'American Idol' eliminates Jason Castro, determines Top 3 finalists
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/08/2008
Jason Castro expressed a desire to go home and voters obliged to send him there, as he was revealed to be the ninth finalist eliminated from American Idol's seventh season during last night's live results show on Fox.
The 20-year-old from Rockwall, TX was ousted from Idol's seventh season after host Ryan Seacrest said "nearly 51 million" home viewer votes were cast immediately following Tuesday night's live performance broadcast that saw the Top 4 finalists each singing two songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"I almost feel like you're relieved," Seacrest said before Castro delivered his exit performance.
"A little," replied Castro. "It was three songs next week. I don't know what I would have done."
Castro performed "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley for his first performance on Tuesday night, and both Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson thought the only similarity between the two were the dreadlocks. Jackson further described it as "really karaoke" and added it "wasn't good."
"Well Jason, stand back," said Cowell to Castro before he laced into him. "That was utterly atrocious. That is a song you do not touch. The arrangement was atrocious and the singing was as bad as I've ever heard it. This was honestly like a first-round audition massacre. Honestly, I don't know what you're thinking."
"I wasn't crazy about the performance or the song actually," she said before trying to be positive. "But you're so real, you're so genuine -- your artistry always shines through -- and that's who you are. You've won me over just for that."
Castro then sang and played guitar on Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" during Tuesday night's episode, but it got off to a rocky start when he blanked on some of the lyrics.
"Jason's not in the zone tonight," commented Jackson. "I don't know what's going on."
"Jason," added Cowell, "I'd pack your suitcase."
Prior to Castro'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.
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Before Seacrest revealed the results, he asked Castro why he thought he had such a difficult time on Tuesday night.
"I think it's just getting tough for me. I think my inexperience is coming in," he replied.
In addition, Seacrest said the "nearly 51 million" home viewer votes cast Tuesday night was the "highest this season."
"And it was close," he added. "The Top 3 all had within one million votes of each other."
Also during last night's broadcast, fourth-season Idol runner-upBo Bice performed his single "Witness" while Maroon 5 performed their new single "If I Never See Your Face Again."
Idol's three remaining seventh-season finalists -- David Archuleta, 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 2 finalists.