For the first time this season, a female was voted off “American Idol,” as country diva-in-training Janelle Arthur was sent home during Thursday’s (April 18) results show.
Arthur’s performances of Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name” and Dolly Parton’s “Dumb Blonde” on Wednesday landed her at the bottom of the voting pile. She sang the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in her attempt to get the judges to save her, but it wasn’t enough.
“There’s two for and two not for, so unfortunately, baby, it’s not unanimous. We’re not gonna use it,” Randy Jackson told the 23-year-old Tennessean, noting the debate was “tough.” “We love you, though. We love-love you. Thank you.”
Arthur was in the bottom two alongside Kree Harrison. “Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine criticized Arthur’s song choices on Wednesday, saying her choice of “Dumb Blonde” was a case of “right diva, wrong song.” He called her performances a “strikeout.”
Nicki Minaj predicted Arthur would struggle in the voting during Wednesday’s performance episode but told her, “You need to know you were great.” She added that the all-female top five had “superpowers” and that getting eliminated at this point in the competition wouldn’t have “anything to do with how far you can go in the real world.”
Arthur’s elimination leaves a top four of Harrison, Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb.
Thursday’s show saw a pair of “Idol” vets return to the stage as Clay Aiken reprised his performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Fantasia performed her new song “Lose to Win.”
The episode also featured an appearance by Paula Abdul, who surprised Glover and complimented her performance of “Straight Up” the night before. Fall Out Boy, Jordin Sparks and Jason Derülo were shown watching the show from the audience, as was third-season finalist LaToya London.
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