The Five: American Idol contestants who wouldn't go away

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 27th 2006 7:21PM
nikki mckibbonThe funny thing about each and every season of American Idol is the contestants with mediocre talent who continue to sail through to the next round. You know what I'm talking about. They're cute and cuddly and have oodles of personality, but they're a little short on the talent category. There's a faction of television-watching, telephone-using Americans out there who insist on keeping these people on the show while other contestants with more talent get the boot.

I have five examples of American Idol contestants who wouldn't go away:

5. Constantine Maroulis. Yeah, I said it. Constantine thought he was sexy and talented. Not an attractive characteristic on a man who only has mediocre looks and talent. Constantine regularly sang out of tune and falsely advertised himself as a rocker. He was in Rent, for crying out loud! A musical! The dude was a poser and I wanted to slap that pout right off his face. I think we all know who the true rocker was last season. (P.S. More proof he's a poser: his new album is Adult Contemporary. Watch out, Clay!)

4. John Stevens, the original crooner. This red-haired Frank Sinatra wanna-be from New York was definitely unique. But he could only do one thing: rip off Frank. And not very well. He just kept hanging on, making it into the Top 6 before finally getting the boot. He outlasted Jennifer Hudson, which is just wrong.

3. Justin Guarini. Sorry, Justin. You're cute and sweet but I think you know that you had no right sharing the stage with Kelly Clarkson during the finals of season one. You didn't have the vocals. You never did. All you had was cuteness and energy, which got you past some truly talented ladies. It should've been Kelly and Tamyra or Kelly and Christina in the finals.

2. Jasmine Trias. How did she make it to the Top 3 in Season 3? How? She beat out George Huff, Jennifer Hudson, and LATOYA LONDON! My theory is that the entire state of Hawaii kept voting for her. She kept that flower in her ear the whole time to represent her home state. Hawaii, you are deaf!

1. Nikki McKibbon, the karaoke singer. Nikki is the all-time worst offender on American Idol and she made it all the way to the Top 3 in season one. She received more votes than Tamyra Gray and Christina Christian. I remember Simon telling her flat-out that she didn't deserve to be there and wondered who the hell was voting for her. I'm still wondering that myself. Even though she dressed pretty wild (with ever-changing hair colors), she was forgettable. Oh, and terrible.

By the way, go look at these photos of Clay Aiken and ask yourself, "Why did I vote for this guy?"

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I am 60 and not into modern rock so I don't try to judge rockers. But when Constantine sang the slow songs he brought me to tears (no - not because he was bad) I know when something is beautiful because the emotion wells in me and spills over. OK have at it, make fun if you must but those who have a clue -know he is good.

March 23 2006 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know how Ruben Studdard made it! I thought he was terrible. Also, Macayla Gordon got further than she should have.

March 13 2006 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Constantine is an ENTERTAINER and seems to want to please all the people all the time.
Of course, try he will and not succeed but he'll be smiling all the way to the bank...
American Idol will NEVER be the same after him being on there. He is ONE OF A KIND!
Don't get me wrong those kids are brave and talented up there BUT the WORLD now has CONSTANTINE and this years AI is dull in comparison. He made you excited to watch it now it is just a singing competition.

March 10 2006 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are just so VERY WRONG about Constantine. Constantine has a million-dollar smile, inner and outer beauty, and a voice to thrill the angels in heaven. He is going to be the next, huge break-out star and he deserves this so much.

March 05 2006 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i like nikki and i think she good

March 05 2006 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is ignorant and stupid to think that Jasmine Trias made it through on Hawaii alone. Even if the entire state voted for her (which it didn't), she wouldn't have gone as far as she did. Whether you want to believe it or not, Jasmine had fans in all parts of the country. And she made it as far as she did on her singing ability, her looks, her stage presence, and her humble personality. She is a far better SINGER than the screaming person who won that season, but no matter becuase Jasmine has become very successful in her own right and is probably enjoying more success than anyone on her season.

March 03 2006 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen Sanders


March 03 2006 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alvin Joseph

How many of you readers can see that all the Constantine supporters saying exactly the same things probably all come from the same person who keeps changing their names? I suspect his mother.

March 02 2006 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to agree with the many of the comments above mine--I don't like the fact that you bashed any of these contestants but as a fan of Constantine I felt it necessary to add a comment of my own--I won't argue with you--you have a right to your opinion no matter what it is--but I think Constantine's success will speak for itself and prove how wrong you are.

March 01 2006 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh. Is there anyway to give negative stars to those who support Constantine/trash you?

March 01 2006 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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