*It’s over for “Big Mike” on “American Idol” – all because of a fictional killer whale. Although Michael Lynche impressed the judges during his second song – a rendition of Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” with fellow contestant Casey James – it was his performance of Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There” from the “Free Willy” soundtrack that did him in. [Watch both clips below.]
The panel found his interpretation too “predictable,” and apparently, America did as well. “It was tough,” said the 26-year-old personal trainer from Queens, N.Y. “It’s a really big song.”
Lynche was rescued by the show’s judges five weeks ago, but he received the fewest viewer votes for Tuesday’s movie-themed edition.
Before Lynche’s dismissal, Bon Jovi took the stage for “Superman Tonight.” Earlier in the evening, third-season winner Fantasia Barrino crooned “Bittersweet,” and fifth-season finalist Chris Daughtry and his band sang “September.”
The other finalists remaining in the singing contest are 24-year-old musician Crystal Bowersox of Toledo, Ohio; 24-year-old paint sales clerk Lee Dewyze of Mount Prospect, Ill.; and 27-year-old musician Casey James from Fort Worth, Texas.
Next week, the final three will perform after traveling to their hometowns, with one more tossed before the finale on May 26.