Sunday night during the Disney-themed Top 10 performance episode of “American Idol,” 26-year-old Dennis Lorenzo was controversially eliminated after singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King.” This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania resident was the last singer to perform on the show’s first-ever live coast-to-coast episode, which meant fans who were impressed by Dennis’ rendition of the Disney classic only had a few minutes to vote for him before the polls closed.
Yes, viewers were able to vote for all 10 contestants for almost the entire two-hour duration of the show, but that didn’t stop people from pointing out what they thought was an unfortunate disadvantage for Dennis. Read some of their comments below and then let us know what YOU think by voting in our poll.
Harold: “This new system is unfair to whomever is last to sing.”
Penny DeBoer: “I tried to vote for Dennis Lorenzo as he was singing and was not allowed to. I was never able to get in to vote for him, even though I was able to vote for many others earlier. Then the voting was closed.”
Bette Tetreault: “I was able to vote for Dennis as soon as he finished singing, but I had to rush! I hope ‘American Idol’ executives figure out that live voting is a huge disadvantage to the last one signing and let Dennis come back one more week.”
Mary Stack: “Totally agree. How unfair for Dennis to be sent home after 5 minutes of voting.”
Sue Sarkkinen: “The voting tonight was totally not fair to the last performers. One commercial break to vote for Dennis? Come on.”
In his “American Idol” live blog recap, Denton Davidson added, “Closing the show this week is Dennis, who I think has the biggest disadvantage of the night. Voting closes about 5 minutes after his performance ends, as opposed to someone like Maddie who has had nearly two hours to collect votes after her performance.”
Other than Dennis, the unlucky singers to be eliminated on Sunday night were Ada Vox and Michelle Sussett. However, they were the fourth and fifth performers of the evening, compared to Dennis who performed tenth. That meant voters had more than enough time to save Ada and Michelle after watching their performances, and they chose not to.
The seven singers who advanced to next week’s live show were Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe, Catie Turner and Michael J. Woodard. Who do you think will win ABC’s first-ever installment of “American Idol”?
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