Despite the fact that Melinda Doolittle has pulled off some show-stopping performances, her stage time on Idol is up. Considered the front runner for weeks, it was a shock to everyone when Ryan Seacrest told her her that she didn’t make the cut for the finale. The crowd booed, Jordin Sparks seemed hurt, and even Blake Lewis’ parents looked disappointed and confused.
As far as results shows go, this one wasn’t that bad. The montages of the Top 3 visiting their hometowns were a welcome change to the movie promos, medley performances, or Seacrest’s "What America Thinks" segments that normally drive us crazy on Wednesday nights when all we want to know is who got the boot.
Of course, we did still have to sit through a performance by Elliott Yamin, who took third place last season of American Idol. It seemed as though he was singing on last night’s show to remind us that America will forget all about who comes in third. Sorry, Melinda.