Wednesday, February 28, 2024

“American Idol” Drama Tonight: Semi-Finalist Abruptly Dropped, Two “Losers” from Last Week Post iTunes Chart Hits


“American Idol” returns tonight after a crazy week.

The only good news: the show was renewed by ABC for another season. Judge Katy Perry has a hit in the top 10 released Friday, called “Electric.”

The bad news: the show tossed semi-finalist Caleb Kennedy, age 16, after a website was sold footage of the kid at age 12 hanging around at what looked like a KKK costume party. The people around him were wearing KKK hoods.

Kennedy will now meet Rachel Kirkconnell, the girl who went to the plantation party dressed in an old fashioned gown, for re-programming at a clinic for idiots from the deep South. They will be joined by Megyn Kelly and the Virginia governor for MTV’s new “I’m a Racist Celebrity, And Love It!”

More “Idol” news: two of last week’s semi-finalists were voted out– Hunter Metts and Arthur Gunn. What did they do? They released perfectly polished singles on their own, each of which hit the iTunes chart. Gunn’s single went the highest — to number 64. Metts got 81, now is around 11o. Not big hits, but they did it. They refused to slink off into that dark night.

Good for them! And now since “Idol” chose a racist teen over the two of them, the show will have just four contestants tonight.

What will happen next?


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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