Simon Cowell was visibly disappointed when results of the semifinals were announced on American Idol Wednesday. Melinda Doolittle, the most consistent and versatile contestant this season, has been sent home.
After three outstanding performances on Tuesday, Simon said that he wanted to see “his girl, Melinda,” in the finals. I don’t know about the rest of America, but I was both shocked and saddened by the results. I think I cried harder than Melinda. She has been my favorite since the beginning.
While I believe that Melinda was by far the best contestant, I am not going to dwell on her early exit. Melinda career is already on its way. I expect that she will be one, if not the, most successful American Idol finalist. I can’t say enough about her beautiful voice, her commanding performance and her inspiring personality.
Enough said, on with the rest of the show.
As far as results shows go, this one bordered on interesting. Instead of the typical boring filler — no farmer’s market interviews, no group performance — we got to see some footage of each of the three finalists when they returned home. Each city paid homage to their respective Idol with a day in his/her honor. And each Idol got to perform to a hometown full of adoring fans.
Last Friday, Jordin Sparks returned to Glendale, Arizona where she visited her schools and got her own star at the bottom of the escalator at the mall. An honor only a teenage girl could appreciate.
Further north, Blake Lewis hung out with Sir Mix-a-lot and sang the national anthem at a Mariner’s game in Seattle before heading home to see his very emotion father in Bothell, Washington. And can I please note that during the review of Blake’s trip, Ryan Seacrest was more than a little rude to Blake’s dad.
Meanwhile, a very thankful Melinda Doolittle returned to Nashville where she not only got to enjoy some sweat tea, but she also got to meet the Governor and had a street named after her — Melinda Doolittle Way.
Completely in theme, the Ford music video was a little nostalgic too, showing young versions of Blake, Melinda and Jordan enjoying their passion for music.
The show rounded out with guest performances. Looking much older, Elliott Yamin performed “Wait for You” from his recently released his self-titled CD and promoted his upcoming tour. Also on hand, Maroon 5 jammed to “Makes Me Wonder.”
One more week left. I guess I can make it through without Melinda, but just barely.
(Photo couresty of American Idol)