The questions of the hour (and the lastÂ five weeks) must be: Just how stoned, spiteful, mentally challenged and/or tone deaf does one have to be to vote for someone like Tim Urban and advance him on American Idol? Besides his family, who would vote for him? Since there canâ€™t be but a few hundred females who think his Bobby Brady look is really hot (and, again, one unfortunately refers to mostly family members) and his fan base canâ€™t be overly large, does this mean that Vote For The Worst is actually that influential? And if that is so, could this mean that Tim Urban could actually become Season 9’s American Idol?
The American Idol results show for the Top 12 finalists (who had performed songs from the Rolling Stones catalog Tuesday evening)Â pulled the bottom three vote-getters from the Sofa of Safety one by one. First to be given a place on a Silver Seat of Uncertainty was Paige Miles, who sang “Honkytonk Women.” Tim Urban, who sang “Under My Thumb,” got the second seat of three. And the final silver stool went to Lacey Brown, who sang “Ruby Tuesday.”
The first person to be returned to the Sofa of Safety was Tim Urban.
For those not “in the know” about Tim Urban, he is the 22-year-old Texan who was called back to the show and back into the American Idol Top 24 after Chris Golightly was disqualified and dismissed.Â Since returning, Vote For The Worst (aÂ website dedicated to ensuring that American Idol’sÂ worst performers and least deserving contestants remain on the show)Â has found him most deserving of elimination each week, but, true to their contrary nature, push for American Idol viewers to vote for Tim Urban weekly to remain in the competition. Thus far they have been helpful in keeping Tim Urban on Season 9’s ever decreasing number of finalists.
Still,Â Tuesday nightâ€™s atrocious rendering of “Under My Thumb” certainly seemed the last straw. If it had been up to the judges, who universally panned his reggae-themed performance of the Rolling Stones classic, there is little doubt that Tim Urban would have been sent home. But by some strange accumulation of votes, the contestant who most find least deserving to be on the show has made it safely through to another round.
As for who was sent home on the results show? Another Texan, Lacey Brown, got the axe.
Which leads to one final question:Â If he really is as deserving of the axe as many think (and it must be remembered that musical taste and judgment of talent is somewhat subjective), just how long will Tim Urban remain on American Idol?