Brooke White was not sent home on “American IdolÃ¢â¬Â Wednesday night, despite her song performance the night before being mediocre at best.
Even though the curly haired blonde restarted her version of “You Must Love MeÃ¢â¬Â from the musical “Evita,Ã¢â¬Â she was passed on to safety. It was Irish songstress Carly Smithson who was sent home, after being placed in the bottom two alongside Syesha Mercado.
“First of all I apologize for giving you a compliment last night; kiss of death, but let me tell you Carly, you can leave with your head held high,Ã¢â¬Â Simon Cowell told her.
“I’ve had the best time here,Ã¢â¬Â Carly said smiling through the bad news.
Though Carly was sent home, it was Brooke who was a major focus of Wednesday’s “American IdolÃ¢â¬Â elimination.
“Losing your way happens to the best people. It happened on the panel a couple of times last night actually,Ã¢â¬Â Andrew Lloyd Webber told Ryan Seacrest when asked to comment on Brooke’s slip up. “I’ve seen it happen in the theatre myself. She’s a very talented girl… I think there’s a real future for her. I really fell for her because the dress rehearsal, she was flawless.Ã¢â¬Â
So why did Brooke make it through?
Simon Cowell suggest it was actually because of her slip up.
“Brooke, watching you back, I’m not surprised [you’ve made it to the next round] ‘cause you made yourself human. And everyone makes mistakes,Ã¢â¬Â Simon said.
As for why Jason Castro made it through, despite poor remarks from the male judges for his rendition of “Memory,Ã¢â¬Â from “Cats,Ã¢â¬Â Simon said it had to do with his looks.
“Jason, you weren’t very good, but you were charming,Ã¢â¬Â he said.
The night’s broadcast also included a performance by Simon discovery Leona Lewis.
Neil Diamond will mentor the final five “American IdolÃ¢â¬Â contenders next week.