was voted off "American Idol" last night. Music writer Jonathan Takiff and TV writer Ellen Gray weigh in.
WHY SHE GOT THE BOOT
Ellen: The Sanjaya Hair Obsession aside, voters this season really do seem more invested in voices than in looks. Then again, maybe they were just worried she'd catch cold.
Jon: Haley really bent the rules with Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around" - a disco- queen-era (1976) song-and- dance routine that didn't deserve to be in this week's Latin Music night competition. And neither did Haley.
WHO WE'D HAVE SENT HOME
Ellen: Sanjaya Malakar. Because not being as bad as usual for one week doesn't make him good. Too bad his fans couldn't let him go out on a high note.
Jon: Haley or Phil Stacey, sounding like he's never really met a girl named "Maria, Maria."
WE JUDGE THE JUDGES
Ellen: Given that Simon Cowell's given a free pass to lots of pretty girls with so-so voices, his turning on Haley for using everything she's got looks a bit hypocritical. If not downright creepy.
Jon: At this point, the gang is handing out bigger bouquets to Chris Richardson than the stiff deserves. Maybe it's 'cause he has that Justin Timberlake vibe.
Ellen: Melinda Dolittle's response to Simon's rare criticism couldn't have been more perfect if they'd scripted it.