February 13, 2008 09:17 PM by Joe Reality
Every year there are at least one or two cuts made by the judges on the top 24 show with which American Idol fans strongly disagree. This year brought perhaps the most controversial top 24 cut in the history of American Idol. During the American Idol 7 Atlanta auditions, America was introduced to Josiah Leming, the boy who lived in his car.
For his Atlanta audition, Josiah Leming sang an original song called “To Run.” The judges unanimously put Josiah through to Hollywood. American Idol fans also discovered more of Josiah’s original music on his MySpace page, and he quickly became one of the most popular of the Hollywood-bound contestants.
During Hollywood week, Josiah delivered again with Mika’s “Grace Kelly.” After Josiah’s performance, Simon Cowell said, “I think out of all the auditions, this is the one I’m going to remember.” Josiah received a pass straight throughto the final day of Hollywood week.
It was the final audition that proved to be the undoing for Josiah Leming. Josiah took a risk by dismissing the band, and his rendition of “Stand By Me” proved to be a big disappointment compared to his previous auditions. However, the judges still put Josiah through to the top 50.
After the American Idol top 24 show officially revealed that Josiah was cut, the American Idol message board was overrun with upset fans. Posts on the American Idol board proclaimed “Josiah, the show lost something by cutting him,” “bring Josiah back,” “vote to bring Josiah back,” and “Josiah, why did they cut him?”
With several members of the top 24 having had relatively little television time so far, it is no surprise that American Idol fans are upset by the cutting of one of the most featured contestants so far. After the results show, Josiah did a radio chat on VoteForTheWorst.com. Josiah revealed that he had sold around 700 or 800 albums through his MySpace page.
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