But she was shown the door by the AI text messagers, anyway - presumably for not possessing Blake's two-tone hair or Jordin's radiant smile.
Oh, the injustice! By the look on his face, you could tell that Simon knew that a wrong had been done, even as he was calculating the upside of all the extra dollars that can be made from cashing in on the more kiddie-friendly appeal of Lewis and Sparks.
The expulsion of the 29-year-old Melinda exposes the white lie that AI is principally a singing competition. It helps if you can sing a little bit, and anyone who gets this far - like last year's wimp Elliott Yamin, who performed, as did Maroon 5, on a never-ending results show last Wednesday - is bound to be competent.
But once you're over that threshold, it's likability that's rewarded. Blake and Jordin may not be as Barbie-doll perfect for middle America as 2005's winner, Carrie Underwood, but they're far more warm and fuzzy than a rugged career backup singer like Melinda, whose case would have been helped immeasurably if she had been born with a longer neck, or didn't turn off voters by seeming like too much of a grown-up trespassing in Idol's teeny-bopper sandbox.
Dave on Demand's Prediction:
If it were up to me, I'd pick Jordin. I think she has more talent and potential. But it looks like Blake has the mo' to win this show.