Idol Boots Curly-Haired Christian

Clever, chubby Chris Sligh gets axe; nine little Idols remain
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2007 11:30 AM CDT
Idol Boots Curly-Haired Christian
In this photo provided by Fox television, Chris Sligh performs on "American Idol", Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in Los Angeles. Sligh, the curly-haired jokester who once claimed he was "bringing chubby back," said goodbye to "American Idol" on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 becoming the latest singer bounced...   (Associated Press)

Crimped contestant Chris Sligh was voted off this season's American Idol last night, just minutes after Simon Cowell predicted that it would be, "Bye-bye-curly." Sligh was known for being clever, chubby, and Christian—as well as his shock-mop curls. Saved from elimination was improbable teen hearthrob Sanjaya Malakar, memorable for his flamboyantly appalling 'dos and barely-there vocals.

Sligh was in the bottom three with Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey. Critic Tom Gliatto, who likes Sligh, thinks the loss comes down to presentation. Sligh lost because: "1. Chris was never as pretty or leggy as Haley. 2. He was never as tall or lean as Phil Stacey." (Read more American Idol stories.)

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