Stefano Langone Booted on 'American Idol,' Katy Perry & Kanye Perform
Stefano Langone Booted on 'American Idol,' Katy Perry & Kanye Perform

Stefano Langone sang his swan song on tonight's (Apr. 21) "American Idol," as the singer, who's been on the chopping block repeatedly, was eliminated from the competition.

After 52 million votes were counted, according to host Ryan Seacrest, Langone was sent to the bottom three, where he was joined by fellow hopefuls Jacob Lusk and Haley Reinhart.

Video: Stefano Langone is eliminated from "American Idol"

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Seacrest called Stefano a contestant with an "amazing attitude each and every week" during the singer's emotional send-off. Langone told the crowd that "Idol" had been a "priceless" experience that "started his career," then crooned his farewell song, "Lately."

In addition to Langone's elimination, tonight's episode brought season seven champion David Cook back to the stage, where he debuted his new single "The Last Goodbye."

Also performing were Katy Perry and special guest Kanye West, who brought their No. 1 collaboration "E.T." to life in front of an elaborate backdrop.

"American Idol" returns next Wednesday with the contestants tackling the songs of Carole King, while Bruno Mars and season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox will perform on the elimination episode Thursday.

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