"Absurd." "Wrong, wrong, wrong." "A total fiasco." Those are
some of the words TVGuide.com readers are using to describe the dismissal of
Melinda Doolittle on Wednesday's
American Idol. Presented with that reaction - as well as the fact that some 70 percent of you are
"very shocked" to see her go - Melinda shared with TVGuide.com her own theory on why, despite being so consistent and a favorite of the judges, the votes just weren't there. "First of all, I was up against two amazing contestants - I love Jordin and Blake, and they did a fabulous job on Tuesday night," she starts. "But also, I know that I was probably getting a little bit of the older vote, which is great - I had a lot of people come up to me saying, "I voted for you five times last night!" - [but those same fans] may not spend a full two hours voting or anything like that, and that's OK. I really feel like I've won, as far as where I ended up in the competition."
As for what style of album we can expect from her, Melinda - the excitement at such a prospect obvious in her voice - told us, "The only way I know to describe it is just 'soul music.' Anything from the heart. I love groove, anything where I can tell a story. I hope to have just a great soul album."
And we have a feeling she will.
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