American Idol May 5 Elimination Night: Goodbye,Aaron Kelly

On this week’s “American Idol,” the top five went old school, tackling the time-tested songbook of Frank Sinatra. So it was perhaps not all that surprising that the show’s youngest contestant ended up getting the boot.

Aaron Kelly, who has battled through laryngitis and tonsillitis,was praised for his good manners and gentlemanly attitude.
And the 17-year-old high school student was also the youngest contestant.

“I always said that I was Southern-raised. … ‘Yes, sir,’ ‘yes, ma’am’ — that’s how my mom had taught me,” Kelley said in an interview with The Morning Call of Allentown. “I’m having a ball right now. … It’s a ton of fun and it’s a great learning experience.”

On the Wednesday night elimination, results show that Kelly is not America’s Idol, largely to his shaky performance of “Fly Me to the Moon,” a timid turn that Simon Cowell rather rightfully described as “mouse” like.

It was the Frank Sinatra-themed week for the five remaining Idols, who were mentored by Harry Connick Jr.

The 17-year-old high school student from Sonestown, Pa., who was the ninth season’s youngest finalist, was joined in the bottom two by Michael Lynche, a big, talented performer who was once saved by the judges.

Casey James had been widely seen as the most likely candidate to be eliminated this week after his awkward version of “Blue Skies.” Yet voters rescued him this week again. Contrary to this, Lynche’s jazzy version of “The Way You Look Tonight,” won him praise from the judges, especially from Simon Cowell and fellow judge Ellen DeGeneres.

“Frank was the king of cool and he had a swagger, he had a believability,” Cowell told Kelly after his version of “Fly Me to the Moon” on Tuesday’s Frank Sinatra-themed performance night. “And if he was a lion, you were just a mouse.”

Grammy and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx will lead next week’s Top 4 finalists–Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James and Michael Lynche in “Songs of the Cinema.” Show tunes – finally.

Tune in the following night, Wednesday, May 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), for performances by Daughtry and rock legend Bon Jovi and to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home.

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