From Media Reports
LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Another one bit the dust, but this one wasn’t hard to see coming.
After two weeks of shocking elimination episodes, “American Idol” took a break from the surprises Thursday (April 26), sending perpetual bottom-dweller Elise Testone home.
Testone, the 28-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, had faced elimination so many times that “Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine joked she had a “vacation home” in the bottom three.
On the other hand, 18-year-old Skylar Laine, of Brandon, Miss., nabbed one of our favorite songs by the classic band – Queen – “The Show Must Go On.” And it might be our favorite Skylar performance of the competition so far.
It was absolutely perfect for her voice and she even sounded less country – not that country is bad, but it was nice to hear her sound different. The judges agreed. Steven Tyler says, “Skylar that was over the top…the energy, the passion, the way you hit your notes. That was fabulous” and Randy adds, “That was incredible, dude. I think it’s one of your best performances to date.”
Testone came up on the short end of the reported 58 million votes cast following Wednesday’s performance episode, where she took on Queen’s “I Want It All” and a very wordy rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love.” Following the Hendrix song, Randy Jackson told her it “wasn’t the right song for this time in the competition,” and on Thursday’s show, Iovine called Testone “a great singer who makes bad choices.” He called “Bold as Love” a “double down on bad decisions.”
Testone, the oldest of this season’s finalists, sang Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” during her exit. It was one of her signature songs of the season.
Testone was joined in the bottom three Thursday by Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar.
Skylar was immediately sent back to safety, leaving Testone and Cavanagh to await their fate.
According to host Ryan Seacrest, the 58 million votes cast were 10 million more than the number of votes cast at this point in the season last year.
Queen Extravaganza, an official Queen tribute band, opened the show with a performance of “Somebody to Love.” The episode also saw performances from season 10 “Idol” contestant Stefano Langone — who now goes simply by Stefano — who did his debut single “I’m on a Roll,” and Katy Perry, who in a taped performance did a military-themed “Part of Me.”