One night after being slammed for his choice of songs — and then forgetting the lyrics to one of them! — Jason Castro‘s journey on American Idol came to an end Wednesday night in what was probably the least shocking elimination in the show’s brief history.
No matter how much host Ryan Seacrest attempted to draw out the suspense over whether it would be Jason or fellow finalist Syesha Mercado going home, there didn’t seem to be any surprise when the dreadlocked dude’s name was announced — least of all by Jason himself.
In fact, the Texan cutie appeared to take his eviction from the competition with a smile, joking that he was glad to be eliminated now, lest he have to learn three songs for next week’s penultimate performance night.
And this was also the first week that the remaining Idol contestants did not all break down into a collective sob after the bad news was delivered.
However, the emotion of the moment did all appear to catch up to young Jason, who stopped his encore performance of Bob Marley‘s "I Shot the Sheriff" after only singing half the song. "I don’t feel like singing anymore," he said as he stopped the song.
Jason’s elimination means that there are only three remaining finalists: Syesha, David Cook and David Archuleta, and most Idol oracles are predicting a showdown of the two very different Daves at the finale in two weeks.
So what do you think? Will it be the clean teen vs. the mopey mop-head at the end? Or does Syesha have enough momentum to carry herself into the finals?