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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Why Did Melinda Doolittle Go Home?

I can't get anything done at work today because everyone is talking about "American Idol" last night. I had figured -- and so had many others - that Melinda Doolittle would make it to the final two next week. But she went home last night...

Long before I knew Melinda's mom was from Cincinnati, and her dad from Hamilton, I thought she was the best singer this season. In the last couple of weeks, though, I was disappointed that she didn't have more of a stage presence, compared to Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. But I figured she'd be there in the end with Jordin.

But it's reality TV, and quite unpredictable, and that's one of the reasons we watch. ("Survivor" fans had figured that Yau-Man would make it all the way, too.)

Did you think Melinda would make it to the finals, or win it all? So why was Melinda voted out last night? Who will win? And who would you pay to see perform in concert or buy a CD: Blake? Melinda? Jordin?


at 5/17/2007 10:21 AM Blogger Rob said...

Melinda's a singer, not an entertainer. She doesn't have a stage presence and what charm she has is of the "awww, shucks, you really like me..." variety and that will only take a person so far.

at 5/17/2007 10:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post but like John, I thought she would be in the final two. None of this year's men seemed ineteresting enough to go all the way.

at 5/17/2007 11:02 AM Blogger Mark said...

who would buy an album from melinda doolittle? she's utterly boring, utterly predictable and utterly forgettable. her voice and style is exactly the same as every other r&b gospel style singer.

that aside, she's almost 30 and horribly unattractive. i'm not sure how you would market a singer who looks like Princess Fiona.

at 5/17/2007 12:43 PM Anonymous girl on the westside said...

It's simple, Jordin and Blake have all the tweens and teens voting for them. Melinda appealed to the adults who are far less likely to be calling/texting in to vote for her.

I saw GO Blake! :)

at 5/17/2007 9:46 PM Blogger JerBear said...

I keep thinkign Blake is a bit overrated every week, but can see why he made it to the finals. He's a good performer, and the kids like him.

Doolittle is a great singer and good performer also. Winning American Idol anymore isn't that big of a deal really. Taylor Hicks won last year, but his CD isn't doing as well as others who finished 2nd, 3rd, etc.

Jordin Sparks should and probably will win though I think. Her voice is amazing. I think she has the most potential. She is the first to remind of Kelly Clarkson in a long time.

at 5/18/2007 12:43 AM Anonymous dave in atlanta said...

Melinda went home, because as others have stated, she appeals to adults who are less likely to vote (at least compared to the amount of teens voting. Jordin and Blake appeal to the teens and young adults so they win by popularity.

I have been a fan of Jordin's since the begininng and thought she has been great, but Tuesday night she was terrible and I thought based on performance she should have been gone.

I am sure Melinda will do well for herself, I wouldn't be surprised if Simon signed her - he seemed to like her the best.

at 5/18/2007 11:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I really want to say is wow to the mark comment. You aren't a very shallow person are you?

at 5/18/2007 10:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda's departure should be no surprize if you follow voter logic and not go by talent. Look back a week and whose left then figure out where those votes go next. This week Melinda did not gather the votes from Lekisa fans... so for next week the question is who gets Melinda's votes now. I say they go to Blake because if you didn't already vote for Jordon, you are not going to start now. So Blake picks up all of Melinda's votes.
Of course there's the other theory. The producers decide who wins by who would generate buzz. This week's lost had to be Melinda because she is the only one who creates buzz. If Blake was out no buzz. Jordon out... no buzz!!!! This theory explains how Sangya lasted so long!?!

at 5/19/2007 10:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares that Melinda Doolittle was voted off! Get a life people! American Idol is a mindless idiotic show.

at 5/20/2007 9:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I for one and many others will not watch the finals. The voting system has to be changed for me and others to watch again. I tried to call in (land line)for Melinda for over 30 minutes and could not get through. I would like to know if others had this problem. Blake and Jordin are okay, but do not have the range and ability to be a real star. Example, Taylor H. vs Chris D., who is the bigger, more successful of the two? Melinda will still succeed, but was robbed by stupid voting system...........

at 5/20/2007 5:20 PM Anonymous Kaytee said...

Hell, you American's - wadda ya thinkin guys. Melinda is the best thing coming out of, not just American Idol, but the US of A - full stop! I am a Brit (well, Scottish actually) and I love AI, so you can imagine the shock when Melinda was voted off - she has a big following in the UK and I know her career will go into orbit (if Simon has anything to do with it). Jordin to win and Blake (GO HOME GUY, YOU CAN'T CUT IT!). As for Mark's rude comments about comparing Melinda to Princess Fiona - have you noticed, Mark, that when Blake sings he aint got no lips, or is it just that you simply relate to him when you look in the mirror?

at 5/22/2007 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are all ignorant. This is a singing competition, not a beauty pageant. As far as stage presence is concerned, it's the emotion of the song that the singer can successfully convey that makes the difference between an average singer and a fantastic performer. You guys are a bunch of ignorant idiots who most likely would have voted Pamela Anderson as the next American Idol. And if you didn't get my double entendre about Pam, then I make no apologies for calling you ignorant. Melinda is the best voice to come through this competition yet. She's the most REAL person to go out there and give us the best she's got to give. If you can't appreciate that and can only pass judgement based on appearance, then by all means go out to the busiest street in your town and drop your pants. Let's see how many votes you can get after that.

at 5/25/2007 4:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Mark: You must really dislike yourself to write something as nasty as you did about Melinda - who is truly a beautiful woman and the most amazing talent ever to cross the AI stage. Self-hatred births hatred for others. I feel sorry for you!

at 5/30/2007 1:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion Melinda is the best! The best in all seasons. The best that AI ever had. If anyone don't think so, then I guess there's something really wrong with your hear/ music ability.

at 2/26/2008 12:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda she is doing really good. If you want more info she have blog radio show and you can listen at this website her fresh news.

at 2/26/2008 12:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda Doolittle doing pretty good. We want you come to support her on the website we have fresh news about her next album you will be released June of 2008

at 4/01/2008 12:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda she the best vocal of the season 6, she will released her first album June of 2008. come to join us to support her in her new career. She is a amazing singer, and a beautiful women inside and outside. Congrat's to her

at 5/03/2008 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda Doolittle did postponed her new album for July or August 2008. New website to support her where all the latest new about her. You can also accumulate points that you can exchange for prizes.

at 5/04/2008 1:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda Doolittle album have been postponed for July or August 2008. Like you know she did the Dreyer's ice cream tour and travel alot this day for Malaria no more. so she didn't have time. If you want more news about her it is a website for support her in her new career

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