It wasn't a shocker when Ryan Seacrest announced last night that Melinda Doolittle - probably the best singer ever to appear on "American Idol" - was voted off and won't be in the final two. She had the vocals, but the 29-year-old didn't have the star appeal - no neck, creepy teeth, a bit heavy, and too humble.
Melinda's departure sets up a finale next week that will pit 17-year-old Jordin Sparks against Blake Lewis, 25, who has won praise for his risk-taking arrangements.
"Congratulations to you two," a frowny Cowell said, covering his face. "My commiserations, Melinda, 'cause you are one heck of a singer."
Given her vast professional experience as a backup singer and her amazing talent, the judges assured Melinda that her career will now take off. "You already have made it," Paula Abdul said.