"Just making it this far on American Idol is probably the greatest experience of my life... outside of my wedding day," said Sligh during a video montage of his Idol journey. "I just want to be able to do what I love."
Sligh performed The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" during Tuesday night's Idol broadcast. Idol judge Randy Jackson thought it was "a train wreck" rhythm-wise; Paula Abdul commented she thought Sligh's inability to stay "in the pocket" was an "eyesore" for the audience; while Simon Cowell called it "a mess" twice and thought his singing was "all over the place."
Prior to Sligh's elimination Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed Haley Scarnato, a 24-year-old from San Antonio who performed "True Colors," and Phil Stacey, a 29-year-old from Jacksonville, FL who sang "Every Breath You Take," were the other members of this week's bottom three vote-getters.
Once the bottom group was narrowed to only Scarnato and Sligh, Seacrest asked the judges what they thought. Jackson described it as a "hard call," Abdul said "both deserve really great, great warmth from the audience," while Cowell commented "bye-bye curly." Seacrest then revealed that Sligh was eliminated.
Gwen Stefani, who served as a mentor during the Tuesday night performance show that celebrated pop music which inspired her career, also performed during the results show. She sang "Sweet Escape" with rapper Akon.