'American Idol' cuts Jeremy Rosado and determines Top 12 finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/09/2012
American Idol eliminated Jeremy Rosado and determined its Top 12 eleventh-season finalists during Thursday night's live results show broadcast on Fox.
Rosado, a 19-year-old from Valrico, FL, became the first finalist sent home from American Idol's eleventh season after he and fellow contestant Elise Testone received the fewest home viewer votes -- the lowest guy and the lowest girl -- following Wednesday night's performance show, and Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson thenchose to eliminate Rosado over Testone due to a recently announced twist.
"Ugh, well with the two we've been presented with, by America obviously, we've come to the decision that we're going to save Elise," Lopez announced.
"Just last week I was filing charts and now I'm here. I can't believe it. I just want everybody to be able to feel everything that I sing. I want to be able to inspire them, so here we go. American Idol has been one of the best decisions that I've ever made... Thank you guys for everything," Rosado said following his ouster.
Wednesday night's performance show had featured the female finalists performing Whitney Houston songs and the male finalists singing Stevie Wonder classics.
Rosado -- whom the judges had selected to be in the Top 13 as a "Wild Card" finalist last week -- had received mixed feedback from the judges following his rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky" during Wednesday's performance show.
"Beautiful voice -- velvety, smooth, high, beautiful voice. I loved your voice from the start. Great song tonight, nice passion. You didn't get a chance to fly like you usually do [but] it doesn't matter. It wasn't in that song, but I know that you can do it. Beautiful," Tyler told Rosado.
"I love to hear your interpretation of songs. I love to hear where you're going to go and how you're going to sing them, and it was really, really beautiful," Lopez said.
"For me man, it wasn't your best performance. This is a very difficult song. It's the kind of song where you just have to put more swag into it in order to make it really believable. I just didn't believe it tonight," Jackson added.
Also during Thursday night's live broadcast, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest acknowledged Phillip Phillips, a 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Leesburg, GA, had seen a doctor earlier in the day, but Phillips insisted he was feeling okay. No additional details regarding his condition were released.
Phillips was rushed to a medical facility for emergency treatment Thursday morning after experiencing intense pain in his abdomen, TMZ reported. Phillips was reportedly hospitalized back in January for a similar condition, and his father revealed he has had five kidney stone removal procedures since October.
Prior to Rosado's elimination, Testone, a 28-year-old from Charleston, SC; Erika Van Pelt, a 26-year-old from South Kingstown, RI; Shannon Magrane, a 16-year-old from Tampa, FL; Jermaine Jones, a 25-year-old from Pine Hill, NJ; and Joshua Ledet, a 19-year-old from Westlake, LA, were revealed to be the other members of this week's bottom six vote-getters -- which consisted of the lowest three guys and three girls.