Lisa Tucker becomes the third ‘American Idol 5’ finalist eliminated
American Idol voted out the third of its fifth season finalists during last night’s live results show, with Lisa Tucker, a 16-year-old from Anaheim, CA, being eliminated from the Fox reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest home viewer votes.
Lisa had entertained the show’s audience by singing original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s "Because of You" ballad during Tuesday’s "Song of the 21st Century" themed performance show. Idol judge Simon Cowell wasn’t a fan of the performance. "The truth is Lisa that the song was too big for your voice," Simon had told Lisa on Tuesday. "There were parts during the performance where it was actually painful."
Unlike’s last week’s results show which had featured no major surprises among the week’s bottom three vote-getters, this week’s threesome featured two. While Lisa’s inclusion in the bottom three was widely expected given she had also ranked in the bottom three during each of the finals’ first two weeks, the inclusions of Ace Young, a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident that had oddsmakers had initially deemed the competition’s favorite, and Katharine McPhee, a 21-year-old from nearby Sherman Oaks, CA, were surprising.
Ace had performed Train’s "Drops Of Jupiter" during Tuesday night’s show. Like Lisa, Ace’s song choice also disappointed Idol’s judges. In addition, the judges were also unimpressed with his off-pitch performance, "Once again, completely the wrong song for you and you didn’t sing it well," Randy Jackson had remarked after Ace’s Tuesday performance.
However unlike Lisa and Ace, the judges had enjoyed Katharine’s performance of Christina Aguilera’s "The Voice Within," making her inclusion in the week’s bottom three the night’s biggest surprise. "It was almost — almost — as good as Christina’s," Simon had gushed after Katharine sang, terming it the best performance of the night.
After keeping all three contestants in suspense through a commercial break, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Ace had finished as the week’s third lowest vote-getter, leaving Lisa and Katharine to face elimination alone.
Having already been part of the two previous weeks’ bottom three, Lisa seemed resigned to her fate. "It’s OK… whatever happens, happens, I’m happy with the decision," she told Ryan seconds before her elimination was announced. "This has been the experience of a lifetime and I wouldn’t change it for anything," the 16-year-old added after her fate was revealed.
Next week will see another of Idol’s finalists eliminated, with the nine remaining contestants once again taking to the stage during Tuesday’s 8PM ET/PT performance show and later learning their fate during Wednesday’s 9:00-9:30PM ET/PT live results show.