Jason Castro lost his chance at the American Idol crown when he didn’t remember the lyrics for Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man.
The viewers were not as sympathetic for Castro, who was voted off the show last night, as they were two weeks ago with Brooke White when she fumbled on her song and had to start over. Maybe his magic has finally faded, or viewers really don’t get his artistry.
It’s not that Castro is a horrible singer, he’s just not suited for this singing competition — he doesn’t fit the Idol mould. Perhaps busking back in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas, will work better for him.
Nearly 51 million votes came flooding in following Tuesday’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame themed show, the highest this season thus far. And it was so close that the competitors — Castro, David Cook, David Archuleta and Syesha Mercado — were all within a million votes of one another.
Before the results were read, viewers were treated with the usual song and dance, a group performance that featured the Idol hopefuls singing Reeling In The Years by Steely Dan. After host Ryan Seacrest revealed that both Archuleta and Cook were safe, judge Randy Jackson offered a few words of advice to Cook.
“You just got to keep being yourself … you’ve been one of our most original ever … and rock it out baby,” said Jackson.
More performances followed including a number by pop rock band Maroon 5, which sang If I Never See Your Face Again, and an appearance by Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice, who sang his new single Witness.
This week’s bottom two included Mercado and Castro. Thankfully, Mercado will be returning next week as part of the final three. She has proven to be a very strong competitor, and one to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, it was Castro’s turn to say goodbye.
“It’s been a pleasure … dreams do come true, so dream big,” said Castro before ending the show singing Bob Marley’s I Shot The Sheriff.