How To Lose American Idol In Five Easy Steps: A Scientific Analysis!

by (@megsokay)

1) Sing One Of The Show’s Seven Songs Of Death

We went through all 12 seasons of American Idol history and made a list of every song a contestant sang on the week he or she was eliminated. Yes, we tallied all of them. What we discovered is that most of the special snowflakes who compete on Idol like to pick “unique” songs for themselves, so there really wasn’t as much overlap as you would think. That said, these seven songs are tied for sending not one, not two, but three contestants home from the live shows, and should therefore be avoided at all costs:

  • “Saving All My Love For You,” by Whitney Houston: Alexis Lopez (1), Jasmine Trias (3), Tatiana Del Toro (8)
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” by Whitney Houston: Jennifer Fuentes (2), Tiara Purefoy (3), Asia’h Epperson (7)
  • “Love Will Lead You Back,” by Taylor Dayne: Carmen Rassmussen (2), Mikalah Gorden (4), Karen Rodriguez (10)
  • “If I Ain’t Got You,” by Alicia Keys: Kinnik Sky (5), Syesha Mercado* (7), Taylor Vaifanua (8)
  • “A Little Less Conversation,” by Elvis Presley: Chris Daughtry (5), Jackie Tohn (8), Mathenee Treco (12)
  • “Feeling Good,” by Cy Grant (also Nina Simone and Michael Buble): Leslie Hunt (6), AJ Tabaldo (6), Hallie Day (11)
  • “Fever,” by Little Willie John: Nick Pedro (6), Syesha Mercado* (7), David Oliver Willis (12)

* Yes, Syesha Mercado had two of the dumbest song choices in American Idol history for her Top Three showdown against David Cook and David Archuleta. Actually, all three of her final songs on that show were terrible choices. Her third song was chosen for her by the producers and it was from an artist pretty much no one had ever heard before. “Fever” was the only one that she chose herself and she was moved to choose this song because it meant she could use a chair in her performance–as you’ll learn in the clip above.

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