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But Ben Briley's 'Bennie and the Jets' performance on Songs from the Cinema night was anything but award-worthy.

Ben Briley’s summer is suddenly free. The 24-year-old’s mock version of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” landed him in last place, and he was sent packing on
“American Idol” Thursday night.

Here’s why, when given the choice, contestants shouldn’t sing songs from “27 Dresses” on Songs From the Cinema night:

Briley Gets The Boot
“Tonight’s outcome may surprise a few people,” Ryan Seacrest said at the opening of Thursday’s results episode. But not those who actually watched Wednesday’s episode, who were treated to Briley’s “pointless” (Harry Connick Jr.’s word) send-up of “Bennie and the Jets,” which came off worse than James Marsden and Katherine Heigl’s drunken karaoke version in “27 Dresses” — a film that Briley admitted he’s never even seen.

“I really wanted to be different and show people I really can do other things,” Briley explained of his song choice during the results episode. “It was a gamble, and I really hope it pays off.”

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