April 28, 2012 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ
This week on American Idol, the top six took on Queen songs. After the voters had their say, Elise Testone was the next finalist to be sent packing. The elimination did not come as a shock to viewers, or to Elise, who spoke with reporters today about her journey on the show. Read on to hear what Elise had to say!
American Idol on FOX is inching closer and close to the finale, as the top six were narrowed to five this week. After performing Queen tunes, Elise Testone was unable to win over the voters, and though it did not come as a shock to her, she was hoping to stick around a bit longer. Elise spoke with the media yesterday about her time on the show, and what’s next for her.
Elise explains why now was the perfect time for her to audition for American Idol, although she did audition once before:
I’ve always felt I wouldn’t be ready for the responsibility of the fame until I was older and learned those life lessons, you know, knew who I was more before throwing myself into the hands of others.
On why she feels she did not connect with the voters and her elimination:
I think that the majority of voting comes from middle America, and if I can’t win them over, it’s just not going to happen, you know? That’s just my theory. I really don’t know. I felt like I was honest and sang with my heart, and passion, and I feel like I did the best I could. As for being eliminated, I was a little bit surprised because in my heart I didn’t feel like it was my time to go, but it wasn’t a total shock, and it was kind of inevitable that it was going to happen sometime. I guess I just felt like a fighter and that I was going to push through.
The best advice that Elise Testone received from the judges:
When they reminded me to capture the essence of the song, and being in the moment of the song was great advice. That’s something I know, but you always need to be reminded of that. I did sort of let it slip away sometimes, thinking about being judged, and trying to fit in some sort of line, when really I’m the type of singer who sings outside the lines.
Elise on Jimmy Iovine’s comments that she chose two bad songs this week:
I don’t agree, because I believed that those were the best choices for me. I think what Steven commented, that he loved the song and was a fan of it, but maybe what he meant was that the melody wasn’t one that people could sing along to at home. My guess is that the majority of people want to be able to sing along to a song. As an artist, I’m trying to convey the message of the song, and bring the lyrics to life, and I feel that I did that and I feel successful.
Whether or not she would have done anything differently:
Earlier today I was thinking I would have sang The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston, because it would’ve been a better first impression for America. But maybe doing that song helped me in some sort of weird way. You don’t really want to mess with what happened, because you never know how it would have affected you or changed your outcome.
What we can expect in the future from Elise Testone:
After the tour, I will be writing songs and during the tour, I will be constructing a plan to get my album ready. I’ve been waiting my whole life to release an album, and it is not something I want to rush through, so I’m going to take my time and experience it. I will also hope to perform as much as I can. I definitely found that my forte is the rock genre, but I will have the elements of blues, jazz, soul, and funk!
Elise Testone also added that she would love to do a duet with Steven Tyler someday, and she would like all her fans to know how thankful she is to you!
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