Disqualification, elimination reduce ‘Idol’ field to 10
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.”