After weeks of male eliminations, a girl was going to have to leave "American Idol" eventually. Unfortunately for country fans, that contestant ended up being Janelle Arthur.
Arthur, the 23-year-old Tennessee native, became the newest exile from the "Idol" stage Thursday night (April 18), receiving the lowest number of public votes. An early favorite who won over audiences with her charismatic, happy-go-lucky attitude that recalled fellow country girl and former "Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler, Arthur was eliminated after performances of Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name" and Dolly Parton's "Dumb Blonde" that did not receive much acclaim from the judges panel.
The judges' save remained, so Arthur was given one last chance, singing one of her most well-received numbers from the show, a dramatic version of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" from top eight week. Despite much deliberation from the judges, Randy Jackson nonetheless delivered the news that their save would not be used, as it hadn't been each week of the season since it was first introduced during the top 10.