Our hopes for an Asian-American Idol were cut down 33% last Thursday after learning that Paul Kim was voted off in the first round of eliminations on American Idol. Maybe it was because he was sick that week; maybe Americans were tired of his good luck charms (singing barefoot, wearing lucky underwear) after everyone got tired of Jasmine Trias wearing that damn flower in her hair every week.
Most likely it was because he sang Wham’s “Careless Whisper,” which songwise is the kiss of death for any Idol contestant anywhere, ever. Dear anyone who tries out for American Idol: DO NOT SING CARELESS WHISPER. (Ditto for girls that sing “I Feel The Earth Move [Under My Skin].”)
Instead, 8Asians.com’s official vote of confidence goes for AJ Talbado, who was one of the more standout male performers. If only I can get over those weird hand movements he does, though.