I have to admit, that I was surprised a little, but then again ... people have mentioned over and over that Melinda would not be able to be packaged as well as either Jordin or Blake.
There have been many contestants through the seasons that have been eliminated that were very talented. Tamyra Gray comes to mind, as does Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtery, etc. Sanjaya stayed and better singers were eliminated. The same thing has happened in other years with the redhead, John Stevens, and that Chicken Little. I know some of you were Taylor Hicks fans last season, but I wasn't and was stunned that he made it into the finals, let alone won.
I thought Blake was incredible a few weeks ago. He totally wow'd me. Do I think he has the best singing voice? No, but then again, he sang Maroon 5 better than Maroon 5 sang live last night. lol. A studio can do amazing things, and it's all about selling cd's. Blake resembles Maroon 5, 311, and more alternative bands like that. My daughter and her college roommates love him. They said it's because they would buy a cd of his music, but would have no interest in Melinda's type of music, and depending on what genre Jordin ends up in, maybe not hers either. It's all just a matter of musical taste.
Just my perspective on it. What one person likes, another dislikes. That doesn't mean they aren't talented. Different strokes for different folks, as they say.