Although I had a strong feeling that Ashton Jones was doomed to be sent home in American Idol's Season 10 first audience based elimination, I was sad to see her hair leave the stage. Making it into the bottom three along with Karen Rodriquez and Haley Reinhart, Jones got the audience influenced boot.
While I agreed Jones didn't do Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" justice, I loved her big beautiful bouncy curls. She was a diva-in-training and Jennifer Lopez obviously loved her attitude on stage. Unfortunately gorgeous natural curls, a smokin hot body and a sassy attitude just doesn't cut it on American Idol. Especially this year with the stellar talent the three AI judges let through the gates to the Top 13.
It was a little surprising how many of the top 13 stumbled on Wednesday night. Karen Rodriquez is clearly a favorite of Judge Lopez and Rienhart is known for her unusual range and vocal textures. Both Rodriquez and Rienhart turned in lackluster performances. Rienhart's rendition of Selena's "I Could Fall in Love" was especially disappointing.
Jones had the opportunity to sing for her life one more time near show's end, but her thin, reedy vocals were not much better than the previous night. Jones appeared determined to go off the show with a bang. Jones broke down in tears, the judges deliberated, but it was a no-go.
Jones' trip to "Idol" ended with a montage keyed to this year's goodbye song, former "Idol" champ David Cook's cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me."
Well 30 million voters can't be wrong (I was one of the voters for my girl Pia) and at the end of the day, curly girl Ashton Jones was off the show.
Although some experts are predicting a sexy bearded Casey Abrams as the the shoe-in to win, don't place your bets just yet. There are few other big talents who could knock him out of the box. Especially if he continues to have stress related stomach problems which have landed him in the hospital twice since AI started.
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