March 19, 2008 09:10 PM by Joe Reality
Have an arrest for DUI in your past? Once employed as a male stripper? Made fun of Christmas in a YouTube video? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then chances are that you will not be the next American Idol.
For the third week in a row, a contestant with a controversial story about them circulating on the Internet has been eliminated from American Idol. On American Idol, it’s beginning to look a lot like controversy equals elimination.
First, Danny Noriega, who many thought was a shoe-in for the top twelve, was eliminated after a controversial Christmas greetings video of him surfaced on Youtube. Next, David Hernandez got the boot, not long after news broke that he was once employed as a male stripper.
Finally, this week, Amanda Overmyer, whose past DUI arrest also made headlines, was the somewhat shocking elimination choice. Granted that all three of these contestants left after performance shows where they had not given one of their better performances. However, many American Idol fans have expressed on message boards and blogs that there were other contestants more deserving of going home.
All three also had their moments in the competition, which is more than can be said for some other contestants. Amanda Overmyer excelled at “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” David Hernandez wowed the judges with “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” Even though Danny Noriega got mixed reviews from the judges, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul liked his “Jailhouse Rock, while Simon Cowell liked his “Until You Come Back To Me.”
Were these contestants eliminated because of the controversial stories circulating about them? Or is it just a strange coincidence? Does controversy equal elimination on American Idol?
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