Brooke White Axed From 'American Idol' Finals
After weeks of attempting to overcome her nerves, "American Idol" finalist Brooke White was eliminated from the show last night. Four contestants live on after each took on the songs of Neil Diamond tAfter weeks of attempting to overcome her nerves, "American Idol" finalist Brooke White was eliminated from the show last night (April 30). Four contestants live on after each took on the songs of Neil Diamond this week.
The 24-year-old Mesa, Ariz., native tried to show off her chops on guitar and piano as well as her vocals on Tuesday night, performing Diamond's "I'm a Believer" and "I Am… I Said." She joined the Syesha Mercado in the bottom two before being given the axe; Mercado herself has survived several weeks of low votes but lives on as the sole remaining female finalist. David Cook, David Archuleta and Jason Castro also remain.
This round of elimination comes after a night of tumlutuous television on the show, as the producer's switched up the system on how the judges should deliver their verdict. The changes made for a baffled Paula Abdul, who accidentally critiqued Castro on two songs even though he had only performed one. Each contestant was to perform two songs each, which made for a rushed schedule for the hour-long show.
Diamond and British singer Natasha Bedingfield each performed a song prior to the elimination announcement and White's tearful goodbye.