Chapel Hill student voted off 'American Idol'

Posted April 22, 2009
Updated April 23, 2009

— "American Idol" finalists Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai aren't closer to becoming household names. Both singers were dismissed Wednesday after it was revealed they received the fewest number of viewer votes on the popular Fox singing competition.

"I'm so really disappointed," Desai said after his ouster. "I really am."

The third lowest vote-getter after this week's disco-themed performances was Allison Iraheta.

For the past several weeks, the judges have not been favorable to Rounds, the 24-year-old mother of three from Memphis, or Desai, the 22-year-old college student from Chapel Hill.

While the panel seemed to prefer Desai's rendition of Donna Summers' "Dim All the Lights," judge Simon Cowell called Rounds' performance of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" a "mess."

"I'm actually going to miss your family screaming at us every week," Cowell told after Rounds after she was eliminated.

The acerbic judge correctly predicted Rounds would be dismissed following her performance Tuesday. The once adored R&B crooner, who originally wowed the panel with Stevie Wonder's "All I Do" at her audition, had been dubbed a copycat by the judges for the past several weeks. Desai had also fallen from grace after being selected as the judges' final wild card pick.

Two finalists were sent packing Wednesday - instead of the usual one - because the judges' used their new one-time-only power to save Matt Giraud from elimination last week.

Before the double dismissal, the seven finalists donned bell bottoms and shades to perform a group number of The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)," which was choreographed by Paula Abdul. The five singers remaining in the competition are Iraheta, Giraud, Kris Allen, Danny Goeky and Adam Lambert. Another finalist will be booted next week.


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  • BoSox_Girl Apr 23, 2009

    watch out for Kris Allen...that boy is the dark horse...and a fine lookin' one at that! :-)

  • wp Apr 23, 2009

    Judges will miss her families screaming b/c they apparently love screamers since Adam is their favorite. elhj83 - you said it...he just screams on pitch.

  • celestemary Apr 23, 2009

    Adam is number 1!!! I am glad Anoop is gone and I cant wait for Matt to go too! That boy is just a Justin Timberlake wannabe!

  • WinnieFan Apr 23, 2009

    LOVE ADAM ... love everything about him. He is certainly something new and fresh. Something AI hasn't seen in many years, if ever.

    As for the winner, I feel it should be either Adam or Danny. Both have done consistently well throughout the competition and both are very different. Allison is very talented as well. Definitely the top three in my book.

  • jenwillmom Apr 23, 2009

    Thank Goodness Anoop is GONE!!! He's so arrogant I couldn't stand it!! UGH! Anoop don't let the door hit you in the you know what on the way back to Chapel Hill!

  • elhj83 Apr 23, 2009

    Thank goodness Anoop is gone...long overdue!

    I have to disagree with Adam being the best idol contestant...he merely screams on pitch...and he's not the least bit humble

  • HappyGirl08 Apr 23, 2009

    Well it was time for Lil and i feel bad for Anoop. However, though Adam is talented, he creeps me out. I would like to see Allison win. She is really good.

  • this is my Screen Name Apr 23, 2009

    The voters got it right.

  • Libandproud Apr 23, 2009

    Sorry to see Anoop go, but Adam Lambert is the most talented Idol contestant ever. This guy is BORN to rock! If he doesn't win something is wrong the America's ears.