Reality television becomes incredibly ‘realistic’ when one of its contestants – particularly a prominent contestant passes away. American Idol, up until Friday, August 1, had eschewed tragedy happening to a notable contestant – a contestant who advanced within the top 10, 12, or 13 that is. But then Saturday, one of season seven’s most talented contestants, Michael Johns, died at only 35 years old. Cause of death appears to be a blood clot. Johns was Australian.
Although it has been years since Johns was a contestant, and although the talented singer was an earlier casualty than most expected within the top 12, he was one of the more visible, notable talents that season. Until an untimely exit, Johns seemed to be potential lock to finish near, if not at the top. Johns truly received the short end of the stick, suffering from one of Idol’s many odd votes. Johns would release an album in 2009, Hold Back My Heart.
Ultimately, how Johns finished on American Idol isn’t important at this point. Another talented musician, although not well known beyond his stint on Idol, has gone too soon. More importantly, a young person has died, and a family is in mourning over such a heartbreaking, unexpected loss. Rest in peace, Michael Johns.