All is right in the world again -- Lazaro Arbos was finally eliminated from "American Idol."
Am I being harsh? Perhaps. But given that the sole remaining male contestant was in the Top 3 last week despite mediocre performances, having him stay after his "worst performance" (Randy Jackson's words, not mine) would be a total travesty.
Even Laz himself seemed resigned to his fate. The singer, who suffers from a severe stutter, seemed to laugh off mentor Jimmy Iovine's assessment of Wednesday night's performances.
"If I had to chart Lazaro this week, I'd put him 10th," Jimmy harshly opined. "There's only six people left," a voice camera said, to which Jimmy replied, "Yeah, I know." Ouch.
Laz's cover of "Close To You" was so awful even gentle judge Mariah couldn't sugarcoat her critique. I have to give Lazaro props for overcoming his speech impediment and weeks of negative feedback, but he never gave a great performance. Still, here's one good performance to remember him by:
Standouts Candice Glover and Kree Harrison were the top 2 vote earners, followed by Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur and Amber Holcomb.
One of these girls will be crowned "American Idol" in just over one month, becoming the show's first female winner since Jordin Sparks.