American Idol: Season 12 — First Singer From The Top 10 Sent Home - ARTICLE

Tools

“American Idol” has said goodbye to one of its Top 10 contenders.

(SPOILER: This story contains the elimination results of Thursday’s “AI.”)

VIEW THE PHOTOS: American Idol Season 12: Top 10

After the members of the judges’ panel — Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj — were unable to come to a unanimous decision to use the “judges’ save,” Curtis Finch Jr., was sent home.

“Ryan, we are not unanimous, unfortunately,” Randy said after Curtis gave a stirring performance of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Mariah Carey: From ‘Someday’ To Mom & ‘Idol’ Judge

Nicki Minaj, who had been a strong supporter of Curtis’, said she felt there wasn’t enough time to deliberate.

“I think we really needed an extra minute to discuss it. I don’t feel like there was a real discussion about it,” she said. “I know it’s a live show, but…”

POLL: Was the right singer sent home on “Idol”?

VIEW THE PHOTOS: American Idol Season 12: The Auditions

Thursday’s show also featured the return of Charlie Askew, who came on to perform an original song with the hopes of earning a wild card spot on the bus for the “Idol Live!” summer tour.

The young man, 17, performed his own number, which he said was about a relationship.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Nicki Minaj: The Outrageous Styles, The Amazing Outfits & The Colorful Personalities

“[I wrote it] a few months ago, actually,” Charlie told Ryan, after he performed. “I was torn between choosing almost a two-and-a-half year relationship over doing the show. So, it means a lot. It’s nerve-wracking.”

Aubrey Cleland was also brought back for a chance at winning that spot on the bus. She performed “On My Own,” from the “Fame” musical.

Viewers can vote for their favorite on AmericanIdol.com and the winner will be revealed on the show.

“American Idol” continues next Wednesday at 8/7c on FOX.

-- Jolie Lash

Copyright 2013 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related Content from AccessHollywood.com:


More from Access: [ American Idol Reality TV TV ]

Weather

Icon
71.0 °
Mostly Cloudy
Pressure : 1018.0 mb
Humidity : 87 %
Wind : Northeast at 4.6 MPH (4 KT)
More Weather

/ tonight Full Schedule