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"American Idol" Elimination: Melinda Moves Out

"American Idol" Elimination: Melinda Moves Out

In the end, being consistently good wasn't enough to get Melinda Doolittle into the "American Idol" finals. The most experienced contestant of the season was booted before the final two, making way for a Blake vs. Jordin finale next week.

I'm torn about Melinda's elimination. On the one hand, I saw it coming — and on the other hand, I was hoping that all of you were right and she'd be around another week. There are a slew of "Melinda was robbed!" stories being written right now, and I see the point there; I think she's the most talented, and certainly the most professional and polished, "Idol" contestant this year and, based purely on singing, she's the best the show has ever had. And yet, the buzz on her was always that she was boring, or old, or just lacking whatever star power she'd need to really be the "Idol" winner, and I don't think voters just care about singing — they want a great entertainer. As I said yesterday, though, I don't think Melinda needs the "Idol" title at all; she's going to get a record deal and put out some amazing music, and she might be better off without producers trying to shove her into a pop/rock box.

A few more thoughts about the results show, including the hometown visits, so

  • Jordin looked more upset at Melinda's elimination than Melinda did. They were roommates through at least part of the competition, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Melinda was a mother figure to Jordin.
  • By advancing to the finale, Jordin broke a curse that had been with "Idol" since the beginning: Until this week, every contestant who'd gone first when the top three sang had been eliminated.
  • Really, I wonder how Seacrest felt about losing his intro spot to a cartoon. Homer got a lot right, of course ("Simon was scary, Paula was nice ..."), but Seacrest is better for at least one thing: Homer's "This ... is 'American Idol'" just didn't have the usual punch.
  • Jordin's hometown visit: So! Cute! But I have to say, singing "I Who Have Nothing" for the Glendale public probably took that exuberant, screaming crowd down a few notches, huh? That song = gloomy.
  • Just for posterity, the final Idol Challenge question: Which season five finalist was not in the final two: Elliott, Katharine or Taylor? Ha.
  • Speaking of Elliott, he looks so much better with the curly mop of hair (though he might want to consider shaving). He also seems so much more comfortable on stage than he ever did on "Idol."
  • "This! Blake! Has! Taken control! Of me!" Ryan "sang" as he sat down next to Blake. Then he asked Blake if he really does like big butts; Blake responded "I can't lie." That's my boy.
  • Scariest part of Blake's hometown visit: the throngs of teenage girls pounding on the window while Blake did his radio interview. I mean, wow.
  • Melinda seemed incredibly gracious and loving in her hometown visit video — but I suppose that's no surprise by now.
  • Loved the little kids who played junior versions of the finalists in the pimpomercial.
  • So I have to ask ... with Melinda gone, could Blake actually win this thing?

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first_lady first_lady 10 years
i want blake to win, because he's such a risk-taker and i like it!
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 10 years
I think this is pretty much Jordin's game now, unless some of that attitude over the last couple weeks goes against her. I was really hoping for a Melinda + Blake Final 2, just because I feel like they complement each other well, but it wasn't to be, I guess? I really hadn't realized the anti-Melinda sentiment was so prominent, though - she had clearly dominated last week, but all that "Shrek!" bull topped that? That's pretty disheartening.
I think Jordin's gonna win voice wise. But Blake could win too because hes an awesome performer AND hes WICKED hot!!! :DROOL: _______________________________________________________________ u C@n St@nD uNd3r Mii UmBr3!!@ ♥
serena serena 10 years
I think Melinda will have a huge career. She is a phenominal singer and has such great stage presence and a great attitiude. I am shocked she is not going to be winning this year!
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 10 years
P.S. "Good" is what wins Idol, GREAT is not !!!!!
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 10 years
I'm voting for Blake after what happened to Melinda. She's 28 and I feel she was AWESOME and GORGEOUS. She was not only Simon's favorite but MINE too. SHE'S AWESOME AND SHE'LL TURN OUT JUST LIKE CHRIS DAUGHTRY FROM LAST YEAR. Oh and AFTER SHE'S MADE HER FIRST FEW MILLION and someone else has not, she'll be singing HAVE A NICE DAY.
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
Melinda is a great singer, but there's nothing special about her and she's unattractive. That's just the bottom line. Blake is unique and cute.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
Oh, one more thing. Elliot Yamin can SING. I really wanted him to win last year, and I'm still convinced that he's the best male singer that's ever been on the show.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
I thought it was odd that, while Melinda looked shocked to hear that she was a great singer (week after week after week), her face showed ZERO surprise when she was eliminated. That's odd, isn't it? I'm all in for Blake now. He won me over with the quick comeback on "Do you really like big butts?"
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I felt really bad for Melinda- still don't really get why she didn't win (too 'old'? I mean how old is she? Geez!). She was the best singer by far and her personality was great- after she cut out the ah geez shucks attitude. Blake and Jordin are also completely awesome- love them both. I felt bad for that cute Elliot last night he got slighted on two counts that I saw. First the trivia question reminding people he didn't make it to the finals and then Ryan having the judges 'judge' him. Yeah they were nicein their responses but didn't even sound sincere. That was cringe producing.
CocoChic CocoChic 10 years
I'm so happy that these are the final two. They have been my favorites all season. While I love Blake and I'm totally going to buy his album, Jordin is who I want to win.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I think Blake's the winner too! He's an entertainer he reminds me of Justin Timberlake.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
singing/voice wise.... jordin will win. but blake is definitely making the girls melt so he prob has a chance. melinda looked great tho!
sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
I think Jordin is going to win!
UTgirl UTgirl 10 years
I can't believe Blake may win. I remember finding out he'd made it through auditions! I remember being excited he made the top 20, then the top 10. This is all so unbelievable!
blogsap blogsap 10 years
no way, i can't be the only jordin fan (because Mindy Doo is gone)
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I thought Melinda looked tired and ready to go all night. She seemed less into it than before in my opinion. This should be really interesting next week. I am putting my bets on Blake taking it all.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I want Blake to win!
ktjones ktjones 10 years
I was so excited Blake is in the finals...what can I say I am a Blaker! I predicted that Melinda would be eliminated. I think she is a fabulous singer but I see her like I saw Elliot last year. Probably the best singer but does not have the personality to gain a big enough fan base to win. Also, she does not have the idol look. To be an idol people have to want to be you. For Melinda, I think people would only want her voice. She is going to have a career regardless though! Congrats to all three finalists!
UTgirl UTgirl 10 years
PS. Blake looked shocked last night! He looked like he was preparing to leave. He was so gracious and looked genuinely excited when it was announced Jordin was safe. I know first hand he's a great guy with a great attitude. I loved it when they showed Blake's homecoming! I totally cried when they showed him with his family.
UTgirl UTgirl 10 years
I'm for Blake all the way. He's my Bothell hometown buddy! I however was STUNNED when Melinda was eliminated. I'm still shocked. I felt bad for Melinda but I'm sure she'll move onto bigger and better things. Jordin might fare better with an AI contract. Blake will have a record deal no matter what and I'm not sure he'd enjoy being under the thumb of AI. Jordin is younger and might benefit more from it. I'm really interested to hear what everyone else has to say here on Buzz!
jemison jemison 10 years
I was worried that Blake wouldn't stand a chance against Melinda, but now... haha well I guess I'm still concerned because America apparently likes Jordin a lot..still hoping for Blake though!
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