Nick Fink and Jacqualine Dunford get split up by American Idol judges

Does the sight of this toothsome couple repel you, gentle readers? Well fear not, because the [[American Idol (2011 Series)|American Idol]] judges have ensured Hollywood week will be 50% less cheesy by splitting up grinning ‘couple’ Nick Fink and Jacqueline Dunford.

I’m sure you’re all as devastated as I am about this. *cough*

When we first saw Jacqueline and Nick a week ago, their cringesome audition footage was an instant turn off, and there was a subtle feeling that they weren’t a real couple. Gasp! I know!

At the Hollywood round solo auditions, suit salesman Nick chose an appropriate song for someone who sells clothes, Paolo Nutini’s New Shoes. There’s no more appropriate word in the English language to describe this performance better than “caterwauling”. It was not Nick’s finest hour.

Jacqueline came across much better with her version of Bring It On Home To Me by Sam Cooke. She’s got a really powerful voice, but her biggest problem is the vocal histrionics. She wavers on like a veteran diva, the problem being that no-one’s buying that type of music these days. Jacqueline needs to play it straight for a while, less of the vocal showboating and more trying to entertain the audience with a song.

When it came to decision time, Nick was rejected and Jacqueline sent on through. She’ll have her work cut out for her now that she hasn’t got the quirky “American Idol power couple” story to hide behind. She’ll have to show personality and stage presence. But she’s cute (let’s not talk about that ass) and she might be able to make a go of it.

Nick’s rejection was hilarious. Did you think it would be possible to wipe the smug grin off his face? Well, Randy Jackson managed it nicely! Nick continued to plead for a second chance, but Randy – quite stern for once – told him that he’d had his one shot and blown it. I thought he was overrated anyway – read my review of their first audition.

Elsewhere, ex-couple Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks are kind of forced together at auditions. And they end up progressing to the next stage. Rob unsubtly says his mother is the only woman he’ll ever trust, while Chelsee doesn’t respond to this, she says it’s actually comforting to have someone she knows go through the auditions with her.

I love how Idol set up that whole “power couple” thing, then punctured it at Hollywood round. You never know what’s going to happen on this show, do you?

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