Los Angeles - George Huff's run as American Idol finalist appears to be at an end. Best know for his deep baritone vocals and the ever-present "what's that up my butt" reaction to judges' critiques, Huff will be missed much less than former contestants.
Dedicated viewers compared their thoughts and had similar opinions about critiquing the 22 year-old from New Orleans. "George was alright I guess. I mean you had to turn you back and closed your eyes," noted ClayCraver_32_NC on one Idol zine.
One lucky fan that attended an Idols taping agreed. "I couldn't watch him either and that is sort of what AI is about. Once he opened his eyes so wide I thought I saw his brain."
With no lack of creepiness on a set that features Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul, Huff's time had come. Executive Producer Cowell summed up the vibe after the mid-week taping, "It was, quite frankly, getting to be feel a bit like freak show around here what with Paula's thumb, finding out Seacrest is 47, and I've never understood Randy, not for a second. We were all ready for George to go."
The culmination of each week, as American Idol sees it, revolves around who is voted from the show, though this week may prove to be different. It appears that some of the voting irregularity on Idol in the past few weeks may have been directly related to George's presence on the show.
One relieved fan in Tulsa, OK posted on the Fox message boards shortly after the news was announced that "It wasn't like I really cared for Diana DeGarmo, but I texted her in mainly as a George ‘no' vote."
One by one America seems to be voting off the contestants due in large part to physical abnormalities or irritating ticks rather than actual singing talent. Before Huff was sent packing the nation collectively gave the boot to 16 year-old John Stevens. Rumors circulated that Stevens was an albino and was "colored in" before each show.
This week's standoff between the Idols figures to pit Fantasia Barrino's tragic overbite against Diana DeGarmo's persistence to wear unflattering dresses. Says one Fox viewer about the remaining finalist choices, "I really thought I was watching The Swan. Boy was I relieved when I found out these people could still have plastic surgery. I mean what definition of ‘beauty' are you working with Dr. Frankenstein, right?"
The season series wraps up this June at which time all of the finalist will be bringing their circus side show to a town near you.