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Michael Johns Eliminated from American Idol

American Idol Rundown: Who Made the Top Seven?

Well, there were no charitable surprises on American Idol this year. Someone went home during Idol Gives Back week on Thursday, and the announcement literally made my jaw drop. Which of these eight folks couldn't get past the inspirational-song round? To find out and talk about it, just


Michael Johns! Wow. You know, a couple of you pointed out that he was due for a bottom-three scare, and I also wasn't surprised to see him end up there — but out? Like out of the competition? And so soon? And wasn't it mean of Ryan to, just for a moment, pretend like he was going to let everyone stay in? Michael seemed truly stunned — as did his family, as did most of the audience. I didn't picture him staying all the way to the end, but past Syesha and Kristy Lee, for sure.

Speaking of Syesha, she too was in the bottom this week, along with Carly — nothing too remarkable there. It's interesting to note, though, that all of those three have had a hard time with song choice and/or with connecting with a particular fan base. Was it a personalty issue? Did Michael's hotness just stun everyone into complacency? How surprised were you?

As for the rest of the show, it was an hour filled mostly with leftovers that somehow didn't fit into Idol Gives Back. Here are some more of my thoughts:

  • So, Idol Gives Back has raised more than $60 million so far, despite the lower-than-expected viewing numbers and the lack of a pay-per-vote incentive. Not bad. I'm guessing the iTunes downloads helped a lot, especially that top-selling opening number.
  • How can you not love Forest Whitaker after his Africa videos? It's nice when the people in Hollywood who you thought would be good people turn out to actually be good people, you know?
  • Jordin Sparks is adorable. I'm really rooting for her to succeed, and "No Air" seems to be helping her more than "Tattoo" did.
  • I know we're at the point in the season that Ryan starts getting all tricky with the eliminations and the who's safe/who's out pattern and all that, but I still didn't expect the first five safe, last three in the bottom outcome.
  • Uggghhhhh, John McCain really made a Michigan and Florida delegate joke?
  • So, I kinda liked the "Stayin' Alive" goofy dancing montage. Of all the Idol Gives Back leftovers, that's the one I would have most liked to see on Wednesday, just to lighten the mood a wee bit.

