Lisa Tucker leaves Idol and is joined in a shocking! bottom three by Ace and Katharine

Only one underage contestant remains on American Idol 5, as 16-year-old Lisa Tucker was eliminated last night. Lisa was joined in the bottom three not by knuckle-dragger Bucky “How the fuck did he get this far?” Covington, but by former front-runner Ace Young and frequent judge-favorite Katharine McPhee.

Ace Young was the first to return to the safety of the couches, while Katharine McPhee was saved by some divine intervention. “Whatever God’s plan for me — that’s all I have in my mind right now,” Katherine said as the God-friendly audience cheered wildly and then Ryan said that Lisa was going home.

The craptastic performances on Tuesday “didn’t inspire a large number of votes, because Ryan Seacrest didn’t announce the total at the beginning of the show as he usually does,” Craig Berman points out.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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