Erika Van Pelt has escaped many rounds of the American Idol competition by a hair but last night was her final hoorah. Van Pelt found herself in the bottom three along with DeAndre Brackensick and Heejun Han.
Despite transforming her image she was voted out of the show and seemed very emotional. But then again, who wouldn't be. "American Idol" aired on Fox in 2002, and has launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Kellie Pickler.
After being booted, they showed a montage of her experiences throughout the “Idol” process to highlight her journey.
The judges praised her for her performance of Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.” Randy said “She is singing like she has got to have it,” while JLO complimented her for being able to fight through her tears and emotions and deliver. Steven Tyler added that she was “living on the edge,” and was beautiful.
Van Pelt’s mentor Jimmy Lovine said that Van Pelt “deserves to be in the top of the batch,” she was criticized by judges for “oversinging” Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” on Wednesday’s Joel themed show.
While the judges may have boosted the her self-esteem in the past the judges declined to use their "save to keep" option; judges only get to save one contestant per season from being eliminated.
With Van Pelt out of the picture that leaves nine contestants to battle it out.
The stunning and talented Lana Del Rey performed her new single "Video Games" on the show last night."
Del Rey also performed the same song erikaidolon Saturday Night Live back in January. Her performance was so bad that fans have begun to say that they love her songs but thinks she can't sing live.