Your thoughts on Thursday's show? Were you surprised by the elimination? And who's got some work to do?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
I don't follow American Idol but I'm Australian and it was all over our news/newspapers that he got voted out - that was the first I heard of it, haha.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
:rotfl: treb!
hmweis1 hmweis1 9 years
I'm so sad. My only thought would be that maybe since he's older than the rest, he doesn't appeal to the younger (majority of) voters? I don't know, but I think he'll be fine and do well on his own. But it is kind of a slap in the face to him that he was eliminated before Kristy Lee Cook. She's lucky she has that hot bod or else she would've been gone a LONG time ago.
SapphireSky SapphireSky 9 years
My guess is that Michael and D. Cook share much of the same demographic. Cook's following is likely a bit stronger and his weaker than usual performance probably convinced die-hards and split fans to vote for him to ensure he stayed far away from the bottom 3. Really not the outcome I was hoping for. Syesha has not lived up to her potential as a vocalist and her confidence so often comes across as arrogance. Ready to say good-bye to her. Carly needs to work it out and right quick if she wants to stay any longer...
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
treb :ROTFL: I almost spit up my ice cream with your comment...
treb treb 9 years
Paula Abdul? Did you join the sugar community?
exoticviccy exoticviccy 9 years
fish American idol and Fish the funny politics, Michael John let you release your album ( make sure you release it quick ), we will make it platinum. I was not a fan of Michael when I start watching him but later on I was so impress with him being too shy, his decency and his personality, his voice is so perfect to be our future rock star favorite, I like David A but he has so much time to try and learn for michael it was so important I guess, You Guys remember his face last night so much pain on his face but he was trying to smile and sing I am soooo disturb on his elemination, Infect I was having my beer glass in my hand and when ryan start saying ...... I screamed " no Ryan stop it " and threw my glass ( lol I can see stain on my wall) when I use to watch him singing I use to say to my friends that how much we need a singer like him, a singer with his heavy voice and to remind us some great singer like B adams, Michael Bolton, Chris Rea, Foreigner, queen and many more someone who could sing near to these Legends was only Michael John ( though he was never my most favorite) but he has something like when you see him walking on street, you will say " hey he must be a singer or Artist any way I am so disappointed by this results and I really hope we all hear from Michael soon, WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL AND YOU ARE A STAR NOW so please go on on and don't look back, and warning for Ryan If I see him on the road I will give him run.........for removing Michael ...... lol take care everyone !!!!!!!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I was totally shocked that Michael went home...he shouldn't have won the whole competition, but he deserved to stay in a lot longer. Syesha, Kristy Lee, or Carly should have gone home before him. Although I am a Christian, I did think it was odd that they sang "Shout to the Lord." I thought at least one of the contestants would be uncomfortable with it. However, if it makes you so angry then why not turn off Idol for 2 minutes? I'm sure its not gonna happen every week.
KittyK KittyK 9 years
I'm in shock....1)MJ should have been in the final three 2) Jordan looked great but she looked like she was going to pounce on Chris Brown; meanwhile he was trying to keep a respectable distance so that Rihanna wouldn't get upset 3)Ryan was so annoying with his tricks...he always has to stretch his on screen time!
zombielove zombielove 9 years
ryan was an a-hole, mentioning last year they didnt send anyone home and then tell michael "but youre bouncin betch"...suuure he didnt use those words, but he might as well have. it was horrible.
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 9 years
I was SHOCKED. Michael was my favorite on the show. I have high hopes for him though and wish him all the best! I also thought Ryan was unusually cruel.
Jewels2 Jewels2 9 years
I loved michael! i was counting on voting for either him or David Cook in the end. I cant stand KLC and David A. is getting on my nerves too. I wish the best for Michael. I think will be seeing more of him
Brittfish Brittfish 9 years
Why has Idol suddenly become Bush country? I have to lobby for separation of church and Idol. Up next week - a pro-life group number that also reminds us the surge is working.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
i saw it coming, but i HATE kristy lee and i will pop open a bottle of champagne when she leaves freaking finally (hopefully next week). p.s. what's with the deity related songs all of a sudden? i'm so over that noise.
amvbob amvbob 9 years
I said SHUT UP like 50 times. I thought Ryan was pretty cruel too. I'm a little tired of him, he's on this weird power trip these days. I'm guessing Kristy Lee continues to pull the red state/redneck vote so we're probably stuck with her. And Jordin was so all over Chris Brown. Oh...Chris Brown. So hot.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
shocked!!!!! Kristy Lee should be voted off. She has no star quality whatsoever.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
P.S I LOVE jordan...she is such a cutie! And I love "No air". I have been rooting for her since she sang her first not in her audition last yr! Btw total chemistry between her and chris brown Anyways, I hope there are no more shockers...I don't think my heart can take it.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!! Sayesha should have gone!!! I was looking forward to her getting the boot. Michael did not deserve to go..*cries* I thought he'd make the top three. Life is so unfair.
treb treb 9 years
That was a cold rejection...I did NOT like the way them left him hanging with the possibility of hope there. Just be upfront and don't dangle the possibility of another week in front of the poor guy. And it DID really bother me that they sang a praise song? I guess I didn't realize that all of america loves Jesus...or mabye all people with giving hearts must be christians. "But...I don't even believe in Jebus!"
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
My jaw dropped too the Jennifer Hudson elimination way back in the day, that's the most surprised I've been by someone clearly being voted off before they deserved to go. Michael wouldn't have won it all but he definitely deserved to stay in the competition - at least into the top 5! It was hard to watch too because everyone seemed so shocked about the outcome that the last portion of the show seemed very awkward...there was a total overshadow "we seriously didn't see that coming" vibe. Even normally unflappable Ryan seemed a little flustered...although the open mouthed shock on Paula was pretty funny to see. Here's hoping Dolly was serious about working with him some more because I would definitely listen to anything they'd collaborate on!
JordinSparks1Fan JordinSparks1Fan 9 years
Uhhhh Michael was totally robbed!!! Although I agree - there is something shady going on with the voting system. "Jordin Sparks is adorable. I'm really rooting for her to succeed, and "No Air" seems to be helping her more than "Tattoo" did." Thank you!! Jordin Sparks IS adorable! She has an amazing voice and awesome lyrics. I like her songs so much I downloaded a ringtone of an exclusive cut from her new song “Young and In Love (Intro)" on this website called Thumbplay ... here's the link:
cutesy11 cutesy11 9 years
ugh freaking kristy lee! can she please go already? like really, please go. well, i guess between top 10 and top 3 it really doesn't matter the kick off order. sorry if i'm being cruel, i'm just upset with this season.
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
I was so shocked and sad! I really liked Michael, and he definitely deserves to be there more then Syesha (who should have gone home WEEKS ago) and KLC. I like Carly and I like her tattoos. Ryan was extra mean and it made me really mad. I know stringing people along is part of the show but his little trick was downright cruel. Hopefully we see more from cute aussie Michael in the future!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Even if you didn't like MIchael, there were DEFINITELY worse people still there. Seriously, the popularity contest just BOTHERS me. But what can you do? I heard someone say once that maybe the contest would be better if you voted who you DIDN'T want to win. But that too might not work because people would get ganged up on. No real way to make it perfect. I just hope MIchael goes on to do good things. And Syesha better go home next week. LEAVE DAMMIT
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
First, I was swelling with pride last night for predicting the bottom three! :medal: But then I kept waiting for Ryan to say, "Michael you are safe"...or even when he called out Kristy Lee and Syesha to say, "You are the bottom two." I was totally shocked that Michael went home but like I said in my comments on performance night- he was first and forgettable. I'm not surprised that his fans assumed he was fine and others just forgot about him altogether. Also, his niche was definitely in the bluesy rock like Randy said which is why last week he was freaking awesome with the Dolly song. This week he tried to go rocker on us and that role's already been filled on this season by David Cook. Looks aside, those two were nearly interchangeable this week and David's got the bigger fan club. I was definitely sad to see him go- I had my money on Syesha. I don't know how much more of her I can take.
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