Tuesday night, Chris Sligh sang “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” on “American Idol,” but tonight it was apparent that his performance lacked the magic he needed to keep the public voting for him when he became the latest contestant eliminated from the singing competition.
Host Ryan Seacrest, who opened the show rocking a ponyhawk wig in a comic reference to the hairstyle worn by 17-year-old contestant Sanjaya Malakar the evening before, said that over 30 million votes had been cast on Tuesday. Haley Scarnato, who sang “True Colors,” and Phil Stacey, who performed “Every Breath You Take,” were the other two challengers who fell into the show’s “Bottom 3” this week.
After Stacey was told he was safe, but before announcing the final results, Seacrest asked judge Simon Cowell who he thought was going home. Cowell said “Bye, bye curly,” referring to Sligh’s wild afro-styled hair. Sligh, 28, of Greenville, S.C., who also is the lead singer of the band Half Past Forever, caused some controversy on last week’s program when he called out “Hi Dave” after his performance. It was an apparent shout-out to the Web site VotefortheWorst.com, which attempts to sabotage “American Idol” by encouraging the public to vote for the worst singer instead of their favorite one.
Gwen Stefani, whom Seacrest introduced as “the embodiment of style,” mentored the 10 finalists this week and performed “The Sweet Escape,” accompanied by Akon on tonight's show.
Next week Tony Bennett will mentor the nine remaining singers, as well as perform on Wednesday’s results show.
More tomorrow ...
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