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March 27, 2008
Idol Chatter: Goodbye Chikezie

Being in "American Idol's" Top 10 is a big deal. So, what does it mean to be cast off at this point?

Just ask Chikezie, who got the boot Wednesday night. And, first off, I really like this guy. He's got the ability to record that album that women of a certain age will buy in the next year or so. Attention Donny Hathaway fans.

Who got the big scares? Syesha Mercado (another bottom three) and first-timer Jason Castro. My "Idol" faithful (guys who watch with me every week) have a theory that the "safe" person from the bottom three - which last week included Carly Smithson (she says she's not pregnant; she just didn't get her Spanx delivery) - really isn't that far down. It's just a wake-up call for that contestant to get it together.

Anyway, the bottom three's Syesha really didn't deserve to be there. I think Chikezie, though, was a goner at 10, nine or eight.

Loved Season 2 finalist Kimberley Locke's performance. Again, it goes to show that finishing third, as she did, doesn't close the doors on a singing/restaurant career. She was great!

Kristy Lee Cook, who just might have felt safe this week, was, well, SAFE! She continues to build a fan base and good for her. I think song choice sealed it for her.

I'll keep you posted as to next week's song category as soon as I know. In the meantime, check back to 21Q later today for an interview with Chikezie.

FYI: The Fox network in New York jumped on some David Cook fraud story. Is it the "Billie Jean" cover he performed Tuesday night? Like I said, that song was on the 1982 (the year he was born) album "Thriller," but it didn't crack the Top 100 until 1983.

Try again, Fox.

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