Idol Viewers Lose A Bette


The announcement of Vanessa’s dismissal meets with a scattering of boos from the crowd. The subsequent montage suggests that despite her sass, Ms. Olivarez seems to have taken Simon’s advice and lost a few pounds as the competition has gone on. [A closing tribute to Vanessa includes a quick cut to Julia, in tears, perhaps experiencing survivor guilt.]

With solid vocal skills and personality to burn Vanessa probably shouldn’t be offended by Simon’s critique that she’s more of an entertainer than an American Idol. Simon’s assessment is both complimentary and correct. There are worse things than being Bette Midler and Vanessa should be so lucky.

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