Why Wasn’t Heejun Han in the Bottom 3 on American Idol?

Every year there seems to be a Sanjaya Malakar on American Idol. This year’s Sanjaya appears to be Heejun Han, who sings badly but still avoids being in the bottom three last night.

Votefortheworst.com had Shannon Magrane as the worst singer, before her elimination last night. She is one of the most gracious losers, ever to appear on the show. The judges refused to use their save on Shannon, so may be saving it for when Heejun Han is singing for his life later this season.

The VFTW website has a poll showing that Heejun has 1,532 votes (51 %) to be the next VFTW singer with Holly Cavanagh having the fewest votes with only 32 votes. DeAndre Brackensick is next behind Heejun with 730 votes (24%)

Complete poll results:


Shannon not only left the show but lost thousands of dollars, that the singers make on the summer tour. The singers who went on tour last year made $49,000 each, when they made $1,000 a show on the 49 city tour.

DeAndre who was roundly criticized by the judges after his performance on Wednesday night, also didn’t make the bottom three. Doesn’t make sense that the two most criticized singers didn’t make the bottom three. So much for the influence the judges have on voters.

American Idol has lost its luster as it is drawing at least five million less viewers per show, compared to last year’s ratings. Almost every show last year drew 20 million or more viewers, while this year’s show has drawn more than 20 million viewers once since Season 11 started in January.

Ryan Seacrest is coming up with new ways to scare singers, into thinking they are going home. He told one singer that he was afraid that they were going to have to pack their bags (pause) then say “because you are going on tour this summer.”

Tune in next week to see if Heejun Han will be in the bottom three, or will he like Sanjaya Malakar have many more weeks left on American Idol, before he is finally eliminated.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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