Chicken Little, aka Kevin Covais, has flown the coop, thanks to America's votes. Finally, the butt of all jokes is free of American Idol and all the jokes at his expense. Thank goodness, because the longer that kid stayed on the show, the worse the jokes were going to get and the worse the vitriol he was going to get for outlasting better singers. The John Stevens death threats from season 3 would have paled in comparison, I think.
So since I just got back in town at 2 in the morning yesterday, I'm going to comment late on Tuesday's Top 11 performance show, which I found to be one of the best ever on Idol. There seems to be something about the Top 11 show that brings out terrific performances. Season 2's Top 11 show produced Ruben Studdard's "A Whole New World", Clay Aiken's "Somewhere Out There" and Trenyce's "I Have Nothing". Season 3's show was not really that good, but with country as a theme, that's not surprising. It did give us Amy Adams' "Sin Wagon", however. Season 4's show was phenomenal, with Carrie's "Alone", Bo Bice's "Time in a Bottle", Nikko Smith's "Incomplete", Jessica Sierra's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Vonzell Solomon's "Best of My Love", among others. For Season 5's Top 11 show, just about everyone was really good, particularly Mandisa, who was channeling Angela Bassett in looks and with whom I think Ryan Seacrest wants to be BFF, and Paris Bennett, who continues to perform like a seasoned veteran. Even Chicken Little, who is just so out of his league, was good. I'm glad the kid got to leave on a good note, and he went out with class as well.