all the other episodes this season. Covering The Beatles is a pretty hard task. Not only will you have critics picking at you, but hardcore fans as well. The only reason American Idol was allowed to use Beatles songs after six years of trying, is because they're getting ready to release the catalog onto iTunes. That's just my belief of course. But I must say, seeing David Hernandez go was ok. I wasn't against it. He had somewhat of a cocky attitude to him. Was it just me? Oh well. But have you noticed how American Idol pulls in so many people? It's no surprise why they're nominated for FAVORITE REALITY SHOW on Nickelodeons' Kids' Choice Awards. You can go vote for the show here They have more categories to vote for, plus FREE downloads, a reaaaaaally cool widget (click on it repeatedly and see what happens), a neat innovative VIDEO MIXER featuring JACK BLACK, because he's hosting again you know. Oh yes. A second time around. I'm working with Nick to get the word out. So make sure you check out the show, it airs on MARCH 29th @ 8PM. WHO DO YOU GUYS WANT TO SEE GETTING SLIMED? (Paula maybe?)
emalove emalove 9 years
Kristy Lee should have gone home before him...she was beyond horrible this week.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I was honestly shocked that Kristy didn't get sent home. Oh well. I don't see her staying around for much longer.
nadya226 nadya226 9 years
I hate Brook White, she seems so phony to me, and irritating!!! never seen a rated R movie is bull!!! and she looks 30!!! so cute she is not!!! she gots to go, and that chick that made that beatle song into a honky-donky song stupid chick, why would you do that to the beatles, what did they do to you???
GMarie GMarie 9 years
I thought the right person went home, even though Kristy is the weakest link. I'm from Oregon, so I feel obligated to wish her well - though there's no way in any universe that she could win, unless she becomes another Sanjaya. Syesha irritates me. She has this attitude like she already knows she's going to win, and I just think she's way off. I think Chikezie is great. He works harder and harder every week, and he's getting better and better. Plus, he has a pretty smile. Amanda is awesome! As for the movie plugs, I'd rather have stuff like that and the product placement for Coke, etc... than even more commercials. I think it's a smart thing for them to do in the TiVo/DVR era, and the Ford commercials are sort of entertaining. :)
vbeetle vbeetle 9 years
I am glad David is gone, but I do not like Chikezie,and he will not sell records so please America vote him off! Kristy will do good on the QVC channel or in hair commercials, not as a singer.Also Syesha was in commercials,girl go back to doing that too!
annstofflet annstofflet 9 years
I don't think Kristi is bad, she definitely has the country vibe, and maybe that is why people want her gone, but David's facial expressions and moved looked like a cheesy cabaret act at a men's nudie club. I think Ramiele should have been in the bottom 3 instead of Kritsi. But when it comes down to it, neither of them will win so who cares. Another thing I DON'T get, why people are so wowed by David Cook - HUH - he is a Daughtry wannabe with a bad comb over - trying way too hard to look cool and he was screaming that Eleanor Rigby mess. I think the judges were fawning over David Cook because they know that Chris Daughtry is now selling albums (CDs LOL)and they see dollar signs, but this guy is no Daughtry.
taraevans94 taraevans94 9 years
I don't think they should do The Beatles again either... I mean, yes it was successful this week, but isn't it just like FOX to be like "Oh my gosh! That worked really well! Let's do it 1,000 more times!" How about choosing yet another successful theme for next week? Also, I was super-glad that David went home. His voice is too thin and his song choices and performances are really karoke-like. There's way too much better talent this year to have him on a minute longer. I agree that Kristy Lee's song was horrid on Mon night, but she really does have a good voice and seemingly a very good and funny personality. I can see her growing as a singer if they let her stay a bit longer. I will go on the record right now and pick the final two: David Cook and Carly Smithson. They are both SO good and they're not your usual R&B/POP singers you always seem to get on this show. I would love it if David won because he has an amazing voice and I believe would put out a good album. However, the same for Carly - LOVE LOVE LOVE her voice and attitude. Thought the Ford commercial was really cute - love that song, too. Rueben's farewell song was just ok. I never really understood why he won in the first place.
Jesstagirl Jesstagirl 9 years
Am I the only one who can't stand Amanda? I'm glad David went home, he was definitely the worst of the three. I like Kristy's voice; it was just a really poor style she choose for that song.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Jason totally looks like he would be one of my stoner college friends (FYI, I don't smoke pot but know people who do).
indielove indielove 9 years
Kristy is lame and needs to go home ASAP. Who are these people who are voting for her?
lccc lccc 9 years
Oh, and please, let Kristy be the next to go home! Last night I muted the television when she started singing that mess again.
lccc lccc 9 years
The reason I didn't vote on Tuesday is that I liked so many of the contestants that night, I couldn't decide which one was better. My personal favorites are David Cook, Jason Castro and Chickezie, but I also like Michael Johns, Brooke White, Carly Smithson and Ramiele Malubay! Hell, I even like Syesha! I think David Hernandez has a good voice, but he's tacky, cheesy... If he was cooler and more attractive, he might have had his past as a male stripper forgiven by the public.
vcastellanos16 vcastellanos16 9 years
I am all for Kristy going home. I really thought she would. I have not been a fan of hers since she came on the show. Also, it is way too soon to do more Lennon/McCartney songs. I didn't enjoy the first one. Please let it be a joke and they are not doing it again.
MollyKat25 MollyKat25 9 years
I don't understand how Kristy is still there. She needs to go home.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this was the first time I watched the show and I really thought that David guy sucked so am glad he went home.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 9 years
David did not give his best performance. But it was very clear to me that the judges wanted him to go. They do influence voting.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I didn't mind Ruben's song, though I was a little surprised that it wasn't an original song. I still like "I'm Going Home." It was just so literally to the point. I was so surprised they made all THREE sing last night? I thought it may have been because there have been a handful of people this year who just plain couldn't sing after being voted off because they were such an emotional wreck. And I was super annoyed when I heard they'd be doing Beatles again next week. I agree, Buzz, let's mix it up a bit. Plus I felt like they covered so many good songs between this week, the medley (like the car commercials, I love those medleys a little too much as well :) ), and with Kat McPhee's song that next week might be weird. It'd be odd if they repeated any songs. I was pretty happy with myself for predicting the bottom three and the one going home. Kristy just needs to find a better song, or she'll do really, really bad and go home next week. Besides, I'd rather hear another of her songs than David Hernandez's. She's too cute to go home first :)
bchicgrl bchicgrl 9 years
I'm glad David went home, I never thought he was all that good, considering the talent level of the other guys. I definitely agreed with the bottom 3 even though I would've liked to see Amanda in there because she is the one I just can't stand. I liked Sanjaya better from last season, and he was there last night with his sister. I'm glad Kat is recording again, she has a really awesome voice and to me the true winner of season 5 but oh well. As for Ruben's farewell song, I could do without. They should pick a more accomplished artist to provide that song.
Brittfish Brittfish 9 years
First, whose WORST idea was it to have everyone in the bottom 3 sing again? This was horribly painful. We didn't like them the first time, why would we want to hear them all again? On the same note, I've always thought the losing contestant should be able to choose from all the numbers they've performed on the show as their swan song, instead of just the one that got them kicked off. Why not leave on a high note? Also, Reuben's farewell song - meh. It's no "You Had a Bad Day"
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
why the heck is Kristy still there????? David had one bad performance and leaves??? i don't get it. This is the second week i'm angry with the results.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I am anxiously awaiting the night when Kristy goes home! She should have gone last week.
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