The 11 Most-Robbed Idols of Season 11
"American Idol" is in its final stretch, and while much of America is excited about this week's showdown between Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, I think there are a few other also-rans who really got robbed this season, contestants I would have at least liked to see get a shot at the finale. Season 11 was packed with talent, so much so that many awesome contestants--many of them, oddly, in the awesome Vegas group Groove Sauce!-- were sadly left on the sidelines this year.
Here are my picks for the 11 most-robbed contestants of "Idol" Season 11. Let's hope some of these singers get record deals anyway, or at least end up on "The Voice" or "The X Factor" in the future...
11) David Leathers Jr.
This boy wonder narrowly lost his spot in the original top 24 to Bieber lookalike Eben Franckewitz. Then, it was suspensefully announced that one bonus boy would be brought back for the live semifinals, and this announcement was followed by collage of familiar Season 11 faces--David's among them. Many viewers hoped David would be that mystery man...but instead, on the live top 13 boys' show, out came Jermaine Jones instead. The fact that Jermaine was disqualified only two weeks later, after all that hoopla, made David's near-miss all the more bittersweet. Why do I suspect "Idol" will be inviting "Mr. Steal-Your-Girl" back for Season 12?
10) Jessica Phillips
Ironically, her name was an amalgam of this season's top two finalists, but Jessica disappointingly only made it to Vegas before being cut. Jessica seemed to have everything an "Idol" frontrunner needed: a heartstring-tugging backstory (she's the caretaker for her stroke-victim boyfriend), good looks, personality, and performance skills up the wazoo. She could have been the first breakout female R&B Idol in many years, and if she'd been selected for the top 25, there may have been a different "Jessica" or "Phillips" in this season's finale.
9) Angie Zeiderman
A goofy Gaga fangirl that kind of reminded me of Frenchie from Grease, this Broadway baby brazenly busted in declaring, "It is time for a vintage glitter queen on 'American Idol'!" Truer words had never been spoken. She started off belting out a showtune, "When You've Got It, Flaunt It" from The Producers, that was one of Season 11's most entertaining auditions, and she sang it like it was her theme song--she flaunted her stuff indeed. It was a novelty act for sure, but when she pulled it together and performed a more serious audition of the Roy Orbison/Linda Ronstadt classic "Blue Bayou," Angie proved she actually could sing, too. I am sad that Miss Z didn't make past Vegas; I was kind of hoping she'd one day get to sing a duet with Creighton Fraker (more on him later). But hey, at least she attracted the attention of Broadway veteran Betty Buckley!