American Idol 6 dumps its first four semi-finalists

After almost 32 million votes were cast, according to Ryan Seacrest, American Idol 6 eliminated its first four semi-finalists.

Barefoot Paul Kim and boring Rudy Cardenas went home first. Both were paired on-stage with other contestants who got a lot more air time during the audition rounds, Sundance Head and Sanjaya Malakar, so the elimination of the former two men instead of the latter two was not a surprise.

As to the women, Amy Krebs, who Simon said had “the personality of a candle,” and Nicole Tranquillo, whose signing Paula called “out of this world.” The women’s elimination, during which Seacrest sent women one at a time to safety, “nearly proved disastrous, as a couple looked like they were fighting the urge not to be sick onstage,” MSNBC’s Craig Berman writes.

American Idol 3 winner Fantasia Barrino appeared to fill time and announce that she will join the Broadway cast of “The Color Purple starting on April 10.

Two more weeks of semi-final competition remain, at which time Idol will move its giant ass off of Thursdays and go back to its regular Tuesdays and Wednesdays schedule.

Four singers go home on ‘American Idol’ [MSNBC]

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