On Thursday night, American Idol said farewell — at least temporarily — to the year's most divisive contestant. Nick Mitchell (and his alter ego, Normund Gentle) didn't advance into the top 12, despite support from the Web site Vote for the Worst and reviews that called him "a fiercely entertaining presence" performing with "self-aware irony."
But there may yet be another chance for our Normund: Next week is the show's Wild Card round, where eliminated contestants will get a chance to sing their way back onto the show. Previously, the producers had said some contestants would advance automatically, but now it seems they've changed it so it's totally up to the judges. Simon oozes contempt every time he's in the presence of Nick, but could one of the other three bring him back?
On the one hand, I'd hate to see Nick take the place of a singer who really deserved a spot in the top 12, and his voice isn't everyone's cup of tea, to put it mildly. On the other hand, he can be entertaining, and I might rather watch someone who's bad on purpose than someone who's just . . . bad. So, what do you think? Do you want to see Normund again?
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