First there was Christian Okoye, the original “Nigerian Nightmare,” a nickname he earned as a running back with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Now we have Chikezie, a modern-day “Nigerian Nightmare” who became the latest casualty on American Idol. He got the boot Wednesday night, following Tuesday’s 30 million votes.
Okoye’s moniker served as a tribute to his durability, consistency and productivity.
Chikezie, however, carries the title for a much different reason. He simply lacked in all three of those areas.
Granted, it was easy to like Chikezie, who often spoke of his Nigerian roots in many of those Idol clips. His warm smile and the effort he put into every performance made him an engaging, lovable character.
The bottom line, however, was he consistently paled in comparison to most of this year’s finalists. There is little to debate that this is the deepest Idol field in the show’s seven-year history, and Chikezie was arguably a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you carefully examine the finalists from Idol’s preceding six seasons, a claim could be made Chikezie
was top-six material in probably half of those competitions. But in a year when we have David Cook,
Brooke White, Michael Johns, David Archuleta and Co., Chikezie does not belong in the same sentence. That’s the bad news.
The good news is those of you who like his singing and adore his personality have nothing to fear. The
modern-day Nightmare will most certainly land a record deal, which is not bad for a ninth-place finisher. We will definitely hear from him again.
He simply will not be the next American Idol.
Which brings us to the question, where do the remaining nine Idol finalists stand as we grow closer
to the stretch run?
Let’s break the
m into three categories: “contenders,” “wannabes” and “thanks for playing.”
David Cook: I would have never dreamed I’d have been saying this six weeks ago, but this is the man to
Michael Johns: The Thunder from Down Under is back. There could be a dandy duel in the offing between Cook and Johns.
David Archuleta: Archuleta is in no danger of being eliminated anytime soon, but his “wow” factor is beginning to fade.
Brooke “Snow” White: The real sleeper. I think the best is yet to come. Now brimming with the confidence to match her talent, I would be worried if I were any of the three names above her.
Jason Castro: His star is in danger of falling fast. Next week is critical to re-establish himself as a legitimate title threat. But if this music thing doesn’t work out, he can always star in the remake of
“Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” And you KNOW what role would be his.
Syesha Mercado: The most underrated talent remaining.
Carly Smithson: Hey, she’s not pregnant. And we hear she promises to smile next week.
THANKS FOR PLAYING
Ramiele Malubay: Methinks the vertically challenged “Rommy” is in a world of hurt.
Kristy Lee Cook: Don’t automatically make her the odds-on favorite to be eliminated next Wednesday. Remember, it’s Dolly Parton week, and this girl is as country as it gets.