Phil, Haley next to get the boot?

Posted: April 03, 2007

"You are in your own universe, and if people like you, good luck," a clearly frustrated Simon Cowell last week told Sanjaya Malakar, who, with his big smile and fauxhawk, seemed to be hijacking America's favorite TV show.

While Malakar stayed safe in the main pack, South Carolina's Chris Sligh, the round mound of sound, got his walking papers, prompting sighs of relief from fellow third-tier vote-getters Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey.

Sligh ankled with a smile, hugging one and all, belting out the Sting song that stung his fortunes, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," and reminding Phil to pay up on a $50 bet over who was going home.

Gwen Stefani, with her preternaturally smooth skin and white hair, mentored the kids, who sang tunes from her and No Doubt and from groups such as the Police and the Cure, who influenced her.

The Sanjaya follies may have distracted Idol watchers from the singing competition. Melinda Doolittle remained the dominant force as LaKisha Jones faded a bit. Jordin Sparks and Gina Glocksen, the week's most surprising performer, moved up in the ranks.

No reason Phil and Haley shouldn't make the walk of shame again next week, unless she comes up with another hot halter top.

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Sanjaya's peacock display has bought a stay of execution. Rest assured, my fine-feathered friend, your time will come. For now, it's a toss-up between Phil and Haley. But if last week was "bye-bye Curly," this week will be "bye-bye Baldy." Phil's out.

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