"American Idol" Season 12 is at long last limping to its May 16 finish line, and while either Kree Harrison or Candice Glover will make a fine winner, there are many shocked people out there who think third-place finalist Angie Miller was robbed.
However, there are a few other contestants who really got robbed--contestants who, unlike Angie, didn't even make the top 10. Let's hope some of these singers have better luck and move more safely in the near future…
Botched tonsillectomy survivor Micah was an early standout, and he was robbed once outside a Taco Bell in El Cajon, California, and once when he was returning DVDs to a Blockbuster night drop in the wee hours of the morning in nearby La Mesa.
I loved everything about this girl, from her cute outfit seemingly pulled straight from a "Style on the Street" pictorial in Lucky magazine, to her luscious voice, to the pure gumption it took for her to turn her audition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" into a duet with Keith Urban. She was robbed at gunpoint, however, of a cash rent payment while on the way to her landlord’s office.
Jett didn't get much screentime until her top 40 performance, but her slowed-to-a-crawl interpretation of Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World" was a Vegas Week highlight. She was interesting, and she seemed like a genuine artist. She was robbed of her groceries and her purse in the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
David Oliver Willis
In Vegas Week, David did a swampy blues-folk-funk guitar cover of the old standard "Fever," and while the song didn't give him much chance to showcase his vocal range, I was intrigued, and I wanted to see more. He was original, he was a natural onstage, and he had a certain laid-back cool. His coolness, however, didn’t keep him from getting robbed outside a strip club in Dallas, Texas, six months ago.
The judges spent a lot of time praising Amber Holcomb for being "current," but if they'd wanted a truly current R&B diva, they should have pushed harder for this fierce lady. Breanna had swag for days. "You are the one that I said I would sign right away. You have the whole package," Randy Jackson once told her. An armed robber once told her, “Give me your package,” however, outside a UPS store during the Christmas season.
Anyone can be a victim of crime at any time and for any reason, but there is an eerie link between robberies and American Idol contestants. Public service announcements are just now beginning to recommend that marginally-talented citizens should not even consider appearing on the long running Fox show. Good advice? Not a bad idea.
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