published Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Blog: No joy as Megan eliminated from ‘American Idol’

Last night, “American Idol” finalists enjoyed an open book of song possibilities. Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey shined as usual, while dark horse Kris Allen made another step toward the top of the pack with a brilliant arrangement of “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

After the votes were counted, it was Megan Joy who received the lowest number, becoming the latest elimination from “American Idol” season 8.

Megan, the 22 year-old single mom from Sandy, Utah, ended her Idol run with a performance of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

Megan was not the only contestant who received criticism during last evening’s performances. Allison Irahetta was given good comments on her musicality but was reproached on her appearance, which landed her a spot in the bottom three with Megan and Anoop Desai.

Contestants on “American Idol” enjoy the help of stylists when creating a “look” for the show. But the stylists are not allowed to create a look or demand a specific look. Instead, they help the contestants attain the look each individual is trying to achieve. Therefore, each contestant is ultimately responsible for his or her own appearance on Idol.

Next week, the finalists return to battle it out using songs from the years they were born.

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