All American Idols Are Not Created Equal

Despite the weekly adulation on American Idol, when each season is done, the Idol wannabes take their place in the natural order of things.

And some inevitably sink to the bottom.

Witness, Fantasia Barrino and Blake Lewis, who had legions of devotees and have now both been dropped by their reps.

Beat-boxer Blake, a season-six runner-up, just learned Arista won’t stick with him, and he ably spun the dumping on his blog: “Oh well. I guess the right time was now. No biggy. I’m still with 19 Recordings.”

Way to keep the faith, man!

The 19 nest isn’t all that cushy. The management behemoth just axed Fantasia. Sure, her first two CDs went gold, and she starred in The Color Purple on Broadway. But she’s been missing performances and become more of a curiosity than a star.

The ride up is always exhilarating, but the drop really smarts. Anyone seen Ruben Studdard or Taylor Hicks lately?

Relive Fantasia’s wild-eyed, perplexing, red-haired performance of “Bore Me” from season-seven AI