Last night after another unforgivably padded results show, full of noise and flash but signifying nothing,
was sent packing on
The result was somewhat surprising because the 29-year-old Tennessean was widely assumed to be a shoo-in for next week's finals. Instead,
will face off for the Idol crown.
All season Melinda had been a model of consistency and clearly the judges' favorite. Her experience as a backup singer was evident in her polished, often flawless performances.