And now there are six, with this week’s disco-themed American Idol turning off the flashing lights on Anwar Robinson.
On Wednesday night, the show said goodbye to the dreadlocked 25-year-old teacher from East Orange, N.J., who on Tuesday’s show had sung Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.”
Judged Simon Cowell: “I don’t think it was a winning performance.” During the announcement of Robinson’s elimination, show host Ryan Seacrest quoted judge Paula Abdul’s assessment of his being “technically our best singer,” but away he went.
“I never thought I would have made it this far, anyway” said Anwar, conceding defeat. “I’m glad to have been here.” His farewell song was then cut off midway through the final credits. (Message boards for the show are complaining that too much of Wednesday’s half-hour was devoted to Seacrest’s receiving his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.)
Other than Robinson, the bottom three in the judgment of the voting public included Anthony Federov (“insipid,” Cowell said of his “Take the Music”) and Scott Savol – who surely has a guardian angel that’s keeping him in the running.
On Tuesday Savol, whose past rap sheet for alleged domestic violence against the mother of his child has come to light, delivered a rendition of “Everlasting Love” that earned mixed reviews.
In addition to Federov and Savol, the others still standing are Bo Bice, Carrie Underwood and Constantine Maroulis and emerging frontrunner Vonzell Solomon, a 21-year-old letter carrier from Fort Myers, Fla.
The American Idol finale is scheduled for May 24-25.