'American Idol' eliminates Brooke White, determines Top 4 finalists
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/01/2008
Brooke White was revealed to be the eighth finalist eliminated from American Idol's seventh season during last night's live results show on Fox.
The 24-year-old from Mesa, AZ who currently resides in Van Nuys, CA was ousted from Idol's seventh season after host Ryan Seacrest said "over 45 million" home viewer votes were cast immediately following Tuesday night's live performance broadcast that saw the Top 5 finalists each sing two Neil Diamond songs.
"I just want to say thank you," said White as Seacrest wiped tears -- lots of them -- from her eyes following her elimination. "It's going to be terrible for me right now, but thank you."
White sang "I'm a Believer" and "I Am I Said" on Tuesday night. Randy Jackson had commented "I'm a Believer" was a "better" performance than last week but thought it was "still a little karaoke." Simon Cowell was a bit more direct.
"Brooke, a nightmare..." he said on Tuesday night.
"No!" she responded from the stage as the audience booed. "No, no, no, no, no!"
After White sang "I Am I Said" later in Tuesday night's broadcast, Cowell reiterated his displeasure with her first performance.
"Brooke, I really, really hated the first song," he said. "It was sort of like a girls night out at the karaoke bar."
However all of the judges enjoyed "I Am I Said," with Jackson saying she did a "nice job" on a "tough" one to sing, while Paula Abdul thought it showed White's "vulnerability" and allowed her to "connect" with the audience."
"This is the Brooke we like," said Cowell. "Sitting behind the piano, singing a very good song. It wasn't incredible, but it was a million times better than the first song. Well done."
Prior to White's elimination last night, Syesha Mercado, a 21-year-old from Sarasota, FL who currently resides in Miami, was revealed to be the finalist who received the second lowest amount of home viewer votes following Tuesday night's episode.
Also during last night's broadcast, Seacrest briefly addressed the confusion during Tuesday night's live show -- specifically Abdul's confusion when he asked the judges to offer their comments on the first round of performances without prior notice.
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"Last night, the judges were thrown a curveball on the air, which is just part of a live show. But it sparked a lot of gossip about Paula," explained Seacrest, presumably referencing online rumors that Abdul had been drinking prior to the performance episode. "I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors, they're not true. She's part of our family and we love her."
"Here, here," responded Jackson. "Here, here."
In addition, Diamond performed "Pretty Amazing Grace" and Natasha Bedingfield sang "Pocketful of Sunshine." Before she departed the stage Bedingfield went and said hello to the finalists and also gave David Archuleta a kiss on the cheek.
"Natasha, I don't want to embarrass anybody, but David would like to ask you to the prom," said Seacrest.
Idol's four remaining seventh-season finalists -- Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Mercado -- will all take the stage and perform during next week's live one-hour performance episode on Tuesday at 8PM ET/PT.
On Wednesday beginning at 9PM ET/PT, another finalist will be eliminated from the competition based on home viewer votes, revealing the season's Top 3 finalists.