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Four more go home on 'American Idol'

Time to eliminate four more Idolettes!

But first, we need to watch a melodramatic medley of what "American Idol" producers think are the best Judging Moments this week. They include a clip of judge Simon Cowell telling one of the Idolettes he may have totally "misunderestimated" her. Nobody's going to protect Simon now that he's announced he's leaving. Goody!


John Park performs his farewell song after getting booted off 'Idol' on last night's episode. (Frank Micelotta -- Fox)

Twenty seven million votes were cast this week. And former Idolette, Danny Gokey is in the room! Let's see how many minutes it takes him to bring up his dead wife.

Simon admits that one of the Idolettes the judges gave praise to this week was, when he went back and watched it on TV, so bad he had to turn the TV off. That can only be Michelle Delamor, who so dazzled them with her beauty and her costume, they couldn't hear straight.

While the show keeps finding little ways to make him look bad -- "misunderestimated" just never gets old -- Simon's poking holes in the franchise whenever he sees the opportunity this season. In addition to this comment about making bad calls, he's also admitted the judges contradict themselves all the time.

We really look forward to the Group Lip-Synch this season because it means we get to play another round of Who Looks More Uncomfortable, Crystal Bowersox or Casey James? This week's is the most obvious Group Lip-Synch in 'Idol' history -- there even seems to be pre-recorded applause at the end.

They cut to commercial in which we are urged to watch John Walsh and President Barack Obama for "an historic television event." That is, of course, the 1000th episode of "America's Most Wanted" this Saturday.

"I just want to say 'Congratulations'. America greatly appreciates what you guys have done," President Obama tells Walsh, of his to-catch-a-scumbag reality series.

Tim Urban will survive another week, though he's the worst guy singer, because he has this competition's most pettable hair and looks like a guest star on "Smallville."

Michael Lynche is safe too; ditto Casey James, leaving Back Row Boys Todrick Hall and John Park.

Judge Randy Jackson says they're both vulnerable because they "lost the plot." We knew someone was writing ex-judge Paula Abdul's comments after each performance once she started using polysyllabic words, but we did not realize they were writing storylines for the Idolettes too.

Since Simon had predicted on Tuesday that Park's a cappella group, Blue Funk, or Purple Rain, or Hazy Days, or whatever they're called, will be getting its lead singer back this week, it comes as no surprise that Park is this week's first out. He confides that being told he had a nice bottom, or something like that, by Shania Twain, is the highlight of his "American Idol" experience. Lucky guy.

He re-sings "Gravity" and is much better than Tuesday night.

After the break, show host Ryan Seacrest starts thinning the Front Row. Lee Dewyze is considered the frontrunner guy this season, so he's safe. Little Aaron Kelly and Alex Lambert are as well. That leaves Jermaine Sellers and Andrew Garcia. And we all know where this is going.

Jermaine says he's a church singer -- for the last time on "American Idol" -- and that "in God there is no failure." He also advises everyone to invest in a onesy, his favorite casual wear. He re-sings "What's Going On" and is a whole lot better than Tuesday. Too bad.

It takes Danny Gokey under two minutes to bring up his dead wife after singing "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me." It's in the context of explaining how fantastic it is that he discovered the guy who had written the tune had also lost his wife - just like Danny Gokey. "It's like one of those things!" Gokey gushes as Seabiscuit. "It's like an anthem for me -- I'm excited about life again!"

Indie Rock/Kabuki Theater Girl Lilly Scott is safe, as are Paige Miles and Katie Stevens who, we learned this week, can ask someone to kiss her in six languages. That leaves Michelle Delamor and Didi Benami vulnerable among the Back Row Chicks. But Simon was savage to Didi, who weeps a lot, on Wednesday,guaranteeing her loads of sympathy votes. And, judge Kara DioGuardi is allowed to blah, blah, blah about how in-danger Michelle is -- by way of trying to restore the credibility of the judges who had gushed over Michelle on Wednesday night. This means Michelle must be kaput. She re-sings this week's tune again, and darned if she isn't a whole lot worse than Wednesday.

After the break, Seabiscuit goes after the Front Row.

Katelyn Epperly is safe; likewise Crystal Bowersox who, Seabiscuit reminds us tonight, had been toldon Wednesday she is the new Kelly Clarkson in the competition. Crystal appears to have no idea what Seabiscuit is talking about, just like she didn't on Wednesday, having never seen the show. Siobhan Magnus is safe too, leaving Haeley Vaughn and Lacey Brown standing. Simon says it's obvious who is leaving, having already forgotten that this is a competition in which Tim Urban can survive. Simon is so checked out.

