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Chikezie Eliminated from American Idol Top 10

American Idol Elimination: Down to Nine!

American Idol cut its field from 10 to nine on Wednesday, the first of that long stretch of eliminations between when the tour is set and the top three is chosen. Which singer won't be moving on? Was it the person you predicted? To talk about it, just


Awww, Chikezie! Man. I can't claim to be surprised, of course, given that I predicted he'd be headed home. But I'm still a little bummed, because when he was his fun-loving, bluegrass-y, rollicking self (as opposed to his orange-suit-wearing, lounge-singer self), he was fantastic. Unfortunately, something kept pulling him down Lounge Singer Way, and that got him booted. I get a little annoyed when the judges harp on song choice, but I think contestants like Chikezie are the reason why they do it.

I was way off in the rest of my bottom three predictions, though: Joining Chikezie in the hot seats were Syesha and Jason Castro. In the case of Castro, I suspect it's just the same kind of scare Carly got last week. He was worried for about 17 seconds before Seacrest sent him back to safety; if he has even an OK week next time out, he should be fine. In the case of Syesha, though, I suppose I wasn't the only person who had the "huh, she's still on this show?" reaction when she started singing. That can't bode well for her future.

Some other thoughts on Wednesday's show:

  • Best group sing moment ever: Michael Johns and David Cook doing a little midair chest bump.
  • Huh: Seacrest claims that while the Idol songs aren't allowed to be on the iTunes chart (in case they'd bias the vote), they'd take up the top five positions if they were allowed. Of course, he won't say which five.
  • Who remembers Buzz's old electric blue pants? I'm pretty sure Brooke White does!
  • I should have known Carly was going to be safe; nothing rallies the fans like a bottom three scare. The way she attacked Brooke on the Safe Couches made me like her more.
  • Apparently being called the dark horse is a curse this year. I'm pretty sure that's what Simon said to Alaina just before she got kicked off, and then it landed Syesha in the bottom three.
  • Why was Kimberly Locke wearing a costume from some rags-to-riches Broadway musical?
  • Kristy Lee got one of her few moments out of the bottom three, and she didn't even get to enjoy it! Instead, she looked shell-shocked sending Jason over to face the wrath of Seacrest.

So, we're down to the nine who will be mentored by Dolly Parton next week. Who needs to step it up? Who's safe for a while? And what will David Cook do with country?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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hmweis1 hmweis1 9 years
I agree.....never underestimate the patriotism of this country. Nobody's going to send someone home who sings "God Bless America". She's definitely the "all American girl" and that appeals to some people. I'm just glad Carly was out of the bottom three this week.
aed15 aed15 9 years
good call radarkitty! i've been wondering why no one has commented on this picture yet -it's posted everywhere with idol articles. i'm a HUGE fan of jason...and really like all of the studio versions of his songs available on itunes. if his song this week hadn't been drowned out by the audience (many viewers have noted this) i think he may have gotten better feedback from the judges. Regardless, i do think he does need to step it up and i'm excited to see what he'll do with a dolly parton song next week! on another note, did anyone notice all of the top 10 had on matching silver dog tag necklaces during last night's results show? anyone know what that's about? is it a 'top ten' thing? just curious.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
I predicted Chikezie would be the one, so I was right this time! It's time for Kristy and Ramiele soon!
tsp tsp 9 years
I'm holding out hope for Jason, even though he hasn't really wowed me in a few weeks. chikezie never really did it for me, so i can't say i'm heartbroken there. i do feel a little cheated by david cook's "vocal plagiarism" in swiping chris cornell's version of billie jean. rock is not my go-to genre, but i thought it was a super creative take on that song...and since i didn't know it was someone else's, i gave that credit to cook. he sang it great, but now i feel more annoyed knowing the arrangement wasn't his. oh well, i guess it really is just a karaoke show afterall...
gaptooth gaptooth 9 years
"God Bless the USA" is not an easy song. It has at least four key changes. KLC gave acceptable performance. Nothing outstanding. Someone said on another blog that she is a Carrie Underwood wannabee. I think that's o.k. as opposed to being a wannabee of the drug addicts Courtney Love or Amy Winehouse. I will be surprised if anyone other than KLC or Jason leaves next week.
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I like that David Cook always looks very thankful to be there... I like humble.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
I think a lot of people will find a coincidence that KLC sang a patriotic song poorly and got praised to no end on FOX, a station owned and operationed by the biggest conservative in the media. I know it's kinda for conspiracy theory-ish, but I'm really hoping that the judges couldn't put down her song choice. Because there's just no way they could have honestly thought she was good! I'm a bit disaapointed with the elimination. I would have much rather seen KLC or Jason go home. Surprisingly, I've kind of become fond of Ramiele.
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
Kimberly looked like she was on her way to prom. I wish Chickezie had stayed and Sayesha or Ramiele or KLC had gone home. Or Archuleta.
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
I actually read that Mr. Fierce himself; Christian Siriano designed Kimberly Locke's dress that she wore last night!!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i called that one in yesterday's poll. it's a shame cause he does have talent he just reminded me of a lounge singer.
fabric2000 fabric2000 9 years
kimberly locke looked fabulous dont knock her at all. you go girl!!!!!!!!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
I loved Carly for telling all of America that she had on several Spanx in an effort to look thin on performance night. That kind of transparency is endearing.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
KLC is such a maniuplative little... She chose that song on purpose b/c how can you vote someone off who just sang God Bless the USA? God I cant wait for her to get kicked off.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I can't believe Ramiele wasn't even in the bottom three. I had her pegged to go for sure after her performance this week. I wasn't surprised at all by Castro though, I had predicted it would be either him or Carly joining Chikezie and Ramiele. What also doesn't bode well for Syesha- if she lands herself in the bottom three after her best performance on the show, what will happen to her when she's just mediocre? I've hated her from the get go, so I looks forward to her on stage meltdown when she gets booted. :evil:
ann418 ann418 9 years
Seriously, eggmaker, I agree! Why are they still there? Chikeze wasn't my favorite, but he still deserved to make it farther than Ramiele. He can at least sing. Since next week is Dolly Parton, I'm predicting that KLC will be fine. I bet she'll even do well! Ramiele is going home next week, I really don't think she's going to do well at all with country songs.
eggmaker eggmaker 9 years
i can't believe ramiele keeps making it through. between her and kristy lee cook, there are two obvious singers that need to go home!
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
What's that one girl doing to Jason in that picture? :ponder: Her hand is mysteriously close to... Anyway....I was bummed about the outcome last night. I wanted Sayesha to go instead.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
I never ever vote and after Chris Cook's performance, i thought about it, which is huge in my book, haha.
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