Melinda Doolittle, the most polished singer in the history of "American Idol" -- she effortlessly channeled Carmen McRae, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, just name your diva and stand back -- was voted off last night. That leaves Jordin Sparks, a big-voiced but inexperienced teenager from Arizona, and Blake Edwards, a hyperkinetic fashion victim who interrupts his performances with beat-box vocalese, to compete next week in the finals.Blake Edwards? Hey, I know Edwards is one versatile, talented octogenarian, and he did start out as an actor. But a singer? Not so much. Maybe he can have wife Julie Andrews step in for him.
"We Watch So You Don't Have To" is the Post's gimmicky department header for the story by Eugene Robinson. Guess he figured he didn't have to watch either, or he would have known it was Blake Lewis.