May 17, 2006 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
The American Idol Finale will come down to a West Coast girl vs. a Southern boy. As Ryan Seacrest announced that Elliott Yamin was eliminated from the competition, the reaction of the remaining two finalists was very different. Taylor Hicks looked solemn and serious in a show of respect for his fallen comrade, but Katharine McPhee appeared to be overjoyed with emotion.
In all fairness to Katharine McPhee, she was probably much more surprised to still be in the competition and thereby was more prone to react with excitement. When Katharine caught a glimpse of the somber look on Taylor’s face, she did attempt to contain her enthusiasm. She had almost completely wiped the smile off her face by the time the camera cut away to Ryan Seacrest and Elliott Yamin on stage.
Unfortunately for Katharine McPhee, when the camera returned to her and Taylor seconds later, she was once again captured in a moment of glee. As Taylor Hicks continued his stone-faced expression, Katharine McPhee grinned from ear to ear and twisted her fingers together in delight. Needless to say, many Elliott Yamin fans have been none to pleased with Katharine’s reaction and are already pledging their support to Taylor Hicks.
Not only is Katharine McPhee’s reaction coming under criticism, but Elliott Yamin fans are also expressing outrage over the way Katharine’s family reacted. While Taylor’s family mirrored his solemn expression, Katharine’s mom had a huge smile on her face upon hearing the results. A Reality TV Magazine reader named Jim commented "When Katharine’s mother was cheering and so gleeful, it really upset me. Have some class. Katharine also had a big smile on her face."
With the slim margin separating all three contestants in the American Idol top three results show, the ultimate winner of the competition will likely be whoever captures the votes that were going to Elliott Yamin. Taylor Hicks likely had a better shot at appealing to Elliott’s fans anyway, but Katharine’s reaction has just made many Elliott fans even more determined to keep her out of the winner’s circle.