"American Idol" women end losing streak, McDonald out
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The women ended their losing streak on "American Idol" on Thursday as Paul McDonald became the first male contestant this season to be eliminated from the top 13 of the top-rated TV talent show.
McDonald's rendition of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" during movie-themed week proved the raspy-voiced singer's undoing, despite the judges' positive comments about his performance.
The 26-year-old Huntsville, Alabama singer, whose elimination was predicted by a number of bloggers, exited by fulfilling judge Jennifer Lopez's request that he sing "Maggie May."
Stefano Langone finished in the bottom three for a second consecutive week, where he was joined by Haley Reinhart, whose "Call Me" was judged to among the weakest performances.
Had Reinhart gone home, as many expected, Lauren Alaina would have been left as the only female with a shot at winning the "American Idol" title.
Four women -- including presumed front-runner Pia Toscano last week -- have so far been voted off this year by the public.
Their early exit prompted Lopez to say on Wednesday's performance night that she was "afraid to say anything about any of the girls because I don't want any of the girls to go home."
Thursday's show featured performances by the first "American Idol" winner, Kelly Clarkson, who sang a duet, "Don't You Wanna Stay," with Jason Aldean, and Rihanna, singing "California King Bed."
The seven remaining finalists are Casey Abrams, who last month scored the judges' once-per-season save, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Jacob Lusk, Langone, Alaina and Reinhart. Continued...