No one should be surprised this morning.
LaToya London is packing that golden voice, perfect body and wide, white-toothed smile and heading home.
She was the best singer in American Idol III. She had the most consistent performances and knew it. And this is why she's gone.
Tuesday night, Diana sang best, Fantasia was better and Jasmine cried. LaToya was, well, LaToya. We knew what we were going to get. It was predictably great. She's a true star and will get a record deal before Memorial Day weekend.
The other three contestants reveal something different each week. Diana has shown the most growth. Fantasia takes chances (and they don't always work). Jasmine is just so damn sweet and she cried.
Think about it. Jasmine may have been the top vote-getter with the worst performances. No bottom 2 for her.
Consistency and perceived arrogance fell LaToya. Her comment Tuesday night that "we all are getting record deals" or something to that effect turned off voters. If viewers somehow missed the relevance of her remark, Simon reminded them when he brought it up and disagreed with it during his critique. The show is about winning. It's about wearing the American Idol crown. Even though she's absolutely right, LaToya erred in minimizing the appeal of the show, a time commitment 30 million Americans make every Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The competition's best singer is on the bench. And she's not welcome back into the game.