February 14, 2007 12:38 AM by Joe Reality
While there were a lot of unexplained cuts of audition round favorites
due to the short nature of the American Idol Hollywood week show, there
is one contestant in particular whose cut actually was explained that
has American Idol fans in an uproar. During her Hollywood week solo
audition, sixteen year old Baylie Brown sang “Stronger” by Faith Hill,
a performance which won congratulations from the judges.
During the group auditions, Baylie Brown wound up in a group with best friends Antonella Barba and Amanda Coluccio who had trouble deciding on a song. After they finally selected a song, Amanda left to go hang out with some boys, and the group cut its practice short. During the group performance, the lack of practice cost Baylie Brown, and she forgot her words. After the American Idol judges cut Baylie, she tearfully told the cameras, “And I probably worked the hardest out of both of them, I’m not even lying. I didn’t stay up and flirt with guys, and I tried to learn my song.”
Immediately after the show, requests started appearing on the official American Idol message boards to bring Baylie Brown back. Many posters seemed to feel that Baylie Brown didn’t get a fair shake with her group and that the judges should have kept her around based on her solo performance.
Outraged American Idol viewers who want Baylie Brown back might have a friend in American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe. During a recent media conference call, Nigel Lythgoe revealed that his favorite had been cut from the competition. Lythgoe said “There is one young lady in Hollywood who I would have said would have been in the top five this year that got cut purely and simply because she couldn’t remember her lyrics in a group. She just “Ma, Ma, Ma,” for the whole of the song. It broke my heart. But they have to have reasons to cut you, and that was the reason that this young lady will disappear off the show.”
When asked to reveal who his favorite was, Lythgoe replied “I can’t name my favorite. It is a girl; I’ve got to be honest with you. Hopefully, she’ll come back next year. I certainly don’t want to compromise her with anybody else if she comes back in further years. ‘Wasn’t that Nigel’s favorite? If she gets through It’ll be she gets through because she’s Nigel’s favorite.’ So I wouldn’t do that.”
When Baylie Brown was mentioned and Lythgoe was asked if his favorite contestant was from Texas, Lythgoe said “Hmm. I really hope that – please trust me when I say that I don’t want to say anything regarding an individual, or name somebody, because it could affect them in the competition should they return.”
Based on Lythgoe’s earlier statement when he talks about someone returning to the competition, it sounds like he is talking about in future years of the competition. However, there is always the possibility that someone might return this year due to the disqualification of another contestant. So should American Idol bring back Baylie Brown? Post your opinion below.