Haeley is toast. Ryan cues her to sing Miley Cyrus's "The Climb" one more time, only he's interrupted by someone screeching from off-stage to stop. He apparently forgot to let them run the This is Your Life, Haeley tape. They do so and then Haeley re-sings the tune and reminds us why she needed to go spend a year strengthening her muscle, as Kara had advised her Tuesday night.


By Lisa de Moraes  |  March 5, 2010; 8:47 AM ET
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Comments

I think America got it wrong with Park, but I'm OK with the others. But we're now at a point where it's a popularity content and not about who is the best singer.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | March 5, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

And now, my impression of Danny Gokey's manager 1 minute before his performance:

"Look buby, you got 2 minute tops - be sure to mention that the song is about a dead wife and that's you too. Acknowledge the judges. Touch Ryan a lot! people will think you are of equal status and therefore a celebrity. Don't forget the wife angle. Absolutely do not forget the tour with Sugarland! And if you don't pitch the website you can find your own way back to the Ramada!"

Posted by: molsonmich | March 5, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Simon said that it was obvious who was going home because there was a clear pattern. Everyone kicked off last night was a minority.

Posted by: anne_t | March 5, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

>>Simon said that it was obvious who was going home because there was a clear pattern. Everyone kicked off last night was a minority.>>

Yeah, that is so true. You can clearly see what the demographics of this show are. I was so sad to see John Park and Jermaine go. John is a great singer, and although Jermaine has not done spectacularly -- he IS talented and I always looked forward to his performances. He was unpredictable and always looked like he was having a great time. Can't believe they are going before Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly. Unreal.

Posted by: tmeintermedia | March 5, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand how/why Lacey Brown made it to the top 24 but Angela Martin didn't. And John Park is a much better singer than Tim "Brady Bunch" Urban. The judges made a terrible call bringing him back.

Posted by: kdinsd | March 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

John Park? He was terrible. You're right that Mophead Tim Urban deserved it more, but it wasn't exactly suprising that Park was out, ditto for Jermaine and his freauxhawk.

Haley was also a disaster. She couldn't even sing a Miley Cyrus song, let's get real here.

It didn't have anything to do with being a minority, that whole thing got old a long time ago.

Being a horrible singer has no ethnic bounds.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Being a horrible singer has no ethnic bounds." - most definitely! While I agree Tim Urban should have been gone before John Park, old Timmy's got the tweens vote and we all know how that goes. The people that have left thus far haven't clicked with the audience. We'll see what happens next!

Posted by: MrsKirby | March 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This "racial" thing is utter dog poop. Out of eight winners, three have been either African American or biracial.

The reason Jermaine went home was those annoying riffs and runs that (he said when the judges told him to ease up a little) "are a gift from God and can't be taught." So he's arrogant as well as annoying. He was only singing for his own pleasure and delight. He obviously loves himself more than America does.

John Park does have a decent voice, but no charisma. And he's annoying as well.

Adorable Haeley is too young and does need to take time to improve. She's a real sweetie and cute as a button, but listening to her was excruciating.

Michelle also fell victim to the "I've got the runs" plague. Personally, I'm thrilled to death to get rid of all those "listen to my runs" singers. I'd like to smack Mariah Carey for starting this incredibly irritating and self-indulgent trend.

How anybody that has watched American Idol through the years can possibly resort to that stupid and tired and insulting old cliche of racism is beyond me. In addition to the winners I've named, it would take both hands and several toes to count up all of the non-white singers who can thank American Idol for their current stellar careers.

But let me be sure I've got this straight:

If white people go home, it's because they're bad. If ethnic minorities go home it's because they're ethnic minorities.

And the obvious reason for this is that there's no such thing as a bad ethnic minority singer?


Posted by: ChristopherAnn | March 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, the facts speak for themselves. Danny Gokey has held steady on #1 ITunes overall chart, #1 ITunes Country, #1 Amazon. He has at least 3 songs on ITunes Top 50 Country. And Billboard magazine just predicted that Danny's “My Best Days” album will debut in the #5 spot on Billboard's Top 200. That is very impressive for a new artist. And Danny's album has only been in released a few days.

Posted by: Glen6 | March 6, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

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