American Idol bid farewell to four more contestants from its remaining Top 20 last night. And pardon us for noticing the obvious, but things are going to look a whole lot less ethnically diverse up on that stage in the coming weeks. The first gentleman to get the boot was—alas, not Tim Urban—Shania Twain fave John Park, who belted out “Gravity” on Tuesday night.
After the jump: read who else bid adieu, and watch Season 8′s Danny Gokey perform a new song live.
Pitchy, high-note-loving Jermaine Sellers was the next dude to hear bad news. The judges didn’t love his take on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on Tuesday, and, as it seems, neither did America. Of course, throwing the band under the bus at the onset of Hollywood Week might have played into his Idol karma a bit, too.
For the ladies, it was the end of the road for 16-year-old wannabe country-pop singer Haeley Vaughn. She sang Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” (which was also UK singer Joe McElderry’s coronation song when he won The X Factor in December) Wednesday night—which, as Simon pointed out, was ironic since she “completely fell off.”
The equally-smiley but ten times as bland (personality-wise) Michelle Delamor also received her Idol pink slip, thus leaving us with 16 remaining contestants. In other words, we only have seven more days before we have our official American Idol Season 9 Top 12. And something tells us Tim Urban’s days are numbered. (Or at least we hope.)
Here’s Danny Gokey performing “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me,” which hopefully eased the blow and provided a little inspiration for John, Jermaine, Michelle and Haeley: