Dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, elim­i­na­tion re­duce ‘Idol’ field to 10

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

It wasn’t such a sweet day for Shan­non Ma­grane on “Amer­i­can Idol.” The 16-year-old vo­cal­ist from Tampa, Fla., known for her soar­ing voice and tow­er­ing over “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, was elim­i­nated from the Fox singing com­pe­ti­tion Thurs­day.

Shan­non was dis­missed af­ter repris­ing her ren­di­tion of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

“It feels so good stand­ing on this stage,” she said af­ter her elim­i­na­tion.

Shan­non was re­vealed to be among the bot­tom three vote-get­ters with 28-year-old teacher Elise Te­stone, of Charleston, S.C., and 26year-old disc jockey Erika Van Pelt, of South Kingstown, R.I. The judges, who lauded Miss Te­stone’s soul­ful per­for­mance of Tina Turner’s 1983 edi­tion of “Let’s Stay To­gether,” were no­tice­ably dis­sat­is­fied with the view­ers’ picks.

“I just feel that the great per­for­mances should be re­warded,” Jen­nifer Lopez said.

This week’s elim­i­na­tion of Shan­non and the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Jer­maine Jones, the 25-yearold vo­cal in­struc­tor from Pine Hill, N.J., who was booted for not re­veal­ing he had out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rants in New Jer­sey, leaves 10 fi­nal­ists in the com­pe­ti­tion.

They will re­turn to the stage to per­form for viewer votes Wed­nes­day.

New Jer­sey Po­lice Lt. Christopher Jones said the case against Mr. Jones “wasn’t big enough” to merit go­ing af­ter the singer in Cal­i­for­nia.

Po­lice in Glouces­ter Town­ship con­firmed that Mr. Jones was ar­rested twice in the past year. They said he gave po­lice a false name. He failed to ap­pear in court, and two war­rants were is­sued. Not ev­ery­one was thrilled with the pro­duc­ers’ treat­ment of Mr. Jones.

Cam­den County Free­holder Jef­frey L. Nash said there was no ex­cuse for break­ing the law, but he thought the show could have han­dled the in­ci­dent bet­ter.

“For the pro­duc­ers of the bil­lion­dol­lar show to ex­pose, em­bar­rass and in­ter­ro­gate a young man with­out an at­tor­ney in front of 40 mil­lion view­ers was an outrage,” Mr. Nash said. “In the fu­ture, they should do back­ground checks be­fore they start count­ing their money and play­ing Judge Judy.”

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