Why Was Curtis Finch Jr. Eliminated on American Idol 2013?
We only just got to know the American Idol 2013 Top 10 contestants, but it was someone’s turn to go home. After a nationwide vote, viewers decided to send Curtis Finch Jr. packing. An favorite early on with the judges, especially Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, Curtis staked his claim as the resident gospel singer of the American Idol finalists. A preacher’s son from Missouri, he brought a big personality along with his powerhouse vocals.
Curtis consistently received positive review from the judges, up until his Top 10 performance night, when he chose to sing Fantasia’s “I Believe.” During the pre-show consultation, mentor Jimmy Iovine cautioned Curtis of knowing the difference between coming off as old-fashioned and retro. The judges agreed that the singer stayed too close to his comfort zone, but noted that his vocals were still magnificent.
Whether it was his song choice, or the fact that the decision of who to send home was just too difficult, Curtis was the casualty of the evening. He had the chance to sing for his life and reprised his performance of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” but the judges couldn’t decide unanimously to save him.
Do you think it was Curtis Finch Jr.’s time to go, or did he have more potential in him?