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Paul “Barefoot” Kim — Top 24

Paul Kim

Okay, I’m probably bitchy because I missed the whole Sanjaya-affair, but this “gimmick” thing really turns me off. First it was Jasmine Trias with that ridiculous flower in her hair, and now this.

So Paul Kim has decided that he will perform in front of America barefoot and wear the same underwear during elimination night. I don’t know if his superstition also prevents him from washing said underwear since it might wash away the good luck, but it’s best that we didn’t know. Dude, walking barefoot on stage is so unhygienic. Please reconsider. That’s like wearing flip flops in Chinatown in New York during the Summer. Don’t you know that dirty feet is one of the biggest turn-offs ever? It’s also not safe. What if you step on a 2-inch nail?

And… don’t get me started with the blue contact lenses.

Rickey’s word of advice: Drop the gimmicks and work the talent. Gimmicks will only cheapen your act. (But of course he won’t listen to me, so I’m probably going to be annoyed everytime he starts performing… sigh).

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jeffreychrist
jeffreychrist

john.reyes - you are 110% correct. This guy has the most affected and phoniest voice of the season...and i hope America sees through the smarmy gimmiks and realizes that this guy is as pretentious as I know he is. Faux-R&B never works - and this guy proves that.

chuky922
chuky922

PAUL KIM IS ONE OF THE BEST GUYS AND HE AINT WEARING SAME UNDERWEAR WHEN HE PERFORMS .. ONLY ON ELIMINATION DAYS.. PLUS HIS AUDITION AWESOM AND DONT MATTER IF HE BAREFOOT.. WUTS U GUYS BUSINESS LOOKING AT HIS FEET

Lara
Lara

Watched the vid. Awful audition. Bare feet won't save him.

Lara
Lara

Kelly Clarkson performs barefoot on tour. Tamyra Gray did it once during S1. I didn't like it when they did it either. Not a fan of feet.

shilvhwaiixp
shilvhwaiixp

Yeah .. I'm kinda with you about this Rickey. I don't really know about the whole barefoot thing -- gimmicks aren't exactly the way to go. Jasmine's flower was pretty .. this, I don't really know. O_o

snuffles
snuffles

Paul, Paul, Paul. I WANT to root for ya but...

Well the bare feet thing - that's gonna get old (and disgusting) REAL fast. Please wear shoes.

And the underwear revelation is an overshare if I've ever heard one.

A few other things - the hair.

PLEASE listen to the hair stylists. That gelled pompador thing is NOT working. Grow it out a bit, and go a little more natural.

And listen to the vocal coaches too. You've got a real nice voice but some HORRIBLE singing habits. You over do it EVERY time. And you don't need to.

bigd13
bigd13

I really hope he doesn't perform barefoot because the only thing I will be paying attention too when he performs is his feet. I know some singers sing barefoot, but there not singing live in front of America every week like he's going to.

john.reyes
john.reyes

I'm really hoping this guy gets bounced off the show before the Final 12. I just can't handle the excessive gimmicks, and I'm already annoyed every time he sings. Or opens his mouth.

maruja
maruja

Wait, if I could remember it right, Leona Lewis also performs barefoot. But her reason is not of superstition though.

JSX
JSX

NnnnOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Paul, don't think that you need to resort to gimmicks (and a dirrty one at that) to make yourself memorable. Also don't think that you have to live with that decision just to maintain your sense of honor. There's no honor in singing barefoot with dirty drawers for millions of people. Just let it slide, dude. Say you thought it out afterwards and that it was a immature thing to say. It'll be cool and America will forgive you.

Just keep singing and stay clean (with shoes on).

BTW, you said you wanted to "represent" for us Asians out there. If you get voted off and people only remember you for being that dirty ass Asian kid that went barefooted and wore the same skanky drawers, then you'd be no better than that other notorius Asian American Idol auditioner.

chino
chino

aaww..i liked jasmine's hair-flower.. lol.. :P

WestSideSunDance
WestSideSunDance

eeww that is gross! does he hope to get votes by saying that he's going to wear the same underwear?!! and he wears blue contacts? i couldn't notice

go Sanjaya! haha

richie
richie

RICKEY, I'm with you on this! The barefoot thing is just going to lead to him have 'porno' feet, and I already knew more than I cared to about his underpants, without your mentioning the washing of them [thank you very much for that one!]. Just sing, for Gawd's sake, and don't let me know you don't have the brains that Gawd gave geese...