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Thursday, March 29, 2007


Idol, Au Revoir: Chris Sligh

Voting out Chris Sligh last night on American Idol, you could almost hear the voters thinking the same thing: "no use postponing the inevitable." There are a number of hangers-on left in the competition at this point, who really don't have a legitimate shot at winning; Sligh was one of them, and his outster would have happened sooner or later. His version of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" wasn't the best; still, I'd have sent Haley or Phil or Sanjaya first. But looking at the glum look on Sligh's face, he seemed to know it was coming...and so do we. Look on the bright side, dude...you made it to the tour!

A question: For the last two weeks, the producers have successfully distracted audiences when Sanjaya is singing. Last week, it was the adorable crying girl; this week, the hairstyle from hell. Both of these are premeditated. Does that count as cheating...or merely a preferential sleight-of-hand to create good TV? And can the producers fool audiences all the way to the finals?



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