Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially since Heejun Han and his one-liners are gone from American Idol (until at least the finale), as he was this week’s eliminated singer.
Han endeared himself to viewers with his dry wit (the “mostly water” comment to Ryan Seacrest is my personal favorite), his rivalry with “cowboy” Richie Law, and his close knit friendship with Phillip Phillps, who’s one of the remaining Top 8 Idols.
Drawing the ire of Jimmy Iovine and even Steven Tyler also was amusing, but after his highly bashed rendition of Billy Joel’s “My Life” last week, the writing was on the wall. Even Wednesday night’s heartfelt performance of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You,” which Elliott Yamin absolutely killed during his season, couldn’t reverse the inevitable. If only Han switched out “My Life” and performed a Joel song more suitable to his voice (”Lullabye - Goodnight My Angel” would have been perfect), maybe Hollie Cavanagh or Skylar Laine (they joined Han as this week’s bottom three) would have packed their bags.
Still a novice singer, Han may not have the most talented voice of the bunch (that honor goes to Jessica Sanchez), but his sense of humor and overall unpredictability will serve him well in the entertainment industry. Plus, he’s part of the American Idol summer tour, so it’s definitely not the end of his Idol world. Heck, I’d love some a Heejun Han/Phillip Phillips reality show about two guys making it post-American Idol. Maybe even throw in the “cowboy” for good measure.
On Wednesday, April 4th, the top eight finalists will perform songs from the 1980s.
Click on the media bar and listen to Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler talk about Heejun’s elimination:
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @gsrisavasdi)