Project ‘Idol’: Top 6 shock elimination

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imageSix became five Wednesday on “American Idol” as voters kicked another contestant to the curb, but perhaps not the one you were expecting.

Since it was “country week” – although the Top 6 only sang Shania Twain songs – Wednesday’s results show featured performances by Lady Antebellum, Sons of Sylvia (who seemed more emo than country) and…ummm… Shakira with Rascal Flatts. Weird. Just…weird.

We were also forced to sit through a “Twilight” rip-off Ford commercial, some gratuitous pimping for “Shrek Ever After,” and homo-banter between Simon and Miss Seacrest over Big Mike’s “wet and girly” performance last night.

imageIt was shock elimination time, and “Idol” didn’t disappoint with the bottom three contestants revealed as Casey James, Michael “Big Mike” Lynch and Screaming Siobhan Mangus (photos, top to bottom). When Big Mike was sent to safety, the audience gasped.

Considered a frontrunner for weeks, you could have heard a pin drop when Miss Seacrest said Siobhan had been eliminated. The terrible clothes, odd stage presence and ending every song with a scream finally wore America down.

imageSiobhan gave us one last shriek, singing Aretha Franklin’s “Freedom,” and my friend Montgomery texted me that she was like an annoying car alarm you couldn’t shut off. Truth.

Next week, Harry Connick Jr. mentors the Top 5 in the songs of Frank Sinatra. I’m already dozing off just thinking about it.

Now, I’m going to listen to Kurt Hummel sing “A House is Not a Home” from “Glee” last night for the 100th time today. Now that’s some real singing.

Collin. Out.

imageCollin Kelley is a poet, Atlanta-based journalist and author of the recently released novel, “Conquering Venus.” Follow him on the Modern Confessional blog at


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