Andrew and Katie OUT on American Idol — so is Rickey. RICKEY???

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ellen degeneres american idol 590ls0219104 Andrew and Katie OUT on American Idol    so is Rickey.  RICKEY???On last night’s perennial hit show “American Idol” on FOX, since Michael Lynche was “saved” last week, it meant TWO of the Top Ten Finalists would be shown the door this week.

“Elvis Week” wasn’t kind to Andrew and Katie, who were sent home due to a lack of votes, and, it’s just been announced that Rickey is leaving, too.  Rickey, Rickey, we don’t know no stinking “Rickey!!!”

Well, Rickey is the unheralded but very important musical director of the show.  Rickey Minor is leaving “American Idol” to replace the likable Kevin Eubanks on the new again “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

Just after Jay got back to his 11:35pm slot, Kevin surprised everyone by announcing he was leaving the NBC staple.

Kevin says he’s “pursuing other opportunities.”

When a door closes, a window opens, and the window of opportunity is what Idol’s Rickey Minor is coming through.

Rickey Minor is not just some guy who’s “wet behind the ears” (we’ve always loved that term, though we’re not sure exactly what it means).

His resume includes musical direction for some of the biggest names in the biz — Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles and Beyonce (yeah, OK, those are big names — that’s a hot resume).

Rickey, who was born in Louisiana, has also provided musical direction at little events you may have heard of like The Super Bowl, the Grammys and the NAACP Image Awards (alright already, as we said, that’s a HOT resume).

We wish the best to departing Tonight Show music dude Kevin Eubanks and we hope he finds some great opportunities (hey, isn’t there an opening at “American Idol” for a musical director?), and much success to the man who’s gonna be sittin’ in Kevin’s place come June 7th, as the new musical director of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Rickey Minor, as he debuts in his “major” gig.

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