For the second year in a row, the finals of the famous TV show “American Idol” is only for men. Coincidence or not, Season 8th said goodbye to the last of its female finalists. On My 6th, a night where No Doubt played its anthem to girl power live on stage.
She was in the bottom three during the second week of the finals, and twice more before this week. Still, the 17-year-old managed to hang around long enough to outlast the remaining four women in the competition and impress the show’s host. But, her back-and-forth with a critical Simon Cowell wasn’t enough to win over an audience that had always liked her less than the judges did. So, after receiving the fewest votes from the viewers, Allison was eliminated.
Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey all moved on. Adam managed to keep himself safe after last week’s scare and Kris surprised many by staying in the competition.With Allison gone, it’s an all-male final three that heads back to each singer’s hometown: Danny Gokey (Milwaukee), Adam Lambert (San Diego) and Kris Allen (Conway, Arkansas) later this week as season eight steams to its May 20 conclusion.
Allison took the news like a pro, though, laughing a bit, shedding a few tears, pumping her fist and soaking in her final few moments on the “Idol” stage. She left with another soulful run through Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby,” stopping to give Abdul a hug and work the crowd one more time as she stood defiantly with her back to the judges and poured her heart into the final, thundering notes.
However, if Allison needed comforting, one of the live acts this week served as an example that fourth place doesn’t mean failure. Three years ago, Chris Daughtry was sent home in one of the most shocking results shows in “Idol” history. On Wednesday, he was back with his band performing “No Surprise,” the debut single off his second album. The first album sold more than five million copies. “At the time it felt like the world was going to end,” he said of his exit from the show, but added that he recovered about 30 seconds later.
So, will Iraheta have the same success in her music career? This remains to be seen, but Ryan Seacrest seems to be sure about her future accomplishments in music: “I know - I know - that I’m going to be playing you on the radio real soon,” Ryan Seacrest said as he bid her farewell.
Next week, each finalist will sing two songs, one a judge’s pick and the other their personal choice. The musical guests for Wednesday night’s show had not been announced at press time.
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