Fans give Ramiele Malubay the hook on "Idol"

Wed Apr 2, 2008 11:10pm EDT
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was Ramiele Malubay's turn to bow out of "American Idol" on Wednesday when the hit TV talent show's fans gave her rendition of "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" the fewest votes in this week's Dolly Parton-themed competition.

Judge Randy Jackson pronounced Malubay's performance both "pretty good" and "kind of alright," while the blunt Simon Cowell termed it "forgettable" and "reminiscent of something you would see and hear on a cruise ship."

Kristy Lee Cook and Brooke White, the latter making her first appearance near the bottom, rounded out this week's three lowest-ranked contestants.

Jackson correctly predicted that it would be Malubay's time to go, while Cowell offered that America got it "absolutely right" in their weekly vote.

The show also featured a performance by this season's first mentor, Parton, who performed "Jesus & Gravity" on the live broadcast.

The nine finalists opened the show with a group performance of Parton's hit "9 to 5," while each selected a Parton song to perform on Tuesday's show before the fans voted for their favorites.

Malubay, 20, from Miramar, Florida, conceded earlier in the show it had been "a little" difficult for her to connect with country music.

"American Idol" pits singers against one another in a months-long competition. Past winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have gone on to music stardom, as have some runners-up, including Clay Aiken.   Continued...

<p>Finalist Ramiele Malubay from Miramar, Florida poses at the American Idol Top 12 party honoring the finalists in the "American Idol" television reality series in Los Angeles, California March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>