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American Idol Episode: "4 Finalists Eliminated"

Season 9, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: Two male semifinalists and two female semifinalists are eliminated in a results installment.
Original Air Date: Mar 4, 2010

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 16 Revealed Season 9, Episode 18

Another Thursday night brought the end to yet another quartet of American Idol hopefuls. The voters seemed to do a much better job pruning the Season 9 bush this week, which gives me hope. So, whose journey ended? Let's find out.

First, I have a note for the producers: Those opening montages need some work. I know that, to these kids who are trying to make their dreams come true, there is a lot of drama in the competition. But when you make Randy and Ellen and Kara's words of advice to the contestants play like the trailer to the upcoming Clash of the Titans, it's a little over the top. At least save those kinds of overtures until closer to the finale.

From one rant to another...

Group Number: "I Gotta Feeling"
Since there are about 67 things wrong with this group number, I'll only focus on a few of the most egregious. No. 1: This song has been performed to death. No. 28: There are 20 people on a stage built for about eight people.  No. 43: The obviousness that the song is being lip-synched was at an all-time high. And if you add up all the numbers in this paragraph and multiply them by 2 million, that might accurately represent how massive my hatred for Idol group numbers are.

Danny Gokey, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"
Gokey's gone country! Considering how bored I eventually became with Danny last season, I think it's not a good sign for this season's singers how much I enjoyed his performance. He sounded great, and made me long for a season where more of the competitors were that strong.

However, afterward, Danny sounded like he'd had three too many Red Bulls. Oh, and he found yet another way to remind us that his wife died. That's the Danny I remember! He clarified that country music is about the message, and that's why he chose the song and the genre in general. I can respect that, and I just hope the folks in Nashville accept him, since he's not yet developed much of a twang.

Without further adieu, your eliminated contestants:

John Park
His exit came as a shock to probably no one. It's a shame that there are at least two singers remaining in the competition that are less vocally talented than he is.  Unfortunately for John, he has the charisma of a wet mop and chose songs that just were flat and lifeless.

Jermaine Sellers
Anyone who's read this blog long knows I did a little happy dance when Jermaine was eliminated. It really had nothing to do with his singing (which was among the weakest this week and last). It was simply his attitude that rubbed me the wrong way and I assume, did him in with America. Luckily, that ego of his kept him from feeling too down. "Where I sing from, you can't be taught to riff and run. ... I sing from the heart.' Sure thing, pal.

Michelle Delamor
First things first, I have to give props to the judges for admitting how wrong they were about her performance last night. Kara (and Simon, without mentioning Michelle specifically) referenced how different what they heard in the room was from what we heard at home. I guess some of panel's credibility is restored. As for Michelle, it seems this season just doesn't have room for the diva type, and since I never felt much of a connection with her as an artist, I am OK with her exit.

Haeley Vaughn
There was so little suspense in this elimination that Simon wouldn't even abide Ryan Seacrest's attempts to draw it out. Haeley has a unique voice and style, but she's really green. The judges did her a disservice by putting her through, then telling her she's not ready. And even though I know she was crying, that final performance proved just how not ready she is at this stage.

Were you pleased with America's decisions? Who are you rooting for now? Who do you hope gets the ax next week? Share your thoughts below!

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Another Thursday night brought the end to yet another quartet of American Idol hopefuls. The voters seemed to do a much better job pruning the Season 9 bush this week, which gives me hope. So, whose journey ended? Let's find out... read more

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