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on Kevin Covais, the American Idol contestant they've named Chicken Little. He's out, and that's OK because it was going to happen sooner or later. I hope he keeps his head and doesn't buy into all this "sex symbol" stuff they've shoveled onto him since he seemed like a pretty good kid.

Speaking of American Idol ... I'm hardly the first person to notice this, and this is hardly the first season it's happened, but the judges have this huge hypocritical problem of wanting a person to stay "true" to themselves and to show range. They contradict themselves on this all the time. I can't count the number of times the judges have told contestants that they are being "one-note" and need to break out of their box, but then they will praise Chris Daughtry for being himself even while he's thwarting the week's theme and singing in the same style every week. (I don't know that I want to hear the dude attempt a doo-wop song, but still.) Simon even went hyperbolic Tuesday, saying Chris is the first contestant they've had who "refused to compromise." But they've criticized Lisa for leaning too much on ballads, and then the past two weeks when she tried to expand her horizons, they stomped on her. Obviously, there is more to the judges' comments than meets the eye -- at least Simon's -- but it's just so transparent to praise Chris for not compromising, when in fact he's attempted the narrowest range of styles of all the remaining contenders. Compare what he's done in the past few weeks with what Mandisa has done -- she's obviously good, and she's taken on Heart, Chaka Khan, Dinah Washington. I imagine if she had transformed all the songs into whichever style she's strongest at, she would have faced the wrath of the judges. But they see Chris as super-saleable, so he gets praise. I don't mean to say he can't sing -- I actually enjoy his performances most of the time -- but variety? That hasn't really been shown, and if it doesn't happen soon, I predict a backlash. Just had to get that out.

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