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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 39
Episode Synopsis: One of the three remaining finalists is voted off.
Original Air Date: May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007: Didn't See That Coming Season 6, Episode 39

Homer Simpson opened the show and wanted to know if he could still vote for Fantasia. "Who is heading for glory and who is heading home?" Just the way Ryan said that line made me worried. The problem was I didn't want to wade through an hour of dreg to hear the final tally. I found it very hard to get through this show. While waiting (im)patiently to hear the results, we were subjected to the following: - A plug for the upcoming Idol tour. - The emotional journeys back home for the final three. - Haley, Brandon and LaKisha in the audience. - Why are the challenges so stupid easy? - Another Ford commercial. - Elliot Yamin (See below.) - Maroon 5 (What does that mean, anyway?) - The continuous, drawn-out torture of the final three as Ryan read the judges' comments from the previous night and refused to tell them how America voted in order to build anticipation. (Which in my case was already so built up, I thought I might have a heart attack please, get on with it! I can't take the suspense!) Elliot Yamin arrived with a lot more hair (a tribute to Sanjaya?). Somewhere between last year and this performance, he grew out his hair and he got his teeth fixed. Was he keeping his eyes closed because his bangs were too long? Or was he just really feeling the music? It looked like he got dressed with his eyes closed, too. (It was a little sloppy, that's all I'm saying.) However, he has a nice voice and I liked his song. Maroon 5 performed as well, and what can I say? The lead singer is a cross between David Bowie and Dave Gahan (the lead singer of Depeche Mode). That being said, if they are as huge as they are, Blake'll go far. Finally, Ryan gathered the final three to center stage and brought Jordin up front, only to grant her the safety she so rightly deserved. Then it was Melinda's turn. She had such a look on her face, I was terrified for her. Ryan told her that after the nearly 60 million votes, there had not been enough to keep her in the competition. She didn't look shocked for the first time in the whole competition. So, Blake is in the finale. I was sideswiped for an instant, because I really thought Blake would be sent back to Bothell. Frankly, I think it's the judges' fault: Melinda got way too much kudos from the judges last night. I think sometimes people are turned off by that; or just the opposite, they assume everyone else will vote for the person and they can vote for someone else. I think I said early on that there was a chance Melinda wouldn't make it through to the finals, and it wouldn't be based on her ability - because she's got that in spades - but because she didn't quite have the Idol image. I think either Jordin or Blake fits the ideal more easily. At any rate, Melinda will be successful, no matter what: She's got the chops. I really got behind Simon's parting remarks, "My commiseration to you, Melinda, because you are one heck of a singer." Sadness ensues. I'm going to go download Melinda's rendition of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and cry myself to sleep. POLL: How shocked are you by Melinda's exit? Vote here. To watch the kids sing their songs, check our Online Video Guide. show less
Homer Simpson opened the show and wanted to know if he could still vote for Fantasia. "Who is heading for glory and who is heading home?" Just the way Ryan said that line made me worried. The problem was I didn’t want to wade through an hour of dreg to hear the final tally. I found it very hard to get through this show. While waiting (im)patiently to hear the results, we were subjected to the following: — A plug for the upcoming Idol tour.— The emotional journeys back home for the final three. — Haley, Brandon and LaKisha in the audience.— Why are the challenges so stupid easy?— Another Ford commercial.— Elliot Yamin (See below.)— Maroon 5 (What does that mean, anyway?)— The continuous, drawn-out torture of the final three as Ryan read the judges' comments from the previous night and refused to tell them how America voted in order to build anticipation. (Which in my case was already so built up, I thought I might have a heart attack –... read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
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Premise: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

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