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'Idol's' Testone Rocks Out to Led Zeppelin

Judges give Elise Testone a standing ovation Wednesday.

New Jersey native Elise Testone rocked the audience—and "American Idol judges—out of their chairs Wednesday night with her rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

The judges gave standing ovations five times throughout the night after Testone, , and her competitors performed. But judges Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez had only high praises for the singer after her rock-and-roll performance.

"I wasn't sure you were going to pull that off because nobody can pull that off. You made [Zeppelin lead singer] Robert Plant proud tonight, girl," Tyler said.

The "Idol" contestants were told to choose a song this week from one of their own idols. They were coached and mentored by Stevie Nicks in addition to music executive and record producer Jimmy Iovine.

"I think Elise has a spirit similar to what Stevie had when Stevie started," Iovine said.

Jackson said all of the performers were putting their strongest effort forth on Wednesday's live show.

"I don't know what's in the air tonight, I don't know what's going on, but I tell you, everybody wants to do this thing," he said.

He emphasized how much he enjoyed Testone's performance.

"Dude, you did an amazing job, congrats," he said.

Read all of Tri-Boro Patch's Elise Testone coverage here.

Prior to Wednesdsay's performance, Testone's tri-boro fans were already rallying in support and signs begging motorists to vote for Testone lined several Kinnelon roadways. Tri-Boro Patch readers chatted with Testone's Mount Pleasant Patch neighbors about her performance during the episode.

Councilman Dan O'Dougherty said he used to teach Testone in religious school when she was a child.

"I definitely support Elise. I think she's doing a fantastic job," he said.

Ron Silton, a former Kinnelon and resident and graduate of (KHS) 1969 class, said there are two things he and Testone have in common: they are both KHS graduates and they are both currently living in South Carolina.

Silton said he has watched "American Idol" on and off for all of the seasons it has aired, but he became even more excited about the show this season after learning that a Kinnelon native would be appearing.

"Shes' good. Not only is she from Kinnelon, but she's good," he said.

While her name has now leaked into the households of millions of American viewers, Silton said Testone was already well-known in South Carolina.

"She's fairly well-known down in Charleston. I think a lot of people didn't realize she is a professional musician," Silton said.

Each week, Silton cheers on Testone and emails his thoughts on her performances and the results of the votes to friends. He also comments on Testone's Facebook page with encouragement. Still, Silton is not sure whether she will ultimately walk away from the competition with the title of "American Idol."

"You know, to be very honest with you, on talent alone, I think she should," he said.

ddasterdly March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM
She did great with Zeppelin! Wonder where she'll choose as "home" if she makes it to that episode? I know she auditioned out of SC and on the Idol website, she lists SC as her home.
Ron Silton March 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
If you take her quiz on her American Idol FB page she considers Kinnelon her hometown, even though she lives in Mount PLeasant, SC.
Ron Silton March 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM
As to her choice of songs, I was floored that she picked Whole Lotta Love! That is one of the hardest songs to do. I thought she would have done Stairway to Heaven, which is easier to do.
Richard Dean March 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I was really impressed with the way that Stevie Nicks said Elise reminded her of herself when she was starting out 35 or so years ago. I think I heard Stevie tell Elise that she wanted the two of them to perform together sometime. For those who are too young, Stevie has been with Fleetwood Mac and performed solo during the past decades.
Misha March 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Where do I get pair of those pants??!!!!!!

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