Elise Testone Eliminated on 'American Idol'

Kinnelon native out of the race, but still going on tour.

Kinnelon native Elise Testone has been eliminated from the popular "American Idol" competition.

Testone exited the show singing Led Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love." Ironically it was the lack of love that cost Testone the competition.

She struggled week after week to win over "Idol's" young viewership, and she found herself at risk for elimination five times over the show's 11th season.

This week, the judges gave Testone a mixed review for Show mentor and music industry executive Jimmy Iovine, however, did not temper his criticism.

"Elise has a problem," Iovine said. "She is a great singer that makes bad song choices."

Testone, a 2001 graduate who became a staple on live music scene in recent years in Charleston, S.C., was known for her soulful performances. But judges warned her to sing songs that would resonate with viewers.

At 28, Testone was the oldest singer still in the competition. Compared to the other finalists, she had the fewest number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans, signs that she wasn't forming a fan base.

Read more about Testone's performances on "Idol."

On Thursday, Testone found herself facing elimination alongside Hollie Cavanagh, the 18-year-old Texan with Enlgish roots.

To close, she sang the classic Led Zepplin "Whole Lotta Love," the same song credited with saving her earlier in the competition.

Though she has been eliminated, Testone will still tour nationally with the competition's Top 10 finalists.

These contestants remain in the competition: Hollie Cavanagh, 18, of McKinney, Texas; Skylar Laine, 18, of Brandon, Miss.; Joshua Ledet, 19, of Westlake, La.; Jessica Sanchez, 16, of San Diego; and Phillip Phillips, 21 of Leesburg, Ga.

peanut622 April 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM
shes still a hometown hero good job elise have fun on tour!!!!!
Ron Silton April 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I saw it coming, but in my eyes she was best performer there. A lot of her FB Fans are wanting her to release an album because they think she is that good. I agree that her voice resonates with an older crowd and that is what hurt her in the voting since it is a young crowd that does the voting. I thought it was classy that her exit song was Whole Lotta Love. That was her best song that she did while on Idol.


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