Bucky Covington the fifth ‘American Idol 5’ finalist eliminated
American Idol voted out the fifth of its fifth season finalists during last weeks live results show, with Bucky Covington, a 28-year-old from Rockingham, NC, being eliminated from the Fox reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest home viewer votes.
Bucky had entertained the show’s audience by singing "Fat Bottomed Girls" during Tuesday’s Queens-themed performance show. Although Simon Cowell had deemed the countrified performance "quite mediocre," fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson had liked it. "You stayed true to who you are, and you made ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ a country song," Paula had gushed on Tuesday.
Joining Bucky in the week’s bottom three vote-getters were Elliott Yamin and Ace Young. Both had previously ranked among the competition’s bottom three, with Elliott also ranking as a member of last week’s threesome and Ace being a part of Week 2 and 3’s bottom three.
Elliott, a 27-year-old from Richmond, VA, had performed Queen’s "Somebody to Love" during Tuesday night’s show. All three judges had made positive comments about the performance. "All in all, I loved you man, I thought it was really, really good," Randy had remarked during Idol’s performance show.
Ace, a 25-year-old from Denver, CO, had sung "We Will Rock You" — a shaky performance that had even Paula struggling to offer positive feedback. While Randy and Paula attempted to remain more diplomatic, Simon was — as usual — more blunt. "It was ‘We Will Rock You Gently,’ I really, really, really hated that, I’m Sorry" said Simon. "It was a complete and utter mess."
After dragging out the special even more padded than usual one-hour results show by having each of the bottom three vote-getters re-perform their song after learning they were in the bottom three, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Bucky would be going home.
Bucky took his elimination well. "Somebody’s got to go," he told Ryan after his fate was revealed.
Next week will see another of Idol’s finalists eliminated, with the seven 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