Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'American Idol' Reaches Final 5 by Dismissing Elise Testone (+Video)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'American Idol' Reaches Final 5 by Dismissing Elise Testone (+Video)

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The 'American Idol' roster is down to five contestants at the end of this week after they tried to cover part of the 'Queen' songbook.

Raspy-voiced rocker Elise Testone was sent home on "American Idol" Thursday night after a bottom two that had Elise and Hollie Cavanagh waiting to see who had gained more votes to stay through another week.

The show began with a quote from Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, the rock band whose songs the six remaining contestants had taken on this week. And with the flash of the opening logo, the one that looks like aliens are about to beam down into the American Idol dome, "American Idol" got ready to whittle six singers down to five.

The Queen Extravaganza, a Queen cover band handpicked by Brian May and Roger Taylor, delivered a rendition of "Somebody to Love" with May and Taylor to start things off, with a helpful hashtag suggestion from Fox in the lower corner ('#QueenonIdol') in case anyone felt like picking up their smartphones. For a minute, it looked like singer Marc Martel, who handled the Freddie Mercury part on the cover, wasn't going to hit the high note at the end of the song, but he did a gorgeous job. Original drummer Taylor looked like he was having a blast.

Before any results revelations, there was the official Ford music video featuring the six "Idol" contestants, which was set to "Magic" by B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo, and a segment in which the six contestants went over to get "media training" from TMZ staffers. Mostly what we learned from this was that Elise feels she struggles with smiling but not looking fake.

Then host Ryan Seacrest called down Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone, and mentor Jimmy Iovine offered his thoughts on each contestant. Iovine said Jessica's choice of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was a bad one, but that for her follow-up, "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross, she "understood the words, but she also understood her audience." He had less kind words for Elise. "She's a great singer, made bad choices," Iovine said of her musical selections for the night. …

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