March 22, 2013 5:00 AM
Second "American Idol" Finalist Cut: Find Out Who!
A longstanding streak on "American Idol"
ended on Thursday night with the elimination of the second finalist.
Contestant Paul Jolley's
elimination meant the five-season streak of a Caucasian male winner -- dubbed White Guys With Guitars (WGWG) -- would end with Season 12.
The last female -- and minority -- winner was Jordin Sparks
way back in Season 6. Following her were a string of WGWG: David Cook
, Kris Allen
, Lee DeWyze
, Scotty McCreery
and Phillip Phillips
Jolly, a pleasant but unremarkable singer, hoped to become the "male Taylor Swift
." However, judges Mariah Carey
and Keith Urban
didn't feel he quite fit the country vibe, pushing him towards a pop direction. Unfortunately, as the lowest vote-getter, audiences won't see which genre Paul excels in best.
As I correctly predicted
, Devin Velez
was in the bottom three as well, and I wasn't surprised Amber Holcomb got the least amount of votes among the girls. Devin and Amber are the best vocalists in the Top 8, so hopefully America will get it right.
Where they didn't get it right was Lazaro Arbos
, who Randy Jackson said had his "the worst performance ever" on Wednesday. Lazaro should've been sent home, but hopefully this make him dig down and fight (and stop crying
With all 5 female finalists remaining and only 3 male finalists left, it's looking more and more likely that the Season 12 finale will be a ladies night. Who do you think will win? Tell toofab in the comments below!
-- Lawrence Yee