The emotional farewell of Lindsey Cardinale came as no surprise to those who watched last Wednesday's American Idol. Still, TVGuide.com couldn't resist asking Linds to relive her last painful moments — we're wicked that way — and to give us the Top 12's take on Mario Vazquez' mysterious goodbye.
TVGuide.com: Who helped with song selection? Yours didn't seem to play to your strengths.Lindsey Cardinale: We always go by what we want to do. The first time I did my [own] song selection, [the judges] didn't like it. It worried me and stressed me out, but I hoped with 30 million people out there, maybe someone would like it. It's too hard to think of something the judges are gonna like, that you know and can sing. So I performed what I knew and wanted to do... Now here I am.
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Two contestants came out of the gate fast in the early stages of live American Idol competition last month. While countrified Carrie Underwood was a Simon favorite and rocker Bo Bice won props for his rendition of "Drift Away," we dub Nadia Turner and Mario Vazquez ones to watch.
This 27-year-old New Yorker looks like Justin Guarini (all the cuteness sans the hair) and sounds like Justin Timberlake. Mario, who likes soul and electronic music, makes up for his newsboy caps with a charisma even Simon Cowell can't deny. His liquid brown eyes and winsome smile have won over female fans — including Paula Abdul, who gave him two standing ovations and cried "Touchdown!" after he sang Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do." We think someone has a little crush. Who can blame her?
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