'American Idol' fans claim Walker Burroughs was robbed of his spot in Top 6 in season 17: "He should have been saved"
Fans also said that his pairing with Alejandro Aranda for a duet was unfair, as it severely restricted his musical abilities
'American Idol' season 17 is approaching its end, and from the thousands who auditioned for the series just six contestants are left to battle for the chance to win the title. On Sunday night, when the reality TV competition aired its live Queen Night episode, the Top 8 contestants performed songs from 2018's Freddie Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Apart from solo performances, the contestants also paired up for duets of songs by other artists.
Apart from performing solos from the film, the contestants were also paired up for duets from other famous artists.
Following the performances, the votes were tallied and two of the contestants -- Alyssa Raghu and Walker Burroughs -- from the top 8 were eliminated. After Ryan Seacrest revealed Burroughs elimination, fans were quick to express their disappointment.
For his Queen Night, Burroughs performed his version of Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and paired up with Alejandro Aranda to perform 'Mrs. Robinson' by Simon and Garfunkel.
Disappointed that Burroughs didn't make it to the Top 6 and that the judges didn't save him, a few fans claimed that hehad been robbed of his rightful spot. "American idol really forcing me to go to sleep knowing that the guy who commits murder to his esophagus every week gets to see another week but my angel Walker Burroughs has to go home.... this moment is the least appealing of my career," wrote a fan on Twitter.
Another fan said, "What’s the point of having a save if you aren’t going to save the best talent this season? @WalkerBurroughs got robbed. #AmericanIdol."
Adding to that another fan said, "No cap wade does NOT belong in the top 6. he can’t remember the lyrics and sounds HORRIBLE. walker deserves to be there and should have been saved. i love you @WalkerBurroughs keep singing your heart out #AmericanIdol."
Apart from claiming that Burroughs was robbed of his spot in the Top 6, some fans also claimed that the pairing of Aranda and Burroughs wasn't fair as the latter had to go out his comfort zone to perform with the former.
"So sorry? You set Walker up to lose in the duet by having him totally subdue his strengths just so you could play to the style of Alejandro. It was so obvious. There were so many better options that would have highlighted Walker better," said a fan.
While another fan said, "Yeah, and the AI producers forced that style onto Walker Burroughs in the duet just to cater to Alejandro’s style. Walker was much better than the song you all set him up with. That song totally restricted his range."