Jessica Sierra voted off Idol; last week’s repeat and extra show were low-rated.

Jessica Sierra voted off Idol; last week’s repeat and extra show were low-rated.
Jessica Sierra left American Idol 4 last night. She was joined in the bottom three by Nadia Turner and Anwar Robinson. As MSNBC’s Craig Berman notes, “The 19-year-old follows 17-year-old Mikalah Gordon to the exit, leaving Anthony Fedorov as the only teen left in the competition.” This is evidence, he argues, that “[w]hen the show’s producers made the decision to raise the age limit to 28 for contestants this season, they tapped into a voter base that was sick of the high-school talent-show nature of the early stages of previous competitions.”

The results are also in for last week’s extra and repeat episodes of the show, and indicate that if the whole thing was a publicity stunt, it backfired. ” Wednesday’s Idol, aka the replay, averaged 20.9 million (third place), according to Nielsen Media Research. Thursday’s Idol, aka the displaced results show, managed 20.2 million (fourth place),” the AP reports. “Those numbers are about 20 percent off from what Idol’s been delivering for Fox on Wednesday nights this season.”

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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