Antonella’s topless photos go unmentioned but Simon says Ryan is “trying to date” Alaina

Antonella Barba’s decision to sing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” as her first American Idol 6 performance led to some of the harshest criticism of the night last night, which was mostly full of criticism about song choice and risk-taking. Antonella’s performance, Simon said, “seriously damaged your chances of staying here another week.”

But what really may have damaged her chances are the photos of her that appeared on the Internet this week. First, photos of her topless (but covering herself with her hands) and sitting on the toilet were published by various sites; those were followed by more photos of her partying. Her performance wasn’t great, and perhaps it’s just a coincidence that she was the only person Simon Cowell specifically said would go home.

Meanwhile on American Idol, the women’s mostly tepid performances were interrupted by incredible performances from a few women, especially LaKisha Jones. The singing was accompanied by little drama, but there was one interesting exchange. Last year, Simon Cowell told Ryan Seacrest to “lose the beard.” But last night, he tried to set him up. With a contestant.

After the judges criticized Alaina’s performance, Ryan joined her on-stage and launched into an atypical speech. “You know what’s great about her, though, is her passion, too, she’s very very serious,” he said. “The reason I bring it up is because she was going to quit music and singing altogether before she made it on American Idol. So Randy, because it’s so important to her, because it’s such a dream of hers, what else can she do if she’s back next week to pick the right song, to really nail it?”

Randy Jackson answered, and then Simon said, “And Ryan, are you trying to date this girl? A little bit overbiased?” Paula and Randy instantly said “What?!” in an almost mock-horrified way, and Ryan simply said, “It doesn’t even deserve a response.”

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