I don't see how you can make that statement (Jordin outperforming Melinda) without actually seeing (hearing) Melinda perform last night. And I don't really understand all the people jumping on the bandwagon with this opinion of a comparison that could not be made without both contestants performing. I might be in the minority here, but in my opinion, Jordin is more of a shouter than a singer. Yes, she has 17 year old charm going for her and all that girlish innocence, famous dad, good potential etc., etc. And yes, she out sang Blake last night (including the atrocious "original" song). But let's not forget that many, many people thought that Melinda was the far better singer on a consistent basis. No matter what the judges might claim about "this is a singing competition" we all know that it's not - for if it was, Sanjaya wouldn't have made it to 7th place and Melinda would have been on that stage tonight with Jordin or Lakisha. In my opinion, Melinda's worst performance was technically superior to any of the six performances tonight and I have no reason to believe that either of the two finalists would have "smoked" her based on the evidence. All I have to go in are performances I actually saw and heard, not hypothetical performances that never materialized. In the final analysis, Melinda was not there because she didn't get the votes, plain and simple. America has shown time and time again that this is a popularity contest and not a singing competition no matter what "the judges" claimed tonight. To me, the most entertaining moment was Blake's first song. After that the show was downhill from there. And I agree with those who have suggested that they get rid of the "original" song competition and presentation. That song wasn't fair to either the performers or to the audience, in my opinion.