"Cheesy" Chikezie Sent Packing From American Idol

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Chikezie Eze, who became as just Chikezie, sang for the last time on the set of American Idol Wednesday after he was eliminated from the finals.

On Tuesday's show, Chikezie sang Brenda Russell's ballad "If Only for One Night." Before the performance, host Ryan Seacrest asked him about song selection and Chikezie seemed uncertain at best about his choice.

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"After the first time that I sang a ballad, I kind of got torn apart for it," Chikezie told Seacrest. "I was afraid to go back to doing that again, but then ... I picked a song that resonates really deeply within me."

Judges Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell were not fans. "It wasn't hip and cool," Jackson complained. "It was just kind of boring."

Cowell called the performance "cheesy" and told the 22-year-old, "You have to show originality, and I didn't see anything original."

Paula Abdul disagreed, telling the soft-spoken singer, "You did a great job," but Chikezie landed in the bottom three, as predicted by many observers.

Joining Chikezie Eze in the American Idol bottom three Wednesday night were Syesha Mercado and, in somewhat of a surprise, Jason Castro.

Castro, who regularly impresses the judges â€" and elicits as many screams from female fans in the audience as anyone â€" knew it was coming.

"I knew it!" he exclaimed when learning of his fate.

Chopping block regular Kristy Lee Cook looked surprised and happy to escape the bottom three this week after covering Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A.," which the judges loved. Ramiele Malubay also escaped the bottom three.

There are now only nine remaining. Who's your favorite to make it all the way on American Idol - and should Chikezie have been voted off?

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Didi or Tim will slip away into oruisbcty tonight. If Tim goes tonight, then the only thing Didi is holding onto is her apperance, as her vocals will not carry her much farther. Top 3 Crystal, Casey & Michael

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Looks like those 15 year olds struck again. Chikezie was a great singer with a lot of potential. I hope he still releases an album as I would definitely get it!

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Chikesie was sooooo awesome and didnt deserve to leave!!! Rammielle should have left! that stupid lesbian! alhough she has the same birthday as me.........I love David Cook! he is SEXY!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]