Elise Testone was finally eliminated from Season 11 of 'American Idol' tonight (April 26). We say "finally" not because we did not enjoy her smoky, husky voice or her offbeat, edgy and rock 'n' roll song choices throughout the course of the season, but because the singer has been camped out in the bottom of the voting multiple times. The odds seemed to indicate that she would eventually be voted off since she set up residence in the lower tier more often than not.
The level of competition has been remarkably high on 'American Idol' tonight (April 25), and after a stunning performance from Joshua Ledet, Elise Testone took the stage and proved that she's a true rocker at heart. Testone, who has continually been encouraged to choose the right song, did just that with Queen's 'I Want It All' for her first song.
Elise Testone found herself in the bottom three once again last week, and this week she seemed more than determined to stake her claim in the competition and get herself off that lower rung. After joking that Testone seems to have a vacation home in the bottom three, Jimmy Iovine encouraged the vocalist to nail it this week.
'American Idol' contestant Elise Testone was left to close tonight’s show, and after several standout performances, the pressure was on. Maybe it’s simply because she’s got the chops, or maybe it was the video of celebrity Jason Segal wishing her luck before she sang – but in any event she blew it out of the water with her performance, of Lady Gaga's 'You & I.'
On tonight's (April 4) episode of 'American Idol,' Elise Testone chose to get her '80s on with Foreigner's ballad 'I Want to Know What Love Is.' On paper, it was the right vehicle for her smoky voice, since she could explode with the song's the big chorus, as episode mentor Gwen Stefani noted. Testone is a modern day Janis Joplin, and one of the strongest and most unique singers in the competition for Season 11. But she missed her mark tonight.
When ‘American Idol’ hopeful Elise Testone walked into rehearsal and told mentors Stevie Nicks and Jimmy Iovine that she was planning to sing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by English rock band Led Zeppelin, they looked slightly worried. However once Testone opened her mouth, the fear and skepticism immediately washed from their faces. Nicks even had the singer harmonize with her on one of her very own songs and said afterwards, “If I needed a singer I’d hire her in a second.”
Favorite soulstress Elise Testone wields the power in her gravelly voice to wrap an entire audience into whatever she sings, but this week she struggled to sieze the moment and left judges feeling lukewarm. Testone, who wowed us last week with her take on Adele's 'One and Only' just couldn't quite get there with late pop diva Whitney Houston's 'I'm Your Baby Tonight.'
'American Idol' saved the best for last tonight as Elise Testone closed out the Top 12 girls with an impassioned and soulful performance of Adele's 'One and Only.' She was the second girl of the night to sing the song after Jen Hirsh performed it admirably. But Elise, the oldest contestant this season at 28, was able to infuse more life experience into Adele's dramatic lyrics.