Capping a week of tunes from music greats Stevie Wonder and the late Whitney Houston, Jeremy Rosado was sent packing during the "American Idol" results show Thursday night (March 8), marking the first Top 13 farewell.
Before the elimination was announced, the episode kicked things off on a lighter note as host Ryan Seacrest welcomed the contestants to perform Wonder's 1977 hit "As." And after all the introductions, usual Ford product placement and recapping, it was time to get down to business. First up on the chopping block were the female contestants, who were eventually narrowed down to the bottom three: Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt and Shannon Magrane. The trio of male contestants included Jermaine Jones, Jeremy Rosado and Joshua Ledet.
Seacrest's "after the commercial break" intensity ended with Rosado and Testone as the finalists with the lowest votes after Wednesday night's episode. Leaving the deliberation up to judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, it was Rosado (originally a wild-card choice) who was announced as this week's eliminated contestant.
Asked what he would miss about "Idol," Rosado simply told Seacrest, "Just the whole experience."
"This was awesome. ... Thank you guys for everything," he said.
As a special guest mentor on this week's episode, Mary J. Blige also took to the "Idol" stage to perform her new single "Why." Additionally, "Idol" welcomed back season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, who offered some Southern charm with a performance of her single "Georgia Peaches."
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